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Hello and thanks for visiting my blog. I have been knitting on and off for 50 years and I recently learned to crochet. I love looking for wool bargains and making them into something useful. I mainly knit for charity. I occasionally knit for myself and family members if I find a really good pattern or if they ask nicely!!

Monday, 13 July 2015

My Big Birthday Giveaway...




I will be celebrating a big birthday in August, the big 60! It is a number I find very hard to believe.  I don't know why.  All my misconceptions about being 30, 40 and 50 should have prepared me.  
When I was in my twenties I thought that 50 was really old. That birthday was an eye-opener as I was still firing on all cylinders with a full time job and a very demanding young daughter.  Now that I am approaching 60, I am working only 1 day per week and that same daughter has finished university, left home, started a new job and met a lovely young man.  Such a lot has happened in the last 10 years.  I don't know how I am supposed to feel, but it isn't old.  I think the word "excited" is a better description.

Plans are in progress for how to celebrate this milestone with family and friends.  I couldn't leave out my virtual blogging friends.  I've been lucky enough to win some giveaways since I started blogging and I have been on the lookout for some items to make up a tempting giveaway worthy of a Big Birthday.

Here they are:
  • a Cath Kidston notebook
  • a tin for storing buttons or other knick knacks
  • 5 lovely buttons covered with Fair Trade fabric
  • an owl keyring from Oxfam in support of independent artisans in India
  • a 50g ball of Jaegar Spiral-spun double knitting wool in a heather shade
For a chance to win, simply leave a comment on my blog and some way of contacting you.  This giveaway is open to everyone anywhere in the world.  My last giveaway was won by a blogger in New Jersey.  Any entrant who follows me via Bloglovin' or Google Friend Connect automatically wins a second entry.  

I originally planned to pick the winner on my actual birthday.  But I have been receiving some very heavy hints that I am being whisked away on the special day and I probably won't have access to the Internet.  So I will draw the winning entry at 9 a.m. UK time on August 1st.

Good luck!


24 comments:

  1. I would love to enter your giveaway Una and congratulations on reaching the big 6 0 I got there two years before you and you are right times have changed 60 used to be considered old but I think it's the new 40 now I hope you have a great time with all your birthday celebrations. :) xx

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  2. Sounds like exciting plans are afoot for your birthday celebrations! I hope you enjoy the day when it comes and I would love to be entered into your giveaway. Ali x

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  3. Happy birthday! Mine is also in August, but I have already reached 60 a few years ago. I would like to be part of your giveaway.

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  4. All the best wishes for a happy birthday. I remember my daughters telling me my turning fifty made them feel old. Ha. Now they are nearing fifty themselves.

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  5. Please count me in for your generous giveaway. Best wishes for your birthday...hope you have a lovely day.

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  6. Happy Birthday a few days before the actual event, Una! You are beating me to the big 60 by a year and a half. I would love to be entered in your giveaway. :-)

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  7. Happy Birthday, Una! I'm just a short ways behind you, and I hope I can reach this milestone with as much wit and energy as you are. Enjoy your special day!

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  8. Happy Birthday for August! Such a lovely generous giveaway, please can I enter? I follow you on Bloglovin too :) I hope you get whisked somewhere really special and have a wonderful time :)

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  9. Happy Birthday! Enjoy the next step of life, I am now 61 and can tell you it is not bad :) Thank you for sharing your day with us with a give away!

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  10. All the best for your 60th celebrations sounds like you are in for big knees up. What a lovely giveaway thanks Una I would love to be included.
    Julie.C

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  11. Hi Una and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! So glad that you have such a positive attitude of turn 60! Wishing you happiness and thanks for the chance to win your lovely giveaway! Have fun.
    Julie xo

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  12. How exciting; both the lovely Giveaway and what sounds like a wonderful celebration of your 60th...I wonder where you will be going???? :-)
    Like you, I wonder where the years have gone too...

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  13. Happy Birthday in advance Una! I hope that you have a wonderful time away!! xx

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  14. How many projects do you have until you reach 60? How many new things to try? I always ask myself and then take it slowly, one thing at a time... I wish you a great celebration full of love and yarn.
    asteride on Ravelry

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  15. Oh my I am not too far behind you. Life changes. How old is Paul McCartney? Ha ha. Happy Happy birthday. Here's to many more.
    Biscottibeth on ravelry

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  16. Happy birthday in advance - the years just fly don't they? Very sweet of you to run a giveaway on your birthday! I'm Lucybowen on Ravelry.

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  17. You're right Una, being 60 is exciting. Since I passed the milestone, I've taken up volunteering, travelled, gone to matinee performances, started blogging, joined groups and made new friends and generally had a whale of a time. I reached state pension age this week (a moveable feast for women aged between 60 and 65 in the UK at present). I hope you enjoy celebrating your birthday, wherever you may be at the time! I'd love to join your giveaway, and thank you for thinking of us!

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  18. Happy birthday Una, hope you have a really special time you deserve it - here's to more years of you creating your wonderful items for worthy causes xx

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  19. Happy Birthday in advance - and thanks for the chance to win these loely prizes - surely you should be the one getting lovely gifts though! x

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  20. Well, that's exciting, Una!! Happy birthday (a bit early) to you :) I like your description of being EXCITED at 60, instead of feeling old. That bodes well for your future! I hope you do get whisked away somewhere lovely, and have a huge, happy celebration. Your giveaway looks great -- esp. that yarn :)

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  21. Very best wishes for a wonderful birthday treat. Have a lovely time, and thank you for offering such a super giveaway!

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  22. Happy Birthday and I would love to be entered into your giveaway. Big birthdays are so exciting. I just has one last year (not quite as big as yours) and loved every moment of celebrating that I made it to this stage in my life. Go ahead and embrace and celebrate this new chapter.

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  23. Hope you have a great birthday - enter me in your giveaway please! I remember when I was in my twenties I thought someone in their thirties was old! I now have a son who will be thirty t the end of this year. It's hard to believe the time goes in so quickly.

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    1. Hello Gillian, I'm delighted to let you know that you are the winner of my giveaway. Please could you let me know your postal address. Thanks, Una, uomalley82@yahoo.co.uk

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