Giveaway Winner and KAL Question

A winner has been selected in the giveaway. Lorraine from NY will be getting the Butterfly Twirls kit.

I'm excited by this pattern but it seems to have generated very little buzz in the larger knitting community. At this time, I'm wondering if it's worthwhile to expend the energy necessary to start and run a KAL or if I would be better served putting that energy into new designs and other endeavors. Cast-on in the KAL was/is slated for tomorrow but I haven't heard of anyone who is definitely participating. If you are planning on participating, please sing out in the comments so that I know if I should carry on or not.


Butterfly Twirls KAL and Giveaway

The Spring 2011 issue of Knitcircus magazine launched last week. To celebrate the inclusion of my Butterfly Twirls toddler dress in this issue, I'm hosting a KAL and a quick giveaway!

KAL (KnitALong) Details:
The Butterfly Twirls dress uses an innovative top down construction that allows for a seamless garment. Unlike other top down methods, however, the piece is first worked flat and then joined to be knit in the round. Knit along with me as we explore this creative construction. I'll be using Knitpicks CotLin yarn and a bit of fabric from my stash. I'll post as I finish each section of the pattern (front, shoulders, back, etc.) and will include lots of pictures so that you can see how I perform each technique. Cast-on next Saturday, May 21, and you could have a finished dress in time for Memorial Day!

Giveaway Details

This short term giveaway will give one lucky reader all the materials needed to make their own Butterfly Twirls dress in any of the sizes given in the pattern. You will receive four (4) balls of SWTC Terra yarn in Citrine and Nancy Mims Organic Cotton fabric to make the skirt of the dress. You'll need to pick your own small buttons and provide the knitting needles and sewing equipment or Stitch Witchery necessary to assemble the dress. You may earn one additional entry by joining the Fuzz to Finish group on Ravelry.

Contest is now closed!


Contest Winner

The winner of the yarn giveaway is LoverofallEmo! I've contacted her directly to arrange shipment of her prize.


Yarn Giveaway!

I'd like to take the opportunity to share my excitement over having my Bookman Blanket pattern published by Interweave Knits.

1 lucky winner will receive 6 balls (enough yarn to make the small size blanket) of Mission Falls 136 Merino Superwash in color #28, just like the sample in the magazine.

To enter, please leave a comment including an e-mail address, on this entry. Contest will be open until 11/12/2010. Contest open to US residents only.

Bookman Blanket

This is my Bookman Blanket from Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts 2010. I am very excited as this is the first time I have had a pattern published in a major knitting magazine or website.

Children of Lir Shetland Square


This is the finalized version of the wedding/christening shawl that was my ongoing project for many, many months. I hope it is as enjoyable and meaningful for each of you as it was for me.

Special thanks go to test-knitter and photographer Carolina

Materials: 1200 yards laceweight yarn; US size 5 circular knitting needles


Test Knitter?

I'm looking for someone to test knit a new shawl pattern. You need to be an advanced lace knitter (I will ask to see photos of your work.) and be willing to have the sample done in a maximum of 4 months. I will provide yarn for the project in the form of 5 skeins of Knitpicks Gloss, Shadow or Alpaca Cloud lace yarns in the color of your choice and a $35 shopping spree at Knitpicks (so it all ships in one box with free shipping) as compensation. Here are some in progress photos of the shawl that I knit as I designed the pattern. This is fundamentally what your finished shawl will look like BUT the panel of roses and anchors will be inverted, so that the anchors are actually right side up.

This shows all segments of the shawl.

This is a detail of the corners.


Saphira Cardigan

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Materials: 786 - 1441 yards of SWTC Saphira and one set of US10 circular needles.

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Starry Night Socks or Stocking

$4.00 USD

This pattern began life as a mystery knit-a-long in the Thrifty Knitters Sock Club. I will be happy to gift a complete copy of the pattern to individuals who were members of TKSC on or before November 9, 2009.

Materials: 200 yards EACH of two colors of either fingering weight (for the socks) or worsted weight (for the stocking) yarn. US1 (for the socks) or US7 (for the stocking) double pointed needles.