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Buffalo Gold Moon Lite Giveaway # 4


Buffalo Gold Giveaway


But first let’s sum up several exciting months of 2011:

  • February – Rain on the Prairie published in Interweave Knits Spring issue.
  • March – website launched. With a bit of help from my web designer I learn how to use software for my website. Steep learning curve.
  • May – I become a University of California Certified Master Gardener. Steep learning curve.
  • June – Daughter graduates from high school. <Hallelujah!>
  • July – Rachael Ellen Beret premiere at Sock Summit.
  • August – Rachael Ellen Beret for sale in my Ravelry pattern store. Daughter goes to college.

So, yeah, things have been busy

This isn’t even including the days of anguish in August when I had a design accepted for publication at a magnificent online magazine and my charting software crashed. ON DEADLINE DAY. I lost all of my work. However I managed to overcome adversity. I launched the software on a different computer then furiously recreated several days of work in less than 24 hours. Triumph!

Back to Buffalo

Buffalo Gold Moon Lite, that is. It is good stuff, and news from the ranch is that they don’t have plans to mill Moon Lite again in the near future. It’s a shame because it is a silky, pleasurable wonder. In any case, congrats to them on the tremendous success of their wonderful ready-to wear line.

So. Yes. Giveaway. Offered here is a tagless orphan skein in purple Moon Lite sent to me my the lovely and gracious Theresa Miskin for my readers. It is reported to be the last skein of Moon Lite at the ranch.

This orphan is no ragamuffin. Oh no, she is all Cinderella. She would love to be transformed into a Rain on the Prairie Scarf, so a copy of Interweave Knits Spring 2011 issue will be included. These pretties will arrive packaged in a project bag sewed by myself.


  • Leave a comment on this blog post.
  • Your comment becomes your entry.
  • One entry per person.
  • Participant leaving my favorite comment wins.
  • Deadline for entry is  26 October 2011,  11:59pm Pacific time.
  • Winner will be notified via email on 27 October 2011, and posted on my blog.
  • Winner must claim prize no later than four days from end of contest.
  • In the event that winner does not contact me within four days, a new winner will be selected.

Good Luck and Happy Knitting!

PS: No need for huge disappointment in case you don’t win. Moon Lite is still available from my friends at Paradise Fibers and a few other online shops. Also–BG Lux knits up at the same gauge, and is even dreamier to knit than BG Moon Lite.


Author: moknits

I'm an addict. I obsessively shop for yarn and pattern books, then knit like a fiend. When I'm not knitting something out of someone else's head, I'm thinking up designs of my own. When I grow up I want to be Elizabeth Zimmermann. On the rare occasions I'm not knitting, or thinking about knitting, or shopping for knitting, I sometimes bake, cook, garden, read, and exercise. The exercise is not by choice. I only do it to manage pain from a herniated disc. Exercise for me works better than Vicodin, and I highly recommend it.

97 thoughts on “Buffalo Gold Moon Lite Giveaway # 4

  1. Glad to see yu back, Mo, and congratulations on all that you’ve achieved this year. Of, course, as a previous winner of one of your contests, I shouldn’t be greedy, but I love my Rain on the Prairie so I decided to go for it!


  2. Hi, I would love to enter this giveaway!

    Day by day, my number of unfinished projects seem to be increasing. A project bag would be perfect for keeping all the bits and bobs in, so I can knit on-the-go.

    The yarn and magazine sound awesome too:)

  3. My house is filled with baskets. Yarn, UFO’s, unfolded laundry, you name it.

  4. What a very exciting year! Fun to look back at your milestones. Poor little orphan skein of precious yarn….I can’t resist those sad little bison eyes.

  5. Ouch. Software crashed on deadline day? That is horrible. I think it is a designer’s worst nightmare: Lose your work just before the deadline. Glad you got all the work redone in time.

