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Saturday, February 19, 2005

Stitch 'n Bitch Nation Giveaway Contest

I find myself with an extra copy of “Stitch ‘N Bitch Nation” by Debbie Stoller that I’m offering up in an online contest. You could win this book by suggesting a knitting project for my souvenir yarn.

While on honeymoon in Alaska I met Boris and Tula, two Bactrian camels, who gave me these two skeins of their yarn. Boris and Tula live at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage. I simply could not pass up this yarn when I spied it in the gift shop and it’s probably my favorite souvenir. I’d like to knit something really groovy from this yarn that will remind me of my honeymoon.

Each skein is approximately 75 yards and is 77% camel hair and 23% wool. I wouldn’t mind mixing it with another yarn if anyone has any suggestions about that as well.

Please pick your best idea and add it as a comment on this blog entry. Winner of the Stitch ‘n Bitch Nation Giveaway Contest will be selected at random from all entries on Monday, February 28th.

“You should only buy yarn from camels that you know!”


Anonymous Jen said...

Hello, thanks for stopping by my blog, and for leaving a comment! It's nice to meet you.

This is beautiful yarn and a lovely souvenir! I knit with some baby camel last year and found that the yarn was quite airy and light. Lovely to work with, but doesn't really hold a shape very well. So, my suggestion is for some kind of scarf or shawl. If you want something really glamourous, perhaps you could combine it with a subtle metallic yarn, or ladder yarn, in a similar shade -- kind of a golden or coppery tone. I'm normally not a big fan of such novelty yarns, but there are some lovely ones out there these days. Berocco Quest is quite lovely (but pricey!). Whatever you choose to make, have fun with it!

10:02 AM  
Blogger ttbookjunkie said...

Cool souvenir! How about a seeds and block scarf?

Cannot wait to see what you make with it.


12:12 PM  
Blogger Tami said...

That picture of the camel is priceless. What a great souvinear to remember your trip. I would probably make a small pillow and maybe put an intarsia camel on the front.

I already have the book so I am not entering the contest. Can't wait to read all the suggestions.

10:08 AM  
Blogger Max said...

Fingerless gloves, of course....

10:47 AM  
Anonymous Hanna said...

Hey, i don't know your taste, but I wanted to suggest a warm and cozy vest like leftover at but with just the camel yarn and one extra color for smaller stripes (your favorit color, I would chose ligth pink)? Eather use that pattern or another one for a west, a thing you can use yeararound and that won't go out of fashion (so that you'll remember the honeymoon for a long time!).

But while visiting Knitty I found the new noa 3-in-1 wich could be it, or? I like it, if it's cold alot where you live? ;-)

I hope you pic me, I'd like to get that book! ;-)

Take care!

10:52 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

I would suggest a neckwarmer. IK had a camel (or yak? something precious) neckwarmer a few years ago and said it was a good, small pattern for that yarn since the yarn is not that strong and not that cheap.

11:10 AM  
Blogger alison said...

What a great picture and great idea for a little contest!

A friend of mine just completed some socks in a baby camel yarn. They're not walking around socks and certainly not shoe socks. They're totally indulgent, just for putting your feet up by the fire.

No way you get two pairs of socks out of the two skeins, but it would be nice if you could make something you and your husband could both enjoy. Maybe a lap throw, if you used some other yarn to carry along, or just used the camel as a detail (stripes?). Or one of those cool pair of mittens where each of you has one mitten and then the third has an opening for both of your hands, so you can hold hands in your mittens.

Have fun with it!

9:41 AM  
Anonymous Meg said...

Hi! Okay, it needs to be special because it's from your honeymoon so I'm inclined to say it should be something you can both use and perhaps even pass down, etc. To be used, but hopefully not worn out.

My mom knit a beautiful afghan that was comprised of panels of different patterns. Some had bobbles, some were cabled, some a little complicated, others more plain to even it out. The color is really classic, so you could look for a few other shades in that same palette and knit a panel out of each. Use the camel hair yarn for the central panel and make some kind of a Celtic cable pattern - there are a few with wedding/entwined rings significance.

Then - curl up under it on cold winter nights for years to come until you're both old and gray! :)

If you'd like to get the info on the afghan, just let me know!


1:01 PM  
Blogger amanda said...

what about the airy scarf (is a small neckerchief really) from last minute knitted gifts? could go casual or dressy and if you're adventurous you could always add some beads :o)

3:52 PM  
Anonymous Carla said...

I'm inclined to say something super cheesy lovey dovey since its a honeymoon souvenier. So maybe a heart shaped pillow for the love nest? This is a toughie because you only have two skeins right?

Ok...table runner. Mantle scarf. Something you can display ;) and that is my final answer. Use some intarsia or duplicate stitch to embellish it. Or some other bits of yarn to add flowers or shapes (Have Nikky Epstein's Knitted Embellishment book? Its awesome.
In fact isntead of this contest...if you don't have that book..why not trade it in for the Nikky Epstein?

9:02 AM  
Blogger Miriam said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on Lucius (my monkey).

I would suggest a lacey scarf. Camel tends to be light and soft, so I say do it justice by making something to go next to your skin like a scarf, and also, I think you'll get the most bang out of such a lovely fiber, if you use it in a lace. I can probably get a pattern that is just beautiful from a friend. She did hers in cashmere, but it's got an edging that's worked at the same time as the rest of the scarf, but it gives you cute triangular picoted bits. Hard to describe, but I think it would be perfect for that Camel yarn. :)


11:39 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

That camel is so cute, and I love this camel handspun idea--what a great souvenir! I think a scarf is the obvious way to go because it will get a lot of wear. There are some great lacy patterns out there. Can't wait to see what you do with it!

Have a great week, Ginger!

3:21 PM  
Blogger Dandy said...

Hey there... just stopping by and seen a contest... well who can resist?? lol...
as for a project....hhhmmmmm

I like the idea of something for you and your hubby....

what about a headband/ear warmers?

like coronet from knitty... just omit the top and knit the band..

just an idea... good luck to all!!

10:04 PM  
Blogger the knitrider said...

thanks for stopping at my blog! I am excited about my dog too! of course! Your blog is great btw, and what an exciting honeymoon!

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would really like a copy of Stitch´n Bitch nation !

How about making mittlets or wristwarmers from this lovely yarn:


6:36 PM  
Blogger Pioggia said...

How about a mongolian hat, with earflaps?

10:42 PM  
Anonymous Valerie ( said...

I love the picture of the camel. Why don't you make camel pillows? Perhaps two pillows shaped like the humps of camels? It would just look like an interesting design, but could make you laugh everytime you looked at it.

3:32 PM  
Blogger Lou said...

How about matting and framing the adorable picture of the camel. Then you can knit a wide-ish lace edging, tack it to the picture matte as a border for the picture. Depending on what size the picture/matte is you might still have enough yarn left over for one of the other suggestions.

I love that you got yarn as a souvenir. What a great way to remember your honeymoon!

3:47 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Um, would a knit camel be a bit too predictable?

6:04 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Honeymoon. Camel. Hmm, I immediately think of the Honeymoon Camisole from I'm working on one for my DIL. You'd have to add more yarn of course.

7:52 PM  
Anonymous nona said...

nona thinks the Mon petit chou hipsters are just the ticket -- well it is honeymoon yarn isn't it?

12:35 AM  
Anonymous Julia said...

Oh, I am not good at this, but if I had those two little skeins, I would knit a gaiter (a little smoke ring), It will last forever and be the right amount of yarn for the project. Something you could even pass on to your kids. There are several good patterns out there.

2:08 PM  

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