4.12.2010

giveaway #11

Last giveaway's winners are: mountainweaver, you have won the pattern and the lovely yarn to make the vest, and Crochetbunnii, you have won a copy of the pattern. Congratulations! Please shoot me an email at yarnonthehouse@gmail.com with your info to claim your prize.

Boy-oh-boy, do I have a special treat for you today! I am happy to announce our guest designer, blogger, podcaster of the week: Alana Dakos from Never Not Knitting.




For those of you who don't know Alana, she is the writer and photographer of the popular Never Not Knitting blog as well as the voice behind the Never Not Knitting podcast. Over this past year she has gotten into the world of knitwear design and has self published many popular patterns that you can find here and in yarn shops across the world .

I got the exciting opportunity to speak with Alana recently, and we decided that it would be fun to do a personal interview as an audio recording for my blog, since Alana is a podcaster. Alana's candid interview delves into her personal life a little more, which is a nice addition to the knitting talk we are used to and know from her regular podcasts. You may learn a thing or two about her that you may not have known before...enjoy!









If you are having trouble seeing the player to listen to the interview (should be right above this sentence), please visit the following link: http://yarnonthehouse.com/podcast/yoth_nnk_interview.mp3


Alana offers a wonderful selection of beautiful knitting patterns on her site and for this week's giveaway she is hosting SIX winners the chance to win a signed copy of her best selling pattern, the Cedar Leaf Shawlette.




Along with this fantastic pattern, the SIX winners will also receive a copy of Alana's Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe! If you don't know what I'm talking about, then you probably haven't listened to the recording yet!




And, that's not all! ONE lucky, lucky, lucky winner will also receive 2 skeins of HandMaiden Lady Godiva yarn in the Cedar colorway! This yarn giveaway is sponsored by the absolutely wonderful, fantastic, super online shop ONE PLANET YARN & FIBER.

If you have not had a chance to visit the One Planet Yarn and Fiber shop, you need to take a look. They carry a beautiful selection of quality yarns and fibers. One Planet is also offerring all the YarnOnTheHouse followers 10% off through the end of May when you use the coupon code: House10.




I would like you to do the following if you would like to be entered into this week's giveaway:


1) Have an address in the US to ship the yarn to. If you have a friend or relative that has a US mailing address who is willing to be your shipping sponsor, that will work as well. I will send it to them and they can then forward it on to you.

2) Post a comment on this blog post by the end of Sunday, 4/18/2010, telling us if you have used any HandMaiden yarns before and if so, what you think of them. If you haven't had the opportunity to try HandMaiden yarns, you can just leave a general comment for the blog, Alana, or One Planet. Have fun!

3) Please post only one comment to give everyone a fair chance.

Again, I'll randomly pick the winners on Sunday and post the results on Monday along with the new giveaway, so be sure to check back. Good luck everyone.

Sincerely,

Ve

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Nuttygal said...

I have not had the pleasure of knitting with Handmaiden yarns. I have felt a few of the different yarns and they feel wonderful.

Phyllis said...

No, I've never had a chance to use any of their yarns, but I would love to! :-)

Jenn said...

I'm always late to the yarn party... I've never used any Handmaiden yarns but love the colors I've seen.

kat said...

I haven't had a chance to try HandMaiden yarns yet, but I've always seen such great reviews... and that color - beautiful! :) What a great giveaway... I'm already rumaging through my desk to find cookies to make it through the day!

Erron Rose said...

*drools* Yarn and cookies. Pretty much the best combination ever. That yarn is absolutely gorgeous. The interview was awesome too. :]

Jane Prater said...

I love sea silk made from sea cell. I am hoping for more jewel tone colors in this yarn. It drapes magnificently and knits up lovely in lace.

*Michelle* said...

I haven't yet tried this yarn... but I'm hoping to. Beautiful!

Kelly K. said...

What a giveaway! I haven't tried this yarn but I sure would love to!

Tanzi said...

I haven't used this yarn before, but that colorway is GORGEOUS! I can't wait to check out the Never Not Knitting blog and podcast!

Rebekah Pope said...

