Saturday, July 10, 2010

Giveaway - Knit Vest with Hand Spun Yarn from Springtree Road

This was lots of fun!

I came upon this lovely blog and left a comment when Maya was offering a free skein of her beautiful handspun and hand dyed yarn to someone who would knit something from it from a free pattern found online and then blog about it. I have decided to take the giving one step further and offer the finished work to one of my blog readers.

First, let me introduce you to Maya, of Springtree Road, in her words ~
Springtree Road is about family and feeling connected to both the past and present. The actual Springtree Road is where I grew up: my grandparents’ house in Athens, Georgia, where I stayed after school and on most summer days. My grandparents were simple folks who gardened and built things, cooked and crafted. Before retiring, they both worked at the same textile mill together. My grandfather tended to the machines and my grandmother worked them to spin the fabric for the little bandages on Band-Aids.

So it feels like a lovely coincidence, a happy accident, a full-circle, good karma kind of thing that I would happen onto spinning yarn. I was looking for a way to ensure that I could stay home with my daughter and it fell right into my lap. Before that, spinning was always on my list of things I wanted to learn someday. Of course someday almost never comes, so I’m thankful for the unforeseen push that led me to pursue fiber as both an art and a business.

The best part is that I love it. I do it all myself – the yarn that you see in my shop usually starts as either commercial wool top or fresh off the sheep. I dye it here at home in very small batches (usually 4-6 at a time), spin it in my living room, photograph it in my backyard, and mail it out to you in yummy little yarn cakes that I wind up on the ball winder I keep in my fiber room. My 4-year-old personally hugs each package before we send it on its way. There’s a lot of love in what I do.

Next, let me show you which skein of yarn I chose from her beautiful shop - this was not easy.

~the yarn I chose, so amazingly soft and beautiful~

I knew that I would use one of my favorite patterns. This so simple baby vest found at the Thrifty Knitter. It was such a joy to knit with this yarn.

Here is the finished vest. It will fit an infant about 3 months - 12 months. Our family made the natural birch buttons.
To win the vest and a the leftover yarn that would be enough to knit a little gnome or baby hat, just leave a comment and to be entered twice, blog about the giveaway and leave another comment after you do.

The drawing will be Friday morning, July 16 at 7:00 am EST.

Many thanks to Maya for offering me the opportunity to knit with her beautiful yarn and The Thrifty Knitter for sharing the pattern.

63 comments:

  1. How absolutely darling! Love it! How fun would it be to knit up a little baby hat to match!

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  2. This is a beautiful vest! I follow Maya as well. I wonder if I followed you both separately and then here you both are. How wonderful is that? I love your blog, and I can't wait to try some of Maya's yarn!

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  3. what a wonderful idea to turn one blog giveaway into two!

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  4. that vest is so cute! with a baby coming in January, we could use it :) The yarn is lovely.

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  5. what wonderful yarn! I have a baby girl that would look o so lovely in that beautiful vest!

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  6. so sweet! i must getting knitting again this summer!

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  7. How beautiful & what a great idea!

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  8. How beautiful would love to be entered!!

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  9. what a gorgeous vest! if i won, i would have to take it one step further and give it away again to a friend of mine who has a baby caus my children are all too big now!

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  10. Oh! I would really LOVE this! So beautiful and just what I've been wanting for my little one inside me. Great giveaway!!

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  11. This is beautiful, Tonya! Thanks for entering us. Would be just lovely for the baby we hope to have later this year.

    Warmly
    Jen

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  12. That is so adorable! What a beautiful vest! I know just the baby who could use that. :)

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  13. I love your vests - they're lovely! (:

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  14. Such a fabulous vest and giveaway! I love it!

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  15. So talented you are!! And what a lovely way to keep the circle of giving going!! And for supporting local artists!!! Thank you for this!

    ~Samantha

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  16. Wow! THe vest turned out so wonderful using that yarn!! How inspirational you are Tonya!!

    :)Lisa

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  17. This vest is really beautiful! I would love to win it for my little sister who is expecting her first little girl this fall!

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  18. Such a beautiful vest crafted from beautiful yarn! And I LOVE the giveaway that keeps on giving-away :-)

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  19. How absolutely lovely! The homemade buttons add just the right touch to that beautiful and soft-looking vest.

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  20. that is adorable... really sweet!

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  21. What a lovely item. I would love to win that for a baby due any day now.

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  22. Squeeaal! I have been searching for yarn just like this!!! I would be beside myself to win this.. you see I know the perfect surprise someone to wear this ;) <3 Thanks for the chance!!

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  23. What a lovely vest! The birch buttons are quite charming as well... Maya does have wonderful yarn, and you are a gifted knitter!

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  24. Very sweet. I've come upon the pattern, too, but haven't used it yet. The buttons are just wonderful!

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  25. I just love this vest and the wool is amazing. I'd love to give this to my soon to be born neice. I think those buttons are just a perfect fit for the vest. You have such amazing give aways!

