Friday, March 22, 2013

Starting something, and a giveaway

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I was leafing through old issues of Vogue Knitting magazine this morning, and in Winter 2011/2012, one of the designs suddenly grabbed me and wouldn’t let go.   The Zigzag Skirt (oh my goodness, a knitted skirt.  Thank goodness for Spanx) in a striped (who, me?) chevron design, which is (Leda, are you listening?) reminiscent of Missoni.  Not too short (whew) with very little shaping (hmmm…) and a two row repeat.  Yes, please!  I shoved the other projects in progress to one side and started rummaging for yarns.  Oh, that first blush of a new project, how I love it.  Will I wear a striped knitted skirt?  I’d say that’s about a 50/50 right now.  Will I knit a striped skirt?  Oh yes, I sure will, with pleasure.  I must admit, I’m getting a little antsy to make something else, something non-yarny, maybe something with fabric that isn’t curtains (oh, right, I forgot to tell you, I’ve been making curtains.  They’re white.  They’re too boring to show you.)  But knitting is endlessly interesting to me, what can I say?

I was asked recently to review a new magazine called Knit & Stitch, which looks like it will be published weekly in the UK (weekly!  You lucky people) and which it appears will come with yarn and needles and hooks included, which is like getting a new kit in the mail, and which I think is pretty nifty.  It isn’t a magazine in the usual sense, but a series of pages you can collect as you please, building a personal pattern library.  In the first issue, you learn to knit.  That’s right, you learn to knit, and, well, as you know, I already know how to knit.  You guys are always telling me you wish you could knit—well, here you go! 

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If you’d like to have a small set of beginner patterns, a pair of knitting needles, a skein of Bergere de France Barisienne yarn and an instructional DVD to help you get started, please leave a comment here and I’ll draw a name at random next Friday, March 29. 

78 comments:

  1. Beginner knitter is me. I would love to win this lovely giveaway!

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  2. What a nice giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity! Have a nice weekend! Twyla

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  3. Can't wait to see you wearing the skirt..sounds lovely.
    *Thank goodness for Spanx*..you crack me up. LOL
    Please enter me in your giveaway and thanks!

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  4. I'm going to help a friend begin to knit. This would be so lovely, and perfect too. Many thanks!

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  5. That sounds interesting,count me in,please.I love to crochet,it is my passion and would love to learn to knit,it is my new year resolution.Lovely giveaway,thank you for the chance to win it.

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  6. The knit skirt sounds like fun, and I like those colours you pulled together. Don't add me to the draw, but it sounds like a perfect start-up for someone :)

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  7. I'd love to be included in your giveaway! I'm a crocheter, but have been wanting to learn to knit for far too long.

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  8. oh, that sounds great! I love to learn how to knit but I never seem to get past gartner stitch ;)

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  9. What a lovely thing to offer as a prize! Learning to knit is on my "bucket list" and I hope to learn some day so please enter me in your contest! Your work is inspiring, thank you for sharing your makes through this blog.

    Dominique

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  10. Wow, that's a nice prize. I'm the beginner-est of all the beginners. :)

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  11. Would love to win :) i crochet but i barely knit...thank you for this great giveaway!!
    I love ur blog
    Angie

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  12. What a wonderful giveaway. I already know how to knit, sort of. If I won, I would give this wonderful little kit to my daughter.

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  13. Would love to learn....haven't tried since I was a child.

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  14. Oh yes please....count me in! I can't count on fingers anymore how many times I have said....."I need to learn how to knit"!
    Oh....would I be so lucky to win a great giveaway.
    Fingers crossed!
    Hugs, Shari ")

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  15. Oh yes! I would love that! I've been teaching myself to knit, but I only started about a month or two ago so I haven't gotten very far!

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  16. These look like the perfect items for someone who wants to learn to knit.

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  17. Patterns and yarn would be great! Count me in the giveaway please (:

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  18. Yummy! Yarn and patterns? Umm, yes please!
    Grace Ann
    wouldyoulikeyarnwiththat.blgspot.com

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  19. Ooooh, that skirt sounds awesome. Hope you show as a pic someday.

    Oh, and I'm in for the give-away ;-) Would love such a mag over here in Germany. I'm no novice knitter but somehow still fear the complicated stuff, such a collection sounds like a nice help to get started....

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  20. It would be perfect for my little girl:)

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  21. Yes, I already know how to knit. But cannot resist new yarn and magazine with pretty, inspirational pictures. Maybe my daughter will take on knitting ? A dream come true ? So I would like to enter... Maybe ill be lucky :)
    Thanks Kirsten:)

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  22. Hi, I really like your new blog banner. I don't want to enter the giveaway as I have no desire to learn to knit... I'm still teaching myself to crochet! I wanted to comment to mention that Simply crochet magazine issue 3 has a crochet chevron pattern which can either be a skirt or a cowl!! Have you seen it yet.. maybe not on your side of the pond. Food for thought, if you don't decide to wear a knitted skirt maybe it can be fashioned into a chunky cowl...

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  23. You are so funny, I totally get the concept of knitting or crocheting a project but not necessarily feeling that it is important that I wear the end product. It is a lot about the process to me. Get give away, I am pretty involved with knitting already so I hope a brand new knitter is born fromthis give away.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  24. WOW! THIS SOUNDS GREAT!
    SO NEAT>THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  25. I would love to learn to knit! I long for my own pair of knitted socks. What a lovely gift! What a great give away! I've been following your blog for awhile, but I've only comment a times.

