THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS, LAURA AKA GYNX!
This next giveaway is sponsored by Missy at the Etsy shop Distant Star Alpacas. The winner can be anywhere in the world!
Missy sent me about 9 different samples of yarns, both handspun and millspun, from her lovely troop of alpacas. This purple is the first (purple is notoriously difficult for me to photograph, but this color is actually pretty true) one. This yarn was hand-spun and hand-dyed from "first" or prime fiber donated by her alpaca, Titan.
Missy tells me:
"Fiber on alpacas is classified as:
1sts or prime – coming from the blanket area (around their mid-section),
2nds – fiber from their necks and upper legs, usually coarser and shorter
3rds or trash – all the rest, usually very short and/or has a lot of guard hair.
3rds and some 2nds are good for stuffing or birds nests and if anyone every wants some, they just need to pay the shipping."
I didn't have much of the first sample, so I searched Ravelry for a pattern for the small yardage I had to work with and found this cup cozy pattern. I knitted it right up in an hour or two, and it was a great pleasure to work with. I love this yarn. It's soft as can be, and both the texture and color are very consistent. The only thing is, with as much as I've been buying coffees lately, I wish I'd remember that I had this to use! ;)
Here are a few of the critters. Aren't they adorable? About them, Missy tells me: "We have 16 male alpacas, sort of the 'runts of their litters'. They are not really good enough for breeding stock, but they still have wonderful fiber. I am currently not interested in breeding alpacas because there seems to be quite a few breeders in our corner of the world and there is always going to be the few that just aren’t good enough to breed. So we decided to take those for now."
For more pictures of these cuties, be sure and visit Distant Star Alpaca's website.
The next sample was more firsts, millspun, natural-color yarn from Buchanan. Unforunately, I was almost finished knitting up a sweet little preemie cap for my charity, CARE Package, out of this yarn, but I stuck it in my purse and it all slipped off the DPNs (double-pointed needles) I was using. Because of the family crises with which I've been dealing, I haven't had a chance to attempt to fix it or continue knitting any of the other lovely samples I've received, but looking at and handling them, I know it will be nothing short of wonderful to do so. I can heartily recommend Distant Star Alpacas yarn to you! I know that I will be back for more.
More of the samples I so generously received - each as delicious as the next!
I also received fibers (various rovings and batts) from Distant Star Alpacas. I have no experience with spinning, so I can't tell you much about these fellas except that they, too, are truly soft. I do want to learn to spin, though, and now I have my first samples to learn on!
If you're interested in alpaca fiber, check out this section of the shop. If you don't see what you want, be sure and send a convo to Missy, and she'll be glad to help you out.
(Blogger is being weird. I don't know if the rest of the pictures will show up at all or be all screwy or what. Sorry!!)
Anyway, if you're a yarn lover like me, this is the section for you: yarn!! Again, remember to send a convo if you don't see exactly what you need.
Here are the batts, so inexpensive!
This roving looks lovely, doesn't it? And only 8 bucks! Check out this section for more.
Hi. I just had to post more yarn. This looks so squishy and comfy, I want to squeeze it up - don't you??
To win a $25 gift certificate to Distant Star Alpacas, please visit the shop on Etsy and then comment back here with what you'd choose if you won. (Be sure to show some ♥ while you're there!) It's that simple! This is required and must be done before any additional entries will count.
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This contest will end at 11:59 PM EST on August 29th, 2010, when a winner will be chosen at random. Please make sure I have some way to contact you: leave your email or Twitter/Ravelry/Etsy ID in your first comment, if your Blogger profile doesn't let me view your email addy. Winner must respond within 36 hours of being notified.
Open to international winners, yay!
Thank you to Distant Star Alpacas for sponsoring this giveaway. I was given several different samples of incredibly soft alpaca yarn, along with six samples of alpaca fibers, for review purposes for this post. I did not receive any other compensation. All opinions are, and will always be, my own.