I haven't used this yarn before, but it looks and sounds lovely!

Barb T. said...

I haven't used the yarn, but I sure would love to give it a try!!
Barb T.

Erica said...

I have used Handmaiden yarn and it is wonderful! I would love to knit again with it. Crossing my fingers that one day I will win. Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Luv,luv, luv Alana's blog and patterns. Have never knitted Handmaiden yarn, but the depth of color is enticing. Thanks for putting the podcast on your blog.

One designer I would love to hear more about is Leslie from tikkunknits (on Ravelry).

Knitella on ravelry

Jules said...

What a gorgeous skein of yarn! Yummy looking.

Now what ? said...

Oh wow! I've never used the Handmaiden before...it looks lovely! I can't believe how much I am loving greens more and more! Thanks for the chance to win!

KnittyBron on Ravelry

Kim said...

I haven't knit with Handmaiden, but I did help wind a friend's SeaSilk once. It was really nice stuff!

knitnewbe said...

I've become a huge NNK podcast fan and have heard Alana rave about the handmaiden yarn and would love to try it for the cedar leaf shawlette pattern.

Brenda said...

I enjoy Alana's podcasts and would love to win the contest.

I have used Handmaiden Casbah, which must be the softest, squishiest sock yarn ever.
I have also made a shawl with miniMaiden, which is wonderful too.

Ravelry ID = goodstuff

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Karen said...

I have never used this yarn, but the color looks lovely! I've been following Alana for a couple of months now, ever since I stumbled upon the Sheepish cardi on Ravelry. I loved the Cedar Leaf Shawl pattern when she first introduced it (and LOVE that hat she is wearing in the photo)!

Young Knit Chick said...

I love that you give us all the opportunity to maybe experience these wonderful yarns... although I have never worked with this yarn, I would love the opportunity.

Diane Wright said...

I have not used this yarn, but I have saved it in my favorites so I can keep an eye on it. Hope I win.

The Litter Box House said...

Alana has gushed so much about this yarn that I've been dying to try it. I'm a complete Handmaiden virgin. Will you please take my virginity?

;)

Selkie on Ravelry

Donna said...

A bee-u-ti-ful shawl, gorgeous green yarn (one of my obsessions) and chocolate chip cookies! OH MY!!

Rachel D. said...

I have some Fleece Artist yarn, which is related to Hand Maiden (Fleece Artist=mother, Hand Maiden=daughter) and it is absolutely wonderful. I would love to try Hand Maiden as well. Beautiful color!

denise said...

I live overseas and have not had the opportunity to try this yarn. I will be back home this summer and am so excited to try this yarn (even if I don't win it!) later this year. I am in a green mood right now and this would be a wonderful addition to my stash.
(Yes I have a US address)

Virginia said...

I've never tried any of teh Handmaiden yarns before. I have the Cedar leaf pattern in my shopping cart on Ravelry waiting to purchase - I just need the yarn.

Amanda said...

So glad to find your blog through Never Not Knitting! Great giveaway...

sarah said...

I have never used Handmaiden yarn but it looks pretty :) Be fun to try it out!

sadiekate2001 at yahoo.com

Kristen said...

What a gorgeous color! It really does evoke leaves. How lovely.

Michelle said...

I have a skein of Handmaiden Casbah, but haven't used it yet..I love Alana and her podcast..and found you through her...

Cheryl said...

I have not used the yarn yet but it looks wonderful. I am currently working on the cedar leaf pattern that is WAY above my knitting skills but it's worth it! The cookies look yummy too.

mike and chenoa said...

I have never used Handmaiden, but it looks delectable. Thank you for this fun podcast!

firedryad1 said...

I have never used Hand Maiden before, but I may have to now, I love that color!!

Natty Knits said...

I haven't used it yet, but I would love to use it with the Cedar Leaf pattern!

Terry Cammack said...

I have never used Handmaiden yarns before, but I love the color. I listen to Never Not Knitting and have always wanted to make the Cedar Leaf Shawl.

cmgurganus2 said...

I have some Casbah but haven't committed it to a project yet. The giveaway looks fantastic!

Abbie said...

