Thursday, February 12, 2015

Under the sea

Apparently there's something about octopi in my life right now....

A few weeks ago, I entered a contest over at Yarn-A-Go-Go. It was a kit to make Opus..... a giant couch octopus.... because who doesn't want a couch octopus? I fell in love with Opus the minute the pattern cam out in Knitty, and into the queue he went. So when I saw the contest, I just had to enter!

And I won! The prize arrived today.... and look what it contained!
Yep...that's right - the prize was a SPINNING kit! Look at all that luscious green fiber! I don't know exactly what it is, but it looks like there may be some silk in there. And did you notice something else?
SPARKLES!!!!  Now chances are, any yarn I make isn't going to be good enough for Opus just yet... but I'm really looking forward to trying... I can always use something else if doesn't work out.

There were lots of other goodies in the box too. It had all the bits and pieces needed to make Opus - including the safety eyes, stuffing, dpns, stitch markers, and the cutest little pair of scissors I've ever seen!
There were also some samples of some pretty hand-painted yarn
Each skein has about 50 yards - I'm thinking they'd make some nice colourful mitts!

And if Opus wasn't enough... there's another Octopus in my life....

Mom and I we're invited back to the Iron Dyers for the February challenge... which is Sea Beast.... This is the picture that was chosen
I've already dyed up my yarn inspired by it, but I can't show you until the big reveal at the end of the month. But I did it on Twinkle Cat..... because.... SPARKLES!

Perhaps someone is trying to tell me I need to take a trip to the ocean.... or at least the aquarium....

7 comments:

Araignee said...

I'd be doing a big old happy dance all over the house! Congrats!!!!

Rachelle said...

Oh my! Love that octopus pic, teal and fuschia might just be enough to break my yarn diet; though I'll need to sell more yarn first I think to make money, it's a nuisance not getting much work atm.
That fibre is gorgeous too, you are very lucky.

Donna said...

That fiber is gorgeous! Congrats on the great win.

Chrisknits said...

It was meant to be. Can't wait to see your dye job!

Monika said...

Congratulations on the win! The fiber is lovely, and the picture of the Octopus is gorgeous! can't wait to see what you came up with!

Nancy Kay said...

Congrats! Am anxious to see what you create with the beautiful green fibers.

Delusional Knitter said...

Yay for you. Cool prize. Love the inspiration photo for dyeing, can't wait to see your skein, love those colors.