July 06, 2009
Favorites, in fives
Happy knitaversary to me,
Happy knitaversary to me,
Happy knitaversary, dear Grumpy,
Happy knitaversary to me!
And many more!
Five years! What an amazing occasion! As you know, five is one of my favorite numbers. In fact, I've altered patterns for the specific purpose of having five repeats/elements, because I find it very symmetric and pleasing to the eye.
On this, my fifth knitaversary, I decided to celebrate my favorite things, in fives! Five favorite projects, five favorite yarns, five favorite tricks and gadgets... you get the idea. And at the end of the post, there is even a giveaway for five of my loyal readers!
Five favorite yarns
- Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock: I've used this yarn so, so, so many times, and have never been disappointed. Favorite sock yarn, hands down.
- Classic Elite Classic Silk: tweedy, cushy, soft, and wonderful to wear. The colors are amazing, too!
- Handmaiden Sea Silk: an absolute joy to knit and wear. The melon scarf is my most frequently-worn scarf.
- Gedifra Korfu: a wonderful cotton/acrylic blend for blankets and sweaters - soft, cushy, and comes in many different colors. (Classic Elite Sundance is a good substitute for the sadly-discontinued and often-elusive Korfu.)
- Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy: wonderful texture and fantastic colors. Very interesting yarn to handle and knit.
Five favorite projects
- Vintage Pink Cardigan: my first adult sweater, so a learning experience, for sure. At the same time, it is a very beautiful and classic pattern.
- Leaf Lace Shawl: poof, and it was done! One of those patterns that simply worked!
- Fair Isle stockings: large enough to really get into the whole Fair Isle technique, but small enough that just as I was becoming bored, they were done.
- Buffalo sweater: an amazing adventure, technique-wise. The end result even knocked my own socks off. There, I boasted :).
- Crocheted potholders: something so small, and so simple, but making these brought me so much joy.
Five favorite books
- Knitting on the Road: my favorite Nancy Bush sock compilation. I love almost every sock in it.
- The Knitter's Handbook: without a doubt my #1 reference book when it comes to techniques. It's comprehensive and encyclopedic, just the way I like it :).
- 200 Crochet Blocks: fuels that crochet fire like no other! Each time I open it, I find a new "favorite" square that I just must try!
- The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns: a wonderful teaching resource, I've found. My students very frequently start with a hat or mittens from this book.
- The Knitter's Book of Yarn: invaluable resource for plies, twists, spins, and all those other terms which can make or break a project. Though I don't often mention this book, I use it with the same frequency/intent as the Knitter's Handbook (i.e., religiously).
Five favorite techniques/tricks/gadgets
- Cabling without a cable needle: for me, it's not about saving time; it's about keeping track (or not) of yet another knitting implement. I also love to figure out how to make really complicated cables without using an extra needle ;).
- Weighing yarn as I go: you saw me use this just the other day! I couldn't knit without my arsenal of scales.
- Ironing seams: unorthodox, yet I love it so. Related: gentle steaming for wool.
- Compare it to something you love: I've found that the easiest way to determine correct sizing is to measure something similar that you already love. Whether it's a sweater, a hat, a scarf, or mittens, using a well-fitting (even if store-bought) version as a template will lead you in the right direction.
- Ripping out: it's only knitting! If you don't love it, you don't have to keep it. When in doubt, rip it out :).
Five prizes to give away!
Oh, yes! Now the fun part! In celebration of my fifth knitaversary I am giving away the following five prizes to five of my loyal readers! Please read the rules below about entering this contest.
- That fabulous Clover crochet hook set I keep raving about. LOVE! (Use code EED199 for 40% off. How else could I afford to give one away as a prize?!?)
- A copy of 200 Crochet Blocks.
- A copy of The Knitter's Book of Yarn.
- Two skeins of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in the winner's choice of color.
- One skein of Fleece Artist merino sock yarn OR sea wool, your choice! (As well as your choice of color, of course!) Giving away a skein of Sea Silk is a bit out of my budget, so this is my way of approximating the pleasure ;).
- One important eligibility requirement: in order to reward loyal readers, you must have left at least 5 (five) comments during the lifetime of my blog to be eligible for a prize. I have easy ways of checking this.
- To enter, simply leave a comment!
- Please use a working e-mail address. If I can't get in touch with you, you can't win!
- One entry per person.
- Comments will be closed Saturday (July 11th) evening.
- Winners will be chosen randomly.
- The first number drawn will select one of the five prizes; the second number will choose among the remaining four prizes, and so on.
Good luck, and thank you for reading!
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