Wow, that's a lot of stuff. I have never had the pleasure of working with Handmaiden. Mmmm, cookies. I want some now :)

Rosie said...

I'v enever used Handmaiden yarn, but what's in the picture is gorgeous! Alana's podcast is great!

Cat said...

I have never used Handmaiden yarn, but I covet. Oh how I covet.

Dale,Lindsay and Shannon said...

Thanks for this giveaway!

Helene said...

I am a big fan of Alana's postcast and her patterns. I have never used Handmaiden yarns before but this yarn looks so beautiful. I would love to make Alana's shawlette with it!

greenbean said...

I haven't had a chance to work with this yarn yet but i love Alana and all of her patterns. I would love to win this giveaway..

BAM_2006@hotmail.com

Sara Raasch said...

I've never used handmaiden, but that yarn is gorgeous.

knitterlydesigns said...

I love Alana's patterns. I have made the shawl twice but have not had the chance to use Handmaiden, although I would love to.

Angie S. -Aurora, CO

Emily said...

Ooooh , enter me! The yarn is beautiful!

Passionate Design said...

I suppose I have to confess that not only have I not knit with Handmaiden yarns this is the first I've heard of it. However, I would love a chance to try it out!

jill pickle said...

Looks like wonderful yarn!

becca said...

I've never used Handmaiden Yarn, but I'd love to and I'd love to make the Cedar Leaf Shawlette. Thanks for hosting this awesome giveaway!

Momika said...

I've never used HandMaiden before, but searched it out after purchasing the Cedar Leaf Shawlette pattern. I'd love to make one with the Lady Godiva it calls for.

great site - I'll be back again!

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penelope10 said...

I have a beautiful skein of Handmaiden to make the beautiful Cedar Leaf. Just wanted to finish off a few projects first. It looks wonderful to work with.

knittingknirvana said...

I've never used Handmaiden, but man would I love to!!! :)

Carisa said...

I have not used the yarn, but would love every minute of it, I'm SURE! Great giveaway!

katerina said...

Alana's got a great podcast, and I already have her great patterns! I haven't used any of the Handmaiden yarns, but I hear they're wonderful!

Whisp3rd said...

I haven't had the opportunity to try Handmaiden before but I have definitely coveted their yarns.

The yarn looks absolutely perfect for the shawl!

ALC said...

I have never used this yarn but it sounds and looks wonderful!

shannon said...

Never used the yarn but looks beautiful!

Kay said...

I have never had the chance to use this yarn but it looks lovely...as for your blog I am a new reader but a yarn giveway once a week is something that I can learn to love ;)

Deborah said...

Handmaiden yarns are just wonderful! I used Casbah to make a cowl with and it was one of the nicest yarns I've worked with in a long time! I've got some SeaSilk that hasn't decided what it will become yet...

Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

Sereknitty said...

I have recently purchased a 150g. skein of the Handmaiden seasilk, in the Nova Scotia colourway. While I adore simply gazing at it, or fondling it's amazing silkiness, I've yet to find THE perfect pattern that will live up to it! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

Beth said...

I've never used this yarn, but it looks absolutely beautiful! I absolutely love that shade of green.

Crochetbunnii said...

I have not been able to use Handmaiden yarns. My LYS carries only a few brands and this, unfortunately, is not one of them.

Thank you for the podcast and for introducing me to Odeo. We may be able to use this program for our author interviews at my library (hooray!)

mysticmoon said...

My favorite color! Would love to knit this yarn. j.mysticmoon@gmail.com

Jennie said...

Love the Cedar Shawlette pattern. Have knit it over 6 times and keep getting requests for it. Love the yarn choice too!

tahli said...

I have never used handmaiden yarns as I have only just started knitting. The colour is just gorgeous, will add to my ever growing list of yarns I must try.

brenna said...

I'd love a pattern or the yarn. I have never used handmaiden beffore. Sadly I could not use the cookie recipe because I am gluton free

Spikey said...

I'm in it for the cookies ;-)

Have not tried that yarn, but would love to!

Elizabeth said...

I've never used that yarn, but I'd love to try it. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

Barbara said...

