In addition to this winner, I have a surprise two winners to announce!! When BBR read all the comments of folks never having tried or even seen yak yarn in person, they sent me an extra TWO swag bags from a recent event to giveaway to two additional followers. Each bag contains a skein and a complimentary pattern, so here are the lucky extra randomly chosen TWO:
skaro964 & mommieof4munchkins
Congratulations! Please contact me at email@example.com to collect your prizes.
The holidays are just around the corner and I'm sure a lot of you knitters out there are scrambling to get all of your gift knitting in order and done in time. I've decided to throw gift knitting out the window this year! That's right. I'm not knitting anyone ANYTHING! Unfortunately, most of the important people in my life don't appreciate my handknits (sad, but true). My daughter, Jasmine, is now too cool to wear stuff her mom knits! My girlfriends are into brand named things, and my close family (mom, dad, and bro) either never remember they own handknits that I've given them or just choose not to wear them. There is an exception to these people that I still love even if they do not love my knitting as much as they should, my husband. He is my biggest fan! He loves his handknits more than his favorite pair of sweatpants and that says a lot. However, he recently received several handknitted items after verbalizing how much I do not love him, because I never knit for him. I of course rectified that immediately and knit him three hats and a pair of fingerless gloves in like a week or something. So, he may get something special under the tree, but everyone else is outta luck this year! The knitting is ALL FOR ME! Bah! Humbug!
With all of the ME knitting I've been doing lately, I recently got a chance to try out this giveaway sponsor's terrific yarn: Elizabeth and her yarn line Vice that she sells on Etsy. Read the fun written interview I did with her:
1. Please start by telling us a little bit about yourself and what you do?
My name is Elizabeth Inman, YarnluvinLizzy on Ravelry. I have been selling my yarn for the past year and I have been fortunate to have been received well in my local market. I am now at a point that I have started to expand. I am a knitter, crocheter, weaver, spinner and teacher. I have a passion for great fibers. The name of my yarn "Vice" is a tongue in cheek nod to this passion.
I bring a different point of view to my yarns, using luxurious fibers coupled with bright, saturated colors. I am inspired by my travels around the world and this country and admire those that are adventurous in their craft.
2. Your hand dyed yarns that you offer are beautiful. The colors are so vibrant and well layered. What's your favorite yarn or color that you offer?
My favourite to dye is Plain Jane which I make with 11 different colours which then co-mingle to add at least another 11 different shades. It is crazy, it is fun and it is my romp through the crayon box.
My favourite to knit so far is Paparazzi DK. Paparazzi DK is a merino/silk/stellina (sparkles) base that is so lush and tasty to knit. I dyed some in a raspberry colour and knitted a sweater. So far I am just dyeing this to order but I hope to release it in a broader way soon.
3. Can you talk a little bit about your dyeing process and how you got started dyeing yarn?
I am very picky about what I will knit with. I wanted the combination of high quality base matched with deep, vivid colours that just wasn't easy to find in my area. So I created them.
I dye with professional acid dyes, I use citric acid so there is no vinegar smell and I rinse the dyed yarns clear after they are steamed for 45 minutes. This makes the yarn colour fast. I use a variety of methods to dye the yarns but most are hand painted with a sponge brush.
4. For budding new yarnies out there, what's the one piece of advice you have?
It is hard, physical work that has vast competition and takes time and a lot of effort to break in to. Owning your own business means you get to work any 16 hours of the day you want to. But, if it is truly your passion, go for it.
5. What will be next for you? Do you have colorways in the works that you can share with us?
I am constantly developing new colourways (ok, sometimes by fluke). What is next is my new worsted weight yarns which will be available by Christmas.
6. Why do you knit?
I knit and crochet to create. It amazes me what can be made with a ball of yarn and some needles or a hook. Each skein of yarn is full of limitless possibilities.
7. When did you learn to knit and who taught you?
I have been knitting for four years and I am still learning. Sometimes I knit just to learn a new technique and never actually make an item.
8. If you were to knit and live anywhere in the world, where would you knit and live?
If I could coerce all my family and friends to move to New Zealand, that is where I would choose. I love it there.
9. What's been your worst knitting or yarn dyeing disaster?
Early on, I was dyeing with a completely different method which required the yarn to be scoured in soda ash first. I left it in too long and it melted. That was not good.
10. And last but not least, if you were enjoying a favorite drink while reading my blog, what would it be?
A dry, Bombay Sapphire Gin martini with 3 big fat olives. Please.
Elizabeth was sweet enough to send me over a gift skein to try out, and I knit up this gorgeous shawlette with it that I wanna share...
Designer: Corrina Ferguson
Collection: Sideways Shawlettes
Yarn: Vice Sockalicious
Colorway: Dirty Girl
My Rav project page here
Modeled by: Jane, my brother's very beautiful gf.
The yarn is Elizabeth's Vice Sockalicious, and what a wonderful sock/fingering weight yarn. It's a MCN combo (merino, cashmere, and nylon blend), which is one of my favs. The merino and cashmere are soft and luxurious, and the nylon adds strength and durability, but I'm sure most of you already know this. So, what's so special about this yarn?! It was hand dyed by Elizabeth and the colors are beautiful. She is a very talented yarnie and her vibrant hand dye job made this skein so lovely to work with. I'm the first to admit that variegated colorways are not my favorite, but this skein helped me realize how pretty tonal variegation can work in the right pattern. It was a lot of fun to see the colors change back and forth while I knitted this shawl. It kept the whole process very entertaining!
Speaking of just right patterns... the shawlette pattern that I knit up, Pettine, is definitely that! This shawl is per-FECT for the not so solid colorways of sock yarn I have tucked away in every corner of my home! (Side note: it's perfect for solid colors too!) The garter stitch body and lace edging along with the sideways construction would yield itself wonderfully well to your fun colored skeins of sock yarn you may have laying around. Plus, I don't know if it was the pretty color changing yarn, the great pattern, or the combination of the two, but this shawl almost knit itself with how quick it flew off my needles. I also think its neat soft triangle shaping (depending on your blocking at the end) makes the shawl more modern and perfect for holiday gifts for those ladies on your holiday lists that love scarves, but might like something new and different. Corrina, the designer, has a gorgeous selection of knitting patterns, and truly worth checking out when you get a chance.
Elizabeth has also been kind enough to send over two spectacular skeins of Vice yarn for you to have a chance at winning...
The funky multi-colored skein on the left is a called Chubbie (how cute!). It's a sport weight yarn that yields a whopping 342 yards of lovely superwash merino wool. The skein on the right is the enchanting Sparklicious Sterling and has silver strands spun throughout! Not lying! It's 63% SW merino, 20% silk, 15% nylon and 2% silver. Both are awesome and will be a whole lot of knitting fun for two winners!
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, 12/4/11. Who are you knitting for this year? Is your holiday list of handknits a mile long or are you like me and only knitting for yourself?
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.