Contest!

Namaste Giveaway!

I’ve never known a knitter who didn’t love bags.  The lovely folks at Namaste have donated one of their fabulous Mini Messenger bags for a giveaway. If you’d like to add to your bag collection, this giveaway is for you. Prize Value $85.

Mini Messenger stylish and practical!

The usual rules apply for our giveaway: Leave a comment on this post before midnight, eastern time, on Sunday, November 6, 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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WWW: Contest! Socktober; Knitting Group Donates 100,000th item to Charity

Very handy!

Bonus contest! Because we love our readers and we love getting cool products into your hands…
We’re giving away a complete set of Hiya Hiya Bamboo Interchangeable Needles, both the small and the large set.

The small interchangeable set includes 7 sets of tips in sizes from 2-8US (2.75-5mm). The large interchangeable set includes 6 sets of tips in sizes from 9-15US (5.5 – 10 mm). Each set also has 4 cables (2 x 26″, 1 x 34″ and 1 x 42″ cables) a case and needle grips to help with tightening.

1 person will win this package, valued at $159.80.

The usual rules apply for our giveaway: Leave a comment on this post before midnight, eastern time, on Sunday, October 9, 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.

Thanks to Hiya Hiya North America for donating this prize!


that is a LOT of fish!

We heard this week from Kimberly Ligocki, the manager of K2Tog, a local yarn store in Albany, CA. This summer, the K2tog team embarked on a community knitting project that involves the Fish Hat as published on Knitty.

K2tog and its knitters have promised to knit a unique fish hat for every student at the local Richmond High School who score proficient or better on their state math exam. GET IT? “ProFISHent”. To date, the knitters have made more than 80 hats and will give them away at a ceremony on Oct 12.

Richmond High is an inner-city school in a city with one of the highest crime rates in the Bay Area. The K2Tog team have embarked on this project to convey their caring support towards the students of this troubled school. And Knitty is so glad that a project we published can help do something important.


To celebrate the launch of eight of STC/Melanie Falick Books bestselling titles as e-books Open Road Media created short video profiles on three of their authors: Andrea Berman Price, Joelle Hoverson and Melanie Falick. The videos are lovely, definitely worth a viewing.


A knitting group in Chesterfield County, Virginia, announces that they have donated their 100,000th item to charity. Amazing! The group has been active for 10 years, and donates to numerous hospitals, homeless shelters, and police and emergency responders.


Color us intrigued… Rockhurst University, in Kansas City, is setting up a Halloween-themed “Mystical Math Room” as a way to engage students and the public in mathematical learning. Activities will include, apparently, a Haunted Batting Cage, Mathemagician, Sudoku and Crazy Mathematical Knitting.


It’s Socktober. What are you knitting for your feet? Need any ideas… ?


Wonderful words.

Friend of Knitty, Rachael Herron, has just released “A Life In Stitches“, a memoir about life and knitting. In this interview published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Rachael talks about her knitting life and her writing life.

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Stitch Light Giveaway

Stitch Light has bright light

Now that it’s getting dark earlier in the evening, I’ve been using more and more extra light to see my knitting. Also since I’ve been on the far side of 40 my eyes need a little more light in general. If anyone else needs a bit of extra knitting light, today is your giveaway day!

Stitch Light comes with a craft pocket to keep tools handy

The kind and generous folks at Stitch Light are giving away a Stitch Light to 5 lucky Knittyblog readers.

Stich Light is also offering a special discount for the Knittyblog readers. Use the code KNITTY25  to get 25% off of your entire order PLUS free USPS shipping!  (1 time use per customer.)

 

The usual rules apply for our giveaway: Leave a comment on this post before midnight, eastern time, on Monday, October 3, 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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Surprise Giveaway!

Thank to Roxanne at Zen Yarn Garden we have a giveaway today!

Serenity Silk, Silver Moon colorway

1 skein of luxurious Serenity Silk 75% Superwash Merino/15% Cashmere/10% Silk
Approx. 500 yards (100 g) , prize value $34 CAD.

Also, for the weekend – September 23rd to Sunday, September 25th, Knitty readers are welcome to use the discount code “KNITTY” to receive 10% off their orders at the Zen Yarn Garden shop.

The usual rules apply for our giveaway: Leave a comment on this post before midnight, eastern time, on Sunday, September 25, 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.

Thanks to Roxanne at Zen Yarn Garden for this yummy prize!

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WWW: Another giveaway; Quince & Co Offer; Men Who Knit; National Hat Month

Win it! Knit it!

The kind and creative folks over at Quince and Co. have offered us a copy of their first pattern book – Wool Book One as a giveaway for KnittyBlog readers.

They are also offering a 10% off discount in their shop for our readers! Use the code: KNITTY between September 14, 2011 and September 28, 2011 to get 10% off of your total purchase. The code is good for one use per reader.

The usual rules apply for our giveaway: Leave a comment on this post before midnight, eastern time, on Monday, September 19, 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.

Thank you Quince & Co.!


Handsome!

Pictures that make our day: a portrait of the kilt and sarong parade at the recent West Coast Men’s Knitting Retreat, held in Washington State.


