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Jillian’s Spinning: The Spinner’s Book of Fleece Giveaway!

Woo-hoo a spinning giveaway! Not just any spinning giveaway either – friend, breed enthusiast and expert spinner, Beth Smith has been working on this book for years and it’s finally here!

This book picks up right where Deb Robson’s Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook left off. It answers the question, sheep breed by sheep breed, “how do I work with it?” This book covers choosing, washing, prepping and spinning fleece. It’s thorough and pretty amazing, just look:

It's gorgeous!

It’s gorgeous! Also sheep!

Storey Publishing has donated a copy of this beautiful book for a giveaway.

Want to explore some of the breeds Beth Smith discusses in The Spinner’s Book of Fleece? Enter Alison from The Spinning Loft. She built a raw fleece sampler around Beth and her book, The Beth Smith Sampler.

Here’s her description:  This sampler pack is a fantastic companion. Containing 2 oz. each of 15 breeds that Beth identifies and/or discusses in the book, this is a great way to get a taste for some of Beth’s favorite fibers.  Contents of the sampler vary based on stock, but each sample is found in the book.

How many people are so fiber obsessive they have a fleece sampler named after them? Alison has donated one sampler for our giveaway.

Ready to spin? Ready to win?

Our regular rules apply:

Leave a comment on this post between now and midnight eastern time, Saturday,  August 23. One comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If the commenter answers correctly they will win a copy of The Spinner’s Book of Fleece from Storey Publishing and a Beth Smith Sampler from The Spinning Loft . If you have already won a prize from us in the past year, please do give other spinners a chance. Giveaway value $97.95
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Mrs. Crosby’s Grantangle Giveaway!

Bon vivant, woman of the world and yarn maven Mrs. Crosby  has donated a yarn pack to crochet your very own Grantangle.

Three skeins of Carpet Bag (80% SW Merino/ 20% Silk) in your choice of color are up for grabs in this giveaway.

Our regular rules apply:

Leave a comment on this post between now and midnight eastern time, Sunday,  August 10. One comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If the commenter answers correctly they will win the  yarn from Mrs. Crosby. If you have already won a prize from us in the past year, please do give other knitters a chance. Giveaway value $75.00

 

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The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet: Volume 3 – A Giveaway

The talented and prolific Hunter Hammersen has just released the third in her series of Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet pattern books. The gorgeous sock, Planorbis Corneus, in this issue of Knitty is from that collection.

To celebrate the release we are giving away a copy of her new book (paper+digital) and the wonderful dyers at String Theory Hand Dyed Yarns have donated a skein of Bluestocking yarn (the yarn used for Planorbis Corneus) in your choice of color.

Here are a few projects from Hunter’s new 18 project collection:

Some of my favorite projects.

Some of my favorite projects.

Unfamiliar with String Theory’s Bluestocking yarn? It’s 80% Bluefaced Leciester and 20% nylon and dyed up in gorgeous saturated colors like these:

Bluestocking yarn, just a few of the colors.

Bluestocking yarn, just a few of the colors.

We have one copy of the The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet: Volume III and one skein of Bluestocking yarn for one lucky readers.

 

Our regular rules apply:

Leave a comment on this post between now and midnight eastern time, Tuesday,  July 8th. One comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If the commenter answers correctly they will win the book and yarn. If you have already won a prize from us in the past year, please do give other knitters a chance. Giveaway value $52.95
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Stories in Stitches

Knitty designer and columnist Donna Druchunas has always been interested in knitting history and stories, and she and her friend Ava Coleman have recently launched a project that’s about just that.

Stories In Stitches is a book series featuring stories about knitters and their lives, traditions, history, and travel, all tied together with knitting patterns and projects. Each volume includes projects from a far-away time or place. In the words of Donna and Ava: “It is our desire to inspire and empower knitters of all skill levels to move beyond the line-by-line pattern into the realm of creating their own modern folk-art designs.”

The third volume is launching this week, and the focus in on knitting around the world during World Wars I and II. You can order it online.

The first was all about the knitted counterpane – bringing to life stitch delicate and decorative stitch patterns, including some originally used in a bedspread knitted by US First Lady Grace Coolidge. The second was all about knitted samplers, and featured an interview with Meg Swansen. The projects included some truly stunning lace designs.

Full disclosure: I’ve been working on the project as a technical editor, and it’s wonderful and fascinating stuff. I love that Donna and Ava aren’t just focused on North America and Western Europe – they have a truly global perspective. The articles provide a lovely intimate view into the lives of knitters in other times and other countries. The projects are sometimes charmingly retro, and sometimes perfectly modern – but always beautiful and interesting.


Because we love this project so much, we want to share it with you! Leave a comment on the post to be entered to win a set of all three volumes.

The usual contest rules apply: leave a comment on this post between now and midnight eastern time, Monday May 5th. One comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If the commenter answers correctly they will win the books. If you have already won a prize from us in the past year, please do give other knitters a chance. Thanks!

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Secret Spring Giveaway: Offhand Bag!

Kazul Voyager Bag

Kazul Voyager Bag

Yes that’s right, the extremely generous Larisa Flint Snydal of Offhand Designs and Sage Luxury  has donated a Kazul Voyager Bag as a giveaway to the knittyBlog.
I reviewed the Kazul in the latest issue of Knitty and it is a fantastic spacious bag with my favorite doctor’s bag frame. It comes in 12 different luxurious fabrics and the winner of this giveaway will get to pick whichever one they’d like.

