the llama has her say

Good Golly, Miss Molly, if I do not let the Giveaway Llama have her say, and have it RIGHT NOW, I will not be able to live with her a minute longer. The fuss that creature makes when I do not let her play on the blog, you wouldn’t believe! Apparently, I am worse than Scrooge these days in my failing to let her play the Giving Fairy with y’all. So, all right then, Llama girl, you’ve worn me down to a nubbity nub. Take the blog over, see if I care. Just clean up after yourself and give it back when you’re done.



i swear nothing gets done around here unless i do it myself. sure, she goes off on a trip to see sheep, but does she pay any attention to us camelids?

Mama Shetland and her six-week-old baby at Massachusetts Sheep & Wool Festival

nooooo. and she calls herself the paca princess. phooey. she even spent time hugging a bunny last weekend. a bunny! not a noble beast such as i, simply a mere rabbit. just look at this pitiful creature:

This brown bun (front) literally crawled into my arms without an invitation and sat there for about half an hour. We were both pretty darn happy about this little snuggle-fest.

and to think she almost came home with him.

she spent time hanging out with strange folk in little crowns;

Jesh wearing her new accessory: Lorelei’s Steampunk Diadem

eating yummy treats (and bringing none of them home to share, i might add);

Apple Cider Donut from Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Stowe, VT.

Fudge-covered raspberry chocolate brownie from That Restaurant We Always Eat At In Cummington.

and taking pictures of people wearing as many colours as they sell.

Amy King in her Spunky Eclectic booth at MAS&W
(drool over and buy all Spunky’s nifty things)

she even took photos of bugs. BUGS, PEOPLE.

A species of lunar moth, just hanging out in Massachusetts.
Wingspan was as big or bigger than my hand.

Another species of lunar moth, yards away from the other one.
Tip of antennae to tip of lower wing, at least as long as my hand. Wow.

honestly. bugs.

and all this, when i have such important news for you nice people:

it’s GIVEAWAY TIME! yay!

i have two, count them, two skeins of wonderful gorgeous yarn to give away! so this time, there will be two lucky winners, one for each skein.

isn’t that much more important than pictures of bunnies and bugs?

i certainly think so.

one skein is from the enchanting Ms. Jennifer of Holiday Yarns.

that’s her Silver Sock Yarn in Evergreen, 420 yds of 63% Superwash Merino, 20% silk, 15% Nylon, and 2% Genuine Sterling Silver. you can click the photo to see an up-close vision of how sparkly it is.

(Legally required blithering from Sandi: I do work with Jen, mostly designing patterns for her yarn lines and helping out in her booth at shows. She pays me separately for that stuff; any Giveaway Goodies are strictly her idea and her generous donations!)

the other skein is from the charming yarnscape who works her dyeing magic in the United Kingdom, where they are currently having a rather large party for someone named Elizabeth who wears a lot of fancy clothing and has to carry a frumpy bag wherever she goes.

as you can see, yarnscape’s yarn is anything but frumpy! this is her bunnylace yarn, in Delphinium; it is 500 metres (72.5 g) of 20% angora bunny and 80% wool. clicky, clicky, and you will see how pretty the colours are!

all you have to do for a chance at one of these gorgeous skeins is to leave a comment on this post. (look! i have my own page now, full of rules and legal stuff and a photo of me in my party outfit. the photo is the best part.)

sandi will use the magic random number generator twice to pick the winners in separate sessions, so everything is totally, truly random. (the exception: if you’ve won something before, you can’t win for another year or something like that. check out the rulez on My Very Own Llama Page. oh, and one person can’t win both the skeins. sorry. fair’s fair.)

so leave a comment! tell her how much you’d rather see pictures of meeee than of those silly sheep and all that other crazy stuff. (bugs!! i’m still getting over that one.)

she’ll close the voting when she wakes up on friday, june 8th, and then announce the winners in a post that same day! so you have all week to leave a comment. (did i mention i now have my very own page, all about me?)

yay for yarn prezzies coming in the mail! yay for llamas!

with llots of llama llove,

the giveaway llama

Sandi here again. Thank you SO MUCH to Jen (aka gwynivar on Ravelry) and Alison, (aka yarnscape) for their generosity and the gifts of their talents. There’s more good stuff on their websites, so if you don’t win, but want some of their good stuff, give them a virtual visit.

