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BTRT Patterns (on Etsy)

Friday, 29 April 2011
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**The entry deadline for this giveaway has been extended due to BTRT's absence during the timeframe, due to a family funeral**
This week we welcome Jenn Alexander, the owner and vision behind Pulling at Strings, an online fiber and yarn store specializing in indie artisans. Take a peek at her bright and appealing shop and you will find not only yarn and fiber, hand dyed and gorgeous, but also a great selection of handmade accessories including yarn bowls, shawl pins and stitch markers.
 I asked Jenn to tell us about her business and she said:
Pulling at Strings grew out of my love of artisan dyed yarn and fiber. I love supporting indie dyers and crafters and wanted to share and showcase their work with the world, particularly the work of WAHMs. Knowing that every skein, braid, shawl pin, etc, sent to me was hand created with love, sweat, and a pair of skilled hands fills me with awe, respect, and love. There is nothing like knowing what you hold in your hands was independently crafted just for you.

While I am sometime sad that I no longer paint or knit as my business anymore (as I did with babyMACH) I do thoroughly enjoy my job as a retailer and fledgling pattern designer. Currently I only have 2 patterns available, but I have one almost ready for release and a few more that are almost ready for testing. It's extremely exciting to see others knitting from patterns I write. 
 When asked what is inspiring her right now:
With 4 kids, I find it hard to get out and end up spending most days at home. Being crammed inside my little house, I've learned to appreciate the beauty inside and around my home, and even more appreciate where I go when we actually leave it. This has been so inspiring to me, that I've been creating exclusives colorways with some of my favorite artisans. These colorways are all inspired by local events that we frequent, my children, and everyday life for our family. Helping shape the final colorway and working with the dyers is a wonderful and amazingly creative process that I thoroughly enjoy.
A great family day at Jenn's home is:I guess that would be a day when I feel that I have accomplished something. I've learned that at this time in my life, it is impossible to accomplish everything I have on a todo list, yet I cannot just toss the todo list for a day of nothingness since that just means my next day will be overpacked as well. I have 3 areas that I focus on: Housework (laundry, cleaning, organizing), Pulling at Strings (listing products, designing, packing and shipping, inventory, etc), and Family (quality playtime, cuddling, reading stories, being mommy.) As long as I strike a balance between these three areas, I find that I feel better about myself, my business, and my life; which in turns puts me in a good mood and leads to a great family day. Happy mommy = happy family, and honestly, that's what life is all about. 

::The Giveaway:: 

4 oz. Sweetheart SW Fingering Weight Yarn
Kettle dyed by Katie and Sharon of Yarn Love, Sweetheart is a delicious blend of royal purple, fuchsia, bubblegum pink, and chocolate.

Scarlett O'Hara is a superwash fingering weight 60% merino, 30% bamboo, 10% nylon wool that has a beautiful silken sheen.  Approximately 4oz, 410 yards with a recommended needle size of US 0-3.



TO ENTER:
This week we are offering four ways to win
(and you may use all four, you must leave a comment confirming each entry)
1) Leave a comment on this post about your favourite item at Pulling at Strings
2) Become a Fan of Pulling at Strings
3) Become a Fan of Beneath the Rowan Tree
4) Become a FOLLOWER of this blog (box in left hand column).
5) Already a fan or follower? 
Invite a friend to do the same and get one more entry for each friend
who completes #1,2 or 3 above! Just have them put your name on their entry as their referrer!
(be sure to leave a way to contact you, either through your blogger ID, email, or other 
on EACH entry)::
The winners will be randomly drawn from qualifying entries on Monday, May 9, at 10 PM est.
This giveaway is open to anyone (anywhere)
♥♥♥

90 comments:

Suzie said...

I love the superwash merino "menudo on Suave."

Suzie said...

I'm a fan of "Pulling on Strings."

Suzie said...

I'm a fan of BTRT on facebook. :)

Melissa Zeffer said...

I love the Cian on McClellan Fingering!!!

Melissa Zeffer said...

I liked Pulling on Strings!

Melissa Zeffer said...

I have been a fan of your facebook!

Melissa Zeffer said...

I am a follower of your blog!

Our Family said...

I love NT's Little Bird yarn. So pretty! It was a hard choice though. I love just browsing her store and drooling :)

katie_garn at yahoo dot com

Our Family said...

Am a fan on FB.

katie_garn at yahoo dot com

Our Family said...

