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Handspun giveaway

May 14, 2008 @ 4:13 pm
posted by kris
Filed under: spinning

Chocolate! and Raspberries!

No fiber shipments yet…STILL! But I did receive a special birthday surprise gift in the mail to hold me over until tomorrow (when my fiber parents arrive).

Now that I am down to my Ashford merino (which I *finally* was able to spin), I was forced to spin this up out of the Chocolate and Raspberry colors. It has large blocks of colors. I had to try really hard to make it thicker and voila – sportweight! It came out waaaay better than I thought it would.

Approx. 175m/135g 2-ply sportweight,

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100% merino from Ashford in Chocolate and Raspberry colorways

So, if you would like this skein of yarn, leave a comment on this post saying why you like knitting with handspun. If you haven’t yet knitted with handspun, say why you want to try it. :) A winner will be chosen at random on June 1,2008 (so send your entries in by May 31st).

Comments (61)


Comment by Amanda

Made on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 @ 4:29 pm

Mmm, that looks delicious. I like knitting with handspun because it has an amazing texture that is well suited to garter stitch. I’ve never knit with anyone’s handspun but my own though!

Comment by Carla

Made on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 @ 4:35 pm

that is just beautiful. I have knit with a little bit of handspun I have only done socks but thing a cowl or hat would be fun!

Comment by wiscjennyann

Made on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 @ 4:55 pm

“(when my fiber parents arrive)”
Crack me up! Hope their (the fiber or your parents, however you interpret it) arrival is everything you hoped it could be and more.

Mainly I just wanted to say that… but, you know, I wouldn’t say “no” to that lovely handspun.

So, why do I like it? Firstly because it looks “chewy” which is not to say that I would chew on it, should I win it. Well, I might. I dunno. I don’t have much self-control. Secondly, sometime last fall I found myself in a tumultuous love affair with brown. I can’t really explain it, but since then everything has been brown (or at least matchy-matchy with brown) for me. I even went out specifically to buy a pair of trainers to match with *black* a couple weeks ago and I came home with brown instead. So rather than fight it, I’ve given in. This is further evidence of my lack of self-control (see above). Thirdly, the answer is in the question: I’ve never knit with nicely spun handspun.

And as to why I want to try knitting with nicely spun handspun… well, actually I am a little nervous about trying it. As you may have noticed, I’ve got a spindle. And I do alright with it, but I am by no means an Elemm or a BowerBirdKnits. And nothing I’ve spun has really been all that nice. So basically I’m concerned that should I get to knit with handspun, from a wheel, that is actually nice (which this fiber clearly seems to be), I would have to arrange to accidentally slip and fall into the nearest wheel retailer, throw up my hands and credit card, and subsequently devote my life to this art of spinning. Please Bockstark. Please make me do this.

Thank you for your time.

Comment by jiva

Made on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 @ 4:56 pm

I’ve never even seen hand spun let alone had chance to knit with it. I’d love sport weight too because its my favourite for knitting. I LOVE the raspbery and brown together and I would promise to give it lots of love and squishes and cuddles and make it in to something stunning. so PLEASE consider me, lost in Norfolk in the UK

Comment by Jenn

Made on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 @ 5:33 pm

I’ve never knit with handspun–and I’d love some from someone I know be my first! It’s so beautiful, and I bet it’ll knit up wonderfully. And if I get to knit with this yarn, it might make me yearn for my own spinning wheel and then I’ll succumb to the spinning addiction, so you should be an enabler. ;)

Comment by ann-marie mackay

Made on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 @ 5:35 pm

I love knitting with handspun because usually it’s mine and I just look at it and say “I made that!”.
I also love that it’s colours that you can’t get anywhere else and can’t duplicate. The same roving will be spun differently by 2 different people..oh, and the squoosh factor.

Comment by Chery

Made on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 @ 5:48 pm

What beautiful handspun. I’m catching the bug and shopping soon for a wheel. I’ve never knit with handspun, I’d love to try it (before I make it!)! I love your podcast!

Comment by Tanja

Made on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 @ 6:04 pm


Comment by Nadine

Made on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 @ 6:04 pm

oooh! I just cast off my first sock knit with homespun sock yarn and the unthinkable happened- I love it so much that I am actually contemplating taking up spinning- that or eternally prowling Ravelry in the vain hope that someone destashes handspun sock yarn. Why I love it? Because the texture is amazing and I love the handspun-ness of it.

Comment by Becca

Made on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 @ 6:07 pm

I have never knit with handspun, which is reason enough for me to want to try it. Plus, that yarn looks gorgeous!! I have a feeling if I were to win that skein, it might start me off on an addiction to handspun.

Comment by Lisa L.

Made on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 @ 6:13 pm

I just love to knit with handspun – I think it adds to the joy of the knitting to know that an individual person spent time and energy and creativity to make the yarn!

