Contest!

Who Wants to Knit Socks? A Giveaway!

It’s Thursday and it’s hot in most places. We need some pretty and a giveaway!

How about Alison Ross’ Cathedral Grove Socks from our current issue?

Cathedral Grove socks knit out of Sweet Georgia Tough Sock

Thanks to Felicia at Sweet Georgia Yarn, we’re giving away a yarn pack of Tough Love Sock for these socks to 2 different readers. Yay! Value of prize is $24 each.

Our usual contest rules apply, leave a comment on this post by midnight EST Sunday July 1st to be eligible to win. If you’ve won a giveaway in the last year, please give other knitters a chance.

 

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WWW: Beard Knitting, TTC Knitalong, Giveaway!

Knit your own!

Giveaway time! Just in time for what we’re anticipating to be a flaming hot June, a giveaway for a kit to knit the Flaming June sweater from our Spring & Summer issue.

One lucky winner will get enough Lana’s Hemp for Kniting Allhemp 3 to knit this fab design. Prize value is $49-$98.

Leave a comment on this post by midnight EST Friday June 1st to be eligible to win. If you’ve won a giveaway in the last year, please give other knitters a chance.

Thanks to Lanaknits for the prize.


This calls for a yarn with some texture.

The Burke Museum in Beechwood, Australia, has launched an excellent competition, ‘Ned’s Needles. Entrants are to knit (or crochet) a replica of bushranger/outlaw/folk hero Ned Kelly‘s amazing beard.  Even if you’re not going to enter the competition, there is a pattern for a knitted beard available for download, for your Halloween costume needs.


Blogger Stitcherati brings us this tremendous homage to the wonder that is the Clapotis, complete with excellent tutorial on the trickier bits.


Festive!

A fun Jubilee-themed yarn bomb in the UK.


A very helpful guide to organic and eco-friendly yarns from the Canadian Living magazine crafts blog.


Another gem from the New York Times archive: from February 1883, “Gossip About Knitting“. Includes patterns for ladies’ gloves knitted in silk (for wearing over your dainty leather gloves – the layered look was fashionable even then!), some notes on a babies’ bootees and a rough outline for a sock.


The routes.

Details for this year’s Toronto TTC Knitalong have been announced. Saturday July 14th, look for Toronto public transport to be taken over by hordes of knitters, shopping and knitting up a storm. More info and registration here. As always, there are prizes and deals at the various shops on the tour, and proceeds of the registration fee go to charity.

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Knitting Mondays: California Revival Knits Giveaway

I can’t think of a better way to start the week than to giveaway beautiful things!

Today I have a copy of California Revival Knits by Stephannie Tallent.  Have you seen the patterns in it yet? I’m loving the Wrought Mitts and Cardigan.

California Revival Knits

 

I also have an Elemental Affects yarn pack to make the stunning Peacock Mitts.

Beautiful Peacock Mitts

Thanks to Cooperative Press and Elemental Affects for donating today’s prizes!

One person will win both the book and the yarn pack.

The usual rules apply for our giveaway: Leave a comment on this post before midnight, eastern time, on Wednesday, May 23, 2012. 1 comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question.

If he/she answers correctly, they will win our prize! Good luck, everyone!

(If you have won a prize from us already this year please give another knitter a chance and leave your name out of the hat. Thanks!)

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‘Bigger on the Inside’ Contest; The Original Scarf

The response to ‘Bigger on the Inside‘ has been so great – people love the design, absolutely, but they are also enjoying and relating to the story.  (Indeed, given that it’s Obsession Thursday, we might suggest that some of you are obsessed with it… 😉 )

I’ve received so many emails from knitters who experienced a similar thing – being told that their style was inappropriate, being told that they shouldn’t dress the way they want to, being told that they shouldn’t wear their handknits. No matter how gently the message is delivered, it can make a knitter feel isolated and out of place. I have to say, given the response I’ve received, I will never feel isolated or out of place again!

Many knitters have asked about my original scarf, wanting to see more of it…

Here it is, in its full glory, Mum’s glorious interpretation of a Doctor Who scarf, made at my request in the mid 1980s. 45sts of (k1, p1) ribbing, worked in what looks like a worsted weight acrylic. It’s 7 inches wide and 106 inches long – just under 9 feet.

Flying my fan-flag loud and proud!

I know the colors aren’t right – and I knew that at the time – but it was much harder to find a picture of the inspiration back then, and at the time I wasn’t keen on brown. So we just improvised.