I'm a fan of BTRT on FB.

katie_garn at yahoo dot com

Karen Traversy said...

I checked out Pulling at Strings and thought it was a great site. I especially liked the Yarn Love Scarlet O'Hara. I also follow Beneath the Rowan Tree on FB

Karen Traversy said...

I friended Pulling at Strings and left her a comment.

Karen Traversy said...

I subscribed to BTRT newsletter

Kristina said...

Of course, I love all the pretty yarn, but I had to go look for the pretty shawl pin you have featured on the blog. (Looping Celtic Crossed Knots by Nicholas and Felice ). It's so lovely it makes me actually want to wear a shawl.

I can be reached through my google account that I signed in with or through HC (kbrown99).

Kristina said...

I follow your blog.

Kristina said...

I am a fan of BTRT on facebook.

Kristina said...

I am a fan of PAS on facebook also.

Nicole said...

Oh, what gorgeous yarn and fiber! My favorite is the Velvet Midnight on Elizabeth Bennet silk yarn.

HermioneWeasley on ravelry

Nicole said...

I became a fan of Pulling at Strings!

HermioneWeasley on ravelry

Nicole said...

I'm a fan of Beneath the Rowan Tree.

HermioneWeasley on ravelry

Nicole said...

I follow your blog!

HermioneWeasley on ravelry

Brooke said...

I absolutely LOVE the Chivalrous on Springvale DK yarn on your site! What gorgeous colors. I can imagine such lovely little sweaters for my daughter...

Brooke said...

I am a fan of Pulling at Strings on facebook.

Brooke said...

I am a fan of Beneath the Rowan Tree on facebook.

Brooke said...

I am following your blog!

MamaWestWind said...

Oh, beautiful yarn! love "out to pasture"- bulky! gorgeous!

MamaWestWind said...

I'm a fan of Pulling at Strings!

MamaWestWind said...

I'm a fan of Beneath the Rowan Tree!

Alayna said...

ilove the yarn love scarlette o' hara in the fairytale colorway! i actually just ordered it ;)!

ac.gal@verizon.net

Matka said...

Love the "http://www.pullingatstrings.com/item_425/Stargazing-on-Juliet.php"

Fan of your on facebook. :-)
Stacia Gear

kristanlynn said...

i follow your blog.

loved the interview... it's so great to hear how other Etsy sellers manage there day to day life!

following via the Etsy Blog Team post... super pumped to enter this giveaway!

-kristanlnn @ adelynSTONE
www.kristanlynn.blogspot.com

Kristin Lambert said...

The Sweetheart yarn is so sweet. Brings feelings of love. My favorite item at Pull Strings is the Wee Ones Decadent Cake stitch markers set with the Blond Sheep stitch markers set as a close second. So cute! They are totally fitting of our thirteen year old son who loves to bake and knit. Thank you for the great giveaway!
Kristin
kristinlmbrt@yahoo.com

Kristin Lambert said...

I became a fan of Beneath the Rowan Tree on Facebook.
Thank you,
Kristin Lambert
kristinlmbrt@yahoo.com

Kristin Lambert said...

I became a fan of Pulling at Strings on Facebook.
Thank you,
Kristin Lambert
kristinlmbrt@yahoo.com

Kristin Lambert said...

I became a follower of Beneath the Rowan Tree.
Thank you,
Kristin Lambert
kristinlmbrt@yahoo.com

Dovile said...

I love that they offer same colorways for different yarns. My favorite is the Peackock on Elizabeth Bennet merino/silk blend yarn.

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Dovile said...

GFC follower of your blog as Dovile

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Laura said...

I have become a fan of BTRT on Facebook!

Laura said...

I am now a follower of your blog as well! Found the info on the PAS forum on Rav as I am a fan and follower of PAS already.
emerelaino on Rav

Laura said...

I am a fan of Pulling At Strings on Facebook.

Laura said...

My favorite items at Pulling At Strings right now are the new exclusive colorway "Flowering Cherry" by Three Irish Girls, and the Wee Ones stitch markers...esp the breakfast ones and the blonde sheep ones!

gustosa giveaways said...

i like the Yarn Stash Crafter's Rule
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gustosa giveaways said...

gustosa giveaways following pulling at strings
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gustosa giveaways said...

gustosa giveaways following beneath the rowan tree on fb
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gustosa giveaways said...

already follower
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ne-knopka said...

like Lark on Willow
anna_k67 at yahoo dot com

ne-knopka said...

