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Eucalan Giveaway Winners

Monday, May 14th, 2012
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Hi Everyone!

The winner of the Eucalan Gift Pack is Kelly. Kelly’s tip was: “I just learned the easy way to wash my woolens (in washing machine with eucalan, soak overnight, spin in the morning, block/lay out to dry) and it was!  I love easy cleaning!  I also recently discovered the joys of 1/2 vinegar, 1/2 dish soap (the translucent, handwashing kind) as a cleaning spray for the tub/shower walls.  Spray on, leave for a bit, wipe off.”

And the winner of the Getaway Gang is Jasmine Liska. Jasmine’s helpful tip was: “Whenever I boil water for tea, I pour a bit of hot water onto the stove top to loosen the oil and whatnot that has spattered onto the stove.  It makes it a lot easier to clean!”

Please contact me at mkubasekDOThaberATyarnDOTcom with your contact information.

Thank you so much to everyone for sharing your cleaning tips. There are some wonderful tips in the comments, so if you haven’t already checked them out, make sure you do!

Happy Cleaning!

Eucalan Giveaway: Spring Cleaning in Four Scents

Thursday, May 10th, 2012
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With Spring in full force, there has been lots of spring cleaning going on. It seems like every day more of us are bringing in selections from our own stash clean-outs to pass on. I’ve packed up most of my sweaters, but before that, they got a little bath in Eucalan.

Eucalan has shared with us a Gift Pack and Getaway Gang to give away to you, but more on that later.

If you’ve never tried Eucalan, it is a no-rinse delicate wash that is available in four scents: eucalyptus, lavender, grapefruit, and unscented. It is great for washing your woolens, but it has many more uses! From your delicate handwash clothes to drapery, it’s a wonderful cleaning product that you don’t have to rinse out (so it saves on water too).

Check out this introductory video from Eucalan for more information:

Now for the giveaway! One random commenter will receive a Eucalan Gift Pack that includes 3.3oz bottles of each of the four scents, and one random commenter will receive a Getaway Gang that includes a sample size of each scent, plus a small sewing kit, Eucalan Lint Remover Sheets, and Eucalan Stain-Treating Wipes.

Leave one comment with your favorite cleaning tip by May 14th at 2:00pm EDT when we will draw the winner. And don’t forget to check out Eucalan on Facebook and their blog!

Good luck!

Top 20 Finalist in the “This Is Retail” Video Contest!

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
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Hi Everyone

Well, the exciting news just seems to keep on coming our way as of late! We are excited to share the latest with all of you!

Steve & I submitted a 2 minute video to the National Retail Federation’s contest titled “This Is Retail“. We’ve been notified that we are a top 20 finalist which is very exciting! Over the next three weeks there will be a series of voting opportunities that can result in us advancing to the next round. When its all said and done the top three voted videos will attend the NRF’s national conference in Washington, DC in May. The top retailer will win $25,000, 2nd place is $15,000 and 3rd is $10,000. Needless to say, we’d love to be in the top 3 but first we have to get past this first round of voting.

Here’s how the voting works:

  • Starting April 3rd at 12:01am through 11:59pm on April 8th, we will be paired against one other video. We won’t know who it is until voting begins at 12:01am on 4/3. We will go head to head in the voting and the top vote-getter will move onto the top 10.
  • Round 2 (4/9–4/15) is structured the same way – each of the top 10 videos will be paired against one other video and the top vote-getter in each pairing will move on to the next round (top 5).
  • Round 3 (4/17–4/22) is down to the top 5. There are no match ups at this level – just general voting and the top three will go to DC.
  • Each individual can vote up to 10 times per day and voters must be over the age of 13.
  • All of the details and the other 19 finalists can be found on the National Retail Federation’s website.
  • Voting happens at
  • You can log in with a Google, Yahoo or Facebook account to vote.
We’ll be posting about this on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
We don’t want to drive everyone nuts with reminders to vote but will do some nudging along the way.
Please pass this along, please vote for us each day (10x) and help us make it to the next round.Thanks in advance for all of your help & consideration!


