11.07.2011

giveaway #73

The two winners of the Sosae Caetano giveaway who will each receive a lovely Fall colored skein of yarn are:

katherinelynn_04 & Sarah Bear

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



I've been admiring this giveaway sponsor's yarn for a long time. I was enticed by the thought of a luxury fiber that is as soft as cashmere. Welcome Bijou Basin Ranch to our blog this giveaway!




BBR specializes in yak yarn and fiber (aren't they cute?!), and let me just confirm that this yarn is truly as soft as they say it is!! And, not only is it soft, but it's so sturdy and great to knit with. I'm not sure I can put into words how lovely this stuff is, but more on that later... check out the fun interview I did with BBR:

1. Please start by telling us a little bit about yourself and what you do?

We are a small yarn manufacturing company that specializes in fine quality yak fibers and yarns. We raise registered full blooded yaks that have superior glossy coats which are harvested annually. We also supplement the fiber we harvest from our yaks by buying quality yak fiber from other yak ranchers across the country and abroad. Our yak fiber is then processed into yarn at various mills across the country or abroad and sold under the Bijou Spun label.


2. I would love to hear more about the yak fiber that you use to make your yarn and what makes it so special.

Yaks have a dual coat consisting of a long coarse guard hair and a short, soft, downy undercoat. We have very strict policies about removing as much of the guard hair as possible. This results in a bit more loss of the undercoat during processing but the results are amazingly soft and luxurious. With a diameter of 14 to 18 microns yak down is rated as soft as cashmere. Additionally, yak fiber has a very short staple length which results in superior stitch definition when knitted.


3. I had a chance to work with one of your yarns recently (Bijou Spun Bijou Bliss) and I truly enjoyed every minute of it. It was amazingly soft, and the color and texture of the yarn was so beautiful and rustic! Can you talk a little bit about the different yarns and colors that you offer?

We currently have several yarns available. A lace weight yarn available in the natural brown color and a 70/30 Yak/Merino blend called "Himalayan Trail" available in natural brown & natural cream. Our "Bijou Bliss", the yarn you mentioned, is a 50/50 Yak/Cormo blend which comes in natural cream and brown as well as 13 other colors. Our sock yarn is called "Tibetan Dream" and is a 85/15 Yak/nylon blend available in the natural cream & brown as well as 5 variegated colors. And our "Lhasa Wilderness" a 75/25 Yak/bamboo blend, is available in the natural colors, the 13 semi solid colors and the 5 variegated colors. Lhasa Wilderness is by far our most popular yarn as the yarn takes the colors great and the yarn is a dream to knit with!


4. How did you originally get into the yarn business and what is like to run a yarn brand like yours?

A few years ago my wife and I were looking for an agriculture based business to do an "early retirement" into. At the time I was working as a veterinary technician for an equine vet and while on a ranch call I came across some yaks. I looked into the species, found that no one was doing a serious business with yak fiber and the next thing you know, here we are! So far this has been a very interesting, fun and exciting business to run. It is a lot of work with a lot of hours to put in between running the ranch, and the day to day business as well as traveling to all of the shows, be are constantly learning new things, meeting new people and generally having a lot of fun.


5. What will be next for you? Do you have new yarns or colorways in the works that you can share with us?

Without giving away any "corporate secrets" I can tell you that new colors are always on our mind. In fact we have started working on some already. Also new yarn blends. With the success of some of our more exotic "Limited Edition " blends such as "Gobi", a 75/25 Yak & Camel yarn, you can expect to see more high end exotic fibers coming into our line.


6. Can you tell me a bit about your yarn colors?

All of our yarn is available in the two natural colors that come from the yaks, which are brown and cream. In addition to those we have 13 hand-dyed semi-solid colors that are dyed for us by the wonderful people at Lorna's Laces! They also hand dye the 5 different variegated colors for us as well.


7. You mentioned that you raise yaks, what is that like?

It's a lot of work, and there are times, especially when you are out in a major snowstorm feeding them, when you say to yourself "What was I thinking?!?" but then there are times, like when the new crop of calves are born in the spring, that you think, "Oh,yeah, this is why we do this.". Overall the yaks are quite friendly and smart and are pretty easy to tend to. But they can be a lot of work as there is always something that needs to be done.


