Saturday, January 10, 2009

Stash Up Yarns and *Giveaway*







If there were a hand-painted yarn heaven, it might very well be called "Stash up Yarns". Do you want bright yarn? Stash up has it. Something more subdued..? Find it at stash up! The passion (I refer to this in my daily vernacular as "vibe") Nina exudes from her work is worth the yarn purchase, let alone the prodigious color options she offers. The samples she sent in are so fragrant (she uses organic lavender wool wash) and beautiful, they seemed to arrived from the celestial concourse. I know, I may sound a little "too" much in love with yarn, but keep reading.
I would love to take a clippit from her etsy shop profile:
"It was just a few years ago that I became intrigued by knitting and yarn. In a very short period of time I turned into a yarn addict. I scoured the Internet for any and all yarn shops local and virtual. I spent unseemly amounts of money on yarn and needles and patterns. And here I am even more addicted to knitting and to yarn than I have ever been before. The very idea of winding a hank into a center pull ball using my improvised nostepinne gives me a thrill. And even though I have already purchased every current knitting publication I never fail to revisit that section of the magazine racks because the sight of a knitting magazine is truly a joy to behold. And its contents even more fascinating to read and peruse again and again. The next leg in this pursuit of yarn fiber has led me to hand-dyeing yarn. Dyeing may keep me away from knitting, but who cares? As long as yarn is in the picture, nothing else seems to matter."
This sounds like an artist who has found a true calling! Let this be a warning to all of you. Once you start surrounding yourself with quality yarns in amazing colors, you'll soon find yourself addicted. Nina, the brilliant woman she is, has enabled all of us to make a purchases by naming her yarn "Stash UP". That means you don't have to have a project in mind when buying- stash enhancement at it's best! 10000 Thank you's to Nina of Stash Up Yarns, Please Please join us for future boxes!
You all had better love me too, because I am about to offer up and entire 400 yd hank of absolutely deliciously dyed 2ply "Stash Up yarns" Sock yarn in "Samira". This has taken immense self control on my part and you all should be proud. Contest details: Go to Stash Up Yarns, find something you like, and write about it here. Let's really let Nina know how much we appreciate her awesomeness! Blog, tweets, plurks, and forum entries counts you for 2 posts. Drawing will be held on Monday Morning!! Remember to leave and identifying mark, and good luck!

73 comments:

Mary Beth said...

Oh, pick me! I love the Frolic fingering yarn. I crochet socks and I'm hooked. Every pair that I gave for the holidays were favorite gift of recipient. I'm protocrone on Ravalry (not too active- rather crochet then blog). Organizer of Ft. Myer Florida Fiber Artist Meetup group. protocrone@gmail.com
All of Stash Up Yarns are Beautiful!
Mary Beth

Rotem said...

Rising to the challenge! I've blogged about two yarns from StashUP that I found especially lovely, out of all the loveliness.

The blog post is here

I'm planetariumfish on Rav ;)

rosncrantz said...

Talk about one? Ooh, the sea fig is gorgeous. I love the combination of colors; it includes just about all of the colors I wear! The georgina is gorgeous too. I love how well the orange, pink and purple go together. (And I really love the name of crisparkle!) I'm rsncrntz on Rav.

KJo said...

I love the Marinus Blue sport, with all the beautiful colors of the ocean. Simply lovely. Thanks for having a contest!

KJo
(on Ravelry)

Turtle said...

Love love love the colorways! frolic and pebble beach both caught my eye. The freshness of frolic is gorgeous! I also had to smile the entire time i read the snippet from her blog as in my head i kept thinking, yep, i can relate, uh-huh!! I definately bookmarked her as a favorite! thanks for sharing.

Claire said...

Oh wow, I definitely have a favorite (although it was hard) but my favorite is the sea fig colorway. It's simply beautiful. It makes me think of tidal pools in summer.

Irma Minger said...

The antique denim silk color... WOW... I just love it! Every time I look at it I get warm, comfortable feelings... I can so easily picture a pair of lacey socks, lounging on the day bed, in front of the window knitting or drinking tea while the snow falls outside. Thanks for showing me another site to get unique yarn!

-Irma from Ravelry

Georgia said...

I love scintilla! SO pretty.

wildthing1058 said...

To talk about just 1 isn't fair they are all such beautiful colorways but if I have to pick just 1 it would be Inia Geoffrensis the soft pastel hues are so pretty and just how they blend together makes it all he better.

Pumpkinmama said...

Drooling....I think I'd Shash Up on Scintilla bamboo/silk sportweight - yummy.

Becca said...

