Give-away and thank-you’s

Give away: get your chance for a present :)

First things first – my long due thank you going to two really nice ladies who have made for interesting post reads since I joined the blog world: Heather of HKnits and Kate of fashion label Maison Bentley for their kind nominations, respectively for the Liebster Award and the Sunshine Award. I want to apologise for my ‘crappiness’ in not following up – I’m really bad at questions and answering them! I truly appreciated your nominations, it’s just me that I’m no good with those things… ♥

Next, it’s about the announced give away. How this works: post in the comments something about your favourite indie yarn. Alternatively, you can tell about your favourite item (book, vintage, etc). You can participate from any part of the world. Why that: it would be enriching to read stories from other people – by exchanging stories, we celebrate the beauty, variety and uniqueness of each product. And what are the prizes? There is a choice among the items you can find listed below. I tried to include different things, so hopefully the winner can choose the most suitable to her/his taste. Unfortunately, I had to exclude heavy/large ones because those could cause an issue with the shipment. Some of the items are new, others are used or vintage. Prize announcement: A random number generator will proclaim the winner, which will be announced on Saturday 25th May. Please post your comment by Saturday 25th 11am BST (here is a time converter to calculate your local time).

You can pick any one entry among all the bulletpoints listed below (for ease of choice, items have been grouped in categories: yarn, fabric, book, cute thing). Any question, please let me know.

there is a bit of variety to choose from, starting with local wools and then continuing with some summery colours and sock yarn.

      • Jamieson & Smith Natural Shetland, 100% wool, 3 x 50 gram balls, handwash only. Apparently it’s perfect for colourwork as it blooms nicely while blocking to help with any irregularities in tension; the yarn looks scrumptious and is dye free (colours are made by hand, sorting fleece according to shade).
        Jamieson and Smith, Natural Shetland
      • Shetland 2-ply 100% wool in shades purple, grey, midnight or flintstone blue, a fine 1/9nm yarn that gives ca. 900 metres per 100 grams. You can choose all in one colour or some of each shade. The yarn comes from cone and is oiled but blooms once hand-washed. The total weight will be circa 300 grams (approx. 6 yarn cakes) and will be winded up in yarn cakes, either single or multi-stranded to your choice. You can read more about this yarn in my previous post Shetland
        Shetland 2-ply
      • Wensleydale/Angora (75%/25%), DK weight, naturally processed by a small English producer; suitable for knitting and felting; 4 x 50 grams balls (approx. 120 yards/ball) in a natural creamy colour, handwash only
        Wensleydale-Angora indie English wool
      • Bluefaced Leicester wool, dyed by The Natural Dye Studio, 4-ply sock weight, 100 gram skein (360m/394yds), 2-3.5 mm needles, handwash
        Bluefaced Leicester wool, The Natural Dye Studio
      • Bluefaced Leicester wool mix (85% BFL/15% Donegal nep), dyed by Skein Queen, shade River Pebbles, 4-ply sock weight, 100 gram skein (400m/435yds), handwash
        Bluefaced Leicester wool, Skein Queen
      • Blue Face Leicester, DK worsted spun in Yorkshire, England from 100% British wool, 3 x 50 gram balls
        Blue Face Leicester, locally produced
      • Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK, 55% wool/33% acrylic/12% cashmere, 50 grams/110 metres, 4mm / US 6 needles, 2 x 50 gram balls, happy shades of apple green and strawberry pink for a summer vibe
        Debbie Bliss Cashmerino
      • Louisa Harding Grace Hand Dyed, 2 x 50 grams skeins, 50% silk 50% wool, 109 yds/100m in each, 4 mm needles, with its silk component is a nice option for spring knitting
        Louisa Harding Grace Hand Dyed
      • Regia sock yarn, 75% wool/25%polyamide, machine washable, made in Italy, 3 x 100 gram balls, each balls is enough for a pair of socks.
        Regia sock yarn


      • set of two fabric cuts: spring flowers motif, approx. 110 cm width x 70 cm length, drapery light material, it would seem suitable for a summery sleeveless top + ethno style motif, approx. 110 cm width x 90 cm length, lightweight, suitable for example for a sleeveless shirt or a light informal skirt. You can also see them in the first picture of this post.
        set of 2 lightweight fabric cuts


