Author: Amy Singer

Now we’re just getting nosy

We’re getting near the end of Loooooove week. What? Here…we explain it all on Monday’s post. The lucky winner of yesterday’s “Name your fictional town” contest, chosen by Rachael herself: Becca, who wrote, “I would name the town Lester, as a bad joke on the pronunciation of Leicester.”  Congrats, Becca — you’ll be receiving a copy of Rachael’s brand-new book, HOW TO KNIT A HEART BACK HOME! Today’s the last day of our probing questions with Rachael. Tomorrow, we have an extra-special surprise for everyone and the biggest prize this week! ...

WWW: Now with added Rachael!

The love started Monday…if you’re wondering what’s going on today, take a peek! The lucky winner of yesterday’s “Name your heroine” contest, chosen by Rachael herself: Jennifer B who wrote “Anjuli – It was in a wonderful novel called The Far Pavilion by M. M. Kaye, and I have always loved it.” Congrats, Jennifer — you’ll be receiving a copy of Rachael’s brand-new book, HOW TO KNIT A HEART BACK HOME! And now, onto day 3 of the week of Looooooove! Knitty: Are you ever tempted to pull stories from the news into your fiction, or do you want the ...

Spinning a tale with Rachael

The love started yesterday…if you’re wondering what’s going on today, take a peek! The lucky winner of yesterday’s “Name the book you’d write”, chosen by Rachael herself, is “Needle Me Knot, Little old ladies using unique methods to kill.” She loved both the title and the premise.  Although it was DIFFICULT to pick, sez she. Winner is Sherry from Idaho. Congrats, Sherry — you’ll be receiving a copy of Rachael’s brand-new book, HOW TO KNIT A HEART BACK HOME! And now, onto day 2 of the week of Looooooove! Knitty: Your first novel was full of ...

Welcome to the week of LooooooVE

Nope, it’s not Valentine’s Day any more…it’s the week of love in print, specifically in the pages of Rachael Herron’s newest novel, HOW TO KNIT A HEART BACK HOME, set in the fictional town of Cypress Hollow. Both Jillian and I got to read the book early, and we absolutely loved it. So we decided to make big hoopla when the book was finally available to y’all! This week, we’re celebrating the convergence of knitting and romance with daily giveaways, and peeks into the love-filled mind of author, knitter, spinner, and general all-around nice person, Rachael Herron*. Today, we ...

Obsession Thursday: Whut’s a Wovel?

[This is Amy, really. I occasionally write stuff about things I like. This is one of those posts. There’s no financial gain in this for me…I just want to share, because this thing has solved a problem for us.] Okay, so whut IS a Wovel? A wheeled shovel. It looks like this: It made the gadgety press in 2006, but didn’t appear in our house until last week. See, what you don’t know is that my hub has been going through some heart-related stuff recently, and shovelling was banned by his cardiologist. Me? I’ve got hand problems and my back can never stand the strain of shovelling. And with ...

Tiny weeny spindle

I have a weakness for spindles. Only one spinning wheel, but the spindle count is above 15. Not sure how much above 15. I love that they’re portable, and I love the sculptural quality of the spindles I choose. My latest love was spotted across a crowded Silk Retreat room — it’s a Jenkins Turkish Delight. I’ve been a staunch top-whorl girl since I learned to spindle. But this thing was so freaking cute, I couldn’t resist. Especially with yarn on it. You wind the yarn on over two arms, under one, and that gives a nice, plump square-shaped cop. At right, you see my little Turkish Delight, ...

Valentine’s Day Ninja Bonus Contest!

Ooh, we’ve got a doozy for you today, knitters. Are you sitting down? At right, you see the lovely HiyaHiya Interchangeable Needle set in sizes US 9-15. There’s another set available in sizes US 2-8. So what’s the prize? What could you win? BOTH sets! No, really! I know! Here’s what HiyaHiya say about their needles: “HiyaHiya Steel Interchangeable Needles feature keyless screw-on connections and swivel cables. Our 5″ small set includes 7 sets of tips in sizes from 2-8US (2.75-5mm). Our large set includes 6 sets of tips in sizes from 9-15US (5.5-10mm). Each set includes a practical ...

What’s on our needles: Amy’s Goodale FO!

Yes, I finished a sweater. In just over a month. Cast on December 28th, buttons sewn on Feb 2. Oh, I am a pleased knitter. I love the process, but I do knit to wear the stuff I make, so this project has been a winner! What, you want to see a picture? If you must [self-timer photo in our bedroom…not ideal, but it’ll have to do] —> So here’s what you’re looking at. Cecily Glowik MacDonald’s Goodale pattern, knit in the size closest to my chest measurement. If you look at the 2nd picture, you might say I should have knit a size smaller, and you’re probably right. The body is ...

Obsession: affordable online eyeglasses

Are you a lucky single-vision eyeglass wearer with a reasonably simple prescription? The online eyeglass world is your oyster. You can get complete pairs of glasses for $10 and up at all of the websites I link to in this article.  One of the cutest websites I’ve seen is Warby Parker. Everything is $95, all included, AND they give a pair to charity when you buy a pair. They don’t do progressives, though. Most everyone over a certain age [cough40cough] knows that your eyesight is one of the first things to be affected. I was always farsighted — I needed glasses to work on computers from age 23. ...

Ninja-bonus giveaway!

It’s been a few weeks since our last knitting contest. Let’s remedy that right now! This time, the prize is a copy of the brand-new book, Silk Road Socks, by Hunter Hammersen. [Winner’s choice of print or digital version.] You can peek inside at all the sock patterns on the book’s Ravelry page. The Knitalong has already started, and you’ll find it here. Here’s how to win: leave a comment to this post by Monday, January 24, at midnight eastern time, and you could win! We’ll choose a winner at random, make them answer a  skill-testing question, and post the results next week. Prize ...