8. When did you learn to knit and who taught you?

It's actually kind of funny, but neither my wife or I can knit or crochet! The joke around here is that I deal with what goes in the front of the yak and what comes out the back, and what is wrapped around them is my wife's problem. But once it is spun, it's up to the knitter's do do something creative!


9. And last but not least, if you were enjoying a favorite drink while reading my blog, what would it be?

A decaf, Venti, 2 pump, skinny vanilla latte! I am seriously addicted to these since I went to vet tech school, and they are sooooo goooood!


Thank you so much Bijou Basin Ranch for visiting YOTH and being our gracious sponsor this giveaway! Before I announce what the wonderful folks at BBR have sent over for you followers to have a chance to win, I want to show you the fantastic project I knitted out of one skein of the Bijou Spun Bijou Bliss. Meet my hybrid Basic Gloves/Podster Gloves that I knitted up for my hubby...

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Patterns: Basic Gloves & Podster Gloves (both free patterns may I add)
Designers: Harry Wells & Glenna C.
Yarn: Bijou Spun Bijou Bliss
Colorway: Natural Brown
My Rav project page here
Modeled by: Hubby (who needs a manicure badly!!)


I merged the two patterns together (more details on my project page), and unfortunately, along the way I had a few issues. I ended up having to rip out my work quite a few times and even after all that ripping and re-knitting, the yarn stayed as beautiful as ever. I really was impressed by the quality and luxury of this yarn. I plan on knitting a sweater out of the Natural Brown colorway in the very near future... would it be rude to gift myself a box of gorgeous yak yarn for Christmas?! I can just put a secret admirer gift tag on it, right!

Another thing I wanted to mention about this yarn, is how versatile the gauge is on the Bijou Bliss. It's listed on Ravelry as a sport weight, which is the gauge I knitted this yarn at, but I can defintely see this yarn being knit in the DK/light worsted range as well. I actually purchased two skeins of this lovely yarn and am planning to knit the other skein into a Helm hat (another ridiculously awesome pattern by Stephen West). The pattern calls for 170 yds of DK weight and I have a little over 150 yds and a husband with a small head. You know me... I like to live life on the knitting edge. I'm planning to knit the hat a needle size or two smaller than the pattern calls for. I'll let you know how it all turns out. Worst case scenerio: the hat will get frogged and the Bijou Bliss will still look as good as ever!

Now onto what you're really here to see! This giveaway's yarn goodness! Check out this beautiful bundle of yarn BBR has sent over:

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One follower has the chance to win ALL three skeins of Bijou Spun Bijou Bliss and a copy of the Pretty in Pink Knit Shawlette pattern. This kit includes enough yarn and the pattern to knit yourself one of these luxurious shawlettes.


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, 11/20/11. BBR would like to ask if any of the followers have used their yarns either in a project of their own or at one of their yarn tastings that they set up at various shows?



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

249 comments:

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marianne said...

oooooh! so pretty! I've never tried yak yarn but would love to! thanks for this giveaway!

skaro964 said...

Oh the yarn looks so lovely. I have never tried Yak yarn, although I have some in my spinning que.

The Distracted Knitter said...

I've never felt yak yarn before! I think I've seen it offered at several fairs and shops, but I've never felt or even thought to use it. Thanks for all the info. I think I'm ready to try it out!

Rachelle said...

I've spun Yak down and it's lovely, you can't get commercial yak yarn here though.

amchart said...

GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS! And what if you have a hubby with a big head?! Loving your blog, Ve. Rav amchart

Rachel R. said...

Just beautiful. I've never tried or even seen BBR's yarns - it's not carried at my LYS - but I would absolutely love to!

rkray3 AT yahoo DOT com

Emily said...

No, but I hope to have the chance to!

Marianna said...

I've never used or even seen any yak yarn before. But I'd definitely love to try it!

YarnluvinLizzy said...

What gorgeous yarns. Whoever wins this one is so very lucky!

Elspeth H. said...

I sadly haven't run into BBR's yarn before, but am excited to know about it now! Yak yarn sounds in.cred.i.ble.

Turtle said...

lol, love the bison photo! And the gloves are adorable and perfect for weekend winter camping :). Yes, i splurged on a skein of their yarn during this past springs yarn crawl in Portland. I loved knitting with it and it wears so well. (would love love love to be able to play with more)

Kitten With a Whiplash said...

