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Jillian’s Book Obsession: A Fit to Flatter Giveaway

I’m a little obsessed with knitters making sweaters that fit and look good on them. I was so excited when I got Amy Herzog’s new book Fit to Flatter for review. After I finished reading it I knew I wanted to do a giveaway.

So here it is, the I-Love-This-Book-I-Know-You-Will-Too, Fit to Flatter Giveaway.

Our prize package includes a copy of the book donated by Melanie Falick Books:

Knit to Flatter, the book

Knit to Flatter, the book

and a yarn pack (in the winner’s choice of color) to knit the Dorica sweater, one of my favorites, donated by Berocco Yarns:

Dorcia Hoodie, photo by Karen Pearson

Dorica Hoodie, photo by Karen Pearson

To win this prize pack leave a comment on this post between now and midnight eastern time, Tuesday April 9, 2013. 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 pack. If you have already won a prize from us in the past year, please do give other knitters a chance.

There’s more Knit to Flatter news:

Amy just released a companion class at Craftsy:

A class in your living room

A class in your living room

And we have a link for a 50% off the the regular cost. So everyone wins!

Amy never stops thinking of great ideas and knitterly adventures. She’s working on something a little bit secret right now. The details are still being worked out, but it involves, knitting, perfect sweaters and Maine. Here’s a teaser photo:

Would you like to knit here?

Would you like to knit here?

As soon as all of the details are set Amy will announce it all on her blog!

 

 

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Jillian’s Obsession: Fibery Mugs and a Giveaway!

I drink  tea all day long and have collected a lot of mugs. Of course I’m especially drawn to mugs with any kind of a fiber theme, sheep and knitting needles cavort in my cupboards. I have Knitty mugs, Jennie the Potter mugs, mugs from local potters and a just a few from Etsy.

I recently ran across a fantastic set of mugs from Herdy, you know the cute little sheep stuff.

Herdy things usually look like this:

Cute little Herdy sheep

Cute little Herdy sheep

But this set is decorated with specially commissioned artwork from by Scottish artist Owain Kirby that depicts the journey of wool from sheep to finished object. The set is called Wool Journey.

Wool Journey mugs

Wool Journey mugs

Want a closer look at the art?

The-Wool-Journey-1

Shearing the sheep

not sure

Wool auction

who knows

Scouring, carding and spinning

Weaving and knitting

Weaving and knitting

We have one set of mugs to give away, regular contest rules apply: leave a comment on this post between now and midnight eastern time, Monday April 1, 2013. One comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If the commenter answers correctly they will win a set of mugs. If you have already won a prize from us in the past year, please do give other knitters a chance.

 

 

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Obsession: Knitting with Beads

Have you tried knitting with beads? It’s awfully addictive. It takes simple stocking stitch and makes it into a jewelled wonder. There are lots of fabulous beaded shawls and other projects out there.

Me, I’m slightly obsessed with Laura Nelkin’s fabulous bead knitting kits. They’re small projects, easy and quick to knit – practically instant gratification! – and the end results are those rare wear-everywhere go-with-everything pieces.

They’re also an excellent and affordable way to add something new to your wardrobe, if you’re feeling the winter blahs.

So very chic – and so very quick to knit!

Because we want to share the obsession, we’re giving away a Soutache bead knitting kit.

Even more beautiful close up.

Soutache is a great introduction to bead knitting, as no special skills at all are required – it’s just 4 strands of i-cord. The kit contains everything you need – yarn, beads, a dental floss threader (yes, really, the bead knitter’s best friend) and the clasps for both the necklace and the bracelet.

You can see more of Laura’s kits in her Etsy shop.


You know the drill: leave a comment below to win; deadline is Sunday February 17th, Midnight EST. We will randomly pull a name, and the winner will answer a skill-testing question. Winner chooses the kit colour!

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It’s Friday and We Have a Lucy Neatby Giveaway!

I don’t know about you, but my week has been crazy! I have never been happier to see Friday.

To make your Friday happier Lucy Neatby has donated 5 of her on-line videos as prizes for today’s giveaway!

Four of Lucy's sixteen videos. She keeps busy!

