Knitting Mondays: A Giveaway and What’s on Our Needles

A super-fabu giveaway as this issue of Knitty winds down, a Lexie Barnes giveaway!
Lady B
by Lexie Barnes
prize value: $240.00
1 person will win this prize pack, in the print of their choice.
The usual rules apply. Leave a comment to this post before midnight, eastern time, on Wednesday, June 22, 2011. A comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If he or she answers correctly they will our prize package.

So now that it’s summer, what are we knitting in Knitty-land?
Socks, of course, but because it’s summer, they are not all black.  Working on a toe-up sock in a lovely color of the Online Butterfly series from a couple of years ago, and a top-down plain black sock in the workhorse Regia.
I’m most excited, however, about the new Noro Hitsuji yarn – it’s basically a bulky weight Kureyon, and there are 5 balls on my desk, right beside my computer.  I think they want to be a big hooded vest.  I’ll let you know.
Any guess on Kate's favorite colors?
I have enough of Blue Sky Alpaca  worsted cotton in this color:
Thistle, soft purple
I’m trying to decide between two sweaters, wanna help decide?
Que Sera
Que Sera from last Spring’s Knitty
Milanese Shower Bolero
The cover sweater from Loop-d-Loop Lace, Milanese Shower Bolero
What looks like a good summer knit?

Spinning Tuesdays: Cashmere for my Birthday!

My birthday is this week (June 10, 48) and to start my party week I spun cashmere from Deb Robson’s Must Spin list.

Cashmere fluff, yarn and a knitted swatch

Wow, just wow! I loved spinning this. I was intimidated at first, but I did some research and watched the cashmere part of Judith MacKenzie’s Luxury Fibers DVD set. The key is enough twist for short fiber, but not as much as slippery short fiber twist. The cashmere clings quite nicely to itself, and the top preparation helps by organizing the fibers and culling the super short fibers for you.

Fluffy cashmere yarn, light as a feather

I spun supported long draw and the yarn and swatch were soft and so light. Yes, I could cover my entire body in cashmere and be happy.

Two fun facts about Cashmere from The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook:

  1. Cashmere is not a type of goat but the downy undercoat that most goats produce.
  2. How short is short? Staple length ranges in the 1.25-1.75 inch range.


Birthday Giveaway

In honor of my birthday week, I have a gift pack for one of you lucky spinners!

Fabulous fiber book! 

A  copy of Deb Robson’s new book, The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook, retail $35.  Thank you to Storey Publishing for the donation.

38 rare and endangered sheep


A copy of Deb Robson’s DVD set, Handspinning Rare Wools, retail $34.95. Thank you to Interweave Press for the donation.

Spinning Loft fiber sampler 

And a raw fiber, Fleece and Fiber Soucebook sampler from The Spinning Loft, similar to the one I’m spinning over these 10 weeks. Big thanks to Beth for providing the sampler.

Retail $85

The usual rules apply. Leave a comment before midnight on Wednesday June 8,2011. A comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If he or she answers correctly they will our prize package.

WWW: WWKIP Day Special; Contest!

Let's be seen!

World-wide Knit in Public day is promoted as the largest knitter-organized event in the world. It’s actually thousands of individual events, taking place over the week of June 11th to 19th.

Just a sampling of the events being held…

Artists Nell Berger and Jean Hilkens are hosting an event starting at noon, June 11th, in Bryant Park, New York City.

In Kassari, Estonia, a group will meet at the Grill Lest & Lammas.

In the UK, a number of John Lewis locations will be hosting events in the Haberdashery departments, including their Oxford Street location in London.

In South Dakota, US, an event is being held at the 7 Beer & Wine Bar in Yankton.

In Savannah, Georgia, a group will meet at Forsyth Park from 10am to noon.

In Australia, a group will meet at the Sydney Customs House.

In Italy, a group will meet at the Villa Pamphili in Roma.

In Waterloo, Ontario, Shall We Knit is hosting an event with an Indigodragonfly trunk show, and blocking demos from SOAK.

