WWW: Giveaway, Corgis and Sock Summit

Regal and beautiful

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 £25 per 100g hank, and the pattern for £3.

And they don't need to be walked, either.

Last week the Guardian published an excerpt from the popular Knit Your Own Royal Wedding book – the corgi pattern! —>

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.


<— 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.

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657 thoughts on “WWW: Giveaway, Corgis and Sock Summit

  1. Colleen McGuire

    my pinky will be out as I sip tea Friday. Cheers to Will & kate. Any excuse to knit is a good excuse!

  2. Jen Stremel

    Oooh…I already had royal wedding fever. This doesn’t help – but I’d love to win it. 🙂

  3. Christy

    Love the corgi AND the Brutal Knitting gargoyle. I choose to believe that makes me a well-balanced individual…

  4. Kara

    That is my favorite shade of blue! I tell my husband that our daughter came two weeks ahead of her due date so she would be born in September and her birthstone would be a sapphire. I would love to have this kit. 🙂

  5. Maryanne

    Though I’m grateful not to be bombarded by this royal wedding as we were with Charles’s and Diana’s, I will admit to sneaking peeks at the latest online articles every couple of days.

  6. Verity

    What a beautiful deep blue lace shawl. I’m quite a new lace knitter, but would love the chance to win that yarn.

    I might knit a corgi to console myself when I don’t win… 🙂

  7. Christine

    I’m looking forward to waking up early and having an elegant “early morning tea” while watching the Royal wedding. The shawl is lovely and I’m thinking of buying the Knit a Royal Wedding book to commemorate the occasion.

  8. Renee Anne

    I would love this shawl kit! It’s the correct color blue, in my humble and honest opinion 🙂 Of course, I could just order it for oodles of money…but winning is so much better 🙂

  9. Andrea

    It’s hard not to get caught up in royal wedding fever, isn’t it? Also hard not to love that shawl! Gorgeous color.

  10. Angela

    I have already bought the royal wedding yarn and shawl but I would love a kit to give to my mother-in-law who just recently got back into knitting. Thanks!

  11. Susan

    I can’t wait to watch the royal wedding on Friday! What a lovely color of yarn to go with it!

  12. Singing Wren

    Oooh, not only does it match the royal engagement ring, it also matches mine! (Yes, my engagement ring is also sapphire, but otherwise it looks nothing like the royal ring.)

  13. NikeEve

    Couldn’t care less about the wedding–but I adore that Easter yarnbombing! The Peeps tied onto it just kill me 😀

  14. lindaran

    I have not one, but TWO weddings to knit for this summer. This design would be welcomed by either bride, I think. Thanks for the opportunity!

  15. Andrea

    What an amusing phrase: “and 5% sparkle”. I can’t really see it in the photo, but I bet it really sets off that gorgeous blue.

  16. Ana

    Excellent BoingBoing article. While I’m not following the wedding hype, that shawl is gorgeous and that yarn sounds divine!

  17. wondrousuitem

    What a lovely color! Truly rich, and with a decadent mixture like that, how could it not be royal? (:

  18. Ginny

    That is a seriously pretty shawl and the sapphire blue yarn is perfect yarn for the shawl. What a fun project.

  19. Leann

    Not really that interested in the Royal Wedding- but that yarn has caught my eye! I’ll make that shawl for a friend getting married that I do care about!

  20. MARY

    I have just started knitting scarves and lace work and would love the challenge of this kit.

  21. Jaime

    Oh my gosh CORGIS!! So cute!

    My engagement ring was a sapphire as well, but it was much smaller =)

  22. Teri S.

    Beautiful! The color would complement my eyes. 🙂

    I’ll be up early to watch the wedding festivities (and miss my Friday gym session). A girl has got to get her priorities straight!

  23. angela

    I’ve been looking for this sort of jewel tone for a shawl project I have planned. What a great color!

  24. Sarah

    That looks so pretty! But I always sort of… ruin lace. and don’t have any lace needles. And it’s exams soon. D–rat YOU, KNITTY, WITH YOUR NEVERENDING SLEW OF DELICIOUS TEMPTATIONS MUCH MORE INTERESTING THAN THE HISTORY OF EUROPEAN LITERATUREEEEEEEEE!!!!

    Also: keep up the good work, you guys keep me sane.

  25. bluesbee

    If I win, I would make this shawl for my mother, who spent much of her growing-up years in Canada and has an appreciation for English royalty.

  26. colleen

    not a monarchist by any stretch but sapphire blue? – count me in! also seems i share Lizzy’s fondness for the corgi…hmmmm

  27. Lydia-Ann

    I have just been bitten by the lace shawl bug! I’m only a third of the way through my first lace shawl, but I’m already collecting patterns and yarn for more. This would be a wonderful addition to my growing collection…

  28. Sue Plantinga

    Drove through the village where Kate lives at the weekend (visiting the folks for easter weekend, who live very nearby). Didn’t see any signs of her, though (lol!). Would love to make this shawl……

  29. Seanna Lea

    The shawl looks amazing. I’m currently on a garter stitch kick (lace weight and fingering weight), but I know in another week or two I will be itching to add a purl to anything!

  30. Cindie

    what a lovely shawl – and the blue will go with so much – I’d love to start knitting one up next week!

  31. Merna

    Knitty is my go to place for sock patterns, but I’d love to try a lace weight scarf/shawl too.

  32. Kathleen

    I’ve had the day booked off for months. I know it’s silly to wake up at 4am to watch the wedding of two people I don’t know, but I DON’T CARE! 🙂

  33. KJ

    I am in love with the idea that the world is celebrating love and marriage. I think that’s awesome.

  34. Susanne

    L.O.V.E. that shawl! and the colour…ooooh is so gorgeous. What a great giveaway! Thank you so much for my prize 🙂

  35. Sue Krekorian

    I’m looking forward to seeing the wedding, too. It’s fun to see what ideas The Wedding has prompted to commemorate it – I think the lovely Fyberspates yarn is probably the prettiest and the most tasteful.

  36. Irene T

    Such a beautiful blue, and I’m sure the yarn feels wonderfully soft.

    Maybe it’s time to get a knitted dog. Mine are driving me crazy, coming in the house with muddy paws!

  37. Lynn

    What a beautiful shawl and in such a beautiful colour! It would look so wonderful on my sister.

    My daughter and I visited Apple Yarns in Bellingham WA and loved the bikinis and hula skirts on the surrounding tress!

  38. Jen

    Ohmygoodness that blue is SO pretty! I’ve never worked with lace before, I would LOVE to attempt this.

  39. Irene

    I love yarn-bombing attempts and pictures. My neighbor started art-bombing the tree outside his condo and I am thinking of adding a bit of fun to his collection. So far he has an apple, a country style clock, a plastic rooster, a TV remote, and some other stuff nailed to the tree. It’s a colorful addition to an otherwise “normal” looking neighborhood!

  40. Impkitti

    Knitted Lace is the one style of lace making I have not yet tried. This would make a fabulous project!

  41. Brenda

    My niece is getting married soon and I am looking for a great shawl to knit for her. This would be perfect! Thank you for the opportunity to win a kit.

  42. Anne

    Beautiful shawl…both the pattern and the yarn! But my favorite part of this post is the link to Brutal Knitting.

  43. Iris

    The color that Fyberspates chose for the yarn is so beautiful and rich. I think I’d rather hug an alpaca than try one of those scuba scooters that is held up by a wire.

  44. Gina in the SF East Bay

    The Corgi is adorable. I admit that I will be adopting it for other longer-legged breeds.

  45. Nancy

    I spotted some yarn bombing in person for the first time last weekend (in New York City) and I almost jumped for joy! Can’t wait to see more!

  46. Elaine

    That is the most beautiful blue! and the pattern is lovely. I have needles that are empty and ready to cast on!

  47. Karen

    I didn’t realize the Royal Wedding was virtually here! Knitting in their honor seems like the next best thing to being there.

    And isn’t the Corgi too cute!

  48. Katie

    I’ve been lusting after the yarn ever since I first saw it on the Fyberspates Rav group, but alas unemployment has made me poor!

  49. Gale

    I would love to have a beautiful shawl to knit. Love the color and being the Royal Wedding ring color is just beautiful.

  50. chppie

    The shawl pattern design is really nice with the geometric design of the different sized hearts and the color so striking. Thanks for featuring it.

