Under the big top, yarn and giveaway

I told you last time that I came home Friday to find a lovely little mood elevator hanging out on my front porch (yarn…fewer side effects than prozac, though it is rather habit forming).  And, while I showed you Kitten Overlord Barry chilling in the box it came in, I didn’t actually show you the yarn.  Let’s remedy that, shall we (click to embiggen)?

DSC_0303That’s a whole lot of yarny love, all from Jaala, mastermind the behind the Knit Circus empire (really, you should be listening to the podcast, it’s fabulous).  Over on the left you’ve got three fingering weight yarns (Aerialist, Greatest of Ease, and Pixie Dust bases) in lovely rich colors that are sure to jump start spring.  And on the right, you’ve got three of Jaala’s genius gradient yarns (Carousel, Opulence, and Lap of Luxury bases) in the yummy muted colors I am always so drawn to.  Now, all of Jaala’s yarns are splendid.  She knows what knitters want in a yarn base, and her color sense is spot on.  But these gradients are extra special.

Somehow (the precise details are a well guarded secret known only to those allowed into her evil lair), she’s figured out a way to achieve beautiful, long transitions over the whole length of a skein of yarn.  Sometimes they’re subtle, like the ones above, and go through various shades of the same color.  Sometimes they’re a bit more flamboyant and cover a wide range of colors.  And even more impressive, you can either get single skein with one long transition, or two half skeins, each with a matched transition.  That means you can make socks or mitts that match up perfectly.  I, personally, am envisioning a hat out of that slate blue worsted, and a pair of mitts to match from a split skein of the same yarn.  The niftiness is more or less overwhelming, just think of the possibilities.

And, because I love you all and want you to be happy, I’m going to share a little of my good fortune with two of you.  I’m going to give away one of the skeins of sock yarn and one of the gradients (I haven’t decided which yet…it will be a tough decision!).  So, head over to Jaala’s shop, check out all her lovely yarn, then come back here and leave a comment.  Let me know which of her yarns or colors grabs you the most, or tell me what sorts of genius ideas gradient yarns give you!

Comments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Wednesday, April 30, 2014 will be entered to win.  I’ll pick two winners, contact them to get their addresses, and send yarn their way.  Be sure to use a real email address so I can contact you if you’ve won (I won’t do anything with those email addresses besides notify the winners).  If I do email you, I need to hear back from you within 72 hours or I will pick a new winner and contact them.  Sorry, but I can only send prizes to US addresses.