About sandi

Knitter. Spinner. Quilter. UFO Wrangler. Sometime bead artist and weaver. Two toddler-age kittens, 1 permakitten, 2 grownup cats, 1 beloved dog angel, 1 spouse, 1 crazy life. I suppose that the 5 cats make me 1 crazy cat lady; OTOH, apparently, yes, I do need that much feline supervision.
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97 Responses to the llama has her say

  1. elchupa says:

    While pics of you are no doubt wonderful those moths are stunning!


  2. jennybookworm says:

    Wow – that Llama’s got quite an attitude — I like it!


  3. audrey says:

    this is too much fun! I’m glad things are looking up, at least for the animals and bugs in your life….


  4. thegeorg says:

    Does that mean TWO posts from Ms. Sandi this week? Oh frabjous day! Calloo! Callay!


  5. Ruth La Pointe says:

    There is nothing like a sassy llama to liven up the day.


  6. Ooh, beautiful! Thanks so much for running the giveaways πŸ™‚


  7. Donna says:

    Oh, your Royal Gorgeousness, thou Best Beloved Giveaway Llama, thank you for sharing the bountiful abundance. I’m a previous winner, don’t know if I’m eligible to win again, just want to share the fun. πŸ™‚


  8. teabird says:

    Gorgeous giveaways, and sassy llamas. Life is good.

    (Jesh is gorgeous in her new tiara!)


  9. Marilyn Nance says:

    The bunnies run a very close second to the yarn!! Love small, fuzzy animals. The bugs were great.


  10. reWOLLuzza says:

    I’m jealous about your bugs… around here we only get small drab ones. *sigh*
    Maybe a nice skein of sparkly green yarn will console me. πŸ™‚


  11. Love those bugs! And the llama of course.


  12. Babies, bugs, AND bunnies, oh my! That little bunny just knew who needed a hug. Llama are cool, too, of course.


  13. Angela says:

    It looks like you had a great time! Safe travels!


  14. lloeren says:

    I love all the cute animals! It’s my birthday on Friday and the Evergreen yarn would make a fantastic present!


  15. LizzyA says:

    While the moths interesting, I’m so glad they live where they do and I live where I do.
    Dear bamallamadingdong grace me with your presents (they look scrummy!)


  16. folkcat says:

    I so envy you for seeing those moths! I lived in New England for 18 years and never saw either of those species.


  17. Anna Johnson says:

    I will have to say i loved all your pictures…You are quite the entertainer!! The bunnies just had me melted all over the floor and your llama, what pretty eyes you have!!! Those moths, shudder shudder…having blonde hair, they think i am a light bulb!! So they land or slam onto or into my head, eeeeeks.
    I will take the yarn any day!!!!


  18. Laura K says:

    Oh, Oh, Oh! Random me!! Or visit. I’ll take either.


  19. Eileen says:

    Pretty, pretty! Would love either of these. Thanks for running the giveaway.


  20. Marika says:

    Those moths are scary! The yarn, on the other hand, is gorgeous.


    • Sharon Calvert says:

      Hi Sandi. I for one, looove the bugs. I didn’t know there was another type that looks so different. Enjoyed the post.


  21. andrea says:

    thank you. i love the shade of green not to mention the moths were beautiful. i have not forgotten you either you are a sweet lama for sharing with us all


  22. Darlene says:

    gotta have the green!!!


  23. loomtalk says:

    Those bugs are inspiration for a gorgeous shawl, knit or crochet.


