Thursday, April 9, 2009

North Star Alpacas and *Giveaway*





It was because of North Star Alpaca's debut in the March box, that I became aware of a new word. Snorgle. The first samples Maple sent were a chocolate colored merino and alpaca roving in a generous portion size. Three elements combined to create a "perfect storm" when it came to those samples. First, the color was amazing- it was as if chocolate grew on alpacas- a rich milk chocolate I would certainly be able to incorporate into my wardrobe or anyone else's as I think chocolate is one of those colors that just looks great on everyone. Secondly, the softness of this fiber was near indescribable. Buttery, rich, smooth- am I making you hungry? Finally, Maple takes such care of her fiber that she stores them with French Lavender sachets and it adds the sweetest natural fragrance to her packages it is like opening a package of bliss.
This trinity of factors to combine to create much snorgling on behalf of all of us fiber feinds who have had the priviledge of experiencing North Star Alpaca fiber.
Maple has sent in some delicious mill-spun yarn from one of her 'paca babies, Tribute. I must admit, I have a bit of an alpaca crush on him. He's so proud in all of his photos and so fluffy, I wish Maple and her herd lived next door so I could go give him some special treats like an apple slice (do alpacas even eat apples?). I also think Maple is one of the most humorous and kind hearted people I've come across recently. She sent along a special skein of Tribute's yarn for me! She's really sweet! If you had any doubts before- just read her shop profile section here.
Maple would like to give away 4 oz of fiber to a lucky commentor here on the blog. We will be drawing for the dizzy week giveaways next Thursday. All you have to do to win the 4 oz of North Star Alpaca fiber of your choice, is visit Maple's Shop- find something you like, and post about it below. Remember, I always count your extra efforts (twitter, plurk, facebook and ravelry posts) as extra entries in the drawing. Just let me know you did it! Please make it easy on me too and leave a way for me to contact you should you win.
Thank you Maple, for being such a wonderful contributor to the box. We look forward to sampling more from your beautiful herd!

104 comments:

idyll hands said...

Am I the first to comment? I love anything and everything with burnt orange in it so naturally, this is my favorite: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23246973

I think this would spin up into a lovely lovely yarn!

I'm going to go twitter about this right away!

Bohoknitterchic said...

I Love, love love the pink, periwinkle, burnt orange, lemon roving!

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23151153

Infinitespirals said...

I really like the natural black alpaca roving (ok I might have just bought this so I am a little biased, lol). I also like this silver/grey raw fleece:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=17349671

julieua said...

The natural alpaca and merino is beautiful and looks soft.

Lita said...

I want some! I'm just getting into this spinning thing, but it looks loverly! My favorites were the natural brown and grey - I can see either making a gorgeous, airy knit shawl.

~Lita

Lady O said...

I love the rovings, esp. the white, grey, brown blend.

dinahsaurus said...

I'm ALSO crazy about the Pink, Periwinkle, Burnt Orange and Lemon roving! Too funny--I picked it out and came here to make a comment, and out of 5 already here, two other people already liked the same thing! It's THAT pretty!

RogueKnits said...

I would love to try out one of the raw alpaca fleeces. Justine maybe? They're all so adorable!

Re-tweeted and Facebooked. ;)

ZombieCat said...

I like the gray alpaca and babydoll sheep roving. I really like the idea of a babydoll sheep. I'm picturing something akin to miniature pony ratio. Although, I'm sure that's not what they are.

Dana said...

I like all of her roving and I want to try the brown alpaca fleece. Maple is a very nice person.

Jags said...

I like the plain white or grey roving because I think it would be so much fun to play with dyeing it!!

and the black would be a lot of fun to play with a brightly colored handspun!

Minou14 said...

I love just about everything in her shop. I've already purchased more of the Sonata roving from the March box, plus some pure chocolate brown alpaca from Mira and Sagittarius and a lighter fawn raw fiber from Patience. It smells delicious and spins like a dream. I really love how all of the fiber is listed by the animal it came from.

