4.22.2013

giveaway #109

The two winners of the Bunny Hop giveaway are:

CeltChick & Sabrina

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


When I stumbled across Trisha's Etsy shop Alcidina, I knew I had to get her featured on my blog! She has one of the neatest yarn dyeing... how can I put this... visions, I think I have ever seen. Her colorways reflect things found in the cosmos. How cool is that?! And, not only is it cool, but her colors are spectacular. She explains all of it so much better than I could, so I'll let her tell you all about her yarn:


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

I’m retired and enjoying every minute of it! I find myself doing many things I really love; so much so that I have a hard time stopping at night for sleep! I knit and crochet, dye yarn, play around with knitting machines, play bridge, read, hunt for geocaches; whatever suits me at the time. It’s a great life!

2. Your hand dyed yarns are beautiful and unique! Can you talk a little bit about what inspires you? And, your tag line?

Thank you! My shop is a tribute to space exploration. When the Space Shuttle was retired, I kept thinking how so few people know how awesome space is. We have these exceptionally stunning images from Hubble of nebulae, galaxies, dark matter… Hey, what if I dyed some yarn to match them? And what if I included some astronomy info on each colorway? Would anyone be inspired by that? Could I share my sense of wonder at these astonishing vistas through yarn?

My company tag is “Exploring the cosmos one yarn at a time.” Every colorway tells the story of an amazing thing. Galaxies colliding with neighbor galaxies. Stellar regions where new stars are being born. Neutron stars as tiny as twelve miles across bright enough to light up the inside of an 11 light-year wide nebula.

Crab Nebula
CrabNebula


It’s all amazing, it’s vaster than we can imagine, and it’s all so breathtakingly beautiful. Every time I dye something, it’s like taking an interstellar vacation. There’s just not enough yarn to explore all there is to see in our cosmos.

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

What a tough question! I love all the yarns! Still, I’m partial to silk blends, so I’ll say my favorite yarns are the Interstellar Sock for fingering weight and the Fusion! for laceweight. I love how silk makes the fiber gleam, while the wool makes it warm and soft and easy to knit or crochet with.

As for a favorite colorway, I’d have to go with “Heaven’s Glory.” It’s a pale peach with subtle yellow highlight. I really like how “Heaven’s Glory” has tons of shades and tonal variations and it’s an unusual color combo you won’t find in anyone else’s yarn line.

“Heaven’s Glory”
HeavensGlory


4. For budding new yarnies out there, what’s the one piece of advice you have?

Ignore everything you read about temperatures. Most of the advice given about temperature is too generic to be of any use at all. For instance, as a new yarnie I carefully followed a well-known author’s advice to use boiling water to mix dye powder into dye solutions. Not only is it time consuming and tedious to keep heating up water for dye solutions, it can sometimes ruin the dye! I haven’t found a dye powder yet that doesn’t mix up just fine in room temperature water.
And there are whole crowds of people who swear you must dye yarn at near-boiling temperatures. It’s simply not true. Not only is it dangerous to handle the yarn at those temperatures, there are plenty of dyes that don’t set well at high temps. I dye most of my yarn between 100F and 120F. When I am done layering color on, I’ll place the yarn in a steamer and steam it. Problem solved.

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

Recently, I added the Intensity 150 line – strong, vibrant semi-solids on fat, 150g skeins of fingering weight. And this month, I revamped my Interstellar Sock line. I added five new colorways to it, each with a special focus on high- and low-lights. They are “Droplets”, “Lantern”, “Ready, Set, Ignite”, “Bedrock” and “Dark Matter”.

“Dark Matter”
DarkMatter


Currently, my shop features wools, silks, and cashmeres. I’ve been testing some alpaca blends and mohair blends to see how I like them. I expect to release one or more of these lines by the end of summer. And there’s always new astronomy to talk about and new galaxies to explore!

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

Knitting is relaxing and stimulating at the same time. I am a fidgeter – I couldn’t sit still if you paid me, so knitting started as a way to occupy myself during night classes in graduate school. Then it became an obsession. I knit to be creative, to try new things, to learn how something is put together. I’m not actually very successful at knitting things that I will actually wear, but I love making all the things anyway.

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

I learned in the early 2000’s. I bought a video CD and learned to knit from that. I learned crochet off the internet. Gone are the days when you had to learn fiber crafts from your elders. So many talented people have created YouTube videos that show everything from crocodile stitch to knitting backwards!