Those colors are so fabulous! This company is new to me, but I'm going right over to study their site. Looking at that picture, I kinda sorta wish Yaks were good apartment pets.

Lael said...

No, I've never had the chance to work with their yarns - winning this prize would remedy this problem!!

Kimberly B. said...

Oh, what gorgeous yarn, and it sounds so soft! I'm afraid I've never used it, but I'd love to try!
Thanks for the great giveaway!

Nanny Jean said...

I would love to try that new yarn it is new to me. A shawl is my lastest knitting project Thanks

Gianna said...

Wow, how pretty! I've never seen this before!

affiknity said...

I haven't had the chance to use BBR yarns before, but would surely love to. Keeping fingers crossed.

Sgbooth88 said...

Wow this yarn and that pattern are just gorgeous. I wish I had the chance to use this yarn, living where I live, with the closest yarn store at least 100 miles away (other than the big box hobby stores, we have 5 in a 20 mile radius here) I don't really get the chance to use yarns other than patons, or the few cheaper yarns I can manage to order offline. This would be a knitting luxury for me!

Kathy said...

Oh. My. Gosh. I have been dying to try their yarns - I am drooling!

Nena said...

I think I've seen the yarn at a LYS before, and I wanted it so badly! My husband thought it was silly - Yak Yarn! Hope I can make something out of some awesome yak yarn!

Tiphanie Wong said...

What gorgeous yarn! I've never used or tried their yarn before, but I'd love to try yak yarn (I had never heard of it until I read the interview). Thanks for the wonderful opportunity to win!

Sylvie said...

I've ogled yak and I've petted it (including at Stitches Midwest this year), but it's pretty spendy so I'd have to have a particular project in mind to buy it. I sure wouldn't mind winning some though :)

Anu said...

wow! those look gorgeous! I've never knit with yak yarn before but would love to!

Debonair Designs said...

First time entering one of your gracious giveaways, what an honor it would be just to hold and try this yarn, from your description and comments, sounds divine, like many of your followers, thank you & your sponsor for this giveaway.

Orli said...

Never tried this yarn before but it looks lovely. I'd love to try it!

Michaela said...

I have not had the chance yet to try any of BBR's yarn, but these skeins look wonderful, and I'd love to sample them :) As a shawl enthusiast I love the pattern that comes with it, too!

Marlitharn said...

I've not had a chance to try yak yarn - no LYS within 50 miles. I hear it's luscious to knit with, though.

Elaine said...

Bijou Bison yarns are SOOO soft. Just a dream...

mommieof4munchkins said...

I have been dying to try this yarn forever! it's amazingly beautiful and looks soooooo soft!

Zilliah Bailey said...

I've never tried it but I'd really like to!

20 Purls said...

No,I have only admired it for afar!

Sheila said...

I have never seen yak yarn in real life, but it looks gorgeous and I'd love the chance to feel how soft it is. Bookmarked their web page to keep an eye on their events - in case they ever come out Oregon way.

fridica said...

I'd love to try it, I haven't yet!

Anonymous said...

I've never had the chance to knit with Bijou Basin yarn, but I think my yarn store carries it! I would love to try it, it sounds crazy soft :)
(SarahVV on Rav)

Amanda said...

I've never used Yak fiber, but I'd love to give it a try!

Rae Lynne said...

I have never had the opportunity to knit with this yarn. My selection is mostly pretty standard - wool, silk, bamboo, cotton, etc.

Yak sounds interesting and their coats are so lovely! I'd love to try this. :)

wild kitten said...

I've never tried or even seen BBR's yarns - LYSs in my country don't have it - but I really would like to! They look gorgeous!
wildkitten/dot/handcrafts/at/gmail/dot/com

masshag said...

I've never seen yak yarn in the local stores . I did pick up a blend of alpaca, yak and merino fiber to spin. I touched it and it was mine . So soft. I can only imagine how soft BBR yarn is.

Jen said...

Lovely yarn... never have used Yak before!

Dclulu on ravelry said...

Wow. I've had bijou basin on my wish list for a long time.

Jen said...

Your gloves look great! And that yarn looks like a dream! I have never even touched yak yarn but would love the chance. What a great giveaway!!

jendada on ravelry

Little Miss S. said...

I have sadly never heard about the yarn before, but my do your mittens look lovely. So perfect for cold hands and photography.

