Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits Giveaway!

Hi, Knitters,
Quickly, I have to note that I am so honored to have been nominated for the Best Craftsy Instructor Blog in Knitting and Crochet! Wow, what a thrill to be nominated amongst such talented bloggers. Thank you! 

Now the award goes to the next round of voting to get a winner. If you vote you will automatically be entered to win a free class of your choice! Please head over, if you are so inclined, and vote. I appreciate it so much. The winner will be announced on Oct. 29th, 2013.

Click here to vote! You'll see my sock drawer photo from my blog header on the correct category. I had to smile when I saw that up there.

Thank you!

(All photos in this post are from Interweave Knits)

Okay, here we go with another fantastic giveaway opportunity for you! I received the new Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits magazine from Interweave a couple of days ago and I can't put it down.

Let me give you some links to start:

The magazine is much more than just patterns. It creates a mood and lets the reader disappear for awhile in another time. There are historical articles, wonderful inspirational pictures, great projects both imaginative and practical and if you love the BBC show Downton Abbey as much as I do this is a must have special issue!

Here is the description of the magazine from the Ravelry Design page:

Look through the eyes of Downton Abbey with this new special issue from PieceWork magazine. Enjoy knits inspired by the lavish sets and styling of the hugely popular television series, which tells the story of the Grantham clan and their servants at England’s Downton Abbey.
This special issue includes: Knitted garments and accessories—gloves, shawls, sweaters and vests, blouses, hats, purses, and more—for both those upstairs and downstairs. Learn about knitting for the troops during World War I and enjoy articles detailing aspects of the Downton eras: fashion, history, and culture.

My favorite project in the book was closely inspired by this beautiful portrait.....

What a wonderful colorwork hat with a sweet pom-pom detail. I want to make this for sure with my Harrisville Shetland collection of colors just sitting in my studio. I would wear the pom-poms not so close the face but more on the side and back a bit. The poms are on braids or twists and are then threaded through a loop on the side. I love this detail!

Look for this one on my needles very soon, maybe even later today.

I love this vest with the subtle textured panel on the front by Joanna Johnson. It is made in one of my favorite yarns, Brooklyn Tweed Loft. This one is a win. I would love to have a vest like this in my wardrobe.

I love the clever twist of the Two in One Warm Hat or Cravat! It is a long tube that is then tucked inside itself to create a double-layer stocking hat. I think this is great fun. 

Here it is as a cravat (or a scarf if you're me!).

I think the detail on the Walking Out Eyelet Panel Blouse is lovely. I would wear this one for sure. It's a very sweet design that could easily be worn in our modern times.

In my cold climate I don't know anyone who wouldn't enjoy a Chilly Morning Cosycoat (I like the name of this one, too!). It is made out of Cascade 220 which is perfect.

The best part is the inspiration photo below:  

Isn't it wonderful? There are so many designs in this issue, something for everyone.

What a fantastic job by Interweave and the designers and writers! The magazine is selling for $14.95.

I am so excited to offer each of 5 winners a copy of this extraordinary magazine! 

To enter to win please leave a comment on this blog post that includes your Ravelry ID or an email address where I can get in touch with you if you win. The winners must have a U.S. mailing address. Please only leave one comment. It takes awhile for your comment to show up on the blog.

Thank you to F+W Media and Interweave for this opportunity!

Good luck and let the comments begin!
best, susie