  24. Pat says:

    Dear Giveaway LLama,
    So good of you to “fill in” for Sandi. While I have to say I think that the bunnies, sheep and “bugs” are quite appealing and loveable, my heart belongs to you Dear Llama. Llamas are my favortie animal on earth. Thank you for encouraging Sandi to give away that beautiful, wonderful yarn. I would be happy with either skein. I love sparkles and what could be more sparkly then silver in a yarn? On the other hand the colors of the Bunnylace yarn are to die for! We’ll let the random number generastor choose —- one for me I hope!
    Pat aka westies


  25. Bonnie says:

    Mmmm, the picture of the fudge-covered raspberry chocolate brownie has done me in. All I can do is sit at my computer and dream of chocolate. Thanks for the giveaways!


  26. NIna Saulic says:

    The luna moth is lovely! I wish I could see one in real life. Thanks for a wonderful blog post.


  27. maryh says:

    I think the llama should take up knitting–that might mellow her out; though she probably wouldn’t be as interesting as her sassy self now.


  28. Kathy R says:

    I was SSOOO excited to see there was a post from the Paca Princess today!! I love, love, love reading her posts!! But having you there too, dearest Giveaway Llama, was frosting on the richest of brownies (I’m not big on cake)!! I would be most honored to have my number picked by that magic “randomnator” machine of yours!!! ppssst: my fav is the luscious lavender


  29. Teri says:

    The moths and yarns are both beautiful!


  30. Heather says:

    The llama is cool! But needs to chill on the bugs, those moths are amazing!


  31. Sybil H. says:

    Its is good Sandi has such sassy llama to help her out. The yarn is beautiful.


  32. Naomi says:

    Those are beautiful moths! Where’d you find them? (I remember seeing impressive moths at the festival, but I’ve been wanting to see a luna moth for *years*, now.)


  33. Sandy says:

    I love bunnies!! I lost my bunny 5 years ago. She was the sweetest little baby. I envy you getting to hold that sweet darling.


  34. susannah says:

    Wonderful post! In fact, I very much enjoyed hearing from the Illustrious Lama; quite the personality she has, that one. Perhaps she could be persuaded to share her singular viewpoint from time to time, giveaway or no giveaway. I love bunnies and moths and sheep and all those terrific things, but that Lama’s my kinda’ gal!


  35. Jane Kelley says:

    I’m with you no bug pictures…just the yarns.


  36. Carol Ann Burden says:

    A llama with attitude and two lovely lunas … my day is made!! Hope Sandi is well and having fun!


  37. Rachel says:


    oh, and that lady in England, the one with the frumpy handbags? She’s been known to wear a tiara or two in her day πŸ™‚


  38. Kassia says:

    Lovely!! πŸ™‚


  39. sewsable says:

    That llama seems to have a similar attitude to my cat!


  40. Radka says:

    Ooooh, purty bunnies. The green yarn’s not too bad either πŸ™‚


  41. Kay says:

    Oh lovely yarns! And I enjoy reading what the ‘Paca has to say.


  42. Kate says:

    the bug photos are super amazing – what great close ups so we can really appreciate the detail


  43. Linda says:

    Llovely llama, llet your lluck lland llightly on Linda with your llargesse. πŸ™‚


  44. Tall Kate says:

    Beautiful yarns! Thank you for offering a generous giveaway.


  45. Sheila says:

    What an attitude the giveaway llama has! Fun, and gorgeous yarn. I will happily take either off your hands.


  46. dclulu says:

    Llama! We want more llama pictures


  47. Barbara says:

    Sandi its good to hear from you and your great give away Llama too! Hope your summer is going great and thank you Llama for a chance to win some yarn too.


  48. AnneS says:

    Loved hearing from that llama. Lovely picts, lovely creatures, lovely yarns.


  49. CrochetQueen says:

    I love the cheeky llama! All those animals are adorable, and that yarn looks fantastic!


