Gifts of Knitting. New Old Yarn and Giveaway.

//Gifts of Knitting. New Old Yarn and Giveaway.

Gifts of Knitting. New Old Yarn and Giveaway.

Something absolutely amazing, magical and mind-blowing happened to me last week! And only knitters will understand how amazing, magical and mind-blowing it was!

Ok, you already know that I happen to live in Mexico right now, in town with no yarn. Sounds scary, right? Getting new and good yarn is a real challenge for me, but most of all I am frustrated about the fact that I am a lonely knitter, absolutely devoid of the company of other knitters, of the opportunity to attend any fiber related events and yarn stores. So, the last events seem absolutely incredible to me! The world is so small and full of miracles!

A couple of weeks ago three completely different women contacted me to say that they know one amazing knitter who happens to be in town right now and I absolutely have to meet her. It was so bizarre – these three women didn’t know each other, but thought about me during the same week and were kind enough to put me in touch with a fellow knitter. How amazing is that?!

What happened next was like a scene from the movie. These things just don’t happen in real life, at least in my life! πŸ™‚ A fellow knitter turned to be Kelley! If you know Knit Picks, you know Kelley. Kelley and her husband founded this amazing yarn company in 2002. We met, we talked and talked and talked, about everything “knitty” and “yarny” in this world! My friend who came with me was a little bit lost – she couldn’t understand the most we were talking about πŸ™‚ We really spoke one language – yarn, knitting, crocheting, favorite knitting blogs and designers and so on and so forth… It was so fascinating for me to have somebody in “real life” to talk to and share my passion!

Kelley knows better than I do how hard it is to get yarn in Mexico. The choice is basically restricted to cotton, which is pretty good quality, and acrylic. She offered me her stash yarn that she probably won’t be able to use. What?! Yarn?! For me?!!! I must be dreaming! To cut a long story short, I found myself with this treasure.


How, how, how is it even possible?!!

I admit. I cried. I’ve never ever in my life touched such a beauty. I’ve read about it, I saw pictures, I dreamed about it, but I’ve never even put my hands on this kind of yarn – Peruvian highland wool, merino wool, silk, alpaca… All these words were filling my dreams, but not my hands. I was so touched by Kelley’s generosity, openness and desire to share her knowledge! I promise to put this treasure in good use!Β What an incredible gift, a gift of knitting, to find a new friend who shares your passion…

And I have a gift of knitting for you! Lovely Julie from Knitted Bliss is offering you a copy of her new cowl design that I had a pleasure to test knit.

Knitting Cowl

Hyperballad cowl pattern gives you the opportunity to work with beautiful cables and lovely texture of broken rib stitch. In one pattern you will find instructions how to make two cowls. The smaller cowl will use only 1 skein of DK yarn, a perfect project for leftover yarn! With just two skeins you will be able to make a bigger version to wrap yourself in its gorgeous cables!

To enter this giveaway leave a comment below and let me know – Β will this cowl become a gift for you or for somebody else? The winning comment, randomly chosen, will be announced on Friday, 24th of April!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!



By | 2016-04-10T08:52:54+00:00 April 19th, 2015|Yarn|34 Comments


  1. Andi April 19, 2015 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    The generosity of the knitting community often brings me to tears. How lovely that Kelley gave you such an amazing gift.
    Since my sister will most likely see this cowl and want it- it would be a gift. πŸ™‚
    Enjoy your new yarn, Alina!

    • Alina April 19, 2015 at 7:35 pm - Reply

      Oh, Andi! You can’t imagine how grateful I am to this incredible community!

  2. Pat April 19, 2015 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful gift of talking with a fellow knitter! As much as I would want to keep the cowl I would make it for someone else. I enjoy giving my knitting and sewing away to others.

    • Alina April 19, 2015 at 7:38 pm - Reply

      Dear Pat, I am sure you put all your love into each stitch – it’s the beauty of handmade!

  3. Gail April 19, 2015 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    Hi! Congratulations on the great haul of yarn you received. That is so awesome!

    I would love to win a copy of Julie’s cowl pattern. I can sure use it in cold Canada.

    • Alina April 19, 2015 at 7:42 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Gail! This yarn on the picture is just a small part of what Kelley gifted! I literally felt like a Cinderella receiving gifts from a fairy! I still can’t believe it! Julie’s cowl would definitely keep you warm!

