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I wanted to tell you about some of our generous sponsors today. We’ve been given a bunch of wonderful prizes and I thought you’d like to see what they are and hear a little about the very kind people who have given us these goodies. In fact, we’ve had so many donations that I needed two posts! Thank you sooo much lovely sponsors! I’m absolutely thrilled!
This is part 1 :)
I met Jenna at the knitting retreat I recently attended in Napier and she’s an absolute delight. Remember I interviewed her earlier this year?
Jenna gave me a skein of her fabulous gradient fingering yarn on a White Gum Wool base. It’s one of her favourites – isn’t it gorgeous?!
Karen owns a yarn shop just north of Auckland in a small town called Warkworth. It’s about an hour and a half drive from me and I’ve not yet visited but I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Karen and squishing her stunning range of yarn at several knitting events over the past 18 months and have spent a long time perusing her fantastic online shop.
Karen’s taste in yarn is exquisite, she knows just how to pick the perfect neutral and stocks some of the most glorious yarn from both New Zealand and overseas. She has very kindly donated a skein of beautiful Wisp luxury lace weight yarn from Dream in Color, a magnet and some pretty wee buttons. I can’t wait to see what our winner makes with this!
Rachel dyes from her home in Canterbury New Zealand, the other end of the country from me. I am falling deeply in love with Rachel’s colour ways. She has a real knack for the muted colours of nature that I really love but she also does a magnificent bright.
Rachel has kindly donated this fabulous skein of beautiful rich green semi-solid merino fingering and some matching stitch markers. She also gave me a set of her stitch markers and they’ve quickly become my new favourites. I love that they’re compact and the wee bead on them holds yarn overs in place just perfectly.
Rachel is the dyer behind the cute brand Squeeful Yarns and she’s also based in Christchurch at the bottom of New Zealand.
Rachel has very kindly donated some delicious chunky merino yarn dyed in rich tones of green called “Hunter”. She’s also popped in a couple of super cute soaps for our lucky winner in their own sweet wee bag.
White gum wool grown by Nan Bray in Australia is the real deal. It’s produced in conditions absolutely ideal for her merino sheep and it’s the softest yarn I’ve ever felt. Nan spends each day with her flock moving them from one perfect grazing area to another so they can feed on weeds and plants that keep them healthy and happy. I thoroughly recommend listening to Nan’s interview on the Woolful podcast – it’s quite fascinating and very reassuring that fabulous, ethical yarn is readily available to us.
Nan has donated a fantastic 100g ball of superfine merino fingering in her favourite colourway.
I accidentally ordered two copies of this neat pattern! It’s the “hot right now” tunic/frock pattern designed by Dottie Angel for Simplicity. I can’t wait to make mine and I hope someone loves their copy too!
I’m planing to draw this prize for one of the SAL sewers – so get sewing!
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Isn’t that a fantastic line up of prizes? Thank you so very much to all our Sponsors. I hop you go and visit them and show them some love too.
But wait! There’s more! I’ll be back next week to show you the remaining SAL prizes and tell you a little bit about more of our generous Sponsors.
In the meantime, happy stitching!
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