Before I announce the winner of the Tower of Yarn, I thought I'd show you one of the swans I made for the New Year's Eve party we attended. We were invited to a swank sit down dinner for 12 and I offered to bring dessert. I knew it needed to be special, and was thinking since I make a pretty mean Buche de Noel, maybe I'll make one decorated with a winter forest theme. But my girlfriend whispered in my ear, "psst, swans, make the swans!" So swans it was! Swans are not as difficult as they look. For each swan you'll pipe a pate a choux eclair shape for the body, and an S shape for the head and neck. After baking, you'll cut the top layer off the eclair and cut that top in half lengthwise to use for the wings. Fill the bottom cavity with chatilly cream and stick the neck and wings into the cream. The swan needs to swim in a pool of either chocolate or caramel sauce, or in this case, ollalieberry sauce. It made quite a showy show on New Year's Eve and seemed to be just the right ending for a big meal. You can read my original post about swans here and how and why I began to make them, also the how-to.
Now, on to the winner of the lovely tower: Congratulations to Kristie from Cultus Lake in BC, Canada! I've had quite a few Canadian winners for past giveaways so I think Canadians must be lucky! I've contacted Kristie and as soon as she sends me her address I'll pop the tower in the mail. Thank you all for entering, and if you didn't win this time, don't give up! I have 2 other giveaways scheduled for February and another in March. I love giveaways, love to enter them and love to have them on my blog. Also coming up, another free pattern that is in the works. I really appreciate and value your readership. Cheers to knitting!