Ninja strikes again! Another contest!

What is this…Thursday contests every week? Not even close. We just feel like giving away stuff and it happens to be on a Thursday again this time! I know, we’re out of control. It’s fun. Here’s how to win: leave a comment to this post by Monday, December 27 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. What’s the prize this time, you ask? 1 skein of Lisa Souza Superwash BFL sock yarn Fiber: 100%Blue Faced Leicester Superwash wool hand dyed 4 ...

WWW: Yarn-bombers, chickens and other wild animals

The Edmonton Journal has a charming little piece about the final rush of gift-crafting. Perhaps the journalist herself is a crafter and was perhaps looking for a quick article to write so she could get back to her projects? The staff at Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum were thrilled to see the museum yarn-bombed in November, proudly posting the pictures [one shown at left] to their Facebook page. Planning for 2011? Take a peek at the comprehensive round-up of knitting and fiber-related events at Knitters Review. We love that Sarah Keen’s book Knitted Wild Animals has made it onto a New York Times’ ...

How Do You Choose?

When you find yourself with an empty wheel how do you choose what to spin next? I was recently faced with this dilemma, and instead of just grabbing something I went through the choosing more methodically. I didn’t have any have to spinning, my work and gift spinning are all done. I didn’t want to do any should do spinning, practicing techniques or sampling breeds. I have no projects that I specifically want to spin for. Leaving me wide open to choose. I roamed my stash; friends offered suggestions that I loved: your oldest stashed fiber, a color or fiber you hate or love, a forbidden too special to spin ...

Furry GoKnits Bag

It would be an understatement to say I’m an avid knitter. I carry my knitting with me everywhere I go, and I’m always on the lookout for a good bag to hold my portable projects. I’ve been a fan of the KnowKnits GoKnits bags for years. The small one in particular is the perfect size for a sock project, and it slips tidily into the corner of my bag. I never go anywhere without a little bag with a sock project. GoKnit bags are made of a durable rip-stop nylon, and they’ve got a drawstring and and a little strap with a snap that attaches to your belt, or your purse, or fits handily around your ...

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 ...