Treasure Hunt Winners!

What a blast! It was so much fun to get to partner with Michelle, Jill and Katie for this lovely giveaway event. Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who tracked down the clues, entered the giveaway and made such nice comments in your entry emails. I wish we could give you all prizes!

All winners have been notified about their prizes, and the winners were chosen by Random Number Generator.

Drum roll, please!


Jen B takes home a generous array of gifts from Knitterella.


A three-skein Spring in Central Park shawl kit fresh off the presses from Michelle Miller of Fickle Knitter goes to: Sarah McF


Gradient-dyed sock set, shawl kit and e-books from Knitcircus Yarns. My winners: Corrina Shawl kit: Kathy C. Matching Socks set: Gretchen F. 7 Hats and Cowls e-books:Natalie K from Ravelry, DANA M, Dawn S, Abigail S, Jessie D, Martha G and Mary S

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A Sock Yarn Sampler and two Sock Patterns from Yarn Love for Kathlyn R.

Thanks again so much to everyone who was part of this; it was such a good time, we’ll definitely do it again.

Happy Wednesday,


Treasure Hunt!

Today’s the day! Some lucky Treasure Hunt winners will take home precious cargo:


A generous array of gifts from Knitterella. Jill Zielinski, aka Knitterella®, is a graphic designer with a passion to knit. Through the two she launched and has been having a blast designing stationery and gift items for knitters and crafters ever since. Finding yet another way to combine her passions, Jill also enjoys taking her original graphics and transforming them into colorwork for unique knitting patterns. Along with Knitterella, she is the owner of where she specializes in offering “Graphic Design Services for a Knitter, by a Knitter.”

In honor of the “Treasure Hunt Giveaway” coupon code “THEHUNT” gets you 20% off your entire purchase!
Coupon code is good today, the 28th through end of day tomorrow the 29th.


A three-skein Spring in Central Park shawl kit fresh off the presses from Michelle Miller of Fickle Knitter.

As of March 2013 Michelle, owner of Fickle Knitter Design has written over 153 Knitting Designs, published three books, and at the time of publishing sells her work in over 96 shops across the US in 30 states, and in three countries. Michelle has an educational background in Physics, works as a knitting author, and is a wife and parent to two children. She recently adopted her nephew who is disabled and spends her time knitting, writing, and learning to parent a special needs child after the loss of her sister and brother in law in 2011.


Gradient-dyed sock set, shawl kit and e-books from Knitcircus Yarns.

Jaala’s obsession with the perfect stripe drives Knitcircus Yarns’ gradient hand-dyes. She uses USA and UK-made luxury fibers for your small (Matching Socks) and large (Sweaters’ Worths) yarn projects and three different Yarn Clubs! When not dyeing yarn in the Evil Lair, Jaala designs patterns and co-hosts the Knitcircus Podcast with the hilarious Amy Detjen.

Just for the Treasure Hunt, get a free Jaala Spiro Designs pattern pdf with any purchase from Knitcircus Yarns. Instructions in the thank-you email.

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A Sock Yarn Sampler and two Sock Patterns from Yarn Love.

Katie works from the Yarn Love studio in rural Iowa, inspired by the beauty of her natural surroundings.  It’s pretty safe to say she spends most of our waking hours working with, or talking about, yarn. When she’s not dyeing yarn and answering your inquiries, she loves to spin, knit, and devise patterns.


Win fabulous prizes just by visiting the participating sites above; each one has  a “clue”: one of these graphics!





Click around the sites and find the clues! Then tell us where you find them by emailing One entry per person, please. Don’t worry, your email won’t be used for anything but possibly winning the Hunt.

We’ll pick lots of winners and send prizes their way!

But the Treasure Hunt is only on for two days, so track down the clues by Tuesday, October 29th before midnight. Winners will be picked by Random Number Generator and announced the next day.

Good luck and have fun,


ETA: Thanks SO MUCH to everyone who played and who entered and left such nice email comments about the contest. The giveaway is officially done, but was so much fun to do that it certainly won’t  be the last one. 🙂


Yarns Afoot

It’s been a couple of weeks now since the kids and I cleaned up the basement room with our washer and dryer and created the Evil Lair. It’s really a dyeing studio, but Belle began calling it an evil lair because of its underground nature, and the name stuck.

Every morning, as soon as we wake up, the kids have joined me in the coolness of the Lair to experiment with colors and bases. When we’ve got something new hanging up to dry, we head up for breakfast.

It really all comes down to my love of stripes. At TNNA, I was captivated, as always, by the lovely Freia Fibers handpaints, and by a shawl in Baah Yarn’s booth which began with sunshine yellow and moved to blue over the length of a shawl. Unfortunately, Baah studios yarn isn’t available in Wisconsin, and Freia has a wonderful, but limited, color palette. I started dreaming about what colors I’d create for a long-striping color change yarn.

Of course, creating a long-striping color change yarn isn’t exactly easy, either to conceive or to execute. It was only after enlisting my husband (programmer) and my dad (furniture maker) to consult on the matter that we figured it out.

Once we had the theory, time to refine the practice.

Every day I try out new color combinations, new yarn bases.

Just want to make it clear; I’m making my own yarn, yes, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be working with other yarns! We’ll still be talking about new indy and bigger company’s offerings on the Knitcircus Newsletter and blog, and will be using a wide variety of fibers in Knitcircus books and collections. Just like the wonderful Katie, from Yarn Love, said to me once, making your own yarn doesn’t mean you stop loving everyone else’s; in fact, you appreciate it more, because you understand what went into creating it.

I’m still working on developing the best core colors and thinking about seasonal ones….what do you think? What colors would you like to see and knit with? Please let me know! More info coming…I anticipate having yarn available at the Sow’s Ear event August 25th for you locals, and on Etsy the first week of September.