10.22.2012

giveaway #96

The two winners of the Madbird giveaway are:

Bridget & ely

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


Let's be real… I'm always excited to bring you a new giveaway! But, honestly, this is one of my favs so far. Give a warm welcome to Sun Valley Fibers. Sun Valley Fibers not only does beautiful hand-dyed yarn, but they also have created a really cool thing called the Yarn Buddy. I own one and it is one of my most useful knitting tools that I've bought to date. I use it all the time, so I just knew I had to persuade these folks to come visit us on the blog! Here's an interview I did with Jeanette of Sun Valley Fibers and a little more about how the Yarn Buddy works:

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

Well, by day I'm the wife of a farmer/landscaper, mom to 2 teenage girls (one of whom is a freshman in college, the other a junior in high school), and I've been a court reporter for 26 years. Things can get slightly stressful at times, and yarn keeps me sane ;-)

2. You offer a variety of beautiful hand dyed yarns. Can you talk a little bit about what inspires you?

We have a farm in southwest Wisconsin -- and we live down in a valley. I'm surrounded by beautiful woods, and have perennial beds everywhere -- I'm inspired by all of it!

3. Do you have a favorite colorway or yarn that you offer?

My favorite yarn base is the MCN, merino/cashmere/nylon blend -- any weight of it -- it is so soft. We're getting a new yarn base in -- merino/cashmere/silk -- and I'm sure I'm going to love that as well!

My favorite color/colors I've got to say Calligraphy and Waterfalls are my favorites. Calligraphy is a muted blue/green, and Waterfalls is a grey/blue. They are both very calming, soothing colors.

4. You also offer a thing called the Yarn Buddy and the reason I asked you to be a guest on my blog. Can you tell everyone what a Yarn Buddy is and how it works?

Well, a Yarn Buddy is 2 circles of wood with a spike in the center. How you use it is you wind your skein of yarn into a center-pull ball, place the center of the yarn cake onto the spike, and pull from the outside strand of the yarn. Your yarn cake will spin on the disk of wood, and won't land on the floor when you tug on it.

5. How did you come up with the idea to start making Yarn Buddies?

Well, we live in an animal-friendly house, and we currently have 2 dogs and 4 cats. Everyone wants to sit by me or sit on my lap when I do finally sit down to knit -- I'm learning to crochet, but I'm far from good at it yet -- and my husband essentially got tired of me getting so crabby when one of the kitties tried to take off with the yarn cake. In the summers George spends a lot of time on the tractors in the fields, and given a proper amount of time to ponder, this was his solution to my problem. I was, of course, happy to share his solution to my dilemma with our customers at the fiber events we attend, and George's Yarn Buddy has been a huge hit!

George has made Yarn Buddies out of at least 54 different kinds of wood. Some of the wood is local to our area, and others are rather exotic and hard to find, but all of them are a work of art, and one-of-a-kind!

6. I own one of your Yarn Buddies in cedar (my favorite) which I purchased at my LYS, Serial Knitters, and I use it all the time. I see that you also offer double spindle versions. Do you have plans to expand your line with any other variations?

George is being kept quite busy with custom orders, filling wholesale orders and trying to keep stock for us so I can list it on the website and so we really haven't come up with any other versions yet. I guess perhaps the variation we've come up with lately is making doubles using several varieties of wood in the Yarn Buddy, not just a single variety of wood like we do in the Singles.

I am open to suggestions, though, so send me any you might have!

7. I always like to ask, why do you knit?

I've always been a creative kind of kid. I was always doing crafts when I was young, like paint-by-numbers, beading, and lots of counted cross stitch. Lots of counted cross stitch!

When we moved from a house to our farm, we had no animals, except for the dogs and cats. After a couple of years George wanted to get cattle. Our daughters rode the bus to school, and the bus took them right past a pasture with lots and lots of llamas (probably 45 or 50 of them). One day the darling daughters asked their dad if they could each have a llama. George said yes. That meant no cattle, because our farm is not big enough to house such different kinds of livestock.

I knew we weren't only going to have 2 male llamas, and so the logical answer was sheep. George chose Icelandic sheep. After a little bit of time we had lots of fleeces from the sheep, and had it processed into roving and yarn to sell -- so I learned how to knit, (it was right up my alley!!!) we started attending fiber events, we eventually decided to dye yarn, and are now starting to add dyed roving as well.

