Monday, November 10, 2014

Mountain Girl Yarns {Giveaway}

Today I am so happy to share Mountain Girl Yarns with you. I wrote about the lovely purchase I made a few weeks ago of beautifully hand dyed artisan yarn from Mountain Girl Yarns. It is beautiful, and that fact that it is made lovingly by a dear friend makes it even more beautiful. Join me and get to know the person behind Mountain Girl Yarns.


Tell us a little about Mountain Girl Yarns. 
There is something about soft, warm beautifully colored yarn that makes my heart sing. Going to yarn shops and buying what they had to offer, I thought one day I could do that. I can come up with my own color way and fiber combinations...and I did it. After studying interior design I have a pretty good base for design and color so dyeing yarn came quite natural...I studied fiber artists that I admired and read books extensively on how to dye.  

What inspires you? 
Nature- all the colors that mother nature offers. Never ending beauty to be found in Montana where I live, the blue of the winter mountains, golden fields of wheat and the multi-colored rocks in the glacier lakes.

Oddly enough music. I am big into music so when it's dye time I crank the music and it inspires me to let go and just allow the colors to happen naturally.


How did you become a knitter? 
My grandmother taught me when I was 6 - growing up in Scandinavia it was just something you did. Past down for generations. In school I knit under my desk- as long as my eyes were on the teacher I didn't get in trouble.

If you could spend a day with a crafter/artist who would it be? 
Georgia O' Keefe she holds a special place in my heart- her sense of color and space- she was a pioneer and great great, strong woman. Her way of life, seeing beauty in nature I admire greatly and has made me fall in love with New Mexico. Her quirkiness and the mystery that surrounds her draws me in- she is a beautiful soul.


Is there a creative pursuit you haven't explored but would like to? 
Where do I start? Yes! There is so much I want to explore- very interested in Metal Arts- rustic style of jewelry with turquoise and big stones. I also fascinated with Finnish jewelry design...one day.
 
I used to be a maternity photographer which was wonderful and exiting but with all my children I couldn't stretch, now that they are older there is more freedom to explore. I have another photography project I am working on for the future...I like to have many things going on at once.


What is your favorite knit? 
It will always be fair isle because it is in my Norwegian heritage. I used to knit lots of Norwegian sweaters- but they take a long time. Now I am obsessed with fair isle mittens using either Latvian yarn from Riga or my own hand dyed- so fun and very satisfying.


One thing you can't live without? 
Not 1 but 4...family, nature, my animals and ice cream.
 
What is your favorite quote? 
"Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is none alive that is youer than you."
Dr. Seuss

Tea or coffee?
Both
Coffee in the a.m. - tea in the p.m.

Thanks so much for taking the time to share a little bit about yourself with us. It was wonderful getting to know you a little better Camilla.

You can connect with Mountain Girl Yarns, and Camilla a few ways:
Etsy 
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Camilla has generously offered one skein of yarn in the colourway 
“Alpen Fleur”
to one lucky Mothering with Mindfulness follower.



To enter, leave a comment, one per person, below.
Giveaway is open until Friday November 14, 2014 at 7pm.
I will draw a winner after this time and announce it in this post.

Giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only.

Thanks so much Camilla! 

And the winner, chosen by Justin, is:

Ducks in the Pond:
 "Oh, my goodness! I would love to win! I'm so glad I didn't miss the chance to enter. I have wanted some of Camilla's beautiful yarn for a while! Thanks Kim and Camilla!"

Congratulations!

48 comments:

  1. Her store is on my short list of treats for myself after the holidays! :-) And if her yarns weren't enough, the breath taking scenery just makes the spirit of her art so much more real to me. Thank you for introducing her to us. A wonderful talent indeed!

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  2. I guess it's no surprise that I am a huge fan of Camilla's. It was wonderful to read your interview and learn more about a great creative soul.
    Thanks for hosting a great giveaway!

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  3. I stopped by her store when you first posted and she does beautiful work! I love it all!
    (I promise I am not just stopping by today for the giveaway!! I came to see what loveliness you had to write about today and this happened to be it. I hope you had a wonderful weekend and a beautiful week!)

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  4. Oh thanks to make us discover her! I'd love to knit something from that skein!

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  5. Beautiful yarn and stunning pictures. Good combination for a Monday. I'm a new knitter and would love to get my needles on this skein. Thanks for the chance.
    Jenny

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  6. Oh my goodness, that yarn is scrumptious!! Thank you for hosting this lovely giveaway!

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  7. I enjoyed the interview so much, and have been watching via fb since you first gave us a peek into her beautiful work....Thank you for the offer, she is a talented soul.

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  8. Beautiful yarn in time for a beautiful knit christmas gift! Thank you for this chance.