KPP said...

I love Maple's shop! I suppose I should pick something that I don't already have! I like the The Alpaca/Mohair Handspun Yarn in http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=16527898

Susan said...

Beautiful! I love so much in the store but the colors of Hand dyed Alpaca Roving - 4.6 ounces - Pink, Periwinkle, Burnt orange, Lemon really call to me!

navars2 on rav

ducky said...

O YUMMY YUMMY fibers! I love the natural colored alpaca rovings...they look so airy and soft.

JC said...

The Pink/Yellow/Salmon is so georgeous! I really badly want it.

contact: jecrowley on ravelry.

ikkinlala said...

I love most of the options, but especially the Hand dyed Alpaca / Merino Yarn - Green - 250 yards.

ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

Anonymous said...

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=16365440

Handwoven & amazing. <3

Bridgett at Rav.

Robin said...

I'm a chocoholic- could just taste the yumminess of the yarn!

Nightphoenix said...

I just recently got bit by the spinning bug, which is probably why the simple but beautiful natural grey alpaca roving (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=21831805) is what appeals most to me.

Mama Rasheika said...

i loved the alpaca merino handspun in the pink-purple colorway. lovely~
lisa

Lydia said...

I spend so much time in that shop I don't even need to look! BLACK ALPACA! *drools* And the raw fleece is amazing as well, I can't believe how clean unwashed fiber can be!! (And I don't know if it counts, but I just wrote about North Star Alpacas in my last blog post...)

punkcatknitter on rav

Cathy said...

Ilove the baby doll sheep yarn, all the natural fibers are great.

Off to twitter.

Laurie~Let's Knit It said...

This is beautiful it looks like chocolate Brown Alpaca Roving - 2 ounces - Mira and Sagitarius

Desertknitta Rav ID

missus.mint said...

So hard to choose but the pinks and pale blues in this http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=12077767 make for a delicious yarn! Perfectly captures the trees in my yard and neighborhood right now.

Will twitter. blog, and Rav!

xoxo

edina said...

I love the Cherry Red-Yellow Sun-Burnt Orange alpaca roving!

burnt rain said...

The colours in this: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23146245 are absolutely exquisite. Seriously.

-Leah
ravid: burnt3rain

Little Miss S. said...

Beautiful earthly colours. I especially love the Hand dyed Hand spun Alpaca Yarn in Farm Blend colourway - it looks really pretty...

Kanjun said...

I love the olive, burnt orange, lemon, and emerald hand-painted roving! What a wonderful yarn that would make =)

Darcys Knotty Knitter said...

I love the BabyDoll Sheep Yarn - Handspun - Hand dyed - 120 yards.(((Hugs))) Darcy
darcysknottyknitter[AT]gmail[DoT]com

Shannon said...

I absolutely LOVE all the raw Alpha Fleece, but Light Fawn Raw Alpaca Fleece - Anika is my favorite. I home to get some in the future. (ravelry name-sparkleshan)

alienated_bookworm said...

Love the white-gray-brown alpaca roving *drool*

txnightowl on ravelry

Carly said...

I have been stalking Francisca's fleece ever since I first visited her shop. Of course I wanted to know why it is cheaper than the others - turns out its because of the variation in it. Yay! I LOVE how the variations look and I can't wait to order some - it will be so interesting to see how it turns out.

I also love her ponytail hats! So cute - and a great idea - this compliment of course coming from someone with long thick crazy curly hair that does not fit into any hat. :)

And her babydoll sheep yarn is so pretty...but the really interesting thing about it is that she dyed it ON THE SPINDLE - really I had no idea you could do that. Amazing.

Carly
orangefaeriedust on rav

Abby said...

I especially love the Cherry Red-Yellow Sun-Burnt Orange roving. Mmmm.

superwoman_4002 said...

I really like Maple's Alpaca / Silk Hand dyed Yarn... it's lovely! I love the autumn colors!! :D
Zaneta
superwoman_4002@yahoo.com

superwoman_4002 said...

