The Great Yarn Giveaway, the custom version

I have these two skeins of 2 ply laceweight silk, see. They were part of a small sample order early on in Serendipity Fibers. I didn’t end up carrying that yarn, so I ended up with leftovers.

So here are two 3.5 oz skeins of 2- ply silk yarn in a very fine lace weight, approximately 1090 yards each-  undyed.

Here’s what I’d like. If you want some custom- dyed silk laceweight, go out on the web and find an image that has the colors combinations or concepts you’d like in your yarn. (I recommend Flickr, but use what makes you happiest!) Copy the url, and paste it in the comments. This is straight- up Random Number Generator to select winners. I’ll be posting the resulting yarns as I handpaint them and again when they’re finished.

I’m really excited about this one, actually.

Okay- comments close at 1600 (4 pm) eastern time, 21 March 2008. Good luck, everybody!

Edited to add: on the ISO/ Destash forum on Ravelry (where, apparently, this sort of thing is verboten? What gives?)— someone expressed a little confusion over how this works. I don’t know if this will make it clearer, but I hope so! Here’s an example. This yarn was inspired by a few weeks I spent in the woods outside of Spokane, Washington.


Does that help?

  One thought on “The Great Yarn Giveaway, the custom version

  1. March 18, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    Given my blog this picture makes perfect sense.
    Pale pink
    I adore pale pinks and tonal shading. I keep searching for the perfect yarn!
    Thanks for a cool contest!

  2. March 18, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Midnight beach
    Love this!

  3. March 18, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    I love autumn colors!
    Thanks for doing this!
    Autumn Ride  !

  4. March 18, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    This was taken at one of my favorite family fishing trips last summer… it makes me happy to see the colors of the water and the trees.
    Thanks for doing this!

  5. Amy
    March 18, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Awesome idea for a contest.
    I love the colors in the pin (big one with the blue, green, red, pink) and the vintage look of it.

  6. Jen C.
    March 18, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Fun contest!
    12-15-03 (1)

  7. March 18, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    I challange anyone to find a more beautiful colorway than this painting by gustav klimpt! The golds and all the muted dispays of color are the most timeless and gracious of combinations in the history of art

  8. March 18, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    I love the color blue and love anything peaceful and calm;)This picture reminds me of just that type of environment and is the very epitome of beauty in nature!

  9. March 18, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    I love the color blue and love anything peaceful and calm;)This picture reminds me of just that type of environment and is the very epitome of beauty in nature!

  10. March 18, 2008 at 9:24 pm


  11. March 18, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    oh well, the letters and numbers to be typed in at the end to prevent spam are impossible to read, I tried 7 times, and it still does not leave my link for Gustaf Klimpts’ The Kiss (I give up!)

  12. March 18, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Now that I have an account let’s try this again lol..I am aimee from above and here is the blue pic;)
    I love the variations of the color blue in this picture and love anything peaceful and calm;)This picture reminds me of just that type of environment and is the very epitome of beauty in nature!

  13. March 18, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    Love love love love the combination of these colors, with maybe a couple other similar shades thrown in.

  14. Umme Yusuf
    March 19, 2008 at 10:23 am

    I love these colors of spring. I am just pasting the URl as I don’t knoe how to link here.
    spring in the city (III)

  15. Ang
    March 19, 2008 at 10:35 am

    What an excellent idea! I love astronomy, and I think some of the most unexpected and amazing colors can be found in nebulas like the Orion Nebula –

    I HOPE I win!!! πŸ™‚

  16. March 19, 2008 at 10:52 am

    Wow! Thank you for sharing! I’ve been in such a spring mood! How about a green and pink combo?
    I’ve found several different ones that I like! Go figure!
    pink & green side 2
    pretty in pink and green
    Hand Maiden 2 Ply Cashmere

  17. March 19, 2008 at 11:39 am

    Wow. This is a very cool idea for a contest! What a special treat that would be, to win.
    It’s a tough request, too. What colors would you pick if you could have anything? Overwhelming. I finally decided to avoid my usual inclination towards various browns and tans (why do I always go neutral?) and jumped for this.
    I hope the link works! I stink at this stuff sometimes. It’s got some of the tans and brownish colors, but some pop with the pink and green, too. Sort of neutral meets spring, to me. I’d be so interested to see how you’d interpret the colors and how it might come out. Did I mention this was a nifty idea? πŸ˜‰
    Fingers crossed…

  18. March 19, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    Very cool idea for a contest – you must put up the picture with the yarn you dye. Here’s my entry.
    ~ Sunset Branch ~

  19. nicole
    March 19, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    I think those photos all have awesome colors.

  20. Gryphon
    March 19, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    Woods. Moss. This just might be what could get me to knit a lace shawl for the first time.

    PS Thanks for getting on a boat for me. That is true, true friendship. I totally forgot about the boat phobia, so sorry.

  21. Andrea
    March 20, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Beautiful colorways here for sure!!!
    Personally, I am really inspired by nature, and the ocean particularily. Something about the combinations of teals, blues, oranges and neutrals in this photo are especially calming yet striking to me. Would love to wrap up in a shawl or new socks made of yarn in this colorway!

  22. Andi
    March 20, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Love these bright pinks too! What a fun flickr mosaic!
    The World in Pink

  23. Nicole
    March 20, 2008 at 9:08 pm
  24. March 21, 2008 at 10:13 am

    Beautiful lovely fog, with a sunrise of loverlyness

  25. Kana
    March 21, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Whoops, It didn’t post the picture, so here we go,

  26. March 21, 2008 at 10:18 am

    I’m in love with this colorway, the mixed berries. And you are very generous for offering this. πŸ™‚ Sorry, the link wouldn’t copy, but here is the address:

  27. Monnie
    March 21, 2008 at 10:34 am

    Wow–thank you so much for doing this!
    Gosh, it was hard to pick a picture. But the spring season always makes me think of Japan, so…
    Cherry with blossoms

  28. Charlene Ploetz
    March 21, 2008 at 10:41 am

    What a wonderful contest!

    cocobean383 AT yahoo DOT com

  29. March 21, 2008 at 10:42 am

    I love green. It gives me hope for a new day.

  30. Joanne
    March 21, 2008 at 10:45 am

    Emerald pond
    Sorry, the URL did not come through on my first post.

  31. March 21, 2008 at 10:51 am

    What a great idea to determine the destiny of some beautiful yarn!
    The shades of soft blues and greens in this mountain valley photo are all my very favorite colors. The colors slide and flow into one another.
    Thanks for your generosity!

  32. March 21, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Common Blue 1
    The butterfly is my icon of sorts… and I am in love with the blue / green / yellow color combinations that remind me of spring and summer…

  33. March 21, 2008 at 11:55 am

    I love this one…………
    Winter Evening  !

  34. March 21, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Wow, everyone’s pictures are totally inspiring. almost makes me want to break out the dyes… almost πŸ™‚
    it took me forever to settle on one picture, but I love this one:

  35. Kristi
    March 21, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    What a beautiful, beautiful idea!

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