Wednesday, July 29, 2009

North Star Alpacas Yarn Giveaway!



Maple of NorthStarAlpacas has just broght home several pounds of her babies fleeces from the mill. There they were processed into the most beautiful rovings and yarn!

If you have had a chance to sample a bit of NorthStarAlpacas, you will know the quality is unmatched. Everything she has is so soft and smells so delicious! Maple includes a sweet smelling herbal sachet in with every order.

Have you spun alpaca yet? It is truly dreamy! One thing I really appreciate about many of Maple's goods, is that she has the mill blend her alpaca with super soft merino. It has the same softness that you can expect from pure alpaca, but it will also lend a bit more memory to your knitting. You see how clever Maple is? You can learn more about life with the 'pacas at her delightful blog here: http://www.northstaralpacas.blogspot.com

I am really excited to see that Maple has put together some spinning samplers in her shop! Now you can test out all of the different colors she has! What a great way to try before committing to buying pounds (which is what you will want to do) of one color/blend.

We're giving away 2 skeins of luscious millspun Alpaca and Merino yarn! At 250 yards each, this will be enough to really make a project out of. It is also white, you could dye it (but don't tell me about it, because it is too beautiful now!). We'll be drawing for a name on Saturday. Just visit NorthStarAlpacas, find something you like, and write about it in the comments section below. Be sure and twitter, facebook, ravelate, blog or plurk about this contest as I will count your efforts as second entries (just let me know you did it).

Maple, thank you so much for being tireless and taking care of these beautiful and gentle fiber creatures. We really enjoy using their fluff!

121 comments:

Bombshell made redundant. American misplaced. said...

Well, obviously I need some of the light brown alpaca fleece from the alpaca named Patience, as we share a name!!! RT'ed @millarca

Craft Hippie News said...

It would be a hard to choice between the natural black, the light brown, and the white...I'll have to try them all. I am new to using a drop spindle, so I'm sure this will be a fantastic source for roving.

Vanessa said...

I love the hand spun hand dyed alpaca hat. Also, the light brown swirl roving is luscious!

Cathy said...

I really like the Cosmos

Quilting Pansy said...

I already know I love Maple's alpaca fiber. :)
My favorite of the moment is:White Alpaca Roving from Pollux, I would love to spin that, and maybe try a bit with the mohair:
Charcoal Gray Alpaca/Mohair Roving

Cindy

Cathy said...

twitter.

Katharine said...

Ooh, I am a sucker for any of that natural, creamy white alpaca roving. Looks gorgeous!
RTed @ssailorss

Jennifer said...

What beautiful fibery goodness! I would have a hard time choosing between the hand-spun yarn and the hand-woven scarves.

CptSnoopy on Ravelry said...

I'm in love with that light brown and fawn alpaca top! I will have to order some soon.

MyaStone said...

The handspun is gorgeous, but in the end I want the grey alpaca handwoven scarf (now!).

SpringSplndr said...

I fell in love with the Hand dyed Alpaca / Merino Top in Hot Fuschia and Periwinkle. Too bad I don't spin.....YET!

TheClayMuse said...

Love love love this :Hand dyed Alpaca/Merino - 240 yards - Diana
RT'ed @claymuse

trh said...

I absolutely love everything I've ever gotten from Maple! I've gotten several of her blends, some pure alpaca and some very special batts from her. She's very generous with her orders too. Next, I'm going to buy some pure alpaca roving to spin - just have to decide which of her lovely colors to get.

skaro964 said...

This is the yarn that I love.
Handspun Hand dyed Alpaca Yarn - 242 yards


Description
3 oz./85 grams - 242 yards/221 meters - DK to Worsted Weight

I spun this yarn from roving that I handdyed in my crock pot. See here: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23246973

After I spun a single, I plied the yarn with a red thread with gold sparkles. It's really pretty and I wish the glitz showed up better in the pictures.

I will also twitter this.

Kristen said...

How beautiful! I actually love the creamy "prize" skeins the most. Hope I win!

purple-power said...

I love the Hand dyed Hand spun Alpaca Yarn in the pinky/purply colorway naturally. It looks great!

Cindy said...

Honestly, I want all the fiber...but I'm partial to the hanks of blue to pink alpaca handspun, dyed on the spindle. Her handwovens are beautiful too...I want the $350 ruana--I can just imagine wrapping up in that on a cold winter morning...

Turtle said...

love the alpaca roving samples as well as the yarns!!

Ann-Marie said...

I like the light brown and brown swirl alpaca roving. It looks like chocolate swirl icecream. Yummm.
Cookieknits

Ann-Marie said...

I tweeted about it, too. I am "cookieknit."

Dawn said...

I'd love to run some of the natural roving through the dyepot, then spin spin spin!!