I plurked!! :D
http://www.plurk.com/superwoman4002
Zaneta
superwoman_4002@yahoo.com

HanamiGallery said...

i just got some yarns from her and its awesome and i just blogged about it yesterday~!!!!

i usually dont enter into giveaways, but i love yarns!

i choose

Alpaca Handspun Slub Yarn
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=20192482

since i love dyeing yarn.

Ann in NJ said...

I don't spin [yet] but her shop could change that. I would love to try her yarn, the Alpaca - Merino Gray Yarn - 250 yards

spinningsilly said...

oooh, yummy! I love all the natural alpaca fibers, and especially the one dyed sunburnt orange. I may have to break down and buy some!

primdollie said...

I love all her beautiful yarns and her rovings I have been drooling for now for a while!! Love the new Black Alpaca Roving Maple posted what a fab rich deep black color!! hugs Linda

Cher said...

My favorite is the gray alpaca blend yarn. I love reading Maple's blog and seeing all her new yarns and especially reading about the babies. Anything Maple has in her store is top quality.

superwoman_4002 said...

I twitted... or is it twittered? lol... either way...
http://twitter.com/superwoman4002
zaneta
superwoman_4002@yahoo.com

Kate said...

I love it all - but here's one I especially like:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=20985345

It's hard to find supersoft black alpaca fiber, because black tends to be coarser. But if you can get the first shearing like this, it's lovely.

Dani said...

The natural black roving is amazing! As is the chocolate brown, for that matter...

~Coleva onRav

Northern Bay Handspun said...

Oh my, I was so busy feasting on the natural fibers that it was a while before I realized that there was some gorgeous dyed fiber! Wow. The colors are scrumptious -- you are an artist. The colors--pink?, lemon? periwinkle?, burnt orange?--are perfect! My knitting needles are clacking!

Tami said...

So many adorable paca cuties!!! I LOVE the tones of this handspun
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=20342036
it looks almost edible!

Tami
www.DesignsbyTami.com

Stephannie said...

the alpaca/merino gray mill spun looks lovely!

Quilting Pansy said...

I would love to see this
Dark Fawn Alpaca Roving - 2 ounces - Polaris
Cindy

k8 said...

That 250 yards of green DK weight yarn is just fabulous!! LOVE it!!

Totally Timmy said...

I LOVE Maples fibers. I will only use this one:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=21831805
for any of my grey needle felted critters I make. My elephants always look and feel great due to this fiber!

Jessica said...

Can I just say I have a crush on Tobasco for his beautiful red/brown color? http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=19589907

And this naturally gray roving makes me want to dive in! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=21831805

KJo said...

I love so many of her things! Including, her Natural Black Alpaca roving, her Pink-Yellow-Salmon roving and her lovely, Alpaca Yarn the pinks and purples are sooo pretty!
Thanks for this awesome chance, Phat Fiber!

KJo on Ravelry

P.S. I blogged!

Mariposa Farm Alpacas said...

I like this yarn from Berringer. I think it would make a lovely scarf. I tweeted and posted to Facebook.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=11608372

Deborah Vassar
Mariposa Farm Alpacas

Donna B said...

I've never met Maple, but I feel like I have... she knows my friend Cary, and I keep up on her blog. I like the pink-yellow-salmon roving in her shop! Spring!

Savannah said...

Everything looked absolutely splendid, but what I liked best was the Dark Fawn Alpaca Roving.

Bannahleigh on Ravelry.

Kristen said...

I love the natural colors: the black roving, the gray yarn, the cinnamon yarn. The color variations are amazing.

cksknitter said...

I like the Hand dyed Hand spun Alpaca Yarn in pink with some blue in it. Handspun and Alpaca! Dreamy!
Chrissy at knittodayAThotmailDOTcom

melissa (wildhare) said...

I am in awe of the lovely woven alpaca shawls and scarves - any one of them would make a wonderful Mother's Day gift!

