7.26.2010

giveaway #26

The winner of the 3 skeins of Spud & Chloe yarn and the Chloe sweater pattern giveaway is:

Melissa who wrote, "MMMMMMMMmmmmmm Spud & Chloe! Yummy! I think that WB.'s Jordan would be perfect: linen/silk/hemp = cool knitting, it knits up in a flash and looks great - wait - are we supposed to suggest others' patterns? I hope that's ok..."

&

The runner up who wins a copy of the Chloe sweater pattern is:

SovereignCruz who said, "Add me for a chance to win. I think you should cast on something that you can easily work on and not be totally committed to since you will be enjoying your holiday, as well. I think the Fairies and Flowers Scarf (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fairies-and-flowers-scarf) is absolutely darling and the pattern only just came out. I think it would be a fabulous thing to work on in your leisure hours and with a beautiful end product perfect for summertime wear. Enjoy Hawaii!"

Congratulations! Please contact me at yarnonthehouse@gmail.com to claim your prizes.

I have another photo tour to share with you this week. Do you remember me talking about my favorite LYS in my neck of woods that I visited on the LYS Tour, Churchmouse Yarns and Teas on Bainbridge Island, WA? Well, I got to visit Churchmouse again (for the 3rd time since the LYS Tour, may I add) and spent the afternoon last Thursday with Kit and John, shop owners of Churchmouse. Take a look at some of the wonderful pictures I took while visiting with them...

We sailed into Bainbridge Island on a ferry boat named Tacoma. I brought my mother along on the trip to keep me company and to get her away from her work for just a little while. She tends to work more than play and I thought what a wonderful treat to pull her away from all that by taking her to Bainbridge Island with me!



This was our breathtaking view when the ferry was docking on the island. Isn't it magical? Churchmouse is only a few blocks from the ferry terminal. The sun was out that day, and my mom and I decided to walk instead of take our car along.



When you walk up to Churchmouse the first thing you see are these gorgeous black doors. There is something majestic about a set of black doors in my opinion and I love just looking at them when I first arrive. It's actually one of my favorite things about Churchmouse - lots of curb appeal!



Once you step through the double black doors, you enter into a beautiful land of yarns and teas! Churchmouse has class and style. There are gorgeous knitting wear adorned mannequins placed all over the store and delightful tables that are decorated with baskets and containers of yarn. Churchmouse just has the charm!



Right to your left when you walk in there is a magnificent shelf cabinet that holds a rainbow of Malabrigo. One of my favorite corners of the store of course!



You look down at your feet and there sits bowls of Zauberball. The store is so wonderfully decorated and inviting I think I might just ask Kit and John if I can move into Churchmouse! Who wouldn't want to live in a beautiful yarn store?!



To the right of the Malabrigo shelf in the same corner sits a tantalizing compartmental shelf unit that holds little batches of Koigu skeins. I'm not sure what's better - the Koigu itself or the cabinet that's holding all of it!



Recently, Churchmouse debuted their new knit design collection featuring eleven stylish and classic knitting patterns. Atop this cabinet is a display of two of my favorite Churchmouse Classics designs: the Koigu Beaded Beret and the Barb’s Koigu Ruffle scarf. Kit is already in the process of designing and preparing the next collection scheduled to be out by the end of this summer and will include eight baby patterns this time. Can't wait!



Below that is the Koigu Linen Stitch Scarf display, another great pattern in the collection. This pattern is a perfect fit for the varigated yarns that Koigu offers and one that I will definitely be knitting up in the near future. Did you notice the beautiful photography? The pictures for the collection were all photographed by the well known and very talented Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed.



Over on the other side of the store is where I originally found and fell in love with the Habu textiles Kushu Kushu scarf kit. The alluring spools of almost thread weight yarns are leaning against eachother in a sea of dazzling neutral colorways that are hard to choose from.



In the back of the store is where Churchmouse has all of its tasty teas. There is a splendid antique cabinet that holds ceramic containers filled with aromatic teas from all over the world. Have you noticed the elegant black and white theme the store has yet?



Churchmouse also carries a custom blended tea each season that is made only for them by the tea master Steven Smith.