Unfortunately, I have never knitted with HandMaiden before, but it has been on my wish list!

I greatly enjoyed the interview with Alana. NNK is one of my favorite podcasts; in fact, I worked up the nerve to record my own sad knitting story in Episode 18 (the Murphy's Law Felted Clogs). I'm bdpknits on Ravelry in case anyone wants to make a new friend.

Also, I am very excited to have discovered this great new enabling knitting blog!

knittingdancer said...

I have never tried Handmaiden yarns. I love listening to the podcast with Alana.

Knittingdancer on Ravelry

Jennifer Grant said...

I have never used this, but felt it once and it is so awesome! Would love to win it...thank you for the chance to win!

bookagent said...

I have not used this yarn yet but it looks lovely. I bet it's az dream to work with. What a nice giveaway!

womanwithstixs said...

I have not been introduced to your Handmaiden Yarn but I can tell it's the type of yard my hands and needles would fall in love with and will want more and more. Love yards that do that to me.

cdeavers said...

I have never had the pleasure to use this yarn..but it loos awesome!

Anonymous said...

I recently purchased the Cedarleaf Shawlette pattern and this looks like the perfect yarn for it! I found your blog through Never Not Knitting and hope to be back regularly!

bookboxer

annemarie said...

I have never tried this yarn but I sure would love to - sounds yummy.

Erin said...

I haven't used Handmaiden before but the yarn looks absolutely lovely. I may have to find some in a store near me so I can drool over it in person!

Jen said...

Oh! I have never used it either but so hope that I win. Thank you!

Anne Risler said...

Have never used this yarn, but am a huge fan of Never Not Knitting patterns.

Catherine said...

I've never tried HandMaiden but it looks very enticing. And I'm going to check out the podcast too. Thanks for the give-away.

ZaftigDelights ~ KnitzyBlonde said...

Another fabulous giveaway, Ve!! I checked out Alana's "Never Not Knitting" and it is just beautiful. Lovely photography, and her patterns look wonderful. I would love to knit up the lovely Cedar leaf shawlette!

Sandie
zaftig2k at yahoo dot com
http://zaftigdelights.blogspot.com

Melaleucamom said...

I have yet to use this gorgeous yarn ,and am now looking for the perfect project. Alana's work is gorgeous, be sure to check out her blog!

Andrea@Mikeal.org

Sun Chee said...

I made a lovely shawl with the Sea Silk and I will be making a shorten version of the Clapotis with my other skein. Lovely, rich, brilliant colors and feel to the yarn.

karen said...

i have not used handmaiden yarns but would like to!
all alana's patterns are so pretty.
thanks for the generous giveaways!

Heidi said...

I have never even hear do f Handmaiden yarn before. Thanks for promoting it---without a LYS I appreciate learning of interesting online stores.

The Alaska Venhauses said...

I have not had the opportunity to try this yarn as it is not sold in Alaska-to my knowledge. But I would love to try it with the beautiful Cedarleaf Shawlette.

Carolyn

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renewedmind on ravelry said...

Wow! How incredibly generous! I've never seen Handmaiden yarns in person, but would love to try some. I am so glad to have just found your blog :0) So exciting!

Cynthia in NC said...

I have not knit with this yarn before. It looks lovely. I love the Cedar Leaf Shawlette. Thank you for a wonderful Blog site!

hmhodge said...

Enjoyed the podcast. I'm thrilled to find out that Alana is designing a garden tee for adults and I hope girls too.

I have never knit with HandMaiden yarns before. There colorways are amazing.

Sue Dial said...

I would love to try this yarn.. thanks so much for the giveaway.
I hope only one post shows up. One got lost somewhere. sorry if there are two.

teresa said...

Never tried Handmaiden, but would love a chance to. Also, I love Alana's podcast, and have listened to them all!

Jessica said...

Never tried this yarn, but it looks delicious! :)

Kathy Rasmussen said...

I have never used Handmaiden yarns but would love the opportunity to try one out!

LaDonna said...

I've never used this yarn before, but it looks gorgeous (and green is my favorite color). The Cedar Leaf Shawlette looks like the perfect pattern for this yarn.

