March 26th, 2012

Dream in Color March Givaway

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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!
-Karen

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Dena started working at WEBS in 2006, shortly after she learned to knit. She also dabbles in crochet and weaving. She finds knitting complements her marathon and triathlon training really well.
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  • Caitlin Kaiser

    This shawl is amazing! I’ve been reading more about Estonian lace and would love to access my heritage through a project like this.

  • Mujercita

    This is an amazing giveaway- both the shawl and the yarn are absolutely gorgeous (and Dream In Color is my favorite yarn brand!)

  • Joannier

    That yarn looks yummy and the Vostok is gorgeous!  Keeping my fingers crossed here!

  • deeterhi

    I love shawls of all weights and sizes. The versatility of them, whether they keep my neck warm or drape around my shoulders. I’m always very happy after seeing my shawl block, just how large I can make one with a single skein and when working with a lacier pattern. One of my favorite shawls that I made recently is my Mara by Madelinetosh because I paired it with a lace weight yarn. It’s so beautiful and light and warm.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephanie-Fagan/100000211268073 Stephanie Fagan

    I normally do not gravitate to grey yarn, but this is truly lovely. The shawl is spectacular and it would be an heirloom piece.

  • Mail4kate

    I am working on the Stripe Study shawl currently, using a red, and a green JoJoLand Melody yarns. It flows nicely, and is relaxing. My all time favorate shawls to knit and especially to wear are Mimknits Aspen Grove in Zephyr dyed to resemble an autumn Sugar Maple leaf…soooo beautiful, and soft. I have made BadCat’s Driftwood Victorian in red Mohair, which my daughter stole, and is grey linen. Both are very elegant. this Dream in Color shawl is a tour de force, and could not be boring to knit!

  • Clmitaly

    I love to knit shawls, but have yet to figure out how to wear them in a flattering way. I’ll keep knitting, and keep trying to wear them, though.  I have figured out that they make GREAT  presents!

  • Diane

    Victorian Lace is one of my favorites.  I like A Gathering of Lace also.  

  • Sara

    What pretty yarn that is! I don’t think I can choose just one favorite shawl. I loved making Hanami by Melanie Gibbons and I’ve currently got my eye on the striking stripey shawls in Grace Anna Farrow’s The Fine Line book.

  • margaret

    my favorite shawl pattrns are by BadCat Designs – SugarPlum Fairy is unbelievable!

  • Kair

    My favorite book is defenetly “The Haapsalu Scarf”: 
    http://www.needleartsbookshop.com/knitting_books/Haapsalu_Scarf.html .. indeed… 
    It is shame I haven’t had time to make any of these scarfs jet – but I’ll get there! (This yarn would probably help… and my sisters upcoming wedding…)

  • http://twitter.com/knitravel Tina

    So far I’ve only done simple lace projects – nothing like this amazing shawl featured here. I’m currently knitting the Lacy Accent Scarf from GlamKnits, which is turning out quite well. Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful yarn!

  • http://twitter.com/stefaniegrrr stefanie

    Such a pretty yarn & pattern!  I love gray yarn…in fact, I just finished a similarly-colored fingering-weight shawlette…but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t make a lace-weight version, given the chance!!

  • LaurenS

    Love Dream in Color yarns – this is a beautiful color.  Favorite shawl pattern currently is Hydrangea by badcatdesigns.

  • Denise

    Wow – that’s lovely yarn and a lovely shawl.  I’ll be at WEBS this weekend and I’ll be looking for that yarn.  

  • Toriryan

    I love the Shetland Triangle. I very rarely knit a pattern multiple times but there is just something about pine cone lace that I just love.

  • Annina

    sooo pretty!!

  • AnnaD

    Oooh! Beautiful yarn and pattern!

  • Caroline from Canada

    Beautiful yarn and the pattern is stunning. I hope to be a winner!

  • Hind

    Love the color on the shawl, I’ve only knit one lace shawlette in my life and it came out really nice.  It took some effort…I really had to concentrate on what I’m doing and I had to rip out and reknit a couple of times.   It was definitely worth it and I am itching to do another lace project.

  • Christine

    This is an absolutely beautiful shawl!

  • Shannon Fitzpatrick

    The Multnomah shawl is high on my list of to-knit right now. How cute would that look in kettle dyed Charlemont? Here’s hoping I can put the Vostok shawl in my cue soon.

  • Farris Tracy

    Beautiful yarn…beautiful shawl…I’d love to win.

  • Richeydg

    I just love the book A Gathering of Lace by Meg Swansen. But all lace is what I love to knit. It is all so beautiful. I would love to try this yarn for lace!

  • Anonymous

    I looove shawls! My favorite crochet shawl is Curaçao by Doris Chan, and I love Stephen West’s shawl patterns :D

  • Lori N

    I’m constantly looking through Meg Swansen’s “A Gathering of Lace” and dreaming about which shawl I would knit. I love lace, but I’ve only done scarfs  — I’m anxious to start a full fledged shawl!

