Thursday, March 18, 2010

The First Little Contest Was So Much Fun...Let's Make It Bigger

We had such a good time hearing your suggestions for naming a new color we decided to venture out and ask for help again but this time in a MUCH bigger way. We have been working on a set of patterns to make a triangular shawl out of 1 hank of Baby Twist (or 5 balls). We have 4 so far and a 5th coming from our favorite lace designer, Sharon Winsauer. We would like to finish out the series with a 6th from you. The details are below. If your favorite local yarn shop doesn't carry Baby Twist just have them give us a call and we'll be happy to help them out. Happy knitting!

To enter the competition:

  1. Simply design and make a triangular shawl out of 1 jumbo hank (549 yards) of Baby Twist or 5 50g balls of Baby Twist. If you are using 5 balls, be sure to only use one color. Be sure to write down the design as you go, you’ll need to send it in to enter the competition.
  2. The shawls and patterns must be received in our warehouse at 950 S White River Pkwy W Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46221 by June 1st, so please plan accordingly for shipping. If you would like your shawl returned, please enclose a self addressed envelope large enough for the shawl.
  3. The winner will receive $250 and a jumbo hank of Baby Twist in the color of his or her choice.
  4. The winning shawl and pattern will become property of Alpaca With A Twist as part of a shawl collection. However, the winning designer may sell their pattern themselves as long as it is promoted using Baby Twist and is not available to other yarn manufacturers. Our published pattern will also include the designers name and location.
  5. The top 10 entries will all receive a replacement hank of Baby Twist in the color of his or her choice.
  6. The winning shawl will be displayed in the new products section at TNNA promoting our single hank shawls.
  7. Please be sure to include basic contact information (full name, phone number, address and if applicable, e-mail address) in the same package as your completed (and blocked if desired) shawl and pattern.

We look forward to your entry!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

And the winner is......

Wow we got a great response for help in naming our new Baby Twist color. The names were all so great I want to go and develop additional green colors just to use more of the names. Key Lime Pie and Spring Green were definitely 2 of the most popular. It was really obvious everyone is ready for spring. My favorite as most of the names were coming in was Honey Dew because several of the new colors already had fruit names but then Victoria Hunemuller from Waterloo, Iowa suggested Pucker Up and I had my winner. Here are some of the other great suggestions: Iguana, Anole Green, Catkin, Sour Grapes, Melon Camp (very cute!), Apple Jacks (this is our warehouse cat), Forsythia, Dandelion, Promise of Spring, Sprout, Yummy Lime Jello, Kiwi, Green Tomato, Green Tea, Bamboo Shoot, and Margarita. This is only a partial list. Thank you to everyone who participated. We have a bigger and better contest coming up so you will have to check back for more information.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Baby Twist 10 packs and 7 new colors

We finally recieved a shipment of Baby Twist 10 packs. The shelves look much better and backorders will ship tomorrow. The exciting news is that in addition to restocking we also received 7 new colors. The colors are pictured on the left. (sorry I took the picture this evening without natural light) With the exception of 1 these are actually colors we had previously used for Punch. The one new color is the bright yellowish green and it needs a name. (it is slightly greener in real life.) We are coming to you for help. Please submit your suggestion of names and the we will send the winning person with the winning name a 10 pack of Baby Twist in this new color. Email us at with your suggestions.

Friday, March 5, 2010

New Colors of Socrates!

So we've had a really big week here at Alpaca With A Twist! On Wednesday, a huge order of Socrates came in and we worked like crazy people trying to get all of the orders out the same day. Luckily for us, our favorite UPS guy ever, Chris, was running late and we were able to process and pack all but three but the time he got there. So you should be getting your backordered Socrates any second now!
But the really exciting news...somewhere hidden in those 26 boxes of sock yarn were 2 new colors, 0409 (Oil Slick) and 0292 (Coco Bean). I got to name these yarns and I'm so excited with how well they go with some of our other colors like 0100 (Natural) 0208 (Khaki) and 0403 (Charcoal). I'd really love to make a men's sweater out of all of these colors in a fun but very manly stitch pattern. (I just need a man I like well enough to knit a sweater for!)

If that's not totally awesome enough, we have also finish a couple more shawls for a series of patterns we are doing that use one jumbo hank of Baby Twist! Stay tuned for some pictures!