2.27.2012

giveaway #81

The three winners of the last giveaway from Hearthside Fibers are:

JoAnna, hawknitr13, & Melody

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



The weekend before last I attended Madrona Fiber Arts for the first time. That's honestly sad, because I've been knitting for about five years now and I've lived in the Pacific Northwest this whole time. Somehow I had just never made it out for one reason or another, but this year I'd registered for a short afternoon class and I was meeting a blog friend and sponsor. That meant that I couldn't miss it!

I ended up having just the most wonderful day. There's something refreshing about walking into a swanky hotel and seeing knitters EVERYwhere. It's kind of surreal, if you know what I mean. So, back to the stuff you're really here for, our lovely sponsor this time...

I got to meet Brenda Castiel of Brenda Castiel Designs in person. It was a real treat. I wish I could meet all my sponsors like that! Brenda sent over a short bio, so you could meet her as well...

"I’ve been a knitter, on and off, since my teens. I’m self taught and so have gotten used to figuring things out on my own. Sometimes that’s a good thing, and sometimes not!

I first got the idea to start designing when KnitPicks started their Independent Design Program in spring of 2010. I thought to myself, “They’re just starting out, so maybe they won’t be too fussy about what they accept.” I’m not saying that’s true, but that’s what I thought. So I submitted a design, and it was accepted! I was off and running. I then started submitting to magazines like Interweave KNITS, Knit Simple, Creative Knitting, and YARN magazine in Australia – everywhere I could think of, really. I wasn’t ready to self-publish because I didn’t want to have to pay for professional photography and editing before I even knew if anyone would want to buy my patterns. Increasingly, more of my patterns got accepted, including one crazy period when I had 6 sweaters to knit in 8 weeks. That was bad!

Now that I have more of a portfolio built up, I would like to offer a giveaway of my patterns. Most of them are available, but a few are owned by a magazine and I don’t have the rights to them."

Brenda is offering up a fabulous giveaway of THREE patterns of winner's choice for a Grand Prize (unfortunately, there are some that are NOT available due to contractual agreements: Quixote Scarf, Sugarloaf Hat and Mittens, Vintage Paris Jacket, Picasso Cardigan, and Elise Dress), a gorgeous skein of Socks That Rock yarn in the Spring Fling colorway, along with a fabulous Deluxe Reversible Project Bag from MicheleStitches and some darling little stitch markers.

Plus, one runner up winner will receive one pattern of choice and a smaller drawstring project bag and stitch markers as well. It's all just a lot of knitting fun! See...


GA81yarn


(I was actually recently looking for more knitting project bags and Michele's giveaway ones just happened to show up in my mailbox that same week. I couldn't resist and had to purchase one for myself. I got this really cute gnome bag!)

That's not all! Brenda is also offering a great discount to the YOTH followers for her pattern collection available on Ravelry: enter the discount code YOTH25 during checkout from now until March 25th, 2012, to receive 25% off.


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, 3/11/12. Check out Brenda's patterns and let us know what your favorite is.

In case you couldn't guess, my favorite is the Lydia Crescent Lace Shawl. It's got all the components I love: it's lace, has a beautiful and unique construction and it's a shawl. Soooooo, so pretty!


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

172 comments:

Sheila said...

My favorite is the Corinna Cowl + Mitts.

Chris said...

Brenda, You are living the dream. Congrats!

My favorite of the patterns you have on Ravelry that are available to us is Terrigal Trio of Tops. I love the versatility the pattern creates.

Thanks for a chance to win.

Rachelle said...

Botany Bay Cowl is my favourite

Karen said...

I also like the Terrigal Trio of tops. What a fun prize!!

Charlotte said...

I'm in New Zealand and with winter approaching I'm drawn to the 'Cosy Cover: Jelly Bean". There's nothing better than snuggling in bed with a hottie on a winter's night.

affiknity said...

I love the Celine Cardi.

Suzanne said...

How cool that you got to go to Madrona. I hope you will blog about it as well.

I really like the Celine Cardi. Thanks for sharing Brenda's bio. Her name was familiar but it wasn't until I looked at all her projects that it was because I had heard people knitting up the Quixote scarf and loving it.