      • Waking Up in Iceland by Paul Sullivan, an interesting account by an Englishman who visited Iceland for some months, easy to read, it offers a glimpse of the local culture, music and traditions (choice between new print copy or Kindle edition)
        Waking Up in Iceland
      • A World without Time: The Forgotten Legacy of Gödel and Einstein by Palle Yourgrau, the book is rooted in a mathematical/logical background, I found it to be an interesting, although not exactly lightweight, account on two 20th-century key figures, who had sharp minds, peculiar characters and shared a singular friendship (new copy)
        A World Without Time - the forgotten legacy of Goedel and Einstein
      • Arthur: Roman Britain’s Last Champion by Beram Saklatvala, 1967 (vintage copy with some ageing)
        Arthur: Roman Britain's Last Champion
      • Cross Stitch Cards and Keepsakes by Jo Verso, containing personalised designs for birthdays, anniversaries, Easter, Christmas and various occasions (copy from my reference collection, that is used but in good condition)
        Cross Stitch Cards and Keepsakes
      • 200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton (copy from my reference collection in very good condition) + 250 Patterns of Crocheting (a quirky vintage pocket paperback book with b/w illustrations, language is Chinese!)
        200 Crochet Blocks & 250 Patterns of Crocheting


      • sheep stamp Leaping Sheep Border, size ca. 13 x 3 cm, for those who love all things woolly this is a cute new rubber stamp, locally produced by Inca Stamp
        + two little silk pouches (13 x 11 cm)
        Leaping Sheep Border stamplittle silk poaches
      • set of two prints with a natural subject, size 18 x 24 cm each, made on fine paper near Florence, Italy
        Prints on fine paper, made in Italy

This is my first give-away… hopefully I did things ok. I look forward to reading your stories!

19 thoughts on “Give-away and thank-you’s

  1. Oh wow, what an amazing giveaway with such a fantastic choice of prizes! It would be so hard to pick! I do love the Bluefaced Leicester in the blue/green shades though, it looks stunning! I don’t think I’ve ever used what I would class as ‘indie’ yarn before, I’m still learning to knit and I often only use cheap acrylic for my crochet so I have never splashed out on something special before! But in general terms my favourite yarn brand is probably Rowan because of the quality and the feel…I managed to find some in the clearance once! However, I can tell you about my favourite book through…it’s a craft one! My favourite often changes frequently but for the past few months it has been The Great British Sewing Bee book that accompanied the TV programme. I love the great range of sewing projects in it, especially as it has a lot of projects for men, which isn’t something you usually see so it has been nice to find project to make for my boyfriend and brother!

    • itwasjudith says:

      Hello Hannah, thanks for sharing your story. It’s interesting to hear about the sewing book – the TV program is so popular at the moment, which is really good to promote a culture of make-your-own-clothing! I heard that the series was very good (haven’t got around to see yet as I don’t watch tv much) so I’ll have to check it out online or in the book! Impressed that you can sew items also for your family! I only made a few simple things for myself/home time ago, but now I don’t have a sewing machine anymore, though I’m still fascinated by it and fabrics in general.
      Rowan is nice, indeed… I was ‘squashing’ some of it at JL days ago, but the tag price hurts. I heard that JL has a sale around June when they also have good deals on yarns. I started buying some by chance off eBay, then I just kept reading online and trying new yarns, especially those locally produced when the budget allows it 🙂 I love the Bluefaced Leicester, because it has a nice touch and a subtle lustrous appearance. Lately I also discovered Shetland wool (somewhat more rustic) and Wensleydale (it has a beautiful natural shine), so I included both of them in the give-away list. Thanks and good luck!

  2. Martha says:

    wow! what a fabulous choice of candies. i’m sure the lucky winner (hope it’s me! 😀 ) will find something to keep them happy.
    i smiled when i saw the photos – the crochet squares books – it’s in my craft library – still new and fresh as i havent had much time to sit down and have a go at its crochet project – but its great and very tempting 🙂

    love the sheep stamp – this one is also in my possessions 🙂 i even made an easter card with it this year. had been hunting for this stamp on ebay for some time.

    you’ve shown great range of yarns – many of their names are still new to me but the colours are stunning! the sea green, the fuschias, – fab!
    but i think still my favourite is the jamiesons and smith shetland yarn – perhaps because it’s the no. 1 yarn on my list to try out outside the dalegarn range.
    debbie bliss seems like a famous yarn too – i keep hearing this brand a lot these days.

    love the book about the iceland – it would probably be my 2nd choice 🙂 it looks very interesting and i love to read about any old english stuff, scandinavian cultures, vikings etc

    the book about the cross stitch keepsake- looks great! i do both the cross stitch and the cards so this is this kind of stuff that keeps me happy 🙂 choice no 3, in my case 🙂

    hope your give away goes well and brings you new readers on your blog 🙂

    • itwasjudith says:

