Natalie Redding is the fiber artist behind the Namaste Farms line of luxury fibers. On her farm in Temucula, CA, she has:
- Champion Wensleydale Longwools
- Gotlands and Bluefaced Leicesters
- Racka Sheep
- Old English Babydoll Southdowns
- Angora and Pygora goats
As if running a farm with 85 to 100 animals isn't keeping her busy enough, Natalie hand spins and hand dyes all of the yarns with only a few others to help, so each hank is incredibly special and unique. (And if you are curious about the process of creating and handling fine fibers, spinning, etc., check out her YouTube videos!)
When she approached me to design something with her yarns, I just had to say yes! Plus, she developed a special color, called "Babe" just for me! "Babe" features a gorgeous blend of pinks and mango tones with hints of turquoise. And it's the perfect backdrop for the Hello Kitty Charms that are part of the yarn (see the top hank below)! I'm a sucker for Hello Kitty, so combining my love of yarn + knitting + Hello Kitty is like a dream come true!
"Babe" is also available as a color in her "Ohm Kid Mohair" yarn (see the bottom two hanks here, which I'll be giving away later in this post, BTW!)
To buy Namste Farms yarns, see the line exclusively at YarnMarket.com.
To learn more about this unique Yarn Company, visit their website at www.namastefarms.com, on YouTube (namastefarms), and on blogtalk radio at
blogtalk: Namaste Farms, where Natalie talks about farming, interviews designers, and much more!
And thank you, Natalie, for sponsoring my latest pattern, the #135 Babe Zip-Front Hello Kitty Cardigan (with matching Cowl!) This top-down design features the Charmed-Hello Kitty yarn mentioned above that is completely one-of-a-kind! See it exclusively at YarnMarket.com.
The all-over cable design wth short-sleeves is in a coordinating color of Malabrigo Worsted. The Charmed-Hello Kitty yarn worked perfectly with it as an accent on the knit-in pockets and along the bottom border.
See more photos and purchase info for the #135 Babe Zip-Front Hello Kitty Cardigan, now available in the Knitting Patterns shop!
AND lastly, I have 2 hanks of Namaste Farms Ohm Mohair yarn (sorry, NOT the one with the Hello Kitty charms!) in color "Babe" to give away!
To enter this contest:
1) Post a comment on this blog entry by 9pm PST, January 31, 2012 and tell us what you would do with a hank of this gorgeous yarn! One comment per person, please. And please also SHARE this post using the Twitter, Google+, and Facebook links below.
2) Post a comment on the Ravelry.com Forum post in the SweaterBabe.com Fans group announcing this giveaway by 9pm PST, January 31, 2012, telling us what you would do with a hank of this gorgeous yarn. One comment per person, please. Also, please "fave" this pattern on the SweaterBabe patterns page at Ravelry.com.
After the end of the month, I'll choose 2 random commenters to each be sent a hank of the Namaste Yarns Ohm yarn in "Babe" color.
Good luck to all! Sorry, but winning hanks can only be sent to U.S. and Canada addresses.
*** Winners Announcement ***
Congrats to go CoriInKansas on Ravelry, who commented on Ravelry January 24th and to Ann, who commented on the SweaterBabe.com Blog for this giveaway on January 24th.
You'll each be receiving one hank of the Ohm yarn in Babe (Each hank retails for $44.85!) Woohoo!