  50. Joan Siegel says:

    Oh thank you oh generous llama! I would love to win the purple yarn, since it is my granddaughter’s favorite color!


  51. nestra says:

    Green and sparkly? I think I am in love!


  52. Francine says:

    I love the Llama πŸ˜‰ and the yarns


  53. Tamara says:

    The bunny!!! the MOTHS!!!!! The way you invent new genres for each blog post!!!!!!!! You are awesome, and if I’d known you were coming down to MAS&W I would have gone too!


  54. Ercil says:

    The Giveaway Llama Girl is such a sweet beautiful deep eyed Camelid. Truly, she is without equal and so generous! We are so lucky!!! But you know I also love the Mama and baby and the fuzzy bunnies… and yes, I loved the big luna moths!!! I wish I could have gone to Maryland to hang out with such fabulous creatures and Sandi too!!! Thanks so much for thinking of us readers and giving away such cool fibery swag! πŸ˜‰


  55. Ercil says:

    p.s. Apple Cider Doughnuts!!!! Jealous!


  56. Lori Berndt says:

    The llama is so funny. I’m in awe of those moths…and that raspberry fudge brownie. I’d be delighted if the give away llama (or the random number generator) picked me for the silver sock yarn. Thanks, Sandi!


  57. Deb Greenberger says:

    I don’t know what I love more, the beautiful yarn or the adorable friends!


  58. Wehaf says:

    Dear Llama, do you have the inside track on discounts for those donuts? Call me.


  59. SaraGL says:

    Wow pictures of 2 Luna moths, sheep, lambs, bunnies AND a beautiful llama! What a nice way to end the day! I ca just picture knitting something the colors of that 2nd moth, mostly green with purple around the edges – like the purple yarn in the giveaway πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for the try…


  60. lorraine says:

    i love luna moths are gorgeous..and they produce a tiny bit of silk which is totally amazing to me πŸ™‚


  61. knittynana says:

    I have to agree with you Giveaway Llama….bugs Sandy? Really?! More llama pics!


  62. elaine says:

    A note from Llama & Sandi… and a giveaway & wonderful pixs… You most certainly know how to brighten my day! My cat wants to meet Llama – same, I mean same thoughts!
    Sending Colorado sunshine your way!


  63. Pat says:

    Hoping that you are well and thank you for the post!! The animals are cute, the brownie looks deliscious, and the bugs while beautiful in a creepy way, seem like huge….. Bugs. Oh yes, pick me ! Pick me!


  64. Arla says:

    I just love those moths!!! The bunnies, sheep come in a close second…but Llama Lady is second to none!!! As for the yarns…as has been stated before, luscious and lovely is all I can say…
    Have a great week!!!


  65. Sharon says:

    Ms Llama, I do understand your concerns, but those bugs are endangered species and Sandi was so lucky to have seen them!! I think it’s okay that she petted a bunny too; they are soft and so cute. They don’t spit either, just a word to the wise…. But they don’t have your regal stance and gaze, of course! You are the standard of a luxury wool animal and so beautiful!


  66. molly says:

    i once had a storm-blown luna moth arrive on my window screen! it was FANTASMAGORICAL! our local moths tend to be small and mostly grey…so i woke the kids up to see it! i wonder if ever i shall see a storm-blown llama in my yard? hmmm…cheers, molly


  67. Violinknitter says:

    A llama offering pretty yarn? Yes, please!


  68. Alice says:

    Nice to see a new post! Always makes my day … thanks for sharing the fun photos … even the bugs!


  69. OMG! That bunny is too cute. And I don’t think it’s fair that the moth (otherwise known as “The Enemy”) is so beautiful. Of course, if it attacked the yarn pictured……


  70. Diane prager says:

    Love the photos! Looks like a lot of fun.


  71. Sarah says:

    I love that llama.


  72. Chelsea W says:

    I like you, llama πŸ™‚
    Lovely photos and a generous giveaway!
    I hope I can see a lunar moth in person some day.