    That yarn is beautiful. This is the first time I am reading ‘Buffalo’ and ‘Cinderella’ in the same sentence 🙂

  6. This yarn looks scrummy and a bag…oh my!!
    Now I must read some more of this blog….you have snared me lol
    rosebob ravelry

  7. Me please! I am experiencing the joys and sorrows of the Senioritis Roller Coaster and trying to survive it by knitting my way thru it as we survive the storm of paper and tears and deadlines and then magically next fall have an empty nest!

  8. Some years are certainly busy aren’t they? Congratulations on all your success. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!

  9. Purple is my passion! I love work and life as much as you. I lovee to be busy!!! Pick me!

  10. Gorgeous yarn and beret! An exciting year for you- I feel your pain, my daughter turns 16 on Saturday-gulp!

    • Daughter turning 16 is not so bad. It’s all about letting go. The trouble happens when one of you fights it.

  11. Life is just a short trip around the block so make the most of it. Do what you love and take chances! You never know when your time is up.

    Congratulations on all your accomplishments this year. Raising a daughter and seeing her off to college is a very big accomplishment. Best of luck in all your future plans. Many more changes will come your way with your daughter finishing college, starting her own career and eventually settling down and starting her own family.

    I love your new hat and think it will look beautiful on my own grown daughter. Best wishes!

  12. I love the Rachel Ellen Beret

    • Thanks. I knit my second REB last month while basking in the sun at the American River Music Festival. Believe me when I say that the lace motif is simple. Even better– a beret suits a variety of face shapes, and it won’t mash your hair like a beanie / tuque.

  13. Mo that yarn is so stinkin beautiful! And I never win anything. Pick me, pick me!


  14. The beret pattern is so beautiful! And the yarns look To. Die. For!

  15. congrats on a well filled year!

  16. It did my heart good to learn that someone besides me had a hectic, sometimes stressful and exhausting, but sometimes happy and rewarding year so far! I don’t think I could condense mine as easily as you did (I could read between the lines!:-) A friend wrote to me a few weeks ago telling what she had been doing and then said,”…but this is nothing compared to the whirlwind that seems to spin around around you all the time!” Describes my life this year perfectly! So, fellow whirlwind dweller – Congratulations on all of your achievements (and your daughter’s) and survival! And one commom stability? Yarn and knitting 🙂 I have never used Buffalo Gold Moon Lite yarn and my daughter’s (she’s a teacher 🙂 favorite color is purple, so I would love to make her the shawl using this yarn.

    I’ve checked Ravenous Knits different times, not realizing you are the author of both, Now I know 🙂

  17. Oh my word – I’m tired just reading your list from this year… what say you come on down to Florida for a vacation – I’ll do all the cooking, cleaning and such while you simply relax for a spell. Shoot, I’ll even carry you to Disney and coffee is on the house.

    See ya soon! (I’m not above bribery either… and I love your sense of humor, ergo therefore I am a new subscriber… nice to meet you!)

  18. OH! Purple is my favorite colour! I have long wanted to try this yarn. Fingers crossed!


    Welcome back!

  19. I’m reminded of the old curse, “May you live an interesting life!” Nothing like the stressful bits, however, to help us appreciate the peace when we can find it (like when your children finally are out of the house!).

    On another note, I tried yak yarn for the first time this year and it’s pretty fabulous! I even got to meet the yaks! Alpaca yarn is just sumptuous – and those critters are just cute as the dickens! I have yet to work with buffalo. It’s on my list, though, and this would be the best way to sample it – for free! Not to mention the whole combination of pattern AND project bag. What more could anyone ask for?!

  20. Just the colour, just the yarn. Fingers crossed I am lucky

  21. Wow. What a year. Mine was more exciting than I planned, being as I am no longer employed, but – what the heck – more time for knitting! Would love to run my fingers through that yarn. Here’s hoping.

