Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Purple Mustangs, a Book and a Contest

A new book is hitting the shelves today, The Knitter's Guide to Hand-Dyed and Variegated Yarn. Lorna Miser, the founder of Lorna's Laces, is the author. Who better to guide you through how best to knit with these wonderful yarns?

A copy of the book arrived last week and I immediately stopped what I was doing to take a look. Yowsa! The book explores variegated yarn like it's nobody's business. Early on, she shows how different kinds of multi-colored yarns behave and why. Then she walks you through how to work with them to get the results you want. You become the master of your knitting destiny. Pretty cool, yes?

Even better, Lorna Miser and Lorna's Laces got together to create a new colorway for our Color Commentary Series to coincide with the book's release. It's called Lorna's Purple Mustang to pay homage to her vintage '65 Mustang and favorite color. She was even nice enough to design a shawl using the color.



















The Lace Rim Shawl shawl calls for three skeins of our Shepherd Sport and is available for free download at Lorna's website http://www.lornamiserdesigns.com/.

Best part? We are having a giveaway! Leave a comment here and using a random number generator we will select a winner wto receive enough Lorna's Purple Mustang to make the shawl. We'll close the contest at midnight on November 19.

Who's in?

143 comments:

Mylyne said...

What a lovely pattern! I'd like to win this new colorway. Thanks for the chance. :)

rowan said...

A beautiful pattern and a gorgeous colorway!!!!! Thanks for the chance to win. :-D

Kekumukula said...

I love the colorways of Lorna's Laces. I wish the people I knit for were more adventurous about color. What a smart book to create.

T.T.J. said...

Beautiful yarn, hope I win ;-)

Maggi said...

Purple is MY favorite color, too!

yardsailor said...

Love the yarn, the name is what grabbed me, I had a '65 Mustang, but it was Yellow!

Anne Marie B. said...

Purple rocks! And your yarn is always a delight. Count me in!

Anna-Liza said...

Oooo, I'm in! I'm in! I adore purple and have been on a shawl kick lately. That "adore"? Beg your pardon for shouting, but make that "ADORE"! And I was the proud drive of a '67 Mercury Cougar for many years - the "sister car" to the Mustang - but it was Cardinal Red.

Froggie said...

I <3 purple!!! Super excited about the new colorway! I think this has to go on my birthday wish list!!! Also, excited about the giveway.

(Rav ID: prplfrog)

MNStitcher said...

Love the new colorway and the shawl - purple is one of my fav colors to wear. Love to win this one!

Sarah said...

Gorgeous! I can't wait to see this new color in action. The book looks fabulous as well!

Kristi aka Fiber Fool said...

I'm really excited to get a look at this book. I have my own ideas of working with variegated and am intrigued to see how they match up and how they differ since I don't really come at it from the view point of a dyer.

Pat said...

I love this colorway. Purple is also my favorite color and I have always wanted a convertible Mustang. You are living my dream.

craftchick said...

The new colourway is lovely...and I love that it was inspired by her Mustang (yarn with a story behind it makes me happy).

sue said...

Thanks for the chance to win! It is a beautiful shawl and the colorway is so nice!

Carol Kamin said...

Can't wait to see a copy of this book. And I love the new colorway!!

Orora said...

Me! Me! I'm in! I've got some Shepherd Sport I can use for that shawl pattern.

Word Lily said...

I'd love to win!

Liz said...

purple purple purple purple purple!!!

Megan said...

Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

Sarah said...

Nice colors! I'm in.

cmflame said...

Beautiful colorway, great collaboration!

SusanfromPhoenix said...

Beautiful and fun too!!

odessa said...

This book is totally on my Christmas wishlist, I'd love to win it!

Nerdy Knitter said...

Not that it will change the results, but purple has always been my favorite color...just sayin'. :-)

Sarah said...

I'm in, too! Purple is my very favorite color!

Jody said...

I'm in! How fun!

Mary said...

I love those colors!

burrito said...

I just taught myself how to knit so I'm totally in!

Meg t said...

Love purple and I have a friend who would love this shawl even more.

sara said...

Great new colorway! Love the story behind it, too.

Robin said...

Purple is MY color- my car's color is called purple but looks red. I hope I win, random number generator pick me- I just turned 60 yrs old and this would be a great present!

easily distracted said...

Me! I'm in!

mrrnrn said...

Oh dear... a new book that I now NEED right before Christmas. Guess I know what's going on my list :D

Paula said...

Love the purple. Was just thinking the other day I need to knit me some purple socks. this would be perfect. :)

Karey said...

Thanks for the giveaway, I love the yarn and the colorway.

Emily said...

What a beautiful colorway--love the purples!

knits4u said...

Purple is my favorite color and what better yarn than Lorna's Laces to be on! I love your yarns and love knitting and designing with them!

La Bergère Brodeuse said...

What a generous offer! Please count me in!

JelliDonut said...

LOVE that colorway! Gotta get some of this on the needles ASAP.

MooseGirl said...

I'm SO in! :)

Christina Habberjam said...

Ooh, here's hoping! I LOVE that purple!!!