      Hello Martha and thank you for your comment! The crochet book has some really nice blocks and themed blankets, as you may have seen in your copy 🙂 I also have another very nice one, but I couldn’t find it, it must be hiding somewhere.. it had a wonderful tartan blanket and other folk throws.
      Yarns: J&S is also at the top of my next ones to try out – together with the Dalegarn and a traditional American yarn by Harrisville from their Shetland range (history here and yarn overview at the bottom, the wool has a ‘traditional’ feeling to it). Debbie Bliss has some very nice ranges, but it’s much more commercial and soft.
      Books: the one on Iceland is a good read, it talks from a modern perspective about their culture and art, but it also makes references to their long standing traditions, like literature, but without being a research book, it’s basically this journalist observing the country he visits – it seemed to be a good introductory insight to their modern life. The one on cross-stitch: I bought it because I loved the patterns and themes in it, but never really tried them out, although I’m sure that many could be adapted for other types of needleworks too.
      Sheep stamp: I just got it from a specialty shop near the British Museum in London, aren’t those wooly creatures so cute? In the same shop I also got a set of Old English historical stamps, a reproduction of the famous Lewis Chessmen, the latter probably made in Scandinavia/Norway in the 12th century and found on an island off the Scottish coast; they had so many stamps/themes and run workshops on card making, if I’m not wrong – dangerous place!
      Thanks again for visiting over. Reading other people’s stories and comments is really interesting, many new things to hear and discover 🙂

    • itwasjudith says:

      sorry, all links I had added into my reply had been lost. Here they are:

      Harrisville wool – history and Shetland range:

      Stamp shop:

      Lewis Chessman from Scandinavia: (they are amazing when seen live)

  3. Flora Poste says:

    Hi Judith, it is so much fun on blog! Keep on reading bits and bobs over the day when I am having breaks. Must have missed something yet but what for exam are you studying for?
    I like all your presents for a give-away. The Bluefaced Leicester reminds of the beautiful yarns from Nova Scotia, Canada. There are small yarn producers with sheep farms and often they make beautiful needles from birch wood as well. Beautiful countryside as well.
    I love knitting with Shetland because of the colors and it is so sturdy but thin. I am a small project knitter: socks, creatures etc
    And the sheep stamp made me smile: so cheerful and elegant they frolic about;0)
    I have just started blogging and I am in between houses at the moment. At the end of the summer I hope to be settled in our own house again and finally unpack ALL my boxes again after almost a year:yay! But then I will organize a give-away too, it seems a lot of fun.
    Have a great day, Johanna

    • itwasjudith says:

      Hello Johanna,
      thank you, that’s very kind 🙂 I wish I had more time to read other people’s posts at the moment, but with the exams I usually only get to have a sneaky look around… there are so many interesting blogs to follow and I try to discover some nearly ever day.
      Unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to visit Canada yet, but friends of mine who had, they all said it’s very beautiful. So hopefully one day I’ll visit (and get some of the local yarn! he he). Are you visiting Canada often? Needles from birch, that would be lovely… birch is one of my favourite woods.
      I’m also more of a small-things knitter, mainly because i lack perseverance and I get too many new ideas… and it’s now official that I’m a process knitter 🙂 anyway, with the exams in between, I hardly get to do anything else that look at knitting blogposts and buy knitting bits like reference books and similar. When I saw that sheep stamp, I had to buy it.. those creatures are so cute… the other day I even saw some blog showing asian food styled as sheep cartoon character!
      Blogging: I also just started, I’m going through a bit of a difficult time and the idea of writing and creating something cheered me up a bit. When you mention the many boxes packed for moving, I understand that feeling… I moved quite a few times and still have sealed boxes scattered here and there, owwww
      I wish you to soon settle in your new home, unpack all your precious items and be able to have all you need easily accessible again. Look forward to your posts and thanks for visiting my blog and your kind words! Have a great week 🙂

    • itwasjudith says:

      PS forgot to say: I study computer science

      • Flora Poste says:

        Ha, no wonder your blog looks so beautiful!
        Good for you to find something creative and send it out to the world to cheer yourself up! I am glad you did so beacuse I enjoy it very much.
        I visit Canada quite often because both my sons live and study in Toronto. It is indeed a very beautiful country. But so is Great Britain! I had my honeymoon in Scotland and went to London and Devon and Cornwall on other occasions.
        Well I should carry on and start packing: I am leaving for Toronto actually this morning;0) A seven hour drive but quite a nice roadtrip.
        Have a great weekend Judith! Love, Johanna

      • itwasjudith says:

        Hello Johanna,
        have a safe journey and a pleasant stay in Toronto! talk soon 🙂 x

    • itwasjudith says:

      Dear Flora,
      Thanks for sharing your story 🙂 your comment was selected by the random number generator… congratulations! Could you please let me know your email, so we can get in touch for the details? I’ll be away from the 1st June, so hopefully you will read this before then.
      Have a nice weekend!