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

I am pretty content with Texas, where I live, although I will admit it’s not the right climate for sweater knitting. I think Ireland would be the ideal place to knit and live. The right climate and plenty of sheep!

9. What’s been your worst knitting disaster?

Sadly, I make a lot of unwearable knitwear. But I’ll tell you about this one time I bought some clearance mohair yarn from an overseas dyer. Blue and pink pastel. It said it was laceweight, but you should always think twice about a “lace” yarn that calls for size 8 needles! I made the lace cape pattern from Victorian Lace Today. Beautiful feather and fan pattern. At least it would have been, had it been in a semi-solid lace wool. But it was not so pretty in a fuzzy worsted-weight mohair with lots of variegation. The pink kept pooling. I looked like a fuzzy blue dust cloud with liver spots when I put it on. And I was never able to rid the yarn of the smell of wet goat!

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

I recently bought a Keurig which makes the most heavenly coffee. I’d pick a rich, aromatic roast and enjoy both it and your blog!


There are TWO prizes this time! One winner will receive a set of two stunning laceweight skeins, and one winner will get two beautiful skeins of fingering weight.

The laceweight prize showcases Starfield Lace in the “Streamers in Stellar Winds” colorway and Cassiopeia Lace in the “Landscape” colorway. Cassiopeia is a silk/wool blend that knits up soft and elegant. Starfield lace is an exceptionally space-age blend, with the softness of merino, the glow of silk, plus it has a strand of sparkly fiber, so it twinkles as well as glows. Very elegant; not flashy, just a subtle hint of sparkle as the fiber catches the light.



laceweight


“Landscape”:
Dyed on Cassiopeia Lace
Inspired by a series of observations made of the Carina Nebula. Set amid a backdrop of soft, glowing blue light are wispy tendrils of gas as well as dark trunks of dust that are light-years in height. This landscape image shows the edge of the giant gaseous cavity within the star-forming region called NGC 3324. Located in the Southern Hemisphere, NGC 3324 is at the northwest corner of the Carina Nebula (NGC 3372), home of the Keyhole Nebula and the active, outbursting star Eta Carinae. The entire Carina Nebula complex is located at a distance of roughly 7,200 light-years, and lies in the constellation Carina.

Cassiopeia


"Streamers in Stellar Winds":
Dyed on Starfield Lace
Inspired by a series of observations of the Carina Nebula. The image, taken in visible light, shows the tip of the 3-light-year-long pillar, bathed in the glow of light from hot, massive stars off the top of the image. Scorching radiation and fast winds (streams of charged particles) from these stars are sculpting the pillar and causing new stars to form within it. Streamers of gas and dust can be seen flowing off the top of the structure.

StarfieldLace


The sockweight prize offers two merino/nylon blends, both soft and strong for socks, shawls, or mitts. The Momentum is a 75/25 soft twist yarn, and the prize skein is in the “Moon Shadows” colorway, a popular pastel mélange. The Skyward is a 80/20 merino/nylon with a tight twist that makes the colors pop. And the neon colors in the “Stingray” SPLASH colorway definitely POP!


“Moon Shadows”:
Dyed on Momentum
Inspired by a NASA photo of three of the moons of Jupiter. On Earth, we witness a solar eclipse when our Moon’s shadow sweeps across our planet’s face as it passes in front of our Sun. Jupiter, however, has four moons roughly the same size as Earth’s Moon. This image shows a rare alignment of three of Jupiter’s largest moons – Io, Ganymede, and Callisto – across the planet’s face. Seeing three shadows on Jupiter happens only about once or twice a decade. Jupiter appears in pastel colors in this photo because the observation was taken in near-infrared light.

Momentum


“Stingray”:
Dyed on Skyward
Inspired by a Hubble Space Telescope image of a distant nebula, nicknamed “Stingray”. The image captures the infancy of the Stingray nebula (Hen-1357), the youngest known planetary nebula. In this image, the bright central star is in the middle of the green ring of gas. Its companion star is diagonally above it at 10 o’clock. A spur of gas (green) is forming a faint bridge to the companion star due to gravitational attraction. The nebula is as large as 130 solar systems. The Stingray is located at its distance of 18,000 light-years away in the direction of the southern constellation Ara (the Altar).