Kit and John are two of the loveliest yarn shop owners I have had a chance to meet. If you are ever in the Seattle neighborhood, you'll have to be sure to stop in and visit them. It can't be missed! Also, if you are in the area on September 11th and 12th, Churchmouse Yarns and Teas will be celebrating their 10th anniversary (watch their website or newsletter for details).



Churchmouse is sponsoring this week's giveaway with a chance for one lucky follower to win a hard copy of the entire Churchmouse Classics set - featuring all eleven patterns nicely packaged in a cute folder that ties with an adorable ribbon on one side. Four runners up will also have the chance to win either a hard copy or PDF version of one pattern of their choice from the collection.





Thank you Kit and John for letting me into your beautiful knitting and yarn corner of the world. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you! I'm sure we'll be seeing eachother soon again.

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


1. Read over the rules if you have not done so already.

2. Leave a comment on this blog post by the end of Sunday, 8/1/10, telling us which Churchmouse Classics pattern is your favorite. See this page here. I think my favorite if I was only able to choose one would have to be the Welted Fingerless Gloves.

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

120 comments:

TopHat said...

I really like the cashmere beret pattern! I love hats. :)

hrfarley at gmail dot com

cindymen said...

I love the turkish bed socks. I've been loving knitting socks and they look like a perfect gift.

Allison said...

I think Annabella's Cowl is my favorite!

InJuneau said...

I really like the Mohair Bias Loop and the Koigu Linen Stitch Scarf (so difficult to pick one favorite!).

Carl@ said...

I like Cashmere Beret!!

justthreadtwiddling said...

It is so hard to choose only one. I love the beaded scarf and the linen stitch scarf, but the beaded beret wins out!!

fracksmom said...

so hard to decide. the beaded mohair scarf or the mohair bais loop. so many choices, but I love the Cowl, but being is So Calif I wouldn't be able to wear it

Joyce said...

Oh Dear....I love BOTH the beaded beret and the cowl....guess I need the booklet so I can make them both!

All For Love Of Yarn! said...

I love hats and this one is great!, the Koigu Beaded Beret and I've got the yarn in my stash! I hope to visit someday, I love tea and yarn!
~ Angela

Liz said...

I've been itching for some koigu ever since I saw the linen stitch scarf pattern in my LYS! My earliest memory of my childhood in Seattle is riding the Bainbridge Island Ferry...I'll have to go visit Churchmouse next time I'm in the area!

sacha said...

I would love to make the linen stitch scarf and already have a little baggy with the Just Enough Ruffle pattern and my mom's colors of Koigu for her holiday gift.

Pavla said...

I love the Turkish Bed Socks. They would make a perfect gift!I would love to win the set!

CraftyCatrina said...

What a lovely shop! Favorite pattern is a toss up between the welted fingerless mitts and the linen stitch scarf.

Julie said...

The patterns are all beautiful but if I have to choose one it would be the Linen pattern scarf.
I have been getting the Churchmouse newsletter for some time now and would love to go there. Thanks for showing us those tantalizing little vignettes!

Heidi said...

The linen stitch scarf. What a great way to use multi-colored yarn! You've convinced me... I'm going to venture out of Fremont/Ballard and take the ferry to Bainbridge just for Churchmouse!

cmflame said...

The Linen Stitch Scarf is a beauty! What a gorgeous way to blend all those colors.

sy said...

i love Annabella’s Cowl, it looks comfy.

kristyh1981 said...

The Koigu Beaded Beret caught my eye first! I'm not a huge hat person but I love the look of that beret!

Rav ID: kristyh1981

Henna @ AboutDivorce Blog said...

evrything is just beautiful, the yarn, the way it has been presented and the shawls, i just loved them

livin4fishin said...

I like the beaded mohair scarf! The beads look fab in the scarf!

sherry said...

The Turkish Bed Socks would make wonderful quick gift knits.

Jamie said...

Dear Vi,

It was lovely hearing from you and thank you so much writing to me. I am so sorry I worried you. Your words of encouragement are so much appreciated. Your blog is so beautiful! I don't knit, but my Mother-in-law does. She makes beautiful pieces. She has just started using the computer and would love to see your blog. I am going to send her the link to you:) She will be thrilled. Love, Jamie

K said...

It's a close call between Anabella's cowl and the Mohair bias loop -- both could be worn so many ways.

kmswinford at yahoo dot com

robbingpeter said...

