Dog Days of Summer Giveaway

Yes, there is a Giveaway at the bottom of this post!

Gorgeous boy

So we’re officially in the Dog Days of summer! I always liked the wording of these hottest days of the season, although I always thought it was pretty ironic that they were named that as I have never heard of any dogs that actually liked the heat! And before anyone asks, yes I do in fact know why it’s called Dog Days.

My dogs definitely do not enjoy the heat all that much… they’d much rather hang out in the A/C during the hottest days. And we sort of are house-bound for now as poor little Hitchcock had an anal gland issue and had to go through surgery on Monday! It was a minor surgery and he’s recovering very well, but it does mean that we’re stuck indoors until he recovers. So that means lots of hugs and kisses from mom,

Hanging out with mom

Hanging out with mom

playing with some toys (or in Hitchcock’s case just laying on the toys!),

Hitchcock and his toys

getting some chest rubs (Kubrick’s favorite!)

Kubrick loves chest rubs!

that hit the right spot.

Kubrick loves chest rubs!

Of course this means kissing mommy as a thank you!

Kubrick loves chest rubs!

So in honor of my two favorite dogs, I’m officially naming this giveaway the Dog Days of Summer! Unofficially, of course, this giveaway is my moving giveaway. These are the yarns that I’ve had around on my destash page for a while and no one has claimed them. These are yarns that, though very pretty, just don’t fit in my cabinet anymore and thus must go on living their lives elsewhere. They are all very nice, well behaved and housebroken to boot. What more can we ask for? Without further ado, here are the six (yes I said SIX!) skeins up for grabs:

Colinette Jitterbug in Marble
Colinette Jitterbug

Fiberphile Super Squish Sock in Pacifica
Fiberphile Super Squish Sock

Liberty’s Yarn Jabbersocky in Lucy
Liberty's Yarn Lucy

Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Scarlet
Madelinetosh Sock

Sundara Yarn Fingering Silky Merino in Cactus Flower
Sundara Fingering Silky Merino

Zen Yarn Garden in Lemon Drop (this is a 100% SW Merino)
Zen yarn Garden

In addition one of the six winners will also get a copy of the Fall 2009 issue of Interweave Knits magazine. It’s an issue I have two copies of, so I’d like to see it go to someone who can use it!

So how does this work? You have until Monday, August 9 to put in a comment on this post. And because this is for the dogs, if you have a question that you have been dying to ask about the dogs (or a question for them – I will translate as best I can), you can include that in your comment too. Just for fun. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Also in the comment, please state your top 3 wanted skeins in order of preference. This will help me when assigning skeins to winners. After the contest is over, I will use a random number generator to pick 6 winners. This makes it more fun because there are greater chances of winning! Oh and this contest is open to any and everyone who wants to join (no matter where in the world you live). The skein might take a while to get to you if youโ€™re far away from NYC (yes, I will probably use cheap-o shipping) but Iโ€™ll ship out to those of you outside of North America, so comment away!

In addition, for a second chance to win, blog about this post in your own blog then come back here leaving a *second* comment telling me you did so and you have another chance right there. Just like that!

Good luck to all of you and remember to stay cool! ๐Ÿ˜‰


49 responses to “Dog Days of Summer Giveaway

  1. Cynthia 08.05.2010 at 3:47 am

    Oh I get it Hav(avnese) n Knit Lover, always wondered what Havnknitlover meant! And poor Hitchcock, even minor surgery is miserable. Wouldn’t mind helping your yarn storage problem:
    1. Colinette Jitterbug
    2. Sundara Yarn FSM
    3. Zen yarn garden

  2. Jeanne 08.05.2010 at 5:32 am

    Poor Hitchcock – I hope he’s feeling better now!.

    As far as a question for (about) the dogs – what breed of dogs are they? I love the picture of Hitchcock with the toys – too cute. What are their favorite toys?

    The yarn I’d like is:
    1. Sundara Yarn FSM
    2. Madelinetosh Sock
    3. Libery Yarn Jabbersocky in Lucy

  3. Jackie 08.05.2010 at 6:41 am

    I’m so glad your Hitchcock is recovering well! My question for the pups: What’s your favorite outdoor activity in the winter?

    I’d love to be entered into your giveaway!

    1. Fiberphile
    2. MadelineTosh
    3. Liberty Yarn

    Thank you!

  4. Rachelle Crosbie 08.05.2010 at 6:47 am

    I’d love to be entered into the draw. My choices in order
    1. Madeline Tosh
    2. Fiberphile
    3. Colinette

    Doggy question, who’s pack leader?

