a birthday giveaway - CLOSED

Amazingly, we have been blogging for a whole year now. A little over a year since the conversation whilst driving back from a Devon beach in which we decided that it might be fun to have a try at creating a blog together. Neither of us realised just how much blogging would enrich our lives and how many lovely people we would meet along the way. What began as a dialogue between two friends about their crafting endeavours has expanded to include comments and inspiration from crafters all over the world. We really would like to say a huge thank you to all our readers over the past year. Every one is truly appreciated.

Not only is it our blogging birthday, but this week we reached the dizzy heights of 100 followers. 101, in fact. Two friends, two crafts, two cities and now two fantastic reasons for a giveaway. It goes without saying that we have for you two prizes, one from each friend and one for each craft.

From Laura:  

A copy of The Knitted Home. Recommended in the latest issue of Mollie Makes, this book is filled with lovely things to make for your home (including several crochet projects). Personally, I'm very taken with the tea cosy and matching mug cosy! Also included in the prize is a pretty skein of organic wool and some matching vintage needles and buttons. 

From Annie:

A copy of Scandinavian Needle Craft, I love the idea of embellishing sewing projects with embroidery and this book looked perfect for that. I have included a fairly random selection of material from my stash and some vintage buttons. All the material is cotton except for the pink spots which is oil cloth.

If you'd like to enter, just leave a comment on this post telling us which prize you'd like to win and letting us know either:

1. Which has been your favourite Nimble Fingers and Steady Eyebrows post so far?
2. What would you like to see more of on the blog next year?

If you feel like sharing the love by mentioning the giveaway on Twitter, or adding the button in the sidebar to your blog then we'd be most grateful! If you do, pop back and let us know and we'll give you an extra entry.

You don't have to be a follower to enter, but if you'd like to become one then we'd love to have you.

We'll keep the giveaway open for two weeks and draw a winner on Saturday 5th November. Good luck!

Love from,

Annie and Laura


  1. Wowee! what a beautiful giveaway!
    My Favorite post is this

    I found it hugely inspiring, to find a bargain dress which didn't fit and turn it into a stunning dress which did, it was a wonderful post...wish i could do that. would love to see more of those posts please ;o)
    if i was lucky enough to win i would LOVE LOVE LOVE Laura's knitting collection, the sewing collection is just as lovely but i already own Scandinavian needlecraft and by the way what a fab book.
    thank you for the chance
    love jooles x

  2. Congratulations on both milestones. It is hard for me choose a favourite post, but I would love to see more about you both and your crafting history.

    I would love the Scandinavian Needlecraft book. It is one I have drooled over, but I would take whatever was offered as they are both great prizes.

    I look forward to seeing more of you both over the next year!

  3. happy happy birthday. I hope there will be cake, birthdays always need cake. and congrats on the followers too. I've just had lots of fun looking back at some of your posts, how can I possibly choose just one, I am awe inspired by the dress making, drooling over the knitting, reminded that I Must make the beetroot brownies today, and happy to have found your friendship through your blog. (have retweeted your giveaway tweet)

  4. Happy Birthday!

    I have just joined and have just spent some time looking through your blog. Such lovely posts, finds and creations.

    My favourite was the Brocante (part one). I never knew the possibilities of vintage finds in France and I loved the fabrics and blanket, what a very special find. I have just started my blog and I do love a vintage find. I hope to see more of this on here!

    I would absolutely love to win the Scandinavian Needle Craft book.

    Katy x

  5. ohh congratulations its been just a year for me too, and you are right so many lovely people in blog land i did like your navajo wool post, i just love looking in places like that, they are like a little treasure. on the off chance that i do win, then i would love a chance on the scandinavian needle craft book, i noticed it the other day and thought ohhh x again well done girls lovely blog x
    helen x

  6. Congratulations ladies on such a lovely, original and visually beautiful blog. Asking me to choose a favourite post is a little like asking me to choose a favourite child so I won't do that, although suffice to say I love popping into your space to see what letters you have written to each other that particular day. I would be delighted to receive either of your splendid gifts and thank you for the chance.
    Happy weekend.
    Kate xx

    PS - thanks for putting my giveaway on your blog, of course I shall do the same for you!

  7. yay! congratulations... such a great blog.

