Knitters all over the world are participating in initiatives to bring some love and support to the residents of Newtown, Connecticut, and the survivors of the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary school.
Printable gift wrap – ostensibly cross stitch designs, but they look remarkably like Fair Isle charts to me.
Last Friday in the UK was “Christmas Jumper Day” – people were encouraged to wear their most festive (or silly… or both) sweaters and make donations to the Save the Children charity. The Guardian has a slide show of some really good ones. What’s great about them is that a pleasing number are hand-made: many hand-knit, but several are also clever customizations of store-bought sweaters. Excellent use of pom-poms, too!
And if somehow I win the lottery between now and next week, I’d buy her a trip to Iceland. (And a new suitcase big enough for me to stow away in.) Iceland is a mecca for knitters and spinners, and I know that she’d have a most excellent time.
And together Kate and Jillian are saving up and one of these days – as soon as they’ve been invented – they’d like to be able to give Amy a Transporter. A Transporter would allow Amy to be able to get home to her family in Chicago without any airport hassles. A Transporter would allow her to be able to get over to see her BFF Brenda whenever she wants. And a Transporter would allow her to take her beloved Phil and the bunnies with her wherever she goes!
Â Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf Giveaway!
Designer Alana Dakos has published a wonderful book about a spirited little girl learning to knit, Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf. It’s a great story and will also teach your little knitter how to knit.
Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf
Annie’s Deluxe kit
Alana has donated one deluxe edition gift set. It includes a copy of the book, a paper doll set, matching 20 piece puzzle, and sticker sheet all packaged together in a matching gift set box. Prize value, $26.95.Â Thank you Alana for donating this prize!
Regular contest rules: leave a comment on this post between now and midnight eastern time, Wednesday December 19th. One comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If the commenter answers correctly they will win our prize. If you have already won a prize from us in the past year, please do give other knitters a chance.
I’m not starting to panic just yet, but the deadline for my holiday knitting is coming up faster than I’d like. Lots of knitters make many of their gifts; many knitters start early (I met a very clever knitter once who told me that she makes one gift project EVERY MONTH THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. She was faintly smug about it, but deservedly so); I know many knitters who have long and very organized plans for gift knitting (Ms. Harlot I’m looking at you with your spreadsheet).
I tend to take the other approach: through November and December I insist that I won’t knit any gifts at all. My grumpy and not-totally-defensible rationales include such gems as: I’ve got work-related deadline knitting so I don’t have time, I don’t have many people on my list who would appreciate knitted gifts, and those that do already have all the hats the need, and it would be too predictable for me to give hand-made gifts.
And come about the 15th of December, I invariably start to relent. After all, a hand-knit gift is an expression of love, particularly when I am so busy with “work knitting”. It says something that I’m willing to take the time. I usually manage to whip up one or two hats for key names on my list.
Whether you started early or late, whether there’s only one name or many on your “to knit for” list, here’s a few quick knit projects that will help you finish up your list without too much effort….
We’re enormously excited about Clara Parkes’ new venture, the Bale yarn club. After years of writing and talking about yarn, Clara has started down the path to making her own yarn. Last spring, she purchased a 676lb bale of fiber from renowed sheep farmer Eugene Wyatt. Over the first 6 months of 2013, Clara is going to journey across America to make yarn from her bale. She’ll provide biweekly updates on the process, and subscribers will be able to watch every step of the way. Â She’ll be meeting everyone involved in the end-to-end yarn production process, there will be videos and interviews and Clara’s always insightful commentary on what she sees and does, and what’s up with her bale. With that much fiber, there’s a lot of yarn to be made, and she’s going to be experimenting with different preps, blends, twists, and ply combinations â€“ until the bale is gone.
Full subscribers will receive shipments of the yarn produced – nearly 2 lbs each! Sadly, these are sold out, but I’m personally going to sign up for the Armchair traveler package – to have full access to all the content, and watch Clara’s travels and explorations.
Fascinating: we’ve all heard of knitters who spin and work with dog hair. Discussion of this always prompts a wide variety of reactions – from amused to disturbed. Logically, there’s no big difference between dogs and sheep – they both enjoy rolling in mud just as much! – but it’s the emotional connection that changes the equation.This article discusses the historical use of dog fur – in the 18th and early 19th century, native Pacific Northwest communities kept packs of “woolly dogs” for their fur, and the resulting yarn was used for weaving and knitting.
This is a classic, finally rereleased with over 700 pages of knitting techniques. If you know a knitter that loves to study the intricacies of how knitting works, they would love this book. It also comes as an ebook, which is a little easier to take with you.
Have a knitting newbie on your knitting gift list? Or a knitter always on a quest for the perfect basic accessory patterns?Â This book by Knitty tech editor Kate Atherley would be perfect.
Knitty’s Anniversary Yarns Giveaway!
You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Three readers will win one skein of our special Knitty Anniversary yarns. I have one skein of each colorway and I will choose randomly who get which yarn. One skein of yarn is enough to make the corresponding pattern in the latest issue of Knitty.
Regular contest rules: leave a comment on this post between now and midnight eastern time, Wednesday December 12th. Three comments will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If the commenter answers correctly they will win one of the three prizes. If you have already won a prize from us in the past year, please do give other knitters a chance.