Skyward


I told you, spectacular, right?! I'm in love with this "Great Clouds" skein! What a lovely pair of socks this would make.


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, 5/5/13. Which one of Alcidina's colorways is your favorite?


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

196 comments:

Holly K said...

What a great place to find inspiration! I particularly like "Chandra X-ray Observatory."

Keya said...

Definitely too difficult to decide between the Aurora Borealis 50/50 sock and the Dark Matter! Both are striking!

October Rose said...

Oh my goodness, how to choose a favorite?? I'm torn between Aurora Borealis and Heaven's Glory.

Anonymous said...

Cyrus the Swan is my favorite--I have it in several different bases!

spaceystacie said...

Swan nebula, Great clouds, Trapezium...so many beautiful shades. I have had the pleasure of knitting with some of Trisha's yarn and I have to say that I have enjoyed very minute of it. They yarn bases are soft and lovely from the wool to the silk. And her sense of color and proportion are so spot on. She is also very supportive and encouraging of her fellow knitters. I am glad that she is getting some attention with your blog. She certainly deserves it.

florapie said...

The Intensities are calling to me, especially Hubble Space Telescope and Akebono! Which says a lot because Lantern and Spotlight are closer to my usual faves. They're all gorgeous!

Christine Lima said...

Wow!!! They're all awesome, but red is always my favorite so "A Younger Generation of Galaxies" really caught my eye.

Caranam said...

I adore this shop. A new Etsy favorite!

I love the Aquarius and Trapezium and several others!

Liz said...

Swan Nebula is GORGEOUS! wow.

Beth Remijn said...

Those colorways are all beautiful.... but Dark Matter is my favorite along with Heaven's Glory.

Bridget said...

This is so cool! I have to admit that Stingray and Moon Shadow really appeal to me. I know they are opposite, but I think that's why I like them.

I love having a new yarn site to explore. Thanks!

butnostephanie said...

Crab Nebula Splash is beautiful!

Chelsea @ Garden-Me.com said...

I love space photos and I love this shop! Thanks for introducing it to us! I really like Interstellar Sock "Bedrock"

Kathy Wallace said...

They are all so unique and gorgeous! I love Stingray Splash

Kimberlyn said...

What a creative idea for dying yarn! My favorites are Lantern, Dark Matter, and Trapezium.

Thanks for the opportunity to win yarn once again!

katherinelynn_04 said...

I love all of the 'intensity' shades. So vibrant, I'm sure they look absolutely luminous knit up! I'm so glad they are the featured shop, she has exactly the yarn/color combo I was considering for a wedding shawl for a friend!

TopHat said...

I love the Intensity 150 Tiangong

Andrea said...

This was such a neat designer to be introduced to! Thank you for that!! I really love that Stingray colorway!

Thanks for the chance to win!
Andrea
prajaline(at)gmail(dot)com

Rachelle said...

When Galaxies Collide is my favourite.

Katie said...

Ooh, Black Eye Galaxy! Gorgeous line, and love the inspiration for them. Very cool.

sacha said...

I' with you- in love with the "Great Clouds" skein!!

Sylvie said...

My favorite is the Swan Nebula colorway. I'm loving the greys and saturated colors together.

amchart said...

I love astronomy. I like Crab or Swan Nebula.

Allison said...

Thanks for introducing me to a great shop! All the colorways are wonderful. I especially like When Galaxies Collide.

Michelle said...

I LOOOOVE Dark Matter!

KnittingAndroid said...

I couldn't possibly pick a favorite because, well, my favorites change every time I pop into her shop to have a look around.

Since I just noticed it, I'm going to say that my current favorite is Dark Matter. I love those colors!

terrylynn2 said...

seriously? pick just one? Right now it is aurora borealis. If I go back for another look, it will change...I love them all!

Amanda Vondrasek said...

So hard to choose! I love the Momentum "Corona" oranges, yellows, but they're all BEAUTIFUL!

AmandaVondrasek on rav

Victoria Williams said...

Dark Matter is definitely my favorite one.

Kitten With a Whiplash said...

How wonderful to float through space and be constantly amazed, awed and humbled by the immeasurable beauty of the universe ... and then to come home and incorporate that beauty into my knitting.

At least I can accomplish half of that scenario. I'd start with Stargazer "Black Eye Galaxy" - 100% merino wool fingering weight.

