A Chance to Win…

I don’t know exactly what it is about late spring and early summer, but I always decide I need to knit a few washcloths. When I found myself finished with all but one major project this week and the one project I had was not super travel friendly and my kids wanted to hit a local park to go biking after I’d already mowed the lawn and had to sit out the activity, I thought I should just go ahead and sneak in a quick wash cloth. Perfect, right?!

I’d caught wind of the Knitter’s Pride Spring Home Decor KAL/CAL and it was just the ticket to motivate me. I grabbed the new free pattern from Stefanie from over at Handmade by Stefanie, the Spa-Riffic Wash Cloth and got to work.

I did share these photos earlier in the week, but I thought Id’ share with the full story today because I just couldn’t believe how fast this knit up.

This was my quick cast-on before we left home…

And this was just about an hour and a half at the park with the kids…

And by the evening I was done.

One more photo of the finished wash cloth? Of course!

It’s awesome! It’s really large — I did an extra couple repeats just to use up the yarn I had, so it’s 11 x 11inches. It’s totally reversible, too, so I think this pattern would be awesome for wash cloths and hand towels if you just adjust sizing to your preference.

For those interested, the Knitter’s Pride Home Decor KAL/CAL runs through June 30th — pop over here to the Knitter’s Pride blog for more information on how to participate. They’ve got some pretty sweet prizes up for grabs for participants including a set of the same interchangeable needles I used for my wash cloth — the Royale Special Interchangeable Set — and a couple super awesome goodies. Definitely take a little time to check it out if you’re so inclined and maybe knit yourself your spring/summer wash cloths and maybe even win a prize doing it!

And The Winners Are…

I said I’d announce the winners of the the 2 eBook copies Jen Geigley’s Everyday: A Casual, Modern Hand-Knit Collection today and I’m here to do just that!

everyday1Our winners, selected by the random number generator, are…

Jeannie Gray Wiant

and

Branislava

Congratulations, ladies!!! Please send me note at  knittingsarah [at] gmail [dot] com that includes the email address where you would like your eBook sent!

For those who didn’t win, remember you can definitely still pick up your own copy. Remember, that if you buy directly from the author here, you will get a free digital copy along with the physical book..

Everyday is also available for purchase on:

Amazon.com

Kindle

Ravelry

Individual patterns are also for sale on Ravelry.

Thanks so much to everyone who participated!

And the winner is…

I’ve got just two and a half repeats left on my Mares’ Tails project…

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That doesn’t sound like much, but when I actually sat there and did some math (because I like to torture myself like that) that’s somewhere in the neighborhood of 4,500 stitches. That feels like a lot because despite how fun and relaxing this knit has been I’m at the point when I’m just really excited to — you know — be wearing this shawl.

In any case, being so close to finishing up this project it’s only fitting that I get to announce the winner of the PostStitch *GIVEAWAY* today.

The winner of a $60 coupon code to use toward their choice of PostStitch offering is…

Word Lily

Congratulations!

Please contact me via email at  knittingsarah[at]gmail[dot]com at your earliest convenience and we will get that code delivered to you!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered and especially to PostStitch for letting me try out this month’s project & host this fun giveaway!

Catching Frogs and Other Shenanigans

It was beautiful on Horicon Marsh this morning. The sun shone and the wind blew the way it can only on the ocean and the prairie. And we were fortunate enough to have time for a family hike on one of our favorite trails.

The Two Hawks trail is perfect this time of year — it’s cool enough that the open prairie isn’t blistering hot under the summer sun and the strong breeze keeps the bugs at bay. Most excitingly, though, the bobolinks are back and this trail is an excellent place to view them. I hadn’t ever seen these birds until we moved here and I was instantly transfixed. Partly because I think they look a little like Dennis Rodman if he were a bird and partly because their call reminds me of an ’80s video game I might have pretended to play at our local Pizza Hut when I was a kid, but mostly they are just unique in how they fly up out of the tall grass and kind of float/fly about. I could watch them all day.

This trail also can be very wet in spring which is great for the kids who love to catch frogs.

IMG_9355They’ve gotten pretty good at it…

IMG_9354And sometimes we get a little silly about it…

IMG_9344In fact, there were a lot of shenanigans on the trail today…

IMG_9310And one someone was being quite the ham…

IMG_9353But of course there are always lessons to be learned…

IMG_9307Like dandelion greens are edible. Because school is always in session in one way or another at our house. As it should be.

With some adventures under our belts and our legs properly stretched by the lovely hike in the beautiful weather, I’ll be taking some time this afternoon to work on my PostStitch BigStitch May project, the Mares’ Tails shawl…

IMG_9349It looks small because it’s on a 24″ cable needle, but I assure you it is pretty substantial as I only have 4 repeats left in the pattern. True, each repeat increases by 12stitches so this baby is slowly down as I near the end, but I feel pretty confident that I’ll be wrapping it up sooner than later. It is really a joy to knit.

