Monday, August 6, 2012

Up for grabs this week

Who's in the mood for some wool? Yes, I realize it's August and in the United States (which is where this giveaway is limited to) it's freaking HOT right now, so who in their right mind could possibly be in the mood for wool?

Well, knitters generally are hungry for wool, no matter what time of year it is. If it's cold outside you can cuddle up under your in-progress sweater or afghan. And if it's hot? You can make mittens, caps, bags, tea cozies – any number of smaller items and accessories are perfect wool-in-summer knitting.

(Notice how I left out scarves? If you love knitting scarves, you go for it. I, for one, find them incredibly boring to make.)

Anyhoo ... this week you have the opportunity to win TEN labeled skeins of Icelandic wool, made by Alafoss Ltd. of Reykjavik, Iceland (THE Icelandic authority). This is vintage stuff, but it's been stored in my cedar-lined, pet-free yarn closet ever since I bought it.

The color is nothing like the photo, and I apologize for that. It is a tweedy heathery blend of purplish-grey and rust, which probably sounds awful but really is quite lovely in person. Each 50-gram ball contains 85 yards of pure wool, and it will felt like a dream. (Felted clogs, felted bags, felted potholders, felted hats … I'm starting to remind myself of Bubba rattling off shrimp dishes in Forrest Gump.)

The rules remain the same: Live in the United States, leave a comment before Sunday, August 12 at 5 p.m. EDT, winner will drawn using the random number generator at Only one comment per reader will be considered for purposes of winning, but all comments are appreciated.

Treasured, even.


Shauna said...

Oh man that's pretty... I need to move to America... well, and learn how to knit! :D

Vickie said...

There is a lady in one of my book review groups that always has her knitting with her and tends to knit in very neutral colors. So, I am throwing my hat in to win this for her. And so you have someone in the rink. If no one else comments, you might wait to mail it to see if you have other orphan give aways and send it all in the same box.

I almost suggested this last time with the pink batch.

Caity M said...

I've been meaning to get some wool to knit something for my grandmother. Thanks for posting this giveaway! :)

Laura Gesin said...

I'm a big fan of icelandic wool not matter what the color or time of year! So count me in :)

BBB said...

That would make a nice bag! Thanks!

MemiNature said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I love neutrals and to make a sweater out of this yarn would be a dream come true for the coming fall weather!

Anonymous said...

Oops, I thought I entered, but I may have commented on the wrong post...? Oh gee that was silly of me >.<

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