Wooly Knits n Bits said...

My favorite would be between the Corinna cowl and the Lydia shawl. Actually, there are several patterns that are great!

Robin said...

I like the Thornhill Mittens, very stylish.

jennybookworm said...

I think I like the Thornhill mittens and hat best but really like that Lydia shawl as well. Thank you for posting yet another great giveaway!

Kristina said...

Daisy Buchanan hat- It's adorable.

cguard(on rav) said...

It's so hard to pick but for me it would be the Thornhill mitts and then I'd need the matching hat and the jellybean hot water cozy for when I got home snug in bed.

Debbie in KY said...

Lydia Crescent Lace shawl is so pretty. That would be my fav today - but they're all nice!

Ginger said...

The Crescent Lace Shawl is lovely!

Carla said...

I love the vintage paris sweater

becca said...

The Lydia shawl is lovely. Thanks so much!

Malinda said...

I love that Elise dress and I know some little girls who will too!

Lizbert said...

I love the Jelly Bean kids sweater. So cute! And it would look wonderful in a variety of palettes depending on the parents and the kid.

Beathag said...

I like Cosy Cover: Mount Royal
I am looking for a cozy cover pattern and this is so nice!

craftink on raverly

Judi A. said...

There are so many neat patterns, but I also like the Lydia Lace Shawl the best. So pretty.

Kassia said...

Lovely patterns! My favorites are the Picasso cardigan and the Elise dress (my girls would both love one!!). :)

stephigordon said...

I love the Lydia (others, too, but it is my favorite). What a lovely giveaway! My daughter's birthday is March 11th - she's turning five - should make it my lucky day as she is my shining star, right? ( : Thanks for the chance to win and introducing us to another great designer!

renewedmind said...

Ooooh! My favorite is the Picasso Cardigan - love that sweater!

renewedmind on Ravelry

renewedmind said...

Ooooh! My favorite is the Picasso Cardigan - love that sweater!

renewedmind on Ravelry

twistedtexan said...

The Daisy Buchanan hat and Lydia Crescent shawl are my two favorites!

evan said...

belmont cardi is my fave

Gynx said...

I love the Lydia Crescent Lace Shawl!

Erin said...

I do love sugarloaf, but there are definitely plenty of other lovelies to choose from!

nancy88 said...

Botany Bay Cowl is gorgeous. Thank you so much for this offer!

Nancy

Michelle said...

The botany bay cowl is so cute! Thanks for the great give-away.

Fiona said...

The Lydia Crescent Shawl is my favourite.

Fiona
(Rav ID: pipnmilly)

CeltChick said...

I'll have to flip a coin, as I really like the Botany Bay Cowl AND the Lydia Crescent Lace Shawl.

knitterlydesigns said...

I agree. I love the Lydia shawl. What a great prize package too!

knitterlydesigns on Ravelry

Susan said...

I totally love the Lydia Crescent Lace Shawl too!

Beth said...

I really like the Botany Bay Cowl!

punkcutie said...

Daisy Buchanan Hat and Celine Cardi are my favorites

Debbie said...

I love the Botany Bay Cowl. thanks! Debbie H

Mim said...

The Carole Landis Sweater is lovely. Thanks for the giveaway.

katherinelynn_04 said...

I'm also going to have to go with the Lydia shawl. I've recently had a craving for lace, and it definitely fits the bill!

sparky136 said...

My favorite is botany bay cowl

Heather said...

I love the Botany Bay cowl, but the Vintage Paris Jacket is a close second!

Jen said...

The Belmont Park Cardi is cute!

Roslyn said...

I like the botany bay cowl but my kids would look really cute in the Belmont park cardi

grandmastatus said...

My favorite is the Thornhill mittens, but I also really like the Sugarloaf set.

InJuneau said...

I love the Botany Bay Cowl.

Laura said...

The Lydia Crescent Lace Shawl is lovely!

Ely said...

I like the Daisy Buchanan Hat. It makes me want gold yarn.

fracksmom said...

Bonety Bay, but the sweaters are really cute too

GerryART said...