They are all so beautiful, it's very hard to choose! I would go with Scintilla, though. Handpainted Bamboo Silk would be so yummy!

kataish said...

Oh WOW theres over 500 yards in some of her hanks! BEAUTIFUL colours! Its taking me enormous self restraint not to buy them all up now, but I've added her to my faves. I'm on a yarn diet right now (only knitting from stash for a few months *cry* but in the future I WILL be ordering from Stash Up Yarns! Definitely!

AND her colour names are FANTASTIC!

kataish on Rav, etsy, plurk and twitter. Will be posting on those as well.

Dove Knits said...

Oh, I'm a big fan of hand-dyed near-solids, so I love the Betulia fingering and the Antique Denim silk...yum.

Thanks for letting people know about this yarn!

ZombieCat said...

WOW!! I'm torn between the ORGANIC (she has organic yarn, YAY!) merino wool in Alyosha and the merino bamboo in Verlaine. And such generous portions too. The way she describes her obsession rings very familiar with me, perhaps I have a lost twin....? hmmmm....

quinn said...

I LOVE the description and ethic...a new "favorite seller" for sure!

I looked at every photo. Talk about a candy store! :)

The Petit Trianon grabbed me even before I saw the name- and a view of the Petit Trianon has been my laptop wallpaper for the past year. Kinda seems like fate, doesn't it? (Kind of seems like a request for an enabling push, doesn't it???)

Also drawn to Golden Hill. Both are blends I want to try for socks. I'll be visiting this etsy shop again.

Thanks for the chance at a giveaway!

quinn on rav

Holly said...

Oooh, that Scintilla really turns my crank. I'm knitonmycat on Ravelry. I love the colorway you have. I hope some more pops up on her Etsy store soon! Like, maybe a scarf's worth or so...

teabird said...

Verlaine! Ph my goodness, what beautiful colours, and what a wonderful association... I'm teabird on Ravelry, and I covet that yarn!

JuliaA said...

omg the sea fig superwash chunky looks wonderful! the colors are gorgeous and it looks squooshy and delightful. thanks for the blog post and the contest--i love looking around at lovely hand-dyed yarns.

(i'm juliaa on etsy and rav)

joeyshouse said...

Oh Noirmoutier, how do I covet thee?

JuliaA said...

i tweeted about it as well.

http://twitter.com/juulia

JuliaA said...

and a blog post:

http://juliaas.wordpress.com/2009/01/10/another-giveaway/

jennifer said...

Oh, I love all the names of the colors. They conjure up such visions.

desertgarden on ravelry

Amber/Rayne said...

I have decided thatI am in love with the Dharmabums handpainted in StashUp's shop! The colors are amazing and the yarn just looks beautiful!!! I want!

Melissa said...

LOVE. LOVE. LOVE the Noirmoutier Handpainted Sock Yarn. Gorgeous colors! It looks like the sea where the tide is coming in and is full of life - seaweeds and kelp and such.

woolcrafter said...

What a great site - it's so much fun to find new sources of yarn, though my pocket book says otherwise!

My faves of the moment would have to be Antique denim 100% Silk noil & Georgina Handpaint 50% Alpaca/50% Blue Faced Leicester - to die for~!

'woolcrafter' on Rav

Susan said...

I would love to have some of the beautiful Stash Up sock yarn. I especially love Frolic. That colorway just knocks my socks off! LOL!

Kristen said...

Oh WOW! I am in love with these yarns. Unfortunately my budget is pretty tight. But winning some would be a wonderful bonus! I really love the Scintilla handpaint, the Golden Hill Handpaint, and finally the Frolic and the Georgina. My compliments to the dyer/artist!

atwhittzend on Ravelry said...

Gunny Sack handpainted yarn. Wow! Do kids today even know what a gunny sack is? Are you dating yourself here? LOL. Anyway, I love it. I remember having gunny sack races as a kid. Wouldn't having a pair of socks out of these change the idea of gunny sack racing? Fun, huh?! I don't have a blog but you can find me on Ravelry as atwhittzend. Beautiful yarns BTW. Happy knitting.

firedupfairy said...

I LOVE, LOVE, Love the Frolick sock yarn. Those colors are gorgeous and happy. Simply beautiful!

Celeste said...

I really like this yarn:
Frolic Handpainted Superwash Merino Sock Yarn

contact me at:
celeste@mail4me.com

Marlitharn said...

These are beautiful! Most of my clothes are pretty low-key, but I do love wild socks, and I really like the Frolic colorway. It looks so soft and pettable!

Chloe said...

