This blog is mostly going to be my little place to talk about the novel I am writing. Which is why I stole a quote from one of my favorite tv shows, as this novel I am writing, I plan to finish, and at times.. it feels like an impossible thing. Also this is to journal my move to the UK, and starting my own business as an Indie Yarn Dyer

Happy Birthday Mum – a giveaway

Edited note: Remember, to get multiple entries you need to do multiple comments (not just saying “I followed this, this and this” in 1 comment). Otherwise my RNG won’t find you.


Today is my mum’s birthday. I cannot for the life of me remember how old she is, but that’s nothing new… I’ve never remembered. We’ll go with the classy reason of “To me… she is ageless.” Yeah… that one works.

The chocolate cake I made a few weeks ago is defrosting (first time ever freezing  cake… we’ll see how it goes.).

Her pressies are ready and waiting (yes, you might think I’m a good daughter. Truth is, I totally forgot it was her birthday, but luckily I bought her presents last year and didn’t misplace them.).

So Happy Birthday mum. Hope it’s a good one.

Now onto the giveaway. No, this really wasn’t planned due to mum’s birthday… but again.. I’ll just say it is.

I have not announced this new little project before because I’ve been too busy. (Really… I need a full time assistant, and an actual work space now. This is getting ridiculous.)

The Asylum For Wayward Yarn is being a secondary sponsor for the Crafty Diversions Fan Appreciation Knit Along.

I am absolutely honored to be a part of this. I really like her patterns (had quite a few of them queued without realizing it when I agreed to be a part of this KAL), and this is a huge step up into the big leagues for my little Asylum.

I couldn’t have done it without one of my fans/customers being juts totally awesome and dropping my name when the question about yarnies came up.

Well, right now I am very sleep deprived. And when I am sleep deprived… I do stupid things. This stupid thing, you will benefit from.

On top of the prizes I am going to be doing for this KAL, I am offering up one now.

Oh, I guess I should talk about those first.

1) You are allowed to purchase some of my new colorways that I have not debuted here on the blog. (I guess I should do that) My only rule is that you actually participate in the KAL if you buy the yarn. I’ll be sad if you don’t, and a sad Erin means no more giveaways. (I’ll put the new yarn pictures down below)

2) I will be doing a Finished Object random drawing winner from this KAL. Doesn’t matter what yarn you use, if you finish your shawl, you can possibly win one of my yarns in a colorway of your choosing.

3) I will be doing an Asylum Finished Object random drawing from this KAL. If you use an Asylum yarn, you get entered to win another skein from me, colorway of your choosing.

4) Oh wait… 4… that was just me giving a skein to someone already. Nevermind… ignore that. (Yes, someone has already been lucky)

So I’m a gonna do another (yes, what great sentence structure from me this morning…) drawing. Right now.

There are several ways you can enter.

“Like” The Asylum on Facebook. – This one is obvious as to why.

“Like” Me, the author on Facebook. – I know, it’s blatant self promotion, but hey… my Asylum.. my rules. And I bet a few of you didn’t know that I have an author page on there now. Well, now you know.

“Follow” me on Twitter. – I’m not sending you to my Asylum one on twitter because I don’t really use it anymore. Just go with my personal one. I’ll do yarnie goodness on there as well. And I’m trying to be better about using twitter. (Make sure in your entry comment you tell me who you are on Twitter so that I can associate you with it)

“Follow” this blog.- Seriously, just do it. I don’t think you’ll regret it.

And one last one because I’m totally about promotion right now…

“Like” Aether Horizons on Facebook. – If you don’t know what it is, it’s a novel I’m hoping to publish later this year. Does it have anything to do with this KAL? No. But it’s my baby, and again… my Asylum… my rules.

Comment here in the comments each action you take. (I’ll be checking, so don’t try to lie… ) For each action, please leave a separate comment (it just makes it easier on me when it comes to picking the winner, and if you shove all of it into one comment, you’ll only get ONE entry.).

Alright, I think my insanity is over for the moment. On to photos of new yarn goodness.

“Beware” inspired by the most awesome band “Bitter Ruin”. I kind of love them. Kind of more than I should. If you haven’t listened to them, you should. Go do it. You won’t regret it. This yarn was created as I am knitting a hat for Georgia, who is the more feminine half of Bitter Ruin. But that is a post for another day.

