An interview with a talented designer and a giveaway

Hi there, I hope you are all well and getting ready to start your weekend. I just finished my dayjob and am looking forward to this weekend and hopefully I’ll get some quiet time to work on my knits. I’d love to cast off my Come What May shawl by Susan B Anderson which has be waiting for that to happen for weeks! Shame on me!!!

Now, today’s post is a little bit different from usually as I’m going to present a very talented designer to you. And this talented designer has generously offered to give 2 of you one of her independently published patterns! Lucky you:) And I’ll tell you more about that in a bit.

The designer I want you to meet is called Nancy Whitman and I discovered her not so long ago. I think I first saw one of her designs on Pinterest and I clicked through to Ravelry where I fell in love! I have since then bought 5 of her patterns and have a few others just waiting to be put in my cart.

Nancy designs a lot of accessories and I particularly love her shawl designs – which is why I have bought 5 of them. She does also design socks and cowls and I just might add some of those to my library of patterns.

Before I introduce my interview with her I’d just like to show you the patterns that I have purchased from her so far. Just to give you a little idea about her work and get you drooling just a little bit:)

First there is Ganz which is a textured shawl

ganz I love the cables and gansey style patterning here. This is a shawl that lends itself perfectly for some squishy solid colored yarn.

Then there is Tappan Zee and I totally love the border detail which is inspired by beautiful bridges and a stitch pattern by Barbara Walker. I really look forward to knitting this sooner rather than later.

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Next in line is actually the first pattern of hers I ever bought – the Piet on Point shawl – this stunning shawl was inspired by the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian and I’m sure you will all understand why I had to get that one.

piet on point Don’t you just love how this shawl is set up? The colors and modularity? Endless possibilities with regards to color combos of course.

Then there is the High Street Shawl but this is also a modular garter stitch shawl and it kind of makes me think of the Sweet Memories blanket everyone is knitting these days because of the row of different coloured squares. Also endless possibilities in color.

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And last but not the least, there is the Eden Prairie shawl which is inspired by a stained glass design. This one, once again gives you the chance to play with color and come up with a unique shawl.

Gorgeous don’t you think?

So have I got your full attention now? I’m sure I do so here comes:)

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First things first. How did you come to knitting? Tell us about how and when you first learned to knit.
I learned to knit and crochet by my paternal grandmother at age 7 or 8. She had little to no education but was amazing with knitting, sewing and crochet. She relied on those skills to help support her family after she came to the US in her early 20s. I am fortunate to have many samples of her crochet work plus a ski sweater she knit for my dad in the 1950s.

Do you also crochet and maybe spin and weave too?
I know how to crochet, but prefer to knit. I don’t spin or weave. There just isn’t enough time to do all the things I would like to do!

When knitting, did you used to tweak the patterns you knit or did you scrupulously follow instructions as a new knitter?
I have scrupulously followed a pattern when I absolutely loved it, but that was not the norm. As a beginning knitter, I relied heavily on patterns until I developed the skills to go rogue.

When did you begin designing and what was the first ever design you published?
My first published design, Green Goddess Socks, was released in 2008, but I can’t say for sure when I knit my first design. I can tell you that publishing patterns was a whole other world from knitting your own designs. I tend to design on the needles with little advance planning. Sometimes I would have to fudge to get what I wanted. You can’t write a pattern that way so you have to knit and reknit to get the precise method to achieve your design. Then you have to write it in a way others can understand it. Publishing brought a new discipline to how I knit and how I kept track of what I knit. Unfortunately, the old ways creep in every now and then.

When browsing your Ravelry pattern shop, I see that you are into accessories, shawls, cowls and socks mostly. Is there a particular type of garment you especially enjoy designing?
I have been leaning toward accessories because it’s a smaller commitment than a sweater. Right now, I really love doing shawls, but that could change at any point.

