Friday

Gregoria Fibers yarn give-away







I am very excited about introducing you to my friend Anna and her Gregoria Fibers:
 
"I'm a fiber artist. I'm originally from Spain but two years ago I moved to Germany. This year I've started my own business, Gregoria Fibers, here in my small apartment.
I'm a person who likes to do things with her hands. I've learned by my own how to sew, to knit and now dyeing . Since i've i learned to knit, fibers has become an obsession.
I do work with natural dyes because natural dyes, explains my way of understand life, I try to be more conscious and environmentally friendly,  working with natural products and traditional techniques.
My dyes can be found in the market like vegetables, another like flowers and herbs that my dad grow in his garden and dries for me,  and also I work with some classics like madder, logwood or sandalwood."
 
 
Logwood dyed give-away skein


Logwood dyed give-away skein
 
 
And guess what, Anna is giving away a skein of her beautiful Gregoria Fibers yarn to one of you!
 
"The yarn is dyed with logwood- 1 bath.
75% Merino 25% nylon SW
100 g - 459 yards
Recommended needle size: 2.5 mm / 1.5 US"
 
 
If you like to enter in this give-away of Anna's beautiful yarn just leave a comment under this blog post, remember to also write with your email address so i can get in touch with you if you become the lucky one. This give-way are of course open for everyone to enter and it will be open until the end of monday the 6th of july.
The winner will be announced in here on the following day.

Wishing you all good luck
and
a very happy summer weekend!...*smiling.
 
Link:
 

Wednesday

Monthly quote: July.






"I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which
anything splendid or wonderful or exciting happens
but just those that bring simple little pleasures,
following on another softly, like pearls
slipping off a string."

-L.M. Montgomery


 
 
(Inspired by Ruthie, from the wonderful blog Raincloud & Sage, i am going to join her in the beginning of every month with making a Monthly quote post in here. Feel free to join in too...*smiling...).

Saturday

Spinning Old Yarns Shawl knit pattern give-away (now closed).

 
The lucky winner are "Full av Ull", congratulations!...*smiling
 
 
 
 
Let me introduce you to Nicole! She is a knit wear designer from the snowy land of Buffalo, NY.

I am very excited to share with you that Nicole is giving away a copy of her beautiful Spinning Old Yarns Shawl knit pattern to one of you. I always find it inspiring and interesting to learn about the thoughts and inspiration that lays behind a created piece, that be everything from a painting to a knit wear pattern!
Below you get to read the story behind Nicole's Spinning Old Yarns shawl,
enjoy...*smiling..





Nicole:
"Here are some of my thoughts as I have been thinking about this shawl :)
One of the favorite units regularly taught in USA history classes is Immigration.  The unit is dwelt upon for a long time and, to be honest, usually ends up as the essay topic on the final exam.  (If my memory serves me right, the absolute favorite is the Irish wave of immigration around the turn of the century, due to a potato famine in Ireland.  This then would lead us to a discussion on the horrific living conditions they faced in NYC, in contrast to "streets of gold".)

 It is natural--nay, it is important that we do spend time focusing immigration.  Why? Very simply, because most of the country is composed of peoples whose origins are from all around the world.  Each people group came (and even still is coming) in a different wave, started a new life among other various immigrants, and formed what we now affectionately call the "the melting pot."

I have German and English roots that settled in Canada and the Blue Mountains of Virginia.  There were Norwegian ancestors of mine who became pioneers to South Dakota.  Not too far back is a Swedish line.  And somewhere in there, we squeezed in minute percentages of Scottish, Irish, Italian, and French, beside a number of others that I can hardly remember!  Dare I even mention my great grandfather to the tenth, Miles Standish?

There are stories upon stories and picture albums stuffed of family faces.  I certainly could spin some yarns for you!  (Har-har...)

There are others more diverse than myself when it comes to their immigrant background. Yet even still, the vibrancy and the diversity of my family's history is evident.  Immigrants, sailors, pioneers, farmers, city folk:  a mix indeed!


Borrowed and mixed:  that is this shawl.  Techniques from here, ideas from there, and design choices of my own underlie the entirety of the pattern.
The construction of the shawl is very simple, shaped only by increases and decreases. There are no short rows, and the lace edging is knit at the same time as the body.  Since it uses size 8 needles with worsted weight wool, the shawl almost quite literally flows along!
The recommended yarn is 3 skeins of Cascade 220 worsted.  My test knitters did not use this yarn; in fact, all of them chose a different type!
Borrowed, mixed, designed, and then modified!  Tradition and change are embraced."