Dream in Color March Giveaway Winners

Sunday, April 1st, 2012
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Wow, such a fantastic response to our Dream in Color March Giveaway! I really enjoyed reading the comments you all posted. I am thrilled that so many of you love shawls as much as I do. And equally thrilled at how many of you gained some inspiration to try your first lacy shawl project.

So without further ado, our ten lucky winners are:

#47 Rosalind Scott
#76 Christine
#128 Grace S.
#184 kipperdog
#300 PrincessMargie
#314 Boursin
#315 Momyof8
#429 Valerie Kay Evangelista
#628 Viv
#679 Megan Williams

Please contact kminott (at) by Friday April 6th with your information so we can mail you your skein of Absolutely Marvelous and the Vostok pattern.

Thank you everyone for taking the time to post your comments, and for the lucky winners. We love “show and tell” so be sure to share your finished project with this lovely yarn, whether you knit the Vostok shawl or use it for some other lovely project!



Dream in Color March Givaway

Monday, March 26th, 2012
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It is time once again to have another giveaway with one of Dream in Color’s lovely hand dyed yarns along with a beautiful shawl pattern. This month’s yarn is called Absolutely Marvelous, and it is absolutely marvelous! Kind of like the weather we have had over the past week here in Massachusetts!

The fiber is 50% silk, 50% wool, consists of shades of grey and there is a generous 1100 yards for your fingers to fly through to make the beautiful Vostok Shawl designed by Beth King.

I am a huge fan of shawls; they are probably one of my favorite items to knit other than socks. Watching my skein of yarn get smaller, but yet, not seeing the results until the end when it is time for blocking is just one big happy surprise. I am always so very proud of my shawls and rarely give them away, but when I do, the appreciation from the receiver of such a gift creates such a sense of accomplishment and pride!

One of my favorite shawl pattern books is Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush. Not only do I want to make every shawl in this book, I also had the privilege of taking a couple of classes with Nancy when she taught here a few years back! That was quite a treat!

If you have never done a lace project, maybe it is time to give it a try! Just start with a simpler design, possibly a rectangular shawl, or even a lacey scarf, such as Fiber Trends Estonian Garden Shawl and Scarf. Once you knit something so beautiful, and watch the magic happen when you block it, you will be hooked!

So, tell us what some of your favorite shawl patterns are, or books! Do you enjoy the thrill and challenge of knitting such a piece?

Leave a comment below by 3/29/12, 11:59 pm EST to be entered into the March drawing for one skein of Dream in Color Absolutely Marvelous along with the Vostok shawl pattern. There will be 10 lucky winners! Be sure to check the blog on Friday 3/30/2012 to see if your name was picked. If you win, you will need to contact us by 4/3/12, otherwise we’ll have to find an alternate winner.

Good Luck!

Sweet Shawlettes Winner

Friday, January 20th, 2012
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Hi Everyone,

Happy Friday! The winner of the Sweet Shawlettes Giveaway was post number 25 Judi Jones who said: “I absolutely love Ceilidh !!  It reminds me of Scotland and the plaid pattern is just beautiful, it almost looks woven.  I would love the challenge of knitting this plaid design and then wearing it with pride. And it would keep me warm here in Michigan !!”

Congratulations Judi! Please contact me at mkubasekDOThaberATyarnDOTcom (replacing the capitalized words with their symbols) so we can get your book out to you.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!


Sweet Shawlettes Review

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
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Hi Everyone,

We’re participating in the blog tour for Sweet Shawlettes by Jean Moss. At the end of the post, you’ll have a chance to win a copy of the book!

Sweet Shawlettes is the latest book by UK designer Jean Moss. It is a collection of 25 shawlettes, cowls, and scarves. You’re sure to find something you want to knit in this book.

Sweet Shawlettes is divided into four different categories – Country, Couture, Folk, and Vintage.