Kimberly said...

Beautiful yarn and I love Alana's patterns! I have never had the privilege of knitting with HandMaiden Yarn. This blog is full of eye candy!

Amy said...

Nice podcast. I have not used HandMaiden yarn before. The Flaxen in the Topaz colorway looks nice. I may just have to use that 10% off coupon.

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Jean Ashley said...

I love Handmaiden yarns from afar, unfortunately--the colorways are luminous and lovely, and I've never been able to decide which to buy and what to make with it.

I think Alana is very talented (love the podcast and read her blog religiously), and I loved the interview--thanks for the generous giveaway!

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adodds said...

I'm a loyal listener and love Never Not Knitting. None of the LYS's here carry Lady Godiva yarn and green is my favorite color. The Cedar Shawlette is beautiful and definitely on my to do list. Anita

Stephanie said...

I have never knit with HandMaiden yarns, but I saw a skein of Sea Silk in a rich sapphire like color at an out of town LYS and it was absolutely beautiful. I would love to win two skeins of Lady Godiva, as the Cedar colorway makes a beautiful Cedar Leaf Shawlette. Thanks for another great giveaway, Ve!

StephCat said...

I've not yet used any Handmaiden but the skeins I've seen look (& feel) gorgeous.

Katie Baird said...

Hi Alana,

I have two lovely skeins of Handmaiden: one of mini maiden and one of camelspin. Purchased them in December 2009 at Loopy in Chicago. I am waiting, waiting, waiting for inspiration to lead me down the right path and haven't done anything but cuddle with these skeins. Oh. I have wound them into balls using my TinkerToy swift and nostepinne.

Cathrine McClure said...

That was a lot of fun to listen to! Thank you for the interview. I haven't tried Handmaiden yarn but it looks absolutely beautiful.

K. said...

I have never used Handmaiden yarns before. Cedar is a gorgeous colorway. I also enjoy reading Alana's blog and her patterns are fantastic.

Pavla said...

I have not knitted from this yarn before, but would love to try!

Terra Zobrist said...

Sounds like this yarn is fabulous. I can't wait to try some.
terrasue@cox.net

Pamela said...

Beautiful yarn in a gorgeous color! I have never used it before, but I will be looking out for it in the future.

tulipgirl said...

I have wanted to try Handmaiden yarn for ages and the pattern looks wonderful! I've got my fingers crossed. :)

Liz said...

I'd love to win the Handmaiden yarn and shawlette pattern as I've never made a shawl before...I think it would be a great first! I've been eyeing it since I found the Alana's blog.

Kathy said...

I've never tried Handmaiden yarns, but anything Alana likes is great by me. I love her podcast amd will look forward to following your blog!

kewpiedoll99 said...

I've not used the yarn, but I would love to! It looks beautiful! Thanks!

Máiréad said...

Using my new iPhone so hoping to get to listen to Alana's podcasts on it :)

many thanks
Máiréad

Sheryl said...

I haven't tried this yarn, but it looks delicious! Thank you for sharing your blog! I love this new source of info!

The 3 "JT's" said...

I have only begun to explore the wonderful world of luxury yarns and I cannot wait to try HandMaiden. I understand it is fabulous!
Jenny (jrt35 on ravelry)

Janelle said...

I have never used this yarn but it looks awesome. I love the color! I'm a huge Never Not Knitting fan! Thanks for the giveaway.

Jeannie D said...

THE YARN IS SIMPLY GORGEOUS! COUNT ME IN1

Tinkie said...

I have not used Handmaiden but Alana's description of the yarn is enough to get me to give it a try! Thank you for this great giveaway!

leZley said...

Haven't used Handmaiden yet, but the colors are lovely!

Alice said...

I have never knit with Handmaiden yarns but my sister has and they're beautiful. I really hope I get the chance to use some in the future!

Anonymous said...

Have not used this yarn yet. Enjoy listening to Never Not Knitting.

harriet said...

I have some gorgeous HandMaiden yarn in my stash. Just haven't had the opportunity to knit something with it. Saving it for something special. Will match it up sometime soon, I hope. The colorway of your yarn is simply lovely.