Four of Lucy’s sixteen videos. She keeps busy!

Lucy has converted her original 16 DVD titles into a new on-line format. They are smaller in file size and designed for use on laptops and mobile devices. The on-line videos live in your  Notebook on Lucy’s website. They can be viewed there or downloaded to your own computer or tablet. Cool, no? Lucy was one of the first knitting teachers to have DVDs and her video ‘classes’ are packed with a huge amount of great knitting knowledge.

5 lucky KnittyBlog readers will win 1 on-line video of their choice from Lucy’s collection of 16 videos.

To receive your prize you will have to register and set up at Notebook (which is free) at lucyneatby.com.

Regular contest rules: leave a comment on this post between now and midnight eastern time, Tuesday February 5th. Five comments will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If the commenter answers correctly they will win one prize. Prize value, $19.99 each.

Happy Friday!

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Knitting Mondays: A Wearwithall Contest!

This past weekend it was 57F this week it’s barely supposed to touch 30F. I think that calls for a cozy giveaway!

May Lou Eagan and the gang of incredibly talented folks that created the book Wearwithall:Knits for Your Life have put together a warm and fuzzy giveaway for us.

How’d you like to knit this to keep you warm?

Cable Scarf and Cowl!

Cable Scarf and Cowl!

The whole prize for this giveaway is , a copy of the Wearwithall book and 4 skeins of Berroco Souffle in Cortina, enough to make 2 cowls or 1 scarf. Prize value $45.95.

Regular contest rules: leave a comment on this post between now and midnight eastern time, Wednesday January 16th. One comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If the commenter answers correctly they will win our prize.

Good luck and keep warm!

 

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Knitty Friday: Are You Feeling Creative? Franklin is Hosting a Contest!

In this issue’s Stitches in Time column Franklin Habit tackles a knitted counterpane square with his usual panache.

Templeton Squares

Templeton Square

Franklin was so inspired by the work he did with his Templeton Square, and got us so excited by it that we’ve decide to have a contest! We have fabulous judges and fabulous prizes, all we need now are your creative ideas knit up, photographed and sent in by March 15, 2013, midnight, EST. For all of the details, keep reading. We can’t wait to see see what you come up with!

 

Contest Time: Square Off with Knitty

 

Here’s what you’re gonna do:

Use the Templeton Square pattern  as the basis for a finished project. It can be anything at all: a coverlet, a piece of home decor, a garment, a party tent — the type of project is up to you. The only requirement is that the Templeton Square must be a prominent and essential piece of it.

Send us glorious photos of your creation, as many as you want, but three must be:

  • a full shot of your design
  • a flat shot of your design
  • a detail shot of your design

The judges will be judging from your photos so make sure they are lovely and in perfect focus, no smaller than 750 pixels wide.

Include a short paragraph describing your piece, including your inspiration.

Tell us your name, email address and what yarn was used for the project.

Deadline for entry: March 15, 2013, midnight, EST

And here is what will happen:

Our World Famous Panel of Judges:

  • Ysolda Teague
  • Brooke Nico
  • Fiona Ellis
  • Shannon Dunbabin (of Cascade Yarns)

…will choose one winner in each of three categories:

  • Best in Show
  • Most Creative
  • Most Ambitious

Winners will be contacted by email by April 10, 2013
Winners will be announced in the Surprise for the Spring+Summer Issue of Knitty in mid-April, 2013.

Here’s what you could win:

  • Best in Show: Original Franklin Habit illustration, prize value $500, plus 10 skeins of Cascade Sierra yarn (your choice of in stock color), prize value $110, total prize value $610
  • Most Creative: 1 set of Addi Turbo Lace Clicks, prize value $169.95 plus 10 skeins of Cascade Sierra yarn (your choice of in stock color), prize value $110, total prize value $279.95
  • Most Ambitious: 10 skeins of Cascade Sierra yarn (your choice of in stock color), prize value $110
Are you feeling inspired?

Are you feeling inspired?

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Knitting Mondays: Kate and Jillian Give Each Other Gifts. Plus, an Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf Giveaway.

What do knitters give each other? Kate and Jillian give you more knitterly gifting insight by showing what they would like to buy each other.