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  9. I enjoy Camilla's Blog everyday, her pictures of the beautiful area she lives in are fantastic. thanks for offering a skein in that wonderful color mix.
    Ann

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  10. what beautiful yarn... the colours are fantastic !!! I am about to check out her site and thank you for the chance to win.

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  11. I would love to knit with this beautiful yarn! It comes from a beautiful place...Montana.

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  12. Beautiful yarns!!! Thanks for the chance.

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  13. I love Camilla's work and it's nice that you are having a giveaway :)

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  14. What a lovely interview, Camilla is such an inspiration! While I do have some of Camilla's yarn already (totally in love) I can't resist the chance to hoard some more :) Thank you!

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  15. Gorgeous! New artist to me, and I am glad to discover her. Thanks for sharing!

    I love the black, indigo, red, violet skein in the above picture.

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  16. So beautiful and it would be great to knit up something for our new baby girl!

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  17. How pretty! I would love to try her yarns! Thanks!

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  18. Wow, those are awesome colours! I like that wool + colour = Love
    It just so happens I took out my crochet stuff just last night...was inspired by Kim's Maggie Rabbit post reminding me I need to start on a crocheted elephant for our littlest guy. Hoping to get it done for Xmas. I was going to go safe and stick with some light blues and greys I have...but, maybe I'll switch it up and make something vibrant and colourful!
    That's always the hardest part eh? Picking the colours.

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  19. It was so fun to read about this artist! I really wanted to see her norwegian knits. I'm so curious!

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  20. I just saw the Camilla's blog. Her photography is amazing. the yarn looks gorgeous, it is so inspiring. I would love to see Montana someday
    leanne1969:ravelry

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  22. I would love to win this one for mom thanks for the chance.
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

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  23. I recently discovered Mountain Girl yarns and now she has led me to you. The mountains are in my blood albeit I now live on the prairie. Having this skein of yarn would bring a piece of the mountains to the mid-west!

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  24. This is awesome!!! Would love to win some lovely new yarn.

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  25. The yarn is beautiful - would love to start a special project with it!
    Julie jbyrd494@aol.com

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  26. Beautiful. I love the name, since I am from Switzerland. The photos remind me of it.

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  27. I've been somewhat banned from buying more yarn this year (blushes) but I will absolutely check her store out after the holidays. There is a certain color/s i am looking for for a shawl. Her yarns are beautiful and I also could not live with out her 4 mentioned things ;) well except maybe icecream. Beautiful post and give away. Be well.

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  28. Wow, her yarn is gorgeous! It's nice to hear about people's inspirations.

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  29. lovely! I love reading about the generational knitting tradition!

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  30. Thank you for sharing so much on your blog. I feel so connected even though we have never met face to face. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  31. This is such the cutest match of colors! I'm in love :)

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  32. Love Mountain Girl Yarns! I look at my skein for much needed inspiration! Thanks!

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  33. camilla is one of my favorite people!!! it was so nice learning just a wee bit more about her....and thank you both for this chance to win some of her wonderful color sense!!!!!

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  34. If I had a chance to spend a day with a crafter/artist I would choose Camilla! Big sky country and beautiful yarns......heaven.

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  35. Oh my! What gorgeously vibrant colours! I can almost see gossamer butterfly wings in that skein. Camilla is an artist. A yarn artist. Thank you both for offering this giveaway.

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  36. I am new to knitting and am so excited for the opportunity to win this beautiful yarn. Thank you for introducing me to this wonderful company! Gina

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  37. Hopefully the comment works this time around, would love to win this for my wife. Thank you for sharing such an amazing artist!!!

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  38. What a wonderful creative philosophy... and that skein! I would feel honored to win it! Thanks to both of you!

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  39. The colours you create are beautiful! I love that you would knit under your desk at school :)
    Thank you for sharing this Etsy shop Kim!

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  40. thank you for sharing your beautiful story. For a Midwestern girl that lived in Missoula your yarns remind me of the beauty.

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  41. Oh, my goodness! I would love to win! I'm so glad I didn't miss the chance to enter. I have wanted some of Camilla's beautiful yarn for a while! Thanks Kim and Camilla!

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  42. so pretty!
    burritoprincess@gmail.com

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  43. It's beautiful! I think I'm going to order skeins through Etsy to give my knitting daughters for Christmas.

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  44. Love the name of this yarn. I have taken a little break from knitting, but I'm feeling inspired to pick up the needles again :)

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  45. What amazing colors! So pretty. Thank you for the chance to win.
    Shanna

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  46. I love it, what a great giveaway

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  47. So, so lovely! Thank you for the opportunity!

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  48. Thank you for the chance to get this beautiful yarn. So pretty. I really love your blog, it's so inspiring!

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