Love listening to Alana's podcasts. Thanks for the givaway.

Alexsandria said...

I've never used this yarn, but I'd love to! It looks so yummy and soft. and it's my favorite color too. Those cookies look good as well. I do listen to Alana's podcast and I love it. It's always a treat to listen to.

Hishandmaid said...

I haven't used Handmaiden yarn. I just heard of it a few weeks ago.

I loved, loved, loved this interview. Alana, would you consider doing a you tube video of your knitting technique?

JP said...

I've never used the Handmaiden yarns sadly. I'm a bit leery of my knitting still to invest in gourmet (so to speak) yarn. I think I'm waiting for the perfect project.

Just a side question for the designers and yarn companies-I'm curious as to how sustainable the craft industry is in this economy. With people looking to cut back extra expenses, how are the indie companies and small designers hanging on?

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful blog. You were referred to me by Susan B. Anderson of Itty Bitty Hats fame. I'm excited to listen to your blog.
Sharon in Va
skfrodier@aol.com

lizchatwell@yahoo.com said...

the cookies & yarn both look delish!

Tami said...

i have not used this yarn before but the color is gorgeous!!

Susan said...

I have never used Handmaiden yarns. The Cedar Leaf Shawlette is beautiful!

Kristen said...

I have never used this yarn but it's absolutely gorgeous. I have just started listening to Never not knitting and have fallen in love with it! Please enter me in the drawing!
-Kristen from North Carolina

Estella said...

I've never used this yarn before but have always wanted to try it. I've read Alana's blog for quite a while and was so excited to see this contest.

Lisa said...

Alana's podcast is a favorite of mine. My obsession is yarn. What a great blog!!

Doula Mommy said...

I have never used this yarn before but it looks delightful! I love Alana's patterns! Thank you for the generous give-away!

Made by Hand on Planet Earth said...

Thanks for a lovely blog! I have never used this yarn, but it looks so enticing! Thanks for the opportunity to try some!

Suzanne in rural Ohio

jlr said...

I've never used Handmaiden, but it sounds good. I'll be glad to listen to the interview with Alana - I'm currently catching up on old episodes of NNK podcast.

danielle said...

i have never used Handmaiden yarns before but the one shown looks gorgeous! Ooohh how exciting!

Rzimmerman said...

I have not had the opportunity to use this yummy yarn - but can say that I have heard a lot of great things - what a generous give-away...I also have really enjoyed the never-not-knitting blog and podcast...thanks

Arlene said...

I've knitted with, and absolutely love, Handmaiden Casbah! Great blog!

Laura said...

I love the yarn and the pattern.
I have never used HandMaiden yarn.I have favorited many projects on ravelry using HandMaiden yarn...it looks amazing!
Thank you both for the generous giveaway.

beccalou said...

I love, love, love handmaiden and fleece artist yarn. It's soooo yummy. I'm also new to the podcast and I have to say, I now look foward to the days when it appears in my itunes library!

Armida said...

Hello,
What a great giveaway! I haven't had a chance to use this yarn before, but it sure looks beautiful! I really like the ceder leaf pattern, it's so elegant. And I enjoy each and every one of Alana's podcasts!
Thank you,
Raili

P.S. Wow, the cookie recipe, yay!

Tricia said...

I've never used the Handmaiden yarns yet but I'd love to try! Wonderful interview, it was fun to learn more about the beginnings of Never Not Knitting!
Thanks, Tricia

PurpleGoddess said...

d the pleasure of knitting with Handmaiden yarns YET, but hope to soon, that is a gorgeous colorway!

jepkey said...

I have never used this yarn but would love to try it AND this pattern. I eyed this pattern a few months ago on Rav and think it's just lovely. I just found your blog and look forward to reading back posts. I'm jepkey on Ravelry.

Poethead said...

Hand Maiden and Fleece Artist is some of my favorite yarns. The colors are amazing. I just ordered Woolie Silk 3-Ply in the Salt Spray colorway. It's gorgeous. Thank you for your give-away!