In Cambridge, Ontario, the KNITcamBRIDGE team is hosting a Mad Hatter’s tea party in front of city hall.

The website lists events all over the world. Check to see if there’s something near you. If you’re hosting an event, please do add it to the site!

Speaking of knitting in public, Hawaiian knitter Barbie Kihara spends up to 14 hours a day, 5 days a week in a local fast food restaurant in Manoa, knitting and crocheting.  She will happily teach anyone who wants to learn, and creates projects for donation to a variety of local causes. She also volunteers her time at community centers and nursing homes to pass along her knowledge.  “From young time I’d always wanted to learn how to knit and crochet, but it was hard without anyone to teach me,” Kihara says. “Now I try to help other people so they don’t have to go through the same thing. My mother always taught us to do things on our own, help each other and help other people when we can. I still try to do that.”


Charlotte Blacker, a student in the UK has won a prestigious Royal Television Society award for her knitted stop-motion film “The Little Red Plane”, which she created as part of her university dissertation.

It’s a genuinely lovely little movie about the adventures of a boy and his cat.

Win me!

And if you need something to knit in public that week, consider entering our contest.… we are giving away a copy of Teva Durham’s brand-new book Loop-D-Loop Lace and enough Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton yarn to knit the cover sweater!

And me, too! My goodness!

1 person will win this prize, valued at $95.95, generously donated by Melanie Falick Books and Blue Sky Alpacas.

To win, leave a comment on this post before midnight eastern time, Friday night, June 3rd. Winner will be announced next week.

Giveaway! Denise Interchangable Needles

For those of us knitters and spinners not partaking in Maryland Sheep and Wool this weekend, I present a giveaway!

12 pairs of needles in one kit!
All wrapped up in a Della Q case!

Denise Interchangeable Needles

Pink Breast Cancer Research needles set in Della Q case

Includes 12 needle pairs from US5/3.75mm to US19/15mm; 6 cords (5″, 9″, 12″, 14″, 16″ and 19″) (13, 23, 30, 36, 41 and 48 cm); 4 end buttons; and 2 extenders. Even more than is in a Denise knitting kit. All in a specially adapted della Q Que-i case of luxurious poly/silk, with needle pockets labeled in US and metric sizes.

1 person will win this prize.

by Denise Interchangeable Needles

prize value: $79.95


Here’s how to win: leave a comment to this post by  Tuesday May 10, 2011 at midnight eastern time, and you could win! We’ll choose a winner at random, make them answer a terrifically difficult [cough] skill-testing question, and post the results next week.

Have wonderful weekend!

WWW: Giveaway, Corgis and Sock Summit

Regal and beautiful

Ladies and gentlemen, we are honored to invite you to participate in a Royal Wedding giveaway. We don’t have the budget to send you to the wedding, but we can send a bit of the wedding to you…

<— Our friends at Fyberspates have created a kit for a fabulous shawl, including a hank of a unique Limited Edition lace yarn and shawl pattern to commemorate the Royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The Sparkle Lace yarn, in a stunning sapphire colorway to match the engagement ring, comes in a 1000m/100g hank is a magnificent blend of 65% Extra fine merino, 10% Royal Baby Alpaca, 20% Silk and 5% Sparkle (stellina, a non-metal fiber).

We have two kits to give away! Two! Leave a comment on this post by midnight Thursday EST and we’ll draw on Friday morning.

You can order your own kit here. As a special bonus offer for Knitty readers, anyone that buys Royal Wedding lace yarn gets a 15% discount voucher for their next Fyberspates purchase. The yarn retails for £25 per 100g hank, and the pattern for £3.

And they don't need to be walked, either.

Last week the Guardian published an excerpt from the popular Knit Your Own Royal Wedding book – the corgi pattern! —>

And if all the Royal Wedding sweetness is too much for you, consider Brutal Knitting – custom knits inspired by horror and science fiction.