Fan of Pulling at Strings
-anna ku

anna_k67 at yahoo dot com

ne-knopka said...

Fan of Beneath the Rowan Tree
anna_k67 at yahoo dot com

ne-knopka said...

blog follower via GFC

anna_k67 at yahoo dot com

royce said...
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royce said...

Seaglass on Silk/Merino Fingering
i like this
roycedavids at gmail dot com

royce said...

i like you on facebook
royce david

roycedavids@gmail.com

royce said...

i like Beneath the Rowan Tree on facebook

roycedavids@gmail.com

Aracne said...

My favorite item is the "Azaleas on Superwash Merino" :-)

ladyhydrangea at gmail dot com

Aracne said...

I'm a follower via GFC

ladyhydrangea at gmail dot com

Alessia said...

This is lovely: http://www.pullingatstrings.com/item_1271/Shawl-Pin--Earthen.php

alelale at live dot com

Alessia said...

I am a Fan of Pulling at Strings (Alessia Lale)

alelale at live dot com

Alessia said...

I am a Fan of Beneath the Rowan Tree
(Alessia Lale)

alelale at live dot com

Knititall said...

The Sweetheart yarn is one of my favorites actually. My other fave is Gala on Charlotte Bronte Worsted by Yarn Love.

Knititall said...

I follow your blog with google friend connect.

Kelley said...

I really like "Huckleberry on Gaia Sport
". It's a really nice blend of subtle purples.

Susie said...

I love the Bridget on Linden, aran weight yarn! So so pretty, it caught my eye right away, and I keep coming back to look at it!

Susie said...

I am a happy fan of BNRT!

Susie said...

I am now a fan of Pulling At Strings too!

thank you for this giveaway!!

Susie said...

I follow the blog, I really love it!

I enjoyed this interview as well, especially the part about what makes for a great family day...!

baronreads said...

I'm a member of Jenn's yarn and fiber club and I just love the yarns she finds for us! WTG Jenn!

baronreads said...

I'm now a fan of BTRT on FB! :)

royce said...

iam following your blog
royce david

roycedavids@gmail.com

ikkinlala said...

I love the Warm Brick on Juliet fingering.

Rebecca on The Homefront said...

Hi! I accidentally found BTRT while looking up images for rowan trees, lol. I'm a fan on Facebook now.

Rebecca on The Homefront said...

I just followed the BRTR blog. :)

Rebecca on The Homefront said...

I think my favorite item on P@S would be the "Out to Pasture" colorway yarns. I live in farm country, and the greens are so soothing, especially for this greening time of year. :)

Rebecca on The Homefront said...

Finally, I just "liked" P@S on Facebook. :)

tettidesign said...

My favourite is the Velvet Midnight on Elizabeth Bennet fingering weight yarn, but love all the colour schemes-

Amie said...

I love the rainbow BFL fiber from Fibers 4 Ewe

http://www.pullingatstrings.com/item_197/Rainbow-on-BFL-Fiber.php

Amie said...

FB fan of Pulling at strings

Amie said...

BTRT fb fan

Amie said...

following via blogger :)

Hilary said...

I have been a fan of BTRT on FB for some time and have just become a fan of Pulling at Strings. I love the shawl pins and gorgeous dyed yarns!

Sara said...

I love the Winter Birch on Adorn (TIG).

Sara said...

Fan of Beneath the Rowan Tree on Facebook!

Sara said...

Fan of Pulling at Strings on Facebook!

Xilan said...

I love Violet Vale on Juliet! jessi.dooo@gmail.com

Xilan said...

Became a fan of Pulling at Strings on FB jessi.dooo@gmail.com

Kristin said...

Ooh! I love the Little Big colorway on Gaia worsted!

I also "liked" Pulling at Strings on FB. :-) So gorgeous!

elarieldw said...

Fav item - Celtic Budding Spiral by Nicholas and Felice Shawl Pin

elariel01@hotmail.com

elarieldw said...

Fan of BTRT! =D

elariel01@hotmail.com

elarieldw said...

Fan of P@S! =D

elariel01@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I love Chivalrous on Springvale DK (and why? It reminds ME of the lovely Medieval Fair in Waterloo, which I miss so much!)

Nicola
nicola martel at aol dot com

Anonymous said...

Just became a fan of Pulling at Strings.

Nicola
nicola martel at aol dot com

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