The winners of my last giveaway, chosen by random number generator, are Chris D. Wareaglemom and Lucia. Congratulations! You have each won a ball of Daily DK from Willow Yarns---more than enough to knit the Faux Bow Baby Hat, featured in 101 One-Skein Wonders for Babies.
Lucia---I'm sorry, the way my blog comments are stored changed without warning and I no longer have your email address! Please send me a way to contact you by October 30.
I had a response to my search for the identity of this lovely not-a-hat via email, and not from my husband's family but from a dear friend who lives in upstate New York but has family in India. Apparently it is a dish carrier, meant for toting casseroles, cakes, or other round things to potlucks and picnics. Not too far from any of our guesses!
Now I just need an occasion to use it. . . .
And the winner of the giveaway is #12, kelly s, who wrote
Hands down, Selway. I like the drape & sheerness of it plus the look could be changed dramatically by the color of the underpinning worn below.
I agree! Contact me to find out how to claim your prize.
The giveaway is now closed. Enjoy the review!
When Mari Chiba asked me to be a part of the blog tour for this collection, I said yes right away. This warm- and transitional-weather collection has 11 designs, all with delicate knitterly touches.
My favorite design in this collection is Ballson by Mari Chiba. The deep square neckline has just the right amount of cling and just the right amount of lace. The shaping is worked a little way in from the sides for an even more flattering look.
The short sleeves make this a sweater I could wear year-round down here in Louisiana, if it were small enough. The smallest size is 33" chest, and although there is no ease specification I think to fit me well I would need a 28 or 30. Not many of the pieces in this collection are that small (sizes for the entire collection are on Ravelry), but I'm not afraid of a little arithmetic and Ballson doesn't look too hard to size down.
As with many of the tops in this breezy collection, care should be taken when choosing foundation garments. In some photos, the model's camisole shows, which means bra straps could be visible sometimes.
Another great design is Anne Podlesak's Camulet. I'm a big fan of Anne's aesthetic, and this henly doesn't disappoint. Many of the pieces in this collection have the same name as cities, but I wasn't able to find Ballson or Camulet. Or Blaeberry, a sweet stole by lace goddess Susanna IC (in slightly different versions) for fingering or lace weight yarn.
The other shawl in this collection is Sheyenne, a deep crescent inspired by the ferns of Southern California. Designed by Laura Patterson of Fiber Dreams, the pattern requires simple chart reading and sock-heel short-rows: a fun piece for timid knitters to expand their horizons while keeping it interesting for the more adventurous of us.
Another wonderful top is Karen Marlatt's Selway. This lace piece requires only minimal finishing. This collection also includes two tank tops and a cardigan, as well as the designs pictured below.
These patterns are presented in clear two-column format with great schematics. A feature I particularly like is the inclusion of the yarn label information on the pattern itself.
Caro Sheridan's photography represents this fun and relaxed collection well, and the flowers are an appropriate springtime touch.
And now, the giveaway: I'll send one ball of Louet Gems Sport---enough for the contrast trim of Ballson---to one commenter chosen at random on February 15. Simply say which design from this collection is your favorite, and why. Check back to see who the winner is---if nobody's claimed the prize by February 22, I'll choose an alternate. Good luck!
The Yarn Whisperer by Clara Parkes, pub. Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2013
What secret does the great cellist Pablo Casals know about swatching? Which knit stitch is like whole-grain bread? And what does Barbara Walker's husband have in common with mine?
Clara Parkes answers all these questions, as well as others you never thought to ask, in her collection of 22 free-standing essays subtitled "My Unexpected Life in Knitting." Parkes runs the popular and useful on-line magazine Knitter's Review and is the author of The Knitter's Book of Socks, The Knitter's Book of Yarn, and The Knitter's Book of Wool---the last two being helpful tomes of use to anyone in the fiber community.
Parkes has a poet's appreciation for the interconnectivity of seemingly disparate aspects of life: an old sweater and a run-down farmhouse, a yarn stash and a flower garden, a sailboat and a Stradivarius. I have a sense of affinity with the metaphors she chooses, which are drawn from music, gardening, baking, and of course knitting. Her language dances and gallops, chuckles and sings.
This book has a lightness to it, an ease. It made me laugh and even filled my eyes with tears once or twice (the Acknowledgments got to me for some reason). And I have a copy to give away to one lucky reader.
Comment on this post by September 30 and say what kind of fiber you would be made of if you were a yarn. I'll use a randomizer to draw the number of one comment and identify the winner on that day's post. The winner will have a week to contact me with shipping information, and I'll send the book.
If I were a yarn, I would be linen. Tough and stringy when working up, but softening with use. I would like to say I'm organic merino, fluffy and elastic, but that would be a lie. Still, linen is beautiful and takes dye well. And my husband loves it.
Disclosure: Stewart, Tabori & Chang sent Kangath a free copy of The Yarn Whisperer for review. Kangath was not compensated for the preceding review. All opinions expressed in the review are the blog author's and are not necessarily the opinions of Stewart, Tabori & Chang or Clara Parkes.
These prizes go to Ravelry's annejean for her adorable Little Sock. Special kudos to 100creations for 3 entries! I hope everyone had a good time with the contest. I know I did!
My Little Stocking Giveaway has been extended until January 8. Read about it here.
Happy New Year!
I'm hosting a knit-a-long of my Little Sock, and every linked project on Ravelry earns its knitter a free pattern from Kangath Knits. One knitter (chosen randomly from all linked projects) will also receive this set of prizes:
Dylana is blocked and dry and ready to be photographed and sent to Dream in Color. I am especially pleased with the cuff. I will get better pictures soon, but this photo begins to represent its undulating beauty. What you can't see is its delightful springiness!
Congratulations to Patsy for winning my first giveaway. Look for more in the coming months.
I have collected a few things for a giveaway, and I discovered I really enjoy putting together items with a common theme. To enter, simply post a comment by September 1. If you're on Ravelry you can also give me your RavID. Comment numbers will be put through a randomizer, and I will announce the winner September 2. If I have your RavID I will notify you--otherwise, you will have to contact me with your address. If your prize is unclaimed by September 10, I will choose another winner.
I'm giving away a copy of the "Alice" sock pattern by Janine le Cras, a skein of Pima Petite from The Unique Sheep in the Lily Pond colorway, a bar of Queen B soap, and an incredibly cute tapestry cloth convertible project bag.
The project bag is approximately 9 1/2 x 10 1/2", has a velcro closure, and can be used as a backpack or tote.
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