I am really digging the Turkish Bed Shoes. They look way comfy.

Kelly K. said...

I think Annabella's Cowl is my favorite. I've been wanting to knit a cowl for a long time but just haven't gotten around to it yet.

Lydia said...

i adore the turkish bed socks-i saw the pattern in my LYS and it's been on my mind ever since.

Cindy said...

I love Barb’s Koigu Ruffle - so cute!

Robin said...

I'm in love with the mohair bias loop, so filmy and ethereal.

Shirley said...

I like the Koigu Linen Stitch Scarf. What a beautiful way to show off the gorgeous colors of Koigu.

Anonymous said...

I really like the Koigu Linen scarf. I have knitted this and it is beautiful! LynnIL

StaceyKnitsIt said...

I love the Mohair Bias Loop best.
I would have loved to shop at that store and not wanted to leave any time soon. I've never used Koigu before.

Erin said...

Mmm, pretty, classic designs. I like Annabella's Cowl the best.

SandyL said...

I have had the pleasure of going to the lovely Churchmouse shop. It is a treat. And I love the turkish bed socks!

Jennifer said...

Annabel's cowl strikes my fancy!

jessecreations said...

I love the Mohair Bias Loop.

Jess

jessicacook17@hotmail.com

Karol said...

The Koigu Linen Stitch Scarf is my favorite. The color play that is possible is fabulous.

Val said...

Thank you so much for the tour! A visit Churchmouse is sooo on my bucket list! I have a couple of their patterns in the queue but would love to collect the whole set. My favorite is the linen stitch scarf!

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I like the Welted Fingerless Mitts.

kshotz said...

OMG...yarn and TEA?! Heaven!! There are so many wonderful patterns there, it's difficult to choose!

Melissa said...

Definitely Annabella's cowl!

aanderson said...

Beaded Mohair Scarf

Heather said...

I'm so jealous that you're so close to that shop. It looks like a lovely place to go and relax and get knit-inspired.

All of the patterns look pretty, but I must say that the Linen Stitch Scarf jumped out at me. It's definitely my favorite.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I'm going for the ruffled scarf!! I am dreaming of making it to Churchmouse one day!!

Ólöf said...

What a beautiful combination. Tea and yarn. I will have to visit the next time I'm in town.

obsessmuch? said...

I keep hearing how wonderful this place is, and how wonderful that book is! I have to come out and see Churchmouse, enjoy some tea and yarn, and be very, very content. :)

Jen said...

That is a cute LYS! I wish it was close to me.

I love Annabelle's Cowl.

JuleeQue said...

I love Churchmouse! I was lucky enough to visit once. It was like entering another world. I love the Annabelle's Cowl pattern. Just lovely!

Holly Marie said...

I had never heard of Churchmouse Yarn and Teas. Definitely will have to visit there in the future, it looks like a delightful yarn shop!
It was very hard to choose a favorite patter. I am on a fingerless mitt kick, so I would have to say the Welted Fingerless Mitts are my favorite right now.

Elise said...

Wow what a neat shop, two of my favorite items yarn and tea.

I think my favorite is just enough ruffles.

Elise
eoconnor1@everestkc.net

Heather said...

I love the Annabella's Cowl! Not too frilly or lacy; just right to do what it's supposed to (keep one's neck warm).

Lovely pictures! What a beautiful store.

Cindy said...

I love finding out about new patterns, thanks! There are a bunch I would like to knit, I think the cowl is my favorite though.

Rosie said...

I really like the bias loop!

Sursi said...

It's really impossible to choose between the linen stitch scarf and the fingerless gloves. I love them both so much.

vtcjan at yahoo dot com said...

This is one of those times when I want to jump up and down and say "me! me! ME!"! (I rarely do that.)

I like the Koigu Linen Stitch Scarf the best, closely followed by the Mohair Bias Loop. But there are lots of great patterns in the collection.

I can't wait to see the baby collection!

Thanks for the contest!

vtcjan at yahoo dot com

Sarah B. said...

I love the linen stitch scarf and plan on making one soon. I also really love the man's ribbed hat and scarf and would love to make them for hubby for Christmas!

sarah at bordelonmarine dot com

Carrie B said...

