Sunday, June 05, 2011

Giveaway Day: LaRue & Bamboo

Happy Sunday to you! It's strange to be posting today, because I usually take a break from the computer on Sundays. Today, though, I have a very good reason for being here. It's my Junebug Mom's birthday!

In honor of my mom, who not only loves plants and is an excellent gardener (in fact, she's a Master Gardener!), I am including a plant fiber yarn in our giveaway.
Today's yarn/hook/T-shirt package features The Yarn Place Vivace, which is a 100% bamboo Dk-weight yarn. This skein is from the #30 colorway and has 250 yards--enough to make a flirty, soft summer neckerchief.

Here are the rules to try to win this package. Good luck to you all!

 And happy, happy birthday to my mom, Margie LaRue (in a picture with me on my wedding day)! She's actually going to wince when she reads this because she has dropped the Margie and just goes by LaRue now. She even loves LaRue so much better that she gave it to me as my middle name. It's good to have an unusual name. The fact is, though, Mom, those of us who still think of you as Margie LaRue just can't help it. Please bear with us.
Here's another fabulous picture of my mom with one of her very favorite cousins, Wanda Nell, who is the mom of my cousin Vicki, who I wrote about on June 2. They have always been best friends as well as cousins, just like me and Vicki. Don't they look stunning?

My mom grew up in a lively household with one older brother and a passel of cousins. My grandparents took in all of my mom's first cousins (Granny's sister's brood) when their mom died, and they all became a bunch of sister/cousins and brother/cousins. My mom always complained of having to wear too many hand-me-downs and always being the little sister, but she loved them all.

Mom loved to play softball and loved to swim--even synchronized swimming--when she was young. After she had me and my sister, however, she went on to become an executive in the telecommunications field during a time when it was especially hard for a woman to climb that ladder. She is a tough lady, though, and made quite a success of it.

These days you can find her in the hills of NW North Carolina in her 100-year-old farmhouse tending her garden and researching family history, among other things. My mom is and always has been an inspiration to me to be strong, be yourself, and never give up.

I hope your day is going super well, Mom! Happy Birthday! I love you!

(Oh, and I am working on that blanket. I should have it knitted up just in time for your next birthday!)

21 comments:

Nicole said...

Love that blue! I think it would make a lovely summery beret! And happy, happy birthday to your mum!

Underground Crafter said...

The yarn is beautiful looking. Thanks for the giveaway.

Underground Crafter said...

I liked Mirth Designs on FB too.

Peppermint Mocha Mama said...

Happy Birthday Mama Junebug! Thanks for creating such a generous daughter who gives away such beautiful things.

La Rue said...

Thanks for the post and for the nice comment as well. I am very proud of my daughter Jennifer, better known to the knitting and crochet worlds as Jen Hagan. She has many talents which are now focused on design of beautiful items to be executed by others through use of her patterns. She is also still using her English teaching skills to make her patterns easy to follow and to provide blogs like this one. Thanks for describing me in such generous terms on my birthday. Love you.

Gracey is not my name.... said...

I just stumbled on here through Rav, although I have heard of your patterns before....very awesome giveaways you are having....the yarn is a gorgeous color and I love working with bamboo...

lorraine said...

happy birthday to your mom! what a beautiful blue yarn too! raineoc@yahoo.com

Brooke and Jonathan kamke said...

What a neat mom! And I love the name LaRue for a first name!

Nikki said...

What a beautiful colorway - happy birthday to your mom!

Bonnie said...

Happy birthday to your mom! The bamboo yarn is gorgeous.

Emma said...

What a great idea, doing a giveaway in honor of your mom! I love the way the name "Margie LaRue" rolls off the tongue, I imagine a dancer all dolled up :)

tamara said...

Happy Birthday to your Mom! The blue yarn is lovely, thanks for all the fun!

myhookandyarnadventure said...

Happy Birthday Momma!!! so nice of you to give her a shout out on your blog. That yarn is stunning, thanks again for the chance to win!

SillyLittleLady said...

Gorgeous Yarn! I'd probably make a summery scarf out of it :)

owlette said...

that yarn is a wonderful blue:) Hope your mom has a wonderful b-day.

owlette said...

I'm a follower

Kimberly R. said...

I'd love to enter - my favorite color is blue!
Thanks :)
kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

Vanessa said...

Happy Birthday, Mom! I love hearing about women who were trail blazers before it was hip!

Jaz said...

Happy Birthday Margie :)

fig said...

This one's closed--about to let the RNG pick the winner! See today's post. :-)

Inthesky said...

Many Happy Returns LaRue :)