    My fav post is:

    purely because I love our gorgeous city and like to see how others see it and live it! SO more please...
    xxx off to tweet about it. lou xx

  8. Congratulations to you both ~ I love the fact that your blog is unique and that it's written by you both. I think that my favourite post is the Queen of Hearts one ~ I just love the photo at the bottom of the small boy enjoying the jammy tarts ~ just lovely!! If I were lucky enough to win I'd love the knitting book please :O)x

  9. Congratulations on your first year! And what a truly lovely giveaway (my choice would be the needlecaft - gorgeous). I don't really have a favourite post - I am drawn to your blog because the concept is just so unique and that makes it all very interesting.Of course I love seeing what you have both made, but I also love seeing your flea market finds and just hearing about your lives. Here's to many, many more blogs xxx

  10. Congratulations! How can I possibly choose a favourite post, it's so hard but I will pick this one... http://nimblefingersandsteadyeyebrows.blogspot.com/2011/10/moonstone-veylas.html as I LOVE those mitts. Your give away is fantastic, again hard to choose, but I think the knitting book wins. Good luck for the next year, can't think of anything that needs improving!

  11. I think my favourite blog post was Annie's about being proud of her finished Cranford mitts because she'd struggled with them. And I'd been involved with the Cranford KAL too!

    Hard to pick between the prizes because they're both gorgeous, but I am definitely more of a knitter than a sewer, so the book, yarn, needles and buttons for me please :D

  12. hi annie and laura, so pleased to have discovered your wonderful blog! my favourite post is the yarn farm. having just spent time in ischia and being about to move to switzerland (as you know annie, from your comment on my latest blog post!), it strikes a chord with me. i'd love to be able to get the train to italy to stock up on lovely yarn (as it's much cheaper than in switzerland!). plus i love alpacas and would love to own one. i even suggested to the bristol knit club i attend that we could buy one collectively. laura, do you know about our knit club? come along if you fancy it! just tweet me @nancyflowers and i'll give you details. also i'm knitting with alpaca at the moment so lots of reasons to love this post.

    i would love to win the knitted home and yarn and will tweet about this giveaway in just a minute too.


  13. Hi, I loved the cranford mitts knit along series, having only picked up knitting this year I have been inspired to try more than just stocking stitch!

    If I was lucky I would love to win the knitting prize :)

  14. Congratulations on your blogiversary!

    My favourite post has to be http://nimblefingersandsteadyeyebrows.blogspot.com/2011/08/fruits-of-our-labours.html because I read it right in the heat of jam madness when I was filling every jar in a mile radius with anything I could get my hands on.

  15. Happy Birthday! Just found you and love the site! So far, my favorite is one about your WIPs...I love the little flowers! I can't wait to make some! I'm loving the jam ones too...this was my year to learn to can things!

    Thanks so much!

  16. Happy blogaversary to the tow of you!
    My favourite post to read and look at was the one titled "Navajo Wool". I love road trips, wool, and I loved the picture of the woman and goat weaving together. So very cute!
    I'd love to win the wool giveaway since I am a knitter! Cheers :)

  17. happy HAPPY hAPPy blog birthday!! :) my fave post i think was most recent http://nimblefingersandsteadyeyebrows.blogspot.com/search/label/yarn ...i think its beyond sweet to have someone you love come home baring sweet fabric treats..especially when they come from purl ;) ph yea and if i won id love to receive either of the wonderful gifts :)raineooc@yahoo.com /loveelle on rav

  18. Happy Blog birthday! I can not reply as to what my favorite post is as I have just stumbled upon the both of you via ravelry. Your blog looks absolutely delightful and I plan to add you to my list! I love to knit and sew! And I once lived in DC as well. Fun.
    I would love to win the knitting gift!

  19. Would it be terrible to say that THIS is my favorite post so far? Admittedly I'm new to your blog, but I'm looking forward to reading more in the future. I'm also a huge fan of organic fibers, so I'm very excited that you're giving away some O-Wool.

  20. I tweeted about your giveaway (@knittingviolets).

  21. I would have to say that this is my favourite post (mainly because I only just came across this blog). I love those books! I only have one craft book and really need more in my collection.

    Thanks for an awesome giveaway.

