4.11.2011

giveaway #58

The two Grand Prize Winners of the Luna's Shawl & Miss Babs giveaway AKA Buried Treasure Hunt are:

Maggie & Connie Brooks

Liz has been generous enough to offer a few more lucky participants a PDF copy of the Luna's Shawl as well!! Here are those:

Patricia Witherspoon, Laura D, & LuisaM

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


Hi, knitters! I'm super excited to bring you another fantastic giveaway! A few months ago I ran across String Theory yarns. I'd seen their yarns before knit up into beautiful projects like: this one, that one, and this one. Everytime I recognized their name in a pattern or project, I thought to myself, "I really need to get a hold of these ladies." Well, I finally did and I invited them to be our lovely sponsor and guests this time around.

My favorite type of yarn is hand dyed sock yarn (in case you didn't know that about me already) and I have to admit that String Theory fingering weight yarns are some of the most marvelous sock yarns I've encountered. I can't even pick a few colors that are my favorite to show off, because I love them all! Check out their very popular Caper Sock line here! I'll wait while you wipe the drool off your keyboard! Their other yarn bases are just as lovely - check those out here. One thing I can say is that the ladies at String Theory know how to dye up magnificent grays. I'm a big fan of semi-solid, mulit-layered gray tones, and String Theory has several that I plan on knitting up in the near future.

String Theory is run by two fun ladies, Karen and Tanis. Here's a little bit about them in their own words:

"We are in our fifth year of business, when we started our venture we were both working as labor and delivery nurses in our local hospital. When the department was closed down; a casualty of the downturn in the economy and changes in health care, we suddenly had time to throw ourselves full speed ahead into String Theory. We started going to fiber fairs and selling wholesale, we are now doing this full time and loving every second.

When not in the shop, or tending dye pots, Tanis can often be found in her amazing flower garden, or shoveling snow to make a path to her greenhouse. Karen can be found growing food to squirrel away for winter or making magic potions in her kitchen. You can find us both pinching our selves about the turns our lives have taken."

Along with the fabulous yarn sponsorship, I also found a fantastic indie designer, Caryl Pierre, that has two terrific shawl patterns that are a wonderful match up for String Theory yarn. Meet the two shawls that are being featured today:

Surya
(photos courtesy of Caryl)




Ruffle My Feathers




Aren't the shawls gorgeous?! I love both of them for different reasons, but with equal delight! Surya has classic triangle shaping and beautiful lace stitch patterns that flow so well together, and Ruffle My Feathers has unique shaping and I could totally rock a modern and fun shawl like that.

The girls of String Theory have sent over two skeins of Caper Sock in Spruce Head for two lucky followers to have a chance to win, and Caryl our talented featured designer is throwing in a choice of either Surya or Ruffle My Feathers (PDF pattern format) for the two winners as well. Take a look at the stunning yarn skeins:






A little tidbit about the color inspiration, "Spruce Head is a color inspired by a point of land that Tanis spent some time sailing around. The natural beauty that is so abundant in our area, is the source of much inspiration for our yarn colors."

Thank you Karen, Tanis, and Caryl for being our lovely sponsors this giveaway! Come back and visit us anytime!!


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, 4/24/11. My hubby and daughter came up with this question for you this time around: If you were able to turn ANY material into yarn and knit with it, what would you want to have a chance to knit with?

Hubby says he would want me to knit him a carbon fiber scarf and Jasmine says she would want something knit outta ice!! I think that would defeat the purpose of a knitted item (which in my opinion is to keep you warm), but maybe it would be practical for hot summers, I guess.


I'll randomly pick the winners in 2 weeks and post the results along with the new giveaway, so be sure to check back. Good luck everyone.

Sincerely,

Ve

257 comments:

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InJuneau said...

Hm, I think I would like yarn made from chocolate and raspberries. That way I could knit a snack scarf for those times when I really need a snack!

Anonymous said...

Chocolate. I think it'd be really fun to knit with chocolate.

masshag said...

My first thought was the fluff from a milkweed pod. So white and soft.

Eva said...

Words? sorta like "weaving" a story, except knitting it.. Makes me think of the scene from the Phantom Tollbooth where they "eat" their words.

