Well, yes people, it is May, a good portion though it in fact. May for my household has involved a weekly dental visit for at least someone; most of them have been mine but we start off May with the wee Milo Boy having to have dental treatment under a general anaesthetic. All rather frustrating as we did everything to avoid this; he's the only six year I know that flosses, for goodness sake. It just seems we have a genetic disposition; and a very familiar relationship with our dentists!
Anyway, enough of the dental woes, let's talk about something far more exciting!
What follows is a pretty impressive list of all the lovely businesses and people in our community who have donated some fabulous prizes for Milo May. Thanks one and all, your support is fabulous and very much appreciated. Dear readers, please visit the pages of these lovely businesses, like their Facebook pages (as an individual, not a business ~ they don't count towards total likes) and generally share the love around.
Below I'm listing all the lovely businesses, including their logo and a description of their prize along with the places you can find them on the internet. Make sure you follow me on Facebook as each day I will be including some gorgeous photos of the prizes up for grabs.
Adagio Alpaca Mills
Adagio is a soon to be opened alpaca mill near Orange NSW. Follow them on Facebook to see their dream unfold as they bring this new mill to life. It's been quite an exciting journey to follow so far, and I personally have really enjoyed their updates.
Prize: 6 x 50g balls of alpaca dk/8ply weight
Aunty Nat's Knits
Aunty Nat's Knits is one of my Recommended Sellers of my garments, this means I can guarantee the quality of her workmanship. She knits beautifully and is well versed with the majority of my patterns.
Prize: A set of handmade stitch markers
Forest Hill Hand Dyed Yarn
Forest Hill Hand Dyed Yarn comes from a lover of colour. Forest Hill Hand Dyed Yarn takes inspiration from the mountainous scenery of New South Wales Hinterlands and instills that into her bright and bold coloured yarns.
Gin and Tonic Yarns
A yarn company named after my favourite alcoholic beverage; does it get any better than that? Gin and Tonic Yarns specialises in glorious saturated colours hand-dyed on organic and ethical yarn bases. Gin and Tonic Yarn will be at the Bendigo Sheep and Wool show this year.
Prize: 100g skein of Organic DK "Cup Day" and set of Luxury stitch markers
Koru Designs Aotearoa
Koru Designs Aotearoa is the home of one very talented fibre artist. Paula dyes amazingly saturated yarns as well as designs her own line of patterns.
Prize: Two yarn packs of 200g of hand-dyed yarn and coordinating stitch markers
Let Them Knit
Let Them Knit is a New Zealand indie dyer who specialises in brilliant coloured gradients, semi-solids and variegated yarns.
Prize: 100g ball of gradient yarn in 'Falling Confetti' colourway.
This prize will go to a milo that has been knit in a gradient yarn.
Little Brown Owl
Little Brown Owl is the home place of our very special event, Milo May Market held at the end of May. Additionally, Little Brown Owl sells hand knit garments (including those from my patterns) and gorgeous wee project bags, perfect for all your WIPs.
Prize: a project bag
Little Plum Yarn
Little Plum Yarn has been a long time sponsor of Milo May. We love Little Plum Yarn's saturated colourways and attention to detail.
Prize: 2 x 100g skeins of Tweed DK Superwash, a set of stitch markers and a bar of handmade soap.
Midnight Yarns is an independent hand-dyer who aims to support local wool by using New Zealand bases where possible. A huge variety of dyeing techniques are used to create stunning colourways.
Prize: A 100g skein of hand-dyed yarn Fingering Weight 50% Merino 50% Silk (400m)
Outlaw Yarn create beautiful luxury yarn with a sophisticated palette. Their yarn is visually tantalising in terms of both colour and texture.
Prize: shh! It's a secret at the moment! But all will be revealed after Woolfest! stay tuned......
Red Riding Hood Yarns
Red Riding Hood Yarns is known for saturated and bright colours dyed on reliable yarn bases. Her artisan yarns are well sort after, and RRHY regularly runs special themed yarn clubs (hint there's one at the moment which I am a designer for!)
Prize: A custom dye-job of 400g Belle dk (winner gets to choose their colourway)
This is a special prize for a milo knit with an indie-dyed yarn.
Rumpleknitspin is one of my Recommended Sellers, from whom you can purchase ready and custom made knits. Additionally, Rumpleknitspin spins, dyes her own yarns and even offers a custom spinning service. A very talented individual!
Prize: 100% handspun Huacaya Alpaca in dk/light worsted. 100g/135m. Grown, processed and spun in New Zealand.
The Barbarian Horde
The Barbarian Horde is the brand name of Australian knitwear Designer, Cathy Rubin. When not playing with yarn, Cathy also creates gorgeous jewellery.
Prize: a 5cm antique styled cabochon pendant on a 60cm ball chain
The Hill in the Valley
The Hill in the Valley is one of my Recommended Sellers, from whom you can purchase ready and custom made knits. The Hill in the Valley specialises in garments knit with the glorious White Gum Wool, of which she also spins to create her own handspun yarn.
Prize: a skein of handspun and hand-dyed yarn. Spun from White Gum Wool, Tasmanian Superfine Merino. 172m/91g.
Tomuc Valley Yarns
Tomuc Valley Yarns sell a unique range of hand-dyed yarns that include a number of luxury bases. Their colourways are stunning, bright and saturated.
Prize: 2 x 100g gradients on Superwash DK AU in the colourway 'Sweet Tango'
Wattle Tree Dolls
Wattle Tree Dolls takes dolls who have been discarded and up-cycles them with new lease of life by repainting them with features that are more childlike and realistic. The dolls are also given a new handmade outfit.
Prize: an up-cycled doll who has been rescued from a former life as a Bratz doll.
WOOLganics has long been one of my favourite yarns. It is a beautiful organic merino dk/8ply yarn that has been grown in Australia. WOOLganics has a colour palette that reflects the colours of the Australian landscape.
Prize: two prizes; each contains three balls of WOOLganics in the colour of the winner's choice (enough to knit a Milo)
Woolley Morsels is a Brisbane based business that specialises in hand-dyed yarns, often dyeing using White Gum Wool. Woolley Morsels also sells a range of hand-knit garments, both custom and ready made.
Prize: 2 x 100g skeins of hand-dyed White Gum Wool 8ply
This prize will be awarded to a distinctly down-under milo.
Zippy Wippies sell their own line of funky little zipped project bags in a variety of sizes, perfect for any crafting project. The business of a fabric lover, these bags have a personality all of their own!
Prize: two separate prizes of a zippy wippy. Each winner to choose their fabric!