  22. yay!! congrats to such a busy and fantastic year..and in honor of that how bout you have a muffin!…

    Pumpkin glazed muffins
    ◦1 cup granulated sugar
    ◦1 cup brown sugar
    ◦1 cup vegetable or canola oil
    ◦3 eggs
    ◦3 cups all-purpose flour
    ◦2 teaspoons baking soda
    ◦2 1/2 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
    ◦1/2 tsp salt
    ◦1 package instant vanilla pudding mix
    ◦1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree
    ◦2 cups powdered sugar
    ◦1/2 tsp cinnamon
    ◦2-4 TBSP Milk


    1.Preheat Oven to 350 degrees F
    2.In a large bowl, combine sugar and oil until blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
    3.In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, Pumpkin pie spice, salt and pudding mix.
    4.Add flour mix to egg mixture alternately with pumpkin, beating well after each addition.
    5.Fill lined cupcake pan 3/4 full and Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
    6.Remove from pan and cool completely.

    1.Whisk together powdered sugar, cinnamon and add 1 tbsp of milk at a time until desired consistency.
    2.Dip warm cupcakes into glaze to coat.
    (recipe courtesy of

  23. What a heck of a crazy year you’ve had! Can’t imagine how stressful the software crash on deadline day must have been, but YOU GO GIRL for having pulled out the recreating-the-pattern-win in 24 hours.

    BTW, I love that you “have a sewing machine and [I] know how to use it.”!! (I think I still remember how to use mine, but I’d have to find it first. And it really needs a tune-up!)

    • Mine has been sitting in the corner since the last time I made project bags. Or hemmed pants. Or both 🙂

  24. What an awesome giveaway! Thanks for having it.

  25. Love to win,

  26. I can just dream about this special skein being turned into a wonderful and warm hat for my bald head when I don’t want to wear my wig at home. Amazing what small pleasures can give great comfort. Nothing like a warn hat on a cold day!

    • Oh. Gosh. Sorry to hear. I agree about the small pleasures. I planted tulips for my Aunt Kay when she got her second cancer diagnosis. Pink. Her favorite color. She said she needed something sweet to keep her to looking forward. Then I crashed my car while looking at those pink tulips that spring. Doh!

  27. Your honesty is refreshing, and also, this is some yummy stuff you’re giving away. 😀 In any case, you’ve got a new follower!

  28. I have a sewing machine and don’t know how to use it so I’d love to be the winner. I have lusted after Buffalo yarn for a long time and purple is one of my favorite colors. Imagine all that — I must have been destined to win.

  29. Congratulations on all your successes! Master gardener, that is so cool! Personally I have a black thumb when it comes to gardening. I’m envious. And your daughter graduating! Wonderful! I have a daughter who is in college, will graduate next year, but then she’s going for her masters. I guess she really likes school! And a published pattern. Again, I’m envious! I’ve been dabbling in designing, but don’t have anything published yet. I would love to win the Buffalo Gold – I’ve been eyeing it for a while! I’ve subscribed to your blog. Debbie H

  30. Purple is my favorite color. I would the beret pattern.

    • Oh sweetie. It looks like you forgot something. You would do what to the beret pattern??? Chop it into tiny strips and use it for kindling? You can tell me. Honest. I’ll edit the post to say what you mean. I have superpowers.

  31. I think your blog is so great I subscribed.
    That yarn is pretty beautiful too.

    Veni, Vidi, Velcro. I came, I saw, I stuck around. ~Author Unknown
    I’m squiggi on rav.

    • by the way, congrats on becoming a master gardener!
      I’ve been one here in wa state (home of the original master gardeners) for 10 years now. It’s a great program and a whole bunch of fun!

  32. I have this pattern marked with a sticky note! Love it. however, have no Buffalo to make it with…that’ll change!!

    biddy05 (rav)

  33. I want to enter! I would love to try this yarn!

  34. Purple buffalo! ::swoon!:: My kind of fiber, in my colorway! Haven’t had the chance to try bison down yet, though I’ve fondled it at many fiber festivals. I’ve got qiviut and pygora that I’ve spun, but no bison — yet!

  35. You have much to be grateful for come Thanksgiving! I’m impressed by your accomplishments and am happy to have found your blog. I look forward to your future adventures!