“Les Pacte Des Loups” inspired by the creature that actually terrorized the French countryside in the 18th century. The Beast of Gévaudan (huh, guess I could have named it that… non? Oh well, if I ever have to change the name… that’s what I’ll change it to.) was responsible for an estimated 210 attacks, resulting in 113 deaths and 49 injuries; 98 of the victims killed were partly eaten. Some say it was a giant wolf. Some say it was a hyena (I don’t give into the people who say it wasn’t due to not having the right amount of teeth. When you kill 113 people or more, you are bound to loose a few teeth eh?). Some say it was a wild boar. Some say it’s sire was a red furred Mastiff. Some even say it was a  Mesonychid. We will sadly never know.

“The Silver Kiss”, this one amuses me because while I was dyeing it I kept thinking it reminded me of Silver Kisses. Don’t ask why, it just did. I decided on Silver Kiss instead and only then remembered that The Silver Kiss was my very first vampire book that I read as a child. I’ve spoken about the book before, in my post about “Blood and Chocolate” by Annette Curtis Klause. She also wrote The Silver Kiss. So yes, I unintentionally named it after the first vampire book I ever read. It feels appropriate.

The photo does not do the yarn justice. The subtlety of the steam and brass and copper tones is gorgeous on this yarn. I can’t wait to see it knitted into something. I had been planning a series of Steampunk yarns for a long time now, this is just the first of what will be many. Oh hey.. there ya go.. there is the tie in to Aether Horizons. See, I can justify anything.

Copper Dragonflies is another in my Steampunk line. Inspired partly by the most fabulous friend of mine who is Copper Dragonflies. Her hats will be with me at Anomaly Con (ACK, another thing I haven’t posted about.. whoopsie. I guess I’ll be doing another blog post soon!) as she is my… “apprentice”. *shifty eyes*

The Governor’s Daughter is the next in the Parley of Pirates series. Betcha can’t guess who that’s supposed to be? I’ll give you 5 guesses and the first 4 don’t count.

“The Anguisette” is the latest in my Love as Thou Wilt series, based off the immortal works of Jacqueline Carey and her Kushiel Legacy. I think it turned out just perfect.

And last but most certainly not least…

Sleepy Hollow. I really wanted Fall colors for this yarn. I think I got exactly what I wanted. Headless horsemen, Ichabod Crane… things that go bump in the night…

Alright, you’ve seen all my new yarns (which other than for the KAL, will NOT be available until April, after the Anomaly Con is over.


65 responses

  1. Jo

    I just wanted to tell you how proud I am, and how your yarns just get more gorgeous. Well done, Erin. Everyone is in for a treat at the Con, and anyone who reads Aether Horizons is going to be in love with a certain fedora wearing man…. 😀

    March 10, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    • I couldn’t have achieved any of this without your support. You are the best Minion (assistant ) a person could ask for. *squish*

      March 10, 2011 at 12:23 pm

  2. Caryn Casey

    I not only like this idea I love it! Happy Bday to your Mum as well!:)

    March 10, 2011 at 12:29 pm

  3. IceCreamCake

    I liked your author page on Facebook. I really do want to read that when it comes out, by the way…

    March 10, 2011 at 12:30 pm

  4. IceCreamCake

    Now I liked your Aether Horizons page.

    March 10, 2011 at 12:31 pm

  5. Caryn Casey

    I like looking at your yarns on The Asylum on Facebook!

    March 10, 2011 at 12:43 pm

  6. Created an account just so I could ‘follow’ you!! :0) Thanks again for being so generous! (Megan-Elizabeth on Rav)

    March 10, 2011 at 12:44 pm

  7. Caryn Casey

    I like Valentine for a first name on your author page!

    March 10, 2011 at 12:47 pm

  8. Amanda Mitchell

    I’m a fan on facebook! I feel bad leaving more than one comment, but if it ups my chances…I’ll be that person!

    March 10, 2011 at 12:56 pm

  9. Amanda Mitchell

    The above statement was for a fan of The Asylum on Facebook…this statement is for I’m a fan of you as an author on Facebook!

    March 10, 2011 at 12:59 pm

  10. Caryn Casey

    I like your Aether Swag! You have a lot of talents lady!:) Get some much needed sleep!

