How About A Spinning Giveaway?

Mixed BFL and tussah, what would you make?

Miss Babs Hand Dyed Yarns and Fibers has donated 8 ounces of  80% mixed BFL/20% tussah blend top in her Bog colorway for a giveaway.

If you’d like a chance to win this yummy goodness, leave a comment before Wednesday December 8, 2010 at 11:59 pm EST.

If your comment is chosen by our random number generator, you’ll be asked to answer a skill testing question before being declared the winner.

If you don’t win our giveaway, don’t fret. Miss Babs is offering a fiber special that runs through December 31, 2010.

Buy 5 tops and get one free with the code SPINDEC (not to be combined with any other offer, sale, or coupon). Perfect if you’re planning a handspun sweater for next year.

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Jillian is the​ author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor​ of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts. She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing. Spy on her on her website

391 thoughts on “How About A Spinning Giveaway?

  1. Karen

    Ooooh. Bog is the perfect word – it reminds me of driving through Connemara in Ireland, one of our favorite stops. I’ve been looking for something that would recreate that artistically…LOVE(10000000000000)

  2. AmandaBRekondwith

    I’m still learning to spin, I could put this next on the list of fibers to try! But first, the poodle fur…

  3. Ginni

    Ooohh, lovely. I’m planning onspining the yarn for aful-length cape with an Irish theme and this would be perfect (of course I’d need to buy more – darn!)

  4. Claireej

    I read that as “Blog” colourway…it’s such a restful colour. As a new spinner it looks like a dream.

  5. Amanda

    That’s a lovely colorway! I’m new to spinning so I’m always excited to try out different fibers.

  6. erica

    It’s beautiful! I think anything you spin from it would be great. I think it would make a beautiful shawl or a cape.

  7. Michelle

    This is really great, are you doing extra giveaways because of the season? Well, whatever the reason, I’m thankful (even if I don’t win) It is very generous.

  8. Marisa

    Oh pick me pick me, I will make matching sweaters for my baby and young son. This will spin up nicely! My wheel wants to take a crack at it.

  9. megan

    Oooh! I love those colors, and I love the word Bog. I’d probably spin for a cowl. My neck is cold.

  10. Erica

    I don’t currently spin, but I’ve been awfully tempted to try it out. What better way to learn than with beautiful fiber?

  11. Mel

    Gorgeous! I’m thinking some thrummed mittens with that blend. I would use some Jacob locks for the thrums. 🙂

  12. Wendy

    Oooh! Pretty shiny fibers! While I can’t promise I’d spin them right away, they would be a colorful insulation for the winter!

  13. Laurel

    It’s hard to leave a comment when the color and fiber combination leave me speechless. :o) Absolutely love it!

  14. knitography

    Ooooh, pretty! I would make something warm and cozy for my neck. Or maybe fingerless mitts – I’m a little obsessed with fingerless mitts these days (cold office).

  15. Christine

    A shawl or a smoke ring. It would just be a pleasure to spin it and then display it in the petting bowl for a bit 🙂

  16. Carol

    Oh, those are definitely socks just waiting to be knit, well, spun, plied, skeined, set, dried, balled, and knit.

  17. Elly

    Anything with BFL is already spectacular, but with tussah silk as well, and in this colourway? Too, too yummy!

  18. Lisa Rogers Lowrance

    Ooh! I would use such gorgeous fiber to encourage my commitment to spindle spin more and improve my skills. 🙂

  19. Alex

    This would be SO perfect for me! I’ve been spinning Corriedale since I started learning how to spin over a year ago (and taking many breaks… ahem), but now my fibre levels are dwindling, and I’d love to try spinning with something different. Plus, you know, it’s very pretty. 🙂

  20. Oraxia

    Still a relatively new spinner (and that’s a lot of fiber), but it sounds really nice and is a nice mossy color 😀 Count me in!

  21. Mary Ellen

    LOVE Miss Babs’ yarn and fiber. I just started spinning and would be thrilled to win this…. 😉

  22. rachelb

    I would say a shawl but as we just got our first serious snow of the season I think a mitten & cowl set would be in order.

  23. Josiane

    This is simply gorgeous, and looks like it’d be a delight to spin! I have the feeling this colourway would match my gentleman friend’s new winter coat very well, and I’ve been meaning to knit him a new scarf… that would be a perfect match!

  24. Nancy Warren

    Ahh that color looks so restful and delicious – I could make something really yummy with that!