Steph said...

I've used Handmaiden's Sea Silk & it is very lovely. The Cedar is a gorgeous colorway. Thank you for hosting such a generous giveaway!

emy said...

This yarn is certainly not available in Singapore and I would certainly wish to lay my hands on them!

Thanks for setting up this giveaway!

Morgan said...

I have used Handmaiden Seasilk and it is fabulous! I would love to use some for the Cedar Leaf Shawlette:)

Alissia said...

I've never used Handmaiden yarns before but it is definitely on the to-do list! Thanks for the great giveaway!

Sandy said...

i have never used this yarn, so thanks for the chance to win it! great blog!

JaneM said...

I have used this yarn for sock - gorgeous and very comfy socks - it is so beautiful that a shawl would be a better choice to show it off!

Sara said...

That yarn looks yummy!!! The color is so pretty...

Love your giveaways - and new patterns! Yeah, I love new patterns.

Jen said...

I have never used hand maiden yarn, but have always admired it!

Nancy said...

Love Alana's blog and just finished her sweet striped sweater for my granddaughter. I think it was the photo of her beautiful daughter that encouraged me to use the pattern!

Thanks for an opportunity to win.

splendid said...

i am so happy that i found your blog and all the splendid treats that you find for us!

this yarn looks yummy soft!

Rebekah said...

I haven't used Handmaiden yarns before, but they're beautiful! :)

Darlene said...

Oh what a wonderful blog thanks ofr this chance to win such a lovely gift! I have never used Handmaiden yarns but what a luxuary to win!
Thanks, Good luck to everyone!
Darlene in PEI

Elly said...

I've been dying to try some handmaiden yarns! I hear so many good things about their yarn. Thanks for this opportunity to win a wonderful yarn, pattern, and cookie recipe by Alana :)
I can't wait to have them all!

Eliana
Chandler, AZ
(Iknitcupcakes-Ravelry name)

JuliaB said...

I haven't used Handmaiden yarn but I have thought about purchasing it often after seeing Alana's Cedar Leaf Shawlette.

Karate said...

I'm not sure if my comment went through the first time!

I've used the seasilk and everything about it is fantastic - drape, colour, feel, etc. It's a pretty great treat.

Carrie Powers said...

I love the Never Not Knitting Podcast and Alana's patterns!

Elizabeth MacR said...

I am so excited about this blog and the giveaways! Thank you so much for doing it. I have never used this yarn but I love the colorway and pattern.

Jackie said...

I used Handmaiden yarn for a Melody shawl. Beautiful depth of color. Thanks for the giveaway!

mprezzia said...

I haven't used any Handmaiden yarns before(LYS doesn't carry it.) but I love the look of it. I also love Alana's podcast. It was fun learning more about her in your interview.

Jenifer said...

I have never used Handmaiden yarns but would love, love, love to. As for this shawlette, I spotted on Ravelry a few months back and think it's wonderful. Thanks for hosting this site, I look forward to going back to read previous posts

JuliaA said...

i've never used handmaiden yarn, but a friend of mine brought some over to pet when we were having a s&b. i loooove it--so soft and pretty!

k_purls2 said...

I have not used Handmaiden before but I really wanted to try the seasilk. I pick it up everytime I go the yarn store downtown. I saw one of Alana's patterns in a FO on someone else's blog and queued it in ravelry. And, I've had a taste for chocolate chip cookies all week! I stayed up late last night trying to concoct some. Talk about full circle! Thanks!

Pat said...

I have two skeins of Handmaiden Sea Silk waiting for a break in the action. I'm actually looking for a suitable project worthy of their lusciousness. I'll have to check out the podcast, I love to listen while I knit.

Denise/CT said...

Alana I never look at green yarn the same way anymore. I always think of your podcast Never Not Knitting and you. I've never used Handmaiden yarn before, it would be a real treat to win the contest.

Sarah Beth said...

Thank you for the chance to win such a beautiful prize. I am thrilled to add your blog to my list after finding the link from Never Not Knitting.

patrice Kehoe said...

