There were 26 people who commented on the post who wished to be enter into the contest (there were two people who did not wish to enter the contest plus 1 duplicate comment) plus 3 additional entries (shown in green text in the image below).
Using Random.org’s integer generator I obtained the number 23:
And that means
Pattiisknittinginflashes is the winner of the book and bag! I’ve emailed you Patti so get in touch with your address and I’ll get your prize sent off to you!
This was much fun and thanks to everyone for your birthday wishes and, in some cases, quite literal monosyllabic comments! We’ll have to do this again sometime!