What is the name of your most popular design and why do you think that particular pattern has such a success?
The shawl Eden Prairie is my most popular pattern. I have a few theories as to why that’s the case. The pattern benefitted from the general popularity of shawls over the past few years. The pattern appeals to people who like modular designs. Also, Eden Prairie is based on a piece of Prairie style stained glass and captures both the feel of stained glass and the Prairie color scheme. A different color palette changes the look so it can appeal to folks who want to knit a piece of stained glass.

What do you personally, as a knitter, enjoy knitting the most?
It changes over time. Right now I love knitting shawls and have more ideas than time to knit. When I first started publishing patterns, I was really into socks. Before that, I almost exclusively made sweaters. I think it’s important to be flexible and knit what you are inspired to knit.

Do you have a favorite yarn weight and/or blend that you especially enjoy working with?
I have always been a wool person. It wears well and has great shape retention. When mixed with other fibers that don’t do as well on their own, they become more stable. I am happy to knit with silk, cotton and linen, but only when blended with wool.

As far as my favorite weight yarn, right now it would be sport-weight yarn or lighter. Since I am knitting so many shawls, I tend to use fingering a lot now and I love tosh merino light.

Is knitwear design your primary occupation?
No it is not. I also have an online yarn shop called Whitknits.com. I stock a lot of madelinetosh yarn so that is why I use a lot of it.

How do you see your future as a knitwear designer?
To continue to self publish my designs and to expand where those designs are available. My designs sell in LYS through Ravelry’s in-store pattern sales program. They are also available as downloads and kits on other sites, as well as printed and kitted at fiber shows.

Where can we follow you on social media? Blog?
Probably the best place to follow me is on facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Whitknits/?ref=hl

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Thank you very much Nancy for sharing with us. It’s been a pleasure to get to know you and I’m so happy that you accepted my interview and super grateful for your generosity as you have gracefully accepted to donate 2 of your patterns to my readers.

So like I said, Nancy will be gifting 2 patterns and to share the joy I have decided to draw for 2 winners, so one pattern each rather than  just have one winner that gets 2 patterns. If you would like to join in the giveaway for a chance to win a pattern of your choice from Nancy Whitman’s Ravelry shop then this is how to join:

Go on Ravelry to check out Nancy’s pattern shop – you can click here

Browse her patterns and then come back here and leave a comment with your Ravelry name and the name of the pattern you would like to win. You have until Friday 18th of March to participate and leave your comment and I will draw 2 lucky winners using Random.org on Saturday March 19th. Nancy will then gift each winner the pattern of their choice. Please note that you can choose any of her self published patterns (that means excluding ebooks or patterns published by a third party).

Enjoy the browsing and good luck to you all:)

 

A new week with an FO and a second drawing for the giveaway

Hi there, I hope you are doing fine. I’ve been busy lately and so I haven’t had the time to post as much as I would have liked to but I’m sure you know what that feels like. Having a gazillion things to do and not enough time!

Enough complaining! I have an FO to share with you and some progress on my wips.

First the FO. I used one of my hand dyed SPARKLES base yarns and made up the pattern as I went along. I basically did a p3,ktbl and it produced a nice end result. I also like how it continues all the way to the end of the sock, I think it looks nice this way than if I had stopped the patterning and done a simple stockinette stitch toe.

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These will either be for my daughter or an aunt.

It seems I’m unable to “live” without having socks on my needles so a couple of days after finishing these and in spite of the wips I’m supposed to finish, I cast on for a new pair. This time I used one of my hand spun yarns and I really like how the yarn is knitting up. This was a multicolored roving and once spun up I Navajo plyed ti to get clear color stripes. I’m knitting these on a 2.5 mm needle and doing a K4,p1 ribbing.

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I love seeing the stripes form and just knowing that I made this yarn with my own two hands is so inspiring. I look forward to seeing these done.

