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!

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713 Responses to “Dream in Color March Givaway”

  1. Rachelle Crosbie Says:

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

  2. Jen Says:

    I love the vintage stole patterns. Looking forward to trying out more delicate yarns.     

  3. Tammy Says:

    I’m currently loving Shetland and Estonian lace patterns!  I love shawls, they are my favorite thing to knit and I am going thinner and thinner in yarns.  Too bad I have a hard time wearing them all!  I live in a desert so thicker shawls are out, I need to adapt my teacher wardrobe to incorporate more shawl wearing.  Narrowing it down to my favorite shawl is near impossible, my latest love was Monica’s Shawl, am working on Aeolian shawl now, who knows what my next favorite will be. 😀

  4. Cori Says:

    Such a gorgeous yarn and pattern!

  5. Deborah Wells-Clinton Says:

    I have knit one shawl as a gift for a friend, and now I’d love to try something a little bigger and even more challenging. I know what you mean about the big happy surprise when you see the end result.

  6. Lynn Says:

    Right now my favorite shawl is Piper’s Journey – I am loving knitting it and I love the construction.

  7. pnbjam Says:

    That does look like a beautiful shawl! I’ve made a couple from Victorian Lace Today, and am working on another one (a triangle that starts with over 600 stitches!) made from a black cobweb yarn I ordered from your site. It’s a challenge, but 20 rows in I’m starting to see it. Would love to have a skein of this yarn; its subtle shades are lovely.

  8. Pat Says:

    Hi! Hope the giveaway is open worldwide! My favorite shawls are Annis and Abyssal on Ravelry.

  9. Caroline Says:

    Amazing pattern and yarn!  I love lace knitting. I’ve got the victorian lace knitting book and made a couple shawls from that.

  10. s Says:

    Oh, adding my comment a bit late, but what a beautiful yarn for a beautiful pattern.  I’ve knitted just about everything but lace.  What a great project to start with!!

  11. s Says:

    Oh, adding my comment a bit late, but what a beautiful yarn for a beautiful pattern.  I’ve knitted just about everything but lace.  What a great project to start with!!

  12. Liz Says:

    I’ve just completed my first lace shawl and it was wonderful!  I loved knowing that even though it seems to small while I knit that it would be big and beautiful when I was done. 

  13. Karabknudsen Says:

    Oh what a dream it would be to win this drawing–such gorgeous yarn, and such a great goal to learn this new pattern!

    Thank you,

  14. Staci Chronister Says:

    That’s beautiful. I’m looking on the site to find it and unable to thus far. I may have to snag some of that even if I don’t win the skein. It’s gorgeous!

  15. Djukins Says:

    Lace knitting is my first love.  I try to both a sock and a shawl OTN at all times.  There is something about knitting to the rhythm of a well written pattern that is both a challenge and a comfort at the same time.

  16. Jean Ashley Says:

    The first lace project I ever did was Jared Flood’s Girasole shawl. I have also knitted two Ishbels from Ysolda Teague, and a few Branching Out scarves. I have lots of lace pattern books, but I really love Victorian Lace today. My favorite lace patterns that I don’t think I’ll ever attempt are the ultra delicate Herbert Niebling shawls:

    The yarn is spectacular…thanks for hosting such a generous giveaway!

  17. Betford2 Says:

    Stunningly beautiful shawl and yarn! I’d LOVE to win them!

  18. Jessy Says:

    Wow! The yarn is so pretty, and the finished shawl is gorgeous! I think the yarn done up with the
    Silver Filigree Cape pattern would also be stunning.

  19. Angela C Bliss Says:


  20. Holly Rowe Says:

    What a beautiful shawl!  I’ve never seen one like that with the structure at the top.  I’ve never attempted a shawl, but now I am very tempted…

  21. Carmen Says:

    I haven’t made any lacey shawls like this, but Knitted Lace of Estonia is on my wish list.

  22. Jan Says:

    I love shawls designed by Susanna IC. There’s one right now in the current issue of Knitty.

  23. Mimi Says:

    My favorite lace book is Nancy Bush’s Knitted Lace of Estonia. I think what actually makes it my favorite, though, is watching the DVD that comes with it. Nancy’s passion comes through, and truly makes you appreciate each individual stitch.

  24. Joanne G Says:

    My favorites seem to be from Through the Loops!

  25. Jamie Wolfer Says:

    I like any kind of shawl pattern that starts out large and gets smaller (b/c I’m lazy), but my favorite is the Storm Cloud Shawlette; it’s simple, works up quickly, and is the perfect size.

  26. Jamie Wolfer Says:

    I really enjoy patterns that are a semi circle shape.  They can be worn as a shawl or more like  scarf and doesn’t give you that look of a bandana.  My favorite pattern is the Storm Cloud Shawlette.  It’s free, simple, works up fast, and is size customizable.

  27. Deblove2 0 Says:

    I’m finishing up my first lace-weight project, and this one looks like a wonderful second – whether or not I win the yarn!