  36. I’m teaching my dear friend to knit and the joys of beautiful yarn. I’d love to gift her a skein to inspire her, this would fit the bill perfectly.

  37. Oh hey, you’re back! Nice to see you blogging here again – I never commented much but used to read your blog every now and again. Ravenousknits is cool and all but it’s no wordpress blog, you’re right about that 🙂
    Sounds like you’ve had a busy and exciting half a year!

  38. Wow that skein sure is purty! Thanks for the giveaway and I’ll definitely add your blog to my google reader!

  39. Hiya, I’m one those hard to find male knitters & crocheters. I taught myself to knit n crochet a little over a decade ago n now I’m addicted. 🙂 Anyways, I’ve never had the pleasure of using bison yarn and i’d really like to give it a go, so I hope you pick me 🙂 I’ll even take pics! You and anyone reading this can find me on ravelry under majphule 🙂 Have a great day!

  40. Thanks, it surely does look dreamy! 🙂

  41. What a year filled with ups and downs!
    But hey, just so everyone knows, that yarn is mine all mine….cause that is MY color!!!!

  42. WOW – you have been busy! The beret is beautiful – I’ve never knit a beret – I’ve done some hats but nothing as classy as that beret.

  43. Congrats on all your achievements this year! Looks like you have had a busy but fulfilling year, that’s the best kind isn’t it?

    But your computer crashed on deadline day? That must’ve been nightmarish – I can understand, I’d lost all my masters’ project work just a few weeks before submission and had to re-do all my months’ worth of work in just a few days time. But I too overcame adversity and did it and am proud! 🙂

    That yarn looks scrumptuous, I’d love to win it!
    -babyloveknit on ravelry

  44. This yarn is beautiful…hoping to win!

    Thanks and congratulations on your accomplishments

  45. This yarn is absolutely gorgeous. I’ve been wanting to try buffalo for ages. Thanks for the great chance to win. 🙂

  46. All those things sound yummy! AND PURPLE! Oh purple!

  47. i am entering but don’t expect to win since i never do, but the yarn is so beautiful i just have to try, right?
    i would make a scarf for my mom from it cuz she deserves the best!

  48. I’d love to win some yarn. Sign me up! Thanks.

  49. Congrats to a fellow Master Gardener. The first thing I learned when going through the program was how much I didn’t know! But now, there isn’t a bug or a plant on the farm that I won’t try to identify as friend or foe. Please enter me in your contest. I’d hate to see a good orphan go un-loved!

    • I know what you mean about things you learn. I thought I was observant before. Now I look for stuff like hollow aphid and scale corpses. Hallelujah! Predatory wasps!

  50. I found this on Ravelry and I have to say that the purple yarn in your post is absolutely the most gorgeous color I’ve seen in a while . . . . I’m in love.

  51. I love the color and have never tried this yarn. Thanks for having this contest!

  52. The color of this hat is stunning.

  53. Oh, what a lovely giveaway! I’m going to subscribe to your blog as soon as I post this, since you’re looking for readers. 😉 I’m a blog nerd, I love reading them! I love Interweave Knits, and I’ve recently become fairly obsessed with project bags, AND purple is one of my favorite colors, so I would LOVE to win, of course! Plus, I’ve never been lucky enough to knit with that yarn! Thanks for offering such a wonderful package, and congrats on all you’ve accomplished this year!

  54. Oh how I love BG. Would love to win a skein of yarn and of course buy more. Hope to see you at Kid n’ Ewe in November.

    • Kid n’ Ewe. You’re kidding? Sadly I’m a bit short on travel funds. (Daughter at college.) Someday…

  55. I want to win Mo.. OMG this yarn is so beautiful:-) pick me please or at least can you bring it to knitting this week so I can drool over it…

  56. Sounds like you have had a pretty exciting year!

    I’m hoping I’m lucky! That yarn is so pretty and I have never even SEEN bison yarn in real life. Also, I love love LOVE handmade items, and I definitely do not know how to sew.