We still have some Icelandic sheep, but only sell the yarn and roving in the natural colors from our sheep.

8. If you were to knit and live anywhere in the world, where would you knit and live?

I think I would have to say Ireland or Scotland. I've never been to either place, but they look so beautiful. That would be absolute heaven on Earth for me!

9. What's been your worst knitting or in your case it could be a yarn dyeing disaster?

Well, I used to be terrible at not knitting a gauge swatch. I considered them a waste of my time. That is, until I knit 3/4 of a sweater and realized it was never going to fit me, and had to frog the whole thing. It's still a project that is hibernating. Perhaps I will tackle that sweater yet this winter. I'd sworn off sweaters for a little bit because of that, but it's probably time to get going on one again.

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

Oh, I'm a White Zinfandel kind of girl, although I do enjoy Amaretto and orange juice!

Thank you very much, Ve, it's been fun chatting!!


Sun Valley Fibers has sent over two very lovely prizes: a grand prize winner will receive a Yarn Buddy of their very own (!) plus a gorgeous skein of MCN fingering weight yarn in one of the two colors below & a runner up will receive the other skein of MCN fingering weight yarn.


GA96yarn


And, I just need to quote Sun Valley Fiber's slogan here before I let you go, "Money can't buy happiness… but it can buy yarn, which is kind of the same thing." Ain't that the truth!?


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, 11/04/12. What do you think of the Yarn Buddy? Do you own one? Would you want to? Any suggestions on variations?


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

162 comments:

Michelle said...

I've seen a product like the Yarn Buddy and have been very tempted, so yes, I'd love one!

Sheila said...

I've seen the yarn buddy (or a very similar product) at fiber festivals and think it could be very useful. Especially for those fibers where the ball seems to fall apart quickly if you do center pull. I've particularly had trouble with linen and alpaca balls. I think the grabbiness of wool keeps the ball intact even when a lot of the middle is gone.

mommieof4munchkins said...

I would love a yarn buddy! Such a great concept :)

Zabbers said...

I put my hand-wound balls or small cakes in a bowl, but fresh cakes are really too big and fluffy for the bowl, and just don't look as good--I'd love to be able to put them on a holder designed for cakes, instead. It'd be great for more complicated things like center + outside pull for knitting from both ends, or for when the cake starts losing its structure, too!

BrownCoat said...

I've seen a yarn buddy and wanted it, but I just couldn't afford it at the time. Haha!

Maybe someday I'll order one, or if I'm really lucky, I'll win one. ;)

Charlotte said...

what a great product.

When I first read the description (two circles of weed) I pictured something like a spinning wheel bobbin in my head. Obviously that's not right now I've seen the pic on the tag in the giveaway photo.

Melody said...

I think it's a good idea.

Michelle said...

I've never seen the Yarn Buddy before, but now I know I need one! Between the cat and kids jumping on my lap while knitting, I'm always dropping my balls of yarn. What a brilliant solution!

Nena said...

My mom and I were knitting together the other day and kept fighting the ball from falling on the ground. After a short time we both gave up and left it there, joking that the yarn was happier there and clearly desired the floor more. I cannot do that at home, since I have kitties who would take that opportunity to make a yarn-spaghetti monster all over the room! So yes, I would definitely love a yarn buddy!

Julie said...

I would love to have a yarn buddy, this is what would preserve me from getting insane with yarn ball falling. That worth the try!

Beathag said...

I do not owe one. It can defenetly be handy sometimes. I usually use my yarn cake from the inside so I will not have a tangled mess. But this is a nice option if someone dosent wasnt to pull the yarn from the inside!

craftink at rav

Jubbers said...

Yarn buddy looks like a great tool -- it's going on my holiday wishlist!

Gracey is not my name.... said...

Lots of people were looking for these at Rhinebeck this past weekend...I'd be interested in them...it looks like a very cool idea

Christine Lima said...

've seen things like the yarn buddy and it definitely interests me. I'd love to see if it could avoid that knot I always seem to end up with when I'm almost at the end of a ball.

Lcubed said...

The yarn buddy is a great idea - like stickey note pads or Tide sticks! We live in a "pet friendly" home as well, so I can see it would be a big benefit to not let your yarn roll on the carpet and pick up dog and cat fibers along with the yarn! If I do not win one, I would definatley think about buying one.

Wendy said...

What a clever idea, and using sustainable wood too. I have not seen it before. Ideal knitting "buddy" gift too...