I really love Alana's podcast, especially the song. I have been thinking of making the Cedar Leaf Shawlette. I think it is one of the most beautiful patterns around. Thank you for your patterns, knitting tips and humor.
Patrice K.

Amy said...

I have never used Handmaiden yarn but would love to have the chance.
What a great pattern too!

blogless amy@iceboxofpa.com

Ana said...

I've never tried it, but would love to win...
Ana

Kelly said...

What a great giveaway! I really want to try the Lady Godiva yarn and the Cedar Leaf pattern. Those beautiful pictures just make it too tempting! -kelly m.

Virginia said...

Yes, I have used Handmaiden yarn ... I was originally drawn to it by the name. It reminded me of a Margaret Atwood book, the Handmaid's Tale (chilling). I made a drop-stitch scarf that I wore yesterday and I'm making another for my sister for her birthday. It is not splitty and it's got a wonderful firmness to the yarn (not sure of the correct 'yarny' word for that). Thanks!

Casi said...

Beautiful yarn! As usual, Ve, you have impeccable taste!

Marin said...

I've never had the pleasure of using Handmaiden yarns, but I always admire them in my LYS! Beautiful color, and thanks for the giveaway and the interview.

Jean said...

I'm a beginner knitter and feel like a "kid in a candyshop" looking at the beautiful yarns an patterns. I want them all!

Susan said...

I have not worked with this yarn, I have not heard of this yarn but you can bet I'll be looking for it next time I'm in my LYS.

Bonnie's Passion for Knitting said...

I have used sea silk, casbah and BFL socks. I love both Handmaiden and Fleece Artist. They are wonderful yarns in gorgeous colors. I could just sit and caress their yarns all day.

Thank you for hosting this give away. Would love to win this color way in this yarn for your scarf.

mommieof4munchkins said...

I have never used the yarn but it looks beautiful just like Alana!

Natalie said...

omg, that color is gorgeous! would loooove for that to be my first experience with this yarn!!

Jen said...

Hello! I have not used the HandMaiden Yarn but have admired it! I have however knit the Cedar Leaf Shawlette and LOVE it!! I am a fan of Alana's patterns, blog and podcast. Thanks so much for the generous offer!!

jendada on Ravelry

Lobug said...

I recently did a cowl in Handmaiden's Casbah and it is scrumptious. Love the yarn, love the way it turned out. Fantastic yarn!

basil said...

I have admired the handmaiden yarn in the cedar leaf shawlette, thanks for the giveaway

Tia said...

I've never used the yarn before but it's really pretty. also the pattern is cute.

Thank for the giveaway!

mlanezoo said...

I have some Handmaiden in my stash, but haven't used it yet (it feels and looks yummy, though!). I'm beginning to wonder if Alana and I were twins separated at birth because we have SO much in common!! Love her podcast...thanks for interviewing her and doing the giveaway!

Lisa said...

This color is to die for - and so are the cookies!

Tas said...

I always love reading the interviews and learning about new and different types of yarns. <3!

susanmhj said...

Love the color you're giving away, and happy to see that color. the yarn looks wonderful, haven't had the opportunity to use it,but would love to give it a try - Promise I'll send pictures!

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Camille said...

I've never had the opportunity to use Handmaiden, but it looks beautiful. Never Not Knitting is one of favorite podcasts, and I've been listening to it since I starting knitting (not all that long ago)!

Hilary said...

I haven't used this yarn. I did check out the shop, and I think the Smoke is my favorite color.

What a fun site, thanks!

Crochet Renee' said...

I have never used this yarn, but just looking at it makes my hands dance in anticipation!

Melissa said...

Can't wait to listen to this interview! Thanks for sharing!

Jean said...

This yarn will be a new adventure for me. I love to see how a new yarn knits up and would welcome the opportunity.

~margaret said...

This yarn looks yummy-would love the opportunity to try Handmaiden yarn. Love the color! I'm always looking for new yarn to tempt me. The shawlette looks lovely. I love the leaves on the boarder.

Iva said...

Being a new knitter, there are a world of yarns I have yet to discover. I'm looking forward to owning some of that beautiful green Handmaiden yarn you have pictured here!

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