While your fav is the shawl,
Brenda's ♥ Celine Cardi ♥ has stolen my heart.
Am pleasantly surprized it was worked up in a DK weight.
hugs
Gerry

Katara said...

I'm fond of lace so my favourite is also the Lydia Crescent Lace Shawl. I'm working on shawl accesories in every colour.

Michaela said...

I love the Thornhill Mittens, they look very squishy and warm!!

lorraine said...

love the lydia crescant shawl :)

Jessica Powers said...

Thornhill Mittens and/or Botany Bay Cowl - I know I've seen both before and gone 'oooooooh'!

chels said...

I really like the Jelly Beans Kids Sweater!

Lindr said...

I love the Quixote Scarf. The diagonal cables are really striking and different!

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

Ludia Crescent Lace Shawl is my favorite.

sacha said...

The yarn looks yummy! I like the Corinna Mitts- seems like that's all I've been knitting lately!

Christine Lima said...

Ooohhh...I love the Corinna Cowl and Mitts - those slipped stitches look so neat with the stripes!

syd said...

How fun! I'm torn, as always - but as a mom of 4 girls, I think I'd go with the Elise dress. What a fun little twirl at the bottom! :-)

skaro964 said...

I r3eally like the Botany Bay Cowl , it is just so pretty.

tricia*kushman*anderson said...

OH! Botany bay cowl for sure!!!

Marlitharn said...

I really like the Botany Bay cardi. It would make a fun layering piece for my teenager!

Michelle said...

Love the Daisy Buchanan Hat; so glad it's included!

Marianna said...

I like the Botany Bay Cowl. Looks perfect for a single skein of beautiful yarn...

Debbie said...

I am with you, Ve on the Lydia crescent shawl! But I also love the Corinna Cowl and Mitts, the Botany Bay Cowl, the Crayon pocket sweater . . . .

mapleknits said...

My favourite of Brenda's designs is also the Lydia Crescent Lace Shawl! Thanks for the chance at this giveaway :)

Gerry said...

I'm loving the Celine cardi. And I'm not usually much of a shawl wearer, but I'm loving the Crescent Lace Shawl!

Nicole said...

What a great giveaway! My favorite pattern is the Quixote Scarf!

Cheryl said...

Ohhh, I love those Thornhill mitts, simple yet classic, yet all of her patterns are wearable and chic. (except for the hot water bottle cover, I'd have a hard time wearing that!!)

LynnIL said...

I liked the Belmont Park cardi. Looks so cute! Enjoyed Brenda's blog!

Kitten With a Whiplash said...

The Daisy Buchanan Hat is so elegant.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I saw a lot of things that I liked. The Vintage Paris Jacket was my pick.
Chelseyb5@aol.com

sherry said...

I love Lydia's Crescent Shawl but I have to say, the Jelly Bean Cozy is too cute!

TopHat said...

I like the Eloise dress!

Kristen said...

I really like the Thornhill Mittens.

Kathy said...

I agree, my favorite is the Lydia Crescent Lace Shawl. I'm also thrilled that you helped me discover a new Etsy seller with such fabulous bags!

knitting bean said...

Lydia Crescent Lace Shawl is my favorite, but it wasn't easy to decide!

Marie said...

I like the color combination on Roxbury Park Kid's Cardigan (and Corinna). And by the way, the gnome bag is sooo wonderful.

Lisa Ferron said...

I love Brenda's Sugarloaf AND the Botany Bay cowl. Amazing designs that I hope to use some of my handspun to create.

Jen said...

That lace shawl is stunning! I also love the Elise dress.

Sara said...

Love, Love the Lydia Crescent Lace Shawl

nhsarab on Ravelry

yarrrnmatey said...

I love the corinna cowl!

meeshelle said...

Great giveaway!!! I love mitts, and the Thornhill mittens are too cool!!

Anonymous said...

Great giveaway. Thank you. It's hard to choose, but my favorite has to be the Lydia shawl. I just love the sock yarn in the giveaway too. I'm FelicityS on Ravelry.

LochKnitsMonster said...

I love the Lydia Lace Crescent Shawl. Thanks for the giveaway and thanks for sharing your story. You are inspiring.