Robin said...

I like the yarn buddy, but like a yarn bowl, I wonder how much I would use it. I'm definitely willing to try though, if I don't use it I have a whole knitting group that would love to give it a spin:)

Diana said...

I've been using a yarn bowl, but sometimes my cake is too big for it. A Yarn Buddy would be perfect for me!

jennybookworm said...

The Yarn Buddy looks pretty neat - it would be nice to have a pretty cake of yarn out where you can see it and it looks as though it would be easy enough to slip into a project bag if you have to go mobile with the work.

ypsiknitti said...

I am always impressed at the creative thinking of others. The yarn buddy is a great idea. I also wanted to let you know that the picture of the "giveaway" is beautiful! The stones in the background with the vibrant colors of the yarn. Thanks for the beauty and the gifts.

Debbie in KY said...

I've seen someone's Yarn Buddy, but never tried it myself. Looks great.

Ginger said...

That is so simple yet so genius!! I would love to have one. I always have trouble when I get toward the end of the yarn cake (pulling from the center) and it starts falling apart and I end up with tangles and this would solve that problem.

Gynx said...

I have something similar to those Yarn Buddies, but these look much nicer! I'd love one.

Emily said...

The yarn buddy seems pretty genius to me. I think I need one!

Kassia said...

Love the idea! Definitely good for those fibers that don't keep their shape with a center pull ball, like cotton, linen, and lace-weight yarns. :)

sparkeespud said...

I have to say the Yarn Buddy does intrigue me as I also have a 4-legged critter with a yarn fetish!

mhchong said...

What an ingenious idea! I'd love one for sure!

Kristen said...

I have a similar yarn holder from Craftiness on Etsy. I always use it when knitting lace. It makes life so much easier! No more tangles and/or yarn guts. :)

Holly said...

Oh, how handy! Cedar sounds wonderful.

asteride said...

Very interesting. I do not like brown but I find the Purple Wood really intriguing and nice.

Marilyn a.k.a. Merry said...

I love that the Yarn Buddy is made of recycled wood. So cool! I've never seen one but now am intriged. That would definitely keep the yarn balls from ending up as cat toys. : )

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Suzanne said...

This is truly the evidence of necessity inspired invention. Great idea. I'd love to see it in action in my own house. The woods are so pretty.

Ms.Curdy said...

Ohh the yarn buddy is such a neat idea! I'd love to have one!

Nadine said...

I would need a dozen Yarn Buddies, if a recent count of WIP's stays consistent.

Laura said...

The Yarn Buddies are beautiful! I love anything made out of simple unstained wood. I knit with a lot of lace and fingering weight yarns and it's nice to take from the outside of the ball so they don't collapse in on themselves so this would get a lot of use in my house.

historychica said...

I think the yarn buddy is genius. My yarn is always rolling off the bed or couch, or if I have it in something to stabilize it, my working yarn somehow always gets tangled on something. I'd love something that holds my yarn still without getting in the way!

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I have never seen a Yarn Buddy but would love to have one. I hate it when my yarn cake collapses when I pull from the middle of the skein. I think this would be the solution to that problem. Thanks, Vernoica.

October Rose said...

I would love not to have to chase my balls of yarn anymore ... I'm way too lazy to get up off the couch that often! ;)

Heather said...

The Yarn Buddy is really neat, especially the doubles, which would be great for when I knit colorwork or two-at-a-time socks.

For the single spindles, I'd like to suggest having a "portable" or "mini" version that could go in a bag or hang off a wrist strap. I'm often knitting on the go and every once in a while I'll pull my yarn right out of my bag while standing on the train platform.

Cecile said...

I never heard about these yarn buddies before, but I really think it's a brilliant idea. Right now, my balls of yarn are in a yarn bowl while I'm knitting, but sometimes, they'll move too much anyway and it's driving me crazy. A buddy would be good for my sanity!
I just added it to my Christmas Wish List!
And the yarn from Sun Valley Fibers (a company I didn't know about) looks very yummy, it's very tempting!
Thanks for letting me discover this company :)

Rasa said...

Clever. I've seen similar products and think it would be great for coton, cot/lin, silk yarns - those that don't stick well when pulled from the center. I really could have used one recently when I had a coton yarn that imploded and left me with a veey tangled mess!

Kara said...