Comment by Kim

Made on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 @ 6:15 pm

Oooh, gorgeous chocolate and raspberries! I’m a spindler, teetering on the brink of getting a wheel (a friend gave me a Louet, but it’s in CA and I’m in HI at this point). I like knitting with handspun, because when I work with it, it’s hard not to feel connected to the whole process; I feel the texture and I understand what brought that texture about. I love the unexpected colors and the sometimes-bonus of lanolin in the yarn that’s relatively unwashed.

Comment by Christine

Made on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 @ 6:22 pm

You can never go wrong with brown and pink together. I’ve never felt the urge to spin…but I love the look of handspun yarn and i haven’t yet had the pleasure of working with it. I want to try to knit with it to expand my knitting horizions :)

Comment by Heather

Made on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 @ 7:18 pm

I have not yet knit with handspun yarn but I love it so much that just about 2 weeks ago I took a spinning class to learn how to make my own. I love it. Handspun makes every handknit item so unique.
the colors are beautiful…great job!!

Comment by Deb

Made on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 @ 7:21 pm

I have not yet knit with handspun (I don’t think I have…)but spinning is definitely on my list of things I’d like to learn, and I’ve certainly heard and read so many people talk about how gratifying it is to knit yarn they’ve spun. It must feel pretty good to knit from yarn that someone else has spun by hand too–besides, yours is sooooooo pretty! I’d love to try it!

Comment by Risa

Made on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 @ 7:25 pm

Ooh. Those are gorgeous colors!
I haven’t yet knit with handspun, but I am going to learn how to spin this weekend. I’m learning on a spindle and then hopefully someday I’ll move up to a wheel. I came across the Majacraft SuziePro last weekend, and it is so gorgeous. Yum.
Anyway, I love working with materials that someone put their love and precious time and energy into making.

Comment by Jenny

Made on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 @ 7:32 pm

Oooo! Pretty! I haven’t had the chance to knit with handspun yet, but I don’t spin nor do I know any spinners or anyone who I could convince to spin yarn for me.

Comment by Sarah

Made on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 @ 7:38 pm

I am still envious of your lovely plying! I have yet to knit with any of my handspun (it’s too pretty right now!), but I have plans to make a shawl from my merino/corriedale. Eventually.

Comment by Mette

Made on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 @ 7:41 pm

I like handspun yarn because of the texture and the thought of really handmade yarn. The colour is beautiful!!

Comment by Kelly-ann

Made on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 @ 8:19 pm

Gosh, that is so beautiful. I have never knitted with handspun…okay, I have never even touched handspun before! I would love to try knitting with some because the final product would be so unique and one of a kind. The way the colors change throughout the yarn just can never be replicated in mass.

Comment by Erin

Made on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 @ 8:48 pm

I want to knit with your handspun because you’re so pretty. And, you’ve only been spinning for like 2 minutes and you’re better than me. Did I mention how pretty you were?

Comment by Mevrouw Walvis

Made on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 @ 9:10 pm

I’ve never knitted with handspun, but oh boy, I want to. Badly. I’ve knitted with some really really nice yarns, but that has only left me hungrier for even nicer yarns. Also, my favourite chocolate is one with raspberries, so this yarn *really* talks to me.

Comment by Laura

Made on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 @ 9:28 pm

I’ve never knit with handspun … but after entering the world of sock yarn stash, I’m eager to start a new kind of stash! Seriously though it looks so beautiful – and I love that knitting with handspun is handmade, twice over.

Comment by Laura

Made on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 @ 9:28 pm

D’oh. I just realized I misspelled my e-mail address (which is my name. Oops) … this comment should have the correct one. Sorry!!

Comment by Anna

Made on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 @ 9:30 pm

I would love to try it because it’s GORGEOUS!!! You’ve been bitten by the spinning bug hard, and you’d never know you were a beginner from this shot! Seriously!

Comment by Stacey

Made on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 @ 10:18 pm

omg – I would love to knit YOUR handspun ust because:) But I like to knit handspun because somehow, bear with me, I feel closer to yarn, I know the process and it is amazing to see it become something fabulous – as undoubtedly handspun does! I wish you lived locally so I could give you the fiber I have been vainly collecting and contract with you to spin up for me!:) I’m just so amazed by how quickly you are catching on – it gives me hope – meanwhile, I just have a barely used spindle – humble beginnings! I hope your fiber comes soon! Happy Birthday to you!!

Comment by Kate

Made on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 @ 11:12 pm

It’s beautiful! Nice work! I have yet to knit with handspun – it looks so gorgeous in the skein, I’m curious to see how that translates into a knitted fabric.

Happy birthday :)

Comment by Sandra

Made on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 @ 11:15 pm

I have yet to knit anything with handspun and I haven’t been able to get my hands on any here in France, so I’m very curious as to what it would be like to knit with it. I can’t believe that you haven’t been spinning that long- your yarn is so pretty!