Thanks Mum!


And if want your own ‘Bigger on the Inside’, we are giving away a yarn pack containing enough of the fab custom TARDIS colorway of Lorna’s Laces Solemate to knit it, valued at $52 US.

Bigger on the Inside

 

The usual rules apply for our giveaway: Leave a comment on this post before midnight, eastern time, on Monday, May 7, 2012. 1 comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question.

If he/she answers correctly, they will win our prize! Good luck, everyone!

(If you have won a prize from us already this year please give another knitter a chance and leave your name out of the hat. Thanks!)


If you are interested in creating a more authentic version of the actual Tom Baker scarf, this website is very helpful.

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WWW: Cowichan Sweaters, Super Sweaters, Giveaway!

Because we love our readers, we have a bonus for you today! We’re giving away three sets of Sajou Eiffel Tower scissors and a wooden tape measure.

Beautiful!

The scissors are a replica of a model that dates from the end of the 19th century, and is a celebration of the construction of the Eiffel Tower at the Universal Exhibition of 1889. They are hand-made in a small French shop.

A fabulous addition to any knitter's toolkit.

The tape measure is reproduction of a traditional small wooden tape measure.

Thanks to BagSmith/Sajou for this fabulous prize. Value is $104/set.

Post a comment by the end of the day Friday March 30th to be entered to win.


Image courtesy Chad Hipolito/The Globe and Mail

The traditional Cowichan sweaters, originated by the Coast Salish peoples of Western Canada, have been recognized by the Canadian government as an object of national historic significance. This article from the Globe and Mail profiles a knitter, May Sam, who has been making these sweaters for decades. This piece from a local newspaper gives more detail and history on the garments.


A fabulous place to knit!

Check your calendars! The Icelandic knitting magazine Lopi og band has announced the details for the Nordic knitting conference Gavstrik 2012. The conference, with the theme of “Icelandic knitting – past and present”, runs August 6-11 this year. This conference is held every year in different a small town or village in the Nordic countries, and this year’s event in Iceland promises to be fascinating and engaging. The schedule of events, classes and lectures looks amazing. More information about the event here. Gavstrik is a grassroots organization of knitting professionals and enthusiasts founded over 20 years ago.


I want this sweater!

Super Sweaters! Artist Hanie Mohd decided that the superladies featured in DC Comics universe of Superheroes looked a little cold in some of their outfits, so she designed sweaters for them.


Workers from Toronto Public Library System, an organization in the throes of labor issues, is hosting a knit-in at Toronto’s City hall today.


A nice little piece about knitter Loani Prior, who reinvented herself as an internationally recognized expert on tea cozies.


The knitter with some of her work.

Tina Selby of Wales is leading a campaign to knit warm hats for UK military personnel stationed in Afghanistan. She’s sent over 5,000 hats (each packaged with a chocolate bar), and expects to ship off another 2,000 for the start of next winter.

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Velvet Morning Contest!

Oh yes, it’s time for everyone’s favorite type of giveaway at Knitty, a yarn pack for a sweater!

This issue we have a yarn pack for the beautiful Velvet Morning cardigan

Velvet Morning - blue colorway

Tanis from Tanis Fiber Arts has generously donated a yarn pack for one lucky reader. Prize value: $171-304 CAD.

The usual rules apply for our giveaway:

Leave a comment on this post before midnight, eastern time, on Monday, March 5, 2012.

1 comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question.

If he/she answers correctly, they will win our prize!  Good luck, everyone!

Velvet Morning - sand colorway


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

All clothing handmade by Maude Richards.

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.


Even butter sculptures!

This week marks the 96th annual (!) Pennsylvania Farm Show. It’s a traditional country fair, featuring all those fabulous traditional country fair events and foods and activities, including animal displays, baking competitions and all sorts of fibery goodness.

A member of one of the high school teams, brushing up on his skills...

Among the many events are the annual Fleece To Shawl & Sheep To Shawl Contests, which are being held today, Wednesday, January 11th, starting at 3pm EST. Teams compete by shearing a sheep (the Fleece To Shawl teams, comprised of high-school students who are relatively new to the event, start with a fleece), carding the fleece, spinning the fleece into yarn, then weaving that yarn into a shawl – all in a 3-hour time period. The teams are judged on many things: the quality of the shearing, the uniformity of spinning and the individual quality of the spun yarn and evenness of the woven shawl are just a few of the judging criteria. A highly anticipated event, the Fleece and Sheep To Shawl contests always draw a big crowd of onlookers… and TV cameras as well!