Remember that today is the final day to enter to win a $60 coupon code from PostStitch. If you haven’t already entered, go to the full review post here and follow the directions for how to enter. Entries close at 11:59 CST and I’ll announce the winner tomorrow, so keep your eyes peeled!

PostStitch Review and *GIVEAWAY*

This month I’ve had the pleasure of trying out a box from the PostStitch. Sporting the very appropriate slogan “A project in a box,” this montly subscription-based knitting club does the legwork for you — compiling the yarn, pattern, and all the tools you need to complete the selected project — so that you can just open your box and knit. There are two subscription options to choose from — BigStitch and SockStitch, the former delivering a woman’s accessory project and the latter an adult woman’s sock project. Arriving at my door in early May was the current month’s BigStitch…

IMG_9220As I mentioned in an earlier post, there was no waiting for good light and a proper photo for me to tear into this box.

IMG_9241And I have to say, opening it was really fun. I love surprises!

IMG_9217This month’s project is Mares’ Tails by Katie Rempe, a big, beautiful linen/silk blend wrap. Shown here is a postcard that details the contents of the box — a feature that I think makes the whole project come together really nicely.

IMG_9242And as advertised the box came with everything I’d need to complete the project:

– a print copy of the Mares’ Tails pattern

– 1 skein of Breeze by Anzula, a beautiful lace linen/silk blend

– a set of ChiaoGoo needles

– stitch markers

– highlighter tape

– and a very fun extra, an alpaca beverage koozie

I had to delay my casting-on a couple days just to finish up my current WIP — it wasn’t easy with that pretty, pretty pink yarn waiting for me! In addition to the yarn, the designer and needles were new to me, so there was just a ton of anticipation on the front end of this project! Once I got going…

IMG_9244I was totally hooked…

mares tailsAnd I’ve been knitting away every since.

One more photo… a detail perhaps?

mares tails detailsThe needles, the yarn, the very fun pattern are all just tops with me. If you’re in love with this project — and really, who can blame you — you can still pick up a kit for yourself in any of the three beautiful colorways — it’s available here.

As an added bonus, the PostStitch folks are co-hosting a KAL for this month’s project in their Ravelry group with the designer herself. It’s been an awesome group, a great place to find support when questions arise and just a fun place to share progress. I think the coolest thing to see is that this PostStitch box has been the first foray into lace for a number of knitters and what a wonderful introduction they are having — complete with support from the designer. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Trying this month’s box out and touring the offerings, I can honestly say that I see a lot of great potential here. Whether you are a knitter looking to be challenged in a supported environment or perhaps you don’t have access to an LYS and crave a group knitting experience or maybe you are like me and you just like surprises, PostStitch is a really great option available to knitters all around the world.

As a special treat, Amy & Megan — the ladies behind PostStitch — have offered to do a *GIVEAWAY* here for you! One lucky reader will win a $60 coupon code to use toward a PostStitch subscription. This code can be used toward the BigStitch or SockStitch clubs in either a single or multiple month subscription — the winner gets to choose the club that suits him/her best!

To enter, just leave a comment below sharing which PostStitch subscription you’d like to try and why. It’s that easy!

Entries will be accepted through Monday, May18th, and 11:59CST and I’ll select and announce a winner Tuesday the 19th.

I’m going to get back to my Mares’ Tails knitting (because I’m addicted). Best of luck to you in the giveaway — I can’t wait to see who wins!

We Have a Winner in the Dyeabolical *GIVEAWAY*!

Since I already have a lengthy blog post up today, I’m going to keep this one short & sweet.

As promised, I broke out the random number generator this morning to see which lucky person would win the Dyeabolical giveaway. As you know, one skein of the simply amazing Id Squishy Sport Single in the Sebastian colorway was up for grabs.

ID1And the winner is…

foodgirl3!

Congratulations!

foodgirl3, please email me at  knittingsarah[at]gmail[dot]com with your mailing address and I will pop that yarn in the mail just as soon as possible.

I want to thank everyone for participating and remind each of you that you can stay up on the latest happenings at Dyeabolical by following the shop’s blog and you can also sign up for the newsletter here (sign-ups for both are on the right hand side of the screen).

You can also find Dyeabolical on…

Facebook

Instagram (@dyeabolicalyarn)

Twitter

And chat with like-minded fans of this fabulous shop in the Dyeabolical Ravelry Group.

And finally, a big THANK YOU to Dyeabolical for providing the yarn for this giveaway, but also in general for dyeing gorgeous yarns & fibers, making beautiful soaps and perfumes, and for always being honest, fun, inspiring, and an all around treat to work with!