What’s What Wednesdays

WWW: Contest! Socktober; Knitting Group Donates 100,000th item to Charity

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: ...

WWW: The Infinite Recursion Cosby Sweater Project; An 1861 Pattern for Socks; Church Mice

Contest Winner! The winner of the Zen Yarn Garden yarn is Jenn from Winnipeg. Congrats Jenn, and thanks again to Roxanne of Zen Yarn Garden. Socks for Soldiers: Anne Kennedy, Reference Librarian at Licking County Library, Newark, OH gives us a glimpse into history. She writes about the initiatives to knit socks for soldiers during the US Civil War.  Bonus: she includes a pattern for socks as printed in Scientific American magazine in 1861. Really! Knitty contributor and all-around fabulous knitter Stephen West has announced a day of events in New York City, October 19th: there will be book signings, a trunk show, ...

WWW: Contest winners, NYC Yarn Crawl, Knitting the Weather

The winner of the yarn pack for the Gratitude socks is Kaitlin in Minnesota. Thanks to Lisa Souza for the gorgeousness. The winner of our Darrin cardigan yarn pack is Cheryl in Utah. Thanks to the Fibre Company for this fab prize. And although some of us at Knitty are dog people, we know that there are people out there who prefer cats. And for them, we present the following: a slideshow from the book Best in Show: Knit Your Own Cat, the companion volume to last year’s Knit Your Own Dog. The book is already available in the UK, to be published in the US later this year. The third annual New York City Yarn Crawl ...

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

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 ...

WWW: Events to mark the start of Sweater Weather; knitted BMW engine; contest winners

The six lucky winners of our Block ‘n’ Roll prizes are Kara, Cheryl, Diana, Patricia, Patty and Emily. They’re all excited and ready to block their next project. This week is Wool Week in the UK, organized by the official Campaign for Wool. The Campaign’s goal is to promote the use of wool as a sustainable, environmentally friendly material for clothing, furniture, carpets and other uses. The week includes a number of activities around the UK. The highlight of Wool Week this year is an exhibition titled WOOL MODERN launching at La Galleria in London – a celebration of wool in the 21st ...

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! 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 ...

WWW: County Fair Winners, Knitting for Troops, “World’s Most Inoffensive Graffiti”?

The Belfry Arts Centre in Norfolk, UK, is currently hosting Purls by the Sea, an exhibition of works by well-known textile artists and designers. The exhibition, part of a celebration ” challenging the idea of knitting as a traditional domestic craft”, runs until August 30th, and features a broad range of contributions. There are miniature ganseys knit by Dr. Annie Shaw, delicate knitted jewellery created by Kate Holdsworth, a light projection installation created by artists’ collective Mirrie Dancers, work by award-winning knitwear designer Samantha Brooke, who is currently working for top fashion ...

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Artist Anna Hrachovec has recently completed a fabulous installation of her little creatures, Mochimochimochimochimochi, at the Lion Brand Studio in NYC. Anna reports that there at least 372 little guys in the heap, but she’s pretty sure there are some tiny ones hiding under the larger ones that didn’t get counted. It will be there until October – visit if you can! Anna’s new book, Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi, was released yesterday — it’s overflowing with tiny adorableness. More than 40 tiny little things you can knit with yarn probably already in your stash. Also in the UK, a group ...

W-W-Wales, lace style

Amy here, hijacking our usual report of what’s happening all over the web for a really good reason. I have a confession to make. I love Brenda Dayne. Since she and I are both married, and not to each other, I guess it’s good that it’s a different kind of love. The kind where you first meet someone online through their words — or in this case, her words and her voice — and they turn out to be more than advertised when you’re finally face to face. I last got to spend time with Brenda in October 2010 at her home in West Wales, and I fell in love again, hard. With Wales itself. Bonus: ...

Sock Summit Round-up

Wow wow wow.  Wonderful wonderous wonderment. Last week, 6000 knitters converged upon Portland, Oregon, for the second Sock Summit. And what an event it was. So amazing was this event that the Mayor of Portland, Sam Adams, officially declared last week “Sock Knitting Week” in the city. Amy & Kate were there. Amy’s roommate, Denny, was happy to find she was properly acknowledged: We taught classes. We shopped the expansive Marketplace. We attended classes. We danced. We proudly saw our place in Sock Knitting History – Monkey in the Sock Museum. We drank coffee and ate donuts. We found our ...