Kendra said...

Wow - so lovely! I'm drawn to the Crab Nebula SPLASH but they are all so enticing!

Geraldine said...

Wow! What beautiful, vibrant colors! Love them all, but Moon Shadows would have to be my favorite!

Emily said...

What fantastic inspirations. I love "Trapezium"

Anonymous said...

Love the color combo in Blue Haze in the LMC.

jadedisc on Rav

Nidhi said...

Dust disk around a black hole! Loved the name:D

knittyk said...

LOVE streamers in stellar winds! Beautiful & classy.

Melody said...

I like Hanzie 1956

docksjo said...

one of my favorites are Cassiopeia "The Uranian Tilt".
but Cassiopeia "Eta Carinae Closeup" is very lovely to.
Ninnilina on Ravely

Sheila said...

That was a really hard choice, but I finally settled on When Galaxies Collide as my favorite.

angelpai said...

What an amazing talent! This is an incredibly difficult choice!!

But I am choosing:
Lightyears LF "Spotlight"

vmarty said...

Oh my God! These are beautiful! I love astronomy and these colours and pictures are amazing! It's not easy to choose but Heaven's Glory caught my eyes immediatelly.

Monita said...

What a great giveaway. So many beautiful colorways to choose from but I really LOVE Dark matter. :-)

Donna said...

Simply amazing! I love them all/ But if I had to pick . . . Dark Matter and Heaven's Glory are my favorites.

Anonymous said...

I really LOVE Trapezium.
rosebob on ravelry

Anonymous said...

Crab Nebula X-Op is so so pretty, they were all beautiful colorways, it was so hard to choose.
rav id: ilovemyipad

Anonymous said...

Oh WOW fabulous giveaway, oh so many lovelt colors to choose from, Trapezium is very beautiful, that would be my personal favorite.
yknitt on ravelry

dclulu on ravelry said...

Wow, her yarns are gorgeous. And I love her inspiration! I think my favorite colorway is "A Younger Generation of Galaxies." So complex!

Kelly J. R. said...

So many awesome colorways! I'm really loving how the blues and yellows mingle in "Great Clouds."

evianlake said...

I love all of the colorways! But I think "Bedrock" would have to be my favorite.

Robin said...

Streamers in Stellar Winds, it's very ooooh Shiny!

jennybookworm said...

I really loved the intensity line of colourways - especially the Hubble Space Telescope - what a fantastic shade of orange!

Beth said...

My favorite color is Starfield. I love that mix of blues and grays with just a tiny hint of pink or mauve. Very subtle and soothing!

Caitlin said...

You weren't kidding about her color-sense. I love so many of her colorways! Swan Nebula is fantastic, but so is Blue Haze in the LMC (a yarn that references the Large Magellanic Cloud?! Can my inner space geek be any more thrilled?).

Anonymous said...

Stingray is eye popping, so I have my fingers crossed.
apple380 on ravelry

tattabugg said...

I am "starry" eyed over all the colorways but, I really love Streamers in Stellar Winds!! Oooo they are all so pretty!

Fabiknits said...

I can't decide between the "Streamers in Stellar Winds" and the "Nebular Starfield" colorways. Gorgeous!

MotherHenKnits said...

Wow! I love her colors. I can't decide between Stingray and Intensity. Those are great!

sparkeespud said...

Oh wow, I'm really glad I read the blog today. I'm an astronomy nerd. I LOVE all the colorways. I have to say the Aurora Borealis is a great colorway. Hard to choose a favorite.

greta said...

I'm going to have to go with Saturn Ringside D - but it was a difficult choice!

Kristen said...

AKEBONO was my favorite. Such a vibrant green. I can't help but think it would make an awesome shawlette.

susanmhj said...

Beautiful colors from the sky, great idea! Having a tough time deciding between Heavens glory and spotlight,how to choose?

Rea said...

I don't know how I never come across the Alcidina etsy site before. Thank you for introducing her to us (me!) It's impossible to choose just one favorite...but I'll pick Spotlight and Swan Nebula because of the incredible layering of color and matching of the inspirational picture. Gorgeous stuff. I can't wait to get my hands on some of it now!

Katie said...

Ooh, Landscape is beautiful!

Malin said...

Swan nebula, or Blue Haze in the LMC, can't decide! Love that she is inspired by astronomy photos :-)

Johnston4kids said...

