Monday, January 19, 2009

2009 Yarn Giveaway #1~ Favorite Quotes

Starting this month I am going to hold one random giveaway per month here on the blog!

No longer taking entries for this giveaway~
Check recent entries for NEXT month's giveaway~

This month I am giving away one skein of my "Be Mine" Valentine yarn.
Spun from soft merino and wool in pink, cream and red. Plied with a cotton/rayon boucle thread strung with heart beads and cute cherubs, with lace bows throughout! Comes with a free pattern too! Your choice-- we can discuss your choice after you win. :)DETAILS>>>>>
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In his honor, here are some of my favorite quotes from him:

"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. "
~MLK Jr.

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase. "
~MLK Jr.

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. " ~MLK Jr.

"I submit to you that if a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live." ~MLK Jr.

SO - TO ENTER, simply post a comment with your favorite quote.
Quotes can be by anyone, please remember to tell who said it!

Share with us and on Sunday Jan. 31st I will enter the number of each comment into a random number generator online. I will post the winner here in the blog as well as emailing the Material Whirled newsletter list! To join, click here (link is at the bottom of every page on the site).
If I post your name here on in the newsletter, contact me and we can work out the fun details!

HOW FUN! A FREE SKEIN OF MATERIAL WHIRLED YARN! a $50 dollar value!(includes free shipping to the continental US)
I plan to do one handspun yarn giveaway per month, with a few fiber and hand dyed yarns giveaways thrown in here and there. So spread the word!

Oh-- and Happy Day!


Mokihana said...

Okay, here's mine:

"I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well."
--Diane Ackerman

I love this quote!! I don't want to just live... I want to live well and to the fullest potential that God gave me.

I would LOVE to win the giveaway!!

Laurie said...

here's my current favorite by one of my favorite historians, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich: "Well Behaved women seldom make history". Ain't that the truth!

Astorey said...

This is a quote that I read in an Ann Lamott book and have been trying to live ever since.

"You can be right, or you can be kind."

I'll attribute it to Ann Lamott though I might be from someone else. (I'm trying to be kind rather than right!)

Jessie said...

Mommy, I love you all the way to outer space!

~my daughter Joey, when she was 3

Maggie said...

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little. --Edmund Burke

This really speaks to me because there are so many times when I think I should do something, whether it's organize my fiber stash or offer help after a disaster, and I don't because "what difference will it make?" or "I don't have time to do it all, so I won't do any". I should get this tattooed on my hand as a reminder!

Natalie said...

O great creator of being, grant us one more hour to perform our art and perfect our lives.
-- Bob Marley

I'm not religious but I love the heartfelt sincerity and simplicity of this quote.

Erin said...

"Be the change you want to see in the world."


Beautiful yarn... and a very cool contest!

Rainy from Oregon said...

two of my most favorite quotes are:
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." and "Reach for the moon the worst that can happen you'll fall among the stars."

This yarn is GORGEOUS and I'd be honored to win it

primdollie said...

Oh I love the yarn how simply perfect!!! hoping to win of course!!
my quote:
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
thanks for the fun adventure!!
Hugs Linda

D Louise said...

"Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country." JFK inspired me [a high school student] to set my personal sights on Peace Corps service and changed the course of the rest of my working and now retired life.

marian aka mimi said...

sometimes the best way to figure out who you are is to get to that place where you don't have to be anything else.

Christine/Clumsygrrl said...

The bottom quote is my all time favorite, as it tells me to never give up and the top is my fav of our new president.... what will you all be hitching your wagon to this year?

Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.
~Barack Obama

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul - and sings the tunes without the words - and never stops at all.
~Emily Dickinson

clumsygrrl on ravelry

Karen Moody said...

My favorite quote, and one that adorns my bumper at all times, is "The earth does not belong to us, we belong to the earth" - Chief Seattle

Roseanna said...

Ancient Roman saying...."Hunger is the best seasoning"
I have this on the wall of my kitchen...but it applies to so much more than food!

dameknitsalot said...

The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.

Not sure who said it but it means a lot to me when I struggle with projects. said...

"Son, hold that door for her....Chivalry is NOT DEAD!"
-my ex-boyfreinds' mom, Barb. :)

cksknitter said...

