Obsession Thursdays

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 ...

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 ...

Obsession: Good Health. The Stitch Red Project

Stitch Red is a nationwide campaign in the US that raises awareness about heart disease, the #1 killer of women in the United States. Manufacturers and designers in the Needlearts industry are creating and selling Stitch Red products to benefit the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health in support of The Heart Truth. Yarn shops are carrying these products and hosting Stitch Red events to raise funds for heart disease awareness. Yarn retailer Jimmy Beans Wool is leading the charge, and they recently released the book Knit Red, which features 30 red, heart health-inspired patterns and personal stories from ...

A big anniversary deserves a special logo!

And we’ve got one. [Did you miss the beginning of this story? It’s over here…] I’m not sure if you knew this, but I’ve been Knitty’s graphic designer since we began. Everything about the visual look of the magazine is in my job description, and I love the graphic part of working on Knitty just a little too much. When I’m stressed, I design stuff for the Knittyshop. It calms me. I’m weird, aren’t I? Anyway, I worked hard on a logo for this big occasion, and came up absolutely empty. It was too important to me. I was dry. So I put out a call on Twitter, and a lot of ...

Obsession: Taking Better Photographs, Part 3

My journey to become a better photographer continues. Part 1 here. Part 2 here. Step 7: Get familiar with basic photo editing software. Cropping is your friend. Even the simplest of apps – the Windows Microsoft Office Photo Gallery application enables cropping and provides basic light tools. Crop out stuff you don’t want. Lighten up a dark shot. And I know this isn’t directly related to being a good photographer, but it makes you a good friend: If you’re planning to email your photographs around, learn to create smaller copies so you don’t jam up your friends’ mailboxes. And learn ...

Obsession: Taking Better Photographs, Part 2

Part 2 of a series documenting Kate’s efforts to take a decent photograph. Part 1 appeared last week. Step 4: Get to Know Your Camera The manuals for most cameras are pretty terrible for photographers in my position. They’re sort of like computer manuals – they explain what a button does (e.g. “Av sets the camera into Aperture Priority mode”) without actually explaining what that all means and why I would want to do it. As soon as I realized this, I bought myself a copy of a guidebook specific to my camera manual: David Busch’s Canon Powershot G12 Guide to Digital Photography. Not ...

Obsession: Taking Better Photographs, Part 1

I’ve never been confident with a camera. I’ve always had ‘point and shoot’ models – fully automatic cameras that make all the decisions for you – and I’ve never practiced enough to get a sense of how to compose and shoot a good photo. Case in point:   Funny story: at Sock Summit last year, I took Franklin Habit‘s amazing photography class. I was such a novice that I didn’t even know whether my camera had most of the options he was talking about, let alone knowing how to use them. (Turns out my camera didn’t.) I’m doing a lot of blogging and ...