Wow, amazing colors. Thanks for pointing out and interviewing. I am amazed at all of the orange shades (like Heavens Glory above) I like which I'm not normally drawn to. My pick though are the great blue/greens like "Neutron Lighthouse"

KnittingViolets said...

The Stargazer colorway is so great! I could gaze at it all day. :)

Lindr said...

They're all my favorites! I especially like "Lantern" in 50/50 Merino wool/silk fingering weight. I love seeing the inspiration photos as well as the explanation of what we're looking at. All the wonders of the cosmos at our (virtual) fingertips!

Stephanie said...

Wow! These are gorgeous colorways, it is so hard to choose a favorite. But, I'm in love with Bedrock and Great Clouds.

I have definitely made this Etsy shop a favorite! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I've used Interstellar Sock and the results wer so nice--it has a great feel and the dyes are vivid.

Current fave Colorway is Aurora Borealis.
Thanks for the giveaway!
Rav ID is alchemy

Laura said...

All of those colorways are stunning, as is the photography. I think my favorite might be "Neutron Lighthouse".

PenCraft said...

dark matter took my breath away. So gorgeous.

Sarah Ross said...

Streamers in Stellar Winds is my current favorite, because I'm in a mood for lovely spring colors!

I've used the Reflection Nebula colorway and Chandra X-Ray as well, and both are gorgeous!

JodyH said...

What an interesting idea! Hard to choose, but I think my favorite is "Streamers in Stellar Winds".

Renee Anne said...

I think I fell in love with Stingray. I don't know why.....

meeshelle said...

WOW!!! What amazing colorways, I have favs her Etsy shop!!!!

So many to choose, but I absolutely love the Black Eye Galaxy and the Swan Nebula!!

Anonymous said...

Nebular Starfield, I like all the blues
reiki on ravelry

Sarah said...

Her shop is inspiring!
I can't decide between bedrock & dragon!

Faye said...

These are stunning--what a neat way to find inspiration! My favorite is "Streamers in Stellar Winds". So gorgeous.

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

They're all gorgeous but I especially like stingray splash and swan nebula.
wahoomerryf on rav

sparky136 said...

stargazer sock yarn - when galaxies colide

Karin Ishibashi said...

"Nearby Star Cluster in Monochrome," is my first love with "Streamers in Stellar Winds" as the close second.

Krystal said...

Streamers in Stellar Winds is one of the most beautiful yarns I've ever seen. Definitely my favorite!

Drae said...

If I had to pick just one... I'd go with Interstellar Lantern. It just glows. Thanks for sharing this designer!

Susan said...

I love love love Handpainted sock yarn - Skyward "Stingray SPLASH"

Greg said...

My favorite colorway is EVERY SINGLE STINKING ONE OF THEM! OK, if I have to choose one, I'll choose "Aurora Borealis," because we named our daughter Aurora and I'd love to knit her something in a yarn that shares her name.

I'm drmellow over on Ravelry.

katrina said...

Wow, these are lovely! I really love 'Intensity 150'. Someday I will have a floor-length velvet dress in this colour.

Anonymous said...

star gaze blue haze is beautiful, but i would love any of them. some are colors I have never even thought of.


Fracksmom on ravelry

and how was the birthday party?

Cecile said...

What a brilliant idea :)
My favorite is Streamers in Stellar Winds, but it was hard to pick just one!
Thanks for sharing, this Etsy shop is now in my favorites ;)

Sarah Bear said...

Mine is Black Eye Galaxy. Gorgeous!

Kristin EM said...

Stunning! Thank you so much for sharing this. After a lot of gazing and drooling I think Cygnus the Swan is my favorite colorway, but they are all so beautiful it's hard to tell.

Gwen said...

I love the "Nebular Starfield" The mix of blues is just heavenly! Great colors

josiekitten said...

I love lots of them, but Nebula Starfield calls out the loudest!

Anonymous said...

It took me ages to decide, lots of ooooing and ahhhhhing, I decided I like the Dark Matter
zelator on ravelry

Lauren said...

"Lightyears LF "Trapezium" -100% merino superwash 3-ply fingering weight"
Can't honestly say it's my favorite... only because I love all of them equally. I'm a total sucker for purples though. Favoriting this shop for future reference, thank you.