Magnolia said...

I love the black alpca roving! makes me wish I was a spinner!

Elaine said...

I love the Alpaca Handspun Handdyed Yarn - 114 yards.

Now off to blog about the contest

Elaine said...

I've blogged about it now at
elaine-knitting.blogspot.com and all my friends are busy trampling over to enter.

Strike My Fancy said...

I "hearted" some items but I have to say that the roving that is swirled brown and white together is my fave, along with the beautiful grey roving (I can have more that one fave, right?)

JuliaA said...

oh my gosh, the beautiful handwoven scarves!

i really love this though:

Hand dyed Alpaca / Merino Yarn - Green - 250 yards

love the hue of green.

Jersey said...

Oooh I love the Hand dyed Alpaca/Merino - 240 yards

Angele said...

Everything looks so soft, but my favorite is light fawn and brown swirl! So beautiful!

Rachel O said...

Alpaca Handspun Handdyed Yarn - 114 yards. The best!

MissMoosey on Ravelry said...

You have such lovely alpacas who make such incredible yarn! Well, the fleeces at least--I can imagine that spinning is very difficult when you are an alpaca and don't have fingers. My favorite yarn is the natural colored handspun from Sonata and Nick. I think it's amazing that undyed yarn can be such a gorgeous color!

Please give your alpacas an extra pats on the head from me!

EJ said...

Hand dyed Hand spun Alpaca/Merino Yarn - 122 yards - WOW!!

Sylvia said...

Too many beauties to pick from - I think my favorite is Alpaca Yarn - Hand dyed - Hand spun - 186 yards

knitting fool said...

My favorite is the Alpaca Handspun Handdyed Yarn - 114 yards.

Carla said...

The gray handspun is really beautiful

mtlaise said...

Love love love the woven silver and black colourwork shawl! It's stunning.

Sally said...

I will definately have to get my hands on the sample pack AND the 8 oz of swirl roving. I think I could make the hubby something fantastic for the holidays with that! And the white yarn is amazing. It looks sooo soft and squishy!! *fingers crossed*
RavID: MuddyMoose
Twitter: MuddyMooseAK (RT'ed)

CindyD said...

I really love the pure white alpaca batts and merino alpaca blend batts.

tom said...

The Alpaca Yarn - Hand dyed - Hand spun - 186 yards is gorgeous!

Robin said...

I love Maple's yarns and rovings -she is the reason I'm learning to spin-
I can't decide between Celeste and green of Hand dyed Alpaca/Merino.

Lycanthrophile said...

Handspun Bulky Alpaca and Mohair Yarn- 48 yards reminds me of a starry night.

The Mully's said...

Slubby and Athena are very pretty! But I'd love to dye my own! :) Thanks.

Jade Falcon said...

OMG, I don't know if I can decide what color roving I want. The light fawn and brown look like tasty caramel!

Rois said...

Well we all know that I'm madly in love with the swirly roving that Maple brought home...I want some...I'm hoping next months budget can be stretched to add some.

Jessica said...

I like the light brown & fawn fibers to spin...but even better is the wonderful, kind Maple who cares for the animal and provides the fiber. She was one of the first to welcome me when I opened an etsy shop, and even though I have never met her, seems to be an amazing woman!

Ann Ryan said...

I love all the hats, and really love the green zotikos blend. Yum!

Kenyetta said...

I love the hand dyed in Helios! It is so cute the donor's pic is on the item page!

Noemy said...

Really, who needs to dye any roving when you can have Alpaca Roving - Light Fawn and Brown Swirl. White and brown, natural alpaca colors! I can feel my hands on it =D

Alpaca Granny said...

I hope that this isn't too corny or hookey, but I just finished reading this and the tears are rolling....
I'm having a really hard time right now because the 1st year's anniversary of my husband's death is coming up and I've been quite emotional.
All you Phatfolks, and Jessica, and Marcus have been my supportive "keep me going" group without you even knowing it. The good energy, kindness, and love that flows amongst us is amazing. I don't want sympathy, friends, but want you to know how much you have helped a fellow Phat friend.

cnuland said...

I really like the Alpaca hand dyed, hand spun (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=12077767) in pinks and blues.

Lilm4105 said...

I LOVE the Emerald Green Handdyed Handknit Moebius Scarf. If I could right now, it would be mine!!
Such nice stuff!
Emily
Serendipity
www.lilm4105.etsy.com

Mama Jude said...

I just love all of the handspun--but I am particularly fond of the natural colored alpaca--especially the blend from the three different alpacas. The colors look so lovely blended together.

Carlin said...

I am a huge alpaca fan. I have multiple shades of brown from a friend but absolutely love the white and black rovings.

Sarah said...

I love the hand-dyed/hand-spun alpaca merino. gorgeous!