Tara said...

I've never used it before but it looks absolutely gorgeous in the photos!

Katie said...

That yarn is so pretty! I have never seen or used yak yarn before, but I would love to try it!

Alicia said...

i have never tried yak yarn before, but would love to. i don't think i've ever seen any in person at all. it looks beautiful. those gloves look so nice and soft and warrrmmm =)

storiedyarns said...

I've never used BBR or any other Yak fiber, I hope I win so I can get the chance!! :)

Jessecreations on Ravelry

Robin said...

I don't think I've even fondled yak yarn. I've been missing something fabulous, how sad. Crosses fingers that I'll win and be enlightened.

odessa said...

I've always wanted to try this yarn!

Alex said...

Beautiful mitts!! I have felt their yarns at shows but haven't been able to splurge and try them out yet- they really are soft and lovely!

Sangeetha said...

would love to try

Erin said...

Lovely! Sadly, I have never even touched bijou basin yarn.

CeltChick said...

I have wanted to "test drive" this yarn forever! It would just make my holiday if I were the winner. I had no idea yaks had cream color in their coats; thanks for that tidbit of info about these critters.
AnnBan on Ravelry
adevine@myway.com

Kassia said...

Gorgeous!! I've never tried their yarns before.

Cate said...

I've never used it but I'd like to. Those mitts are awesome!

KnittingViolets said...

I haven't used these yarns before, but I would love to try yak. So cool!

Kristina said...

I've never used it, but it's beautiful! I'll definitely be trying it out. I was also looking for something special to get my aunt for her birthday. I think I'll send her a skein of this!

Suzanne said...

What a funny twist of fate that neither of them knits or crochets! I have heard about this company quite a bit but never had the opportunity to see their yarn in person or work with it. I hope that changes soon!

stephigordon said...

Oh my, this yarn is beautiful & I want to meet a Yak now! The owners of the company sound wonderful - love their story! Thanks for the chance to win! Stephanie (stephi_gordon@yahoo.com)

fafaknits said...

It looks lovely! I have never tried yak yarn sadly, but I'm eager to give it a go ;)

JoAnna said...

I've not used their yarn before, but I fondled it much at Rhinebeck. Much fondling.

Megan said...

Wow! I loved everything about this post. Very interesting.
{sugarlaneknits on rav}

becca said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I've run into Bijou Basin yarn (and my lovely mother purchased some for me). It is just spectacular!

kristyh1981 said...

What gorgeous yarn! I have yet to try out there yanr but would certainly love to :D

susan said...

If first you dont succeed at a prize , try try again...lol

Lizbert said...

I got to sample knit some yak yarn at a fiber show, but that only meant knitting a few stitches. Those few stitches were lovely!

susan said...

If you don't succeed the first time at winning,try, try, again...lol

twistedtexan said...

Oh my word! That yarn looks divine! I wish I could say that I've had the chance to try it.

sparkeespud said...

Wow, Yak fiber! Those guys are so adorable! This yarn would be fabulous to try. I've never tried this before!

Rachael said...

Oh my gosh, those skeins are gorgeous! I've never knit with yak before, but I'd sure love to try!

NimrodVern said...

I've never knitted BBR yarn, but fondled it & had a lovely conversation about yak at their booth at the Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair. Unfortunately, my route through the fair put my visit with them at the end of the day when my funds were depleted :( Would love to have this opportunity to try their yarns! Thanks!

Christine Lima said...

I haven't gotten to try the yarn yet, but I've been admiring it for a while!

Ginger said...

I haven't yet splurged on many luxury fibers, but I would love to give theirs a try!

meppybn said...

I've never had the joy of using yak yarn yet - but maybe soon :) :)!! Sounds fab - love soft!!

Kelly J. R. said...

The Yaks are so cute and the yarn looks delicious! I haven't knitted with yak fiber yet but would love to try. I would also enjoy spinning it! My husband and I have talked about getting some sort of livestock... maybe we'll have to check out yaks!

katherinelynn_04 said...

I have also never used yak yarn. It would be interesting to try. It's super expensive when you can find it near me.

Laura said...

I haven't gotten to try their yarns, unfortunately. I mainly know they exist at all because of all the podcasters that talk about them!

--aprilshowers

homeschoolmom said...