"People first, then money, then things."
--Suze Orman
From Chrissy at knittoday at hotmail dot com

Marlyn said...

"What if the mightiest word is love, love beyond marital, filial, national. Love that casts a widening pool of light. Love with no need to preempt grievance."
-- Elizabeth Alexander from the poem she recited at the inauguration.

RoamingKnitter said...

Looking back you realize that a very special person passed briefly through your life- and it was you. It is not too late to find that person again. - Robert Brault

Elaine said...

There's no place like home, there's no place like home, there's no place like home

Dorothy (of the Wizard of Oz)

Really fun contest.

Kristen said...

"To thine own self be true"
William Shakespeare.

JC said...

"If thine enemy wrong thee, buy each of his children a drum."

I love this quote for so many reasons. First, if you have younger siblings, or children, you know how they get with banging on things. Second, what a creative way to get revenge! Can't you imagine them loosing sleep with the children banging on the drums? I also like the creativity inherent in the statement.

jennifer said...

"Le meow? Le purrr"

-Pepe Le Pew

Turtle said...

Lovely lovely yummy yarn! That looks amazing, seriously! Just today we were finishing up our flyers at the spa for v-day specials and were looking through movie quotes. It had refreshed my memory of one i used to use: the geek in sixteen candles: "Would you guys please hurry up, I'm breaking like 30 major laws here. "

Christa said...

It's never too late to be who you might have been.
George Eliot - English novelist (1819 -1880)

Gorgeous yarn!

Julie said...

My favorite quote and one that I've always teased my son about as ot older is..
Insanity is hereditary - you get it from your kids. Sam Levenson

Your yarn is just gorgeous. I love the colors.


Jersey said...

I was sure I entered, but maybe I blew it.

My quote by Polonius in Hamlet by Shakespeare

This above all: to thine own self be true

EJ said...

I've been speaking prose all my life, and didn't even know it!

Moliere (Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme)

Rachel O said...

Love the fun yarn - and my birthday is right around Valentine's day - what a great present that would be!

The pen is mightier than the sword

I had no idea who said it, so went to Wikipedia vis Google, the source of all knowledge and found out it was Edward Bulwer-Lytton in a play about Richelieu. Who knew? And so your contest was also educational!

Sharon Rose said...

I oppose old-school chiropractic as a repetitive treatment, but I love this quote by its founder, Palmer:
"When skill and love work together, expect a masterpiece."

This is as true in medicine as it is in knitting!

Thanks for a fabulous contest - your yarn is scrumptious!

K.T. said...

One of my current faves:

To counter the problems we face, we have to see individual freedom as a social committment.
- Amartya Sen

Gorgeous yarn by the way! A what a fun contest, I've had a great time reading everyone's favorite quotes.

Terri D. said...

"show a little faith there's magic in the night/you ain't a beauty but hey you're alri-ight..."

--Bruce Springsteen

beautiful yarn, come live with me.

MamaMay said...

Ok, mine isn't as famous but Still good in my book.

"Mommy, I wowe you."
-my daughter

Lovely yarn.

brownbear said...

That yarn is so cool.
I love this quote: "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931)

Kathy said...

"Jump and the net will appear"

I forgot who said it.

Anonymous said...

How fun!

"The days are long, but the years are short."

I keep this mind often while raising my two small children

Stephanie DiT... said...

This yarn is gorgeous and i have a yearning to win it, so here goes "Style is an expression of individualism mixed with charisma " by John Fitzgerald...

What a perfect quote regarding yarn, its giver and receiver and inner creativity!! Thank you, steph

purple-power said...

Oh what fun yarn.

My quote from Plato

knowledge is the food of the soul.

TNTknits said...

I love reading these.

My favorite quote is from Hillel.
"If I am not for myself, who will be? If I am not for others, what am 'I'? And if not now, when?"

marlat said...

styloidsAs a corporate trainer and avid knitter; the quote I always give each class is:
You've always known what the best of you go out there and show the universe!-marcus buckingham and marla theodoro

Marla Theodoro

Deb said...

Mine is from Abraham Lincoln--source of most of my inspiration:
"I do the very best I know how, the very best I can and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out alright, what is said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference."

Thanks Reenie for doing this!

catiebell said...

