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Nami Pattern Winners

16 May

Thanks so much to everyone who entered and a big thanks to Herbivore Knits for sponsoring such a great giveaway! Winners, watch your inbox for an email with more information.

The winners of the Nami pattern are…

#2 Karen  “Oooh I think I would have to knit this up in a bright goldie locks yellow for spring!”
#19 Melody J  “I would make it in Little Red Riding Hood Red or Stop The Violence Violet.”
#13 Chia  “I think this would be awesome in an eggplant or burgundy colour.
#1 Megan  “Brick red! Or kelly green!
#6 Knittingdancer  “I would knit Nami in a deep royal purple.


It’s my Blogoversary! Let’s Have a Giveaway!

10 May

One year ago today I made the very first post on Treewool. Hooray! In a way, I’m still trying to figure out what I want this blog to be, and which parts of my life to share here. For awhile it’s be exclusively knitting focused, but I’m thinking I would like to branch further into other important parts of my life like fashion, design and, of course, food.

But I won’t won’t waste anymore time with reflections or my hopes and dreams. Here it is….

The Contest!

The wonderful Christabel from Herbivore Knits has generously offered to giveaway her newest pattern Nami to FIVE lucky winners!

Isn’t this just the cutest tee? You all know how I feel about Spring-time knitting by now. Nami looks like the perfect top for warm summer days. I can’t wait to knit one myself!

How about some Q&A with the designer first?

Treewool: How long have you been knitting without animal fibers? Do you ever find it challenging to knit as a vegan?
Christabel:  After I made the dietary change to veganism in August 2008, it took me about 6 months to decide how this would affect my crafting.  By the end of this period I decided that I wasn’t comfortable using animals for monetary gain–either directly or indirectly, and decided to destash my existing animal-derived yarn, as I felt someone else would get more use out of them.  This was a tough decision, but once I’d made it it was like a weight lifted, and I felt the joy and freedom of internal consistency on this issue.

The biggest challenge I have with living vegan–whether with regards to diet or craft–is explaining my choice to others in a clear, open and humble way.  Rather than focusing on the limitations of an animal-free lifestyle, and comparing plant-based or synthetic yarns nostalgically to animal fibres, I prefer to celebrate and enjoy the features vegan fibres do have and they way that blends can make the most of these features.T: What is your favorite yarn of the moment?
C: I find the vegan yarn selection grows every day, as there are plenty of crafters and gift-recipients out there with allergies to animal fibres who add to the animal-free demographic. I have some favourite handspun and hand-dyed faux cashmere from spinup and fuzzybunnyfibers on etsy that I’m saving for a special occasion, and I love workhorse yarns like Panda Cotton and Cotton Ease for socks and sweaters.

T: What got you started designing your own adorable patterns? What is the inspiration behind Nami?
C: I’ve never been very good at following patterns: I have this compulsive need to tweak and fiddle and make things my own, so writing patterns of my thought-up designs was a pretty logical next step for me.
Nami came out of a record-breaking summer when everything I owned just seemed too hot and sticky.  I had some bamboo yarn, wanted to combine it with lace, and Nami was almost a happy accident, a collision of these three forces.

T: Can we expect more pattern releases from you in the near future?
C: I’m working on a sweater using my favourite method of construction, the bottom-up seamless simultaneous set-in sleeve method found in Elizabeth Zimmermann’s work.  With the cooler weather in my end of the world (I live in Perth, Western Australia) my thoughts have also turned to layering pieces like vests, and I’d like to incorporate one of my other loves, stranded colourwork.  Or something else may crop up and take my fancy…I’m very flighty like that!

So, How Do You Enter?

  • Simply leave a comment on this post telling me what color you would knit Nami in.  That’s it! Though, for my amusement please feel free to get creative with those color names.
  • The contest will close on Sunday, May 15th at 11:59 p.m. and the winners will be announced on Monday, May 16th.
  • Be sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you win.
  • This contest is open to international folks.

Vegan Girl’s Guide to Life Contest Winner!

15 Nov

The winner is…


Christina Maki!

