This post has been dusted off and taken straight out of the "According to Matt Archives". I originally posted this content on my old blog "Crochet & Crafts According To Matt". I thought that it was a shame for creativity and inspiration to lay dormant, so I'm recycling the content from my old blog, keeping it available for you all to read, reference and use as you please.


Today's the day we finally reveal the winner to our Y.A.R.N competition/give way!!!!!
Dennis and I have had soooo much fun reading all of your insanely creative responses to our 'give away" challenge!

We had no idea what kind of response we were going to get, but you have all exceeded any of our expectations!
So so many entries and every single one was individual, different and so very creative! They were all a million times better than the rubbish examples Dennis and I came up with! (What can I say...we're definitely not poets!)

Dennis and I have had a really hard time picking just two winners. I almost feel guilty that we can not give each and everyone of you a prize for your efforts!

Lets take a look at just some of the fabulous entries!

Penny's bright and creative entry:

An amazing and touching poem by Amylizzie:

Nothing like a spot of 'Scrabble" with the very creative Marlou:

 My colleagues at work even entered! :-)


As you can see so many diverse entries!!

Now for the extremely tuff decision! I can't quite explain how hard this is. We really would love to share this scrummy yarn with each and everyone of you. 
Here goes: 

Our second place Y.A.R.N winner is ....................... KATHY GUBBELS!!!
Kathy wrote us an extremely cute email. Dennis and I thought she sounded so sweet and when you read her email you will see what I mean! I just love it! So very very fun, simple and thoughtful!
I hope Kathy doesn't mind me sharing the email and entry with you all, Here's what she wrote:

Dear Matt and Dennis,

A few weeks ago, I read your article about the sale at your yarn factory. That night, was the first night I dreamt about you two and the yarn! I dreamt we were together with some of my friends at your place, and we went out to buy tons of yarn at the factory. Wow!!  After that, we all started to work on our crochet projects, it was amazing and we had delicious drinks, food and great music! Unfortunately I woke up.. Haha!

So about a week or so after that, the article about the give-away/contest came up. And I really wanted to come up with something cool. I wanted to write a song, of course about y.a.r.n! Unfortunately, I can't write music.. So I stopped. But some lines kept on floating through my head and I wrote them down. Well, music with these words plays in my mind but I have no clue how to write it down for you so you can understand it.. And no, I'm not going to sing it in some movie, because I'm too shy, hahaha!  Ehm, I'm Dutch so my English is not good.. And my grammar will be horrifying (is that a real English word?). But I would love to try it anyway, because I have dreamt about this yarn several times haha! Oh, and I just love to mail you two, to get in contact! You seem so kind and sweet!

Good. Are you two ready for my entry? I know that the meaning of y.a.r.n. I'm using Isn't original because it was given before on your blog, but I just couldn't get it out of my head.. Like an annoying song that's stuck for several days in your mind... Except this isn't annoying, its lovely!!! oh Matt and Dennis, I wish you could hear the melody too! I'm rambling.. Sorry ;-) anyway, here we go..

You two are Y.A.R.N! (= Y.ou A.re R.eally N.ice)

You Are Really Nice, that's the first thing I want to say,
You Are Really Nice, and two sweet men who like crochet!
So, are Y.A.R.N!

You Are Really Nice, and very, very  colourfull,
You Are Really Nice, and your creations are magical!
So, you are Y.A.R.N!

You Are Really Nice, to be so creative all the way
You Are Really Nice, to crochet, knit and paint every single day!
So, you are Y.A.R.N!

You Are Really Nice, and very talentfull,
You Are Reall Nice, and singing, dancing in a musical!
So, you are Y.A.R.N!

You Are Really Nice, and inspiring me in any way,
You Are Really Nice, and I would be happy to meet you two some day..
So, you are Y.A.R.N!

So one day I hope to be Y.A.R.N, just like the two of you,
But until then, I'll keep on getting  inspired by both of you :)

You two are Y.A.R.N!

Matt and Dennis, I wish you a lovely evening and thank you so much for your blog. It's very inspiring! And with all the pretty photographs, it's just georgeous ;-)

Big hugs,

It's cute isn't it? :-)
Kathy wins this scrummy bundle of  Universal Cotton:


1st place!!!!!..........Our first place winner receives these Merino wool cones: 

And....the...winner....is..... (drum roll please!!!!).......the very talented...... BEV EVANS!!! WOOOOOOP!!
Bev sent us this extremely fun poem, it captured our imaginations instantly!
Not only did Bev make this astonishingly good poem, she also sent through an illustration of Brian!
I'm completely and utterly in love with this Yeti!!!

Congratulations Bev!!! Can't wait to see what you will make with this lovely yarn!!

We do hope you have all had fun doing something a little playful and different.
Dennis and I sure have had a blast!!
Until next time.....

This post was originally posted on 16th April 2012.
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