Grace said...

congratulations on your book, I can't wait to get one, and as an avid shawl knitter i will be making your pattern sooN!

dove said...

Lorna, I do not know how I missed the introduction to your newest book. But you can make a bet on me getting one to glean the most of it!

I am going over to your site and getting the pattern for the shawl and then I will cross my fingers for my name to be drawn.

Great success on your "Purple Mustang".

Hugs from Deb in MN

Jersey Shore Deb said...

The book sounds awesome, and the yarn is GORGEOUS! Purple is my favorite color. Oh, how I would love to win this!!!

nubsmom said...

What a gorgeous color of yarn. The shawl is really pretty too.

floribunda... aka Julie said...

well I'm in, for sure! what great colors...

Susan said...

Loove the new yarn colorway. Absolutely yummy!!!!

duchessb said...

Love the new colorway -- and the car!

Knitterotica said...

Mama needs a new shawl and those purples are perfect. Come oooon, random number generator!

Lisa said...

Knave a very special someone in my life that loves purple too. I've already knitted her a pair of purple socks. I think this would be just lovely knitted up as a sweater.

Kamigaeru said...

Great color combination! Thanks for the chance to win a lovely bit of yarn!

Lynne said...

Best color ever. Love it.

danielle said...

My room mate in college had a Pony too - but now I cant remember if it was a 64 or a 65! It was yellow....I think I would like purple much better but there were some great times in the yellow car!

yarnfest said...

Gorgeous color! Yes, I'd love to win! Count me in! :)

yarnfest said...

Gorgeous color! Yes, I'd love to win! Count me in! :)

woolwoman said...

Love the colorway and congrats to Lorna on the new book !
Thanks Melody
mbryan10@comcast.net

mjm knitting said...

The new colourway is beautiful! Thanks for the contest.

Angele said...

This is so totally my colors! I love Lorna's Laces!

PA said...

Great new color!
Great give away!
Thanks,
PA

pencraftco said...

yeah purple!

Marin (AntiM) said...

oh please, oh please, oh please...

CloseAcademy said...

My oldest dd loves purple. I hope I win so I can make it for her.

HaveFaith said...

The best colors and the best yarn. Wow. I would love to make that shawl.

Ana said...

OOH, purdy! I'd love to make this shawl in that glorious purple! I have just the beads to match!

Betsy said...

Pretty!

Savannagal said...

The car is gorgeous, and coincidentally has been my favorite car as far back as I can remember (I was born in '65). I prefer the stock turquoise color, but it's fabulous in purple too. Thanks for sharing, and for the contest.

tilaturtle said...

Love purple! It's my favorite. The shawl is also gorgeous.

faerieflings said...

Purple is my favorite! What a lovely yarn (and I know another title going on my Amazon wishlist!).

Jen said...

The book looks great. And what a pretty purple!

Tara said...

I've been waiting on pins and needles for this book to come out! Thanks for the incredible giveaway!

louloux said...

This new colour is just gorgeous ! Purple's my favorite too.

Knitfrenzy said...

This would be perfect for my wardrobe!

zemestani said...

Gorgeous!

Alexis said...

Oh, I'm in! Purples are my favorite.

Lovs2Knit said...

I'm definitely in! Love the new colorway and the name is perfect!

skaro964 said...

Count me in I look wonderful in purple.

Debra said...

Love the purple. Purple is my colour. Goes with my red/auburn hair. Natural all the way. Please pick me.

CathPete said...

A friend's favorite color is purple. Hmmmm.

CMSPE (ravelry) said...

Have already heard great reviews about the book. Can't wait to get a copy - it just went on my wish list for Christmas (to Hubby). From all of us "royals" who love purple... GREAT color choice!

bluesbee said...

Count me in. My first car was a "67 Mustang (but not purple). The yarn and shawl are lovely!

Phro5gg said...

Gorgeous colorway! Can't wait to check out the book.

Ruby said...

This is absolutely a gorgeous colorway and the shawl just shows of the majestic colors.

I could sure see me in that shawl.

Ruby

leslie b said...

Purple is MY favorite color. That's for making the contest available!

Joyce said...

Beautiful! I would love to win!

qrious said...

Very groovy yet regal colorway! Will make a perfect gift for a very dear purple-loving knitter friend. Thanks for generously offering the yarn giveaway and the shawl pattern!

Kathleen said...

What a beautiful color!! I would love to win.

Thank you.

blogless grace said...

Dreamy color! The pattern shows it off so very well!

Elizabeth Green Musselman said...

My copy of Lorna's book is already winging its way to me through the mails. I heard a great review of it on the "Cast On" podcast and immediately put my order in.

The new colorway is gorgeous -- and that's coming from someone who normally isn't a huge purple fan!

Sharon said...

I already order the book, can't wait to get my hands on the yarn.

Jennifer said...

Purple goes perfectly with my favorite color, green! I'm in! :)

neferatowen said...

Awesome! I love that colourway! :)

georg said...

That is a lovely color. :)

Wendy said...