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I like the colors in the Cassiopeia "Spotlight".

Becky said...

This some gorgeous yarn. I like the "When two galaxies collide".

Becky
(gathersnomoss0

Luv2CUSmile said...

They are all gorgeous! I love the concept! I cant ever choose fav colors. I love them all. What is really catching me right now is the "Bok Globules" and "Lantern"... i love corals and the former looks perfect with sparkle and the Lantern is great with the rich greens and blues... i also love the "Streamers on Stellar Winds" again cosmic blues and greens with sparkle... very nice! I am also looking more than twice at the Intensity "Akebono"... what a vivid green... will keep an eye on this shop.
Thx for a wonderful giveaway!
~Luv

lincannon said...

I couldn't pick one every one is"stellarly beautiful" It would have to be close my eyes, grab one and go. The colors are phoenominal.
What a great drawing.

kmvdvm said...

i love love LOVE the "trapezium" colourway. so beautiful!

Susan said...

I love "Moonshadows!" Wouldn't it make some beautiful baby things!

Sookiesookie on Ravelry

Elaine said...

Great colours all around. Can never pick just one. These are my favourite: Black Eye Galaxy, Hubble Space Telescope, Dark Matter, Bedrock.

Anonymous said...

The 100% merino superwash 3-ply fingering weight Lightyears LF "Trapezium" is absolutely gorgeous!
rocket-knitt on ravelry

Lisa Viviano said...

A very hard choice. They are all very lovely, but I was drawn to Saturn Ringside D and Bok GloBules.

Sabrina said...

It's SO hard to chose, they are all amazing! But, I really like Spotlight!

Bean1082 (Rav)

whatzitknitz said...

I am trying to imagine what to knit with these beautiful color ways. these are just gorgeous what i would give to see them in person.

Orli said...

Chandra X-ray Observatory and Corona are currently competing for utter gorgeousness. I favorited the shop because regardless of whether I win or not I will be using this yarn soon!!

Thank you for pointing me in the direction of this lovely yarn and its creator.

Anonymous said...

Wow!!! My favorite is "Streamers in Stellar Winds" followed closely with the "Dark Matter". Truly lovely!

riverwatcher

Vikki said...

I love the Stingray Splash color, so beautiful! I think this needs to be on my needles for socks!

Elizabeth said...

Ooo! Pick me! Streamers in the Sky for sure :)

Elizabeth said...

Oooo! Pick me! Streamers in the Sky for sure :)

Lerz on Ravelry

Debbie said...

Wow, what a fun concept! I love tat Stingray that is in the prize package, but really they are all too beautiful for words!

stephigordon said...

Streamers in Stellar Winds is perfect!!!! Thank you! Stephanie

Sara said...

Loved Cat's Eye....they are all beautiful

Brenda said...

Wow, these are stunning. I love Streamers in Stellar Winds. It would make a beautiful shawl.

(goodstuff on Rav)

The Distracted Knitter said...

The Black Eye Galaxy!! Love the inspiration behind the colorways. I will be a frequent customer.

Charly Derham said...

Beautiful yarns, I absolutely love the Streamers in Stellar Winds yarn.

DatPixieGirl said...

"Traces" is my absolute favorite colorway. Purple is my favorite color, and this yarn has every single shade of purple that exists!

Rebekah Pope said...

I love the Heaven's Glory colorway!

Maxine S said...

What absolutely stunning yarn, it's almost impossible to pick a favourite! If I were forced, I'd pick 'Lightyears LF "Dust Disk Around a Black Hole"' - gorgeous! This shop went straight into my Etsy faves :) Thanks for the chance to win!

Amy J said...

Thanks for introducing us to Alcidina's yarns...beautiful. I'm a bit partial to "when galaxies collide" though :)
Rav id - txtaurus

Anonymous said...

Interstellar Sock "Aurora Borealis" is really eyecatching, I think the silk base emphasises the color too.
brae-burn on rav

Anonymous said...

Chandra X-ray Observatory!!!
So hard to chose, such amazing shades.
knittinglen on ravelry

hawknitr13 said...

what a most creative inspiration for dyeing yarns!! the pics are amazing and the yarns are replicated beautifully! my fav is Swan Nebula. i love the mix of deep rich colors! i'm so happy i found your site!
^)^ linda
lbquilts on rav

ikkinlala said...