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

The Alpaca Merino Slub Handspun looks AMAZING!!!

breezily said...

I like the look of the Handspun Alpaca and Mohair Yarn - 48 yards (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=11608372). There's an interesting mix of colors, and a very interesting photo of the source of the alpaca fiber

Anoush on Ravelry said...

I'm a sucker for natural black alpaca. The color is wonderful and complex.
Very nice!

Alpaca Granny said...

I would like to thank all of you for the kind words and for visiting my shop. Jessica is going to have a hard time picking out the winner. (Glad it's you, Jess)
Many thanks to Jessica and Marc for giving all of us the exposure that PhatFiber is bringing.
It's such an honor to be part of this group.....
Maple

jennifer said...

I looooove the hat in natural alpaca colors. Gorgeous!

Jennifer

Heather said...

I think snorgle is a fine verb to describe the physical interaction with Maple's fibers.

And, since I do live [almost] next door, we get to help shear the alpaca kids this year!

Everything in her shop is gorgeous, but I have to admit to a great lust for the gorgeous woven black shawl. Yummmmm.

Martha said...

I would love to try the baby black. It looks so pretty

yossk1 said...

Hand dyed Alpaca Roving - 5.2 ounces - Olive, Burnt Orange, Lemon, Emerald
I would love for you to go to Maple's site and see the picture of this gorgeous autumn colorway roving of merino, alpaca and angora, but you can't. I bought it!
She has plenty of other things available, roving, yarn, fleece and finished knitted, though, so you are sure to find something you want.

Sharon Rose said...

I'm a spinner and expected to pick some fiber, but that gorgeous moven silver & black shawl blew me away!

Erin said...

Yum! I love all of the natural alpaca roving, but I think I'm most partial to the gray and the brown/gray/white. Lovely!

wildthing1058 said...

I just love the hand dyed and handspun w.w. in
Jacquard's Primrose Blue. Magnolia and Pink dyes.

Kitten With a Whiplash said...

The fleece from Silver Samuri looks wonderful. The colors are just like the sky here in The City this morning. I've posted to my blog. http://kitten-with-a-whiplash.blogspot.com/2009/04/personal-responsibility-101.html

PenelopeRose said...

The colors in the Alpaca Roving - Hand dyed - 2 ounces - Carnival look like they would be a blast to spin!

brownbear said...

I love the photos of the animals with the yarns and fiber. It makes one feel more connected to where it comes from, plus the animals are cute. :)
I love the cinnamon colored alpaca and shetland yarn. I am also tempted by all of the alpaca roving, natural and dyed.

amarkonmywall said...

The gray alpaca and baby doll sheep roving looks delightful and I'd love to see how well it felts. I've been trying a whole series of vessel 'nests' in natural fibers and including odds and ends like buffalo locks. This roving looks perfect for one of these projects.

One Sheep said...

This yarn is just beautiful. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=19779715 Thanks for hosting another week of fun!

Knitmomma said...

Fun fiber! I love alpaca, it's just so soft! I would choose Hand dyed Alpaca Roving in Pink, Periwinkle, Burnt orange, Lemon, because the colors are fun and I'm curious how the mohair would feel with alpaca. Otherwise I would go for the Brown Alpaca Roving from Mira and Sagitarius and the Natural Black Alpaca roving. Just lovely!

wenchamok said...

That brown-with-a-hint-of-orange handspun alpaca and Shetland sheep yarn looks so warm and inviting! And I love the pics of the individual alpacas on the fleece listings!

Jen

Mara said...

I love the black roving from Berringer. It looks so soft!

HAY said...

I LOVE the Alpaca Roving - 4.6 ounces - Pink, Periwinkle, Burnt orange, Lemon. The colors look awesome together!

Angie said...

I was lucky enough to get the chocolate brown sample batt in my March box... it was amazing!! It certainly elevated my spinning! :)

I would love anything from the shop, but I have a weakness for the autumn colors -- there's a roving of red/organge/yellow that's gorgeous!

cthulhulovesme said...