High concept knitwear is still warm and comfy.

Up and coming knitwear designer Kevin Kramp is showing a new collection of knitwear as part of Milan Fashion Week 2011 this month.

The designer isn’t afraid to play with color and texture, and his pieces have an amazing sculptural quality to them, yet still being very close to their origin and inspiration – “ordinary” knitting.

Even if you’re not into high fashion, the slideshow of his pieces on the Italian Vogue Magazine website is fascinating.


A splendid day for all!

A craft group in Dublin Ireland recently held a “HandmAid” day to raise funds for famine relief in Somalia. There were sales, classes, a crafting circle, and tea and treats. The event was a rousing success, and over 5000 Euro was raised.


Pretty website for pretty string!

Our friends at Lorna’s Laces have just relaunched their website. More drool-worthy than ever before!


I bet you did not know that September is National Hat Month in the US.

If you’re not sure what to wear, we have a few suggestions….


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Knitting Mondays: A Fabulous Fall Giveaway Contest and Jillian Starts a Sweater

It may or may not feel like fall where you are, here in Michigan it varies between 80 and 60 daily, but everyone has the itch for fall knits. I swear can hear knitting needles clicking everywhere I go.

Here at Knitty we want to help your jones for a new knit by having a super giveaway!

Darrin by Laura Chau

A yarn pack for the Darrin Cardigan by Laura Chau!

Thanks to the wonderful folks at The Fibre Company we have 1 Road to China Light [65% Baby Alpaca, 15% Silk, 10% Camel, 10% Cashmere] yarn pack to give to a lucky Knittyblog reader. Prize value $105-$195.

The usual rules apply. Leave a comment to this post before midnight, eastern time, on Friday, September 17, 2011. A comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If s/he answers correctly  they will win our prize.

Good Luck!


It’s Jillian and I’ve started my new fall sweater. I think I’m pretending I’m going to Rhinebeck and diving into the new sweater for Rhinebeck fun.

I fell in love with Killybegs from the new book Contemporary Irish Knits by Carol Feller

Who’s surprised that I , tweed hoarder, have the exact yarn it calls for in my stash?

It’s Donegal Yarns Aran Tweed, I chose a red tweed, though I may or may not have it in a couple other colors.

I swatched for several days. I even blocked my swatches. I am serious about this sweater.

Killybegs swatch

This weekend I cast on. It’s knit in one piece to the armholes and begun with a I-cord cast on. I cast on 200 stitches more than once to get the tension right.

Killybegs cast on

I’ve officially begun. Wish me luck that I finish before next year!

 

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Obsession Thursday: Travel Knitting and a Giveaway

Everything a knitter needs for a long plane trip - a pillow and a new lace project.

I recently made a quick trip to the UK for a family birthday and reunion event. It’s a long, long plane ride from where I live…

The most stressful part of any travel, for me, is choosing my travel knitting. Figuring out what to take my brother as a birthday gift, and what to wear and how to pack lightly for changeable weather is easy…

The big decision is what to knit while I’m away. You need really engaging knitting for the boring parts of the trip – the long waits at the airport, the train rides, the time spent waiting for your brother to get finish his phone call before you can leave for lunch… And then you need auto-pilot knitting (pun intended) – knitting you can work on while you’re chatting, at the pub, and while you’re in the car without making yourself motion sick.

For engaging knitting, I like lace, as the yarn required doesn’t take up much room in your bag, and you get hours of fun from a single skein.

Don't get in a car without at least one sock project.

For auto-pilot knitting, I like a plain stocking stitch sock (or two)… I can tuck a sock in progress into my purse to carry around, and it’s easy to pick up for a few minutes’ knitting here and there.

I always have a sock or two on the go, so that decision was easy. The question was what to take for my engaging knitting. I added an extra level of complication to this decision: do I take a design-project-in-progress? I am currently working on a new lace design, but I wasn’t confident that all the details were worked out, and I was worried I would get stalled without my stitch libraries.

So I looked back at my project queue and and chose something I’ve been meaning to make for at least 5 years: the Super-Spiral Shawl from Meg Swansen’s fabulous A Gathering of Lace book. I slipped the patterninto a sheet protector, grabbed some extra graph paper just in case I decided to make tweaks on the fly, and wound up the yarn.

Well-prepared for even the longest flight delay.

But the hardest decision of all is the discretionary knitting… Extra knitting just in case I finish what I’m working on. In case I’m not enjoying the projects I’ve chosen. Extra knitting in case I get delayed coming back and need more to do. Emergency knitting, if you will. This can be tricky – you need to balance your need for engaging knitting with auto-pilot knitting. I chose to take along another sock project, but a cabled sock, so it could be both reasonably easy and reasonably engaging.

So yes, to recap: for four days away I had four socks and a lace project that requires 800m+ of yarn. Needless to say, I didn’t run out.


Whether you need a travel project, or are just looking for something to add to your fall wardrobe, we have a Lisa Souza sock yarn giveaway!

Gratitude by Brenda Patipa

Gratitude, a lighter version

The prize is a Gratitude sock kit: enough Lisa Souza yarn for both versions of this lovely sock design from our First Fall issue.