I love the Yarn Buddies! They'd be so useful, not only for knitting but also for winding yarn. I often have to wind a yarn cake twice, once to get it off the skein and then right away again to get a looser, un-compacted cake. I just added a yarn buddy to my Christmas wish list!

Jen said...

Why didn't I think of that!

ChrisC said...

That yarn is gorgeous! I think the yarn buddy is quite clever. I use a yarn bowl to keep balls of wool from rolling off while I'm workgin wtih them. The only problem with the yarn buddy is that you have to wind your yarn into cakes, which I usually don't, since I buy a lot online and don't have a swift and winder. Guess I better get on that for when I win the giveaway ;-)

Lori ann said...

what an enjoyable interview! i'd love to try a yarn buddy, it sounds like a perfect idea. and the yarn looks amazing too, thank you jeanette and ve! crossing fingers here!

Lindr said...

I'd love a yarn buddy. I detest center pull balls because I always end up rewinding them when they collapse towards the end of the skein. And the cats have great fun when the balls of yarn tumble off the couch...

Renee Anne said...

Anything Jeanette has I pretty much automatically want :)

I miss her being local to me now that we've moved across the country :(

nina said...

I'd love to try a yarn buddy! I've been intrigued since I first noticed the ads. Currently I take my ball out of my project bag because it's easier to knit with it out, but occasionally it rolls off my lap which gets very annoying. I love the company slogan too - that should be on a t-shirt or a mug!

suburban prep said...

What a great way to keep the yarn coming while knitting. It looks wonderful. would love to try.

msgb245 at gmail dot com

Enid said...

I have been eyeing the yarn buddy since my friend got one. At some point I will have to buy one. It will be great for keeping my cakes under control.

meppybn said...

Jeanette's yarn looks scrumptious - merino/cashmere is my favourite mix!! and those colours!! At the moment, I use zipped plastic bags to keep balls from rolling all over, so the yarn buddy would be a great improvement on that! Maybe George could somehow design a stacking model for stranded work?

Alice said...

As someone who lives in a pet-friendly household, I think the yarn buddy is a great idea. I had seen them on Jeanette's site but hadn't taken the time to grasp how them work. Something new to save for--along with some of their own Icelandic Wool.

DebrafromMD said...

I have seen pictures of the yarn buddy before and I think it is a brilliant idea. Here's hoping the lottery gods are smiling on me.

Mary said...

I've seen something similar on "The Loopy Ewe" and have been wanting to get one.

Laura said...

the yarn buddy is genius! I use a bowl now, and when the yarn gets too small and light to hold itself in the bowl, it comes flipping out at me. Beautiful yarn, by the way!

Beth said...

I had never seen or heard of the Yarn Buddy before, but I think it is a GENIUS idea! I've bookmarked the page...this is going on my Christmas list. :)

Drae said...

I've heard of these but never seen one in person. Having said that, here would be my concerns w/ design: is the buddie heavy enough to spin a large cake withoug being bulled across the room? Can you make them taller (perhaps with a thin "rest" between cakes for stranded work? Perhaps add a "tab" to the base to secure it under a couch leg? I really need to find someplace that sells these to test it out.

staci said...

I don't have a yarn buddy, but I've seen them in advertisements (never in person.) I think they look like such a clever idea!

captainsharmie said...

i like the yarn buddy! i've been having issues with my colour affection shawl because my yarns keep tangling and running away... one of these would definately help me out.

thanks for sharing!

supersharmie at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I do not have a yarn buddy, and have never seen one before. It is a great idea, my cakes run away without any help from my dog.

Fracksmom on Ravelry

meeshelle said...

What a handy item the Yarn buddy is! I've never seen anything like it, but I love it and want one now!!

The yarn is gorgeous as well, very awesome giveaway!

Elaine said...

The yarn buddy looks like a good idea for when you want to work from both ends of the centre-pull yarn cake. Great giveaway!

LuisaM said...

A Yarn Buddy is a clever idea!
Only it's not very portable...

annali said...

I've never seen anything like the yarn buddy before but I think it would be great. I was just getting so frustrated last night when my cake kept falling on the floor yesterday every time I'd tug on it!
annalifurgason at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

This is the first time I've seen the yarn buddy - what a great idea! I'm fascinated and have been trying to figure out how I might use one in my own knitting endeavours. I think it would definitely help save yarn from my cat! (SarahVV on Rav)

Jennifer in Ohio said...

I've seen the Yarn Buddy and I'm in love with it! I too struggle with a kitty chasing after my yarn.

