Okay, finally I am able to post the prizes. I am hoping this will whet your whistle. I am sorry it cannot be more, but I was not able to get donations so this is what I could come up with.
I just started knitting again after a 1 1/2 year hiatus and am so happy that I thought if you do not already knit this is a great way to get started and if you do this is a wonderful book for your library. Everything else you can always use multiples of.
New York was fun! Soho was really the best part. Canal Street is just crazy (I bought a few inexpensive scarves) and the place was packed.
TOMA finally purchased the Astrakhan hat he has wanted forever, after he battled with himself about spending the money, from a vendor who makes them himself. I actually talked him into it because he has wanted it for so long. Even though I don't like the whole fur part of it, I eat meat and wear leather shoes and belts so I cannot preach. I am totally against fur so maybe I am a hypocrite.
My mom saved her money for years to buy a fur and of course I would inherit it. Just to irritate her, I tease her about donating it to the shelter to be cut up to make warm, soft animal cages. TOMA said since these animals already suffered I should keep it and use it. Since the house in Italy is probably cold in the winter, I should make a blanket for the bed from it. My animals would enjoy resting on that all day! Or I could sell it for money to build my dream shelter in Italy on our property--if I am strong enough in my old age to have a shelter.
Anyway, today is a very busy day and it is very late already, so please consider entering my contest, the rules are in the last post.
Baci e abbracci