This one is really pretty:
Sea Fig Handpainted Superwash Merino Chunky Yarn

springshoot5@aol.com

Gloria said...

The colors in the Natalya Handpainted Green/Organic Standards Merino Rambouillet Heavy Worsted Yarn
are very nice! :)

gjw823@aol.com

burnt rain said...

hmm! I would love some sock yarn... The Scintilla colourway on the lovely shiney bamboo sock yarn looks beautiful. It reminds me of the illustrations in a copy of sleeping beautiful when I was younger.. these feminine pinks but this rustic classic sense to it. I don't know. It's just beautiful.

jennnk said...

The Betulia Bright sock yarn is, quite possibly, the most beautiful pink yarn I've ever seen. The older I get, and the more entrenched in mothering two boys I get, the girlier and pinklier my life gets. I'd hang the Betulia from a chandelier just for the color, but to make socks from it? Be still my heart!

Bhean said...

Oh my, so much for my resolution to buy no yarn in 2009 - the Ex Marinus is so divine and the Scintilla even LOOKS so soft and the colours shimmer even on the screen. I've blogged about Nina as well : www.scarybaby.blogspot.com Thank you for sharing this site with us!

sunnie fairy said...

Okay, that Sea Fig chunky merino yarn looks amazing! The only thing is I feel guilty entering because I won the last one.(I can't wait for my package!) But that yarn looks so great and I can't let this opportunity slip by!

I talked about it here!

troublestorm9 said...

My turn! I absolutely LOVE the Scintilla yarn, and No, darn it, I will NOT make it anything for anyone else, it is mine, I tell you, all MINE!
Piece,
Rain in NC

memarcierenee said...

Scintilla is the one I want. And I don't do yarn or spinning. So I'm the most needy. ;-)

OMG Scintilla is so gorgeous and your prices are WOW, fantastic.

Cindel said...

WOW!! What beautiful yarns. How do you pick just ONE??? I love ALL the yarns from StashUP. I guess my favs would be....Sea Fig, Georgina & Noirmoutier. I haven't ventured into making socks just yet but hope to soon. Keep up the wonderful work.

Cindel
glascinder@att.net

Digital Misfit said...

The Pebble Beach handpainted superwash merino is so gorgeous (its not wonder that somebody has claimed it already!).

heidig@gmail.com

Sarah said...

It's so hard to pick a favorite! I am definitely loving the sea fig colorway. It is so awesome. I have the site bookmarked in my favorites and on Delicious. I am building quite the mental shopping list, now if only my actual income would increase . . . Thanks!

Amaranthe said...

Definetly loving that ex marinus color. Simple yet beatiful.

WallflowerGirl on ravelry.

Kitten With a Whiplash said...

This is a beautiful collection of yarns, but I think I love the DharmaBums colorway maybe just a little bit more.

HeatherD said...

Stash Up has some truly lovely colors. I fell in love with Del Sur. I love the blues, lavendars, and grays. My three favorite colors blended together!! I also love that it is chemical free. I have heard so much about Rambouillet. It would be nice to know what it feels like!! I am HeatherD on Ravelry.

George the Girl said...

Of all the bright colors I kept looking at the denim one.. It's singing to me...glad I got the plurk from kataish, I'll plurk it to!
Georgethegirl on ravelry and plurk

One Sheep said...

I think the Petit Trianon is a lovely and subtle blend, and the Gunny Sack and Del Sur both caught my eye as well.

knitfrogrepeat said...

I'm in love with the Frolic fingering as well! It seems to be a popular choice! I've blogged about your contest on my blog Knit.Frog.Repeat (I hope I got the link right!)

Who? Me? said...

I'm de-lurking! I LOVE the Scintilla Handpainted Bamboo Silk Sport Weight Yarn. It's soooo beautiful and just looks scrumptious in the pictures.

Sharon Rose said...

I love the Scintilla Bamboo Silk (soo luscious!) and the Del Sur, which looks dreamily squishy! Thanks for sharing!

Sharon
aka Needlegrrl on the Rav

Jackie said...

I love the Betulia Bright. Wonder sock yarn color. It's gorgeous. I also like Ex Marinus. One thing about that yarn that I love is that it's chemical free - would be FANTASTIC for baby gifts. All natural.

Thank you for entering me into your contest.

Mom_2_Boo_and_Roo said...

I love the sea fig colorway!

Megan said...

Sea fig and Dharma Bums! I would like to like this yarn

odonnajean said...

The Antique Denim did it for me. Yes, it is rather plain next to the brighter colors, but I see beauty in simplicity. I think it would go well with my worn-out jeans! Thanks for offering these lovely yarns.
I'm odonnaknits on Ravelry.
Donna

Marsha said...