Comment by Angie

Made on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 @ 11:35 pm

Chocolate, raspberries and handspun… three of my absolute favorite things in the world in one place… now, if you could just get Jon Bonjovi to deliver it, I’d say we’ve covered all the bases! ;)

Absolutely beautiful spinning! If this lovely skein were to come to my place, I think it would have to turn into some wristwarmers… or a hat… or perhaps meet some of my stash mates and pair up for some socks… yummy!

Comment by Barb

Made on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 @ 11:54 pm

I like knitting with handspun, because it is so Martha.

Comment by Angeline

Made on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 @ 11:59 pm

Wow, compliments on the handspun. =) I’m practicing my spinning and I’m getting better at it. Too bad I ran out of bobbins (I only have 3 and they’re all full) so I’m waiting on 2 extra ones to arrive in the mail…hopefully soon! So I can ply and free up bobbins for more spinning.

I like knitting with handspun because handspun yarn is very unique…each skein has its own special characteristics.

Comment by Elemmaciltur

Made on Thursday, May 15th, 2008 @ 12:05 am

No need for handspun here, but how about starting hand-spun yarn swaps?

Comment by claire

Made on Thursday, May 15th, 2008 @ 12:10 am

I suddenly realized I haven’t knit with any handspun! huh?! how can this be? My boyfriend says he is going to learn to spin. But the borrowed wheel is just sitting, he got frustrated after a few goes at it…so I’m not holding my breath. That is some seriously gorgeous stuff. wow.

Comment by Elinor

Made on Thursday, May 15th, 2008 @ 2:02 am

You are a spinning fiend! That is beautiful. I’ve knit one hat with my handspun, but I’ve just started my Project Sweater (capitals necessary) that comes from yarn I washed/carded/spun/dyed, and it is FABULOUS. The yarn isn’t very soft, nor is it superbly even, but it is beautiful. It is a creation of my hands, and it has character and bounce and a bit of cheek. I’m using a semi-solid green right now, but I’ll shift into teal, and then turquoise and then purple, and I can’t wait. It’s just so original, the handspun– no one else can have yarn like mine! I love it. I love spinning.

Comment by carina

Made on Thursday, May 15th, 2008 @ 3:47 am

Why would I want it?

Let’s see.. this spinning bug has been going around in both S’n’Bs I have ever been to, in Munich and then here in the neighborhood. Everyone is raving on about how wonderful it is and how fulfilling and pretty. And I have neither the time nor (more importantly) the money for a spinning wheel and lots of rovings, so all I can do is stare longingly at all the pictures and reports.

Now maybe, MAYBE this isn’t my favorite color combination, so it would be unfair to “snatch” it from someone who would potentially appreciate it even MORE, but simply the fact that this is handspun and a work of art nd probably looks so much more prettier even in person makes me covet it big time!!!

Comment by Cathy Hammen

Made on Thursday, May 15th, 2008 @ 6:08 am

This yarn looks absolutely delicious. Beautiful stuff…I love the color combo. I’ve never knit with handspun, but I do think I have a lovely lacey fingerless pair of gloves in mind for it.

Once again, stunning!!

Comment by Nicole

Made on Thursday, May 15th, 2008 @ 7:14 am

I haven’t knit with much handspun, but I love how it feels: a little bit less predictable than commercial yarn, and the changes are part of the yarn rather than defects (like knots) in it.

Comment by terhi

Made on Thursday, May 15th, 2008 @ 10:06 am

Oh that’s so beautiful… I love it! I’ve been thinking about trying the spinning thing, and maybe that lovely skein would get me going. :-D

Comment by Bobbi

Made on Thursday, May 15th, 2008 @ 1:28 pm

I’ve never knit with handspun…I’ve never seen any that were as smooth and totally appealling as yours! Reminds me of Poison #5!

Comment by Alessandra

Made on Thursday, May 15th, 2008 @ 2:56 pm

Hi, I have used handspun once and love it! But if I do win this beautiful raspberry and chocolate yarn I would send it to my mom in Brasil who is unable to get something so pretty and handspun like this there. Thanks, Ale

Comment by stacey

Made on Thursday, May 15th, 2008 @ 5:06 pm

wow. that is stunning! I have only used my sister’s one skein of handspun to knit with and loved it. It is so unique and to know that the yarn was made by someone personally is pretty cool!!!

Comment by Alicia

Made on Thursday, May 15th, 2008 @ 9:19 pm

Beautiful color combo!
I have never knit with handspun, and have been dying to try. I would probably have a hard time deciding what I was going to make with it, but I’m sure it would get a lot of pats and squishes along the way. Lovely!