I have yet to try knitting Yak yarn, but seeing them in this post makes me want to give 'em a whirl! They look fabulous! Would love to win the giveaway!

Karla said...

I haven't tried BBR - YET! They are definitely on my short list of scrumptious yarns to try. I will definitely be getting some!

Lindr said...

I had the great good fortune to actually visit BBR and meet the yaks a few months ago! Fondling the fiber both pre and post processing was great fun. I came home with some of the limited edition Gobi yarn and some Lhasa Wilderness. I have plans for a hat with a combination of the Lhasa Wilderness and some local alpaca. Should be warm and oh-so-soft when it's done! Just can't get enough...

Laura said...

I've never used yak yarn, but I love that this yarn knits up at a versatile gauge! Would love to try it!

Pensamientos Marcianos said...

I've never tried BBR's yarns before and I would love to!

Nicole said...

I've never tried yak yarn, but after reading through the interview, I really want to! What a wonderful giveaway, thank you!

Nicole, HermioneWeasley on Ravelry

Dana said...

I have never tried their yarn, but have always wanted to! Would love the yummy yarn goodness!

Debbie said...

I haven't tried the yarn yet, but ut looks wonderful. Wish I could feel it! Debbie H

mhchong said...

Have never knit with their yarn, but have felt it and man, it is so so soft!!

mhchong on Ravelry

Kamigaeru said...

I ran into this yarn by accident at a CA yarn shop. I'd never seen it before and didn't know anything about it. Except that I'd very much like to try it! It's on my list of yarns to knit - looks and feels divine!

Rachel D. said...

I haven't used BBR yarn before, but I would love to and I'm hoping this giveaway will fix that :-)

lorraine said...

I've never tried it :( but then again there are a lot of yarns i havent tried ..

knitterlydesigns said...

I have not tried their yarns even though their ranch is only an hour away. I have touched it and it is soft and the colors are beautiful!

knitterlydesigns on Ravelry

Mary said...

I have been wanting to try their yarns for a while. I had heard of them through their partnership with Lorna's Laces

sparky136 said...

I have never knitted with their yarns but I sure would like to try it out.

mary said...

I have never used the yak yarn but I would love to try it.Even though I live in Colorado ,I have never encountered this gorgeous yarn.

Donner said...

Wow, gorgeous yarn. I have never tried this yarn before but would love to after reading about Yak yarn. Looks so soft!!

syd said...

That looks beautiful! I've never been to a fiber show before (only loitered extensively at my LYS'es), and I haven't ever even *seen* yak yarn in person, to my knowledge... but what a fun thing to try! :-)

Megan said...

I have never used the BBR but have coveted it many times. Thanks for the opportunity to win and try it out!

FlauschiOhren said...

Oh what wonderful animals, beautiful! I have never worked with Yak yarn before, I've never even touched or seen it before. But now I'm curious! Thanks for all the interesting information,

cheers,
Maike (FlauschiOhren on Ravelry)

KC said...

Funny, I have a skein of Lhasa Wilderness I received as a gift sitting her on my desk right now. After smooshing it and petting it for months, I've finally decided to make the Pretty Thing cowl from Stephanie Pearl-McPhee with it. I'd love more Bijou Basin yarn to play with!

KallieKY said...

What a great giveaway. Next up on my needles is a delicious skein of Tibetan Dream for a pair of cabled socks. I have a skein of Lhasa Wilderness on it's way to me right now. I can't wait to use these yarns!

BrittanyLaine said...

Ooh, what a fabulous giveaway! I've never knit with any of their yarn (or any yak for that matter), but I have come across it at a few shows, I think. I'd love to knit with it.

Brenda said...

Hi, I've seen this yarn, at Vogue Knitting Live in LA. It was gorgeous! I'd love to win some!
(goodstuff on Rav)

josiekitten said...

I've never knit with yak before, but would love top try!

Gynx said...

Sadly I haven't yet had the opportunity to use BBR, but I would love to! I've never worked with yak.

Peppermint Mocha Mama said...

I have not heard of yak yarn until now but what a lovely way to give it a go ~ gorgeous yarn and a stunning shawlette... hopefully, this giveaway will give me the opportunity to see what it's all about.

Mary Ann said...

ooohhhh! What beautiful yarn! Thank you for allowing me the chance to win!

Denise said...