If you like to enter in this give-away of Nicole's beautiful knit pattern just leave a comment under this blog post, remember to also write with your email address so i can get in touch with you if you become the lucky one. Give-away closes at the end of this coming tuesday and the winner will be announced in here on the following day.


Links:
Ravelry,
knit design blog
and
personal/regular blog.

Thursday

pretty in pink




A little while back i found the most lovely surprise waiting for me in my letter box. It was from Kristina, who is a german photographer and blog friend of mine. I have been deeply in love with her work ever since i came across her Etsy for the first time and in this parcel i found (among other wonderful things) two beautiful photographies. I already knew that her work were beautiful but when i saw it in real it almost took my breath away....soooo incredibly GORGEOUS!!!!
I promise to show you the other one later....*smiling...


The first pink peonies started to bloom the other day. It is a feast both for the ants and me!




Tuesday

Read along: the joy om man's desiring, week four.


Welcome to the fourth and last week of our read along!


Photo by Bonnie Sennott/Blue Peninsula


The suggested reading shedule for this last week are chapter 19-25. I am almost proud to say that this time i am finally on schedule, i actually think that it is the first time!...*laughing.
And i know that at least one of you are already finished.

The beginning of chapter 19:

"Jourdan and Bobi had set up the loom. There it stood in the kitchen of La Jourdane. In order to fix it solidly, it had been necessary to tear up the tiles in the floor, dig down in the dirt, and plant the roots of the two cedar uprights. As if anyone had ever heard of planting trees in the house!"


Please go ahead and start/continue the conversation in the comment section! And do remember to come back again and catch up on new comments. I think that we will probably finish the book at different times and because of that the comment period will end up being quite long...

I feel quite divided about coming to the end of this book, one part of me are dying to know how it ends and another part of me don't want this very beautiful and special reading to end at all.....*smiling...


Friday

A Drea Renee Knits knitting pattern give-away (now closed).


The lucky winner is tobie.lurie!



 



I am very excited to introduce you to Andrea Mowry
AND
also
to tell you that she is giving-away a Drea Renee Knits pattern of your own choise to one of you!


"Once-a-baker, stay-at-home mama who has a hard time ever putting down the needles. I love all this amazing craft has to offer- from needles, fibers and patterns to the amazing community that holds it so dear. I am always looking to meet others who share a love for knitting and crafting so please feel free to drop by and join my group DreaReneeKnits or message me!"






The only thing you have to do to enter in this give-away is to visit Drea Renee Knits on Ravelry and then come back here again to share in a comment which of her patterns that are your favorite. Remember to leave with an email address so i can get in touch with you if you become the lucky one.


This give-away are open for everyone to enter and it will be open until the end of the coming monday (22/6).
The winner will be announced in here on the following day.


Good luck everyone!...*smiling.


Links
Ravelry: Dreareneeknits
Instagram: dreareneeknits







All photos © Andrea Mowry

Thursday

Quill knitting

 


Lately i have been knitting a bit more again, luckely my hands and arms are getting better. Still needing to take breaks more often and the knitting pace is slower then before BUT that is truly no problem for me. I am just very happy that i can knit some more again!

I am joining some lovely and inspiring ladies on Instagram in a Quill KAL (if you want you can find us by searching #quillKAL on Instagram) and it is so much fun! This is my very first, but definitely not last KAL that's for sure....*smiling.











And the Quill is growing, i started the edging a couple of days back. But i think it will take some time before THAT is finished....*laughing...




Monday

Read along: joy of man's desiring, week 3.


Welcome to this third week (already!) in the read along of Jean Giono's joy of a man's desiring.
I truly enjoy reading both the book and also what you are sharing about it in the comment section! It is a pleasure to read together with you all...*smiling.

Photo by Leigh/leighside knits


If you have followed the suggested reading schedule you are now ready to start on chapter 13. For this third week i have suggested reading chapter 13-18 though i would believe that we are all come to different places depending on how much time we have had for reading and of course also because of our personaly prefered reading pace....i find myself to be quite a slow reader of this specific book so i am currently a bit behind schedule...*smiling.


The beginning of chapter 13:
"At last, autumn began to filter into houses and stables. It was an odour like when the boxes of medicinal herbs have been opened. Jourdan looked up at the chimney shelf. The boxes were shut. Nevertheless, the odour was there. It made one think of branches, of camps in the woods.
   One, two, three, four, then all the maples were alight. They passed the flame from one to another. The evergreen oaks remained green, the oaks remained green, the birches remained green. Great assemblages of trees kept their calm and their colour but in amongst them the maples were ablaze."



Please go ahead and start (or continue) the conversation in the comment section! And also remember to come back to continue to respond to others who comment throughout the week (and month). Write as much or as little as you like....*smiling...