Nightphoenix said...

The light brown and fawn roving is just beautiful!

Lizbert on Ravelry

Sharon said...

Maple, I love your shop. I adore how some of the fluff is pictured on the hoof so that people can relate to the fact that their new scarf, sweater, etc. is thanks, in part, to a lovely animal who grew the raw materials.

My favorite of the things I saw was some handspun gray yarn from the fleece of Samuri. It is gorgeous.

craftygal86 said...

I love alpaca, so soft! My favorite from their store is the Hand dyed Alpaca/Merino - 240 yards - Diana. Beautiful colors!

Rachel (silberrn@aol.com) said...

I love the blend of natural colors and dyed colors. For example, the Handspun Bulky Alpaca and Mohair Yarn, spun from Berringer’s black is simply gorgeous. And, the Alpaca Handspun Hand dyed Yarn, with Polaris’ natural blended with olive and salmon has me thinking of patterns. You are an evil, evil person sending me to view these yarns. I must keep repeating the mantra I promised my DH … “I will not buy more yarn, I will not buy more yarn, I WILL …”

HODGEPODGESPV said...

Brown Suri Alpaca Bulky Handspun Yarn - 91 yards
this is sooo yummy...no dye...just alpaca...just makes you want to squish it!!
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Lisa said...

I immediately fell in love with Alpaca Roving - Light Fawn and Brown Swirl but alas it was reserved for Dianna. I am a novice drop spindler but am developing an addiction to natural rovings. This will be a wonderful source, thanks for link!

K said...

My favorite alpaca/merino handspun is called Celeste.

TJJ said...

I love the natural colored alpaca handspun yarn.

Carly said...

Oh how I love Maple! She's the coolest Granny I know and everything she has in her shop is fabulous. I especially love the handwoven shawls and the white handspun that has green icicle carded into it! I just got a package from her in the mail today! must go open....

Tamika said...

I LOVE that handwoven shawl. Seriously. I almost want to learn to weave (but it's tres scary). Beautiful bright colors in the dyed alpaca.

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/naraku009/status/2918708114

Dena said...

How could you pick ONE thing! Everything is soooo lucious! It looks like you could roll and sleep in the fluff for hours...PLUS Maple is the sweetest lady you could meet!

trh said...

Posted it on the blog.

Anna B said...

I Love the alpaca/merino slub yarn. I love that sort of texture. And I adore the alpaca/silk scarf! I love that pattern! I'm excited to do a trade with you, I'm glad you like my yarns too!

Roma said...

The lightbrown, handspun from Nick would make the most beautiful hat!
Roma

Anonymous said...

I WANT TO TRY HAND DYING AND THE WHITE ALPACA AND MERINO IS CALLING MEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

MONIQUE

Clare said...

I really love the Slubby Alpaca Handspun Yarn in Spring! It's so pretty!

superwoman_4002 said...

Im loving the Hand dyed Alpaca/Merino - 240 yards - Diana... beautiful :D

Zaneta
superwoman_4002@yahoo.com

superwoman_4002 said...

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superwoman_4002 said...

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Anonymous said...

Lots of beauties here! Would love to spin some of the Natural Black Alpaca Fleece.

naomi said...

OMG the Alpaca - Merino - Mohair Blended Roving looks like a cloud ! I love it.

KT said...

I love the mixes Maple does - I have one that is brown/grey/cream from several different 'pacas. I also love that she includes a photo of the animal who gave up her fleece! My DD had a great time looking at those, and now she wants to pet the roving (as do I)!

RT'ed!

Michelle in Colorado Springs said...

I love the color of Alpaca Roving - Light Fawn and Brown Swirl.

TheEclecticElement said...

I love the Alpaca/Mohair Handspun Yarn - 170 yards in brown and blue.
Gorgeous!!
Thanks for this chance =]

TheEclecticElement AT yahoo DOT com

TheEclecticElement said...

I tweeted:

http://twitter.com/TheEclecticE/status/2924678019

TheEclecticElement AT yahoo DOT com

Vicky said...

There is no way I can pick just one thing one North Stars site!! I love so many of their dyed yarns and their finished pieces. I would love the patterns for the wave patterned scarf, the mobieus scarf, Emerald green mobieus scarf. The woven pieces are beautiful too.

And love these yarns - Alpaca/silk handyed, Celeste, Cosmos, Alpaca/merino spun from Target.

I will put a note on the Knit Sisters Ravelry group about your contest.

Thanks!!

zot said...

All the rovings and alpaca/merino tops looks so soft...

Anonymous said...

Love the yarn! Sure hope I'm the lucky winner LOL - Tina

Sharon Rose said...

I love the Gray Handspun Yarn (Samuri). Really appreciate the info on how you carded it all together. Very cool! Thanks for the chance to win!

