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A Big Thank You! To SAL Sponsors - Part 3!

We are sooooo spoilt with this Stitch Along you guys! I am blown away by how many fantastic prizes we've been donated. 

Here's the final instalment of my thank you and LOOK! posts about all the prizes we've been given.



I've had a crush on Skein Queen yarn for years and years. I adore the gorgeous colours that  Debbie creates and her lush bases. I have knitted lots of projects with Skein Queen yarn and I'm thrilled to have a skein to give away to one of you!

Debbie has very kindly donated a skein of her beautiful Desire Merino in the Nutkin colour way. Bonus: it's a perfect substitute for the Skein Queen yarn I used for my Reminisce hat design :)






Hannah dyes gorgeous yarn right here in New Zealand - I had the pleasure of meeting her at the retreat I just attended and she's a honey :)

She has very generously donated a gorgeous skein of coveted Red Riding Hood fingering perfect for a drapey shawl in her favourite colour - doesn't that sound fab?!






I really enjoyed meeting Tash at the KAN retreat and I'm tapping my fingers waiting for her to decide to open a branch of her gorgeous shop near me in Auckland .... tap tap tap ...

Tash has generously donated a tote bag and some gorgeous Knitsch sock yarn from her glorious handdyed yarn range for one of our lovely winners. Lovely!





The kind folks at Loveknitting have offered a voucher to use at their fantastic shop. It'll be enough to buy you a skein of fingering and maybe some other little bits as well! 

Loveknitting is a great resource for buying yarn online. They have a fantastic range of yarn   & patterns (mine are there!) and offer free shipping anywhere in the world with a minimum order. I know they're popular even with knitters down here in New Zealand.





Cooperative Press publish lots of fantastic books for independent designers. They believe in giving small designers and crazy ideas a chance and produce really great books.

Very generously - Cooperative Press have donated a subscription to their Knit Edge mag! Pretty cool huh?!


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Aren't we just the luckiest?! Thank you so much so all of our wonderful, generous sponsors! 
I'd love it if you'd show them some support too :)

Just a few days left for the Stitch Along - get the photos of your finished projects up in the thread so you're in the draw to win something!





A Big Thank You! To SAL Sponsors - Part 2

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This is the second post in my wee Thank you! Sponsors series. Yes, it's turned into a series - there's one more coming! So many generous sponsors! So many amazing prizes ;)

With that in mind, I've extended the deadline for the Spoil Yourself Stitch Along so you all get a chance to win something! There's still time! I'll wrap up the stitch along at the end of the week - Sunday 4 October 2015. So, are you thinking of joining in? DO! Grab your needles (knitting, crochet, sewing or whatever) and spoil yourself!

I can't wait to see what else you get done.

And, without further ado - meet the next fabulous sponsors of the Truly Myrtle Spoil Yourself SAL ....

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ROSEWOOD WOOL

Rosewood Wool has stolen my heart. They're filling a gap in the New Zealand yarn scene with their unprocessed, quality yarn in the most serenely gorgeous colour palette and I love it.  

I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely ladies behind Rosewood Wool over the weekend and they gave me a beautiful wee pile of their 3ply Romney yarn balls. There's 100g altogether and they coordinate wonderfully well.

You can find more Rosewood Wool in their Felt shop - and I'm told there'll be a post-market sale any day soon :)


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GUMTREE GULLY ALPACAS

Kathy is also local to me. She breeds Alpacas and has recently been spinning up their super soft fibre into super soft yarn :) The natural colours of her alpaca is stunning. This package is a mixture of caramel and cream DK yarn - 200g all together!

I'm working on a new shawl pattern in Kathy's lovely yarn and it's delicious to knit and is knitting up beautifully :) You can find Kathy's yarn for sale here.


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CREATIVE FIBRE

Do you live in Auckland, New Zealand? This prize is just for you! The Auckland branch of Creative Fibre have kindly donated a years membership which comes with a great monthly magazine full of interesting articles and tutorials.