I've never used their yarn or felt yak yarn! I would love to try it. It sounds wonderful.

Jessica Powers said...

I've never even seen the wool in person, but I'm really impressed by all the reviews of how well it holds up. And I love the geographic references of the yarn names!

Rose said...

I have never had the opportunity to use or feel this yarn. I would love to try it out based on the wonderful things I have heard about this yarn.

Monica said...

I never even knew that such a thing as Yak yarn existed! It sounds intriguing and warm, I would love to try it once!

TopHat said...

I've never tried Yak either. But trying it would be great!

Anonymous said...

I have not tried BBR yarns before but I would really really love to as they look amazing!
rosebob on ravelry

Amy J said...

Both the yarn and pattern are beautiful! I haven't used any yarn from BBR yet, but they are on the list... ;)

txtaurus on ravelry

Andrea said...

I would love to give this yarn a try. I've heard/seen Bijou Basin but haven't yet had a chance to knit it for myself.

Sara said...

i have never seen these yarns before...hmmm...I would love to try knitting with them...

nhsarab at yahoo dot com

Sherry said...

I have never tried yak yarn but I have gone to the BBR's web site to contemplate life, yak's and yarn.
They are on my splurge list :)

sacha said...

My mom used this yarn to make a shawl that is amazing! I would love the chance to knit with this yarn!

Maria said...

Never even heard of yak yarn. But I am in a country with no animals of that sort at all :-)
The yarn sounds extremely tempting and interesting

CrookedKnitter said...

Never had the chance to try their yarn, or any other yak or yak-blends yet. Definitely on the to-do list though! I've heard great things though.

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I have never tried their yak yarn but would love to try it. Thanks for the giveaway wow 3 skeins to try.

LuisaM said...

I've never tried yak yarn but would love to!
Maybe I'll get lucky.

Avila said...

I've never knit with yak before but I have pet it at yarn shops and it feels so lovely! I think I'd have a hard time deciding what to make with yarn like that.

Amber said...

I'm in the wrong country for easy access to gorgeous yarn like that, but would definitely want to try some out!

Wooly Knits n Bits said...

I've never had the chance to try yak yarn, nor had I see their's before. SOunds so luxurious.
Rav: zenitude

grandmastatus said...

what a lovely giveaway. i, too, have never tried BBR yarns (or any yak fibers) but was very pleased to read the interview and am glad to hear about this wonderful company.
grandmastatus on ravelry

craftink said...

I've never tried yak yarn, but I felt it once and it was so so soft!!!
I'D LOVE TO WIN THIS!

Heather J said...

I have never tried yak yarn. I spin and have had the chance to handle the fiber but never owned any. I would love to try it.

Debbie in KY said...

I'd love to try yak yarn - so lovely looking!

Jen said...

I haven't used their yarns but boy do they look lovely!

butnostephanie said...

i've seen this yarn, but never had a chance (or funds) to use it. looks super pretty though.

Lisaknits said...

I have never used Yak yarn but I am ready to1

danielle said...

I have never used this yarn....never even felt it before. It looks beautiful and I am definitely going to look for it at shows now.

Maegwin said...

What an amazing giveaway! Sadly I have never tried their yarns but I have definitely felt them many times and pondered getting some. Maybe for my birthday I can treat myself after the holidays are over and I'm doing some me knitting.

Thanks!
Nina aka Maegwin on Ravelry

slmiller8 said...

I have heard of Bijou Basin yarn but have never seen it. I didn't realize it came from yaks!

adrienne said...

would love a chance to play with this yarn.

PNWBookGirl said...

I haven't had a chance to play with it before but I have spun yak/merino before. Would love a chance to knit with just yak.

Ivy said...

Wow, I've never even heard of yak yarn but I'd love to try it out!

Thanks for such a fab giveaway!

Carla said...

Wow- love it- I have some of the heavier weight yarn but have not figured out what to do with it yet.

Sabrina said...

I have heard of it a few times and been dying to try it. But, I haven't used it yet. Very pretty!

flora said...

lovely! I've never tried the yarn but would love to!!

brandyivy said...

lovely! I would love to try this yarn out!

LochKnitsMonster said...

I want this so much. I had never even heard of BBR before today but I will not forget them now. I was always afraid of yak yarn before. I thought it must be rough and scratchy but now I know that's not true and I should spend more time with yaks and yak yarn.

