Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Aurora Fiber Arts and *giveaway*





Ever have an idea for a colorway you'd like in yarn or fiber, but just don't have the time or inclination to dye it yourself? Ever want a custom colorway created for you as a surprise? I love surprises, and I asked Taryl of Aurora Fiber Arts to create some roving for me a couple of months ago. I was pleasantly surprised by what she called "Peach Berry Smoothie" that was an explosion of pinks, blues, yellows and peaches. I was excited to get it, as if you'll peek into my stash you'll notice lots of greens and browns and purples. It's so nice to break away from your traditional buying habits and have someone else do the choosing for you! I also want to say something about her shipping- it's super fast! I seriously ordered something on a Friday (from Alaska!) and it arrived her in IL the next Monday. Maybe it was just a magical planetary alignment, and it will never happen again, but was I ever impressed!
Taryl has been an contributor to the box since February- debuting her fireweed worsted yarn (this yarn comes in giant 560 yard skeins!) and roving. I love when people send in worsted weight yarn to the box. I love using it, as it seems projects go so much faster after you've been using fingering weight yarn so much. This month she sent in some truly delicious roving- so be on the lookout for it!

I have a special 50 yard fireweed worsted gift skein of Taryl's "Helen's Garden" Series in "Aubergine" which is a gorgeous combination of dark plums, royal purples, lilacs and lime green. *Drool*!! I'd like to giveaway to one of you. Just visit Aurora Fiber Arts and find something you like and post about it here. OR if you have an idea you'd love to see in fiber/yarn form write about that too! I'll always count your extra social networking on the web here as entries for you. I'll be drawing for this on Friday- so you don''t have long to act!

88 comments:

KPP said...

There are lots of things to love...I'm going to have to go with the Melaleuca - Handpainted Merino Yarn.

Lita said...

Ooooh, how lovely! How am I supposed to choose out of her shop, everything looks gorgeous. I do have a great affection for blues, though, and so her roving in the Kaleidoscope Series Lagoon shade is what my attention is dwelling on. :D

Quilting Pansy said...

I love this yarn
Daffodil - Handpainted Merino yarn
The colors are gorgeous

Cindy

ByE Photos said...

I have yet to make socks but as soon as I get there I'd love to use this Xingu Merino/Nylon yarn.Its shaded with denim, sky blue, and jungle green with pops of white and fun, funky lime green for interest and contrast.

I also learned that the Xingu is one of the largest rivers in the Amazon delta, and this sock yarn pays homage to the beautiful colors of the jungle.

"Wicked" cool as us Mainers say!

Stacey said...

Deep, rich colors. My favorites are in the Kaleidoscope Series: Red Burnet and Lagoon. Heritage Tomato... great color combinations. Very nice.`

Cher said...

I love the yarn called "sourgrass" It's so lovely. I can see a beautful scarf made out of it for spring.

Abby said...

I came to leave a comment about the Sourgrass, and there was one right above me!! I have to agree, I absolutely love the colour. I was imagining so many projects...

alienated_bookworm said...

I'm a sucker for blue, I love Puget Sound!

Susie said...

Love the Xingu sock yarn!

Cathy said...

I love the harvest squash. Daffodil and xingu also caught my eye

HanamiGallery said...

well since im on a green kick i must admit that daffodil is my fav, though harvest squash looks great too. it really looks like the pic of real squash!

Jacy said...

Thanks so much for bringing Aurora Fiber Arts to my attention. I love the fact that you can order your own, customized colourway!!

I love Thistle like crazy. It looks so soft :)

Also posting on Facebook and Twitter.

shortsleeves on Rav

Buckette said...

The Lagoon colorway from the Kaleidoscope Series immediately caught my eye. I love it!! It looks delicious.

SupaCindy3000 said...

oooh, I like the Mystic Sampler!

cdaniele

The Mully's said...

They have the nicest pencil roving! (Loved the sample!) For rovings, I like Kaleidoscope Series - Horizon Alpaca. And for the handdyed I love Daffodil! Bright or sping-like colors are my favorite!

gbryndi said...

Oh so many to choose from. I lvoe the The Kaleidoscope Series - Fritz Cove, 4 oz. The swhole series is gorgeous!!! I would love to spin that up and see how it goes.

TJJ said...

The Daffodil is beautiful. So Springy :)

KJo said...

Her Meadowfoam is lovely!

I blogged!

KJo (on Ravelry)

PenelopeRose said...

I am absolutely ga ga over her Melaleuca - Handpainted Merino Yarn! And, I'm very tempted with the Romaine Lettuce Handpainted Roving! Beautiful!!

teabird said...

The Melaleuca and the sweet pea sock yarns are calling to me -

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superwoman_4002 said...

