Bonus!

Never knit a sock? Join the Sunday Swing-along!

Posts on Twitter today alerted us to a new knitalong. Examiner.com,  says “Beginning next week, we will offer a step-by-step tutorial on how to make cuff-down socks from the cast-on to the bind-off. ” Read more here. The pattern they’ll be using is our Sunday Swing sock, shown at left. Lovely idea! We’ll be looking forward to seeing some completed socks when the knitalong is over! Have fun, everyone!  

Want to be *in* Knitty?

We’d love to have you. There are two openings that we need filled, and maybe you’re just the person for it! Are you a knitting savant, crafty and clever and good with a video camera? Then perhaps you’d like to be our new Techniques Video Columnist! All the details are at the link, include what we need you to do and what can help you make a successful entry! Or perhaps you’re really great with a pen and ink, paintbrush, computer illustration program or camera? Well, then enter our Artwork for the Knittyshop contest! Again, details at the link. We’ve already had a few entries in both ...

The undead have moved in.

What do you do when an undead Puritan woman is dropped on your doorstep? Simple. Put her to work. You may have guessed that this fabulous, creepy thing is a promo for the upcoming movie, ParaNorman. You would be correct. I decided that I should make a [crappy but heartfelt] little movie of my own as I opened this amazing present. Here. Watch.

It was 10 years ago today…

[I’m hijacking Jillian’s Spinning Tuesday for a time-sensitive post. She’ll return next week!] …And I had come home from another day of proofreading stuff like this. At my day job, there was also fun stuff to proofread, but the majority of it was this kind of brain-suckingly boring bank stuff. I had been doing this kind of work for almost 20 years. And so during the dull summer of 2002, I began dreaming of a way to escape proofreading…to become a copy editor. At the same time, knitting blogs were few, and just starting to get interesting, and I had found tons of patterns being given away ...

Bonus: cutting the cord

We cut a lot of cords in knitting [I’m pushing the metaphor here a little…], but this post isn’t about knitting. It’s about what some of us do while we knit.   Watch TV.   I don’t know about where you live, but where I live [Toronto, Canada], cable TV is expensive. I’m embarrassed to say that I was paying the ghastly sum of $130/month for cable — for all the basic channels, tons of stuff I never watched, but was packaged in with the movies + the actual HBO and movies. And that’s about average up here. Until a week ago. We cancelled the whole shebang, and ...

Stitch Light Giveaway

Now that it’s getting dark earlier in the evening, I’ve been using more and more extra light to see my knitting. Also since I’ve been on the far side of 40 my eyes need a little more light in general. If anyone else needs a bit of extra knitting light, today is your giveaway day! The kind and generous folks at Stitch Light are giving away a Stitch Light to 5 lucky Knittyblog readers. Stich Light is also offering a special discount for the Knittyblog readers. Use the code KNITTY25  to get 25% off of your entire order PLUS free USPS shipping!  (1 time use per customer.)   The usual rules apply ...

Surprise Giveaway!

Thank to Roxanne at Zen Yarn Garden we have a giveaway today! 1 skein of luxurious Serenity Silk 75% Superwash Merino/15% Cashmere/10% Silk Approx. 500 yards (100 g) , prize value $34 CAD. Also, for the weekend – September 23rd to Sunday, September 25th, Knitty readers are welcome to use the discount code “KNITTY” to receive 10% off their orders at the Zen Yarn Garden shop. The usual rules apply for our giveaway: Leave a comment on this post before midnight, eastern time, on Sunday, September 25, 2011. A comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If s/he answers correctly ...

Out of the frying pan…

Amy – upon receiving my first Techniques with Theresa contribution in over a year – asked me if I’d like to talk about what I’ve been up to since leaving you with a “Part One” – yet Part Two-less – for way too long. Here’s my story. Last fall, my husband turned to me suddenly and said “How would you like to try living in the US for a while?” I was gobsmacked. We’d talked about this for years in a vague, theoretical kind of way. But having lived in Norway since 1999, I felt at least half Norwegian. I love my adopted country and my Norwegian family, had ...

WWW: Knitty on tap, Sheep for Counting, K/W Knitter’s Fair and Bonus Giveaway!

Because we love you very much, we have another giveaway for you! If you’re a reader of our reviews page (and if not, you should be – every issue we tell you about all sorts of fabulous and interesting products to make your knitting and your life better and more fun!), you’ll remember our review of the clever Block ‘n’ Roll solution. Thanks to the generous people at The Bag Smith, we have 6 of them available to give away, each with a value of $59.95. The usual rules apply: Leave a comment to this post before midnight, eastern time, on Friday, September 2, 2011. Six comments will be ...

Coffee

It’s not secret that I like a cup of coffee (or twelve). And I’m pleased to report that Portland, Oregon, seems to be my kind of town. The residents of Portland, seemingly, love coffee as much as I do. There are excellent coffee shops on every block. I had terrific cups of coffee wherever I went: at Grand Central Bakery at the legendary Stumptown Coffee heck, I even had good coffee at the convention center. Yes, there is a Starbucks at the Oregon Convention Center, although apparently they ran out of coffee on the first day. I will only take partial responsibility for that – there was also an Open ...