Kenyetta said...

I have never knit with yak before but would LOVE to try it!
Kenyetta on Ravelry too

Eva said...

Dangit. The yarn happenings in central Florida are few and far between, so I haven't had a chance to even feel it. But wow that stuff looks pretty. And those gloves look pretty spiffy too :)

ikkinlala said...

I haven't tried their yarn yet, but I hope to someday!

Stephanie said...

I have not tried this yarn before, but would love to give yak a try. Thanks for lining up another great giveaway, Ve! Gloves look great as well! Glad to hear the yarn held up so well with frogging.

yarrrnmatey said...

I haven't had the chance but would absolutely love to try it! And those colors are so so perfect!

Piet.knits said...

This yarn is so pretty! I've never knit with it before but I would love to try it.

Charlotte said...

I had never heard of BBR's yarn ... but thanks to your post I know now all about it (or at least a lot more than I did an hour ago :-))

THanks for this chance.

Jubbers said...

I love Bijou Basin yarns! I knit and crochet. Using Lhasa Wilderness, I crocheted a great cowl; of course, it's very soft -- but, it's also very warm and surprisingly light weight.

I'm also in the process of crocheting a wrap front shrug with Lhasa Wilderness.

I have knit with the yarn before as well, but I just did a test guage.

Beautiful yarn!

Jubbers said...

I forgot to add to my original post... They have great patterns in their collection. Very modern and usually with a southwest flair. I visited their booth at Stitches Midwest and the Michigan Fiber Festival, and they were extremely helpful and fun!

Stranded Things said...

Yaks! Yak yarn! I just like to say the word, yak yak yak! I haven't tried the yarn, being on the other side of the world, but I sure would like to!

...Yak.

susanmhj said...

Looks wonderful! I have not used yak yarn yet, but, I'm hopeful!

Christine said...

I haven't used it but I have seen it and it's lovely!

Julia said...

I have not tried their gorgeous yarns yet. At VKL last winter, they had a tasting, but I didn't get the chance to check it out.

Debbie said...

I have never tried yak but I have fondled it! Would love to win!

soxanne said...

Wow, I've never tried it, but I'm interested!

Thanks for the patterns, too...

Ellen S. said...

I recently finished a pair of socks with the Tibetan Dream sock yarn, and let me tell you, that yarn is soft and warm!

The shawl pattern is just lovely.

florapie said...

Who knew the yaks were so cute? I've certainly heard of this yarn but haven't yet had a chance to try it!

theherocomplex said...

This was the first booth I saw this year at Rhinebeck! Just magical.

ChrisC said...

Those gloves are cute! And I love the yarn colors. I've never used this yarn before. In fact, I haven't heard of it. But I'd love to give it a try. Hope I win!

Meg said...

I don't think I've even seen yak yarn before but I sure would love to try some out. It looks gorgeous! I love your mitt project, too. It actually looks like what I have been trying to figure out for my husband. Thanks for both the giveaway and the idea!

fracksmom said...

I actually have a skein of their yarn sitting in my special stash pile, it is so soft I love to take it out, and look at patterns, and of course I need to make it something next to the skin for me,,,,,,,,

marlie said...

I've never heard of them before, but I'm always looking for new yarns to add to my stash!

Catherine said...

Never tried it but would like to.

InJuneau said...

I haven't used any of their yarns yet, but I think I recently acquired one and am trying to figure out what to do with it (something special for me I think).

Lovely gloves, BTW!

Enid said...

I have only been able to drool over BBR yarns at sheep and wool festivals including Rhinebeck. Some day, some day..

Martie Dawn said...

I have been wanting to try yak yarn forever. Been intrigued since I heard that Mongolian and Tibetan Nomads use it as part of yurt construction. I would love to win!

kmvdvm said...

the yaks are out of control cute! i've not tried yak yarn but would love to some day - please please enter me in the drawing!

evan said...

ooooh, lovely! i've never tried their yarns, but i definitely want to now!

Zabbers said...

I'm bad...I've purchased two Bijou Basin Ranch yarns, Himalayan Trail and Tibetan Dream, and have them all queued up for projects (one of the outside colors in Fiddlehead Mittens and some really luxe socks, respectively), but haven't actually knit them up yet. And still I want more.

Poofsizzle said...

