test knitters wanted. will receive presents.

I am really bad at writing and giving instructions. Or just explaining things in general. I should be sharing techniques, giving tutorials, and writing patterns, but I am not. First, I don’t feel like I have anything worthwhile to share. Second, I just can’t manage to explain things in a logical, useful way.

So far I have put on paper one mitt pattern out of all the different fingerless mitts I have knitted. Rich tells me it’s so simple that no one would ever need a pattern for it, but then I see instructions on Ravelry about knitting a square (which is basically what this is), so maybe I should just share this and let you decide. In fact, I’ve been meaning to post this free pattern for over a year and have not done it.  Now is your chance to check out Easy Garter Stitch Mitts, my first pattern. Gotta start someplace, right? If you do take a look at the pattern and find any glaring errors, let me know. I don’t really know what I’m doing.

Garter Stitch Mitts, knit 2 @ a time!

And if you are feeling more adventurous, test knit my brand new, absolutely unrefined pattern, Squares Sophisticuff. I will even give you a present if you make one of these and help me work on the pattern. Since it will probably be obvious to you that I need help. Just send me an email through the contact form here on my blog or a message on Ravelry (gwenerin).

TEST KNIT. FEEDBACK. PRESENT.

squares cuff
Squares Sophisticuff

and the winner is…

Thank you to everyone who said hello this week! It was great meeting so many new readers and I hope you will feel open to continue commenting in the future. Just because you don’t have a blog doesn’t mean you don’t have something to say, so please don’t let that stop you.

The winner, selected by random.org, is Tamara! Congratulations. She will be receiving her choice of a skein of yarn or 4 oz of spinning fiber. Thanks again to to all my readers, whether you are a frequent commenter or the silent type. I appreciate knowing that you care enough to pop in and see what’s happening. Cheers!

So this is hello.

I’ve been working on this blog since 2007, which to me seems quite an accomplishment. Many blogs have come and gone, just as readers have come and gone. But over the years I’ve made many wonderful friends from all around the world. Christabel lives in Australia and is a vegan. Cosy and I connected via Flickr, and then when she moved to Pittsburgh, we were able to meet in person! She introduced me to Ana, Lauren, Stephanie, and Cheryl. Most recently I’ve become acquainted with Alabama April and Indiana Erin (that’s how I refer to you at home ^.~). Both ladies are incredibly talented and I find them to be a constant source of inspiration. And of course, there is my mother, who just discovered my blog! It’s great to hear from everyone.

In fact, I’d love to meet more of my readers. So this is your chance to say HELLO! I know there must be more than just a handful of you out there; otherwise my blog counter is malfunctioning. There aren’t any questions to answer this time, just say hi! But if you want, you can let me know what you like to do and if you have a blog of your own.

Would it help if I made this a giveaway? On Friday, one person will randomly be selected to receive either a skein of yarn or spinning fiber. So just leave me a comment here saying hello, and you could be a winner!

winner!

Congratulations to Stefania, the winner of a handdyed, handspun skein of Columbia wool yarn. Visit her blog, here.

Remember, part of the rules of this giveaway are that she must create something and share photos of the item within 4 weeks of receiving the yarn. So, once I ship it to her later this week, we will wait in anticipation of seeing what she decides to make with it!

Thank you one and all who participated in my Second Blog Giveaway. I appreciate hearing from those of you who are lurkers, first-time readers, and constant followers. In the next few weeks I would like to orchestrate a handspun yarn swap – nothing too extravagant. Just handspinners swapping a skein of yarn. I’ve participated in swaps before where the goal seems to become outdoing one another. Here I am more interested in sharing knowledge of spinning rather than putting together a package of chocolate, candles, and maybe yarn. Stay tuned for updates and if you are interested, leave a comment!! I love to hear from my readers.

stuff for you!

Due to this being my 200th post (which, in television series, is a celebrated event), and my 4 year anniversary of learning to knit being in February, in addition to the enjoyment I had from my previous giveaway, I am conducting a second Blog Give-Away! Wee!

The Requirements.

For this giveaway, You, the reader, are required to answer some questions and post them in the blog comments. Then, if you are the winner, you must use your prize and email a photo of it to me within 4 weeks of receiving it in the mail! Also, not required, but greatly appreciated: please tell a friend about this giveaway. Thank you for reading and enjoy.

The Questions.

1. What is your favorite type of yarn to knit with?
2.
What is your favorite thing to knit?
3.
What is your own favorite finished project (include photo link)?
4.
What is the craziest thing you ever seen knitted?
5.
What is something you would never try knitting?

(If you are a crocheter, please insert “crochet” where you see “knit”)

The Prize.

raspberry truffle

140 yards of handspun/handdyed Columbia wool yarn
More photos.

And the winner is…

Thanks to all of you who entered my One Year Blogiversary Giveaway. It was so much fun to read your posts and get to know you a little better. I hope for those of you who were new visitors to my blog, you’ll come back again. Also, I would love to do another giveaway in the future, so come back soon (my birthday is in December, maybe I’ll do one then). Anyone who has stepped into my house knows it wouldn’t hurt to let some fiber go.

Because this is my first giveaway, I decided to award the first place winner with a selection of various goodies, but I’ll also be sending a small package to the second and third place winners.

Congratulations to:

1st Place = Mary Kay from Pennsylvania

2nd Place = Cathy-Cate from Wisconsin

3rd Place = Valerina from Virginia

one year anniversary!

I wasn’t paying attention and almost missed my Blog’s One Year Anniversary! That would have been a sad day indeed. Let us revisit my first post dated September 6, 2007:

Some time ago I made an attempt to create a “fiber specific” blog. Unfortunately I was again disappointed with the lack of interest. This is probably because I am not intriguing and at the same time I hunger for attention and approval. Yes, it’s dumb, I know. So, we’ll give it a second go.  

Hm. Well, I must say that this second attempt has been vastly more successful than the first. Between that first fiber blog, which began and fizzled in early 2006, and this one, I realized that it requires quite a bit of effort on my part to make this something substantial. In order to attract readers, it is necessary to comment in other blogs and become a presence online. Being a member of Ravelry, Flickr, Facebook, Livejournal, Etsy, webrings, and other groups has made me much more visible to the public. 

I would like to thank my regular commenters/readers, occasional visitors, lurking secret readers, spontaneous arrivals, and all those blogs who have linked to me. I really appreciate your interest in my quirky little life and what I am doing with it. Having the opportunity to network and make new friends has been great. Sometimes I get very discouraged working alone in my house feeling small and unimportant, but knowing that there are people out there who are following my story really inspires me! Thank you!

Love, Gwen

Anniversary Giveaway!

Answer the following questions and leave as a comment in this post. I will randomly select one response and that person will receive a package of goodies from me. Winner will be selected September 13, 2008.

  1. Name:
  2. Location:
  3. Years knitting/spinning:
  4. Personal project you are most proud of:
  5. How you found this blog:
  6. Visit my Warm and Woolly collection on Flickr, find your favorite project and say what you like about it: