Friday, January 1, 2010

Yarn gone wild (a caption contest).

Though I don't knit a lot of socks, I love Opal sock yarn. The colors are amazingly artistic, season after season. They wear like iron. Plus I like the guy that owns Tutto, a yarn store in Sante Fe that is also the distributorship for Opal yarns. So when he told me that the hot line for fall would be Opal's "Antonia" line, named for a cute Tyrolean pop star, I didn't think much about it.

Then the yarn arrived. Beautiful colors, as always. But what really caught our attention was the labeling:

You should see the firestorm that erupted over this on the Ravely yarn store owners' group! Some were "deeply offended." Others found it refreshing and empowering to women (she may be scantily clad on the labels, but with her warm socks at least she's toastier than Britney Spears). Either way, it's, um...definitely a unique approach to yarn marketing.

Meanwhile, we have the yarn available in store and online, here. And the following photo of Antonia prompted me to kick off the New Year with one of Loops' Famous Caption Contests:

Aah, so many opportunities for captions here. Just post a comment with your suggested caption by January 9th. Remember that some kids read this blog, so keep your captions PG-13 or better, please. The winner will receive a free skein of Opal Antonia yarn plus a $25 Loops gift card. Happy captioning and Happy New Year to all!

- Shelley
shop online at


Blogger earthenvessel said...

Why that New Years Resolution to only wear things you've knitted yourself is a bad idea...

January 1, 2010 at 11:23 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

It would seem that a page or two of the directions was missing from this pattern...


This woman learned her lesson about buying enough yarn for the entire project.

jsample on ravelry

January 1, 2010 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

Thanks to Opal's "Antonia" yarn line, I survived the Christmas blizzard of '09!

January 1, 2010 at 2:58 PM  
Anonymous Lori said...

Sweater...that's boring!!

January 1, 2010 at 6:18 PM  
Blogger ohlakesidegirl said...

Knitwear made from Opal Antonia are perfect accessories for any outfit. Yes, any outfit.

January 1, 2010 at 6:21 PM  
Blogger Kounting Sheep said...

There's no such thing as "too many" accessories...especially if the outfit is lacking that "wow" factor!

January 1, 2010 at 8:31 PM  
Anonymous Paula W said...

Must be 18 to knit.

January 1, 2010 at 8:38 PM  
Blogger sarah said...

Opal Antonia yarn, you won't want to wear anything else!

January 1, 2010 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger CoffeeSmith said...

"OPALease" put on some clothes!

Austria's version of "Flashdance." (She's a maniac on those needles.)

Antonia demonstrates just how cold those Alps can be.

January 1, 2010 at 10:48 PM  
Blogger Alana said...

"So that you can stay warm and STILL wear hot pants."



January 2, 2010 at 12:46 AM  
Blogger milmom said...

As long as I've got my Opal Yarn, I don't need anything else.

January 2, 2010 at 1:51 AM  
Blogger Ruth said... don't mind me adding to my stash, do you? (wink, wink)


Definitely, not your grandmother's knitting!

January 2, 2010 at 6:56 AM  
Blogger Shelley Brander said...

Two entries were emailed in:
"Purling pasties and garter stitch g-strings, oh my!" - Martha Gregorovic


"Oom Pa Pa Mama" from Marilyn Beilke

January 2, 2010 at 7:34 AM  
Anonymous Cory said...

MOM........Hurry up and finish the OPAL ANTONIA matching sweater !!

January 2, 2010 at 9:12 AM  
Anonymous Cathy A., from East Aurora, NY said...

Wool, skin and leather: it's hard to be more natural!

January 2, 2010 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Hat........ check
scarf ...........check
legwarmers .......check
clothes .............. Nope!

January 2, 2010 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger Scrappin' Knitster said...

When in doubt, wear Opal and you can never go wrong.

January 2, 2010 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger JK_in_KC said...

Nothing comes between me and my Opal's Antonia.

January 2, 2010 at 2:37 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

I wear "Antonia" Opal, or I wear nothing at all!

January 2, 2010 at 8:01 PM  
Blogger Jenny Rock said...

You've always got it covered with Opal Antonia yarn...well almost.

January 3, 2010 at 5:49 AM  
Blogger Billie Anne said...

The photo that finally got my husband interested in knitting....

January 3, 2010 at 1:33 PM  
Blogger K. Morris said...

Is it drafty in here, or is it just me?

January 4, 2010 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger binkwaffle said...

Oh, I love them all, but I almost lost my drink of Coke on earthenvessel's! :-)

January 4, 2010 at 5:37 PM  
Blogger bschlot said...

Snowboarding ladies team, sponsored and clothed by Opal Antonia!

January 4, 2010 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger Billie Anne said...

I don't knit sweaters.

January 5, 2010 at 11:52 AM  
Blogger RisaJ said...

Come knit with me!!

January 5, 2010 at 12:31 PM  
Anonymous Adane said...

I'm thinking "hotpants" next!

January 5, 2010 at 8:14 PM  
Blogger Olliepop said...

Now where did I put those keys?

January 6, 2010 at 2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Santa was very, very good to me.

January 7, 2010 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger Rachael said...

"You don't think it's too much? Do you???"

January 7, 2010 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger nekkidknitter said...

When words fail you, say it with Opal's Antonia!

January 7, 2010 at 8:13 PM  
Blogger sarah said...

A couple more I thought of:
"Who says knitting can't be sexy?!"

Remember the 80's t-shirts "ski naked":

"Knit Naked"

January 8, 2010 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger Olliepop said...

Baby it's cold outside.

January 8, 2010 at 2:45 PM  
Blogger SpooSpa said...

Be sexy and warm this winter with Opal's newest line of skeins!

January 14, 2010 at 6:46 PM  
Blogger Bo~Peep said...

What is the yarn store owner group on Ravelry? I ask because I have a shop and we have shop group on Ravelry, but I can't find the one for owners. Also, I LOOOOOVE this blog, your email newsletters, etc! Thanks!

January 23, 2010 at 5:25 AM  

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home