Good evening (or day depending on where you are in this great world of ours) dear audience.
Let’s discuss something that is close to my heart – yarn!
“But wait!” I hear you cry (I have amazing speakers on my phone/computer you know!) that is far too broad a topic.
I agree my friends, so let’s narrow it down. The dreaded C word is fast approaching you know. Yes, Christmas.
Now, I know many of you who are crafters (like me, or at least I like to pretend that is so!) will probably have already started – if not completed – some of your intended gifts.
However, this is what normally happens for me:
The Festive Season Checklist:
- Realise Christmas is X number of months away.
- Realise “oh crud – gifts“
- Think to myself “oh, of course, I could hand make gifts”
- Start lists of everyone who I think I could make something for.
- Remember that, actually, I am a slow knitter/crocheter and so in order to do this for everyone I should have started in January.
- Cry at list.
- Throw list away and start browsing Amazon.
However, there are people out there, normal sane people, who can do this and do this well.
And for those I have some wonderful news.
This is my first-ever sponsored/requested post!
Yes I’m actually doing something practical for a change.
(Stop gasping at the back there, you there in the back row – I see you!)
So, let’s talk seasonal knitting. Now did I mention I am a slow knitter? I’m better crocheter in terms of speed, but I find making anything beyond blankets in crochet a bit head scratchy.
So I really ought to have started things like sweaters or cowls or ponchos back in the spring let alone in the summer.
(I do have a seed stitch cowl that I’ve been working on but it’s very much at the bottom of the unfinished object pile)
However for those of you who can knock up a sweater in a week – and I know people like this exist, there are several in my weekly knitting group – there is still more than enough time for my exciting news to impact you.
LoveKnittingUSA are running an amazing giveaway via yours truly.
They are offering 10 free balls of yarn for one of my lucky readers.
That’s right dear audience 10 balls of gorgeous yarn from the Simply DK range
Why DK? Well it’s from my own personal preference – I find I underuse DK (when I work on projects for myself I tend to work in fingering/sock weight) and I therefore feel that this yarn could use some love.
Isn’t that amazing? Obviously there are T&Cs but they are remarkably simple. You will need to be prepared to provide your name and address by email (so that spam bots don’t pick it up from my blog or Facebook) to receive the prize.
It will be sent directly from LoveKnitting, (due to me knowing how crazy busy my life can suddenly get, and I would NOT want you missing out) and so you would also need to contact me once the prize arrives with a photo.
And, we would very much like a picture of the winning Finished Object.
Which leads me nicely on to the next part of this post.
So, how do you win this wonderful loot?
Well, send me a comment, either on the blog directly, or through the Facebook link, telling me:
- Your favourite part of Fall/Halloween heck even Christmas
- What you would most love to make from the prize.
- Who it is intended for – and don’t be shy, self care is important, so if it is for yourself that’s great too.
- The color palette you would use – all 10 could be the same shade for a sweater, or multiple for scarves, or heck brioche colorwork it’s up to you.
The deadline for comments/entries is two weeks from the publish date of this post.
So sharpen your pins, polish your hooks, heck get out those looms people.
And get thinking/posting/writing
If you need ideas, there is this wonderful Fall inspired post which includes ideas for cozy seasonal patterns.
Or, if you are more spookily inclined, (and I have to admit that since moving to Massachusetts, Halloween is fast becoming one of my all time favourite holidays) there is also this Halloween knitting projects post which LoveKnittingUSA have already published.
Why flog a dead horse? These are amazing resources dear audience so please use them