  28. Betford2 Says:

    I’ve made a number of lace items, but never anything as big as this shawl. But I sure am tempted – it’s beautiful! and the dreamy, ethereal yarn … Wow!

  29. Wil4ds Says:

    I have bunches of shawls in my queue, but of ones I’ve knit, I’d recommend Annis (a free Knitty pattern by Susanna IC).  It’s interesting lace pattern includes nupps (which I substituted for beads in one of the versions I knit), and the shawl can be knit out of only 400 or so yards.  Its a great use for those lone skeins of sock yarn that keep creeping into my stash, but can be made in whatever weight of yarn you prefer.  The 3 shawls I made were given to relatives, who were all delighted to get them and found them very wearable.

  30. Bjkrainkatt Says:

    I would love to win this contest.

  31. Charlotte Jane927 Says:

    What a great giveaway! I really enjoyed working on a lacy wrap called Bordeaux from the book Knitting in the Sun.

  32. Kim Says:

    I find myself gravitating towards asymmetrical shawls although my two favorite shawls at the moment are the Rock Island shawl and High Seas. I find lace knitting to be very addicting! I often find myself completing “one more row” to see the pattern develop.

  33. Helen Says:

    Beautiful yarn.  Rock Island by Jared Flood is a pattern that I’d love to complete someday. 

  34. Budnjodi Says:

    Shawls are my favorite thing to knit. Love watching the pile of stitches in my lap grow, and then the wonderful moment whe the last stitch is cast off and you spread it out in all it’s glory!

  35. Dswgr6 Says:

    I love shawls, but have only made a couple.  The first one I made was part of a mystery shawl KAL.  It even had beads!  It was Swan Lake from Pink Lemon Twist.  I’d love this yarn and this pattern!

  36. AMMartinson Says:

    I have yet to knit a shawl but I’ve been itching to ever since my mother made a little one.  I do have a couple of lace patterns I would like to try – having done a lace scarf a shawl would be the next step!

  37. MimiD Says:

    My favorite sources for shawl patterns are basically wherever I can find them! In particular I check the Knitted Lace of Estonia book (and if I had the 2 coffee table books on Hapsaaluu shawls I’d be checking those too). I also love Oremburg style fine shawls and warm shawls too. Then there’s the Shetland ones in Sharon Miller’s Heirloom Knitted Lace… On line I check Ravelry and the most. I can take my latest lace yarn purchase to Ravelry, input the yardage and weight in the Advanced Pattern Search, and browse what comes up – either in my queue or otherwise.

  38. Roseofisabel Says:

    Victorian Lace Today…my fave lace book…elegant, timeless patterns!

  39. Megan Williams Says:

    I like the look of Steven West shawls, but have yest to knit one.  I knit the Holden Shawl and really loved the challenge.  Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  40. Susolin Says:

    Shawls are so much fun to knit! I have never done one that is all lace though.  This one looks beautiful! Maybe I will try making it for a wedding I am in in May. 🙂

  41. kerriknits Says:

    I’m a huge fan of Anne Hanson’s shawl patterns.  They’re absolutely gorgeous!  Thank you for the chance to win this beautiful yarn and pattern combo.

  42. Izzy Says:

    Lace is my next project! I want to learn so badly.

  43. Geemom57 Says:

    Lovely shawl pattern! And the yarn is gorgeous!! Love DIC. One of my all time favorite shawl patterns is Aeolian. And two of my favorite books are Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush and Knitting Lace Triangles by Evelyn Clark. Yes, I’m a shawl junkie… so please pick me!!

  44. Deetyblue Says:

    I enjoy the challenge of an interesting shawl.  I knitted Rock Island last year, and it took me months. It also taught me a LOT.  I mean a LOT.  I’ve been eyeing a couple of smaller shawls, but what the heck, I’ll go for another big statement shawl!

  45. Jasmine Liska Says:

    Wow, that’s a gorgeous shawl!  At the moment, I’m really enjoying knitting Brooklyn Tweed’s Rock Island.  Since this is my second time knitting it (but first time knitting it in a lace weight), the long edging pattern seemed easier to follow.  I’m hoping it’ll be finished for Easter!

  46. LisaS. Says:

    Day late, but what a beautiful yarn! 

  47. Olga Maximovskikh Says:

    How I will know if I win? Friday is off.

  48. Betty Says:

    I love lace knitting.  And the colors of the skein are gorgeous.

  49. Betford2 Says:

    Friday’s workday is finished, and I can’t find the list of winners – Boy, I’m really hoping I’m one of them, wouldn’t that be fun?!  I’m guessing the transition to the exciting new building has up-ended everybody’s schedule a bit.  

  50. Variegatedknits Says:

    I loved knitting the swallowtail shawl, and love all of the designs in Knitted Lace of Estonia. I’m particular fond of any lace that makes me think of nature, either blooms, leaves, trails, and landscapes.

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