Here’s what Jillian would give to Kate.

Because she loves Doctor Who:

A Tardis Needle Gauge from Tangerine8:

A Wibbly Wobbly Needle Gauge

A Wibbly Wobbly Needle Gauge

A little something for her mind. I know she’ll read this and invent 211 more.

Cast on, Bind Off – 211 Ways to Begin and End Your Knitting by Cap Sease. It’s available as print and an ebook.

 

211 ways to start and end your knitting

211 ways to start and end your knitting

She is a sock knitting goddess and should be gifted appropriately. Here are two ‘rich uncle just left you a mint’ sock knitting gifts.

A set of 6 Signature Needles double points:

sig dpn

Sexy sock knitting ahead!

and a 2013 membership to the Rockin’ Sock Club from Blue Moon Fiber Arts:

Socks all year long!

Socks and yarn all year long!

 


And here’s what Kate would give to Jillian:

A subscription to Clara Parkes’ Bale Yarn Club. Because of everyone I know, Jillian is the hungriest to know more about where her yarn and fiber come from, and she wants to know everything. And Clara will be sharing that!

A bag each of the brown and cream Bijou Basic Yak Down Clouds spinning fiber. Because Jillian deserves to spin with the nicest fibers in the world.

I can only imagine what wonderfulness Jillian would make with this!

Or perhaps a year’s subscription to the Paradise Fibers knitting club?

A year’s worth!

A subscription to the Audible downloadable audio book service, so she has entertainment while she spins and knits.

And if somehow I win the lottery between now and next week, I’d buy her a trip to Iceland. (And a new suitcase big enough for me to stow away in.) Iceland is a mecca for knitters and spinners, and I know that she’d have a most excellent time.


And together Kate and Jillian are saving up and one of these days – as soon as they’ve been invented – they’d like to be able to give Amy a Transporter. A Transporter would allow Amy to be able to get home to her family in Chicago without any airport hassles. A Transporter would allow her to be able to get over to see her BFF Brenda whenever she wants. And a Transporter would allow her to take her beloved Phil and the bunnies with her wherever she goes!


 Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf Giveaway!

Designer Alana Dakos has published a wonderful book about a spirited little girl learning to knit, Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf. It’s a great story and will also teach your little knitter how to knit.

 

Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scatf

Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf

 

Annie's Deluxe kit

Annie’s Deluxe kit

 

Alana has donated one deluxe edition gift set. It includes a copy of the book, a paper doll set, matching 20 piece puzzle, and sticker sheet all packaged together in a matching gift set box. Prize value, $26.95.  Thank you Alana for donating this prize!

Regular contest rules: leave a comment on this post between now and midnight eastern time, Wednesday December 19th. One comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If the commenter answers correctly they will win our prize. If you have already won a prize from us in the past year, please do give other knitters a chance.
$26.95

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Knitting Monday: More Gifts: Books Jillian Reccomends & A Knitty Yarn Giveaway

Since I do most of the book reviews for Knitty, I read as many as 100 knitting books a year. Here are three from this year that I think would make great gifts!

 

Principles of Knitting

A classic!

This is a classic, finally rereleased with over 700 pages of knitting techniques. If you know a knitter that loves to study the intricacies of how knitting works, they would love this book. It also comes as an ebook, which is a little easier to take with you.

 

Needles & Artifice: A Refined Adventure Story with Ingenious Knitting Patterns

Stop in for a cuppa!

Steampunk + knittting, what’s not to love? For the knitter with a sense of adventure and a sense of humor. This is one of my favorite books of the year.

 

Knit Accessories: Essentials & Variations

Not just for newbies

Have a knitting newbie on your knitting gift list? Or a knitter always on a quest for the perfect basic accessory patterns?  This book by Knitty tech editor Kate Atherley would be perfect.

 

 

Knitty’s Anniversary Yarns Giveaway!

You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Three readers will win one skein of our special Knitty Anniversary yarns. I have one skein of each colorway and I will choose randomly who get which yarn. One skein of yarn is enough to make the corresponding pattern in the latest issue of Knitty.