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  26. That is ADORABLE! please enter me! i just love those buttons!

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  27. The vest and the yarn are so
    beautiful. I would love to win.

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  28. wow that vest is beautiful...and i am totally in love with those buttons...great idea! i happen to be growing a little person right now who would fit into that vest this winter...hmmm...but if i don't win...what is that pattern:) thanks for sharing! xo, pennie

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  30. This is adorable!! I don't need to be entered. Maya is a good friend of mine on line... I have some of her yarn... I really need to DO something with it!!

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  31. This is gorgeous yarn, and you definitely put it to good use in making that charming sweater. I'll definitely use the yarn to make a coordinating baby item, if I win!
    thorandellie {at} gmail {dot} com

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  32. Such a pretty vest and very creative work - i am always envious of knitters something I am challenged by but always willing to try - hopefully with the extra yarn!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  33. Beautiful and sweet! I can imagine this keeping little babes warm during our chilly maine winters. Wonderful :)

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  34. Beautiful vest, buttons are super cute. Count me in!
    samantha.kruse dot gmail dot com

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  35. soo pretty! My little girl would look so beautiful in this vest, thanks for this giveaway. We would be thrilled to win.

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  36. Such beautiful yarn and superb buttons!!!

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  37. Such love and generosity - your kindness has inspired me...if we were so lucky my baby could wear the vest and i could knit an gnome and the gnome could fly to live with another child.. i wonder how far a ball of wool could reach around the world?

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  38. That vest is beautiful and you are so generous!! I love that you are taking the giving one step more and whoever wins will also take the giving one step further by giving the vest to someone they love. Those buttons are marvelous.
    I remember Athens; I am orginally from GA and spent lots of time there. Thanks for introducing me to Springtree Road. Have a great day!

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  39. This is so beautiful! I'm off to visit Springtree Road right now!

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  40. What a generous giveaway! And what a sweet little vest you have knit up! If I believed in "luck" I'd be crossing my fingers, as I have a sweet baby girl that would just fit beautifully inside that little sweater! Thanks so much for the chance to enter! I have been enjoying your blog since I found it a few weeks ago!
    Blessings,
    Rachel

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  41. Wow - so beautiful! I sent you an award on my blog if you want it:
    http://theforestroom.blogspot.com/2010/07/garden-camping-and-other-stuff-in-midst.html

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  42. What a gorgeous vest, from such gorgeous yarn!
    Nikki

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  43. What a sweet sweet giveaway! That vest is so adorable!

    Thanks Tonya!
    suzy

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  44. What a wonderful vest and a wonderful giveaway. Thanks!

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  45. Wow... again your vests are just so beautiful can't get enough. My sister is having a baby soon. This vest would be perfect. Thanks Tanya for the giveway.

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  46. I love the birch buttons and rainbow colors. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  47. I want to make sure that as much as possible that everyone else in the group is aware of when you post something for our group so that you will receive visits. We now have 99 participants. That is so great! Because we are so large, it is not possible to visit each and every post that every member puts up; so when you post something related to The Artistic Mother's Art group, I would suggest that you start your title off with "Artistic Mother" to maximize your chances of others from the group paying you a visit. I look at the blog roll for our group every day; and when I see those words, I automatically know that this is a post that I don't want to miss. Please continue to check the blog roll on my blog for Artistic Mother Group related posts on a regular basis so that we can continue to encourage one another in our efforts to do a little something creative each day. Only five show at a time. Just click "Show All" to see all of the blogs.

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    Host of The Artistic Mother's Art Group
    www.artisticcreationswithtrudy.blogspot.com

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  48. I have a winter baby due and would love to win this.

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  49. I'm so glad I found your blog (from Maya's)! and what a kind and thoughtful thing for you to pay it forward and keep the "gifting" moving on:)

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  50. great colours and those buttons are adorable ... happy days xx

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  51. What a lovely giveaway! I am so excited about the idea of giving away from the giveaway...I have actually one a few precious gifts from bloggers I admire, and you've inspired me to do something fun with that. :) I found your blog recently through a link at Farm Mama, and I am enjoying your thoughtful lifestyle immensely. Thanks for sharing!!

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  52. What a lovely vest! I have a thing for buttons, and those handmade ones are stunning.

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  53. Adorable! Love the fiber and especially love the handmade buttons!

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  54. This vest is really so very beautiful. And those buttons! I've just blogged about your giveaway, as it is so inspirational on many levels :-)

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  55. That has to be the cutest vest I have ever seen! Love the wood buttons :)

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  56. What an adorable vest full of so much love, kindness, and talent! The colors are beautiful!

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  57. How wonderful. Thank you for the chance to win this for my baby.
    oldsockfarm ((at)) gmail ((dot)) com

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  58. I blogged about this drawing here:
    http://oldsockfarmer.blogspot.com/2010/07/knit-vest-with-handspun-yarn-from.html
    oldsockfarm ((at)) gmail ((dot)) com

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  59. SO beautiful, I love it! mamatkins@hotmail.com

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