  5. bloreknitter 08.05.2010 at 8:09 am

    Thanks for the giveaway! Even I have the same question. What breed are they?

    My preference:
    1. Colinette Jitterbug
    2. Sundara Yarn FSM
    3. Libertyโ€™s Yarn Jabbersocky in Lucy

  6. Beverly 08.05.2010 at 8:21 am

    Poor Hitchcock! Tell him I hope he feels better soon. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    1. Fiberphile
    2. Madeline Tosh
    3. Sundara

  7. Tasha 08.05.2010 at 8:36 am

    They are really cute. My question because my cat currently has laryngitis (weird!) – have your puppies ever had a strange medical condition such as this? Poor baby having surgery!
    1. Mad Tosh
    2. Fiberphile
    3. Jitterbug

  8. Jolene (JoboDesigns on Ravelry) 08.05.2010 at 8:37 am

    Your Pups are Adorable!

    I love the Madelinetosh, Fiberfile, and Sundara (mostly because of their colors)

    Hope you are enjoying your “dog days”

  9. Rebecca in NC 08.05.2010 at 9:01 am

    Here’s my question:

    What is your favorite part of owning your Havanese pups?

    My top three:
    -Madelinetosh Tosh Sock-Scarlet
    -Sundara Yarn Fingering
    -Fiberphile Super Squish

  10. Lilie 08.05.2010 at 9:16 am

    How you guys like going to the bathroom outside & up so high? Is there a park you walk to also? I’m out in the country so its the side of the road everyday for Mamma Dog.

    1. Fiberphile
    2. Liberty Yarn
    3. MadelineTosh

  11. Casey H. 08.05.2010 at 9:21 am

    Poor little Hitchcock! I hope he’s feeling better.

    My top 3:
    Sundara Yarn
    Fiberphile Super Squish Sock
    Liberty Yarn Jabbersocky

  12. LizzieK8 08.05.2010 at 9:55 am

    Scarlet or any of them!

  13. LizzieK8 08.05.2010 at 9:56 am

    I didn’t blog, but did facebook it!

    Lizzie Kate on facebook

  14. Patti Bulatko 08.05.2010 at 10:25 am

    What breed are ur doggies? I have a puggle named Bella

    Madelinetosh Sock
    Libery Yarn Jabbersocky in Lucy
    Fiberphile Super Squish Sock

  15. Nanajudy 08.05.2010 at 10:30 am


    Please tell your puppies thank you for your generous heart.

  16. beautyredefined 08.05.2010 at 11:12 am

    Happy Dog Days of summer indeed – I hope Hitchcock is recovering well!

    Love the giveaway, of course, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Madelinetosh Sock
    2. Zen Yarn Garden
    3. Fiberphile Super Squish

  17. Eryka Jackson 08.05.2010 at 11:14 am


    My dog Kobe would like to know what the dogs prefer to play with most? He likes empty paper towel rolls.

    My preferences are:
    –Sundara Yarn Fingering Silky Merino in Cactus Flower

    –Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Scarlet
    –Fiberphile Super Squish Sock in Pacifica

  18. Rebecca 08.05.2010 at 11:18 am

    Happy Doggie Days! What a lovely mommy you have…for Hitchcock – which of your namesake’s movies do you favor?
    For the yarn listing – sundara, fiberphile and jabbersocky ( that name always makes me smile…), but really any that are available… you are quite generous, thanks!

  19. Kelly 08.05.2010 at 11:47 am

    We are certainly feeling the dog days in Austin, TX today. Thanks for linking to the reason it is call the dog days of summer. I never knew the reason.

    All the yarn is lovely, but my preference would be

    Colinette Jitterbug in Marble
    Fiberphile Super Squish Sock in Pacifica
    Sundara Yarn Fingering Silky Merino in Cactus Flower

    I’m so happy your readers can help de-stash! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. sarah 08.05.2010 at 12:06 pm

    hey, i got a question for your dogs – how do you not chew up all the shoes in the house??
    1. Sundara Yarn Fingering Silky Merino in Cactus Flower
    2. Colinette Jitterbug in Marble
    3. Liberty Yarn Jabbersocky in Lucy

    Oh, and I hope you feel better soon, little Hitchcock!