Bethany said...

I love, love, love the Cosy Cover: Mount Royal hot water bottle cover! I need to buy a hot water bottle to justify knitting the cover, but it'd be worth it!

Jen said...

I like the Celine Cardi -- it's so frilly and feminine!

Rachel D. said...

I really like the Thornhill Mittens. I love the asymmetrical cable.

CrookedKnitter said...

I think my favorite is the Daisy Buchanan Hat. So cute!

Sabrina said...

Well, I'm in love with the Sugar Loaf set, but since that one isn't available...I really like the Thornehill set as well.

ikkinlala said...

My favourite is also the Lydia Crescent Lace Shawl - gorgeous!

BrittanyLaine said...

I'm going to have to agree with you and say the Lydia Crescent Lace Shawl. Beautiful!

Jaime P said...

I'm a big shawl fan too. I agree with your favorite!

dclulu on ravelry said...

I'm going to have to go with the Lydia shawl.

masshag said...

I love the Botany by Cowl. So pretty in purple

Zabbers said...

Ooh such prettiness. AND I love it when there are discounts that we can all partake off. :) I have to say I like the Lydia crescent shawl best too, though the Corinna cowl is a close second.

The Kenagy's said...

I love the Thornhill Mitts and the Cozy Cover: Jelly Bean :) SUPER cute!! :)

aednarb said...

I really like the Botany Bay Cowl and I also really like the Lydia Crescent Shawl. And Madrona is great!

Sangeetha said...

i like the celine cardi

Marilyn said...

Love the Vintage Paris Jacket.

Martha D said...

The Lydia shawl is my favorite.

Iva said...

My favorite is the cute little Elise Dress, as well as one that is not available (of course): the Vintage Paris Jacket.

Mujercita said...

I love the Lydia shawl too!

(Mujercita on Rav)

Ref said...

I love the Thornhill mittens

Rae Lynne said...

Brenda has some great patterns!

My favorite are the Thornhill mittens!

raelynne01 on Rav

suburban prep said...

I like the Lydia Crescent Lace Shawl. I do also like the Paris Jacket

J. Elliott said...

I like the Corinna Cowl + Mitts pattern -- they're beautiful!

Kae said...

I like Le Marais Slouchy Vest. I like the ruffle detail. Many vests tend to manliness; This one is very feminine.

Kristine said...

I met Brenda at Madrona, and she's very nice. I really like the Carole Landis Sweater. Classy and interesting looking.

Also, I LOVE Michele's bags and stitch markers, she is quite an artist and *such* high quality stuff. Two Thumbs Up!

Alice said...

Just love that Daisy Buchanan Hat!

butnostephanie said...

Oh, I like the Thornhill Mittens! I love mittens.

Megan said...

I like the Botany Bay Cardi. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

melanie said...

I just love the Picasso Cardigan. This would look awesome on my oldest daughter.

Krystal said...

Love the Botany Bay Cowl. Inspiration to start designing!

J Mac said...

My fav is the Thornhill Mittens!

Marianna said...

I love the Daisy Buchanan Hat.

Retrobaby said...

I love the Corinna cowl + mitts that have a great retro vibe to them! :)

C Gibson said...

The thornhill mitts are so adorable. I love the little girl's dress too.

Spinnergirl said...

In love with the Botany Bay Cowl. Thanks for the chance to win great prizes!!

Emily said...

The Jelly Bean Sweater is quite fun.

zed said...

Who can choose just one?! I love the Daisy Buchanan Hat, and I also love the Sugarloaf set.

thisgirlsaysno said...

Oh, my favorite is the Le Marais vest!! I stayed in a hotel this past January called "Les Jardins du Marais" in the Marais district of Paris, so hopefully that's a good omen for me! :)

Windzgirl said...

The Thornhill Hat is definitely my favorite!

DonnaC said...

I too love Lydia!

Hind DP said...

There's a few that I like, but my favorite is the Celine Cardigan, it looks very simple yet very feminine.

Melody said...

I like the Thornhill Hat.


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Jubbers said...

I like the thornill mittens and Lydia Crescent Lace Shawl

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Cheryl said...