    I subscribed through my browser, gotta love rockmelt sometimes!

  57. I vacillate wildly between a number of archetypes including, but not limited to, Muriel Spark witticism-trading doyenne, Mariella Frostrup charismatic socialite, brooding, intense Marianne Faithful visionary, and kleptomaniac Germaine Greer amateur upholsterer and ladies’ league darts champion. Everything I just said was a lie. Apart from the bit about darts. And kleptomania. I do knit though.

  58. Oh my goodness. I aspire to have a pattern in a magazine or book like you do! I have been thinking about making that scarf from Interweave long before I met you on Ravelry. Now I HAVE to make it!

  59. Purple? I love purple!

  60. Greetings Mo!

    This is the first time that I have visited your blog. Thank you for the opportunity to win the Buffalo yarn! Seattle winters are chilly and I have heard that buffalo is so warm and toasty. I have never seen or petted it, but I would love to. I am impressed by your generosity and kindness. I have a son in college and all my discretionary money goes to tuition, so this would be a real treat for me.


    • I feel your pain. My daughter and my money go to Utah State. It could have been worse. She might have chosen a college in California!

  61. Mo, if you pick me I will cut all of my hair off so that I can enjoy the sumptuous yarn against my bare neck with nothing in between. Nothing comes between me and my Rain on the Prairie in BG Moon Lite. (insert sultry Brooke Shields eyes here).

  62. Wow this is an incredibly generous giveaway!! And that yarn is indeed beautiful!!

  63. I found you a lovely Buffalo Haiku to express my love of this brand of yarn.

    Beneath misty skies
    Buffalo, so brave and free
    Roams through the prairie

    Soul of buffalo
    keeps spirit moon in prairie,
    restless spirits free.

    (© 2000/2008 Karen Davies)

    Here is one I wrote for you!

    Wild buffalo gal
    In moonlight dancing alone
    Where is Mr. Stewart?

    • Wow, that poem is all appropriate theme-wise. I like a good theme. Just wait for my next pattern. I’ll give you a hint. TC!

  64. OH I’ve been wanting to try some buffalo yarn! There is a herd of buffalo up the street from me (I’m in rural Utah) and I keep thinking I’ll go up and see if I can collect some fiber from the scratch posts to try…this would be easier…

    • Utah is gorgeous this time of year. I miss it. I console myself with fall trips to the beach.
      Are you a spinner? I just learned to spin in July. It’s completely awesome. You should collect buffalo down. It’s neat.

      • Yes, I’m a spinner. I’ve been spinning for 20 years and I do love it! Maybe I’ll wander up and see if they’ll let me collect some buffalo down. I’ll let you know!

  65. Thanks so much for your blog and getting it all back going again. Gotta love me some Buffalo Gold. Absolutely.

    Ruby (aka MzCruse:Rav)

  66. I was first introduced to Buffalo Gold when my man came home from the “Sportman’s” Show in Anchorage…I had skipped it that year feeling very much that I just didn’t want to see more four wheelers, boats, guns and hairy Alaskan men. However, my man came home rather excited to tell me that I had to go to the Sportman’s show because there was YARN there, made from BUFFALO! Needless to say I went with him the next day and made a beeline for the Buffalo Gold booth…it was a beautiful moment.

    • Then you know firsthand both the yarn and the people behind the the yarn are wonderful. Did you buy any BG?

  67. Anyone who can call any yarn the “Cinderella” of orphans is my hero.

    I tweeted and facebooked this, and sent e-mails to a few girls in my knitting group directly, so your publicity is now officially out there, and I will be following you. That beret pattern is beautiful, too, and was just added to my wishlist for Christmas.

    I really do like the “Rain on the Prairie” scarf pattern. Beautiful as well 🙂

  68. I would love to win some Moon Lite! Thanks for the chance to win

  69. Would love to try the Moon Lite. Just finished a tobagan cap for my dad’s birthday present using Buffalo Gold Earth — the first time I’ve used bison yarn, but definitely not the last.