I really like the Xingu Sock Yarn - 75/25 Merino/Nylon blend... beautiful!! :D
Zaneta
superwoman_4002@yahoo.com

dinahsaurus said...

The Romaine Lettuce roving looks delicious!

CinderLisa said...

There are LOTS of tempting things, spinning wise, but something that really jumps out at me is this Xingu Sock Yarn. Such fantastic colors!

PogKnits said...

I love the
The Kaleidoscope Series - Thistle, 3.4 oz pencil roving. I can totally see those colors in a lace shawl or as thrums for mittens form my dd.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22490354&ref=em

Grace said...

Punch Happy merino would make me just that Punch Happy I can see it already as Aeolian!

jennifer said...

OMG! Heritage Tomato! Oh, I am addicted to Heritage Tomatoes!! Love, love!!

jennifer

Deluxx said...

Yummy! I think I'm smitten with the Sweetpea sock yarn. Love the name and the colors!

Cindy said...

Harvest Squash would make a wonderful fall sweater.

Joyce said...

I love the fact that she does these in big huge skeins. I think my fave so far is the Harvest Squash Handpainted Roving - Wensleydale. I'm a sucker for great fall colors like that. Such beautiful jewel tones in everything though! Will definitely keep Aurora Fiber Arts in mind if I want some custom colorways!

Ann said...

Wow! It's hard to decide what I like the best. I have a Brown and pink thing going on now, so Red Burnet from the Kalidescope series is calling to me, but I also really love Lagoon! Yummy looking goodness, these.

Bannahleigh said...

I ordered from Aurora Fiber Arts, not too long ago, and the shipping was very quick as well. So I wouldn't say it was a fluke at all, and you have good reason for being impressed as I was too!
At the moment I really like the Romaine Lettuce Roving

Bannahleigh on Ravelry

Em said...

I want to knit some socks in gypsey. Em

Rois said...

Wow! That shop is packed with colour! But seeing as most of friends have gone into the breeding business lately those Neutral baby skeins really caught my eye. And beause I can't possibly look for someone else without looking for myself...I'm in lurve with that Merlot sock yarn! Soo pretty and dark!

Cassie said...

There are *several* handpainted yarns & roving choices that made me squeal, but I think the Kaliedoscope roving in Thistle is my fave of the bunch: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22490354&ref=em
It looks like a dessert and I just want to squish it! Anyone who reads this that is still stuck on what to get me for my birthday... :-D

angella said...

harvest squash roving all the way! not just because the lonley squash is my favorite veggie, but because the colour combo is delish!!! see it spun up into a soft squashable summer square shawl (say that fast, lol) to wear over my sunburnt shoulders. :P

Carla said...

Love the sweet pea sock yarn!

hotmail - popofra

tom said...

The Xingu sock yarn. Fab

my gmail is tomknit

purple-power said...

Oooh purples - that's for me. The sweet pea sock yarn is my favorite

Rav id: purple

Elaine said...

I'd pick the Mystic sampler as my favorite.

I'm going to blog about the contest on elaine-knitting.blogspot.com

Elaine said...

I just posted it on my blog. Thanks for the chance to win!

elaine-knitting.blogspot.com

The Broms said...

Love Thistle! i'm always looking for a girlie non pink colorways for projects for the baby :)

Rachel O said...

Love the sound of the prize. I'm sure I could find something to do with it! I also love all the sock yarns. Maybe sweet pea is my fav.

hotmail = dadofra

Jersey said...

Lots to love - the daffodil handpainted yarn is very pretty.

jerseyjessie AT gmail

EJ said...

My enabler just alerted me to the contest :-)

I love the sweetpea sock yarn

My gmail is: bloglessinnj

Rebecca said...

My favorite colors are on the Harvest Squash roving. The perfect autumn colors!

-Rebecca
rnredner at gmail dot com

Robin said...

The deep colors of kalidascope series are yummy. The blues are my favs.

Darcys Knotty Knitter said...

I love the mystic sampler yum!!!!Hugs Darcy
darcysknottyknitter@gmail.com

Mariposa Farm Alpacas said...

The Thistle Kaleidoscope reminds me of Spring.



(Also tweeted and posted to Facebook)

Carlin said...

The Daffodil yarn is perfect as the weather starts to finally warm up and I am enjoying taking my knitting outside!

missus.mint said...

I am in love with the greens I see! Yum! Xingu Sock Yarn with blues and that lime green contrast!

trh said...

I have been eyeing her Heritage Tomato roving for a couple of weeks now - I have to learn how to spin merino! Love the worsted yarn and was looking for a phattie that hand dyed worsted weight a while ago . . .