Love it...keeping knitting needles crossed

Carol Perecman said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win this book! Looking forward to seeing it soon...

Lauren said...

Pretty colourway! Also, I keep meaning to comment to say I just received an order of yarn by you and it's lovely! One day (perhaps after the Christmas knitting) it will turn into an afghan.

CardiLover said...

I loved the Mustang/wardrobe story and I love this yarn!!! Totally ordering it and the book if I don't win!

Ashley W said...

This color is gorgeous. I've been on a bit of a purple kick myself lately.

yarnaholic said...

Love the colorway! Count me in on the contest.

birch7 said...

Went to Lorna's book launch today in Folsom. I would love the yarn as a fond reminder of my friendship with Lorna when I move back to Australia in February 2011.

Stephanie said...

Love the shawl and yarn!

Oraxia said...

Pretty purple yarn giveaway? Count me in! :D

~RaenWa~ said...

Thanks for hosting a great giveaway plz count me in.

Joal Broun said...

I just bought some caramel pumpkin latte from Jimmy Bean's wool. Pick me, I love the yarn.

Joal Broun

Deb said...

Oh yes, I'd love to win!

Kathie said...

Purple - just can't get enough of it!

Hanabie said...

What a beautiful Purple! I'd love to win it!

LaurenS said...

Pick me please!

Lauren

JodyH said...

I'm loving the purple! I realized I don't have any purple yarn, so I definitely need to get some!

Pixiewear said...

Love the yarn and the book looks wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win!

Linda said...

Would love to add this colorway to my stash and then knit it up in that gorgeous shawl!

KARIN said...

That is such a beautiful colorway. I would love to knit with it.

Janet said...

I'm always in for any Lornas yarn! It's been my favorite for years. Great new colorway and pattern. I can't wait to get the book.

Debbie said...

I love the name and the color! Please count me in. Thank you!

Imladris said...

That is a lovely colourway! I can see all kinds of uses for it.

arcanethings said...

I cannot wait to get my hands on this book! Lorna's colourways are absolutely gorgeous - especially Purple Mustang (I am a HUGE purple fan)!

Sharon said...

How can you not like something purple? Count me in please.

Natalie Servant said...

It's lovely - just the colour my daughter would appreciate.

Kitten With a Whiplash said...

Beautiful shade of purple, thanks for the giveaway.

Cori said...

What a great purple.

One Sheep said...

Purple Mustangs - Made me think of Riders of the Purple Sage. Makes me want to read the book, see the movie and listen to the band again. Maybe while I'm knitting some Purple Mustang?

Johanna said...

Purple. Awesome.

Ina said...

Congratulations on the book! Love the new colorway, thank you for the giveaway.

CaroleP (ohio said...

Love purple and black, my 2 favorite colors, srsly! I'll be getting the pattern, for sure.

Belated Happy Birthday! When I turned 60.............still hurts to think about it. A friend asked me if I preferred the alternative. Well, I've been living life to the fullest since. Start now yourself, good practice!!!

Constance Brewer said...

So nice to see purple getting its due!

Janet said...

I love purples, as does my 2 pregnant daughters in law. I would love to make a shawl or baby item with this!

MaryjoO said...

can't wait for the book to come out -- yay!

Rin said...

Ooh, just in time. Loving the new colourway, if I win I will definitely be making that stunning shawl. Fingers crossed!

shea said...

Gorgeous colorway!

Genevieve said...

I think I could narrow down my wardrobe to purple, denim and black! How exciting!

Rebecca said...

Wow, I love that combination of purples.

Esther said...

I love that yarn it is gorgeous and the name is so cool too. With a name like that I might even convince hubby to get me some as a pressie!

Leslie Schroeder said...

How lucky we are to be able to knit with this lovely yarn. Cannot wait to see it in person!

Kelly-ann said...

I love your purples! I just finished some socks with Purple Club, but now I want some of this purple :)

Em said...

OMG! Purple is my favorite color, Lorna's laces is my favorite yarn and the Mustang is my favorite car (and the one I've driven since I was 16!) I will add this to my Christmas list!

ikkinlala said...

So pretty!

Diane said...

Your new color is my favorite of all of the color commentary colors so far - and I have liked them all. The purples are awesome and the shawl is a "be kind to me" gift that I must make for myself with or without the contest. Can't wait till the yarn is available somewhere!!!!!!!!! Love it.

Diane said...

PS - Happy birthday and I LOVE your Mustang!!!!

Sue Smith said...

Have a Happy B'Day...50 is much better than you think! Great Mustang, too...SUE

Louise said...

Purple is my favorite color too. I'll love some of this new colorway.
Louise

thegreatgatzke said...

I'm definitely in! Love the new colorway!

Katy said...

I'm definitely in, that is a lovely looking shawl and it would be fun to knit with the color that was designed for it.

Teri said...

Lorna, Thank you for the lovely lace shawl pattern. It was a pleasure to meet you at the Knotty Knitters class and at the purse class in Auburn. Please enter me in your Purple Mustang giveaway. The shawl is beautiful in person, the Mustang too! Teri