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  26. I think I know the basics, but I think it's painful to watch me TRY to knit. I would love to learn, though. Donna :)

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  27. Love the skirt but would make it shorter and wear it with boots.I think you should start straight away because who cares about WIP's!! Not me...Good pattern choice Kristen.

    http://joeveryday19.blogspot.co.uk

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  28. OOooh learning to knit is on my crafty things to do list!

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  29. I really really want to learn to knit!!! have never managed to master it so far and have a new year's resolution to knit socks!!!

    Nikki x

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  30. Ooo I love these mags and their giveaways as I always feel like I'm getting a real bargain, x

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  31. Awesome giveaway! Count me in!

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  32. I have tried a few times to knit, but it just hasn't stuck. I'm willing to give it a go again. Please throw my name in the hat! Thank you. Very nice giveaway!

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  33. I love love love this blog it has become one of my favorites. I have been knitting for several years but have just started knitting socks. I love the projects that you do and you have given me such great ideas. I have spent the last few weeks going through all of the archives and now sadly I have finished them all. Keep up the good work.

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  34. I know how to knit but have not attempted anything other than a scarf. It would be fun to try some new projects.

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  35. helloo ...I dont knit much...but I do love it. I did teach myself to knit mittens this winter..good thing to cuz it was a long winter and still going. I want to someday make myself a sweater. :) Janice
    jdpalmerhowe@hotmail.com

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  36. Hi! This would be totally awesome!
    Thanks!
    Michelle

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  37. ooh! your skirt sounds awesome. i have one i made a few years ago that i love. what a wonderful giveaway but please don't add my name kristen, i'm crossing my fingers for one of your lovely commenters.

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  38. Oh! Inermediate crocheter, 'cozy things' reader a mother and a dentist would love to start knitting :-) all the best, Kate

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  39. Agora que estou a recomeçar a tricotar, era uma bela oferta.
    Gostava de ganhar esse kit

    um beijo
    Maria

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  40. I love this blog what a wonderful giveaway !

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  41. I love knitting ans crocheting, but I'm not an artist
    just an enthousiastic beginner

    So I'm very interested in the giveaway

    hildep@hotmail.fr
    i have no blog but I have an emailadress...

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  42. What a great giveaway! Can't wait to see the zig zag skirt.

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  43. Ooh, ooh, great! Love your blog! What fun!

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  44. I LOVE your blog! I look forward to seeing your projects from start to finish. Thank you for blogging :)

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  45. Will the magazine be available in the U.S?

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  46. You are absolutely the best.... ever! If I win, will you send my present to Italy?????
    ciao ciao Gianna

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  47. Very nice!! I have been wanting to learn to knit for a long time now! justpeachy611@aol.com

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  48. Wow! I would love to win! Thanks for the chance!

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  49. I know how to knit but my daughter, who will be 8 in three weeks, has been asking for me to teach her since she was 4... this would be perfect for her!

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  50. I just started needle knitting a few weeks ago and that is when I came across your blog and started reading it...I am an avid loom knitter but was ready to learn to knit with needles, i only know 2 stitches so far.....knit & purl! But i love it already! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  51. Yes, please.

    bulutgolgesi.blogspot.com

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  52. That sounds like a neat concept for a 'magazine'....and I know someone that this would be an absolute great gift for!

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  53. Count me in!
    Marcella

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  54. Great idea!
    Count me in please!

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  55. Ooh I would love this set to help teach my daughter to knit

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  56. Ever since I came across your blog, I have been smitten with knitting. I'm very much a beginner, learning a little bit every day. I'm not sure I'm doing everything correctly but your blog has inspired me to want to keep trying and to maybe one day be able to be as talented as you. Please add me to your giveaway. And even though I've never won anything ever, please know that I feel like a winner when I come to read your blog. Your inspiration is such a gift! Thank you. ~Ann

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  57. Count me in please. I crochet but would love to learn to knit.

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  58. From Holland: love your blog! Every week I check your blog for new posts! So i would love to win this give away!

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  59. Would love to win this! Hopefully it will become avail in the U.S.
    Love all your projects ....you are a great inspiration thats for sure.
    Denise L

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  60. Please count me in, I wouldlove to learn how to knit properly, I always look for local classes but there aren't any, so this would really help

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    1. sorry can I add my email - robertfox24 [at] aol [dot] com

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    2. Looks like a fun little win....count me in!

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  61. I would love, LOVE this :) My 8yo really wants to learn, and giving her a kit like this to get her started would be wonderful! :)

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  62. Thank you for all the inspiration that I receive from your blog! I came across your low volume quilt and fell in love! I'm on my way to making my own now. Thanks for sharing all your talented, creative goodness!

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  63. I would love to get into knitting again - I always give up too quickly! Great giveway items ;-)

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  64. Would love to have this! Thank you for the opportunity.

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  65. I would love to participate! Thanks!

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  66. Thanks for the chance to Blessed with such a gift! Kellyd2420

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  67. I would love to win this

    Anna

    ksurty@aol.com

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  68. Please count me in. Thank you very much

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  69. My dream is to become a knitter - thanks for the chance to help me with my dream!!!

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  70. Hi, I would love to learn to knit! I can crochet and everytime I look at something nicely knitted I think like "Damn, I wish I could knit"
    Greetings Kathy

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  71. Your knitting is amazing. I would love to be able to make sweaters.

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