When I cast these on, I didn’t have any other socks going but I did know that would change soon. And it has. Yesterday I got the March sock pattern for the #KnitFromStash2016 Kal that I’m doing with the Addicted to Knit Socks on FB and Heatherly Walker the designer. So last night I cast on for those. I chose a solid color yarn from West Yorkshire Spinners, Signature 4ply. There is no colorway name on the ball band but I feel it looks like a Kingfisher blue. The pattern is totally gorgeous and I’m already half done with the leg on sock nr 1.

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This is basically just a knit and purl pattern but it looks so nice and the finished socks will be gorgeous. This pair will probably be for my daughter but I’m almost certain I’ll cast on for a second pair for myself as soon as this one is done.

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On the above picture you can see a picture of the finished sock design. The pattern is called Calathea by Heatherly Walker and is for sale on Ravelry.

Also, I told you I was joining a kal called Sock Madness for the first time. This is a sort of sock knitting contest that is supposed to start today March 1st so I’m super excited for that to start and I have prepared everything. Here’s a picture of the yarns I chose for this challenge. Sometimes you have 2 or 3 yarns together and that is when a pattern calls for multiple colors.

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I posted this picture on social media to show my choice of yarns and some people thought I had tried to spell something out with my yarns and spent a long time trying to decipher my message! I thought that was a little funny because I just positioned the yarns randomly on my bed and didn’t even realise that someone might think I was writing something with them:)

So as you can see there will be lots of sock knitting for me in the coming weeks.

As for my wips, well I’m almost done with the Love of Spiders shawl. I’ve finished the patterned portion and I’m on the border. I need to do 8 more rows (of 500+ stitches) and then cast off! So I should finally be able to finished that this week and be able to share it with you next week. I’ve also made progress on the sweater I’m doing for my daughter. I’ve done front and back as well as one sleeve and plan on casting on for the second sleeve today so hopefully I will be able to finish that too by the end of this week. That would be great because then I just have 1 shawl to bind off, a second shawl to knit – I’ve only done a few pattern repeats so basically I have the whole shawl to do and then my cardigan.

I did a little dyeing last week on my bronze SPARKLES base. Even if I say so myself I do really love the outcome and can see myself keeping a skein of each but I know that would not be reasonable so we’ll see.

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I still need to put these up in the shop but hopefully I’ll get to that soon.  I really like the Bronze sparkles – most dyers only use silver or gold sparkles and I think bronze  works really well with certain colors. The orange/bronze color is intriguing on black and compliments green and brown for example. I even found names for these yarns without any effort which is not common for me. I usually have a hard time finding names for my yarns. So these will be called: Forest, Moss, Midnight , Mauve

 

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I also dyed up a new yarn base and knit a small swatch. This Aran weight yarn is 80% super wash merino, 10% cashmere and 10% nylon. This is a true dream to knit with. It is super soft to the touch and the stitch definition is good and it takes dye beautifully. A while back I won a sweater pattern in a giveaway on Instagram and I’m thinking I’m going to use this yarn base for that. I just need to find the right color and then dye up a sweaters quantity. The pattern I won is called Kitsune by Amanita.

Wow this is turning out to be quite a long post – as usual. I don’t have the time to post as often as I’d like to and so when I do I usually have long posts. I hope you do not mind too much:)

But before I leave you today, I want to make a second draw for the BurningImpressionsII giveaway that I did last month. Only one of the two winners claimed her prize so I’m thinking that either the other one is not interested in her prize or ….. So I’m doing a second draw from the participants using a random number generator as before. The prize in question is the sock tool – needle gauge, wpi, kitchener stitch memo hand made by Burning Impressions II on Etsy.

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And the winner is……C.C. Almond!! Congratulations C.C. Please send me an email (I think you already have my contact details) and I’ll be sending you your prize asap.

That’s all for now. I hope you have a wonderful week and that you will get lots of time to enjoy your knitting, spinning and just general crafting. Take care and see you soon:)

Making a dent in my WIPs pile

Hi there; how are you doing today? I’m doing fine; looking forward to the weekend and then to my kids going back to school to have more quiet time to work.

