Thursday, February 18, 2016

Yarn Along - With A Giveaway

Yeah, I know it's Thursday again, but I going with it's better to be late than not show up at all. Plus, I have some fun yarn pics to share and some actual yarn to share!

So the other day I mentioned the Baa-ble Hat KAL (knitalong) getting ready to happen at/with Meridian Jacobs.  It starts the 24th (details here) and is going to be tons of fun.  That's a super nice and interesting group of shepherds and fiber artists, so even if you aren't interested in joining the KAL, you should go check them out.

If you are interested in knitting a Baa-ble hat, but just needing someone to twist your rubber knitting arm, here are just a few of the well over 3,300 finished hats listed on Ravelry.  They are everywhere...and you can see why - just. could. not. be. any. cuter.  By the way, I stole this picture from h2onina/Lisa W this a.m.  I'd have called and asked, but it's waaay earlier out there ;-).


I dyed night time colors for my first Baa-ble hat and had so much fun doing that that I was almost more excited about getting to dye some new colors for my new KAL hat (I don't even know who I am anymore haha ;-).  I went way out on a limb...and dyed some spring day time colors (yeah, I'm still me ;-).


Hmmm, those colors sure look familiar don't they?  Oh, for knit's sake...  How about stretching just a little?!?  That purple hat  on the top with the border collie that you like so well?  The sunset hat on the bottom?  All you can come up with is green grass and blue sky???  The same green and same blue as you did before???


So I dyed another skein...and at least made some purple for flowers.  That's different...ish.  


See how the two greens match the lavender plant by the window?  The darker green matches the old growth and the light green matches the new.  Right??? 

Yeah, I'm right, but do hats really have to match real life?  Could I not venture out of my comfort zone just a tiny bit???  It's a good thing the hats are small and fun.  My next combo will be very different...ish.  I promise.  

In the meantime, I now have an extra Baa-ble hat "kit" that would love to join the KAL.  If you'd be interested in making a hat with green grass, blue sky, yellow dandelions and white sheep with black faces and legs (and black spots if you'd like!), leave a comment telling us your favorite color and I'll draw for a winner on Friday evening.  If I get it in the mail Saturday morning, you should have it in hand by the 24th even if you live in a way earlier time zone ;-).

The drawing will be for one skein of white Lamb Camp yarn and one skein of dyed Lamb Camp yarn.  You'll need to download the pattern (it's free) and have your own needles (I am using a size 5, but definitely swatch first) so I guess it's not technically a kit...

By the way, as an experiment, I have changed the comment settings so that everyone (and their spammer ;-) should be able to leave a comment.  Please let me know if that doesn't help.


I finished (finally) Major Pettigrew's Last Stand yesterday and loved it.  The story, not that it was finished.  I hated that the story was over ;-).  I think my next book is going to be The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  

Joining in with Ginny...


39 comments:

  1. It's Baable Mania for sure! My favorite and undisputed very BEST color in the world is red! Red can be lovey. Red can be angry. Red can be fun. Red can be sad. I love red! (And Baable Hats!)
    Sorry it isn't one of the featured colors that you dyed.....

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  2. Gorgeous refreshing colors! You! All the way! Look how you've grown!!

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  3. Periwinkle! And ... thanks for not calling this morning :-)

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  4. I love found in nature colors, but my all time favorite is aqua blue, with black. ...at least at the time of writing this note. : ) Sorry I didn't get a chance to start the Baable Hat when we were there last weekend. I just might join the KAL.

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  5. Aloha,

    Hm, generally I like neutrals (natural sheepy colours), but that purple you dyed is pretty fantastic!

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  6. I'm a blue gal myself, from dark to light...but I'm also finding myself craving orange....what's with that....my bygone '70 years or was that the '60's.

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  7. I'm boring, but those greens are my favorites. I love all shades of yellow-leaning greens.

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  8. I love pink but this time of year am anxiously awaiting the return of greens.

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  9. I have never done colorwork but sheep-y hats are tempting me. My favorite color is manic panic ultra violet. It is a rather blue purple and very bright.