I just finished the Ruffle scarf and really want to make the Linen Stitch scarf. I think my favorite is the Cowl but it is hard to decide.

Becky said...

I love the mohair bias loop. Churchmouse is such a great shop. I need to take the ferry and visit again.

Turtle said...

Kit and John are wonderfully friendly folks. I love this shop and every few months am able to drag hubby up that way, usually bribing him with a casino trip on the way home. I have been drooling over that scarf since i first saw it but have yet to pick up the kit! Love their designs (but somehow have not bought the collection !)

Vanessa said...

The mohair bias loop looks so elegant, but simple. Just my style!

liz said...

MY LYS is featuring their fingerless mitts as well as offering a class on the linen stitch scarf. Both are gorgeous!! Can't wait to cast on!

lizchatwell@yahoo.com

Diane said...

What wonderful, practical, gorgeous designs! I would love to knit the Koigu Beaded Beret. I'm so picky about hats for myself (I usually knit them as gifts), but I think this one might just work on my big noggin.
Love the concept for this LYS. As I always say, knitting and sipping tea keep me sane.

Kristen said...

I think Annabelle's Cowl is my favorite.

kikine78 said...

what a lovely store. my favourite pattern would have to be the mohair bias loop, so elegant.

Jodi said...

It looks like such a charming yarn shop! Plus all the fancy teas sound amazing -- I wish they had an online storefront for their special tea blends.

I love the Turkish Bed Socks, as they would be great with all my Dansko clogs.

Eva said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the turkish bed socks!

Marcela Macari said...

I realy love the Turkish Bed socks!!!!. I love knitting socks :)

marcelamacari on ravelry

Cary said...

It's a tie between the Mohair Bias Loop and Annabella’s Cowl.

Blendab1 said...
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Blendab1 said...

I love the Turkish Bed Socks. I believe I have just found what I will be knitting for gifts this Christmas. They fit wonderfully in clogs and that is a plus, plus, plus!!!

Anonymous said...

I like Annabella's cowl!
Chelsey B

Tanya said...

Oh my goodness! This shop looks AMAZING!!!! I feel like I need to plan a trip to Seattle JUST to visit this LYS. I love the Koigu Linen stitch scarf. I could see it being a great winter accessory that would be able to match EVERYTHING.

Jean Ashley said...

The shop is lovely! I'm a fan of the Beaded Mohair Scarf...

Wooly Knits n Bits said...

That 'Just enough ruffle' scard has to find it's way into my closet! I love it so much. Keeping my fingers crossed!

Jen Simoneau said...

So hard to choose. I've admired "Just Enough Ruffles" for some time. I think it would be fun to have in many color combinations. and the turkish bed socks and the welted fingerless gloves and...

Daniela said...

I love the Mohair Bias Loop!!!

kgmama said...

I love Annabel's cowl. And, I loved your tour of Churchmouse Yarn's and Teas--I will definitely put that on my list of things to see in the Seattle area.

Megan said...

I want to make a pair of the 'Turkish Bed Socks' for me and for Christmas gifts this year.

Robin said...

Really hard to choose from such a great collection... so I will go with the first one I chose to look at: pressed rib cap & muffler. And what a beautiful shop!

Juliaknit said...

I really like the linen stitch scarf.

ZT! said...

I'm loving the Turkish Bed Socks. I'll probably buy the pattern anyhoo, but I'm hoping to win!

SovereignCrux said...

I love Churchmouse! My favorite pattern is the Pressed Rib Cap & Muffler which I am making for both my uncle and brother for Christmas.

Enter me in the giveaway, please. I'd love to own their other patterns. =)

Sheri
unhallowedashes@comcast.net

Susan said...

I can't choose between the Koigu beaded beret and the Koigu linen stitch scarf. There are so many beautiful patterns in the collection.

JP said...

beaded mohair scarf

simply because it combines in one pattern everything that i'm afraid to work with because it seems so delicate.

Celeste said...

I really like their Mohair Bias Loop pattern. And for some reason, I'm really drawn to the photography for each of their patterns' pages.

Catherine said...

They are all so lovely - they should make the booklet available for sale. But my fav is the Koigu Linen stitch Scarf. The drape is beautiful. Again, thanks for the give-away.