Comment by Monika

Made on Friday, May 16th, 2008 @ 10:16 pm

I could never give this yarn away! I looks delicious! Lucky person who’ll get it! :o)

Comment by Zonda

Made on Sunday, May 18th, 2008 @ 3:12 am

Just gorgeous!! I’ve only knit 1/4″ of a sock cuff so far with handspun. It is amazing! I’d love to knit this colorway up and see what happens, I just love it. :)

Comment by patryce

Made on Sunday, May 18th, 2008 @ 6:59 am

this handspun reminds me of an old ben & jerry’s flavor, chocolate raspberry. it was chocolate icecream with raspberry jam running through it…must have been in the mid 90’s. it was like eating cold bon-bons! i have never knit with handspun. i would like to find time to learn how to spin!

Comment by blakeney

Made on Sunday, May 18th, 2008 @ 10:22 pm

yum yum :) never knitted with hand spun before but would love to try. i think anything made with it would be beautiful. the color combo and the way you spun it is spot on. dancing raspberries and chocolate swirls – just looking at it makes ya feel good.

Comment by Knitting Bandit

Made on Tuesday, May 27th, 2008 @ 7:45 am

I fell in love with hand spun yarn of the same delicious name and gorgeous colors that Mikki spun…mmmm. I have lusted for it.I’ve favorited hers even on Ravelry. Now, I’ll have to stalk yours. After watching both of you fall in love with spinning, it’s THIS yarn that makes my mind start wander into the world of spinning. Should I? It’s scary. I love to knit so much. I think I’d feel like I was cheating on my true love. And then…Gasp…what if I love spinning just as much? Poor knitting. It wouldn’t be fair. We have so many dreams together. So much yarn would be left unknitted. (To answer your question-I haven’t knit with handpsun. I love this color. I’d have to have make a scarf. Not original I know. But even before I was a knitter I loved all scarves and now even more so.)

Comment by Andrea (noricum)

Made on Thursday, May 29th, 2008 @ 3:33 am

I like knitting with handspun because of the connection to the spinner (or the thrill of having knit yarn I spun myself), and the uniqueness of the end product.

Comment by Jess

Made on Friday, May 30th, 2008 @ 6:52 pm

I’ve never used handspun… it always seems to precious to use so I just let it marinate in my stash! :) Love all the pictures of your new fiber!

Comment by TheBon

Made on Saturday, May 31st, 2008 @ 1:29 am

I like to knit with handspun because I can create the perfect yarn for whatever I’m doing. I’m connected to it, in a way that I’m not connected to machine spun yarns.

Comment by wendee

Made on Saturday, May 31st, 2008 @ 2:44 am

Want some ’cause you made it!! And because I’ve never used handspun before…

Comment by nikkiana

Made on Saturday, May 31st, 2008 @ 4:10 am

Knitting with handspun is fun because the yarn is always so unique! And that colorway is gorgeous!

Comment by audrey

Made on Saturday, May 31st, 2008 @ 4:14 am

with handspun it is always one of a kind. i love the variations, the colorways, and sometimes even the smell! i always feel so much appreciation for the hands that spin the yarn. i love me some handspun!

Comment by Courtney

Made on Saturday, May 31st, 2008 @ 7:47 am

That looks very yummy!! I love knitting with handspun because it is not done on a machine, someone to time and love into spinning it and it makes they yarn that much more special!!

Comment by Tanja

Made on Saturday, May 31st, 2008 @ 1:17 pm

I’m looking forward to knitting with handspun (and hand-dyed) becaus it’s REALLY handmade – from the first step to the last.

Comment by Erika

Made on Saturday, May 31st, 2008 @ 6:43 pm

I’d love to have the yarn b/c I’ve never knitted with handspun before.

Comment by Hege

Made on Saturday, May 31st, 2008 @ 8:41 pm

That’s a lovely color!
I have not knitted with handspun yet, but I’d love to try it to see and feel how it will turn out.

Comment by Sarah

Made on Saturday, May 31st, 2008 @ 9:08 pm

oh my gosh that is gorgeous!
I’ve never knit with handspun, I’d love to try it out, especially because spinning isn’t something I’m very interested in so I probably wont be making my own yarn anytime soon.

Comment by Ingrid

Made on Saturday, May 31st, 2008 @ 9:12 pm

Gorgeous yarn Kris – I would love to try knitting with it as it looks like it will have fabulous texture. Pick me, pick me!

Comment by Jen

Made on Saturday, May 31st, 2008 @ 10:16 pm

I’ve not knit with handspun much but I love the idea of knowing the effort has been made and the feel of the yarn. I’ve not sun much and am not sure where the drop spindle is hiding, but I am learning to dye and love the colours you’ve chosen.

Comment by stariel

Made on Sunday, June 1st, 2008 @ 1:35 am

I like knitting with handspun because I think the slightly thick and thin texture gives a lot of interest to the finished project. Also I just love the barberpole thing. :)

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