This book is full of impressive projects, many that don’t take a lot of knitting time. The black and white cowl above features shadow knitting, and I think that this project would be a great way to give it a try and get a finished project that has an incredible amount of impact.

You’ll find projects that span techniques and skill levels. From simple stockinette  to fantastic cables, lace, Fair Isle, and more, you have many options.

To win a copy of the book, please visit the project gallery for Sweet Shawlettes and come back here and leave a comment with what your favorite project from the book is. The winner will be chosen at random from the comments. Please comment by Friday, January 20th at 12:00pm EST. We’ll let you know the winner after that!

Check out the rest of the stops on the blog tour:
Mon 2 Jan – More Yarn Will Do The Trick – Jean Moss
Tues 3 Jan – Wendy Knits – Wendy Johnson
Wed 4 Jan – Knitgrrl – Shannon Okey
Thurs 5 Jan – Yarnagogo – Rachael Herron
Fri 6 Jan – The Knitter – Rosee Woodland
Sat 7 Jan – Rhythm of the Needles – Joanne Conklin
Sun 8 Jan – Knit Purl Gurl – Karrie Steinmetz
Mon 9 Jan – CraftSanity – Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood
Tues 10 Jan – Planet Purl – Beth Moriarty
Wed 11 Jan –  Sunset Cat – Stephannie Tallent
Thurs 12 Jan – A Really Good Yarn – Julie Schilthuis
Fri 13 Jan – knit 1 chicago – Lynn Coe
Sat 14 Jan – Go Knit In Your Hat – Carol Sulcoski
Sun 15 Jan – Redshirt Knitting – Erika Barcott
Mon 16 Jan – In The Loop – Cheryl & Ellen
Tues 17 Jan – WEBS – Kathy Elkins
Wed 18 Jan – Zeneedle – Margene Smith
Thurs 19 Jan – Knitspot – Anne Hanson
Fri 20 Jan – Urban Yarns – Alexa Ludeman
Sat 21 Jan – A Friend to knit with – Leslie Friend
Mon 23 Jan – Tentenknits – Margaux Hufnagel
Tues 24 Jan – Fancy Tiger Crafts – Amber Corcoran
Thurs 26 Jan – The Panopticon – Franklin Habit

Dream in Color Giveaway

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
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The time has come again for a juicy new giveaway from Dream in Color yarns. And just in time! This holiday I see crafters working their little fingers to nubs. What better way to look forward to post-holiday selfish knitting than with a special handdyed skein of  your very own?

This month Dream in Color is tempting us with a lovely fingering weight merino cashmere blend in a green/purple fusion.  This is an exclusive colorway of Smooshy with Cashmere. *Swoon*. Check it out!

Of course, the giveaway includes a free pattern to go with it! The pattern for this great yarn is a men’s scarf called Opa! But this would be great for anyone…including yourself!

Want a chance to win? Let us know what selfish knitting you are planning for January by commenting below by Sunday, December 4th. Please leave your contact info (Ravelry name is fine) and we’ll contact 10 lucky winners!

Happy Knitting and Good luck!!


Time on my Hands eBook Winner!

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
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Hi Everyone,

We have a winner in our Time on my Hands eBook giveaway. The lucky person is Kamigaeru who wrote “I can’t decide between the Sundial and Tea Time mitts! Are these in my queue yet?”

Please email me at and I will send your info to Becky who will get the PDF eBook to you.

Thanks everyone!

Time on my Hands eBook Giveaway

Friday, October 7th, 2011
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Hi Everyone,

Time on my Hands is a new eBook by Becky Herrick. It is a great collection of mittens, gloves, fingerless mitts, and wristwarmers.

Becky used our Valley Yarns Superwash DK for the adorable Play Time mittens featured below. (I know several kids who may be getting a pair for Christmas this year!)

If you’d like a copy of this the Time on my Hands eBook, head over to Becky’s site here and check out the patterns. Come back and leave a comment on which project you want to knit first. The winner will be randomly selected on Wednesday, October 12th.