Dark version: Lisa Souza Knitwear and Dyeworks, Cashmere Silk Fingering; [55% Bombyx Silk, 45% Cashmere, 400 yards per 2 oz. skein]; Marionberry; 1 skein

Light version: Lisa Souza Knitwear and Dyeworks, Sock!; [75% Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon, 450 yards per 4 oz. skein]; Zazu; 1 skein

Prize value: $50

The usual rules apply. Leave a comment to this post before midnight, eastern time, on Monday, September 12, 2011. A comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If s/he answers correctly  they will win our prize.

Thanks to Lisa Souza for the prize!

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Spinning Tuesdays: Say Hello to Fall with Silk

Did you know that Briar Rose Fibers now has silk fiber? She’s dyeing silk bricks.

I have loved Chris’ sense of color for a long time – deep organic shades. I frequently call it shades of dirt, but not in a bad way – it’s rich and multi-hued with color grounded in browns.

When Chris starts something new she sometimes sends me a little to play with, here’s my silk:

Greens, golds and blues on a silk brick

 

I dug in my stash for some Briar Rose fiber to blend it by plying with and came up with two possibilities in BFL.

Darker and lighter purple-ish colorways

Just from looking at the photo which one would you choose? I bet on the darker colorway, it has more colors that are similar, and it’s closer tonally for less marling. I spun finer than I usually do, woolen for the BFL and worsted for the silk.

Lighter colorway plied with silk

Darker colorway plied with silk

I was surprised (aren’t I always?) about a couple of things. The lighter colorway didn’t marl with the silk, they blended together really well, especially in the knitted swatch. The darker colorway didn’t pop with the silk like I expected, too many colors too close in tone. But I do like them both.

BFL-silk swatches

I can’t decide. I think I like them both equally, and I think they would look beautiful worked in something together.

What’s your vote?

To celebrate the beginning of fall (and my kids going back to school!) Briar Rose Fibers is giving away one dyed silk brick to a lucky Knitty Blog reader. The prize value is $45.00 US.

The usual rules apply: Leave a comment to this post before midnight, eastern time, on Thursday, September 8, 2011. One comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If the reader answers correctly s/he will win a dyed silk brick from Briar Rose Fibers.

 

 

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WWW: Knitty on tap, Sheep for Counting, K/W Knitter’s Fair and Bonus Giveaway!

Because we love you very much, we have another giveaway for you!

I am slightly sad that the Knitty team isn't eligible to win one...

If you’re a reader of our reviews page (and if not, you should be – every issue we tell you about all sorts of fabulous and interesting products to make your knitting and your life better and more fun!), you’ll remember our review of the clever Block ‘n’ Roll solution.

Thanks to the generous people at The Bag Smith, we have 6 of them available to give away, each with a value of $59.95.

The usual rules apply: Leave a comment to this post before midnight, eastern time, on Friday, September 2, 2011. Six comments will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If they answer correctly they will each win a kit.


We can suggest a pattern or two...

The newly relaunched Yarn Company space in New York City is part yarn gallery and part yarn think tank, complete with two dedicated guest computers. And we’re thrilled that one of them is just for Knitty! The owners, Tavy and Assaf Ronen, say that having a Knitty computer makes perfect sense. “When our customers are just stuck for an idea on a project with a yarn they’ve just fallen for, we know they can find what they need on Knitty… ”


The Kitchener Waterloo Guild throws an excellent party every year.

Knitters a little north of New York, in Southern Ontario, are excitedly looking forward to the upcoming Kitchener-Waterloo Knitter’s Fair, being held at Bingeman’s Park in Kitchener on Saturday, September 10th. This annual event is a highlight for many knitters in the area – Amy and Kate included. More details available in the current issue of the KW Guild newsletter.

There are 65 vendors – yarn sellers both big and small – free seminars, a fashion show, door prizes, and the most fun part of all – knit-oogling.

You might recognize the name of one of the speakers…. Kate will be there, talking about her famous “training sock” philosophy, and sharing tips and techniques for knitters to avoid the “horrible first attempt syndrome” when learning new knitterly skills.


A great story, but points off for the terrible puns in the headline… inmates in a prison in New Zealand have taken up knitting, and are donating the results of their efforts to a local women’s shelter.


Since we are very excited by all things Icelandic at the moment, we were tickled pink by this video sheep for counting, to help you get sleepy.


And we’re enjoying the reappearance of crafts in newspapers, whether in listings for prize winners at local fairs, or as in this case, a pattern giveaway. The Calgary Herald is offering a free knitting pattern to readers. No picture, sadly, but I can only assume there’s one on the actual pattern…

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Book Giveaway!

I can feel fall sneaking in around the edges it must be time to start new knitting projects!

Today we have a giveaway for a book to inspire you to start some new projects.

We have 2 copies of 10 Secrets of the Laidback Knitters to giveaway.

Let's knit!

A wonderful collaboration between Vicki Stiefel and Lisa Souza that may just change how you think about knitting.

The usual rules apply. Leave a comment to this post before midnight, eastern time, on Monday, August 22, 2011. Two comments will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If they answer correctly they will each win a book.

Happy Knitting!

 

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