Yarn Giveaway

Because Suzan, evil genius behind Barking Dog Yarns, is awesome, I have a skein of Galaxy to give away. Actually, it’s even better than that.  Instead of having an actual physical skein of yarn in my hands to send away (always a bit of a wrench I tell you), I have permission to send you over to the site, tell you to find your very favorite color (in any of the bases), and Suzan will dye it up in Galaxy for you.

I am, frankly, jealous.  Someone is in for a treat. I can’t say enough good things about this yarn.  It’s an 8 ply sport weight in 100% merino with about 275 yards per skein.  More importantly, there’s something about how it’s spun that makes it sproingy and lively and a treat to work with.  This is where I wish I knew more about various yarn constructions so I could describe it accurately and in a way that makes me sound clever.  Instead, I’m stuck saying that the 8 plies are divided into 4 pairs.  Each of those 4 pairs is all twisted up (looking sort of like lacewieght), and then all 4 are twisted up together to give a delightfully dense and round yarn.  Terrible description I know, but a mighty fine yarn.

One skein is more than enough to make the Foliate set (the pattern for which I’ll also send along to the winner), a hat, a little scarf, or a host of other projects.  If you want a chance to play with it yourself, head over to Barking Dog Yarns and find your favorite color (this will likely be the only hard part).  Come back here and leave a comment (being sure to use a real email address).  I’ll pick a winner on Tuesday and put you in touch with Suzan to set up your prize!


I, in a more or less unprecedented move, decided to spend a weekend away from the computer.  Somehow I convinced myself that Friday counted as the weekend too.  Now to be fair, it was odd.  It made me feel kind of…itchy.  But, it did prove a theory I’ve been wondering about.  It turns out that the whole wide world doesn’t end if I don’t check my email/check ravelry/update this site for several consecutive days.  I’m not sure I want to risk it again though…there could be some sort of cumulative effect.

And now, to make it up to you, I’ll put out a new pattern.  I told you I’d have one last week, one this week, and a nice surprise coming up soon.  Look at me being all cool and actually doing what I say more or less on time.  I could get used to this.

So, this is my newest confection, Foliate.  It’s frilly and lacy and a total treat to work.  I promise that lace is so much easier than it looks.  You’ll have it down after just a row or two.  And if you’re anything like me, you’ll be endlessly charmed by the way the edge flips up (don’t worry, the pattern tells you how to block it to maintain the flip).

These are worked with 1 skein of Barking Dog Yarns Galaxy in the color Robin’s Hood.  It’s marvelously soft stuff (no worries about wearing it right next to your skin), and the structure of the yarn gives a nice smooth fabric.