Susan said...

I'd LOVE a yarn buddy! How cool!

Anonymous said...

What a great knitting accessory, I'd love to have one of these!

Pam

Mary Mac said...

NO, I don't have a yarn buddy. It would make life so much easier. I have a cat (matsu) who thinks he should help me with my knitting.

Julia said...

This is the first I've heard of the yarn buddy. How cool is that thing!! Might help keep the dog hair out of the yarn ;)

butnostephanie said...

I think the Yarn Buddy is an attractive alternative to trusting any surface i may want to set my yarn on... i don't always knit in the cleanest of conditions:)

InJuneau said...

Oh I love the Yarn Buddy. I've seen them on the web but haven't purchased one yet. I would love to own one.

florapie said...

The yarn buddy looks like a much more attractive and practical option than the CD spindle I'm using right now! It's great to have laceweight supported while you're working with it, so this is such a good idea. And I'd love a double one for colourwork!

Tia said...

I don't currently own a Yarn Buddy, but what a great idea! I love the different woods available (gorgeous), and the double-buddy is brilliant.

Elspeth H. said...

Oh good heavens that Yarn Buddy looks so handy! And beautiful too. :)

ne-knopka said...

yI'd love a yarn buddy!

Anna

ksurty@aol.com

Carmen Nuland said...

I do not own a Yarn Buddy (yet - hmm, Christmas is coming up soon), but I think they are a great idea! This is why I love your site. I get the chance to learn about fibers created just "down the road" (ok, two hours away) from me that I never knew about!

Kelly K. said...

I don't own a Yarn Buddy, but it's surely something I can use. It will be perfect for those really large cakes of yarn and it looks like the chance of the yarn falling in on itself is smaller.

Rav ID: kellknit

Maxine Smith said...

Wow, I think the Yarn Buddy is ingenious! I'm sure every knitter would find it very useful - I know I would, especially when TV-knitting! I haven't seen anything like it at any of my local LYS's.

evan said...

i would totally love one!

Lisa H said...

I don't have a Yarn Buddy, but would definitely be something I could use!

katherinelynn_04 said...

I have seen the yarn buddy in my LYS's email updates, but whenever I go in they're always sold out! I just saw the owner's buddy the last time I was in and it's gorgeous. I would definitely love one for at-home knitting (like sweaters). Other than that I use yarn bras for traveling knitting!

sparky136 said...

I would love to own a yarn buddy,
sparky136 on ravelry

Anonymous said...

I don't own a Yarn Buddy, but it certainly would take care of those awful twisted yarns situations. Would love to give one a try.
hotknitter on rav

Debbie said...

I don't have one, but I think it would be very handy! Thanks

Rachelle said...

I think it looks gorgeous, just not sure how it would work in relation to my cat. Would love to find out though!

Stranded Things said...

The yarn buddy seems like a very nifty thing to have around the house - even though we have just half the animals that Jeanette has, two cats and a dog :D I'd be very interested to try it out!

Katie said...

I don't have a yarn buddy, but I think it would be interesting to try! Often my center pull balls end up falling apart in the knitting process, and I think this might help that!

dclulu said...

would love to try a yarn buddy. i've ogled them before!

Amy said...

I JUST got a yarn buddy for my birthday (from Serial Knitters too) and I LOVE it! I would give this one to my hubby, who is also a knitter. I would love to try out their yarn!

Deb said...

I have never seen the yarn buddy but now I want one :)My yarn is forever rolling across the floor and through the dog hair.

Deb said...

I have never seen the yarn buddy before but it looks awesome. No more yarn rolling across the floor.

sacha said...

I do not have a yarn buddy- but I know some knitters with them (they love them!).

Kristen said...

I don't have one but it seems like it could be a useful tool!

Debbie said...

I don't own a yarn buddy but I have cats and a 74 pound lab puppy, and they have been known to abscond with their share of skeins so I think I could really use a yarn buddy!
Thanks for the giveaway!

Debbie
Debbie4 on Rav

Sylvie said...

I've admired the Yarn Buddies I've seen in use at my LYS - if I had one, I'd definitely use it. Might need to get a second one too

UmmRania said...

Of course I would love one, they look awesome! That yarn is beautful as well.

Sara said...

Never have seen a Yarn Buddy in person - but, I love it...Would love to win it too...and the yarn is so pretty!!!

nhsarab on ravelry
nhsarab at yahoo dot com

Iesadora said...

