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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!   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 ...

Knitting Monday: What Are You Working On? And a SweaterBabe Giveaway

My knitting is really flagging. I have at least 8 first tier UFOs (those not in knitting time out or more than a year old) and I was planning on knitting 7 gifts for the holidays. My knitting mojo has failed me. I am a slow knitter at the best of times, but my pace has been something like frozen molasses lately.  I am happily, but slowly, working on a shawl for me. Bolting by Stephen West out of Glory Days by Briar Rose in a fabulous red colorway. And that’s it. My holiday knitting is stalled dead. I have one gift finished and no juice to start the rest. I’m regrouping. I don’t want to knit ...

It’s Thursday, How About an Addi Click Starter-Set Giveaway?

In June at TNNA, the wonderful and charming Cirilia showed Amy and me this very fabulous little taster set of Addi Clicks. Have you see it in the wild yet? It comes with one Turbo® (4.5 mm), one Lace (4.0 mm), and  one Natura (5.0 mm) tips, along with two cords (24″, 32″) and a connector. Try out 3 of the best selling Addi tips, the wonderful Addi Click system and have a cute travel set of needles. A little Addi dim sum. Cirilia has given me 4 sets for giveaways. I told you she was wonderful! Prize value $49.95 You know how it works: leave a comment on this post between now and midnight eastern time, ...

Obsessing on Project Bags & a Madbird Giveaway!

I’ve been a knitter, off and on, for 20-some years and have only recently started using project bags. Of course, now I have bunches and I love them all. Before I used project bags I used plastic zip bags, which would tear, needles would poke through and I always stuffed them too full to zip closed. Project bags are fun. They come in bunches of patterns and sizes. They stay closed. Best of all they somehow make a pile of UFOs, like the one above, seem downright happy. I always felt such accusation from plastic zip bags. I can also tag them. Name of the project, needles size, anything I need to know to grab the ...

I Like Hand-Knit Socks. And Sock Knitting. And Especially Sock Yarn. Want Some? Springtree Road Giveaway

I guess it qualifies as an obsession. My sock drawer is overflowing. My sock yarn stash is an embarrassment of riches. And I have a disturbing number of sets of 2.25 and 2.5mn DPNs and long circulars. Still, there are worse addictions to have. My feet are never cold, and there’s no gluten, caffeine or sugar in sock yarn. There are no calories or trans fats or artificial sweeteners. Sock yarn doesn’t rot my teeth or damage my health or keep me up at night. (Ooh… actually, that one might not be true.)  And there are more expensive collections to have. Guitars, A/V equipment, golfing equipment, skis. ...

Sock Knitting Giveaway!

Sock knitting is an obsession for a lot of people. I know it is for me. For some people, sock designing is the obsession. And one of those people is Hunter Hammersen, author of the remarkable Silk Road Socks, and her latest book, The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet. This new book features 20 patterns inspired by vintage botanical illustrations, and all feature Hunter’s fabulous patterning and attention to detail. There’s a great mix of socks and accessories. And for today’s giveaway, we’ve got two prizes for obsessed socks knitters: The Big Prize: a copy of the book + an e-book copy ...

First Fall WIPs & FOs; Contest!

Contest! We’re giving away a yarn pack to knit the fabulous Bauble Shawl from the First Fall issue. The prize is two skeins of Miss Babs Yummy sock yarn, with a value of $48. The usual rules apply for our giveaway: Leave a comment on this post before midnight, eastern time, on Wednesday, August 21, 2012. A comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If s/he answers correctly s/he will win our prize. If you have already won a prize from us in the past year, please do give other knitters a chance. Thanks to Miss Babs for providing our prize! There’s some excellent work going on from ...

Hats in Hot Weather; Giveaway

This is how I’ve been spending time of late… Yes, that’s right. I’m knitting hats. In the summer. Hats are ideal summer knitting, for a number of reasons: they are small and very portable, easy to throw into your beach bag or suitcase. And hats are mostly plain and simple knitting, which means they are well suited to knitting in the car on a roadtrip, or by the soft light of an evening campfire, or while distracted talking to friends or enjoying a frosty beverage. Hats are also excellent summer knitting because you know you will be ready the moment the weather takes a turn for the worse. If ...

TNNA Giveaway – Offhand Designs Bag!

You read that right. Larissa from Offhand Designs has donated a beautiful Iris bag for a KnittyBlog Giveaway! It was one of our favorite things from TNNA. You can read about it in our TNNA round up. To win this beautiful Iris bag for yourself follow our usual rules. Leave a comment on this post before midnight, eastern time, on Wednesday, July 25, 2012. A comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If s/he answers correctly s/he will win our prize. Prize value, $110. If you have already won a prize from us in the past year, please give other knitters a chance A huge thanks to Offhand Designs ...

Foot Sizing Survey Results; Contest!

Last year, I ran an email survey: I asked knitters to measure the feet of their friends and family, asking for the following data: I got nearly 400 replies, providing meaningful data for foot lengths 8.5-11 inches, foot circumferences 8 to 11 inches. Disclaimer: although I received replies from all over the world, most of the data I received was from North American knitters. I received more data for women’s feet than men’s. There is inherent risk in getting respondents to take their own measurements: I have to trust that they measured in the right place. I don’t claim that this represents every foot ...