    March 10, 2011 at 1:09 pm

  11. Hi there! I need sleep too..but I’m a Facebook fan

    March 10, 2011 at 1:24 pm

  12. And I follow you on Twitter. I’m @susank

    March 10, 2011 at 1:24 pm

  13. And lastly I liked your book on Facebook : )

    March 10, 2011 at 1:25 pm

  14. I “liked” Asylum for Wayward Yarn on facebook

    March 10, 2011 at 1:45 pm

  15. I “liked” your author page on facebook

    March 10, 2011 at 1:45 pm

  16. I “liked” Aether Horizons on facbeook

    March 10, 2011 at 1:46 pm

  17. I’m following you on twitter under ZombieQueenie

    March 10, 2011 at 1:46 pm

  18. Susan

    Happy Birthday to your Mum. I just liked your author page on facebook!

    March 10, 2011 at 1:55 pm

  19. Julie Martinez

    Well, I had already liked The Asylum…if I could like it again I would multiple times. 🙂

    March 10, 2011 at 1:56 pm

  20. Susan

    I also just Liked your The Asylum on Facebook

    March 10, 2011 at 1:56 pm

  21. Julie Martinez

    I liked you, the author on FaceBook… 🙂

    March 10, 2011 at 1:57 pm

  22. Julie Martinez

    I am now following you on Twitter under Julianne1983..

    March 10, 2011 at 1:58 pm

  23. Julie Martinez

    I liked Aether Horizons…

    BTW…these yarns are too die for…gorgeous as always…!!!

    March 10, 2011 at 2:00 pm

  24. Actually this is Erin’s Mum and I thank you for the birthday wishes and am sad I can’t be a party to the give-away. I will also graciously accept the compliments on my DD’s talents. After having harassed her to no end to get involved on Ravelry, she now has a career in the fiber business, that I am incredibly proud of.

    March 10, 2011 at 2:13 pm

  25. Shoshana

    I’m so glad to have discovered you and your yarns in the planning of this KAL. I look forward to getting to knit with some of your harn

    As one of the last people in the world who does not do Facebook or Twitter, thanks for allowing blog comment as an entry.

    March 10, 2011 at 2:36 pm

  26. Nancy

    Hey I “liked” Asylum Yarns on Facebook. You are really talented with fibers and colors.

    March 10, 2011 at 2:38 pm

  27. Nancy

    I’ll be following your novel progress on Facebook. I love to read and discovering new authors is exciting. Can’t wait to read your book!

    March 10, 2011 at 2:39 pm

  28. koiwitch

    Okie Dokie, FB’d and Twitter’ed and I think I tweeted the blog? Not sure, so totally incompetent when it comes to social networking sites.

    March 10, 2011 at 2:54 pm

  29. Lydia-Carlie

    Hi Erin!

    I like The Asylum, You-the Author, your upcoming book and I am now following your blog.

    I am looking forward to the yarn I’ve ordered; knitting in the Fan Appreciation KAL and reading your blog!

    March 10, 2011 at 3:20 pm

  30. From Erin: Remember, to get multiple entries you need to do multiple comments (not just saying “I followed this, this and this” in 1 comment). Otherwise my RNG won’t find you.

    March 10, 2011 at 3:24 pm

  31. Thank you for posting these lovely photos to look at! And also thank you for considering this comment an entry. (I hope it works!) There are still a few of us out here that don’t Facebook and Twitter. I wanted to be able to tell you which of the colourways was my favourite, but I simply can’t decide! Ticking off ‘notify me of new posts via email’ as well. 🙂

    March 10, 2011 at 3:25 pm

  32. koiwitch

    Like this? Following on Twitter (this would be post 2)

    March 10, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    • Exactly!!!

      March 10, 2011 at 3:58 pm

  33. Ok-I had already done all those things except subscribe to your blog-so done and done! Hooray for your new colorways-they’re gorgeous as usual! You inspire me in so many ways!

    March 10, 2011 at 4:08 pm

  34. Kelley Graves

    I like you on FB 🙂

    (and for real too;))

    March 10, 2011 at 4:30 pm

  35. Kelley Graves

    I like the Asylum on FB too 🙂

    March 10, 2011 at 4:30 pm

  36. I have liked the Asylum on Facebook! :0) (Megan-Elizabeth on Rav)

    March 10, 2011 at 5:50 pm

  37. Jennifer S

    I followed Asylum on FB!