Ashley Farmer said...

I would love to knit with down. I think that would be awesome. I love how plush it makes things feel.

Contact me at ash1 at unfinishedproject dot org

Anett said...

I would like to knit with water (from the ocean not the tab). It has so many different colourways.

happymousefairy said...

That's another great question!

I'd knit the night sky, complete with stars, just after sundown so there would be pinks and yellows in with the ever deepening blues... lovely.

It would become a lacy concoction, either a blanket or large shawl, or even a lace overdress for a beautiful evening dress.

jaishree said...

I love the rains, even living in a place where it rains most days of the year, I still love everything about the rains. So not surprising that I would love to knit with yarn made from rain. I suppose the different yarn weights would depend on what kind of rain the yarn is made from, the torrential downpours that we have in Kerala or the gentle drizzles that last through the day. I imagine the yarn would smell like the fresh earth drinking in water ..hmmmmmm..t

raehobo said...

Gorgeous yarn! I'd have to say my long haired putty cat's hair, he is so soft and snuggly. I could save it and spin it but I'm usually just sick of having to sweep it up all the time! A kitty yarn that wouldn't shed in his beautiful orange and white would be awesome

DuhImKnitting said...

Yarn from any material. I would have to say Fire - I'm a custom painter for Cars (yes i'm female too) I adore the beauty in flames the colors you can get out of any flame is amazing, reds, yellows, blues, orange's and sometimes yes purples. I would adore seeing that turned into a beautiful lace shawl in leafy shapes all around with golden beads drools that sounds like heaven just thinking about it. dont you agree?

s0nicfreak said...

I would make yarn out of the weeds that grow in my yard, so that SOMETHING useful could be done with them. I can't really compost them for fear of seeds growing.

JavaNut said...

Torn between knitting with chocolate... or rainbows!

LladyLlamaFiberCo said...

I would love to knit a stole from English Ivy vines.

Valerie said...

What a great question! I am with several others and think diamond yarn would be pretty neat. But I guess I would want to knit a smell into yarn-- fresh baked bread or garden herbs. Bedtime slippers could be knit with lavender infused in them. A morning bathrobe could be citrus in scent.

Marlitharn said...

Mmm..yarn made out of the blooms on my mom's lilac bush. Cool, silky, the perfect shade of purple, and it'd smell fabulous.

old dog said...

I'd have to say pussy willows. they are so soft to stroke and such a beautiful grey color. Wouldn't it feel lovely?

Jennifer Conway said...

Oooh, I'm going to tag along with Jasmine but say water instead of ice. Can you imagine the flowyness of knitting with water? The drape? (And techincally, you could heat it up like a hot pack, cool it down like a cold pack, and it would go with anything!)

PNWBookGirl said...

I'm insane. I love rain, but we've had more than normal this spring and I'm really looking forward to a break that they're promising us next week.

With that said, I'd like to knit with rain, so that when we have all that sun and heat in the summer I could pull it out and remember the cool drops of spring.

Connie said...

Roses! Lovely smell and the softness of the petals - mmmmmm.

greyowl (ravelry id)

barb said...

What a fun question. I would have to say feathers. I have birds and I love the feel and colors of their dropped tail feathers. Now you have me thinking.....is this possible?

barb

yerkeb on rav

Anonymous said...

It would be amazing to knit with the ocean waves. I see so many colours that I love in them, and they are always changing. :) How to spin water......... samm@ravelry

Emily said...

How about music? Or bubbles! Thanks for the giveaway!

All Squared Away Quilting said...

Kudzu -- then if you were going to be a teeny bit short on a project, it would grow another couple of yards before you had to cast off.

Emma said...

I think I would like to knit something out of light particles. It would be pretty, luminous and probably soft.

spinkitty said...

Mmm - mine would be moss. I love the colour green and moss always seems to be soft. Just don't think it would be very warm however.

Jade said...

I think I'd like orchids or roses (without the thorns I'd hope!)- it would be very delicate and fragrant.

Lisaknits said...

So many great ideas to dream about....

Angela said...

Sunshine! Warm and lovely at the same time.

Martha said...