  25. Not That Heather

    How pretty! I’m still a novice spinner, but I think I’d try for fingering weight and make a little shawl from it — maybe Damson by Ysolda?

  26. Kris

    I really need some beautiful fiber to spin and this just struck a creative cord on this cold snowy day !

  27. Beth in STL

    Wow, puffy. I think it needs to be a cabled hood/scarf. We get fierce winds here off the rivers and cornfields, and a hat or scarf just isn’t enough.

  28. Jeannine

    Oooh! Green.. silk… BFL… yummy…. (Cross fingers.. pray to the old timey gods… giddy dance… ooh pretty please!)

  29. Joanne Foot

    Oh yay! A spinning giveaway 🙂
    What would I make? Those beautiful colours have light airy shawl written all over them. But then again, wouldn’t it make a delicious cardigan? Oh the choices!

    missmuffetnz on Rav.

  30. Saff

    Ooh, how lovely. I’ve recently bought my first wheel and am playing with fibres and yarn weights.

    *fingers crossed*

  31. Kathy

    I’ve only been spinning a few months & haven’t yet tried a silk or silk blend. Would love to try this one!

  32. naomi

    Oh, I love that colorway. (My default would be a lace shawl, but it might make an excellent woven stole–8oz would be plenty for a long, wide wrap.)

  33. Suzie

    I would hug it and love it and when I could let go of it long enough I would spin it chunky/blumpy and make a beautiful cowl/hood. And it would hug and love me.

  34. Dora Moreland

    I love the soft colors. I can imagine a beautiful vest for my 2 year old boy made out of that. Thank you for this giveaway!

  35. Laura Duren

    That is beautiful! I love BFL, and I have not spun it mixed with silk yet (I am a new spinner).

  36. Tara

    I’m a new spinner and would love to give this a try. I’ve got a wrist-warmer pattern that would look great in this color — and a lacy scarf to match!

  37. Louise Rownd

    My husband surprised me with a Matchless! How great would it be if I won this delicious fiber!

  38. pat martin

    What would I do without for the latest ideas! I look forward to each edition.
    Keep up the good work and congratulations on 8 yrs.

  39. --Deb

    Oh, that’s just lovely looking stuff! And, you know, I’ve got a brand new spinning wheel that it would look smashing on!

  40. Kate T

    Oh my this is lovely! A skills test? Oh dear, can I pick the topic in which to flex my skills muscles? Vanna, I would like to pick Macedonian Archeology for 8 oz….

  41. Cecile

    Ooooh gorgeous colour. Seeing how soft BFL is, and how gorgeous tussah silk tends to be, I think I’d go for spinning yarn for something to go around my neck or my head. Hey, with 8 ounces I could do both. I hope we’ll get to see what the winner does with it.

  42. Janice

    Lovely! I spent a lot of time (and $) in the Miss Babs booth at Stitches West last year… I just couldn’t stay away from the beautiful yarn and fiber.

  43. Heather W.

    I realized this morning that I don’t have a knit hat of my own, which is odd because I’m a spinner AND a knitter. So I would use this to make not only a hat, but also a matching pair of mittens, and maybe a scarf to complete the set.

    I love spinning with BFL/Silk blends, so I’ve got my fingers crossed extra hard on this one!

  44. Melanie

    I would love to try my hand at this. Knitty keeps pulling me further into fiberlust of every kind.

  45. Jessica

    Wow! Eight ounces of beautiful fiber…I think that would end up as a hat and mittens for me…or maybe, just maybe a fine lace shawl…oh, that would be nice!


  46. conk

    Mmm, mmm! One of my favorite blends, and oh those murky, mucky greens! Merry Christmas to me? Please?

  47. Robin J

    Such pretty soft fiber! I love to knit with BFL….I wonder how it would be to spin it? Such yumminess!

  48. PattyC

    oh, how nice it would be to win this. I have just started to spin but have been unsure of what fiber to buy. I would love this.

  49. Jennifer Schwab

    I’m new to spinning but this one looks like it would be a great winter break project for me!

  50. Dodgerfan

    One of the best presents ever from Hubs was Ms. Babs roving he picked up for me while he was away on a trip! I would love some more…

  51. Susan

    I’ve been wanting to learn how to spin recently. I would love to have this be my first handspun yarn!

  52. Taichimama

    Winter warmth designed to melt hands and hearts just as the next cold blast from Canada roars down around our ears.

