Sunday, September 30, 2012
QRS Update and Halos of Hope
The Quaker Ridge Shawlette (QRS) Knitalong is buzzing along with only a few weeks left to go. I am having the best time with this fun and chatty group of knitters. Finished QRSs are popping up left and right and they all look fantastic. Many are venturing into shawl and bead knitting for the first time and they are having great success.
Quaker Ridge Shawlette pattern
Quaker Ridge Shawlette Knitalong
Quaker Ridge Shawlette posted projects
The photo above (used with permission) is of three of the Itty-Bitty Knits group members and Quaker Ridge knitalong-ers having a meet up in Seattle at Churchmouse Yarns and Teas. Don't they look wonderful in their freshly knit shawls? I love this photo so much.
From left to right are (by rav id), gathersnomoss (her shawl is still on the needles), redbayknits, and jenb69. Thanks for sharing! Here is what gathersnomoss had to say about the Itty-Bitty Knits gathering:
For the QRS knitalong group I have been having weekly prize drawings. The first prize drawing to kick off the knitalong was from me, 10 winners won a gifted pattern of their choice from my Ravelry pattern shop.
Along with this prize, I have had some generous donations from other vendors so far. This gorgeous prize yarn is from Luna Grey Fiber Arts. Jackie, the owner and dyer, generously donated this beautiful hank of her Polwarth/silk fingering weight yarn.
Click here for Jackie's etsy shop, Luna Grey Fiber Arts!
Jackie also donated this project bag to go along with the yarn. Now for the best part......
The winner! This is racedogmom (rav id) , SallyAnn. This photo (used with permission) was taken by her husband and I just love it because you can just feel her excitement. She's so cute and joyful. It really is the best.
Thank you, Jackie and thank you, SallyAnn for sharing!
The next prize drawing was from Sun Valley Fibers. Jeanette is a local vendor to me and she is always so incredibly generous and quick to donate. I love that about Sun Valley Fibers.
Jeanette has donated a new colorway, called Bug Juice, in her Merino/Cashmere/Nylon fingering weight base. Click here to read more about it! It is really beautiful. Sun Valley Fibers attends and sells at major knitting events all over the country and is quite well-known in the industry. So it is an honor to get to have prizes from them for the knitalong.
Click here to see all of the Sun Valley Fibers yarns! Hop over and check out the Yarn Buddies, too. I have one and I use it all the time. I love it.
Okay, the latest prize being drawn for later today comes from my buddy and fellow Madison native, Jaala Spiro. She has started her own hand-dyed yarn line through her Knitcircus brand. She is just so creative. Jaala generously donated the yarn in the photo above for one lucky winner. Thank you to Knitcircus yarns and Jaala. Here is more information about the yarn.
Knitcircus Silk-Wool Fingering in Autumn Harvest:
Self-striping long repeat moves from burnt orange through ochre and
goldenrod yellow. The softness of wool blended with silk's strength and
gloss; hand-dyed one at a time. 70 merino wool, 30% silk, 440 yards/skein.
Perfect for lace, shawls and heirloom knitting or crochet. Colored using
professional-grade acid dyes.
Click here for the Knitcircus etsy shop for gradient and kettle-dyed yarns and gorgeous patterns!
Click here for the Knitcircus website, sign up for the newsletter, listen to Jaala's podcast with Amy Detjen (love this one!) and more!
We are having a ball over on the Quaker Ridge Shawlette knitalong. If you missed out on this one, I will host another knitalong soon. I have lots of ideas in the works including another shawl design that is already completed. I have some fun toy ideas for a knitalong, too. If you have a preference let me know what type of pattern you'd enjoy for the next knitalong.
I have a couple of quick announcements here to finish out today.
I am hosting the October Charity Knitting on the Itty-Bitty Knits group on Ravelry but anyone can join in and send donations. I am honored to be co-sponsored this month by Halos of Hope.
Click here for the Halos of Hope charity knitting organization!
Click here for the downloadable label for your Itty-Bitty Knits donations!
Click here for the Halos of Hope charity knitting thread on the Itty-Bitty Knits Ravelry group! We are already having responses from people who will be donating this month.
Here is the information directly from Pamela Haschke, the President and founder of Halos of Hope:
What an organization! I hope to get lots of donations throughout the month. Be sure to let me know or post on the thread if you donate. Thanks to Pamela for letting us all be a part of this important charity that does so much good on such a large scale. I'll share more on this as the month progresses.
p.s. It has been announced by The Knit Girllls that I will be teaching at the SSK (super summer knitogether) in Nashville in June 2013! I am so excited about this upcoming event that is so popular that they have a lottery drawing to get in and a huge waiting list for those who don't get in through the lottery. More to come on this soon!