From my son at about age 4: "Mommy, this is the best dinner ever, even though it is kinda yucky!"

tom said...

Quote from Hillel:

What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow (also translated as: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you)

How much more peaceful and wonderful the world would be if people remembered that.

And I have just the person who would love that as a Valentine's day present! It fab!

Carla said...

So very many interesting quotes:

Albert Einstein said:

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.

Anonymous said...

"A smile confuses an approaching frown"

loved reading all the quotes here!


susna said...

"If nothing changes, nothing changes." Anon.

Have this tattooed on the back of my neck - so my children will remember I have eyes in the back of my head!

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Anonymous said...

This is on my resume/ata girl book...I am a nurse and live by this ....

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.
George Washington Carver
dealonnia on ravelry.

Darcys Knotty Knitter said...

"Only From The Heart Can you Touch The Sky" Rumi
To me it means be compassionate.Iam knottyknitter40 on Ravelry and thankyou for having this giveaway.Valentines Day this year is our 5th wedding anniversary andhubby and I are both knitters.Hugs Darcy

Anonymous said...


My favorite quote is by Abraham Lincoln:

"All that I am, or ever hope to be, I owe to my mother."

Anonymous said...

Oh, I have tons of good quotes, so I choose one that I think of when life is a bit messy, and I need something positive....
"It aint no sin to be glad you're alive"
Bruce Springsteen

Angie said...

Oooo, beautiful skein!

My favorite quote right now, and maybe it's cliche to quote the President, but I think these words are very powerful and true.

We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change. -Barack Obama-

KnitZy said...

i'm not really religious but i have always appreciated this quote:

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Thanks for the contest and the prize is fabulous! i'm not a pink person but i do love what you made here.

esther said...

"Love does not alter when it alteration finds, or bend with the remover to remove; oh no. it is an ever fixed mark that looks on storms and tempests and is never shaken." Shakespeare, in a sonnet...i used to know which one. The yarn is lovely!

Jeanine said...

I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.
-Anais Nin

Carmelknits said...

From the book 'knitting rules' by stephanie pearl-mcphee.

"Knitting makes boring people interesting and mundane things intriguing. The only other thing that does that has the disadvantage of giving you a hangover instead of a pair of socks."

vicrochet said...

My favorite quote(s) are by Dr. Seuss.

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.”

And when I need a little bit more determination...

“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!”

knittinwolf said...

What beautiful, beautiful handspun yarn...just gorgeous!

My fav. quote is in Phil. 4:13 of the Bible "I can do all things through Him who gives me strength." This helps me out in so many ways all the time.

I'm knittinwolf on Rav. too!

squiggi said...

Sometimes it's better to beg for forgiveness rather than ask for permission.
I'd love to give credit, but I have no idea where it came from.

cici said...

beautiful yarn! here's mine from Marianne Williamson:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

scoutleader425 said...

"I realize that each year it has changed and grown until I know that,
a decade from now, what I might say of it would seem like an echo of
what has been instead of what is."
Juliette gordon low 1925.

Founder of girl socuts this is one I use for all end of year ceremonies. It really helps the girls to feel they have and can continue to acheive.

Anonymous said...

A couple of quotes here...

"In war you can only be killed once. In politics, it can happen over and over again."--President Laura Roslin, Battlestar Galactica

"Sometimes we have to leave people behind so that we can go on, so that we can continue to fight. Sometimes we have to do things, that we never thought we were capable of, if only to show the enemy our will. When you can be this for as long as you have to be, then you're a razor. This war is forcing us all to become razors, because if we don't we don't survive, and then we don't have the luxury of being simply human again."--Admiral Helena Cain Battlestar Galactica

Amanda said...

Beautiful handspun!

In the midst of all these wonderfully deep quotes that others have left, here's one that popped into my head:

"The world is made for people who aren't cursed with self awareness."

Annie Savoy, in "Bull Durham"

moviefreek92 said...

"Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming swimming swimming," Dory from Finding Nemo

romelda McKee said...

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.
Helen Keller

I am so inpsired by this woman

Aster said...

You only have one life to live.

I'd like to say that I made that one up, but I probably heard it somewhere and adopted it. I love that quote.

Laurie~Let's Knit It said...

"What really matters most is what you do with what you have" HG Wells

I love the yarn, it is most beautiful.

