It’s Friday, Let’s Celebrate & Give Away Some Yarn!

Jackie Dillie is the winner of this sweater quantity of Brigantia in Scarlett! Congratulations, Jackie, and thanks to everyone for commenting! I’ll be doing more give aways in the future for sure, so if you’d like, subscribe to my blog (down the column to the right) and you’ll get notice of new posts right away. Happy Making!

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“Scarlett” on STF Brigantia

I dyed this batch of STF Brigantia last week, in my wonderfully intense true-red colorway Scarlett. Brigantia is not a superwash yarn, so dyeing it takes a lot of attention and care. The water simply cannot reach a boil.

Well. I had a slight malfunction in my day this particular day, and the pot for this batch reached the boiling point for a bit. I blame this on a combination of my brain being scattered with the imminent move to my studio, getting sidetracked by who knows what, and the fact that the flame on the burner of this pot is somewhat hard to control and very easily gets too hot.

The yarn is not felted; it’s not even “fulled.” But it did get fuzzy in some places, and therefore it’s not something I feel comfortable selling. It’s completely knittable, and utterly wonderful, and the color is fantastic. You can tell from the photo that there’s really nothing wrong with it, but I think when you knit with it, you’ll notice some areas of the yarn are fuzzier. I don’t think it will make much difference, if any, to the knitted fabric. But, still. Not gonna sell it. And seriously? I have enough yarn around here already, it needs a better home.

My Mom took 3 skeins of the batch to make herself a sweater, and I have 3 more skeins here that I decided I’d give away to a lucky blog reader.

Brigantia is listed at 600 yards per skein, but it’s usually closer to 700 yards per skein. I mark my skeins to the lowest yardage I’ve ever encountered from the mill, to be sure that no customer ends up with less yarn than anticipated. Because that’s a total drag (the weights may be slightly off sometimes from what’s on the label, but the yardage should never be).

So, this lot is anywhere from 1,800 yards to 2,100 yards of yarn. Brigantia is a light DK weight (I’m knitting a sweater with it now and getting 23 stitches / 4 inches on Size 5 needles, and it’s a wonderful fabric).

If you’d like to win this sweater quantity of yarn, just leave me a comment on this post. What do you think you’d knit with this yarn?

I’ll pick a random winner sometime next week, when I next post to the blog (not sure when that will be, but I’ll post an update at the top of this post when I’ve drawn a winner, too). Also, I’m happy to ship this yarn anywhere (except, perhaps, Mars … not sure about the intergalactic postage rates 😉 ).

Happy Weekend! And wish me luck on my Grand Move. It’s gonna be crazy (it never seems like all that much stuff until you start trying to pack it up, does it?! Good grief, what a job I have ahead of me!).

166 thoughts on “It’s Friday, Let’s Celebrate & Give Away Some Yarn!

  1. I’m so excited for your move! Wish Texas weren’t so far away. I’d LOVE to snag this yarn. I have a poncho pattern with its name on it! Laughing, thinking of me wearing it and being Little Red Riding Hood. 🙂 But, DAMN, I’d be pretty! 🙂

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  2. Such a rich red color, perfect for the Earnest Cardigan from Joji Locatelli. Wearing on a jeans, that would really make a nice picture!

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  3. I would love to knit my first sweater with this pretty colored yarn. It would be so cheerful in the colder, dreary months of winter.

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  4. So sad about the boiling of the yarn but yay for a giveaway! You are very kind. I have lately begun to love knitting in red and the Scarlett colorway is incredible. If I win the yarn, I would possibly knit a cardigan but more likely would knit a huge shawl or blanket. Even though I just managed to kill an hour looking at patterns, I am not sure which it would be.

    Congrats on the new studio. It is lovely. I hope the move goes smoothly.

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    1. Ha! Falling down the pattern hole; happens to me way more than I’d like to admit ;-). I’m usually very good about the heat issue, but this one burner is giving me fits (good thing I’m moving to a different heat set up next week! Yay!). It brought it up to temp, and beyond, much faster than usual. It’s not bad, though, just a little bit fuzzier here and there.

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  5. Richly cabled wrap! Probably rectangular. Or something from Carol Feller. For me, me, not-the-kids-this-time, me!

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  6. Such a beautiful red! I would make a nice, cozy cardigan with it. Reading through the comments there are so many wonderful ideas. It would be fun just choosing one!

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  7. Well, good luck on your move! Your yarn, color way Scarlett, is perfect. I have a Bichon Frise pup named Miss Scarlett…for my favorite color. If I were to be lucky enough to win this yarn, I would make a shrug style sweater for myself, and a matching sweater for Miss Scarlett. That would be so cool!

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  8. That red is gorgeous. I’d have to make a cabled cardigan, probably with a wide ribbed sailor collar that could button up for warmth.

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  9. I have been designing ponchos this year and feel that this yarn would have super stitch definition. I would love to have a red poncho.

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  10. I have been creating ponchos this summer, and I would love to have a red one. This yarn would be wonderful in showing stitch definitions.

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    1. It’s a great weight. I am loving the North Shore I’m knitting right now in Brigantia, and can’t wait to finish it (and the weather to change, so I can wear it 😀 ).

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  11. What an amazing, generous giveaway! I love the color. I have often thought of knitting myself a red sweater, but never have gotten around to it. Maybe Baby Cables and Big Ones by Suvi Simola, or Dragonflies by Joji Locatelli, or maybe Calvert by Norah Gaughan.

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    1. All beautiful! I’ve knit Baby Cables twice; it’s an awesome sweater. I knit it in Birte, which is a slightly heavier DK than Brigantia, and it was perfect (you might just need to do a little gauge adjustment for Brigantia, but not big).

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  12. This is the most stunning red ever!! I haven’t been as sure about making Rhinebeck sweaters, but for this yarn, I think I’d have to make an exception. I have Joji’s dragonfly sweater in my Library, waiting for it to be used, and I think I’d knit that!

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  13. Red is my color. I usually give away everything I knit or crochet, but this would be for me… a shrug. With a bit of luck I could finish before the holiday season.

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  14. Beautiful colors. I have a friend that will be going through chemo soon so I will be starting a a very special hat for her and then maybe a matching scarf and gloves.

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  15. I know your imminent move will drive you crazy, but it will be so worth it in the end! Congratulations on getting the new space!

    This yarn is gorgeous – I would think that one of Anne Hanson’s sweater patterns would do this yarn justice… perhaps The Mister’s or Highlander! You are very generous to give this kind of sweater quantity away!

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  16. What a wonderful color. My choice for a project is the Mina Jacket
    by Anne Podlesak. I do enjoy your postings and pretty pictures. Best of luck with your move to your new studio!!!

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  17. Gorgeous! I have several sweater patterns I’ve been eyeing and this is one of my favorite color families! It would be perfect or a rhinebeck sweater, even though I can’t attend rhinebeck this year.

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  18. If I win this beautiful yarn, I would give it to my knitter friend Lenore who would make a lovely sweater. I would make a sweater with it too, but it would be way down on my queue. Lenore would get to it sooner. It is possible she might also choose to make a big lace shawl with it. Happy studio move! We will see you in September.

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      1. Hi Pam and Jennifer!
        What a lovely color! Pam, you are so generous! Perhaps you think this red would clash with your hair? I think you would wear it well!
        If I were to win this yarn, I would consider Barkentine, which my sister is currently knitting in Brigantia, the Rhinecliff Cardigan, or Cayambe poncho.
        Fingers crossed!

        Lenore

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