Creative Fibre host a variety of fantastic workshops throughout the year and excitingly their next annual festival is being held on my doorstep in April 2016 - in Pukekohe just out of Auckland. I'm getting involved and have joined the "fashion team"! You can sign up to workshops and talks on their website from 5 October. Get in quick though - I've had a peek at the classes and they look amazing!


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WOOLLENFLOWER

Julia makes the most gorgeous pouches from recycled tweed jackets and lines them with Scottish linen. This one in the photo is mine but she's kindly offered one to you too!

You can find Julia's pouches in her shop - they are very sought after and get snaffled up quickly so if you like one of these - get it!




THE CROCHET PROJECT

The Crochet Project launched their first gorgeous shawl book this time last year and it's been extremely popular amongst new & experienced crocheters. It's a collection of six one skein shawl patterns and also includes a bunch of information showing you how to design various shawl shapes yourselves. 

Joanne and Kat have very kindly donated an ebook copy of Book One to one lucky SAL winner! I think it'll have to go to a crocheter - don't  you?

Excitingly, Book two was just launched this weekend at the Yarndale Festival in the UK. It's a collection of 5 two skein shawls and will be available to buy very soon - in the meantime you can sign up to their brand new mailing list to be the first to hear when and how to buy print copies and the ebook.





Abbey is a New Zealand designer creating beautiful shawl and sock patterns. She has kindly donated a copy of her Wings of a Moth shawl pattern to one lucky winner! Isn't it gorgeous!



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Aren't we so lucky! Thank you so much to each of our wonderful sponsors!

To be in to win these great prizes, post a picture of your finished object in the Ravelry thread. Remember, the only rule is that it BE FOR YOU! Go on, spoil yourself!

I'll be back soon with the last of our sponsors :)


A Big Thank You! To SAL Sponsors - Part 1

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Are you joining in the Truly Myrtle "Spoil Yourself" Stitch Along? There's still time! We don't finish until the end of September.

Lots of lovely people are knitting, stitching and making themselves something this month and chatting about their plans & progress and posting gorgeous finished objects in the Ravelry thread. Head over if you want to join in, or if you're simply after some inspiration!

I wanted to tell you about some of our generous sponsors today. We've been given a bunch of wonderful prizes and I thought you'd like to see what they are and hear a little about the very kind people who have given us these goodies. In fact, we've had so many donations that I needed two posts! Thank you sooo much lovely sponsors! I'm absolutely thrilled!

This is part 1 :)

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I met Jenna at the knitting retreat I recently attended in Napier and she's an absolute delight. Remember I interviewed her earlier this year?

Jenna gave me a skein of her fabulous gradient fingering yarn on a White Gum Wool base. It's one of her favourites - isn't it gorgeous?!


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Karen owns a yarn shop just north of Auckland in a small town called Warkworth. It's about an hour and a half drive from me and I've not yet visited but I've had the pleasure of meeting Karen and squishing her stunning range of yarn at several knitting events over the past 18 months and have spent a long time perusing her fantastic online shop.

Karen's taste in yarn is exquisite, she knows just how to pick the perfect neutral and stocks some of the most glorious yarn from both New Zealand and overseas. She has very kindly donated a skein of beautiful Wisp luxury lace weight yarn from Dream in Color, a magnet and some pretty wee buttons. I can't wait to see what our winner makes with this!


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Rachel dyes from her home in Canterbury New Zealand, the other end of the country from me. I am falling deeply in love with Rachel's colour ways. She has a real knack for the muted colours of nature that I really love but she also does a magnificent bright.

Rachel has kindly donated this fabulous skein of beautiful rich green semi-solid merino fingering and some matching stitch markers. She also gave me a set of her stitch markers and they've quickly become my new favourites. I love that they're compact and the wee bead on them holds yarn overs in place just perfectly.


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Rachel is the dyer behind the cute brand Squeeful Yarns and she's also based in Christchurch at the bottom of New Zealand. 

Rachel has very kindly donated some delicious chunky merino yarn dyed in rich tones of green called "Hunter". She's also popped in a couple of super cute soaps for our lucky winner in their own sweet wee bag.