  73. Lindymoon says:

    A llama with attitude and lovely yarn as a giveaway what more could you ask for – oh yeah beautiful moths and cuddly bunnies – very close to perfection.


  74. InJuneau says:

    Deasrest Giveaway Llama–how lovely to hear from you again. Sounds like you and Sandi have been busy. I must say, though, that the green luna moth is quite lovely and would be a great inspiration for a yarn or fiber colorway.


  75. Barbara says:

    Gorgeous moths! I’ve never seen any that big. Never thought of them as bugs though. I think the Llama writes better than a lot of humans I know…….;–) Sandi, you are so lucky to have spent those days surrounded by those great animals AND all that gorgeous yarn! I’d like just a skein, please.


  76. Gwen A says:

    Ms Llama, you are awesome. (Those giveaway presents, also awesome. The moths…notsomuch.)


  77. Donna says:

    Of course I love the llama’s pictures best.

    I don’t suck up much do I?


  78. Vicki Williams says:

    The purple yarn is awesome. The green is lovely too. The luna moths are fantastic. I have to admit I love looking at bug pictures. You don’t realize how amazing the critters are until you look at a bug magnified 500% on the computer screen. Of course, I enjoy seeing Ms. Llama, sheep and bunnies. Luna moths will not harm the yarn because poor things…they can’t eat a thing. Once the moths emerge from their pupa all they do is fly around trying to find a mate so procreation can take place and then it dies within 2 weeks of emerging. That is if it isn’t eaten by some hungry bird.


  79. M says:

    The llamas look cute!:)


  80. ellenspn says:

    We love seeing your smiling face my dear πŸ™‚


  81. Lindy says:

    I hope that Sandi shared her Apple Cider Donuts with you!


  82. Cat says:

    Now I am hungry for both donuts and bunny snuggles.


  83. Holly says:

    Thank you for another delightful post — >j<


  84. Jennifer says:

    You’re showcasing some beautiful animals and yarn there, as usual!


  85. Jess says:

    Commenting as Miz Llama commands! It was great to hang out with you and Sir N! We all (Things included!) had lots of fun. Can’t wait for more time to just chill… Rhinebeck perhaps?


  86. Holly says:

    Awesome post! Love the pictures of the moths, they are gorgeous! But I have to agree more pics of the llama πŸ™‚


  87. Karen M says:

    Thank you Ms. Llamamama for reinstating the giveaway. You are selfless beyond question. The bunnies are very sweet though.


  88. Janine says:

    When my kids were little, we had an alphabet book which had all sorts of amazing creatures, including a luna moth. The illustrations were so lovely and I have always wanted to see one in person. So I am very envious of you since I have never seen one. (The yarn looks lovely too). Janine


  89. Nancy says:

    Great pictures, wish I could have made it to Cummington this year! Next time!


  90. Oh, Darling Llama, you know I love you!
    Anything with chocolate is pretty nice too.
    The bunnies are soft, fluffy and brown.
    Jesh looks so happy in her sparkly new crown.
    Amy’s yarns are lovely, there are few that can rival
    And her wonderful tats are a fanciful eyeful.
    The moths are gorgeous, and worth a good peep.
    But you just may be right when it comes to the sheep.
    Naw, I’m sorry, but they’re awfully cute too –
    Still, you know, Darling Llama, my favorite is you.


  91. Pat says:

    Love the Llama, but must disagree about the bug photos — they were awesome! I didn’t know moths came that big! The yarns, of course, are gorgeous, especially the Silver Sock Yarn.


  92. Llama llama llama llama BUNNY!


  93. Erin says:

    Love that llama!


  94. Virginia says:

    bobama llama


  95. D Louise says:

    If I’m not mistaken, that green/lavender moth is very important in one of the events in The Girl of the Limberlost, my fave book as a teen, many years ago. Never seen a picture before!


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