  4. Rebecca April 20, 2015 at 4:44 am - Reply

    I have always said this is a generous community. I would have cried too!

    • Alina April 20, 2015 at 4:06 pm - Reply

      This community is all about sharing!

  5. Zeta April 20, 2015 at 10:16 am - Reply

    I’m so happy for you! It’s nice to see that the gifts of knitting keep on happening! πŸ˜€
    As for the hyperballad cowl pattern, I have already entered 2 more giveaways for it! Seems like I’m trying to increase my odds here….!

    • Alina April 20, 2015 at 4:07 pm - Reply

      My husband says that I must have a radar attracting yarn from all possible and impossible places! πŸ™‚ Good luck with a giveaway πŸ™‚

  6. Hannah April 20, 2015 at 11:33 am - Reply

    Oh wow that is so sweet and touching! Knitters are such nice people and I’m grateful that the knitting community is global

    • Alina April 20, 2015 at 4:09 pm - Reply

      I love how crafts bring people together. Knitters will always find something to talk about no matter how different their backgrounds are!

  7. Julie April 20, 2015 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    ooh, congrats on the awesome new yarn haul!! Knit picks has lots of great lines, you are going to have so much fun knitting with those!

    • Alina April 20, 2015 at 4:12 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Julie! It’s so incredible, I basically spend my evenings just looking at yarn πŸ™‚

  8. Nicky April 21, 2015 at 10:08 am - Reply

    Oh my … what a wonderful gift!!!!! I can’t wait to see what you do with those pretties. The knitting community has made me cried many times over with its generosity, I’m glad you got to experience that too.

    This giveaway cowl is definitely a pattern I’d do for myself. The pattern is so me. Is that selfish? LOLOL!

    • Alina April 21, 2015 at 9:40 pm - Reply

      Hey, Nicky! Not selfish at all!!! It is no less important to make gifts for ourselves than for others πŸ™‚ Good luck!

  9. Rebecca LL April 21, 2015 at 10:34 am - Reply

    I’d love to gift this to someone. it looks like a fun knit!

    • Alina April 21, 2015 at 9:34 pm - Reply

      This cowl was a joy to make – interesting, but not over-complicated stitch pattern!

  10. heathermama April 21, 2015 at 10:36 am - Reply

    that is so amazing!! all that yarn looks great. <3

  11. Jenna Oh April 21, 2015 at 11:53 am - Reply

    It would be a gift for my mother!

    • Alina April 21, 2015 at 9:35 pm - Reply

      Handmade gifts are the most precious ones! Good luck!

  12. Karen April 21, 2015 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    So, so happy for you, Alina! Yes, I’ve found knitters to be among the kindest people in the world! We moved two years ago and I still have yet to find a knitting community. BUT I’ve had no trouble finding yarn!!

    • Alina April 21, 2015 at 9:37 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Karen! Where is yarn, there is community! πŸ™‚ I am sure you will find fellow knitters in no time!

  13. Lilly's Mom April 21, 2015 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    How delighted you must have been to receive such lovely yarn. I’m sure you will have so much fun planning and making beautiful items from such lovely yarn. I love the cowl pattern. It would be perfect to make as a gift for my best friend. My best to you πŸ™‚

    • Alina April 21, 2015 at 9:38 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Pat! I am so in love with these skeins!

  14. Kathy April 22, 2015 at 1:49 am - Reply

    I haven’t knit anything for myself yet this year – a sweater, two hats, and a blanket all for others – so maybe I’ll treat myself to a cowl! Love the way the cables shine in this yarn! Thank you

    • Alina April 22, 2015 at 6:05 am - Reply

      Hi, Kathy! Yes, you should definitely make something for yourself!

  15. fun April 22, 2015 at 9:40 am - Reply

    if it turns out well, it will be a gift; otherwise, i will keep it for myself.

  16. Caffeine Girl April 24, 2015 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful story. I’m glad you have some wonderful yarn to knit with.

  17. Ranee @ Arabian Knits April 27, 2015 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    How cool that you got to meet the founder of Knit Picks! And I am so happy for you that you were able to receive that fun yarn. Enjoy working with it!

    • Alina April 27, 2015 at 5:39 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Ranee! It was so bizarre and unbelievable to meet Kelley in Mexico!

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