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,Â but because it’s summer, they are not all black.Â Working on a toe-up sock in a lovely color of the Online Butterfly series from a couple of years ago, and a top-downÂ 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.Â I think they want to be a big hooded vest.Â I’ll let you know.
Any guess on Kate's favorite colors?
I have enough of Blue Sky AlpacaÂ worsted cotton in this color:
Thistle, soft purple
I’m trying to decide between two sweaters, wanna help decide?
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.
A copy of Deb Robsonâ€™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 Iâ€™m spinning over these 10 weeks. Big thanks to Beth for providing the sampler.
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.
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.Â 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.Â “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.”
It’s a genuinely lovely little movie about the adventures of a boy and his cat.
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!
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
Hereâ€™s how to win: leave a comment to this post byÂ Tuesday May 10, 2011 at midnight eastern time, and you could win!Â Weâ€™ll choose a winner at random, make them answer a terrifically difficult [cough] skill-testing question, and post the results next week.
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 Â£25 per 100g hank, and the pattern for Â£3.
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.
<—Â 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.
If you didn’t win, but still want Indigo Moon yarn. Don’t forgetÂ 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.
75% superwash wool and 25% nylon
color: Gabriola Green
28sts-32rows/4″ on US 3 (2.25-3.25mm)
Canâ€™t wait to see if youâ€™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.
Hereâ€™s how to win: leave a comment to this post by Wednesday, April 20th at midnight eastern time, and you could win!Â Weâ€™ll choose a winner at random, make them answer a terrifically difficult [cough] skill-testing question, and post the results next week.
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 dayÂ 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!")
Hereâ€™s how to win: leave a comment to this post by Friday, March 25, at midnight eastern time, and you could win! Weâ€™ll choose a winner at random, make them answer a skill-testing question, and post the results next week.
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:Â TheÂ 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,Â 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:Â My fictional heroine is a medical librarian; sometimes she runs across journal articles detailing a brain injury due to knitting needle puncture, but thatâ€™s not enough to deter her from her hobby. 746.1! (thatâ€™s Dewey Decimal for â€œYarn preparation and weavingâ€)
Anne: My heroine would get to do all the wild stuff I havenâ€™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 Iâ€™ve been thinking about writing starts, she is actually desperate to find a position as far from her familyâ€™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?