I have managed to make a little dent in my pile of wips – it is still significant in size, don’t get me wrong, but I’m quite happy to see it slowly diminishing. So I thought I’d share this with you:)

First off I finished my Brioche Twister by Renée Callahan of East London Knits. This was my first two color brioche project and I really loved knitting this. I was a little afraid to begin with that because it’s a scarf I might lose interest halfway there but brioche is quite addictive so not only did I not lose interest but I actually loved knitting it and so I finished in no time.

brioche twister finished

This picture is not the best but you do see how the colors work together and the lovely brioche cable pattern and how different the red side is from the grey one. If you are wanting  to join the brioche craze and have maybe never knit brioche or never done two color brioche; then I highly recommend this pattern. And if you like my yarn – I hand dyed a batch of these two colors on my Cashmerino DK base; then I’ll be listing them in the shop any day now so you could even knit your Brioche Twister using the same yarn as I did:)

 

Next I finished my Through The Loops Mystery Sock kal. Now I did join 2 mystery sock kals and I don’t think I’ll do that again. I thought it would be fun but I discovered that I prefer to “know” beforehand what I’m knitting. When I went on Ravelry to see the pictures from my  fellow knitters, I discovered that I had misunderstood part of the pattern – the actual stitch pattern for most of the sock!!! Not such a problem because I actually like my version of the sock better but also there is a little lace like pattern on the instep and toe and I think I totally misunderstood that because those sections don’t look like much. So I have mixed emotions about this pair of socks. I used Opal 4 ply sock yarn and that was ok to work with. The final socks still look nice; I really like the lace pattern that goes from cuff all the way down the heel. That’s a nice touch.

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I’m giving these to my older daughter.

As for the second mystery kal socks; I’m still pondering if I will knit the second sock or not. I don’t much care for the pattern but the sock fits nicely and I did put some time and effort into knitting it so putting it in the bin would be a shame. If you forgot what it looked like here’s a picture

A230DDA8-F45E-4F48-AEFC-E14C2640DE5FBasically this is a striped pattern with a textured pattern in the pink portions. I knit these using my Neko needles so the gauge is looser than usual. So yes, I’m not sure what I’ll do. I still have my project bag on my wips table ready to continue…we’ll see.

And I started on the second pair of my Knit from stash 2016 kal and I’ve finished one sock and am close to the heel on the second one. This pair will be for my younger daughter. I’m using my first ever ball of yarn from the West Yorkshire Spinners company. So good so far but I do have this little tiny doubt about how they will hold up to wear. I feel the yarn is not very tightly spun so I’m afraid it will get fuzzy real quick. We’ll see.

Here’s a picture of the first sock I took yesterday before I finally finished it

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The pattern is called Curly Willow by Heatherly Walker and I think it is knitting up very nice. It’s a 20 round pattern repeat that is easily memorised so these are going quicker than expected.

So what’s left on my wips table?

3 shawls / 1 sock/ 1 cardigan and 1 pull over. It feels so good to make a dent in the wips that I think I actually might finish some more before I give in and cast on for another pair of socks or shawl or something – there are soooo many gorgeous patterns on Ravelry that are just screaming out my name these days.

And before I leave you, I just wanted to say that I have shipped out the first prize from last week’s giveaway. However the second winner; Lisa Nixon, has yet to contact me to claim her prize. Should she not do that in the next few days, I’m going to draw for another winner.

That’s all for today. Hopefully next week I’ll have some more FOs and an even bigger dent in my wips:) So until then, have a wonderful end of week and I’ll be back soon.

 

A little bit of knitting, a little bit of dyeing and spinning AND the giveaway prizes!!!

Hi there, nice to have you back on my blog. If you participated in this week’s giveaway I’m sure you are impatient to see the results..but you’ll have to wait a little longer 🙂

So, this week I did not get a lot of knitting time. My kids are on winter vacation so I’m busier than usual. I’m getting close to finishing my Brioche Twister scarf and hopefully it will be all done next time I post. I’ve also worked some more on my Mkal socks and pair 1 of 2 should also be done next week.