Anonymous said...

I just absolutely love the felted shetland beret, not that I could ever get any of the men in my family to wear something so stylish! Guess I'd have to do it myself! (And I thank you for the chance!)

bookboxer on ravelry

terip said...

oh all the patterns are lovely. good luck to them on the success of their patterns. i love "just enough ruffle" maybe i am in a flirty mood today

teri

Tanzi said...

Those are all great, but I love Barb's Koigu Ruffle. It's so flirty and Fun. I'd love to have the pattern so I could put it in my queue!

Emily said...

How funny--my sister was out visiting friends in Seattle and they happened to visit this island, and she happened to take photos of Churchmouse for me knowing how I love yarn shops! It seems like fate :) I really like the linen stitch scarf, and the beaded beret is very cute too (love the beads).

beartifix said...

You are right! These are wonderful patterns. I especially like Koigu Linen Stitch Scarf. I want to make one right now.

Cheriemax said...

I think my favorite is the beaded mohair scarf. So lustrous and lovely.

leah said...

I love the Turkish bed socks. Love them.

Connie said...

What a wonderful shop! You guys there in WA have such nice places to go to!
If I were to walk in there right now, I would purchase Annabella's Cowl (and, of course, the yarn to make it out of).

Janet said...

So hard to choose just one but Just Enough Ruffles is the one I'd pick

Anonymous said...

Fingerless gloves on a not-so-terribly-cold winter day, plus a lush scarf, is just enough to keep warm and comfortable.
ceweller@mtu.edu

Sarah said...

I really like Annabella's Cowl.

marlib7 said...

Love the Just Enough Ruffles, and Be Prepared to Take Orders beret...the yarn shop reminds me alot of my mothers shop...........I miss mom

marlib7 on ravelry

Jeannie said...

Tough to choose, but I think I'll have to go with Welted Fingerless Gloves also.

Frankly Beka said...

I absolutely love the Linen Stitch Scarf. The pattern looks to be vary versatile. Stash busting or otherwise It looks to be an interesting knit.

pixiewear said...

So hard to choose -- I think my favorite is "Just enough ruffle." Thanks for the chance to win!

pixiewear said...

So hard to choose -- I think my favorite is "Just enough ruffle." Thanks for the chance to win!

The Chase Family said...

Definitely love Barb's Koigu Ruffle! :) And the fingerless gloves are great too. :)

Tracey said...

Annabella's cowl is my favorite, but I really like them all!

Pipp said...

Patterns for handpainted yarns. Sigh.

Amy said...

The Turkish Bed Socks look awesome!

Anett Kiefer said...

What a wonderful shop ...

I like Annabelle's cowl.

Elizabeth MacR said...

I like the beret with beads, but all the patterns look great!

Kristin said...

Love the beaded beret and the cashmere one too!!

Oakbayknits said...

Oh what a tough choice! I think the linen stitch scarf narrowly beats Annabelle's cowl - but having the entire colection would be wiz!

Tricia said...

I love Just Enough Ruffle, title says it all, its just enough! Beautiful patterns!

Brenda said...

I love the Koigu Ruffled scarf! So pretty and feminine!

Patricia said...

I love Barb's Koigu Ruffle. It would be fun to make as Christmas gifts as would any of the patterns.

Elly said...

I'd LOVE to win the Barb’s Koigu Ruffle scarf. It's soo elegant and fun!

~Eliana~
IknitCupcakes on Ravelry

Lael said...

Annabella’s Cowl - not an easy decision, as there are several very nice patterns there. Also like the Mohair Bias Loop. Hope I win!!

Margaret Law said...

Absolutely the Turkish Bed socks. I have made 3 pairs already for my mum, my 14 yr old son and 1 for me.

susanmhj said...

It would have to be the beaded mohair scarf, beautiful!

Sarah Beth said...

I like the linen stitch scarf. So many color combo options.

Jen said...

All the patterns are lovely! I especially like those turkish bed socks!

PenelopeRose said...

There isn't one pattern there that I wouldn't choose. All though, if I were to start a project today, and I had my choice, it would be the Felted Shetland Beret. How Classy!

YarnOnTheHouse said...

POSTING FOR THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you everyone for posting! -Ve