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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  • Jen

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

  • Tammy

    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. :D

  • Cori Martinelli

    Such a gorgeous yarn and pattern!

  • Deborah Wells-Clinton

    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.

  • Lynn

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

  • pnbjam

    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.

  • Pat

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

  • Caroline

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

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ACVASTFQJXP6MMI5VXF4BCRDGU s

    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!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ACVASTFQJXP6MMI5VXF4BCRDGU s

    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!!

  • Liz

    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. 

  • Karabknudsen

    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,
    Kara

  • Staci Chronister

    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!

  • Djukins

    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.

  • Jean Ashley

    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: http://www.amazon.com/Knitted-Niebling-Translation-Gestrickte-Spitzendecken/sim/1891656872/2?o=9

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

  • Betford2

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

  • Jessy

    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.

  • Angela C Bliss

    Gorgeous!

  • Holly Rowe

    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…

  • Carmen

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

  • Jan

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

  • Mimi

    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.

  • Joanne G

    My favorites seem to be from Through the Loops!

  • Jamie Wolfer

    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.

  • Jamie Wolfer

    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.

  • Deblove2 0

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

  • Betford2

    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!

  • Wil4ds

    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.

  • Bjkrainkatt

    I would love to win this contest.

  • Charlotte Jane927

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

  • Kim

    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.

  • Helen

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

  • Budnjodi

    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!

  • Dswgr6

    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!

  • AMMartinson

    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!

  • MimiD

    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 knitty.com 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.

  • Roseofisabel

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

  • Megan Williams

    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!

  • Susolin

    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. :)

  • kerriknits

    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.

  • Izzy

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

  • Geemom57

    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!!

  • Deetyblue

    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!

  • Jasmine Liska

    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!

  • LisaS.

    Day late, but what a beautiful yarn! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Olga-Maximovskikh/100001880955930 Olga Maximovskikh

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

  • Betty

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

  • Betford2

    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.  

  • Variegatedknits

    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.

  • Monica Welham

    So lovely-just curious, have the names been posted on the blog?