I didn't know yak could be died such lovely colors, I thought it only came in brown :)

Judi A. said...

I have never tried their yarn, but the colors and the shawl pattern are beautiful, so would love to win them all for a first time try.


Zowmom on Ravelry

sekiharatae said...

Wow! It's astonishing to learn that yak yarn is as soft as cashmere. I've never even heard of yak yarn before, but those colorways tell me I should definitely give it a try.

Jessica Snell said...

I haven't used their yarn yet, but from the stories and pictures shared here, that's clearly my loss!

sweetangel said...

I haven't tried the yak yarn yet, but I do have some that I got with the Cooperative Press Vogue bag, and its beautiful. Just need to figure out what I'm going to make with it. francine on ravelry

barb said...

This yarn is lovely. The colors are great. I have never had the pleasure of working with yak yarn or even had the chance to feel it. What a great giveaway.

Sophia said...

I have only admired this yarn from afar! It is really really lovely. Please me me me this time!!!!

Frankly Beka said...

I have not tried any BBR yarns. However, I have knit with yak. What a wonderful fiber to work with! Very soft, and quite warm. A friend spun me up some sport weight 50/50 Yak/Blue Faced Leicester, which I turned into a cowl. If you wanna see it you can find me on ravelry (franklybeka).

k2ntrish said...

Yarn sounds yummy. I've never knit with either yak or cormo before. Thanks for the opportunity in this giveaway.

Katie said...

I've never had the privilege of trying their yarn, though I have had friends tell me how lovely it works up.

Rio Lobo Ranch said...

Luscious colors ... I thought yaks only came in black and white - LOL. Bijou Basin yarn is what dreams (and really soft, dare I say 'sexy' knitted garments) are made of.

Katrina said...

Never tried the yarn, but would love to, looks so lovely!

Celeste said...

I've never used yak yarn, but it seems wonderful!

Knits with Penguins said...

Absolutely stunning! I have never had the opportunity to knit with any Bijou Basin yarns, yet. But I have drooled over the lush colors.

Knits with Penguins said...

Stunning! I have not knit with Bijou Basin yarns, yet, but I have drooled over the rich colors.

Alice said...

Gorgeous! I have never used your yarn because I only learned about it now at YOTH. But, that will end very soon. I have a friend with MS for whom I am knitting various projects as her internal thermostat isn't working and she is always cold. Off to your Web site to check out where to buy and patterns.

Susan said...

So pretty..I haven't knit with this yearn yet but I'd love to try!

Lynda Hitt said...

I love the Bijou spun yarns, in all of their incarnations, and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Carl and Eileen. They are good people and have developed a quality product that is a joy to use (not that I've actually used any of the stuff I've bought from them :-))

The RedHeaded Minion said...

I have not even heard of yak yarn or BBR - but I cannot wait to try it now!
I hope that my local yarn shop starts to carry it - I'm headed there this weekend to suggest it, actually!

The Werling's said...

WOW! Beautiful! I have never used Yak Yarn...but would LOVE to!
Amanda

amanda dot werling at gmail dot com

PenCraft said...

I haven't tried it yet, but I sure gave it a serious fondle a the Taos Wool Festival.

melonkelli said...

I haven't ever tried this yarn. Such beautiful colors, I'm sure I would zoom right in if I saw them in person.

Marianna said...

Gorgeous yarn! I would love the chance to try it!

Jaime P said...

our LYs has the yarn but I haven't splurged yet but I really want to.

Maryse said...

First time I hear about yak yarn. I've never actually seen any yaks either but they look quite impressive to me! Your description of the yarn makes it very tempting! I love the podster gloves too! Thank you for that cool contest!

Spring said...

I have been coveting that yarn for a long time!

Maryzona on Ravelry said...

I've never worked with this lovely yarn but I do pet it whenever it is in a yarn store!

ne-knopka said...

I have never tried Yak yarn before
Love to try it!

anna_k67 at yahoo dot com

LynnIL said...

Yak- makes me think of a Dr. Seuss book! Going to the website to check out the animal and yarn, as I have never knitted with yak yarn. Would love a chance!

Spinnergirl said...

I have fondled many Yak yarns, but have not taken the plunge. Would love to try this yarn for a Xmas project or two! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

asteride said...

Never ever tried it, but would love to do so.

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