Beautiful yarn, beautiful colors, gorgeous patterns. Priceless. I would love to be able to knit a soft spring breeze, a warm summer wind, brisk fall air and invigorating winter weather.

Anonymous said...

Feathers, especially owl feathers. I love the colors and how soft they are.

Jana said...

I would love yarn from lilacs. I adore the smell of lilacs, but they have such a short season that it would be great to have the small all the time.

Kristen said...

I'd like to knit with flower petals. Bright, colorful, sweet-smelling!

Amanda Lyn said...

I think I would knit all the old love letters into something... either a shawl if I'm feeling fond of them, or a rug if I'm not. I just read about spinning paper (and went through a break-up) so it inspired me.

stephaniesewsagain said...

I think it would be great to have yarn knit out of some fragrant plant matter like Jasmin or cinnamon. Other ideas that were talked about in the house, chocolate ( so you could snack all day) or cotton candy, fiber optic cables that light up so you could wear it at night.

Monica said...

I would have to say clouds, I see I am nto the only one, but fluffy, light, reminding me of cotton-candy clouds (not storm ones, thanks you).

Mary said...

I would like to tear up my favorite books and knit with the pages. I could wear the words of my favorite author on my socks or hat and re-read them or re-arrange them if I wanted. What fun!

Sarah Bear said...

It would be very nice to knit something out of moss. And there are so many different kinds of moss to choose from!

Tas said...

I want to make one knit cloth out of grass, trees, and sky, clouds and sunlight, a light breeze--capture the essence of that perfect summer afternoon.

Ann said...

Colored gemstones, and I'd want enough "yarn" to make a fabulous cape! I looked at String Theory sock yarns per your link; I understand why you can't name one favorite...whew, there a lotta nice colorways!
AnnBan on Ravelry

Julia said...

rose petals...definitely rose petals. they feel so soft on the skin with such beautiful colors and the smell works too hehe

Teresa said...

I've always wanted to try spinning newspaper and plying it with thread and then knitting with that. I wonder if it would hold together?

afh163 said...

I would kind of like to knit something out of my kitten's fur. He is so soft! :)

-afh163@gmail.com

Paula F said...

I'm not original, but my first thought was to knit with spider webs. Spider webs are an amazing material.

tchild5 said...

I would love to knit pistachio gelato...a great color and a nice, smooth knit.

Susan J. said...

If I could choose any material, I think it would be beach glass. I love the many subtle colors that I find on the beach. Thanks for the giveaway!

Kimberly B. said...

Oh, what beautiful shawls! As for what I'd like to knit with, how about memories? Good ones, so that when you were feeling upset or stressed out, you could snuggle up with a beautiful shawl of memories and everything would seem much better!
Thanks for the great giveaway!

Rowleeeee said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous yarn! I'd love to knit something out of sunshine. Then I'd wear it on rainy cold days and be warm and bright. :)

Catherine said...

Spaghetti! And then when you got hungry...

Carrie said...

I swear I was JUST thinking of how much I'd like to be able to knit with food...spaghetti, puff pastry, bacon...anything with a bit of length. But I couldn't figure out how to splice pieces together!

FlyKytten said...

The prize yarn is gorgeous! I would love to be able to knit chocolate. Yummm!

melody said...

What a fun question!

I think birch bark would be fun to knit with; the great mix of colors and paper-thin silvery curls...

Avonberg said...

I'd knit with fossilized sharks teeth.

oakbayknits said...

Pine needles for Christmas knitting?

Anonymous said...

If I could knit with anything... I'd have to say crushed diamonds spun into yarn. I'm a total magpie and loooove sparkly things! Plus I'm a graduate gemologist and the idea of having a shawl made out of diamonds really appeals to me in that way. ;)

soxanne said...

I'd say fresh cut grass, assuming there would be a way to keep it soft and fragrant. Then I could make a shawl and pull it out in winter for a much needed summer escape!

paperdollsuicidepact said...

I would want to knit up my family into a big shawl so I that I could wrap them around me whenever I wanted to.

Anonymous said...

I used to sew quite a bit. I'd like to knit with cashmere fabric to compare the outcome with knitted cashmere yarn. This was an interesting question.

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