This week’s only finished object is a pair of socks for my youngest. I decided to try knitting thick socks and use a DK yarn rather than fingering and so I chose the Rye socks by Tin Can Knits and I used one of my hand dyed DK Cashmerino DK yarns.

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This yarn is super soft and knits up like a dream. I’m definitely going to knit a second pair and this time for myself. The pattern itself was super easy so if you have never knit socks I would recommend you try this one out for your first attempt. Knitting with DK yarn also makes the process that much quicker.

I really like how the yarn knit up.

I finished plying a skein of multi colored merino this week and I gave it a wash. I’m not sure what I’m going to knit with it but quite possibly a pair of socks. I love colorful yarn for socks.

 

I did a little bit of dyeing also and this week I was feeling purple/mauve so I did some on my SPARKLE base.

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The two skeins on the left are my handspuns – the multi colored one I showed you above and then another one which is all pink/purple/mauve/silver and sparkle. Then you have 4 skeins of mauve and purple.

And now on to the GIVEAWAY!!! So a little confession first, I was hoping for better participation but… As there were less than 10 participants I’m going to maintain my 2 scheduled prizes and the rest will be kept for a future giveaway. I used a random number generator to draw the winners.

So the prizes are:

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1st prize is the Soxyzz from BurningImpressionsII on Etsy. This is the ultimate tool for sock knitters. Handmade in wood with burned inscriptions that will not fade. Measurements in inches and centimeters making knitting socks for everyone and anyone a breeze.

And the winner of this prize is………..Atangledyarn84. So congratulations to you! Please send me an email at knittinginfrance@gmail.com with your full name and postal address so I can send you the Soxyzz.

 

And then on to prize nr 2 which is a handy tool also for sock knitters and also by BurningImpressions on Etsy

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This is a needle gauge; a wraps per inch gauge for your hand spun yarn or if you are substituting yarn and a tuto for kitchener stitch.

The winner of this prize is…….Lisa Nixon! Congratulations to you too! Please email me your details to knittinginfrance@gmail.com so I can send you the prize.

Thank you to everyone who participated. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to give everyone a prize but not to worry, there are more giveaways planned for the coming weeks!

That’s all for now. I hope you will have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to “chatting” to you again next time.

Some progress, a new pattern and a GIVEAWAY

Hi there, I hope you are doing fine and looking forward to your week. I’m super happy because I just received a great email announcing that I had WON a knitting pattern! I never win anything so this is a wonderful surprise and just goes to show that even though, like me, you usually never win anything, well you just might! So keep that in mind when you read about this weeks giveaway later in my post 🙂

So on  progress, well I finished one pair of socks for the #knitfromstash 2016 kal that I’m doing with the Addicted to Sock Knitting group on Facebook. I knit a pair of socks for a cousin of mine so this time I made LARGE socks. Luckily the pattern was fun to knit and went quicker than I thought.

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The yarn I used was Opal 4ply and the pattern is called Pineaux and is by Heatherly Walker. My socks are shown on the pattern page which is super nice:)

I’m also working on my Mkal socks. One is done, that is all the clues have been published and I just finished sock nr 1 for that last night. I’m not a huge fan but since I went this far, I’m going to cast on for the second one.

A230DDA8-F45E-4F48-AEFC-E14C2640DE5FHere is a link to the pattern which is now for sale as the kal is over. Its a mix of texture with knits and purls. The yarn is mine. I did have problems carrying the yarn between sections so in some places there are ugly floats along the side. I’ll try and do better on the second sock. I knit these using my Neko needles in 2,50 mm. I only changed the toe and used my own “regular” toe.

The other sock kal from Through the Loops will finish this week. I need to start on clue ” and 4 before clue 5 is published this Friday. I’ve made no progress on these since last week so no pics here.

I also cast on for a new pattern this week. It’s the Brioche Twister by Renée Callahan of East London Knits using my hand dyed Cashmerino DK.