  4. *Wisher* says:

    *Gasp*.. I’m Speechless when I saw all those wonderful items for giveaways.. ;P..
    I love all the craft supplies and cute items.. ahhhhh… so so generous of you to do a giveaway.

    I don’t know any indie yarn because in my country there are no sheeps, so no wool so therefore no indie supply…which is kind of sad… 😦
    mostly we get our yarns exported from overseas, especially from Australia, Japan and UK. So when I need to knit/crochet… off I go to only 1 big craft shop- Spotlight (similar to Hobbycraft in UK) here in Singapore.

    My favorite book/books got to be anything written by Tracy Chevalier. She writes Historical fiction, which makes me wanna check out the facts. And of course at the same time learn history. I’ve not read “A world without Time” yet.. not sure what this book is about.. but from the title, i gather it must be something interesting? or maybe you can give me some idea. I also love to know about Iceland..

    Anyway.. Happy studying.. emmm.. dislike exams.. but oh well.. is part of the education system.. All the best.. hope you passed with flying colours.

    • itwasjudith says:

      Hello and thanks for visiting 🙂 historical fiction, as you said, it seems to be a good way to get a larger public interested in the subject and be curious enough to then check the “real” story behind the fiction. The book ‘A world without time” is a mix of science-related bits (maths, logics) and parts where it tells about the lives of those two famous scientists. It’s interesting but at times a bit difficult to read. The other “Waking up in Iceland” is much easier to read and I found it an interesting account of a non-native visiting that country, and observing their culture, art and landscape. Exams… oh, i hate them too at the moment… thank you again and happy crafting!

  5. monsteryarns says:

    Firstly – congratulations on getting the nominations! What a great recognition for your blog.
    Secondly – my story of favourite items.
    I’m relatively new to crafting and blogging. I suspect the onset of my interest was triggered by two relatively catastrophic events in my life. The second was my Mother’s death. As I was clearing out her house, I came across a series of knitting and crochet books which bought back long-forgotten memories of her knitting for me and making the most beautiful items when I was young. I have these books now close to me and each time I touch the yellowing pages which she used to turn when they were new, I feel close to Mother and have a huge urge to try out all the patterns on all the pages. Although it sounds melancholic, it isn’t. The books give me strength. A little downer is that they are in Hungarian and I don’t knit or crochet in that language – yet. Like all things crafty, I’m working on it!

    • itwasjudith says:

      Hello and thanks for reading and telling your story! I am sorry about your Mother’s departure and I think I somehow understand the feelings. My mum passed away long time ago, though my grandfather (from her side) died last summer. Just in the past days I found myself thinking of her knitting needles and wondering where they were, if not lost. She wasn’t a regular knitter, she knitted now and again, but I remember some of her magazines in the house and I’m glad I still have them somewhere stored away (yes, they’re also in another language). She showed me a few basic things about knitting, but it’s only recently that I’ve been drawn back to knitting – I suspect as a way to release the too many thoughts that were cramming in my head in difficult times. Yarns, wool, texture, fabrics, patterns, all hold a fascination on me. Those that are the product of a time-consuming process are even more interesting – to see the result of such hard work. Thanks and looking forward to reading your future posts 🙂

  6. boringzlifez says:

    OMG, we are spoiled for choice and grateful:) My favorite books are written by Terry Pratchett. Those books border on whimsical crazy and are thoroughly enjoyable. Completely makes me forget the harsh grounded reality of what life has become in the 21st century: bills, rat race, survival of the fittest or the way i see it the survival of the one with no scruples.

    Terry Pratchett’s books offer escapism and reactivates the imagination.

    I really like the flower motif and ethno motif fabric which i can try to whip up into a tunic and cushion covers if i’m fortunate enough to win them.

    I love vintage books, first editions and i think whoever wins Arthur: Roman Britain’s Last Champion by Beram Saklatvala is in for a treat:)

    • itwasjudith says:

      Hello and thanks for your interesting comment 🙂 I think I really must read some of Pratchett’s books soon! There are quite a few in the house, so I just need to find some time and sit down with it… good luck and thanks again!

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