Congratulations! I have emailed you for your address so if you don’t see anything from me check your spam folder.

And a big thanks to everyone else who entered! I hope you’ll check out Melisser’s book, it’s a great resource for vegan ladies.

As for my favorite fall dish, I have to go with vegetable and dumpling soup. It was a favorite growing up and a family tradition to make it on Halloween before going trick-or-treating. I’ve been working on my own recipe, since the childhood version also contained chicken.

Millennium MOFOin’

9 Nov

This weekend my boyfriend’s parents were in town and they took us to Millennium, the fancy-fancy all vegan restaurant in downtown San Francisco. It’s our go-to place for celebrating holidays, anniversaries, quitting our jobs, getting new jobs, etc. so I’ve been quite a few times sine moving to San Francisco over 3 years ago, but I feel the experience is always worth making note of.

I’m a dumby and forgot to grab an extra menu, but I’ll do the best I can at the wordy descriptions.

I started with the Little Gem salad with a Caesar vinaigrette and smoked tofu. Despite the rotating seasonal menu, they tend to have this salad quite often and I highly recommend it because it is just so delicious.

I also got to try a few bites of the potato salad. I believe there were two types of potatoes, crispy capers, avocados and a tasty dressing.

And then our table was pleasantly surprised with a complimentary appetizer, an edamame rice cake with various sea vegetables. I don’t think I would have normally picked out this dish, but after trying a few bites I wanted to order one all for for myself.

For my entrée I had the maple butternut squash risotto with smoked tofu, artichoke hearts, crunchy filberts and a delicious red reduction sauce that may have been cranberry based, but I could be completely confused. It was all my favorite things in one dish, but I could barely manage to eat half of it, after all I had to save room for dessert!

When you go to Millennium you have to order dessert, I knew right when I looked at the menu I would be ordering the pumpkin cheesecake with a brownie crust, some kind of berry compote and a boozy sweet cream sauce. It was just as good as I imagined it would be.

I know, I know, I totally failed at recalling the descriptions. You’ll just have to go see for yourself. It’s worth every penny, and I would say it’s decently priced for a high-end restaurant. Plus, they have all sort of discount nights and prix fixe menus you can take advantage of if you have to work within a budget.

And don’t forget to enter to win a signed copy of The Vegan Girls Guide to Life. I’m closing the contest at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday the 14th!

MOFO plus a giveaway!

1 Nov

As many of you may know by now, November is the fifth annual Vegan MOFO, or Vegan Month of Food. For anyone not in the loop quite yet, the goal of MOFO is to write a food related blog post every week day to help get the word out that vegan food is DELICIOUS! Right now there are almost 500 bloggers participating, so be sure to check them out!

Now, I’m not delusional enough to think that I could possibly blog every day at this particular junction in my life, heck I can’t even keep up once a month it seems, but you may see a few food and cooking inspired posts from me this month. Hopefully next year I’ll be able to go all out!

Now onto the reason you all even bothered to read this post; we’re having a giveaway! My friend Melisser’s book The Vegan Girls Guide to Life comes out this month today (happy book release day, Melisser!) and I’m giving away a signed copy to one lucky reader! This book is going to be great, and I’m not just saying that because there is a little knitting project and vegan yarn guide contributed by yours truly in it. This book is also full of yummy recipes, cruelty free beauty and fashion advice, craft projects, and travel tips.

To enter leave a comment and tell me about your favorite fall dish (vegan please!), make sure your email is located somewhere so I can contact you if you win.

After you have entered, you can earn one extra entry by tweeting the following (be sure and leave a SEPARATE comment telling me you have done so and include your twitter username!): Enter to win The Vegan Girls Guide to Life from @tree_wool here http://wp.me/pV0cu-3G

The contest ends the date of the book release the date that the books are being shipped out* which is November 15th. The winner will be chosen that day at random and once I have your address the book will be ship to you! This contest is open to international residents.

Good luck and happy November!

*Sorry for the confusion, the book is technically out today but if you buy directly from the author (which you should!) your book will ship the 15th