Blogger Yarny Marni live blogs the event, too, so even if you’re not there in person, you can follow it online.


When most people think of fisherman’s sweaters, they tend to think of lovely Irish “Aran” knits. The traditional English and Scottish fisherman’s sweater, the gansey, is less well known, and being a little simpler and less showy, perhaps a little less appreciated by the non-knitters. The BBC has produced an excellent radio documentary about a project to preserve the knitting heritage of the fishing communities on the Moray Firth coastline, in north-eastern Scotland.
Project workers are working to save existing ganseys, helping local knitting groups to create new ones and encouraging modern interpretations of this most traditional of garments.


Mme Defarge, hard at work

Following up on a story from a couple of weeks ago… the “Sticks, Hooks, and the Mobius: Knit and Crochet Go Cerebral” exhibition at the Williams Center Gallery, Lafayette College, Easton, PA, has just opened. The event was marked with a yarnbombing and an appearance from Mme. Defarge (well, an artist in a really fab costume). More activities and events have been announced for the exhibition, including a knit-a-thon, a lesson on knitting botanically accurate flowers, and a talk from Kathleen Greco, an artist who works with glow-in-the-dark “jelly yarn”.


A group of Yarnbombers from the UK has been invited by Vogue Knitting to their Vogue Knitting Live event in NYC this weekend. Can’t wait to see what sorts of things they do…


Best. Wallpaper. Ever.


Our winner in the Tom Bihn Swift giveaway is Eve from Vermont. Congratulations Eve and a huge thanks to the folks at Tom Bihn for a great prize!


Are you knitting a project with tangly, slippery or otherwise unruly yarn? Then this giveaway is for you! You can tame your yarn with a Yarn Cozy.

The creative folks at Buffy Anne Designs have donated 6 sets of three Yarn Cozies for a giveaway.

Three Cozies to hug your yarn

The usual rules apply for our giveaway: Leave a comment on this post before midnight, eastern time, on Monday, January 16, 2012. 6 comments will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If they answer correctly they will win our prize. Prizes valued at $12.00 each.


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A Happy New Year Giveaway from Tom Bihn

Happy New Year and happy new knitting!

I think there are some of you who might want a new knitting bag for their 2012 projects.

The spectacularly creative folks at Tom Bihn have donated a Swift, a knitting bag that Knitty readers helped design, for our first giveaway of the year.

Tom Bihn's Swift

Swift in cardinal and hemp

1 person will win a Tom Bihn Swift knitting bag in Cardinal/Hemp a prize valued at $90.

The usual rules apply for our giveaway: Leave a comment on this post before midnight, eastern time, on Thursday, January 5, 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.

Good luck, everyone!

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Giveaway! No knitting library should be without Clara Parkes

Here at Knitty, we have big love for Clara Parkes and her incredible books full of scholarship and great patterns.

If you don’t have all of Clara Parkes’, books we think you should! And thanks to the folks at Potter Craft, we’re giving away 1 set of all of Clara’s books. Will you be the lucky winner?

See me, win me, knit me!

The usual rules apply for our giveaway: Leave a comment on this post before midnight, eastern time, on Sunday, December 18, 2011. 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 $90.

Good luck, everyone!

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Knitting Mondays: Gift Knitting and a Flügel Giveaway

It’s Jillian with a bit of knitting.

We got a new a roof for our house this fall so I am knitting quite a few gifts for winter birthdays and various holidays.

Here’s what I’ve done so far:

Briar Rose infinity scarf

I knit a long (80″) infinity scarf for a friend for her birthday. I used Briar Rose Charity, doubled.

 

Tweedy Hat

This hat and I have had many words. It’s an easy pattern, a cable rib, but it took me four tries to get it right. Now it’s going to be a hard gift to giveaway.

I’ve still got mittens, 3 scarves, a pair of socks and 4 more hats to knit. Go knitter go!

What are you knitting for gifts this winter?

 

Do you want to knit a sweater this winter? How about Flügel from our current issue?

The generous folks at Blue Sky Alpacas  have donated a Techno yarn pack for Flügel for a giveaway. If you’d like to see this sweater on your needles, this giveaway is for you. Prize Value $138 – $253. One lucky knitter will win this prize.

Flügel!

The usual rules apply for our giveaway: Leave a comment on this post before midnight, eastern time, on Sunday, November 27, 2011. A comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If s/he answers correctly s/he will win our prize.

 

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