Contest Winner

WWW: Winners; 10,000 Hats!

The lucky winners of our Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet giveaways: Melissa from California wins the big prize a paper + ebook plus a skein of Barking Dog yarn for socks. Lauren in Colorado wins a copy of the paper + ebook to knit from with abandon. Thanks to Hunter Hammersen for donating her books and to Suzanne at Barking Dog Yarns for donating the yarn. Martha Stewart and the editors of Martha Stewart Living magazine are searching for rising stars in a new generation of small-business owners. They have selected a group of American makers whose work shares the values of quality, beauty, inspiration, possibility, ...

WWW: Wool in Fashion, Arm Knitting, and Nintendo Knitting Machine

The winner of our Bauble giveaway is Lisa in Chicago. Thanks to Miss Babs for the prize! An excellent piece on the Guardian about the resurgence of wool in fashion.We knew all along how wonderful it is, but it’s nice to see the fashion industry catching on. The Woolmark company has launched a website, Merino.com, which promotes and highlights the properties of wool and shows off some of its uses in fashion and design. Great eye candy! Lovely article about yarnbombing in Iceland, highlighting the work of the Reykjavik Underground Yarnstormers, who are dedicated to making the city “more interesting and ...

WWW: Woolly Weddings, Knitting the News, Something to Knit While Watching Sports?

The winner of the Longitudinal yarn pack is Rachael from East Chatham, NY. Thanks to Skacel for the prize! Yarn shop owner Lydia Pears in the UK made her own wedding dress. ‘The dress is the hardest, and most important, garment I have ever made but I’m so glad I did it.’ It’s stunningly beautiful, out of what looks like a fab laceweight mohair. It took 4 months of knitting, and was clearly worth the effort. While we’re on the topic of woolly wedding dresses, have you seen this one? In 2009, sheepbreeder Louise Fairburn was married in a dress made from the locks of her favorite Lincoln ...

WWW: Fastest Knitter at a Lobster Festival, TTC Knitalong, Being Invisible?

The winner of our Stitch Red prize pack is Lori from Columbus, Ohio. Thanks to Soho Publishing for providing the book, thanks to Berocco for providing the yarn pack for Norah Gaughan’s Cable Cardi… and most of all, thanks to Laura Zander for starting it all & reminding knitters to get up off of our bums! A knitter in the UK has created her own woolly version of the London Olympics, in her front garden. Suzanne Haggerty started knitting early in the year, and has created 30 figures with various sporting accessories. The slideshow is great, and I particularly love the swimming scenes. The band The Savoy ...

WWW: Sensible Voices from Mainstream Media; A Monster Knits Himself; Geek Craft

The winners of our Cathedral Grove Socks yarn pack giveaway are Sarah from Ontario and Joanne from Alberta.  Thanks to Felicia at Sweet Georgia Yarn for the Tough Love Sock. Happy knitting to our winners! Artist Amy Crook posts a charming sketch on her blog of a monster knitting himself a sweater from his own coat. Why I Knit: Washington Post writer Ruth Marcus elegantly meditates on what knitting means to her and to the larger community of women. Writer Will Batchelor weighs in – very sensibly – on the fuss kicked up about the knitter at Wimbledon. Fab piece, and I particularly enjoyed the image it ...

WWW: WWKIP, International Yarmbombing Day

The winner of our Flaming June kit giveaway is Maylin from Toronto. Congratulations and happy knitting! Thanks to Lanaknits for the prize. Big weekend coming up! Not only is it the start to World Wide Knit in Public Day (which runs an entire week this year!), it’s also International Yarnbombing Day on Saturday. Kate will be at Shall We Knit in Waterloo, participating in their activities. There will be a bake sale, nail polish applications (using Soak’s fab new kit), an Indigodragonfly trunk show & dyeing demonstration, sales and other shenanigans. I’m going to be playing Knit Guru Kate, offering ...

WWW: Contest Winner; Endangered & Illusory Knitting; Zippers and Colors

Sue from Rochester, NY is our lucky winner of the Bigger on the Inside yarn pack. A huge thanks to Lorna’s Laces for providing our prize. And happy wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey knitting to Sue! The University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor is hosting an exhibition of knitting as contemporary fine art. Ruth Marshall’s “Vanished in Stitches” exhibit is on display until June 9th. The artist knits accurate life-size pelts of rare and endangered big cats – including ocelots, tigers and leopards. Her years working at the Bronx Zoo, she launched the project to highlight the plight of these rare ...

WWW: A lighthouse, a farm, and a prison. All places to knit.

The winners of our contest are Diana and Veronica in California and Jennifer in Minnesota. Thanks to Bagsmith for the prizes! Friend of Knitty, Shannon Okey, has just announced that she’ll be teaching a one-week knitting retreat at Whitehead Light Station, August 31-September 5th this year. The Light Station is a fabulous setting for a workshop, an original restored lighthouse on an island off the coast of Maine. The course is a designed to be a confidence- and skill-builder for beginner intermediate level knitters. Course participants will learn how to measure themselves and their knitting for optimal fit and ...

Knitting Goals: Qiviut Socks and Escargot and Lanesplitter, and the Cooperative Press Contest Winner

Kate’s qivuit socks: They are finished! And not a moment too soon: we had a cold snap over the weekend. Don’t tell anyone, but I wore my Qiviut socks two days in a row… It’s a plain and simple pair of top-down stocking stitch socks, 56 sts on 2.5mm needles. There are two advantages to having small feet: fewer sts means less knitting, and also more leftovers! I’ve got about 40gm of the skein left, which is enough to make the feet of two more socks. Since it’s my feet that get the coldest (rather than my ankles), I’m going to make a toe-up pair with Qiviut feet and something ...

WWW: Preserving Ganseys, Sheep to Shawl Contests, Best Wallpaper Ever, a Winner, and a Giveaway!

An absolutely fascinating insight into the life of an early 20th century mother of seven…. In 1913, Maude Richards of Exeter, New Hampshire began keeping a record of all the sewing and knitting projects she completed. Each page of the journal contains a brief description, “kimono apron for myself,” or “marble bag for William,” and frequently a swatch of fabric. Barbara Rimkunas, the curator of the Exeter Historical Society, has given us this great snapshot. This week marks the 96th annual (!) Pennsylvania Farm Show. It’s a traditional country fair, featuring all those fabulous ...