  51. Ammie

    What a great thing to do with Peeps. (While I don’t like to eat them, I like to “play” with them.) Thanks for the giveaway, too!

  52. Carol

    That’s an absolutely gorgeous blue. And blue is my favorite (or maybe in light of the occasion I should say favourite) color!

  53. Terri D.

    I’ll probably watch the wedding in spite of myself…thanks for the chance to win that lovely yarn.

  54. Carla Boustead-Willingham

    The shawl is awesome!!!! The color rocks!!! It would be a perfect Christmas gift for my DD!!!!
    😀 Carla

  55. Bonnie

    In all honesty, I’d much rather knit a royal shawl than attend a royal wedding. Now, a friend’s wedding? That’s a different story!

  56. maget

    Three of my favourite things: lace, blue and sparkles! The corgi you posted made me laugh out loud: they’re such silly dogs. Thanks for another awesome contest Knitty!

  57. Anna

    I love the colour of that yarn. And the Peeps on the yarnbombing make me want to go see if the grocery store still have some left.

  58. Bren

    That is a wonderful prize in addition to all the fascinating items I learn about on this site.

  59. Theresa

    Beautiful shawl, and the yarn looks positively scrummy.

    I saw a picture of a barbed wire crochet doily bombing recently that was wonderful and really creative! I love these groups.

  60. Jeanette

    So gorgeous! I really want to learn how to created knitted lace, what a perfect extra little push!

  61. Andrea

    the royal wedding shawl and yarn are gorgeous. I would love to win it. Thank you for the contest.

  62. Mary

    Wow! the hearts are so sweet, and that color!! It’s me! 😉 pick me pick me… OK, maybe I’ll just go buy one…

    But you can still pick me ;D

  63. Gwyneth

    The yarn in that kit is just the most perfect blue!

    And I was seriously considering buying one of the Knit Your Own Whatever books just for the corgi pattern!

  64. Tisha

    I’ve been loving that saturated sapphire color lately…and this post (and my West Elm catalog) confirmed that I’m not the only one!

  65. Rebeka

    Such beautiful lace yarn — but it’s the corgi pattern that really has me squeeing aloud! Thanks for sharing the link!

    (Of course, I wouldn’t mind winning the lace kit, either!)

  66. Kathy

    “Regal and beautiful”– knitting this shawl is my only chance. Thanks for the corgi pattern link!

  67. Jane

    I became a big fan of fibrespates when I met her at the Ally Pally about 5 years ago. Love the yarn, love the kit!

  68. Tiffanie

    My favorite color! And I’m so digging shawls/capes right now. Hope to win! Thanks for the chance.

  69. Denise Katz

    I think i am going to have to knit a corgi… the shawl is beautiful and i would love to try my hand at lace knitting with this kit!

  70. MaryLouise

    I’m totally charmed by shawls, and I don’t have a blue one yet! And I have to knit the Corgi for a friend with a Corgi (but no knitting skills to speak of).

  71. Jane

    Gorgeous lace shawl in a stunning colour! As a Brit living in the US, it would be the perfect momento of a major event in my homeland.

  72. Malin

    Oh yes, I want to win the lace kit!! 😀
    And thanks for the other great links, the corgie is beautiful! 🙂

  73. Louise Boutot

    I love the shawl. It’s beautiful!! Of course being a dog lover I love the Corgi pattern. Heck I love all the patterns here!

  74. Laura

    If I can’t be at the wedding, winning this wonderful prize will be just as good.They yarn sooks very royal, a color I love.

  75. G. K. Green

    Please enter me for the shawl kit giveaway, and thank you for the opportunity to win one!

  76. Kim

    Love the rich color of the yarn. Also, I think the Guardian published a pattern of a Jack Russell Terrier late last year, if you love little doggies!

  77. Jenny

    Oh my! I NEED that yarn and pattern! I NEED that shawl! Ahem, excuse my outburst, but yeah, I’d really like to have that. I’m sure if I don’t win the contest, I’ll be buying it.

  78. Julie Witt

    That is an amazing shade of blue! Absolutely beautiful, and I would love to win it 🙂

  79. Steph N

    How lovely! I admit I’ve reached wedding overload, but that’s such a lovely color in its own right. Please enter me in the drawing.

  80. Stacy

    I’m not someone who is into all of the royal wedding stuff, but this shawl is simply lovely!