Wow, the Yarn Buddy is such a greast idea! I'm lucky that my 2 cats rarely mess with my yarn but they are both very long haired and fluffy so their hair is in all of my crochet projects big time. The Yarn Buddy would totally cut down on the amount of yarn in my projects LOL

Jade said...

I would love a yarn buddy, such a great idea. Especially since I have pets, it would save my yarn from rolling on to the floor and picking up fur :o)

Jennifer S said...

I've seen the Yarn Buddy online and it seems like a great idea. I have a yarn bowl but there is something majestic about wood. I would buy one if I had extra funds.

Sabra said...

I've seen them but don't own one. Would love to acquire one. Looking forward to trying the new yarn base. A scarf in cashmere and silk blend sounds heavenly.

phaedra96 said...

Love the idea...have trouble with the ball running away even with center-pull.

terip said...

i have been looking into items like the yarn buddy. i am mostly tired of my yarn rolling all over the floor and playing with the dog fur! i woudl love one.

Kathy Wallace said...

Wow, the Yarn Buddy is genius! I'd love to try it!

Amanda Vondrasek said...

The yarn buddy is a unique looking, helpful little tool! I do not own one, but I would like to. :)

Pensamientos Marcianos said...

Neat! Much better than my "yarn rolling around in bag" system :D

sgbooth88 said...

That yarn buddy is awesome. Maybe something like that would finally keep my 2yo daughter from grabbing my yarn and trying to run around the room with it WHILE I'm knitting lol

Brenda said...

The Yarn Buddy Looks great. I don't own one, but I would like to!

(Goodstuff on Rav)

Anonymous said...

Fabulous idea! I've thought of using a standup paper towel holder for the same purpose, but decided the center post was too big for a yarn cake. I'd love to have one. Their yarns are beautiful, too! Thanks for this opportunity to win.
ann / stitchingmatters@gmail.com

schwip said...

My sister has one and I love it. I would love to win one, it would make things so much simpler (and harder for my cat to pull apart my skein). LOL

schwip23@gmail.com
schwip on ravelry

LochKnitsMonster said...

The yarn buddy is really beautiful and an intriguing idea. I've never seen or heard of it before. I would love to give one a try.

Rav: Lochknitsmonster

Lisaknits said...

I would love to own a yarn buddy.

stephigordon said...

I love the story behind the yarn buddy! I, too, have a cat who loves my yarn. A yarn buddy would solve lots of problems (pet protection, and protection from my dirty floors - black lab & wood stove, anyone?). What a neat woman/family! I love their yarn, too! Thank you! Stephanie

ikkinlala said...

I have mixed feelings about the Yarn Buddy - I don't really have a problem with centre pull balls getting away from me, and using one of these would make projects less portable. However, I can see them being useful with delicate yarn (and I can definitely see how they'd be a boon for pet owners).

Frankly Beka said...

I've heard of the yarn buddy before. Even considered getting one. I keep buying yarn instead. Cedar is a great choice of wood; it'll keep the bugs away.

Lucy said...

Genius! My boys would think its some kind of wonderful sword, but I would love the chance to have one!

Hind DP said...

I've heard of the Yarn Buddy, but didn't quite know what is was. It looks like a wonderful tool, would love to own one.

LynnIL said...

I did not know what a yarn buddy was. However, I think it is a great idea. Thank-you for a chance in this giveaway! Lynn
LynnIL on ravelry

PenCraft said...

I don't have a yarn buddy, but I have a very similar device a friend of mine sent me from Germany. She sent me FOUR of them!!! Two large and two small. I highly recommend getting more than one if you do any fair isle at all. It's the perfect tool for multi color knitting.

knit2theend said...

I have never seen the Yarn Buddy before, but having recently gotten a yarn winder, I think the Yarn Buddy would be very useful! Another useful tool to add to the collection.

Susan aka paintermom said...

I do not own a Yarn Buddy but would like to! I grew up in Wisconsin so it was fun to learn about a business there. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I would ABSOLUTELY love a yarn buddy. I have a sweet puppy who sheds quite a bit so I can definitely appreciate the thought behind the creation!

Donnaj said...

I think this is a brilliant idea and one would love love to fly to New Zealand to live wouldn't it?

Sabrina said...

I've never heard of the Yarn Buddy, but I live in a pet friendly household as well and could see it's usefulness. I would definitely be interested in trying one out.