I absolutely adore the Cherry Red-Yellow Sun-Burnt Orange hand dyed alpaca roving.

-cthulhulovesme on Rav

Anita said...

Have to say that the Hand dyed Alpaca Roving - 2 ounces - Pink-Yellow-Salmon is my favorite at the moment. :)

BeckyS said...

I love all of the natural rovings. Undyed rovings are my favorite, and hers are extra special yummy!

Anonymous said...

It was really hard to choose just one, but I really like Natural Gray Alpaca Roving

KnitDesigns on Rav

Rachel Suntop said...

I love the pink, salmon and yellow alpaca the best. It reminds me of brightly colored birthday cake I ate as a kid. Or a lush lemon meringue pie oozing with bubbly strawberry sauce!

wootsauce said...

Well, I like everything in her shop, but I'll say this natural black roving: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23497442
Because I LOVE natural black, I love alpaca, and I've bought roving from her before so I know how nice it is.

rebelhousewife said...

Wow, so much choice. I love it all. I love spinning alpaca. I think this is my favorite, I love the color blend. Hand dyed Alpaca Roving - 2.4 ounces - Cherry Red-Yellow Sun-Burnt Orange
ravid rebelhousewife

SupaCindy3000 said...

I love the rust color alpaca and shetland sheep. So beautiful!

helenlam said...

I'm liking the rovings, esepecially: White Alpaca Roving - 2 ounces - Andy and Polaris

Breien in Lansingerland said...

Beautiful rich colour in the roving! I would love to try it

sciteacher said...

I love the look of the Gray Alpaca Fleece called Silver Samuri. I just want to hold it and pet it. I had such a hard time tearing myself away from all the luscious fibers and yarns.
-sciteacher at Rav

missknitta said...

Love love love the grey millspun alpaca blend. Everything is just gorgeous!

Alpaca Farmgirl said...

I like the black roving. I never have enough of my own black alpacas...

Beki said...

Ooh brown. I love it! I'd love to make a bunch of stuff out of this: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=12662719

trh said...

I love everything in Maple's shop - but especially the alpaca/merino roving. That might be why I keep going back and ordering more and more. I'm going to order some pure alpaca when I get just a little more knitting done . . . I love, love, love her fibers!

The Broms said...

We spent way too much time at the Houston Rodeo mooning over the Alpacas a few weeks back. My favorite is that she includes a picture of the animal it came from! How great is that?

Natalie said...

I love her handdyed rovings, especially the Cherry Red-Yellow Sun-Burnt Orange one!

Lauria @ Brackenbury Lane said...

There were so many interesting things that I wasn't sure what I would pick, until I stopped dead on the Alpaca Ruana. Just beautiful!!

I also appreciate that Maple knows that some people are allergic to scented things and will leave them out no problems. And I like that she recognizes us hookers! AND I like that she includes pictures of the llamas that the fiber is from. It's always good to know just where your yarn is coming from. :)

Queen of Kim Chee Kingdom said...

The handspun hand dyed alpaca hat is so pretty. I love the greens w/the lavendar/pinks. So pretty!

Strike My Fancy said...

I love the alpaca roving in pink, periwinkle, burnt orange, and lemon. Alpaca is such a joy to spin!

Girl in Red Shoes said...

I absolutely adore the pink, periwinkle, burnt orange, lemon roving! Can I have it? Please.
It was hard to choose, everything is so lovely!
thank you!

fiona
(tweeted once again :)

Carlin said...

I love the Natural Colored Alpaca Handspun Yarn, but really everything is gorgeous.

norichan said...

ALL of the naturally colored rovings are beautiful. I think I may just have to buy some to try them out. :o)

I also blogged about this.

penelopestitchstop said...

I would love this to add to my stash, just don't tell my husband.

Quilting Pansy said...

I won the Polaris roving (Dark Fawn Alpaca Roving - 2 ounces - Polaris) and it is soo gorgeous! Thank you!!

Cindy