Knitters in Fernie, B.C., Canada, have knitted a 32-foot scarf as a fundraiser for the Canadian Avalanche Centre. $1500 was raised for the organization that educates residents and visitors on backcountry safety.


<— Seattle yarnbombers Yarncore created a lovely Easter-themed display on a bridge in West Seattle this past weekend.

The long-anticipated teachers and class list for Sock Summit has been announced. You might recognize a few names.

We’ll have more on that early next week.

Although the focus of this article from BoingBoing isn’t necessarily of interest, I thoroughly enjoyed the insight into one of the knitter’s favorite beasties, the alpaca.

Indigo Moon Winner

Our winner of 1 skein of Indigo Moon Ultimate Sock Yarn is Pilaar.

Congratulations and happy knitting to you!


If you didn’t win, but still want Indigo Moon yarn. Don’t forget  Trish Moon has given us a special discount to share with you: 10% off through April 30, 2011, if you mention KnittyBlog when you place your order.

It’s Monday – We Need a Giveaway!

When I woke up this Monday morning and looked out the window I saw 2 inches of snow, in April.

I decided right then the Knittyblog world needs a giveaway.

What goodness do we have for you today?

Springy! Gabriola Green

1 skein of Indigo Moon Ultimate Sock Yarn

75% superwash wool and 25% nylon
color: Gabriola Green
28sts-32rows/4″ on US 3 (2.25-3.25mm)

Can’t wait to see if you’re the lucky winner and want yarn right now? Trish Moon has given us a special discount to share with you: 10% off through April 30, 2011, if you mention KnittyBlog when you place your order.

Here’s how to win: leave a comment to this post by Wednesday, April 20th at midnight eastern time, and you could win! We’ll choose a winner at random, make them answer a terrifically difficult [cough] skill-testing question, and post the results next week.

Good luck and happy spring knitting!

Knitting Monday: What’s On Our Needles and a Winner!

Coming in at random number 629 Brittany is our winner of the huge Fiber Buzz gift basket.

Congratulations to Brittany and many, many thanks to our Fiber Buzz advertisers for contributing such a lavish prize!

Here’s what we’re knitting right now:

Kate’s making good progress with Project Black Sock. The Schoeller wool/cotton blend pair are complete…

One pair down, several to go!

… the Koigu pair is underway (at the same time, on 2 circulars), and I’m ready to cast on with the Regia.

Up next.

So far, my eyesight remains unaffected.

look at that lovely, non-saggy skirt! (also, nice tush.)

Jillian is crazy about the Lanesplitter skirt. Here’s what she says:

I went to Toronto this past weekend and met Lynne from Shall We Knit at The Purple Purl. She was wearing a Lanesplitter. Now, Lynne is not 20, not 6 feet tall and not a size 2, but she looked fantastic in the skirt. It fit, she looked stylin’ and it hugged her in just the right way, if you know what I mean. She’d also been sitting in a car all day  and it didn’t sag one little bit.

It’s a quick knit (or so Lynne says) and perfect for this transitional time – sick of winter clothes, but not ready to bust out the linen skirts yet.

I wasn’t the only knitter smitten with the Lanesplitter, but when Kate mentioned that there was a new shipment of Noro Kureyon in at The Purple Purl, I was the first to fall.

fabulous from the front!


the hotness that is Lynne in her Lanesplitter (Jillian averts her eyes in the back..."the hotness! my eyes!")
Noro Kureyon color 170 M

We could use a little brightness today

Mondays are often challenging. So it’s time for a big contest!

One lucky person will win a FiberBuzz Gift Basket, including prizes from all of our FiberBuzz sponsors. Take a look at this yumminess!