  81. Lola

    The blue is sooo pretty! The wedding will be such an exciting event, yet it’s on so early…

  82. Rabbit

    LOVE the shawl but I’d be afraid to knit a corgi–I’ve heard that the Queen’s corgis have a tendency to nip! LOL

  83. mary touchton

    the shawl is breathtaking. Brutal Knits is Awesome. and I think I will have to knit that corgi…..

  84. Anne

    Pick meeee! Love the color and the hearts, and have a wonderful recipient in mind for whom I’d knit this as a (kinda) prayer shawl!

  85. Virginia

    What a beautiful shade of blue, my favorite. The hearts make it a perfect shawl for a wedding. Hope I get picked.

  86. Cynthia

    That beautiful shawl and that shade of blue make me want to try knitting with lace-weight yarn. Crossing my fingers!

  87. Karen

    Going through some old things from college, I just found a London newspaper from the summer of 1986 announcing the birth of Prince William. And now here he is all grown up and getting married!

  88. Sunnyknitter

    I was born in England and grew up in Canada. Even though I am now in the States, you can bet I’ll be getting up at the crack of dawn to watch the wedding! That’s a beautiful shawl, thanks for the chance to win!

  89. Donna

    Gorgeous blue shawl! And the sapphire is my birthstone so I’ll especially appreciate it if I win!

  90. Julie D.

    I would be honored to win that. And I would keep it always and tell the story to my grandchildren!

  91. Kathy Sue

    What a beautiful color! And the shawl is spectacular. I love the hearts!!

    And I LOVE the yarnbombing. Very clever to use real Peeps!

  92. Patt Ward

    Hearts and beautiful blue lace! Count me in on the giveaway. I’ll look like royalty in that ahawl.

  93. Jodi

    What a stunning color of blue and a lovely lace pattern. I’d love to win the kit. (Cute little corgi too!)

  94. AlisoninOZ

    That is one very regal and gorgeous shawl and I would love to wrap it around my very working class shoulders 😉

  95. Lou

    Beautiful blue yarn for the shawl. I’ll be watching the wedding on TV at the Lieutenant Goveneror’s House in Halifax. A little pomp for the ceremony.

  96. Patricia

    Ack, I am so exited! Getting up at the crack of dawn to watch, a cup of Earl Grey tea in hand.
    Would love a shot at the shawl as a remembrance.

  97. Rebecca

    Beautiful shawl, love the color!

    I love hearing about yarnbombings- did you guys hear the story on NPR?

  98. moiraeknittoo

    Wow that’s a beautiful colorway! Probably as close to a sapphire as I’m likely to get. 😉

  99. Merwin Chambers

    I’ve never knitted lace but I would love to make this shawl for my wife. The color would look great on her.

  100. Sharon

    Oh what a beautiful colour – I have a little girl turning 10 on the wedding day and she would LOVE that shawl…so would Mom

  101. flossie

    I am IN LOVE with that particular shade of blue, although my love has nothing to do with the royal wedding – they just happened to make an excellent choice!

  102. Maureen

    I love the shawl and the yarn color, but I am entranced by that corgi! I just might have to knit that one, too.

  103. Kristen

    While I am not into the Royal Wedding hoopla, that blue is the most perfect blue ever!! Love the shawl!

  104. Katherine

    That corgi pattern is thoroughly adorable. Casting on already in white and tan scrap yarn. Whee! 😀
    And the shawl pattern and color – gorgeous!

  105. Lisa Adams

    That is a beautiful pattern! It might make up for not getting to go to Sock Summit 🙂

  106. Liz M

    I have to admit to being very tempted by the knit your own royal wedding book…the shawl is rather lovely too!

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  108. josie

    Please enter me in the giveaway. Its the exact shade of blue I hope to wear at my own wedding one of these days.

  109. Cynthia Landers

    Blue is so my color!!! Would love to win one. And love the Easter yarn bombing!! Just too cute.

  110. Kristen

    Love that shade of blue, and the corgis are adorable. But all this wedding huff… hmm! makes me glad for zombie movies and summer, let me tell you

  111. notme

    Still trying to win one of these. My wife would love the shawl, the trick will be keeping it a surprise while knitting since she tends to sit next to me when I’m knitting.