Kazul collage

Regular contest rules: leave a comment on this post between now and midnight eastern time, Tuesday,  April 29h. One comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If the commenter answers correctly they will win the bag. If you have already won a prize from us in the past year, please do give other knitters a chance. Prize value $320.
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Giveaway! Chunky Knit Kit from Bagsmith

The calendar says it’s Spring, but where I am Winter is fighting the change. Our friends at Bagsmith have a great solution for this still chilly weather – a chunky capelet

This wooly capelet is made from chunky merino and silk yarn and merino and silk felt. Knit on size US17 needles, it works up magically fast. Bagsmith is including the yarn, felt, pattern and even the needles in this giveaway. Want to win a cozy capelet kit? You know what to do!

Regular contest rules: leave a comment on this post between now and midnight eastern time, Sunday,  April 6th. One comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If the commenter answers correctly they will win the kit from Bagsmith and Knitty. If you have already won a prize from us in the past year, please do give other knitters a chance. The value of this kit is $130US

 

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Lace Giveaway!

Lovely Lace

Lovely Lace

In an effort to coax Spring out of her shell, we’re doing a lace giveaway today.  Our giveaway feature Brooke Nico’s new wonderful book Lovely Knitted Lace  from Lark Crafts, a set of Hiya Hiya interchangeable needles, size US 2-8   from Hiya Hiya

Hiya Hiya Interchangeable Needles

Hiya Hiya Interchangeable Needles

and a skein of Black Bunny Flutter Merino Lace from Black Bunny Fibers. It’s the same yarn and color Brooke used to make the Flutter Shawl in her book.

Flutter Shawl

Flutter Shawl

 

I think knitting lace can make the temperatures rise and the flowers bloom don’t you?

 

Our regular rules apply:

Leave a comment on this post between now and midnight eastern time, Monday,  March 24th. One comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If the commenter answers correctly they will win the book,needle set and yarn. If you have already won a prize from us in the past year, please do give other knitters a chance. Giveaway value $140.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On Wraptor: A Shorter History & A Yarn Giveaway!

So very clever, and so very beautiful.

As you know, we love an interesting sock construction, and designer Jeny Staiman has outdone herself with the Wraptor sock, as published in the most recent issue.

As Jeny describes it, Wraptor is the lovechild of two previously Knitty socks, Skew and Longitudinal.

She’s written about the inspiration and development of the design on her blog.  It’s a fascinating insight into how designs develop and change and grow and improve with every subsequent iteration – and a good reminder for all of us that if the first attempt doesn’t work out, it doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea. It began more than two years ago, with a project to yarnbomb a coworker’s headphones.

Where it all began. Sort of.

One of the things we love most about this design – in addition to it being one of the cleverest things we’ve yet seen, of course — is how it uses a self-striping yarn to great effect. We’ve all got skeins of self-striping sock yarn in our stashes, and after a while, a “plain” striped sock gets a bit boring.

Looooooong stripes.

As she developed the pattern, Jeny realized that to get the most impact, she had very specific requirements for a self-striping yarn: she needed a yarn with sufficient lengths of each color that even for sections with 200+ stitches, the integrity of the stripes had to be maintained. And in Twisted Fiber Arts’ most excellent long-repeat self-striping yarn, she found what she needed.

We’re giving away a kit of this wonderful yarn to make your own pair of Wraptor socks, courtesy of Anne at Twisted Fiber Arts. The prize, worth $46, includes a full skein and a mini skein. Leave a comment on this blog post to be eligible to win, by midnight EST Monday, December 23rd. The usual rules apply; if you’ve won in the past year, please let other readers have a go!

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Black Friday Giveaway: Plum Rondo a la Turk

I don’t know about you, but I’m spending Black Friday with my knitting and spinning on the couch, probably watching a Harry Potter marathon with the kids.

No shopping for me.

For all of you knitters hanging at home today, here’s a giveaway for you!

Beth at Lorna’s Laces has donated a yarn pack to make Julia Farwell- Clay’s beautiful Plum Rondo a la Turk.

You know what to do.

Regular contest rules: leave a comment on this post between now and midnight eastern time, Sunday December 1st. One comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If the commenter answers correctly they will win a yarn pack for Plum Rondo. If you have already won a prize from us in the past year, please do give other knitters a chance.
Happy knitting, happy leftovers!

 

 

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Knit Companion Designer Series Giveaway: Romi!

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Romi’s App

Sally Holt at knitCompanion has turned her powerful system to Romi Hill and her gorgeous shawls. This is year four of her 7 Small Shawls Series, can you believe it? Wasn’t the first year just last week? This year her topic is Friends, she’s naming each one of her shawls after a member of her Ravelry group. There are 7 shawl patterns and 3 extra patterns. The first extra is a available now, A Cowl for Jeanne.

Jeanne's Cowl

Jeanne’s Cowl

This app updates with each shawl release, adding the new pattern to knitCompanion’s amazing system and a technique video featuring Romi.

If you haven’t tried the knitCompanion system the designer apps are a re great way to get a taste. knitCompanion allows a knitter to see the written and charted patterns at the same time, mark and save in many spots in a pattern with place holders and reminders – highlighters, stitch markers and pop up notes. It’s a wonderfully organized program.

I really like that I can keep very accurate track of my knitting, especially lace, with this app, but what I love is getting to see Romi’s smiling face, talking me through each pattern!

7 Small Shawls is also available as just a PDF series.

Romi!

Romi!

We have one Romi app to give away. Regular contest rules: leave a comment on this post between now and midnight eastern time, Sunday November 10th. One comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If the commenter answers correctly they will win a copy of the Romi App. If you have already won a prize from us in the past year, please do give other knitters a chance.
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