The pictures were taken at different times as you can see – one  shows more progress than the other. You can see how different the scarf looks depending on which side you are looking at.

The Cashmerino DK is just super soft and will make this a yummie scarf and the pattern is fun. It is my first ever two color brioche and I admit that I did frog this about 3 times in the beginning but now I’ve got the hang of things and it will progress quickly I think. Just need some time to work on it:)

And since I just won a new pattern well I’ll be casting on for a new sweater very soon! I joined in a little contest I found on Instagram and I was the lucky winner! The pattern is called KITSUNE and the designer is Amanita Agata Mackiewicz.  This is a bottom up, seamless, aran weight sweater. I just got some undyed aran weight yarn last week so now I just need to dye some yarn for myself and I’ll be ready to go.

kitsuneThis is a picture taken from the pattern page. Looks gorgeous don’t you think?

So lots of fun in sight for me here:) A big big thank you to Amanita for her pattern!

And now it is time for the giveaway! It’s more than time. I have a few giveaways ready and I was planning on doing one in January but somehow time just ran away from me so maybe I’ll end up doing 2 in February in stead. I’ll see. Anyway today is a big one!

The sponsor for this week’s giveaway is a company called BURNING IMPRESSIONS II and they have a shop on Etsy that you can visit here

Burning Impressions II is a husband and wife enterprise and they produce hand made, wood carved, laser burned knitting accessories such as mitten and sock blockers, soxyzz ( for sizing your socks), needle gauges etc.

Since last December, this is their full time gig and only source of income and I highly recommend you take a look at their shop and the beautiful items they produce.

I recently purchased some of their items and as we were chatting online following that purchase the idea for this giveaway was born. Megan and Dan very generously gave me a number of items to giveaway and this week I’ll be giving away 2-3 prices depending on participation and the rest will be for a later game/giveaway.

The prizes for this week are:

The 1st prize is a Soxyzz  and here is their description from their Etsy shop:

This handy gadget idea was born from constantly having to look for shoe sizing charts every time I wanted to make socks for someone else! With the Soxyzz, all you have to do is get your person to stand on the ruler, and voila! You have their size!! Or, if they’re not right there handy, you can easily look up their shoe size on the Soxyzz and get the correct measurements.

This Soxyzz has CM measurements on one side and IN on the other. It is super handy when knitting socks as you can easily measure your progress and what I find genious also is that if you are knitting for someone else, you can measure their foot by having them simply stand on the Soxyzz and  that way you will easily be able to knit a perfectly fitting sock for them. So this is a wonderful prize to win.

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The 2nd and possibly 3rd prizes are a set of  this super handy combo which works as a needle gauge, a wraps per inch (for your yarns and yarn substitutions) and a reminder/tutorial for kitchener stitch. So a super useful set to keep in your knitting bag at all times. And to make this extra special, Megan added my shops name to it!!! I just loved that special attention! Thank you soooo much Megan.

Now that you have seen the prizes you are probably eager to learn how to join in and have a chance of winning one of these gorgeous prizes. It’s very simple:

You have until Friday 12th of February to participate and the winners will be announced on Saturday February 13th.

To join you have to go to the Burning Impressions II Etsy shop by clicking here and have a look at what they make. Then come back here and leave a comment to let me know what it is that you like most about their shop and/or what item you could see yourself buying from them. That’s all! Super simple and fun and remember, I just won a sweater pattern today so EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE! You just have to participate.

That’s it for today. Best of luck and I’ll be back soon:)

The winners of the Yarn Valet giveaway

Hi there, so at last it is time to announce the winner of the Yarn Valet giveaway. I had hoped that more people would get involved but maybe this is just not the best time to be doing a giveaway? Don’t know. Anyway, there were 2 participants and there are 2 prices and I did still use a random number generator to choose the winner of the bigger price which is a Yarn Ball Winder by Yarn Valet.

yarn valet ball winder 1 here I’m winding on a ball of yarn

Yarn Valet ball winder 2 All done and I have taken my new yarn ball/cake off the winder and you can see that my yarn is still in the hole on the winder making it super easy to start knitting from the inside of my ball.