Her site is purely color heaven. Can have lace fantasies indeed about her laceweight.
But the most impressive thing about her yarns is that she also offers organic/Green yarns. I must commend her for this because it's not as easy as one would think.

Dar said...

I am definately a yarnaholic and could get myself into some serious trouble at Stash Up Yarns! If I could buy one of everything I would. I'm pleased she has organic items on her site also!

darbost@comcast.net
Darlene

Dehbi said...

I love these sock yarns and although my favorite (at the moment) is "Noirmoutier," all of the color combos are so beautifully put together that it is hard to choose which I want first. The yardage is generous (500 yds.) and it even smells good. Lavender. Yum! I am dehbiknits on Ravelry and I'll go now and visualize being the "chosen one" for tomorrow's drawing! and thanks for even having a drawing!

wenat said...

Wow, your contest must be working! There's so little left in the shop, and all of it is beautiful! My favourites are sea fig and crisparkle.

CarrieM said...

You enabler you! I went looking and found two not only to leave a comment about, but they seemed to magically jump into my cart and follow me home! I just snagged Georgina and Ex-Marinus. Thanks a lot! (seeing that Stash Up is from San Diego cinched the deal!)

Caam on Rav (and I suck on keeping up with the blogging, but these may be blog-worthy!)

Larraine said...

I'm shameless! Golden Hill superwash merino and seacell is absolutely mouthwatering.
Mmmm.....

erika~ the inspired mama said...

GoRgEoUs!!!! i love the Golden Hill Handpainted Superwash Merino SeaCell Sock Yarn... YuM!! really i would like to have one of everything in her shop :) but that would just be greedy!!

xo,
erika

Becca said...

Oops - Should have left my Etsy info! It's EvergreenCreations!

Rebecca said...

It is all so GORGEOUS, but I would probably want to choose FROLIC. I live in Iowa, and my home was severely damaged in the flooding we suffered here this past summer. I am still in the process of repairing and rebuilding, so I can move back in. I lost some of my own stash to the foul floodwaters. FROLIC has such light, cheerful, happy colors, and the name reminds me that happier times are yet to come (and I WILL have time to sit, knit and enjoy again ...)

Laurie~Let's Knit It said...

Wow stashed up yarn is amazing I love the Brimstone and Treacle Handpainted Superwash Extra Fine Merino Chunky Yarn Beautiful!!!
mommyslittlesweetie@gmail.com

Deb said...
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Deb said...

All exquisite, but I love the Scintilla Bamboo Silk--I love bamboo, can't get enough of it, and I absolutely love the colorway. I make jewelry, so the metallic colors in a nice soft squishy yarn just pulls me in. The yarn doesn't sparkle like shiny jewelry, but you can't squish a necklace. Okay, maybe you can, but only ONCE.

dragonmaille on etsy and ravelry

cpullum said...

These colors are perfect browns!
Gunny Sack Handpainted Merino Worsted Yarn!! Love it!!
Carla
cpullum(at)yahoo(dot)com

naomi said...

They are all so beautiful !!! But if I had to pick just one.......sea fig would be the winner.

Aster said...

This yarn is calling my name! It is absolutely gorgeous. I love this listing with its bright colors:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=17150338

Thanks for a fun contest!


Aster.Etsy.com

Anna said...

I'm new-ish to knitting and have fallen in love with yarn! This shop has some absolutely beautiful yarns that I am itching to get my hands on!

Ronni Lynn said...

I am a sock yarn stash junkie and oh my god all of the yarns in her etsy shop just jumped out at me saying choose me, buy me, take me to your stash shelf...
And then pick up your two circs and this sensational sock yarn and
knit up a sockie scarf
sockie socks
sockie shawl
sockie belt
oh my god just send me the simply sensational sock yarn skein from your stash and I'll knit up the most fantabulous something with it.......
I just completed chemo, declared myself a survivor (if only one as of a few weeks) cured for sure and will knit up a celebration something sinfully delicious with this sock yarn skein.....
....and then I'm gonna get me some more sock yarn skeins from her etsy shop because wow what a sight....all those colors, all those blends, all those skeins that keep me thinking....just knit up one or two or a few more socks or scarves or shawls or well whatever my imagination and creativity will allow.......
Ronni Lynn
www.chemocaps.com

ddknits said...

It's really hard to pick one but I'm in love with Noirmoiter fingering weight. Gosh I hope I spelled that right. Such a great combination of colors together!

Larraine said...

Yikes! My identifying mark --
I'm rainey on Ravelry