  21. Jodi 08.05.2010 at 12:32 pm

    Hope your dogs is feeling much better soon. What are your dogs favorite treats?
    Wow, how incredibly generous of you to share your lovely yarns!
    1. Fiberphile Super Squish Sock in Pacifica
    2. Zen Yarn Garden in Lemon Drop
    3. Sundara Yarn Fingering Silky Merino in Cactus Flower

  22. Sally 08.05.2010 at 12:33 pm

    Hugs to Hitchcock, hope he’s feeling better soon. And hugs to Kubrick ’cause he needs love too!

    Love your stash, girl!
    1.Sundara FSM
    2.Fiberphile SS Sock
    3.Colinette Jitterbug

  23. ikkinlala 08.05.2010 at 1:18 pm

    I’m glad the surgery went well!

    My top three choices would be:
    1) Fiberphile
    2) Madelinetosh
    3) Zen Yarn Garden

  24. One Sheep 08.05.2010 at 1:24 pm

    Well, the favorite part is easy – you listed them in exactly the right order from 1 through 6! My questons for the luv-pups is Which of your puppy friends are you most looking forward to visiting when you all feel better? Thanks for the giveaway, and stay cool.

  25. karen 08.05.2010 at 2:05 pm

    I want to ask your dogs, do you like having your hair up or is it better down?

    You are having a great giveaway, I would love
    The Liberty Yarn Jabbersocky

  26. Zina Davis 08.05.2010 at 3:13 pm

    First, I’d like to know how the dogs feel about being photographed. Do they love it or shy away?

    I would love, love, love to win
    1)Liberty’s yarn

    I’m glad Hitchcock is doing well.

  27. julie 08.05.2010 at 5:10 pm

    Please congratulate your dogs on their new digs and “kudos” on the cute hairstyle for Hitchcock. Here’s to a fast recovery for all your sakes so you can get out and enjoy the great summer weather:)



  28. Gerry 08.05.2010 at 5:26 pm

    After seeing pics of your new home last week
    My question for “Ask-A-Dog” doggies
    How was it being trained to use your green grass box; and, have you learned to use the bell?
    I guess Lilie ^from above comment^ run along the same lines of thought

    I absolutely LOVE the following:
    Jabbersocky in Lucy
    Tosh Sock in Scarlet
    Silky Merino in Cactus Flower

    Will luck strike twice –
    I loved the Malagringo Applewood

    Hugs to the pups,

  29. gumbygoogoo 08.05.2010 at 6:22 pm

    Oooooo – what a fun giveaway!! Here are my choices:


    Your dogs are adorable!!

  30. Christi 08.05.2010 at 7:31 pm

    Hi Lina!

    My googies want me to tell your goggies HI from them!! Mississippi has seen temps in the 100’s, so they take turns laying on the air conditioning vents. Hopefully, it will be cooling off soon!

    My yarn choices:

    Christi, aka CDBear :o)

  31. Jeanne 08.05.2010 at 9:49 pm

    I too have a pampered pooch. She is part of our family. I thank you for the yarn give away. In order of preference. Any of those wonderful skeins would be appreciated. I do like
    1. Fiberphile Super Squish Sock in Pacifica
    2. ummmm Fiberphile Super Squish Sock in Pacifica
    3. and or course Fiberphile Super Squish Sock in pacifica….
    (can you tell I like blue)…

  32. Heather 08.05.2010 at 10:35 pm

    Gerry above me has asked the questions I wondered about. I also wondered about all the toys what are the dogs favs and do they like knitted toys or prefer store bought.

    My top 3 choices:
    Lemon Drop

  33. KittenWithAWhiplash 08.05.2010 at 10:50 pm

    My question is whether the pups ever get into arguments, and who usually wins? Tough decision, but since “all of them” isn’t an option, I’s say Marble, Cactus Flower, then Pacifica. Strange, as blue is my favorite color.

  34. Walden 08.05.2010 at 11:22 pm

    What a lovely giveaway! Your puppies are always so adorable. If I could ask them a questions I’d want to know how they deal with all that hair, I am forever cutting mine and would die with all that hair! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Cactus Flower
    Lemon Drop

  35. Katie 08.06.2010 at 12:41 am

    My two boxers feel about the same way about the heat…and they really don’t appreciate it when mom drags them out on a run just because they’ve been spunky. Jackson actually had some issues with his gland, but it (fortunately) never ruptured. Poor guy!

    Fiberphile Super Squish Sock in Pacifica
    Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Scarlet
    Sundara Yarn Fingering Silky Merino in Cactus Flower

    Maybe this will be the yarn that acts as a gateway for sock-making!