Yarn Valet ball winder 3 Here is another ball all done. Note that this time the shape is not the same, this one is more like a cone whereas the one before had a cake shape. This is determined by how you wind the yarn on.

So the winner of the Yarn Valet Ball Winder is….Sarah! So congratulations Sarah! Please send me your full name and postal address by email to: knittinginfrance@gmail.com and I will give your info to Yarn Valet who will in turn send you your price!

And the second winner is Faesarah! So congratulations to you Faesarah! I think I may have your contact details but just to be sure, please also send me your full details by email and I will send you your prize! You have won a set of Yarn Valet Stitchers GPS and a set of my own handmade stitch markers.

So congratulations to both of you and thank you for participating!

 

Victory!!!The video review is LIVE

Hi there, I hope you are doing great and  enjoying your weekend. I had a day off work Friday and although I had dreamt of spending the  entire day knitting in front of my laptop I ended up spending more than half the day doing housework! But then, I knew that was kind of inevitable. With a family of 5 and two long haired cats, well, housework is never NOT on the to do list.

After doing my chores I made my first ever video review!!! So I’m going to share that with you here. Like I said this is my first so I’m not sure the quality is up to your standards but I did enjoy doing it and hopefully you’ll enjoy watching it.

Today I’m showing you and reviewing some knitting and crochet accessories from Yarn Valet and as promised there will be a giveaway!

So first off, here’s the video I made

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcjswbhU7vg&feature=youtu.be

And now for the giveaway. I have 2 prizes: 1) a yarn ball winder 2) a set of Stitchers Gps

To join in the giveaway I would like you to check out Yarn Valet website here and browse around the products they offer and then come back and leave me a comment below telling me what you think about their items or which one you would like to buy.

I will then use a random number generator and draw two winners from those participating. You have until Wednesday Morning 16th of December to participate and winners will be announced sometime Thursday the 17th- probably around mid-day my time (French time).

So thank you for stopping by and I wish you the best of luck if you decide to join in the Giveaway.Also have a great weekend and take care until next time:)

ps- I’d love to hear from you about what you think of my YouTube review.

 

 

And the winners are………..

Hi there, at last I’m able to draw the winners and announce the lucky winners!

So first off, thank you to all for participating in the giveaway and for leaving a comment. I will contact the two lucky winners as of this evening and for the rest of you, I will be sending you your discount code via Ravelry tomorrow, October 15th.

So, the two lucky winners win the latest sock pattern by CC Almon called Strawberries and Cream which was designed using my yarn and 1 skein of yarn dyed specially for that pattern – a colorway I call Strawberry Frappuccino.

www.knittinginfrance.com This is a picture from the pattern page on Ravelry

www.knittinginfrance.com This is a picture of my sock in progress in the Strawberry Frappuccino Sparkle yarn

The winners can choose to either have the sparkly version or non sparkly of the yarn. Both versions can be found in my Etsy shop here

Now, I guess it is time to reveal the lucky winners. As always I chose the winners using a random number generator that picked 2 winners between the numbers 3-11 ( the first 2 comments didn’t count as one was from CC and the other from me).

And so the lucky winners of the pattern and yarn are:

NicoleS who left a comment saying: I’d love to win because this yarn would be perfect to knit a pair of socks for a specific friend.

And

Alexand knit who left a comment saying: I would love to win because a) who doesn’t need more yarn, especially as beautiful as that? and b) I’ve just started making socks!

So congratulations girls! I’ll be sending you the pattern via Ravelry this evening and I’ll be in touch for your postal address and choice of yarn base! Wow! That was fun!

Now don’t be sad if you did not win this time around, there will be other giveaways plus you will be getting a special discount code of 10% if you want to buy something from my Etsy shop.