    I'm Knittinggirl13 on rav.

  22. I would love to see tutorials on knitting, sewing and crochet.

    Still Knittinggirl13 on rav.

  23. Hi,I'm Pj, Happy blog birthday!
    my fave post is:
    I love these books,I would like to win the Knittend Home book.
    Thank you for the change to win!
    I post your blog-candy banner in my sidebar

  24. I have loved the yarny blogposts - I am such a knitting dunce that I'm always in awe of your creations. I would LOVE to see more images of you together like the one in this post. It's fabulous to see it!

    (p.s. just tweeted)

  25. Congrats!!!
    I would love the first book. I am generally more experienced in knitting so I would appriciate more tutorials on sewing for next year...

    sophia.komninou at gmail.com

  26. Just grabbed the button too!

  27. congrats, lovely prize pack both! I'd love to win the knitting set, but ooh, the vintage sewing goodies are delicious, too! I've never been to your blog before, but after reading some older posts I liked this one ... http://nimblefingersandsteadyeyebrows.blogspot.com/2011/04/happy-days.html anastaciaknits at gmail dot com

  28. Well I'm pretty new to finding you through Twitter (which I'm still trying to get my head around, blogging I can figure out, but as I talk a lot, short stuff flumixes me) so I guess all I can say is I really like how you both manage to write a blog together and keep it individual.

    Definately love the knitting book as it looks lovely. Such a generous giveaway you know. I'll add a link too.


  29. I found you from Ravelry. I read through alot of the posts for the last year. I love the the love of knitting post I feel like that quite a bit. I would like to have the knitting giveaway if I win Thanks for this giveaway.

    lotsofhermies on Rav

  30. Came here from Rav, and spent ages and ages! I really liked the January article on granny square spread, as I have been meaning to do one for a while, bought some yarn, but just lacked confidence in choosing which colours to put together. Super article.
    Thanks to for the chance to win the super book The Knitted Home

  31. Hurray! Happy birthday. I've loved reading all your posts, but if I had to choose one it would be the story of the sewing machine. Also, love reading about your vintage finds (still coveting a fab plate 50s plate from months back). Would love the needlecraft book. Fingers crossed. C.x

  32. Wow.....it always feels great when you hit the one year mark on a blog! Congrats! I would really love to hear more about each of you and love the posts when you take something of little worth (old item) and turn it into a beautiful gem!

    I truly would be happy with either giveaway, however would love the knitting one as I already knit and would like to grow that talent.

    My name is Mallory and I am 18 years old. I have been sewing and knitting since I was very young, so I totally love you blog on ideas and helpful hints.
    Thanks for considering me.... Good luck with your giveaway!

  33. what lovely goodies! i love your blog the way it is so more of the same would be good please, hard to choose but the knitting goodies pip it to the post - it is after all knitting season round here!

  34. I sat down this evening to choose my favourite post and have only just realised that I have been re-reading them for an hour! I have decided that I can't choose just one. Instead I will choose two posts that have stuck in my mind. The first is The One Week Dress, amazing! The second is Wooly Wonderland, I love the idea. Keep it up ladies.

    The needlecraft book looks fab,
    H xxx

  35. I love the blog conversation that you are having - one post which stands out for me is the Cranfords - I keep meaning to knit them myself! Just keep on talking to us all - the variety is what makes it great!

    Pomona x

  36. PS I have just put your button on my blog!

    Pomona x

  37. Congratulations! so hard to choose a favourite post but I loved the transformation of the Hibiscus dress!
    If I was lucky enough to win I'd choose the needlecrafts book!

  38. Yay, a year! I loved the bird dress post, and the coffee and walnut cake, and the birthday crown, and and and - it's hard to choose favourites! Next year I'd like to see more of the same :) And I'd choose the fabric and needlecraft book if I happened to win.

  39. Ooh, that's a hard one ... favourite post ... The story of a sewing machine I think. If I were lucky enough to win either book would be just fine :D
    Big congrats on your bloggy anniversary!

  40. I enjoy reading your blog and hope for many happy returns! One of my favourite posts is "the story of a sewing machine". I like the writing style and the story and the happiness it projects.

    If I win, I'd love the knitting prize :)


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Annie and Laura x

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