  112. Sandra

    Ok that shawl is absolutely gorgeous.

    I would also love to be involved in some guerilla knitting projects – am in Copenhagen Denmark – anyone else here that is in the area?

  113. Ruthie

    Love the color! Sapphire is my birthstone, and was my dear Mom’s as well.
    I will be up very early, a pot of tea; loose leaf of course; scones with devonshire cream. Yummy way to get myself out of bed in the middle of the night 🙂

  114. Judi K

    I love giveaways! What a wonderful way to bless someone! I haven’t won any giveaway yet but I try. 🙂

  115. Denise Duda

    What a beautiful shade of blue. Would love to knit and wear it! Hope to watch a few minutes of the wedding, cause I want to see the dress!

  116. Sharon Millerov

    My birthstone is blue sapphire, so I think this shawl kit would make a wonderful early birthday present to me!

  117. Kate

    I really like the color of the shawl. Did you see the librarians who knit all the characters for the royal wedding? Very cute.

  118. Kathryn in Minnesota

    Sweet! I have two friends with corgis and I now know what I’m making them for Christmas!

  119. turtle

    gorgeous shawl! Lol at the corgi… we had one growing up named Triscuit. Sadly she was eaten by the wild dogs one night when she got older… 🙁

  120. Julia

    What a gorgeous shawl, and in one of my favorite colors in the world! (Not only princesses have sapphire engagement rings…) I would love one of the kits!

  121. Julie

    Oh that corgi is cute!
    And I’m terribly impressed with the fundraising in Fernie! That is a lot of money for such a small town to raise.

  122. Kay

    That sapphire color is gorgeous! And while I may not have a ring that looks like Kate’s, my birthstone is sapphire.

  123. Vicky

    It’s so pretty! Winning that would definitely help me get over the feeling of injustice of being a Brit in the US and not getting Friday off work 🙂

  124. cath

    Oh, what a beautiful shawl. I love the colour and the yarn sounds divine! I’d love to be entered into the drawing!

  125. Christine

    oooh oooh
    pick me! pick me!
    jumps up and down and waves

    gorgeous shawl – wonderful pattern

  126. RowanFalar

    oooh. That is a lovely colour of lace weight! In fact it’s my husbands favorite colour. I’d like to win please!

  127. Mary Anne

    I haven’t been brave enough yet to try knitting lace but this looks pretty enough to make me get brave! Thanks for a chance to win.

  128. MadTatter

    That kit is almost unspeakably lovely. I can’t decide what to drool over most: the lace, the color or the fiber! XD Please count me in among the hopeful hordes in the giveaway (TWO people will get a kit??? Seriously???).

    As for the Big Event itself…my TV reception is lousy, but my mom has her TIVO set so we can watch together when I visit for the weekend. I can hardly wait!!! Best wishes to the happy couple!! (and the corgi pattern is adorable)

  129. Michelle

    What a great shawl pattern and yarn! It is so beautiful. I may just have to order a kit to make that shawl, unless I am super lucky and win one 🙂

  130. Carol Mulligan

    Being a Welsh Woman (Naturalized US Citizen) I would love to win this lovely kit, on the occasion of the marriage of Will & Kate.

  131. Emily

    No wonder the shawl was made to commemorate the royal wedding – it looks fit for royalty!

  132. mary mcmahon

    I am going to knit a wedding shawl for my niece for an august wedding so this would be perfect. thanks, Mary in Cincinnati

  133. Lisa

    Fantastic colour! I’ll add my name to the hat. Must look up what pattern I have in queue that uses Fyberspates. I know there is something.

  134. Deborah

    Oh my goodness! I love that kit! Plus, I cannot wait for the royal wedding… I hope I’m not the only one who’s dressing up 😀

  135. Lisa Villarreal

    What a fabulous pattern. Lately I’ve really gotten into knitting lace–it’s so satisfying to finish something really intricate that no one can believe you made yourself.

  136. Karen

    Lovely yarn, lovely wrap. If I win, I’ll endeavor to have it knitted in time to wear to Harry’s wedding–with my tiara, of course!

  137. Linda Cannon

    What a neat idea for a giveaway, such a nice shawl pattern and so pretty too.

  138. Andrea

    What a lovely shawl…and a great giveaway. I am new to this stuff hope beginners luck plays in.

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