Friday, September 24, 2010

Huge Knit Simple Giveaway!

Edited to add on Sept. 29, 2010: The contest is now closed! No more entries are being accepted.

Hi Knitters,
First off, I want to tell you something exciting. Yesterday I asked Renee Lorion, an editor and designer for Soho Publishing, if I could host a magazine giveaway for the holiday issue Knit Simple on my blog. She quickly wrote back that I could giveaway 10 issues to my blog readers! If you are interested, see the end of the post to enter. I have an added surprise I am throwing into the prize pot to make it even juicier.

I am so excited to finally see a project I worked on hard and long last spring and summer in print. When I was in NYC last March I had the honor of going out for lunch with Carla Scott (editor in chief), Faith Hale (associate editor) and Renee Lorion (yarn editor), Knit Simple magazine. At lunch Carla asked if I would be interested in working on a woodland animal story for their holiday issue. I immediately said yes. I wanted to start working on it right there and then. The extra cool thing is that I was also asked to write an article for magazine and I have an interview included as well and I worked on a tutorial for the Little Owls project. All of this covers 8 beautifully shot and presented pages in the magazine.

I will show more about this project from my perspective and the inside pages of the magazine in a few upcoming posts but today I want to share with you the magazine photos of the projects first.
Bunny is a sweet little friend who can sit in your hands. He is made out of Spud & Chloƫ Sweater in Toast, Watermelon and a tiny bit of Ice Cream for the tail.

Click here for the Ravelry project page for Bunny!
I moved on to the Hedgehog to Squirrel reversible or flip toy. Here is side one with a sweet little hedghog....
which turns inside out to become this fancy gray squirrel. This is one of the best reversibles I have made. The little acorns are made separately and they are just as cute on their own. This project is made out of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran.

Click here for the Ravelry project page for Hedgehog/Squirrel!
I have always wanted to make a fox and here was my chance. I love how he turned out, especially the skinny legs and round little paws. This friend is made out of Plymouth Worsted Merino Superwash.

Click here for the Ravelry project page for Red Fox!
Little Owls is a tiny project with the body and head and ears being worked up in one piece. Then the extra are added on. This is a quick knit as the owls are quite small. These hoots are knit up in Blue Sky Worsted Cotton.

Click here for the Ravelry project page for Little Owls!
These are my favorite photos. The Woodland Animals from the front!
This shot is the best, the Woodland Animals from the back! I don't know why but I love seeing them all lined up like this.
Group shot!

The entire magazine is packed full of fantastic projects for everyone in your family or your group of friends. Men, women, children, home... it's all included. This issue is huge. There are 45 projects included. There are sweaters, pillows, hats, mittens, vests, toys, scarves. I love so many of the projects. Knit Simple is the best at pulling together a collection of completely fun and fashionable knits that are at the same time practical and do-able! I really mean that.

I will be randomly selecting 10 winners to receive a copy of Knit Simple Holiday 2010!

Here is an added bonus, one of the winners will receive the yarn for the for the Bunny project made out of Spud & Chloƫ Sweater!

It is a huge giveaway and I am incredibly happy to be able to share this with all of you. To enter please leave a comment on this blog post. Leave some sort of identifying something, most preferably your email address or your Ravelry name! This makes it easy for me to contact you to collect your mailing address. Please only enter one time.

Okay friends, I will close out the giveaway in a short while so go to it! Be sure to check back as I will be posting my behind the scenes photos and insight into these new patterns over the next days.
best, susie