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Brooklyn Tweed Ranch 02 Curlycup Wool Yarn by Samantha Spigos

I am knitting a very special hat, and I am giving it away to one of you. October marks four years of blogging here and three years of knitting. I feel more ready than ever before to connect with, and grow, my readership. Your dropping in here has been a balm to me in times of trial, and a gift in times of delight. Truly, thank you. And if you are new here, welcome! I want to know you. But back to the giveaway.

I love wool. It is my number three passion after my faith and my family, and I might add that of the three, it’s the simplest. Long lauding the miraculous properties of wool (temperature regulating! antimicrobial! renewable!), it’s high time I actually bring it into your home. I suspect some among ye fall into the “wool is scratchy and itchy and I steer clear of it” camp. Ah, what a disservice the industrial production of wool has done us. I settled on a truly special yarn to knit a gorgeous hat pattern with, and I assure you it is neither scratchy nor itchy, but rather soft and bouncy.

How to win . . .

All you have to do to enter to win is subscribe to my newsletter. That’s it. In a few weeks this gem will be ready, at which time I will randomly choose a winner, wrap it up Just So—complete with a handwritten wool care guide—and send it in the post to you. And one more thing: my prayer intention for this project will be for the peace and safety of the migrant families at our southern border. As I knit, stitch by stitch, I will pray. I am thrilled to be doing this, and hope it can be the first of many woolen giveaways. Are you excited?


About the glorious wool . . .

It’s a single-batch release (when it’s gone, it’s gone) of USA-grown, milled, and dyed wool from the Rambouillet sheep at Forbes farm in Kaycee, Wyoming. This is next-t0-skin soft yarn, but will be hardwearing. I fell hard for this wool the moment I read about it, especially seeing it knit up as a Tillage Hat, which is precisely the pattern I’ll be knitting for you. I chose the colorway Curlycup, named after a western wildflower. Not all yellows are created equal; this one is vibrant and complex and a straight ray of sunshine. Everything about this yarn and pattern speaks to my passion: American fiber farming, domestic mills, and land stewardship. As special as this will be for me to knit, it is the knowledge that it will be going to you, or your loved one, that makes me most happy.

I will certainly share about this project along the way, but the giveaway won’t last long, so . . .
run, don’t walk, to my newsletter sign-up directly beneath this post (desktop + mobile) or the lefthand sidebar (desktop only) to be entered to win a handknitted (by yours truly) wool hat in time for the holidays!

Photographs 2 & 3 via Brooklyn Tweed.



It's a wonderful feeling to be on the other side of a knitting project — from a long-term work-in-progress to a finished object draped over the shoulders of the person for whom it was always intended. This particular wrap (a modified version of Brooklyn Tweed's Guernsey Wrap) was a labor of love, a Christmas collaboration between my dad and I for my mama. For the three weeks leading up to Christmas, I woke up an hour early to knit by the light of our Christmas tree. Having this garment on my lap every morning was like having my mama with me; there she would be, always on my mind. The subtle power of knitting for a loved one. For the yarn, I used a merino wool for its utter softness and lovely drape (in worsted twist, colors sea salt and berry). The wonders of knitting with natural fiber—or plant and animal yarns—continues to propel my own fascination with the craft. To make something out of something else that grew from the earth, naturally . . . what a wild and beautiful act!

The "Gurny Wrap" might be beautiful, but the Gurny (her name, as chosen by her grandchildren) is simply ineffable.