Author: Amy Singer

Obsession Thursday: Whut’s a Wovel?

[This is Amy, really. I occasionally write stuff about things I like. This is one of those posts. There’s no financial gain in this for me…I just want to share, because this thing has solved a problem for us.] Okay, so whut IS a Wovel? A wheeled shovel. It looks like this: It made the gadgety press in 2006, but didn’t appear in our house until last week. See, what you don’t know is that my hub has been going through some heart-related stuff recently, and shovelling was banned by his cardiologist. Me? I’ve got hand problems and my back can never stand the strain of shovelling. And with ...

Tiny weeny spindle

I have a weakness for spindles. Only one spinning wheel, but the spindle count is above 15. Not sure how much above 15. I love that they’re portable, and I love the sculptural quality of the spindles I choose. My latest love was spotted across a crowded Silk Retreat room — it’s a Jenkins Turkish Delight. I’ve been a staunch top-whorl girl since I learned to spindle. But this thing was so freaking cute, I couldn’t resist. Especially with yarn on it. You wind the yarn on over two arms, under one, and that gives a nice, plump square-shaped cop. At right, you see my little Turkish Delight, ...

Valentine’s Day Ninja Bonus Contest!

Ooh, we’ve got a doozy for you today, knitters. Are you sitting down? At right, you see the lovely HiyaHiya Interchangeable Needle set in sizes US 9-15. There’s another set available in sizes US 2-8. So what’s the prize? What could you win? BOTH sets! No, really! I know! Here’s what HiyaHiya say about their needles: “HiyaHiya Steel Interchangeable Needles feature keyless screw-on connections and swivel cables. Our 5″ small set includes 7 sets of tips in sizes from 2-8US (2.75-5mm). Our large set includes 6 sets of tips in sizes from 9-15US (5.5-10mm). Each set includes a practical ...

What’s on our needles: Amy’s Goodale FO!

Yes, I finished a sweater. In just over a month. Cast on December 28th, buttons sewn on Feb 2. Oh, I am a pleased knitter. I love the process, but I do knit to wear the stuff I make, so this project has been a winner! What, you want to see a picture? If you must [self-timer photo in our bedroom…not ideal, but it’ll have to do] —> So here’s what you’re looking at. Cecily Glowik MacDonald’s Goodale pattern, knit in the size closest to my chest measurement. If you look at the 2nd picture, you might say I should have knit a size smaller, and you’re probably right. The body is ...

Obsession: affordable online eyeglasses

Are you a lucky single-vision eyeglass wearer with a reasonably simple prescription? The online eyeglass world is your oyster. You can get complete pairs of glasses for $10 and up at all of the websites I link to in this article.  One of the cutest websites I’ve seen is Warby Parker. Everything is $95, all included, AND they give a pair to charity when you buy a pair. They don’t do progressives, though. Most everyone over a certain age [cough40cough] knows that your eyesight is one of the first things to be affected. I was always farsighted — I needed glasses to work on computers from age 23. ...

Ninja-bonus giveaway!

It’s been a few weeks since our last knitting contest. Let’s remedy that right now! This time, the prize is a copy of the brand-new book, Silk Road Socks, by Hunter Hammersen. [Winner’s choice of print or digital version.] You can peek inside at all the sock patterns on the book’s Ravelry page. The Knitalong has already started, and you’ll find it here. Here’s how to win: leave a comment to this post by Monday, January 24, at midnight eastern time, and you could win! We’ll choose a winner at random, make them answer a  skill-testing question, and post the results next week. Prize ...

2010: A good year for knitting

One of my favorite reads at the end of every calendar year is Clara Parkes’ Year in Review at Knitters Review. I’ll never forget the thrill I got when she named Clapotis “Design of the Year” in her 2005 edition. Well, one of the reasons we re-launched this blog was to bring you the voices of our editorial staff [Amy, Jillian, Kate, and occasionally Mandy], and we like stuff too. So without cribbing from our friend, Clara [we’ll peek at hers after we write ours], let’s see what the Knitty crew are taking away from 2010. Amy says… My favorite aspect of 2010 was technology and ...

It’s official: we’ve gone nutty.

And now it’s Monday, and the last contest isn’t even over yet, but we’re doing it ONE MORE TIME! Because we take holiday madness quite seriously over here at Knitty. Here’s how to win: leave a comment to this post by Wednesday, December 29, at midnight eastern time, and you could win! We’ll choose a winner at random, make them answer a terrifically difficult [cough] skill-testing question, and post the results next week. What’s the prize this time, you ask? It’s a kit for the gorgeous Cuckoo Mittens from the current issue! Cuckoo mitts kit contains this gorgeous yarn: The ...

Ninja strikes again! Another contest!

What is this…Thursday contests every week? Not even close. We just feel like giving away stuff and it happens to be on a Thursday again this time! I know, we’re out of control. It’s fun. Here’s how to win: leave a comment to this post by Monday, December 27 at midnight eastern time, and you could win! We’ll choose a winner at random, make them answer a terrifically difficult [cough] skill-testing question, and post the results next week. What’s the prize this time, you ask? 1 skein of Lisa Souza Superwash BFL sock yarn Fiber: 100%Blue Faced Leicester Superwash wool hand dyed 4 ...

Kamikaze ninja surprise contest!

Virtually out of nowhere comes another contest! We know…we think it’s pretty cool, too! Leave a comment to this post by Friday, December 17 at midnight eastern time, and you could win! We’ll choose a winner at random and post the results on Monday’s blog. What’s the prize? 1 skein of Briar Rose Sonoma: Content: 100% wool Yardage/Wt.: 460 yds/437 m, 8 oz. Retail price: $32 Can’t wait to see if you’re the lucky winner? Chris at Briar Rose has given us a special discount to share: 10% off through the end of December. Just use code KnitBR. Good luck to you all!