Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Down in the Country *Giveaway*





Jackie, from Down in the Country has graciously offered up a Rakestraw Spinner for a giveaway!

What is a Rakestraw Spinner, you ask? Well, it is a wooden drop spindle that has a primitive farm-implement look. It's very well made, right on Jackie's farm in New York State!

With a Rakestraw Spinner purchase, you get a cute tote, an instruction booklet and some hand dyed fiber. Her booklet seems clear and is printed in color. If you've purchase one of Jackie's Rakestraw, let us know what you think!

Visit Down in the Country, find something you'd like to post about, and write about it in the comments section below. We'll be drawing for a winner Friday! Remember, I will always count your tweets, plurks and facebooking about this as extra entires! *Just a warning that if you are at work you may need to turn your volume down as there is some intro music to her site*

Thank you, Jackie for providing this opportunity to try one of your beautiful spinners!

56 comments:

FunkyFiberFarm said...

Wow! The plying paddle really has my interest! I will have to look up how to use one! Beautiful work!

Bombshell made redundant. American misplaced. said...

Oh, man do I want a spinning wheel. The Pinkie looks amazing, as I have NO room in my house. An easily dismantle-able one would be perfect. RTed @millarca!

Kim said...

Definitely the lace blocker.r

Jacy said...

One of the ladies I was spinning with at the Blueberry Festival had a Rakestraw and it was mesmerizing!

I really like the plying paddles though. I should get one...I'm sure my hand will thank me for it.

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Jane said...

Oh - I have been eyeing those rakestraw spinners! And I really, really want a lace blocker!

Angelina said...

I really like that plying paddle too!!! sooo interesting!!

love the site!!

Angelina said...

I also posted to facebook and twitter (cinderella73077)
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Ann Ryan said...

I've never seen a lace blocker like that before, that's very interesting!

SewMamaLady said...

Well I certainly would love a Babe wheel! I'm still spindle spinning. I certainly wouldn't turn down any more spindles! LOL Thanks for all the giveaway chances. It's really cool.

sunnie fairy said...

the note cards are really cute! and the bag is cute, too!

Robin said...

I really have my eye on the electric spinner but the rakestraw is also on my list

Diana, Fiber Fancy said...

Oh... would love a Rakestraw Spinner! I've gotten this weird fixation with spindles and think I'm going to start a collection! Probably spindles because wheels cost too much to make a collection at the moment. Oh, that means I'd probably need the Plying Paddle too!

alittleweirdo said...

I'm intrigued by the plying paddle. Just learning how to ply (using a drop spindle) and I think a paddle would make it easier!

Mama Jude said...

I really like the idea of a plying paddle. I've also wanted to try one of those rakestraw spinners. I love the history behind them!

Max. H said...

I am really intrigued by the Babe Pinkie and the plying paddle. What an amazing shop!

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KT said...

I desperately want one of the plying paddles, too... the video for how to work it finally helped me understand plying!

DG said...

I also like the plying paddle. I missed using last month's coupon to get a spinner, so here's hoping....

Lady O said...

I would LOVE the lace blockers

Terri said...

Oh, this is such a cool site. I am so intrigued by all of her treasures that I truly can't pick a favorite. so exciting to see all of them.

beesybeefiber said...

I want the Walnut/Teak Spinner Set for me!

Sharon said...

I found the plying paddle and video fascinating. It seems to do beautiful plying.

Jags said...

I think the rakestraw spinner is awesome! I would love to try one out, and I think it would be great on long car trips!

I really want one of your andean plying paddles too, I haven't tried andean plying yet but I plan on trying it sometime soon

heather said...

I'm fascinated! I might have to get one. The oak spinnner is pretty!

Jan L said...

Gee, I haven't even tried using a drop spindle. Looks like this would be a fun introduction to the skill. Cute little bag too.

Nightphoenix said...

The lace blocker seems really interesting. Having only ever blocked items on a mattress, I think that has piqued my interest.