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  10. Hi! I LOVE periwinkle, you know that color between blue and purple? So gorgeous!

    thanks! Lee Anna

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  11. Purple, blue-purple more than red-purple, but purple.

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  12. Ooooh my gravy, those little sheep toques are adorable!

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  13. I can't pick from any of the cool hues, as I love blue, purple, and green equally. Thanks for your generosity!

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  14. Pink in all it's shades!!! What a cute hat!

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  15. I've always loved greens; mossy, grassy, bright, dark, military.. all the greens. Also rainbows, those rainbow sheep are great. Thanks!

    sugareaterATgmailDOTcom

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  16. I just finished this hat for my five year old son who is the biggest sheep lover. I'm not doing the KAL with you but wanted to say what an awesome hat it is! Hope you all have fun making it!

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  17. beautiful colors all! my fav is the mossy green and the purple!

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  18. I don't knit, can you raffle a hat?

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  19. You did a beautiful job with the dyeing. The colors are pretty. The blue is so pretty.

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  20. Magenta. I like magenta. (This is Tyche's Minder - think I'll show up as Anonymous, if I show up at all.)

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  21. I don't speak knitese so I can't join your drawing, but I do like your color choices and there is nothing wrong with getting outside of that box. It will be beautious!

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  22. I am amazed that you have ventured to the dye world. Great job. I love the kit idea

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  23. Heather BergmanFebruary 18, 2016

    First my favorite color is purple. Second one of my favorite books is The Book Thief. Some people I have recommended it to have found it difficult to "get in to" but stick with it. It is an amazing read.

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  24. Love the colors you are coming up with! Great job! I'd pick the spring colors for a Baa-ble hat :-)

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  25. Oh I've been wanting to do a Baa-ble hat for weeks now! I love YELLOW!

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  26. It is terrible to say, but ORANGE. Orange is happy. And I would love to knit a Baable hat with green grass, blue sky, YELLOW DANDELIONS!!!! and white sheep with black faces and legs in your specially dyed yarn!
    kim

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  27. I'm tickled PINK (even if that's not my favorite color) to see you dyeing yarn with abandon, and think your two GREENS (which I like but not next to my face) play wonderfully together, as do your BLUES (can "denim" be a favorite color?). I would LOVE to win the yarn to give me the kick in the pants to do a colorwork project!

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    1. Orange is still my go-to color. But I generally like all colors.
      Thanks.

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  28. I don't wear hats very often but I saved the pattern intending to try the chart on a felted bag. Your yarn twist looks wonderfully knitable as a hat! I came home with light peanut butter brown alpaca at last week's spin in...drove through whiteout conditions 45 knuckle clenched miles ... each way.

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  29. Natures colors always go together - they match, they contrast and play. The greens blend nicely and in nature there is always a spark of bright color. Your colors are beautiful, love the purple.

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  30. Love Red! I wear red as much as possible - have a red coat, jacket, sweaters and a car!
    Thank you for the opportunity to win this kit.

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  31. My favorite colors are ocean shades of blue from light wave blue to deep water purple!

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  32. Purples are to die for, but I'll go out on a limb here and say a bright red with no orange in it- that's what I'd like to achieve with my Kool-Aid and Wilton's.

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  33. I've been longing to make this hat but couldn't find the right yarn in my stash. Favorite color:purple so I try hard to knit with other colors too. Would love to use your yarn! Cnossiter@yahoo.com

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  34. Today's favorite color is......yellow. They 'yellowish' of a natural color fleece that when put up against 'natural' or 'cream' or 'white' screams yellow - when the rest of your cardigan is natural and you're wondering where the 'yellowish' skein came from in the same batch of CSA yarn as you're knitting a yellowish sleeve to go with the cream sweater! But, I love the randomness of it! Yellowish.

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  35. What a hoot.......I love ORANGE and 'obscene' Green but please do not pick me......can I send you any yarn :) nice colours though!

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  36. I love that your colors match your plants. That is so cool!

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  37. I would love to do a hat in your hand dyed. I love to garden and do some dyeing from those plants. So, hope I am the lucky one.

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  38. I love all green and blue! And I would add a black sheep to the hat!

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