That’s all for tonight! Enjoy your evening and enjoy your crafting until next time 🙂

News on a Saturday – I wasn’t going to do this but then i did!

Hi there, today is Saturday and so I hope you are enjoying your weekend and doing some knitting, maybe even in front of the telly or your computer 🙂 I’m about to do just that!

I’ve spent the morning dyeing up some yarns and I have some left still to dye. But I have also been spending a lot of time on a new project, one that I was going to do but then decided against. And then I actually did take the plunge this week and as of a few minutes ago this project is LIVE and public!

So what exactly am I talking about:  A NEW ONLINE SHOP! Yes that is right, I finally did open up my own private ecommerce website….again! So, this time it is quite different from the first time. So this time around I chose an option that allows me to integrate my Etsy shop to the website and so I can have both my Etsy shop and my very own independent shop in the same place. This I hope will make for an easy transition should I go all the way and concentrate only on my own shop. This new website is also called Knitting in France but in stead of .com its .net so: www.knittinginfrance.net

So this new website has its own shop which at the time is super small as I only have 1 (yes!!) yarn listed there (but I do have 5 skeins of it). Everything I’m dying today will go to this shop. And then you have the Etsy shop and you have a page with my social media sharing – Instagram and Pinterest. I didn’t add Facebook and Twitter as I’m usually sharing the same images all over and that meant the site would show the same picture 4 times!

And there is also a blog feature and I’m going to use that for information related to shop updates and I’m also thinking of maybe doing a video podcast which in that case would be hosted there. I’m going to continue blogging here at knittinginfrance.com as I like this blog and have built up a nice archive of posts and a growing number of subscribers so fear not  – I’ll still be here.

I’d love it if you took a look at my new website and then left me a comment here to tell me what you think. Any positive/constructive feedback is appreciated.

But on the video thing, there are a lot of video podcasts out there on the subject of knitting, yarn dyeing and spinning so I’m not sure if there is a place for one more. I’m not quite sure either what I would do with it exactly but the idea is spinning in my head. What do you think? Do you like watching knitting podcasts? Which are your favorite ones? If I decided to go that way, would you be interested?

Also I’d like to thank all those that have left comments so far on my last post for a giveaway! You still have time to leave a comment and join in the fun if you haven’t done so yet. Just click here and leave a comment telling me why you would like to win.

That’s all for today my friend! Enjoy your weekend and knit as much as you can 🙂

It’s time for a GIVEAWAY

Hi there, yes you read right, it’s time for a giveaway. I’m celebrating a number of things this week:

the reopening of my shop, the publication of the first ever sock pattern designed specifically for my yarns and the fact that my blog now has over 100 subscribers! Yay!!!

So I’m doing a giveaway where there will be no losers – yes a giveaway where everyone will get something:) So there will be 2 big winners that will each receive a skein of my hand dyed yarn in the Strawberry Frappuccino colorway in the SPARKLES base and the Strawberries and Cream Frappé Sock pattern by JavaPul (I will need your Revelry username to gift you the pattern via Revelry and your full postal address for sending the yarn).

If you are not one of the lucky big winners you will receive a special discount code valid for 10% off a future order in my shop

Doesn’t that sound awesome? I sure hope so.

How can you participate? Well, it’s super easy. Just leave me a comment below and tell me why you would like to win and also include your Revelry user name. You have until the 14th of October to participate and leave a comment and on the 14th I will choose the two big winners using a random number generator. The winners will be announced sometime during the 14th of October and I will then contact the big winners directly to get all the necessary info for the delivery of their price. And before the 17th of October I will send each of the other participants their discount code via a Revelry message (hence my request to include your Revelry user name in your comment). Should you not be a member of Revelry (you should join NOW) you can send me an email once the winners have been announced at knittinginfrance@gmail.com and I’ll send you the discount code by email.

That’s all so leave me a comment and you will win a great price weather you  are the big winner or not.

That’s all for today, take care and enjoy your crafting