The projects:

The yarn prizes, left to right:

Blue Moon Fiber Arts Knitty’s Rainbow in Marine Silk Sportweight, prize value:  $26.75

Indigodragonfly 50 Shades of Bazinga; or, When Your Stitch Count is Off, Your Skein is 2 Yards Shorter Than the Pattern, and the Yarn Gods Have Decided Now is the Time for a Needle Malfunction in Merino Nylon Sock, prize value $24

Lisa Souza Knitty Deep Fall in Polwarth Silk, prize value, $22

Regular contest rules: leave a comment on this post between now and midnight eastern time, Wednesday December 12th. Three comments will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If the commenter answers correctly they will win one of the three prizes. If you have already won a prize from us in the past year, please do give other knitters a chance.

 

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Spinning Tuesdays: On Board Bobbin Winder and a Denise2Go Giveaway

When I took a class from Sarah Anderson in August, a very nice woman, Debra, sat next to me. She had the coolest set up on her wheel, thanks to her clever husband.

Come look. Can you guess what this is?

What is it?

A removable bobbin winder for her Lendrum!

On board bobbin winder

Here it is in action. It is so simple and brilliant!

So brilliant!

It was turned on a lathe from a dowel. I really want one, for all of my wheels. Have any of you brilliant spinners seen something like this for sale anywhere? Or maybe I can figure it out with PVC, hmmmm. Have I mentioned I love gadgets?

 

 

Denise2Go Giveaway

The fabulous Barbara at Denise has donated two Denise2Go interchangeable needle sets for giveaways.

This clever little kit is a pretty perfect – throw it in your purse in case of a knitting emergency – knitting needle set. Mine has been put to use many times when I’ve had a yarn buying emergency. Here’s what it has in it:

The case is hand-sewn from designer cottons and contains:

  • 6 pairs of knitting needles, US#5-#10 (3.75 – 6mm)
  • 1 G6 (4mm) crochet hook
  • 3 cords, 14, 16 and 19″ (36, 41 and 48cm)
  • 2 end buttons and 1 extender
  • Needles, hook and cords are all colored to coordinate with the rosy case.

Retail price, $49.95

Regular contest rules: leave a comment on this post between now and midnight eastern time, Friday November 23rd. Two comments will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If the commenter answers correctly they will win the prize. If you have already won a prize from us in the past year, please do give other knitters a chance.

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Are you a Fan of Knit,Swirl and Mountain Colors? Have I got a giveaway for you!

The Knitty 10th Anniversary giveaways just keep coming here at the KnittyBlog and today’s is a doozy!

 

Knit, Swirl!

Are you a fan of the book Knit, Swirl? The folks  at Fiber Wild! in Galena, Illinois are; they sell a lot of the book and the yarns to make the sweaters. When they discovered that the original yarn for the Plum Perfect sweater in the bestselling book was no longer available ,they took up the challenge to create a replacement.

They worked with author Sandra McIver and the wonderful yarn people at Mountain Colors and came up with a gorgeous solution. Plum Perfect knit in Mountain Colors Alpaca Blend (Alpaca and Wool) and Twizzle yarns:

Plum Perfect!

They also have a luxury version  in Mountain Colors Mountain Goat and Jeannette (cashmere/silk blend ) yarns . Yum. Both kits are available exclusively at Fiber Wild.

To help spread the word about these unique kits, Fiber Wild is giving away a kit for Plum Perfect in Mountain Colors Alpaca Blend (Alpaca and Wool) and Twizzle yarns.

Plum Perfect colorways. Some plum, some not so plum.

One reader will win a kit for for the Plum Perfect sweater and a copy of Knit, Swirl!  Thanks to the generous folks at Fiber Wild!

Prize value: $234.90

You know how it works: leave a comment on this post between now and midnight eastern time, November 12th, 2012. One comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If the commenter answers correctly they will win the prize. If you have already won a prize from us in the past year, please do give other knitters a chance.

 

If you are interested in buying a kit for Plum Perfect, Fiber Wild has a deal for you.

When you buy a kit, either the Alpaca/Twizzle or Mountain Goat/Jeanette version  you get both a copy of Knit,Swirl! and shipping free.

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