Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Good Karma Giveaway

As promised earlier, I want to do a giveaway. Today is the day!

Can you guess what they are from their back?


Hint number one: Something starts with W, ends with -meise.

Hint number two: They're from Bavaria, Germany.

Hint number three: Each skein is at least 150g in weight and has an amazing yardage of over 500 metres.

Hint number four: Not buttery soft. But they make the most sturdy socks in the most vibrant colours...




Yes. They're Wollmeise. I am planning to give away one skein of Wollmeise from my stash.


The first candidate is Wollmeise 100% Merino Superwash in Versuchskaninchen, which means Guinea Pig in German. Claudia (The owner and dyer of Wollmeise) names many of her test skeins as Guinea Pig, so there are many different Wollmeise Guinea Pigs out there. This one is in my favourite fuchsia pink (the close-up pic above shows the true colour better than the top one). In fact it looks EXACTLY the same as my another skein of Wollmeise Twin in Fuchsia colourway in my stash.

This is the third Fuchsia Wollmeise in my stash. The other two skeins have a total of 1000+ metres, enough to make 3 or maybe 4 pairs of Fuchsia socks for me. Therefore I know I will never use this skein.


The second candidate is Wollmeise Twin in We're Different Arlene. A subtle variegated yarn in browns, purples and a bit of burgundy. The real skein looks slightly darker and more subtle than the above close-up photo. I have a big skein of Wollmeise Lace in the same colourway which is destined to be a lace weight cardigan for my mom some time in future. Usually I don't enjoy knitting in the same colourway again, so I know I will never use this skein of Arlene.

Therefore, they deserve a better home with a better knitters to knit them up.

Before telling you how to bring one of them home, there's one important thing:

Since it's a giveaway, I really hope the yarn can find a good home in which it can be knit up instead of being sold away. I'd appreciate if you agree not to sell it or swap it away for another skein. If you happen to find that the colour isn't what you are looking for (I can understand, sometimes it happens), please pass the karma on. Give it away to someone who loves it. Or you can let me know so we can draw another lucky winner who may enjoy having it. By leaving a message to participate in the draw, you agreeing to abide by this little Karma rule. Okay? All good?

Here's what you can do to claim your skein:

1) Leave me a message. Tell me which skein you like to get. If possible, please briefly tell me what you're going to make with it -- just for my curiosity and to make more fun. You're not obliged to tell in order to claim the yarn. But why don't we share some project ideas with others?

2) I will use a random number generator to draw a lucky winner next Sunday (30/1) when I come back from my holiday.

3) I will cover the first class non-recorded postage wherever you're from, as long as Royal Mail sends to your country. If you want to make sure the little beauty arrives safely, I am happy to send via recorded mail, but I'd appreciate if you can cover the additional cost. Sounds fair?

Okay. All good?


  1. Dear Viviana:

    I like them both! Please enter me into both, please!

    For Wollmeise 100% Merino Superwash in Versuchskaninchen, I might knit Sur un petit nuage shawlette/scarf for myself.

    For Wollmeise Twin in We're Different Arlene I would like to knit apair of socks. I need to start knitting socks all year round so that I can have enough socks to go around when winter comes. We're having a very cold winter here and looks like it will be like this for the following years...I might knit Hazel Knits Artisan Jan 2011 Mystery, or Monkey Socks by Cookie A.


  2. I would love to be entered for the fuchsia one. I would make some socks from CookieA's new book with it if I win.

    thank you!

  3. They're both beautiful, can't believe you're giving a skein of wollmeise away. I don't think I can choose, so I'd let you decide.
    Depending what mood I was in, I'd either knit myself a pair of socks or a shawlette.

    Thanks for hosting a giveaway. You're definitely getting good karma :)

  4. oooo, I love giveaways :) I love the colors in the Twin \We're Different Arlene. If I am the lucky winner I would probably knit a pagona The pattern really shows off a WM yarn in all its glory!

  5. Ooooo, could you put me down for the Wollmeise Twin in We're Different Arlene please. I think I'd make some Dragonfly socks with it (

  6. I'd like to enter for the Wollmeise Twin in We're Different Arlene, please. I would most likely use it for either socks or gloves - I'm not sure which pattern yet, as I'd need to swatch to see what works with the variegation, but I too am looking forward to knitting from Cookie A's book and I love some of Julia Mueller's glove patterns.

  7. I would love to win the variegated Wollmeise and it would become a shawlette for myself! Thanks you for this offer. Have a wonderful holiday.

  8. The second one is just delicious! I would turn it into a small shawl for myself :)

    Happy Holidays,