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White gum wool grown by Nan Bray in Australia is the real deal. It's produced in conditions absolutely ideal for her merino sheep and it's the softest yarn I've ever felt. Nan spends each day with her flock moving them from one perfect grazing area to another so they can feed on weeds and plants that keep them healthy and happy. I thoroughly recommend listening to Nan's interview on the Woolful podcast - it's quite fascinating and very reassuring that fabulous, ethical yarn is readily available to us.

Nan has donated a fantastic 100g ball of superfine merino fingering in her favourite colourway.


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I accidentally ordered two copies of this neat pattern! It's the "hot right now" tunic/frock pattern designed by Dottie Angel for Simplicity. I can't wait to make mine and I hope someone loves their copy too!

I'm planing to draw this prize for one of the SAL sewers - so get sewing!

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Isn't that a fantastic line up of prizes? Thank you so very much to all our Sponsors. I hop you go and visit them and show them some love too.

But wait! There's more! I'll be back next week to show you the remaining SAL prizes and tell you a little bit about more of our generous Sponsors.

In the meantime, happy stitching!


All The "Alongs" - What I'm Making

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There are quite a few "make alongs" happening at the moment and I'm planning a bit of double (and even triple) dipping so I can take part in a few.

I'm hosting the Spoil Yourself "stitch along" this month on Ravelry (you're welcome to join in if you're not already!), Helen is hosting a three month long Handmade Wardrobe Challenge in the Curious Handmade Ravelry group and I'm also taking part in the 1 Year 1 Outift challenge to make an outfit with local materials run by Nicki from This Is Moonlight.

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Are you joining in any of these challenges?

My big contribution to the "alongs" is my Gingerbread Sweater. I've been beavering away on it for a while now and look! I'm almost done! Everything has been knitted and blocked - I'm just waiting for those sleeves to dry so I can seam them in! I can't quite believe I've made it this far. The pattern is getting done too - the bones of it are written. It just needs tidying up and grading.

Gingerbread will be my first published sweater. It's been quite a nervous adventure. Despite having designed and knitted a number of garments before, I have been feeling quite wobbly about doing it for real and releasing it to the public.

It's a medium length, boxy sweater with a casual, comfy fullness to the body and slim arms. I went for set in sleeves in the end because I wanted structure at the shoulders to help it fit and fall well. It's knitted bottom up starting with the lace ribbing and the both the body and the sleeves are knitted in the round to the armholes. The sleeve caps and top of the body are knitted flat and then the shoulders are joined with a three needle bind off so the only seaming is the sleeves right at the end. I'm really pleased with the neckband, it's a lovely curve, finished with a narrow band of twisted rib with a rolled top - it's not tricky and ever so effective. 

The various "alongs" have motivated me to swallow my nerves and get it finished! I've loved knitting with the local Romney yarn from Rosewood Wool. It's a coarser yarn than a slinky merino but I love that it feels so rustic. It blooms and softens nicely with blocking and I can see that it's going to just get better and better - both softer and more relaxed without pilling. I think it's a great combination with the style and idea of my Gingerbread sweater - a casual, comfy sweater that you'll reach for day after day after day.

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But an outfit isn't just one sweater is it? I've decided to team my Gingerbread sweater with some new jeans. I rather fancy some dark denim jeans and thought I'd have a bash at sewing some. Oh my - I've just noticed the name of the pattern I've chosen - the Ginger jeans ... haha! Obviously it was meant to be!

I haven't tried sewing jeans before but I've heard great reports about this pattern and I'm ready to have a go. I'm not sure which style to try - I'm thinking I'll probably do the medium rise style on the right. I haven't worn high-waisted jeans for many decades - I'm not sure I'm ready to get back into them just yet!

I'll also need a top to wear under my sweater - I might wear one I've just finished or perhaps take the opportunity to make another so I'm prepared for next winter ... we'll see. 

And Jewellery - I think I'll need a necklace or bangle or something to finish it all off ... 

It goes on and on doesn't it?!

Are you joining in any of the challenges and "alongs" I've mentioned? What are you making? Do tell me!