Quick Fitted Wristlets &
Cabled Turban patterns
by Stitch Diva
prize value: $14

Empire State Gloves kit
by Van der Rock Yarns
prize value: $21CAD


Leather-covered measuring tape
by Debra’s Garden
prize value: $18

Sheep Needle Gauge
by Goose Pond/elegant knitter
prize value: $15


Beaded Smoke Ring kit
including pattern, luxury yarn and beads
by HeartStrings
prize value: $25



A copy of Timeless Knits for Kids
by Timeless Knits
prize value: $24.95


2011 club membership
by Jane Thornley Knitter’s Club
prize value: $75


1 skein of yarn
by Red Barn Yarn
prize value: $24

image 3 Patterns – Chloe, Haltermelon,
and Spring
Garden Tee
by Never Not Knitting
prize value: $15

Here’s how to win: leave a comment to this post by Friday, March 25, at midnight eastern time, and you could win! We’ll choose a winner at random, make them answer a skill-testing question, and post the results next week.

Happy knitting, and good luck, everyone!

The fabulous Friday of LoooooooVE!

We’ve planned today’s post all week and are going ahead, but we cannot go forward without a mention of what’s happened in Japan today. Our thoughts go out to everyone affected and we send you strength and love. If you are concerned about someone in Japan who you haven’t yet heard is okay, Google has provided this Person Finder page that may help. This page has a roundup of places where you can help financially.

This wraps up the week of LooooVE, celebrating the release of Rachael Herron’s new book. We’ve never done this before, and we’ve had a blast. We hope you’ve had fun too!

Business first: The lucky winner of yesterday’s “Name your fictional heroine’s job” contest, chosen by Rachael and Amy, because this one was too hard to judge alone: Brenna, who wrote, “Elementary school teacher by day, professional roller derby star by night. Her roller derby name can be Miss Take, because every good teacher loves word puns, and every woman over 40 probably would feel roller derby is a Miss Take after the first injury.” Congrats, Brenna — you’ll be receiving a copy of Rachael’s brand-new book, HOW TO KNIT A HEART BACK HOME!

Although there are no prizes to go with them, Honorable Mentions go to these three entries:

Katy Rose: My fictional heroine is a medical librarian; sometimes she runs across journal articles detailing a brain injury due to knitting needle puncture, but that’s not enough to deter her from her hobby. 746.1! (that’s Dewey Decimal for “Yarn preparation and weaving”)

Anne: My heroine would get to do all the wild stuff I haven’t done. She worked with a vet at the zoo, and as a tight-rope walker at a small traveling circus, and as a fire dancer at a RenFaire. When the book I’ve been thinking about writing starts, she is actually desperate to find a position as far from her family’s occult store as possible, and waitresses at a roadhouse in a podunk Southern town, and sings karaoke in her spare time.

Liz in Ypsilanti: My fictional heroine would be like me: A middle-aged administrative assistant who knows a gazillion things off the top of her head, but is able to stop everything, close the door, and let someone have a good cry.

So we promised you two things today: a present for everyone and the biggest contest yet. Ready?

From Rachael’s own needles, a brand-new pattern inspired by her new novel: Heart Back Home fingerless mittens!

Which is cuter, Rachael or the mitts?

A simple, fun knit that avoids traditional colorwork by using duplicate stitch. I personally am a big fan of duplicate stitch. [I’m a fan of anything that looks like it was harder to do than it is.]

Where is the pattern? Guess. Yup, it’s in the magazine, and you’ll find it right here!

Ruby's Bookstore Sweater, from HOW TO KNIT A HEART BACK HOME

And now, it’s time for the final contest of the week, and we think you’ll like it.

Remember this sweater —> ?
It’s the pattern included with her new book, and we’re giving away a kit so you can knit one for yourself. Of course, you’ll get the book, too!

How do you win this time? Leave a comment to this post and tell us this: What’s your most favorite recent book to give to a friend? Entries close Saturday, March 12 at midnight eastern time.

One lucky winner will receive a copy of HOW TO KNIT A HEART BACK HOME and a sweater’s worth of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted so they can make Ruby’s Bookstore Sweater. Value of yarn: $114.00. Our sincere thanks to Lorna’s Laces and to Rachael’s publisher, Avon, for the prizes this week!