  • pinkhammer12

    I’ve knitted just about everything but lace – what a lovely piece to start on! “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.” sounds so appealing!

  • Diane

    This is way out of my comfort zone, but I just love it and the gorgeous DIC yarn…..I have made the Oaklet Shawl (free on Ravelry) at least 6 times…it is one of my favorite quick knits for a gift…

  • Flossieknits

    I have been dying for this particular range of grey in a yarn for a year now. it’s absolutely stunning. I’ve also been dying to make a shawl that was featured in a Danish museum and dates back to the late 1800s. You can see it here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/kllingesjal-1897englishrecreation-from-vendsyssel-museum-denmark

  • ritainalaska

    lovely shawl!   would love to knit this shawl with this yarn … am in shawl mode, making them for family and friends, with two on the needles now.   thanx for the opportunity to win a hank and pattern.

  • NashvilleKnippie

    The yarn is GORGEOUS! One of my favorites is this Candace Eisner Strick’s Lace Shawl, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/21-lace-shawl.

  • Kirstin R

    My favorite shawl I ever made was when I was first learning lace and the fact that I could make something so delicate and lovely with my stumpy little hobbit fingers (cyclosporine/prednisone can do a number on childhood growth) was incredible. I still have my Baltic Sea Stole: 
    http://www.ravelry.com/projects/DragonCelt/baltic-sea-stole-ac-50 and it is so warm and lovely and soft.

    Something like this shawl that you’re offering would be one I’d prize as a potential wedding shawl (not married…yet). It’s intricate, soft-looking, and so delicate. I’d feel like a princess in it. 

  • Dariasmom

    I like this lace pattern, and I have never knitted a lace shawl. Looks like fun!

  • http://lauragetscrafty.wordpress.com/ Laura

    Drool! Gorgeous yarn and beautiful pattern. I haven’t attempted anything quite that ambitious yet, but I want to!

  • Viv

    I have just finished a honeycomb shawl and am experiencing lace withdrawal. This pattern and yarn would help (?) my addiction.

  • Rose

    Vostok is a beautiful shawl. I’ve made a lot of beautiful shawls and each one is my favorite when I’m working on it. I can’t pick just one or even just ten for that matter. My queue is filled with pages of them. I do have one next in my queue with the yarn picked out so it’s ready to go. I have plenty more that I still need to get the pattern for. Most of the shawls I want to knit have come from individual patterns and not books; however, there are quite a lot that come from magazines. I think Ravelry is my biggest enabling factor.

  • Kristen V.

    Quite lovely. Working on a lace pattern for a baby blanket but no where near as intricate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=829587995 Monica Welham

    I love staring at the lace shawls by Wendy Johnson, wendyknits! 

  • Bbqcarrot

    I’m finishing off a beaded version of fiori di sole right now for a wedding.  Only 14 rows to go before CO.  I’m already itching to start another shawl project!

  • Pam53

    The yarn is gorgeous, and the shawl pattern is just so remind and pretty! I am a lace knitter and would love to win this giveaway.

  • Barbara

    what a gorgeous color – it’s perfect for that shawl.

  • Sue

    Victorian Lace Today is full of beautiful patterns. The book makes a l great coffee table type book.

  • Marilyn

    I love the Ishbel shawl that I knit. I enjoy knitting from a chart and love finished, blocked, lace pieces. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Sbm

    I’m working on Susan Pandorf’s Argonath in Tosh Pashmina right now. Not much lace but lots of cables. The most challenging shawl I’ve personally done is Foley’s Echo Beach in silk, yo’s and traveling stitches, with end to end dropped stitches at the very end. Dream in Color is one of my favorites and I would love to give this pattern a try.

  • Angeleena

    This is so beautiful!! I have never knitted a shawl before and lace quite intimidates me, but I would cast on for the Vostok with this yarn anyday! Breathtaking!

  • Terri

    Gorgeous!!!

  • Connie K.

    My favorite book of shawls is Folk Shawls by Cheryl Oberle and my favorite shawl in the book is the Fir Cone Square Shawl. I would be thrilled to this prize! What a beautiful shawl!

  • Mommamann

    I am a new lace knitter and am still exploring shawls, this year I have tried 198 Yards of Heaven by Christy Verity and Gail/Nightsongs by 
    Jane Araujo and also Spring Thaw Shawl by Cheri McEwan. Would love to try the
    Vostok shawl pattern. Thank you for the opportunity.

  • Denise

    I too love Nancy Bush’s book, Knitted Lace of Estonia.  My first lace piece was the Lilac Leaf shawl from the book.  I made it for my niece’s wedding last July.  Instead of nupps I used clear glass beads.
    After blocking, it came out so beautiful.  My niece cried when she saw it. I was really pleased when she compared it with things her maternal grandmother had made.  I have had several requests from people to make them one, but I come first!! I am forever hooked on lace!

    Denise

  • Rachelle Crosbie

    I still love Aeolian which was my first shawl project ever made from my handspun yarn.