Friday, May 20, 2011

portable camera be darned, fiber festival goodies part 1

 ETA: this giveaway is now closed, congrats to Michaela and GailGodwin!
Check our next giveaway now live at this link.

Ok, I wasn't able to find the specialized cable for my point & click camera.  I realize that this doesn't bode well for what I'll be cleaning (and how many bad words I'll be taking out and examining) this weekend, but I'll keep looking.... and if I can't find that I'll order a new one.  Take that, technology!

I got a question about the hoodie, which will make an appearance or 4 in the festival post once I manage to get the photos off the point-n-click.  The yarn is Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Superwash, and I picked it up at Webs.  Color 32.  The boarder is in Plymouth Encore color 0240.  The Oatmeal contrast band is just a small band of 2 rows of garter stitching, and then 2 rows of k1, s1 with color held to RS of work, then 2 rows garter stitch.  I'm glad you like it!

I was pretty excited to see the comments on Mom's sweater!  I spent nights up knitting it, and ended up knitting it in 5.5 days over coffee and tears because our ancient cat chewed on the original yarn I'd started knitting it in the first time.  He loves alpaca, and he's ~14ish, so I have to hide my alpaca yarn if I don't want it to be suckled into non-existence.  I foolishly didn't, and ended up buying the Vintage on May 7th for a sweater I had planned to finish for May 5th.

This was Mom's anniversary present, Dad's was supposed to be a gift certificate for Audible but Audible closed down their gift center.  But that's a tale for another blog post.

Anyway, folks are really here for yarn!

So let me introduce you to today's Friday Yarny Goodness:

Okay, so as the tag shows, today's yarn feast was purchased at the End of the World Farm booth.  There were a few vendors at this year's Fiber Festival that I was hoping to see.  This wasn't one that I had planned on, but their display was so visually stunning that I ended up running back and buying the above.

This yarn is 100% Tencel.  It drapes and knits like a tightly spun silk, but it is machine wash and dryable.  It's also nigh-unto-impossible to snap.  I don't recommend trying it, it will leave serious dents in your fingers.  On the other hand, the lovely folks at the booth said that tencel yarn wears like steel.  It's tough as nails.  And soft and cuddly, and LOOK at those colors!!

So, although I hadn't planned on them being a highlight of my trip... well, they were.  And a wonderful one to boot.

This is a heavy-lace weight yarn in my book.  And it ladders just like silk if you drop a stitch.  But the drape!  The coolness... it will make perfect warm weather things.

So without further ado, the first of the free yarn!  The lovely gold and orange yarn are in need of owners, and I know there are people who are in need of some really awesome yarn.  I am ashamed to admit, I've already knit up the red... one skein makes a perfect Joie shawl... and I've been arguing with myself about giving away those gorgeous sunny colors.  But I'm going to do it!  Captain Alpaca says it must be done:

If I fight with Captain Alpaca, he might wake me up again in the morning.  And as lovely as he is, he's a bit unnerving full in the face at 5 AM.

So, to enter just leave a comment about what you'd like to try in Tencel and a method to reach you.  One winner for yellow and one for orange will be announced next Friday, and when they're announced the next batch of festival goodies will go up.


  1. wow nice find the orange is awesome! I'd love to try that color for a shawl.
    nbkat on rav

  2. I love the yellow, it looks like golden sunshine!! I would knit a small shawl.
    girlieknitwit on rav

  3. Wow, how cool! I love them both, but I think the gold is my favorite! I think I want a nice summer scarf for cool nights. Thank you for the generous giveaway!

    HermioneWeasley on rav

  4. Wow the yellow is beautifully sunny! I would knit a stole nothing intricate just something for summer air conditioning when out to eat.

    lotsofhermies on Rav

  5. Wow! That is some beautiful yarn! I would love to knit a Jade Cashmere One Skein Shawl by Michelle Miller. I'ts in my queue on Ravelry and I think this would be the most PERFECT yarn for it!

    renewedmind on Ravelry.

  6. I'd like to crochet a poncho in tencel! Yes, a PONCHO!!

  7. I'd love to use this to make a "Here comes the Sun" or "Citron".

  8. Wow, this is really beautiful yarn, and the colours are prefect for summer. Suddenly I've got lemons and peaches on my mind :) I love the yellow/golden yarn- I think it would be perfect for a shawl such as "Citron".
    Thank you for a lovely giveaway!
    I can be found as Knitmish on Ravelry

  9. Nice, the peachy colour is great. Love that colour. I would love to try it.

    kittycatheart on rav

  10. Inspiring for a summer shawl! Summer is coming this year, isn't it?

  11. All the colors are beautiful. I would knit a shawl if I win.

  12. I'd love to make a lacy shirt with one of these!

    zilliah on rav

  13. the orange color is one of my favorites. I would make a shawl or something lovely to show off that gorgeous shimmer!

    GailGodwin on rav

  14. Oh my goodness, these are stunning colours! I would love to try knitting a shawl. I am new to lace knitting and really enjoy it. I'm GetKnitted on rav. Thanks. :-)

  15. ooooh! Do you think Rock Island ( can be knitted with this thread? I would love to try!
    I'm Velouria on rav

  16. I would definitely knit a shawl... in that lovely orange :)

    Silvinasi @ ravelry.