Heather said...

I'm so lucky that Maple and her lovely alpacas live pretty close to me!

Everything in her shop is gorgeous, so I'll pick a fantasy favorite -- the lovely black and silver woven shawl. Yum!

AnneMarie said...

I love the charcoal grey alpaca/mohair roving. The deep color makes me want to spin and knit a hat!

Beautiful, Maple!

Cozy Knitting said...

I love to look at other folks handspun and woven pieces. I have never dyed alpaca. I always like the natural colors. So many choices, and lovely blended. I like the samplers.

stitchcat said...

The light brown & white swirled roving looks just like my coffee before I stir it, but I don't spin. The white alpaca & merino is perfect as-is - no reason at all to stick it in a pot of KoolAid. I've never had a chance to knit with alpaca, but I sure used to enjoy borrowing DH's store-bought lavender alpaca sweater years ago.

Rachel Suntop said...

I love the alpaca sample pack and the handdyed alpaca rovings!

StephCat said...

either the Celeste or Green alpaca merino millspun....looks yummy!

Kelli said...

I have to agree with many of the other comments: the fiber looks heavenly.

Wendy said...

The yarns are all lovely but that alpaca shawl pattern caught my eye - I can just imagine being wrapped up in that coziness!

Trina said...

What a great giveaway! My favorite was the dyed suri alpaca locks. They look so fluffy and soft.

Barbara said...

I don't even need to think about this. I am coveting the Alpaca Roving - Light Fawn and Brown Swirl - 8 ounces but I am a teacher and don't get paid in the summer. I may just have to buy it anyway!

I love Maple's fiber...well, I love to buy it, give it to my daughter, and watch her spin it :)

Grace said...

The green Alpaca/Merino handdyed is to dye for!!

Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

The Emerald Green Handdyed Handknit Moebius Scarf is so beautiful... makes me wish winter was here, or fall.

mdwartistry at yahoo dot com

Pamala Rose said...

Any of the dyed offerings...Maple is a wonder with her dye (crock) pot

Bejeweled said...

oh, I want, I want!! Gorgeous! I like the Zotikos and Celeste too!

RC said...

I loves all of it! but I really want to know when Granny Maple is going to sell her awesome potpourri she puts in each package. I would buy gallons of it!

knitterellapurl said...

I love the variety of colors! My favorite yarn would have to be Celeste. It's dreamy :)

theonlyevidence said...

I've been eyeing the brown fleece (Elphaba) and white suri locks. They would be so yummy spun together.

soxchik said...

I love Maple's things. I have been following her blog and she is a wonderful woman. Her hats are lovely and when she rainbow dyes her alpaca rovings ,they are so dazzling. She's the best.

emwall24 said...

The alpaca samplers look really cool...I've never spun alpaca, so I'd love to try those. The yarn looks scrumptious too!

One Sheep said...

I like the color combination of Alpaca Handspun Hand dyed Yarn - 206 yards in the colors colors dark fawn, olive and salmon.

Cher said...

Anything from Maple's store will always be a work of art. I do have a soft spot for her white rovings and yarn. if you ever want to know what a cloud feels like, just pick up some of Maple's alpaca yarn.

Tracy said...

Is it "cheating" to pick something already made?
The Alpaca and Mohair Handknitted PonyTail Hat makes me giggle. I love it!

EverImprovingMe said...

i really love the alpaca merino handspun slubby yarn. it is so pretty and looks so soft

helenlam said...

What's not to like about alpaca? However the Golden Prime Baby Fleece from Lyra looks absolutely yummy.

Max. H said...

Fantastic shop! The Light Fawn and Brown Swirl roving is absolutely lovely!

mc.crafty.bunny at gmail dot com

DG said...

I think my current fave (it's hard to choose) is the natural colored handspun with 3 different-colored fibers from her alpacas.

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rebelhousewife said...

I love alpaca too so again a hard choice, but I just love this color way. Hand dyed Alpaca/Merino - 250 yards - Zotikos
I think it would make excellent mittens.

katerina said...

The alpaca is so soft and looks so yummy - I love seeing the pictures of the hats - The Sweet Georgia and another sweet Georgia hat are really really cute! And a skein of a pink with a bit of purple/blue that's caught my eye too! :)

Amy said...

What a nice thing to do! I love your etsy shop and that you have so many choices, from the raw fiber all the way to hand spun and dyed! I love the roving that you dyed in your crock pot, yellow, salmon and teal, it looks really pretty.

dmr said...

So many and all so beautiful. That leaves the alpaca samples with 5 colors - that way I choose without choosing.

Hege said...

Beautiful yarn!

Heide said...

Wowsa! The yarn dyed in the Zotikos colorway is just dreamy. So many greens all blended together perfectly... sigh.