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Suse-the-slow-knitta said...

that looks fascinating! would I find it easier than my basic drop-on-my-foot spindle? undoubtedly!

Dawning Dreams said...

I love the reg red oak rakestraw spinner. These are so nice compared to some I've seen. I hope I get one!


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dixiemaiden said...

The plying paddles look interesting. I will have to learn more about them.

Cindy said...

I love that bumper sticker...you're putting me on....

Vanessa said...

How cute is that spindle stand? Love it!

jeckabee said...

Love that spindle, it looks really fun to try...

jeckabee said...

That Rakestraw spinner looks really cool to me. Lov eto give that a spin, I mean try...

Myra/prairiecomforts said...

This looks so interesting. I bet it would be great in the car or while flying! Headed over the website now to check it out!

jeckabee said...

I raveled, twittered and facebooked nad blogged too!...

Asia said...

I really really want a spinning wheel. The Babe Pinkie is perfect for my tiny house.

Susan said...

Ooh, neat! That plying paddle has a wonderful design! I totally need one of those!

Nephele said...

Okay, I need one of the those spinners. If I don't win this one, I'll just have to buy one. If I do when here I'll have to get a plying paddle...

ikkinlala said...

The Lace Blocker looks useful.

PenelopeRose said...

The Student Triloom looks like it would be a great way to use up some yarn! Great store!

skaro964 said...

I would like to give spinning a try, but with arthritis it is a changlege how to learn a new skill and not lose the use of my hands for a few days. I am intreged with the Rakestraw Spinner, it is so diffrent than any others I have seen.

I will face book and twitter,

Qutecowgirl said...

I bought one at Rhinebeck a few years ago and can I tell you it is the greatest thing. I have RA and a drop spindle was very hard on my hands but this really puts no stress on my hands what so ever. In fact it is what got me into spinning.

MissMoosey on Ravelry said...

I am tickled that the "Complete Guide to Modern Knitting and Crocheting" is sold on this site! I guess that 'modern' is a relative term. I am also rather fond of the Sheepish Sheep!

Anonymous said...

The internet has really made some incredible changes in the fiber community; I think for the better. I recently started a knitting group at work because folks kept saying "we should..." whenever they caught me with my knitting. A lot of beginners that needed help getting started, and (here's why I started writing) some folks who had learned how to knit by watching youtube, who are supporting the independent art yarn dyer/spinner etc, who join fiber clubs and sock clubs not only for local in-person contact, but to extend the reach across the continent and even the globe. When I went to the Down in the Country site, I was struck by the rakestraw spinning tools. Here is someone who has unique insight into an art that would have gone the way of the 286-chip in this ever-increasing technical world, and yet we arties and crafties have found a way to use that technology to reach back into the history pages and bring back the golden oldies to soothe our multitasking selves.
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Maeghan said...

I like the lace blocking frame. That could be really handy to have!!

jennifer said...

I want a plying paddle!

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Jen aka knitstuff said...

I'd love the spinner as it looks so portable and fun to use!

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brownbear said...

I've never seen anything like that before. I pretty much want everything there, but I'm intrigued by the Rakestraw spinners and the plying paddles.

morgaine24 said...

i love the Navajo Spindle i look fwd to owning one someday vbarton24 at gmail dot com

morgaine24 said...

twittered http://twitter.com/morgaine24/status/3592793552 vbarton24 at gmail dot com

morgaine24 said...

i plurked http://www.plurk.com/vbarton24 vbarton24 at gmail dot com

morgaine24 said...

facebook.com/victoriarobinsonbarton i did the facebook thing its on my wall vbarton24 at gmail dot com

Andrea said...

That antique spinning wheel is super cute! But I'm fascinated by the rakestraw spinner. Such an interesting design!

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Brat said...

I can'y decide bwtween the lace blocker and the plying paddle, what wonderful amazing tools!

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TheClayMuse said...

Oh... my want monster is craving the lace blocker!

zot said...

Those Rakestraw spinners look so neat! I'd love to try spinning with one.

trh said...

I think I want to get a plying paddle and try Andean plying!