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www: tapestry art exhibit; magikarp go!; speech record update

Through October 6th, the Cité internationale de la tapisserie in Aubusson, France is presenting an international exhibition, Le Mur et l’Espace (The Wall and the Space) (website is in French). It is dedicated to the Biennials of Lausanne (Switzerland) of the 1960s. The Biennials were highly significant to 20th century tapestry art. This Magikarp Go! by @wildskitty was recently featured in Amy’s Instagram feed. This Pokémon Go hat is a clever mashup ...

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Deep Fall Surprise WIPs & FOs

The two patterns from our Deep Fall Surprise have inspired some seriously great knitting. Avelinux‘s lovely Caireen. Mabuli‘s red version. And Frauwoauspo‘s terrific version in progress… And some Motleys-in-progress… Florencemary‘s version Annaremedial‘s bright version in Noro Taiyo

Kamikaze ninja surprise contest!

Virtually out of nowhere comes another contest! We know…we think it’s pretty cool, too! Leave a comment to this post by Friday, December 17 at midnight eastern time, and you could win! We’ll choose a winner at random and post the results on Monday’s blog. What’s the prize? 1 skein of Briar Rose Sonoma: Content: 100% wool Yardage/Wt.: 460 yds/437 m, 8 oz. Retail price: $32 Can’t wait to see if you’re the lucky winner? Chris at Briar Rose has given us a special discount to share: 10% off through the end of December. Just use code KnitBR. Good luck to you all!

WWW: Warming thoughts

MacMillan Cancer Support in the UK is running a campaign to raise awareness of and force the government to address the issue of “fuel poverty” among cancer patients. Fuel poverty is when someone has to spend more than 10% of their income on energy to heat and power their home. In the UK, 1 in 4 people having cancer treatment struggle to pay their energy bills, and 6 out of 10 people with cancer have had higher energy bills since diagnosis. Visit the site to participate. Enter an answer to the question “what makes you warm?”, and your name and answer will be added to the petition and a section ...

A New Spinning Magazine, a Spinning Winner and Presents for Myself

Have you seen the new spinning magazine out of England? It’s called YarnMaker and is a wonderful spinning resource. I just received the first two issues and haven’t spent much time with them, but what I like so far is: lots of sheep and fleece talk, a two part round up of British spindle makers, natural dyeing, spinning and sheep people out and about, art yarns, history and quick projects. Mostly, it’s lovely to have a different spinning point of view than our North American one. I’m ready to subscribe. Our Spinning Winner The winner of our Miss Babs giveaway is Terri C. Congratulations and ...

[Not] knitting on the road

For some reason, I seem to have lost most of the last two months. October was dedicated to a long-awaited work/vacation, followed by two weeks of intensive work so I could get back on the road. November included visits all over the place, teaching, meeting knitters [my favorite part] and seeing new parts of the country. During that time, you could often find me in airports, pulling carry-on luggage from gate to gate, which aggravated my carpal tunnel and — as a result — reduced the knitting time I could take advantage of. Thankfully, someone clever at the Knot Hysteria Silk Retreat* reminded me of the ...

Some help with your gift knitting

It’s gift knitting season, and time is running short.  Consider these quick-hit projects to get a few names crossed off your list… Something to keep the head warm… Urchin Quant Shroom The Blue Hills snowboarder hat The Incognito Cowl The Tudora neckwarmer A little something for the little ones… Puppers Finger Puppets Twinkle Toes ballet-style slippers The Duck Feet The Miss Dashwood hat Gifts for the Home The Kureyon Tea Kozy And if you prefer your warming beverages to be a bit stronger… Venezia beaded napkin rings For hands and feet If you’re in the mood for some socks, try the ...

WWW: 2011 Calendars

The new year is approaching fast, and that means it’s time for a new calendar. Here’s a few we’d be proud to hang on our walls… Our very own Franklin Habit’s Stash of Knitting Cartoons. Interweave, as always, has a lovely selection of fiber-arts related calendars – knitting and spinning, and others. Vogue Knitting offers a stitch-a-day desk calendar. Accord Publishing offers a pattern-a-day desk calendar. If you’re looking for something a little off the beaten path, there’s the Dishcloth calendar, including patterns from a number of great designers like Kay Gardiner. ...

How About A Spinning Giveaway?

Miss Babs Hand Dyed Yarns and Fibers has donated 8 ounces of  80% mixed BFL/20% tussah blend top in her Bog colorway for a giveaway. If you’d like a chance to win this yummy goodness, leave a comment before Wednesday December 8, 2010 at 11:59 pm EST. If your comment is chosen by our random number generator, you’ll be asked to answer a skill testing question before being declared the winner. If you don’t win our giveaway, don’t fret. Miss Babs is offering a fiber special that runs through December 31, 2010. Buy 5 tops and get one free with the code SPINDEC (not to be combined with any other ...

Beatnik Contest Winner

The lucky winner of our Beatnik contest is comment # 2300, picked by random.org’s random number generator: Crysta! Congrats! And many thanks to Berroco, who generously provided the prize, and Norah Gaughan for designing such a terrific sweater. Have a look at some of the amazing Beatnik FOs and WIPs…. we look forward to seeing our contest winner’s version. Stockinette‘s in grey Susan Pak’s in red. Blackcloud‘s in green. And zoechen‘s blue version.

WWW: Zombies, scarves & a Contest!

The always wonderful folks over at Berroco have provided a kit to make the amazing Beatnik sweater by Norah Gaughan, a prize valued at $60-$110. If you like a chance to win, leave a comment to this post by 11:59 pm, eastern time, tomorrow (Thursday, December 2). If you are chosen, you must answer a super secret question to be declared the winner. Our winner will be announced on Monday, December 6. An outrageously excellent and nerdy art installation at Mediamatic in Amsterdam… participants play a video game – Multithreaded Banjo Dinosaur Knitting Adventure 2D Extreme! – and winners have their ...