I think my favourite is 'Lantern.'

Jen said...

Wow...I'm smitten with Swan Nebula.

sillylittlelady said...

So many awesome colors found in space! And they translate very well to yarn :D My favorite colorway is The Intensity Akebono, I love that fluorescence!

Michelle said...

Skyward Crab Nebula is AMAZING!!!

masshag said...

Wow! My favorite is Stingray.

Lizzi said...

Stargazer. Just beautiful!

Enid said...

Difficult to choose. I really like Dark Matter and Ready, Set, Ignite.

keatime said...

love her yarns, they are stunning!

Skye said...
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Skye said...

I love streamers in stellar winds. It's just the colour way I've been looking for!

Fen said...
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Fen said...

Cygnus the Swan is my very favourite I think. Landscape looks great too. Oh... there are so many more beautiful shades. :)

Anonymous said...

Difficult to decide, but Streamers in Stellar Winds is my favorite.
conradk on Rav

Debbie in KY said...

Hard to decide, but I think "When Galaxies Collide" is so beautiful.

Sangeetha said...

I love Dark Matter

Nena said...

I'm adoring Momentem "Corona"! I love purples and orangey colors together!

sfrj said...

I love the names! Dark Matter is particularly nice.

slmiller8 said...

I really like Dark Matter, but Heaven's Glory is lovely, too.

Kassia said...

Ooooo I'm so glad you featured this Etsy shop~ I'd never heard of her before and what LOVELY colorways!! I've got two favorites: Crab Nebula X-Op and Trapezium but oh my gosh they're all beautiful. :)

Alicia said...

what a wonderful concept. has me further considering an idea i've had in the back of my mind for about a year now.

i think my favourite is Great Clouds, though i generally love the vibrancy of all of the colourways. that's the great thing about working from nature. it gives great inspiration for unusual colour combinations.

Heidi said...

They are all beautiful. I like how the yarn seems to glow.

Chandra X-ray Observatory is my favorite.

Kari1276 said...

Wow! I loooove the "Bedrock" colorway!

Marianne said...

This is fantastic -- both the colorways and the astronomy behind them. My favorite is definitely Casseopeia Heaven's Glory -- both for the colors and the story.

Juli said...

Ohhh so pretty! It's really hard to pick a favorid, I think the Black Eye Galaxy Colorway is the most unique and beautiful one.

Rachel said...

I like "When Galaxies Collide," but they're all so beautiful!

Jessica Powers said...

I've been eyeing 'Crab Nebula' for months now, but the one that've jumped out at me lately 'Stingray Splash' and 'Cats Eye Nebula' - I'm soooooo happy to see Alcidna on here and learn more, fills in my etsy window shopping (of course I stumbled on her in the midst of my cold sheep period!).

Kristen said...

I agree- Great Clouds is my favorite! I also like Dark Matter.

Smiling Home Cook said...

Momentum "Swan Nebula" is my favorite. But they are all gorgeous.

asteride said...

My fav: When Galaxies collied. Difficult to choose anyway.
asteride on Rav

Sherry Glover said...

They are all beautiful, but I would have to go with Heaven's Glory. It is just yummy. What a beautiful pair of socks or a shawl it would make.

sherryglover1 on RAV

Laura K. said...

I love "Landscape". All of these yarns are sooo amazing!

Anonymous said...

Nebular Starfield Blues, even the name just draws me in.
rav id is kintts

Anonymous said...

Trapezium is gorgeous gorgeous gorgeousness! I could knit so much with this yarn......and you have just enabled me, I'm probably going to order some.
cableknitt on the wonderful ravelry.

Laura said...

I like Dark Matter the most, but I love all the names and colors!

fayofthewoods on ravelry said...

I love Heaven's Glory.

NimrodVern said...

I love "Black Eye Galaxy"!

FlyingMonkeyHQ said...

This is a perfect example of functional art! Amazing! I love the concept and the finished product looks like it will be a heavenly pleasure to work with too. I think my favorite is Swan Nebula, but who am I kidding, I love them all. :) ariesandewe on Ravelry

Maryse said...

I really like the Moon Shadows picture so I will go with that one! This is a very interesting concept! Thank you for that generous giveaway!

Ivamc on Ravelry said...

The cosmos and yarn....my kind of combination!! Love Heaven's Glory and Dark Matter.

Lenore D said...