  36. yarndancer 08.06.2010 at 6:49 am

    My dog also hates the heat, he’s been moping around the house for the past couple of months looking miserable ๐Ÿ˜ฆ He used to hate the electric fan because of the noise, but now he actually goes to lie in front of it! I’d like to ask how your doggies are getting on after the move? My dog doesn’t even seem to like furniture being moved, he’s always a little weird for a couple of days after anything is changed. And my three favourite yarns are the Sundara, the Zen Garden and the Fiberphile ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Monica 08.06.2010 at 9:18 am

    Your dogs are SO adorable! Do you have trouble with them trying to take out the hair ties? We do with mine- she loves to rub her head on the floor! We find the ties EVERYWHERE, and if she doesn’t manage to get them out, she just manages to get giant knots around them.

    As for yarn choices:

    Fiberfile Super Squish Sock (those blues are GORGEOUS)

    Sundara Yarn Fingering Silky Merino

    Liberty’s Yarn Jabberwocky.

    Thanks so much!

  38. Jennmoles 08.06.2010 at 10:48 am

    Ohhh, I can only imagine what you STILL have in your stash if you are giving away such beautiful yarn….
    If I should be lucky enough to win, I would prefer:
    1. Sundara
    2. Madalinetosh
    3. Fiberfile.

    Thanks for the adorable blog, fun photos and chance to get yarn lucky!

  39. Sara 08.06.2010 at 12:58 pm

    Adorable doggies!

    1. Lemon Drop
    2. Scarlet
    3. Pacifica

    Great giveaway!

  40. Amy 08.06.2010 at 2:06 pm

    Lovely dogs….lovely yarn. I am a lover of both, so the pics in this post of both are awesome. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

    My three fav yarns are:
    1) Colinette Jitterbug in Marble
    2) Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Scarlet
    3) Libertyโ€™s Yarn Jabbersocky in Lucy

    What do the dogs want to be when they grow up?

    Have a fun weekend…stay cool!

  41. Linda 08.06.2010 at 2:07 pm

    I love your dogs, could you ask them if they would like to come and live with me in the UK? Its much cooler here!!
    If I am lucky enough to win please could I choose the blue, red then Sundara yarn ?

  42. Monika 08.07.2010 at 8:08 pm

    Wow- so much hair on your dogs! No wonder they feel hot! How often do you brush them?
    And wow-such wonderful yarny prizes!
    I like the Colinette yarn best, followed by Sundara, and Madelinetosh. All yarns I have yet to knit with.
    Are you sure you can’t squeeze them into your yarn cabinet? ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Candace 08.07.2010 at 10:35 pm

    I always love seeing the photos of your dogs. Your love for them really comes through your photos!

    Gorgeous yarn. Order of preference is…
    1) Zen Yarn Garden in Lemon Drop
    2) Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Scarlet
    3) Fiberphile Super Squish Sock in Pacifica


  44. Lise Mendel 08.08.2010 at 9:19 am


    I love this giveaway. Please put me in the drawing.

    Order of yarn preference:

    1 Fiberphile Super Squish Sock in Pacifica

    2 Zen Yarn Garden in Lemon Drop

    3 Colinette Jitterbug in Marble

  45. Lise Mendel 08.08.2010 at 9:21 am

    Blogged about it in Eye of the Beholder.

  46. Andrea 08.09.2010 at 1:56 pm

    My top three would have to be the

    2. Sundara
    3 Jitterbug.

    I love how your dogs always look like they have a smile on ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. Tamsin 08.09.2010 at 3:31 pm

    Oooh, I hope I’m not too late to enter!

    My question for the dogs is: does your mommy ever knit you anything, and if so, do you like to wear it?

    And if was lucky enough to win anything, my color choices would be:

    1. Libertyโ€™s Yarn Jabbersocky in Lucy
    2. Colinette Jitterbug in Marble
    3. Fiberphile Super Squish Sock in Pacifica

    But, really, I’d be happy with anything ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. shortly24 08.09.2010 at 11:55 pm

    I might be too late cos it’s Tuesday here so not sure if you’re still on Monday.

    Gorgeous yarns, love them, what a generous giveaway.

    I adore the Mad Tosh ( how surprising) and the Pacific colourway too and couldn’t pass up the chance to try some Sundara – never even touched it!

    For the dogs: what do you love most about living in your new house ๐Ÿ™‚

    xxx Sheryl

  49. gibknitty @ urban muser 08.10.2010 at 1:18 pm

    Even though I missed the deadline for the giveaway, I wanted to leave a comment to say how cute your doggies are, and how I hope the little guy is recovering from surgery OK!!

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