Penny said...

Oh my G-d I love your yarns and this one is just georgous. There are lots of quotes but I really like this one.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body,but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming - WOW - What a Ride!

Dennine said...

A quote I love about overcoming fear:

"There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." Anais Nin

Gorgeous yarn!

Yodwynn said...

My favorite quote:

I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me nave or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman. --Anais Nin

Your yarn is amazing!

Debbie said...

Here's my quote -
Knitting is a boon for those of us who are easily bored. I take my knitting everywhere to take the edge off of moments that would otherwise drive me stark raving mad. ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much
Thnaks for the contest..I'd love to win. Debbie

Perry said...

"The faster I go, the behinder I get."

--- Ruth Bradford Wells Lowell

meatkinson said...

Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon. The Dalai Lama

kelly said...

Life's not fair, and we start from there. --Kennedy

bethanyg said...

"It's got raisins in like raisins." -"Better Off Dead"

Repeated often around here at mealtime. :)

knottygal said...

Mine is:
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
--Eleanor Roosevelt

I remind myself this every time when I feel that I dont deserve something good or when someone puts me down!

The Craftaholic said...

Here's mine
I drank to drown my pain, but the damned pain learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good behavior. -Frida Kahlo

"Happiness... it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort." Vincent Van Gogh

Trina said...

"The Land of Heart's Desire, Where beauty has no ebb, decay no flood, but joy is wisdom, time an endless song."

-William Butler Yeats

I've loved that one since I read it in the children's book 'A Time To Keep', when I was little.

Linda said...

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
--Eleanor Roosevelt

craftyminx said...

Here's my fav... just in time for v-day. "To be brave is to love someone unconditionally, without expecting anything in return. To just give. That takes courage, because we don't want to fall on our faces or leave ourselves open to hurt.
— Madonna

Furry with Ruffles said...

Can't tell you who came up with it but quote of the month for me is:
Sleep is just a sympton of caffeine depravation.
Something I seem to be living by just recently. Enjoy:)

Ulrika Reinholdsson said...

here's one from the cold north;

"Everything is utterley uncertain,
and that's what soothens me"

Too-tiki from the Moomins

Kim Miles said...

"No matter where you go, there you are." ~ Buckaroo Banzai ~

zebbiepie said...

Your yarns always look like a fun playground! Beautiful!

Here's a quote that is in line with the wisdom of MLK and continues to be relevant today given our new president and the challenges we face both as a nation and world community...

"Civility means a great deal more than just being nice to one another.
It is complex and encompasses learning how to connect successfully and
live well with others, developing thoughtfulness, and fostering
effective communication. Civility includes courtesy, politeness,
mutual respect, fairness, good manners, as well as a matter of good
health. Taking an active interest in the well-being of our community
and concern for the health of our society is also involved in
civility." - P.M. Forni

temptressyarn said...

"Don't eat anything that your great-grandmother would not recognize as food." --Michael Pollan

"I gave her my heart and she gave me a pen"--Lloyd Dobler, from Say Anything

Claude said...

Where attention goes,
energy flows,
and results show.

PJKnitter said...

If you torture data sufficiently it will confess to just about anything. -F. Menger

Donna said...

"You're never lost if you don't know where you're going"
T Massie

knitso said...

what a great idea!
"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted."
- Albert Einstein

Diane Pyle said...

Pray as if everything depended on God, Act as if everthing depended on you.

Lara said...

"Happiness is not a destination, it is a method of life." Burton Hills

alicia said...

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. -gandhi

Robin said...

"MOM! How do you expect me to control my life when I can't control my hair?"

--from my (now twenty-two year old) son, at the tender age of five, referring to his glorious Shirley Temple head of curls, after having been reprimanded by his kindergarten teacher for inappropriate behavior. I think that just about sums up the world in a nutshell...

Anonymous said...

This quote may not be exact, but it's at least close. From John Updike, in a poem about apples, Creation, etc:

But what brought about the Fall of Man/
brought out the best in Paul Cezanne.

Chris & Etta said...

If it is to Be, It is up to Me."
my Gramma Newman had this taped to her fridge for as long as I remember :)

AbracaDebra said...

Words that I ponder as I look at my yarn stash....

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy makin' other plans."

John Lennon