I love "Heaven's Glory". WOW!

Kati said...

Black Eye Galaxy - so beautiful... What an incredibly creative and inspiring idea!

knitsewcrochet on ravelry

Anonymous said...

oh such beautiful colors! I really like "Streamers in Stellar Winds" and "great clouds" is just gorgeous. I love the idea of Trisha's inspiration.
Pavla

Stranded Things said...

Oh, I *love* both the inspiration and the yarns! Swan nebula is definitely my favorite.

Rilka Bishop said...

Ooh so many beautiful colors!!! I love the Chandra x-ray and the dark matter and streamers in the stellar wind:)!!!

Lacemoth said...

OK, how do you pick just one? I really like Crab Nebula X-Op,Streamers in Stellar Winds, and Cygnus the Swan.

andri. said...

The Great Clouds one is beautiful!:)

Anonymous said...

She has so many beautiful colourways, but my absolute favourite is "Swan Nebula".

-Ravnejenta on Ravelry

CeltChick said...

I looked at her site, and didn't see a one I didn't like! And I love the connection to astronomy. I'm commenting kinda late, so what--I'm already a winner!

Joan said...

I love the intensity colors, but Heaven's Glory has been haunting me as well.

Aerodynamicist said...

Amazing source of inspiration! I think my favorite is Black Eye Galaxy, but it might be Streamers in Stellar Winds. I can't decide!

Isa said...

I loved the colourways "Lantern" and "Nearby star cluster in neochrome".
Thanks for the giveaway

melosa said...

So many beautiful skeins! I love 'Bedrock', but 'Streamers in Stellar Winds' and 'Spotlight' are gorgeous as well.

ne-knopka said...

Pretty yarn!
I like Stargazer "When Galaxies Collide"

Anna

ksurty@aol.com

Karen said...

"Great Clouds" is my favorite colorway.

What a fantastic basis for creating these beautiful yarns!

Thanks for informing us!

Jessica Bogerman said...

Oh, I think that Heavens Glory is my favorite, but it's hard to pick one out of all her amazing colorways!!!

Gwenn said...

"Ready, Set, Ignite" is my favorite. The merino/silk blend with that color is just fabulous!

Iris de Voogd said...

Thanks for introducing me to this lovely yarn; it has already been added to my favourites on Etsy and I am thinking of something lovely to knit in Starfield Lace "Nebular Starfield", my absolute favourite. Although I can see why Cassiopeia Heaven's Glory would be the creator's favourite and there are several others I just have to have... Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

Susan Strong said...

OMG! Heaven' Glory!! Gorgeous!

9crafty11 said...

I just love the Bedrock colorway, but they are all intense colors

Deb vikander said...

I love the theme. I think my favorite is dark matter. All of the colors are beautiful.

nannyjean2 said...

I like them all but great clouds took my eye. They will make great pair of socks

Anonymous said...

Streamers on Stellar Winds is just beautiful. You have so many georgeous colorways it is hard to choose a favorite.
craftysbs@juno.com

Verna Knapp said...

If I have to pick a favorite, Streamer on Stellar Winds, but Heaven's Glory is a very close second.

Verna K

Verna Knapp said...

If I have to piack a favorite, Streamers in Stellar Winds, but Heaven's Glory is a close second.

thewalshfam said...

I am in love with the stingray colorway!!! I am on a yarn diet, but if she has some available, I'm just gonna buy it! I can't help myself!
Katie
Rnmama on ravelry

Anonymous said...

I have purchased yarn from Alcidina on previous occasions. I am telling you, it is stunning. I have also purchased her Intensity line....colors are spectacular.

I cannot say enough about this lady. She is responsive and her work is beyond belief --- gorgeous. I have another batch on the way. I am an Alcidina addict. I admit it.

UmmRania said...

Its all absolutely beautiful! What an amazing prize! I think I like Lightyears LF "Trapezium the best but I am not sure its hard to pick.

Lael said...

Many beautiful colors - if I have to pick one - Trapezium.

Jade108 said...

If I had to pick just one - it would be dark matter.

Ziongale.org Webmaster said...

I love the Interstellar Sock "Aurora Borealis" colorway

Desiree said...

I love stingray! thanks for the giveaway!
RavID: nonosmom

Frankly Beka said...

I really like all of them. My two favorites are Bedrock and Omega.

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