T-rex said...

You guys are so sweet, thank you for all the compliments on my hand dyeds! New rovings are being posted today, so be sure to check them out and keep an eye out for the roving included in some of the sampler boxes.

Thanks for the blog spot, Jessie!

Melissa said...

The Kaleidoscope- Thistle is quite dreamy. *Swoon* It looks so natural and beautiful.

I need it.

Turtle said...

Sweet pea!sock yarn looks yummy!

I wanted to THANK YOU so much for my april box. It was times perfect to arrive on my birthday (today) so it was an even extra special treat!!

Erytanthes said...

The first thing I thought when I saw when I saw the the Kaleidoscope series Horizon was WOW.

I like that one a lot.

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Strike My Fancy said...

The Red Burnet roving really caught my eye - reminds me of my roses!

Elizabeth said...

In a break from the usual blues and greens, the Thistle pencil roving caught my eye!

Girl in Red Shoes said...

I love the Aubergine skein, and the Kaleidoscope Series - Thistle, 3.4 oz. Roving! I love Aurora, but have yet to buy anything!

Tweeting this!

Melissa @ Banana Migraine said...

What amazing colors! I think Aubergine is my favorite :)

Susan said...

I absolutely love Aurora Fibers Arts. I purchased an Aubergine roving from Taryl back in March. It is stunning in person. Her whole "Helene's Garden" collection is beautiful.

Martha said...

I love the daffodil colorway and the sweet pea. Gorgeous

Linz said...

I'm voting on the Xingu sock yarn. I'm a fan of the color combination!

cthulhulovesme said...

I've ordered two bumps of roving from Aurora Fiber Arts, and I love them both. I'm currently looking at the merino superwash Aubergine roving to add to my collection right now.

-cthulhulovesme on Rav

Rachel Suntop said...

my favorites are the aubergine, rhubarb and lagoon ones. Beautiful color combos! I want some now.

Becky said...

The Daffodil handpainted merino is screaming SPRING to me...it looks so cushy and soft...

ZombieCat said...

I love all her items, aubergine really stood out to me though. As well as the red laceweight that was sandwiched in the fiber section. Many lovelies!

missknitta said...

Love the sourgrass! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

Little Miss S. said...

I looked through it all a few times and kept coming back to the Handpainted Merino Yarn in the Meadowfoam colour. There is something really tempting about the colours in there, can't really describe it, just love it...

Heather said...

I love the riot of color in the shop! I was drawn to a bunch of items, but the Heritage (Heirloom?) Tomato and Aubergine were my favorites. I like veggies, I guess!

Nightphoenix said...

The roving was all tempting, but what eventually caught my eye was the Mystic Sampler handspun/painted yarn. I just feel that it would knit into something quite fun!

Monica said...

Wow, definitely the Daffodil merino. Yummy!

Michelle in Colorado Springs said...

The The Kaleidoscope Series is just so cool looking.

mamakin said...

The Geranium sock yarn has the most beautiful colorway & calls to me. It's the kind of yarn that makes you want to touch it & run it over your face & smell it-all that from a photo. Imagine getting to knit with it :-)

ikkinlala said...

The Merlot Sock Yarn is gorgeous!

ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

k8 said...

Romaine Lettuce!! That'll put a new spin on Salad!!

Stacey said...

I have spent so much money on fiber over the last few days, but I must have the heritage tomato... and the lagoon... and Rhubarb! How did I miss that? Surely that was just added.

Cheryl-Lynn said...

Aurora Fiber Art's 'Mystic Sampler' is a lovely blend of deep blue and smokey purple with shimmers of green throughout. I absolutely love the color but would love to see something not currently offered on the site - a combination of a vibrant peacock green colorway with hints of 'Mystic's' smokey purple and pale blue spun into the mix. I can see the blend in my head, a lovely combination of jewel tones, all potential, just waiting to be knitted into something stunning!

Cheryl-Lynn said...

Annnnd...I joined the group on Ravelry! ID: Knitsylu :)

Julia said...

Such thoughtful naming of colourways. And I love the colours of Fritz Cove.

Liz said...

This is beautiful- I would make such a cute little hat for my god-daughter (she's 2 1/2)

alittleweirdo said...

The Mystic Sampler handspun is beautiful! Not to mention a great price!

dragonmaille said...

The Kaleidoscope Series - Pasque Flower--I love the colors in this one!

dragonmaille (Rav)

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rebelhousewife said...

Mmm the Aubergine hand painted corriedale is my favorite and a great price to.

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Sara said...

Oh - I just love the Daffodil Handpainted Merino Yarn... The coloring is fantastic! I also rather like the Melaleuca colorway.