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On Wraptor: A Shorter History & A Yarn Giveaway!

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 ...

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 ...

Knit Companion Designer Series Giveaway: Romi!

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. 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 ...

A colorway and a contest!

In spring, I got a chance to visit the Blue Moon Fiber Arts world headquarters in Scappoose, Oregon. An unassuming barn/dye studio, full to the rafters (literally) with rich color, built by Tina as the perfect workspace for her and her team to produce the Blue Moon yarns we are so fond of. And occasionally, you’ll find her latest brood of baby chicks, until they’re big enough to join the rest of the flock outside. Here’s Tina’s recounting of our time together: Almost everyone who comes to visit me wants to immerse themselves in the dye barn for at least a few hours. Some come just to play and ...

Offhand Designs Bag Giveaway!

It is no secret that the Knitty staff are big fans of  Offhand Designs Bags. The vintage feel, the select and limited edition fabrics and the quality workmanship of a handmade bag all speak to the bag collector and maker in all of us. Because I’m curious (nosy) I ask owner Larisa Flint Snydal a few questions about Offhand Designs. She happily answered my questions and even sent over a couple of pictures of herself working on bags. Why and how did you get started? I worked for 10 years reviewing internationally funded projects in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, but all the while was making ...

Clara Parkes Giveaway!

Clara Parkes has a new book of essays out and it is wonderful! Here’s Clara reading a bit from the book. Clara talk about the essays here. Here’s Jillian’s review from First Fall Knitty: The Yarn Whisperer: Reflections on a life in Knitting by Clara Parkes STC/A Melanie Falick Book $19.95 It’s not very often that a knitting book is a good read. Inspiring, beautiful, thought provoking, yes — all of those things. But a good read, almost never. I know that Clara is an excellent writer because I’ve been reading her Knitter’s Review Newsletter every week for years, and have read ...

All about Tom Bihn, with a lot of little videos…and a contest!

When I was asked by the people at Tom Bihn (they make some of our very favorite bags ever) if I wanted to collaborate on new products, I said “Sure! Let’s Skype!” They had a better idea. They flew me out to Seattle. I know. Rockstar treatment! I still can’t believe it happened. But I took videos, so there’s proof. Lots of it. I had met Tom and Darcy (the head honchos of the Tom Bihn company) many years ago, when I passed through Seattle on the way to teach on the Sea Socks cruise. We’d been emailing back and forth for a while, and had collaborated on the fabulous Swift bag, which ...

What to Knit When It’s Hot? A knitbot Linen Giveaway!

Hannah Fettig has released a collection of 6 gorgeous unconstructed patterns knit out of Quince & Co. linen yarn,  Sparrow. There is nothing like knitting with linen when it’s too hot for wool. Quince & Co Sparrow is divine, smooth and crisp to knit with, then it gets buttery soft the more you wear it. Hannah’s patterns in linen are fluttery and full of swing. Just looking at them just makes me feel cooler. Just for KnittyBlog readers Hannah is offering 25% off Knitbot patterns, good thru end of day Friday EST. Just use the coupon code KNITTY. I have one signed copy of knitbot Linen to give away. ...

Knitty 10th Anniversary Giveaway: Jennie the Potter

Who remembers when Jennie the Potter made beautiful mugs and yarn bowls to celebrate our 10th anniversary? We secretly asked her to stash one of each so we could have them as giveaways. Guess what today is? Jennie the Potter giveaway day! Knitty 10th Anniversary mug:   Knitty 10th Anniversary yarn bowl If you’d like to win one of these beautiful pieces you know what to do! Leave a comment on this post between now and midnight eastern time, Monday, May 27, 2013. Two comments will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If the commenter answers correctly they will win one of the prizes. If ...

Stretch Your Knitting Mind – A Lynne Barr Giveaway!

Lynne Barr has an exceptional knitting mind. She stretches the boundaries of knitted fabric and encourages knitters to think about knitting with new eyes. The wonderful folks at Melanie Falick Books have donated at set of Lynne Barr’s books for a giveaway. I think spring is the perfect time to try something new and a little different, don’t you?   One reader will win all three book. Prize  value, $82.85 You know how it works: leave a comment on this post between now and midnight eastern time, Thursday, May 2. One comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If the commenter ...