    March 10, 2011 at 8:27 pm

  38. Jennifer S

    I followed you on FB!

    March 10, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    • #36 is the lucky winner!

      March 19, 2011 at 10:22 pm

  39. Jennifer S

    I followed you on Twitter!

    March 10, 2011 at 8:28 pm

  40. Jennifer S

    I’m following this blog!
    BTW, I’m looking forward to doing my first shawl ever with CraftyDiversion’s KAL and hope to look through your shop to find some yummy yarn!

    March 10, 2011 at 8:29 pm

  41. James Calhoun

    Just wanted to say hey and Happy Birthday to your mum.

    Hope you’ve had a good one today Wicked One. Look forward to seeing how the thawed cake worked. 🙂

    March 10, 2011 at 8:42 pm

  42. Your yarns are gorgeous. I liked you on facebook.

    March 10, 2011 at 9:25 pm

  43. Adding my comment that I liked Erin Gallagher in facebook :0)

    March 10, 2011 at 9:25 pm

  44. I liked the Asylum on facebook.

    March 10, 2011 at 9:25 pm

  45. And while I was browsing, I also liked Aether Horizons! I love this! I always have dreamed of writing something other than what was assigned in uni :0) Congrats on making such a huge and admirable commitment!

    March 10, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    • Thanks. Part of the reason for me talking/promoting it so much is partly for accountability on my part. If no one knows about it, then no one is disappointed when I just give up. But if people know about it, I can’t let my fans down. (Well, unless I give them something more awesome in lieu of)

      So when I’m tired and don’t feel like writing, I have a mental whip cracking from everyone. 🙂

      March 10, 2011 at 11:09 pm

  46. Helen

    I like the Asylum on Facebook.

    March 11, 2011 at 3:04 am

  47. Helen

    I liked your author page on Facebook

    March 11, 2011 at 3:05 am

  48. Helen

    I liked Aether Horizons on Facebook

    March 11, 2011 at 3:06 am

  49. Helen

    I’m now following your blog 🙂

    March 11, 2011 at 3:08 am

  50. Susan

    I love being exposed to new yarns. Your look beautiful. I cannot wait to see how the KAL and your yarn come together. I will be following along. Congrats on being a featured dyer!

    March 11, 2011 at 10:32 am

    • Susan

      Found you on Facebook. Now, off the Ravelry.

      March 11, 2011 at 10:35 am

  51. yarn-sitter

    I don’t play in the land of Facebook or Twitter either so I, too, appreciate the opportunity to leave a comment to play along. Just found you as a result of the Fan Appreciation KAL on Ravelry and love what you do! Thanks.

    March 12, 2011 at 5:18 pm

  52. Kelly C

    What wonderful yarns you have and I’m looking forward to seeing them knit up in the Crafty Diversions Fan Appreciaton KAL.

    March 12, 2011 at 9:45 pm

  53. Peg Younger

    I need to get my yarn orderd for the KAL! But I still am stuck on which colorway….love them all!!

    March 14, 2011 at 3:39 pm

  54. Peg Younger

    I already ‘like’ the Asylum on FB!

    March 14, 2011 at 3:42 pm

  55. Peg Younger

    Like YOU on FB!

    March 14, 2011 at 3:44 pm

  56. Peg Younger

    Like novel on FB!

    March 14, 2011 at 3:44 pm

  57. Peg Younger

    Tried to tell me duplicate…..Like ‘Asylum’ on FB…
    Don’t twitter!

    March 14, 2011 at 3:45 pm

  58. Peg Younger

    Since I am also a quilter; I love the little quilt pics!!

    March 14, 2011 at 3:46 pm

  59. Peg Younger

    And I put the blog in my favs! I am new to this; so a bit unsure about how to follow! I get ‘like’ on FB and how to fav things…I’m an old girl trying to learn all these new technology tricks!!

    March 14, 2011 at 8:41 pm

  60. Congrats on the hook-up. I can’t wait to see what the KAL has in store!!!!

    March 15, 2011 at 9:05 am

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