  53. Kitten With A Whiplash

    What a great colorway, I can already see it spun up and used in a fair isle pattern with some slate grey that I have.

  54. Cindy

    Wow! Grown-ups need holiday presents too 😉 Please enter me in the contest. And thanks as always for the great spinning content in Knittyspin!

  55. Nic

    Lovely colourway, reminds me of the Peak District (in England) in the wintery weather at the moment 🙂

  56. nikkapotamus

    That sounds so yummy! That would be so excellent to add to my stash of spun wool so I can make the King of Confidence sweater. I only need 250 more yards!

  57. margaret

    I haven’t done any spinning in a while – thi would be just the thing to get me started again

  58. Kris

    In my dreams, with this beautiful and soft looking top I would spin fingering or lace-weight yarn to make myself a lovely shawl.

    In reality, given my paucity of spinning experience, I’d probably end up with a pair of mitts or a cowl. But the result would still be pretty and soft.

  59. Sharon L

    Hello! I had the chance to spin BFL this past year, it was my first BFL and I loved it! And this with silk? Yummy! I plan on getting to know this fiber better and plan on getting more to put into my spinning stash. This bump is lovely!

  60. Nicole

    oh so pretty! I’ve fallen in love with spinning, and been wanting to learn to spin with different than just wool fiber. So pretty!

  61. Julianna

    Pretty! I love BFL but have not been able to get my hands on BFL blended with silk, yet! I can see it as a hood/cowl 🙂

  62. Jennie S

    Sooo beautiful! I have been dreaming of a Miss Babs bump! I’ve heard so many fantastic things about her fiber.

  63. BeckyinVT

    With 8 ounces I usually try to make a set – hat and mittens or hat and scarf. Otherwise I use it as the CC in a larger project! This fiber looks beautiful, I do love BFL!

  64. Rebecca

    I think that those colors would look great spun up and with such a large amount, it could go a long way! Thanks for the give away, Knitty!

  65. debra lee

    this would be so cool. i am pretty new to knitting. and it would be fun to learn something new. thank you for offering it.

  66. maget

    What a lovely colour, it reminds me of my mom. I’d probably make something for her out of it . . . maybe super soft hand spun mittens. Thanks for the super awesome give away!

  67. Peggy

    BFL and silk!? Because that combination is so soft and warm, it begs to be made into a hooded scarf. Lovely colorway!

  68. Cocoonivus

    Oh, that’s gorgeous! I’m thinking laceweight yarn to knit a “stormcloud” shawl. No, that’s not a particular pattern, but the colorway wants to be a stormcloud!

  69. Susan

    lovely combination, can’t wait to get my hands into it!

    pretty please – I have become addicted to spinning and what I spin will becoma a ruana

    thanks for the give away

  70. Fleur

    This looks like a real nice thing to do during this awful cold weather here in Europe! With this I don’t mind being indoors all the time (thanks to M.E. —> more about that on the website above.)

  71. Kim Shannon

    Wow, that would be great to win. I’m just learning to spin, after 40+ years of just knitting, and that would be beautiful!

  72. Susan

    time – please don’t exclude the last bunch of replies from your draw. I posted my reply at 11:31 am according to my watch & computer but the timestamp says 12:31 pm. (perhaps someone hasn’t caught with daylight savings time?). now my watch says 12:29

  73. Amy G

    I’ve been wanting to get back into spinning and this would be a most beautiful re-entry! It’s absolutely lovely.

  74. Lise

    Spinning is something I want to try. I just bought myself a spindle and the book Respect the spindle. Just what I need to get me started

  75. Susan

    Lovely colorway, beautiful fiber. 8 oz. is enough for a shawl, or scarf, or maybe mittens and a hat.

  76. Michele / akasha

    I am thinking that a scarf for DH would be perfect for that fiber. Nice and warm. He needs a new scarf!

  77. Deanne T

    Is your clock off? It’s only 11:11pm, I live in the eastern time zone, I’m so sad that I won’t be entered!!! 🙁

  78. Cynthia Landers

    Spinning, great fiber, a holiday vacation? Is there anything better? Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays to all!!!!

  79. Willa Jean

    MMmmm. Yummy looking fiber. I think I’d make a big warm shawl, and maybe a beret. My sister has been hinting around about lap robes, though, so maybe I’d work it up for her. Thanks for the heads up on the sale, too!

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