Jean Ashley said...

I've seen the Yarn Buddies on the internet before, but my LYS doesn't carry them so I haven't gotten one yet. I would really like one, since I too have animals (2 dogs, 2 cats) and it would be nice not to have to chase my yarn :-)

Emily said...

It seems really useful for fine or slippery yarns that wouldn't pull from the center well.

Simone said...

Have seen a couple of yarn buddies in my local fiber group and think they are brilliant. Would love one of my own!

Turtle said...

i had read about them and thought how cool! I do have a yarn bowl but am afraid to take it with me on the weekends to camp as it may break, this would be perfect!

alyclaire said...

I don't even own a yarn ball winder but the yarn buddy seems like it would be fairly easy to wind a "ball" directly onto it, it would probably just be fairly difficult lol.However it would still be nice to own one for the few pre made balls of yarn I already have.

donna said...

How clever is that?!! I think it wants to come to Australia and live at my house.

Susan Ipavec said...

The Yarn Buddy seems like it would make ball-winding--and knitting from a wound cake--a piece of cake (pardon the pun). I love it!
The yarn looks lovely too:-)

Catherine said...

If anyone is thinking of a Christmas gift for me, I would love one of these!

karla said...

fiummm yes, please!! The yarn buddy looks awesome and super helpful!

Jessica Powers said...

I've seriously looked at these - on their site and from your LYS too - they seem so sensible and beautiful that I'm certain to get one sooner or later!

SMLBetsy said...

What great comments...I second them all. If I don't win, I think I must acquire one of these or cobble one together until I can afford a "real" one...

Lainey Molin said...

I would love to win a yarn buddy! And the yarn is lovely!

Angela said...

What a cool idea.....the yarn buddy. I sure would get a lot of use out of it.

Orli said...

Interesting! The yarn buddy looks neat...I'd love to try it.

Paula said...

I don't own a yarn buddy yet but I'm pretty sure I'd use it. Quite handy when you have critters around!

Marlitharn said...

I'd love to have a yarn buddy - I usually pull from the center but that just leads to madness when you're using laceweight or "grabby" yarn.

slmiller8 said...

Wow, that yarn buddy sounds pretty neat! I'd be interested in trying it out.

Christine said...

I would love a yarn buddy!

Anonymous said...

I'd use a Yarn Buddy sometimes, but do not own one now. Hadn't seen one before.
StaceyKnitsIt

Zilliah Bailey said...

The Yarn Buddy is a neat idea! I'd definitely like to try it!

michelle said...

It would keep my yarn away from my cats! I love it. In cedar, of course.

Marilyn said...

I love the yarn buddy. I like to pull from the outside so the yarn cake won't collapse.

Velda said...

I would love to try a yarn buddy. It looks like a great way to control my yarn.

Velda said...

I've seen this on other blogs and would love to have one.

Marilyn said...

I think the Yarn Buddy is a great idea. It seems like it would be a great way to keep my ball from rolling all over the place. Thanks for the chance to win!

Anonymous said...

The yarn buddy seems like a nifty thing to have, would love to win!

Ravnejenta on Ravelry

Gwenn said...

I love it! It's a great idea :D

cindymen said...

I have been wanting one of those, but didn't know what it was called. I think its a fabulous idea!

Manda-B said...

I own something similar that was made by my husband's uncle. He specifically designed it to fit with Sugar n Cream cotton 1lb cones. It works great for that, but is too wide for skeins of yarn that I wind on my ball winder. I would love to try the yarn buddy!

Pam R. said...

I haven't seen a Yarn Buddy before, but it is such a clever solution to the yarn escape problem! I'd love to try one.

Heather said...

I do own a yarn buddy but have yet to use it as I'm used to shoving my project in a bag frequently

Miranda Wolfe said...

I've never heard of the Yarn Buddy until now, but it's a really great idea!

1 Mom said...

I have never heard of the Yarn Buddy, but I have seen it in LYS. I'm always interested in trying something new & learning a new technique. Just yesterday a fellow knitter showed me another way to cast on. Would love to have it & share it with my fellow knit group.

susanmhj said...

I hadn't seen this before, and I think it's agreat idea! Would sure use it if I had it!
Thanks for another great giveaway V!

Anonymous said...

Ive never seen anything like a yarn buddy before - it's a fabulous idea and I'd love to have one!
Pavla