Love the Picasso cardigan, the ruffled front edging is a nice touch

Sal said...

Love the Thornhill Mittens! :D

Maxcat Knits said...

Love the Lydia Shawl!

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ne-knopka said...

i like Elise Dress

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Meredith said...

My favorite is also the Lydia Crescent Lace Shawl. Beautiful!

elflyn said...

The Roxbury Park Kids Cardigan is delightful.

Kathy said...

I love the jelly bean jumper. Such a cute idea!

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klhp said...

Oh, I love the Jellybean Jumper! I have a one year old little girl who would look sooo cute in it, with her ringlet curls bouncing as she runs. It's great, too, because we live in the midwest, I can put a short or long sleeved shirt under it depending on the weather. Oh! And maybe a cute little cardigan over it, as evening comes and the temperature drops. Love it.

mhchong said...

I love the Lydia Crescent Lace Shawl too!

Donner said...

All of her designs are awesome but 2 of my favs are Jelly Bean Jumper, it is so adorable! and the Botany Bay cowl. What a talented designer!

florapie said...

I love the Daisy Buchanan hat, and my 4 year old loves the Elise dress, and insisted I add it to my favourites!

Nanny Jean said...

I think my favorite is the Botany Bay Cowl.

Nanny Jean said...

I think my favorite pattern is the Botany Bay Cowl

Juliaknit said...

My favorite is the Jelly Bean Jumper.

Lisaknits said...

Wow! Beautiful bag and yarn.
I like the crecent shawl.

Renee Anne said...

Oh......pretty things :)

I think I've fallen in love with the Thornhill mittens and hat which, yes, are from Knit Now...but I think I have that one :) Maybe.

I should look.

Connie K. said...

My favorite is the Celine Cardi. I can so see that on my youngest daughter!

greyowl (ravelry id)

Carey said...

love the Elise Dress. I would love to make it for my daughters

Anonymous said...

I really love the Carole Landis sweater and the botany bay cowl!

Gwenn

iluvmygrlz at yahoo dot com

Catherine said...

The Sugarloaf Hat and Mittens pattern looks very cute.

karen alho said...

I have to admit, I'm with you on the shawl. I think the water bottle cover is clever too but since I don't happen to own a water bottle....

Melinda said...

LOVE the Picasso Cardigan, Corinna Cowl & Mitts are a close second.

KRHknitting said...

I love the Elise Dress and the Trio of Tops. Thanks

greta said...

Thornhill mittens

angelina said...

that yarn is to dye for !! i love all of her shawls...

FlauschiOhren said...

As always such a lovely giveaway! I think the Celine Cardi is my favourite, so delicate and feminine. Thank you!

Cheers,
Maike
FlauschiOhren on Ravelry

Rebekah said...

The Jelly Bean Jumper would have to be added to my queue for my daughter! It's really precious!

Knittingmomma79 said...

Lydia Crescent Lace Shawl is so pretty!

Anonymous said...

Love the Corinna cowl and mitts...

Rasa said...

Love the Lydia Crescent Lace Shawl.

Lizzi said...

'Sugar loaf' hat and mittens does it for me!

susanmhj said...

This yarn is sweet! love th Botany bay cowl!

Jade said...

Great patterns, my favourite is the Corinna Cowl + Mitts.

Laura said...

My favorite of the pattern is the Thornhill Mittens

Teri said...

I think the Celine Cardigan is so feminine and sweet, perfect for spring.

Thanks for the great give-away.

Nuttygal said...

I love the Le Marais Slouchy Vest pattern it looks like a versatile comfortable knit

karlaknits said...

Another great giveaway! The Thornhill Mittens pattern certainly caught my eye. Thanks for a chance to win!

Carmen said...

Hard to choose just one in the favs, but I really like Garden Party Cardi

The Distracted Knitter said...

I also think my favorite would be the Lydia Crescent Shawl! Gorgeous

srsinstructor said...

What a great giveaway! Really like the Botany Bay Cowl pattern.
rsrinstructor on Ravelry

Saav S said...

the quixote scarf, hands down!

Sarah Bear said...

I love the Elise Dress. So cute!