Thursday, 8 November 2012
my creative space - Zigo Zago Giveaway
I was delighted last week when Alex from online yarn and fabric shop Zigo Zago contacted me about a having a giveaway for Flower Press readers. Zigo Zago stocks the most beautiful collection of artisan yarns, sewing and knitting patterns, fabrics and knitting needles.
All the fabulous artisan yarn brands are here, including Swans Island organic hand dyed merinos, the famous Madeline Tosh and Malabrigo brands, Cascade with all its beautiful colours, Skein, the Fibre Company, Abuelita and Dream in Color. What a fantastic selection. And how wonderful to be able to buy all these greats in one place with local shipping.
Alex also has a carefully curated, well priced selection of fabrics, sewing and knitting patterns, and knitting needles. There are some lovely kid's knitting patterns that I haven't seen before from Coastal Kids and Never not Knitting, and the great French Citronille sewing patterns for children and adults as well as lots of Make it Perfect designs. She stocks needles from Addi, Knit Pro and cute Tasmanian wooden needles from ArtViva.
I'm so lucky - Alex sent me a skein of Classy with Cashmere to try, the wine coloured In Vino Veritas above. This hand dyed yarn made by small indie company Dream in Color is a mix of merino, with 20% cashmere and a touch of nylon. It is sooo soft against the skin, such luxury. I'd told her I'd been dying to make a cowl and this will be perfect for the project. (I'm thinking the Honey Cowl pattern by Madeline Tosh). There's nothing worse than spending ages knitting something that turns out to be too itchy to wear. I really think this is going to be a learning curve for me, a new stage in my knitting, working with a luxury yarn like this, I feel there might be no going back!
The really fabulous news is that Alex sent two extra skeins of this wonderful Classy with Cashmere yarn and a cute pattern mag called PomPom Quarterly to give away to you guys! Between us we've chosen two beautiful colours, Deap Sea Flower and Cocoa Kiss, you really need to see these in person to see the subtle hand dyed mix of colour and to feel the softness of the cashmere mix! These would be perfect to knit up a special Christmas gift for someone special.
To enter all you need to do is tell me which of the skeins you would like to win, the Sea Flower or Cocoa Kiss, and what you think you might make with it. There will be two winners of a skein each. Easy! The Giveaway is open for a week, closing Wednesday night with the winners announced on Thursday. The first entry chosen will also win the copy of PomPom Quarterly, produced by two ladies who work at the famed LOOP in London. It has some great new patterns, don't you love this cardie.
One more thing, Alex has also generously given Flower Press readers a discount code of 10% to use on purchases - the code is Flowerpress and just needs to be entered at checkout to redeem.
For lucky locals, Alex is opening a bricks and mortar shop in Castlemaine next month. I'm jealous of all of you who will be close enough to check it out. I think she has such a great selection and I would love to be closer to support a small indie yarn and fabric seller!
So my creative space for the next little while will be filled with beautiful wool and meditative knitting.