Saturday, May 22, 2010

Yarn winners announced

This whole giveaway thing has been very exciting and a lot of fun. I haven't won anything, but it's been nice to see some people I know or know of winning stuff! And of course I'm thrilled to bits with all the comments here, and very happy to announce yarn winners!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered, and to SewMamaSew for running it.

My daughter and I printed  the comments out, cut them up, and put them in her accordion case. She scrummaged them around and then drew them ...

Here are the winners:

No 1. Deeply Green
Nikki at Tales of the red headed devil child
(Cue squeak of delight, as I've been a reader of Nikki's blog for a while)

No 2. Stripy and Bouncy
Penelope at Many sudden enthusiasms
(Penelope - you actually won twice - we drew out both your comments! I'll send a bonus!!!)

No 3. Coloured Wool Overdyed
Kelly at Reclaiming Me
(Kelly - I know you don't knit and were going to give the wool away if you won! I hope you can swap it for something good, and I'll put in a small extra thing too.)

No 4. Purply Blue with Bits
Ruby Star at How Bizarre Ruby Star
(It's been nice to find Ruby's blog - and if you read it you will see she has been on a bit of a winning streak lately!!!)

I'll be emailing you guys for postal addresses soon!

I'm also very happy to have got a couple of great swap offers from Cally and Sharon. Definitely would love to take you both up on them.  And Ruth - I'd be a starter for lemon balm ...

Friday, May 21, 2010

8 more hours to go

I'm closing the giveaway at 5pm today New Zealand time, and first thing tomorrow, my daughter and I will do the draw.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Handspun yarn giveaway

Okay, here goes with the SewMamaSew Giveaway. Above are the yarns I'm giving away, all made with a new spinner's ... er, exuberance!

Below - a closer look at each of them and a few details

But first how to enter: Just leave a comment here and say which yarns would be your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices, and tell me how to contact you. If you prefer, you can send your contact details to me at my email - johanna dot knox at

To have a 2nd entry, add that you'd like to hear if and when I get a little shop up and running selling odd bits and pieces. I promise that if this happens, it will just be a one-off email to let you know the details. I won't send you any more spam than that single email.

My daughter will draw the names of the winners randomly out of a hat.

For the moment I'll only post within New Zealand or to Australia.

1. Deeply Green
This is approximately 60 metres or slightly over - spun two ply, mainly from dyed Romney, with some other green things thrown in - like sparkly Angelina.

2. Stripy and Bouncy
Around 75 metres here - in one larger skein and one smaller one. This is white wool plied with blue and pink wool and the odd sparkle of Angelina. I can't remember what breed the white is - but it's extremely bouncy! Most of the thicks and thins were deliberate but I will confess that sometimes the bounce got away from me, and I got some slightly-thicker-than-intendeds. But I still like it.

3. Coloured Wool Overdyed
Two skeins - all up around 270 metres. This was coloured Romney, which I spun and then cold water dyed with some red and a little green. Each skein is about half red and half green. The red is nice, but the green is very faint over the brown of the wool. This photo makes it look a bit shiny, which it isn't really.

4. Purply Blue with Bits
Just 28 metres here, but I especially like this one. It's quite a dark dyed wool, spun with some extra shiny things thrown in.

Have fun with the giveaway! On the left, I've linked to some other NZers doing the Giveaway, and you can find more from all round the world at SewMamaSew.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Giving away handspun soon ...

Dimly I had been thinking, what am I going to do with all this newly spun yarn? I don't knit or crochet. I just love spinning, and I'm building up great purposeless yarn mounds in a corner of the living room. 

Then on Friday I read about the SewMamaSew May Giveaway. So I'm going to participate and give away two or three skeins. If you come back tomorrow or the next day, they'll be up. (The US 17 May being the NZ 18 May...)

It's kinda nerve-wracking. What if no one wants them? What if I can't even give them away? Well, I guess at least I will have tried to find a good home for them.

 I've been searching around on the internet to find other New Zealanders who are joining the May Giveaway. There's Highway Cottage Weblog. And I'd love to hear of any others if you know of them (or are them).

[Update 9.40 am Monday: Here is another NZer doing it - MakeItGiveIt - a really nice idea for a blog too.

9.45 am: Oooh - and another - Cat Taylor Design. This is exciting!

9.51 am: And another! Seaside Siblings. My daughter would love a ragdoll like that .... Oh, and she handily has a link list of several other NZers doing it!]

Oh, and speaking of giving things away - look at this new initiative in Wellington! What an awesome idea. I wonder if they take yarn as well as veges.