I'm in a bit of a knitting funk...... How bout you? The weather should be warm, the garden should be planted, but the rain hampered everything. My garden is crying out for attention, not to mention the sunflower field that is underwater and who knows when will be dry enough to plant. It just seems that this time of year, I'd much rather be outside that chained to some needles. I suppose in the hotter parts of the U.S. where you have to spend the summers inside in air conditioning, knitting production for some of you may increase? At any rate, I do what needs to be done and fit in the rest of the stuff around it.
Last year at this time, we were just beginning our studio renovation project! Boy am I glad that isn't happening this year. It's great to be able to use the porch every meal and look out upon the lambs and chickens doing what they do. Looking forward to the first "Getting Stitched on the Farm" Class at the end of July. Full class - very exciting! I still have five spots left in the Sept 10-11 class and one space available for the Oct 1-2. Check it out here.
Explore the Farm Class Website HERE.
I'm a couple of months into my 5th year of blogging. When I thought about this back in March, I asked some good friends of mine for some gifts for all of you to help promote them also. I was so overwhelmed by the generosity and ran many giveaways. But then I tired of it because I felt so many people who entered were just there for the chance of winning some yarn or books. I decided to hold back some of the prizes for later so that I would be able to offer them to all of you who stick around month in and month out. And these prizes are GREAT!
I've got today's giveaway and a second one coming up in June. Here's what we have for you today! Courtesy of Kathy Elkins (Co-Owner and Podcaster extraordinaire) and the fine folks at Webs in nearby Northampton, my next winner will receive 13 skeins of their Valley Yarns Superwash DK in a lovely basil color.
Along with the yarn, the next winner will receive matching circular and straight needles to knit this gorgeous yarn with and a handy dandy Webs tape measure.
From my friends at Sixth and Spring who publish beautiful knitting books (they are the publisher of my latest book Color By Kristin) I'm thrilled to include some of their newest, highly sought after titles including
1. Knitopedia, a book that was at least 5 years in the making. It is a must for every knitter's shelf.
2. Rosemary Drysdale's Entrelac. This book is so popular that it went immediately back to print. I got to see some of the samples from it when I was at Webs one afternoon when Rosemary was teaching. What you can learn to knit from it is amazing!
3. Susan Levin's ColorSense. This book is a great tool for all of you who feel color challenged.
And lastly, I've got some of my Best Foot Forward self-striping sock yarn donated by the fine folks at Westminster Fibers, producers of the yarn. You'll get 5 different balls of yarn - each ball will make 1 pair of adult socks! Wow.
Here's how you enter. Answer the following question and leave the answer in the Comments section of this blog?
Does your knitting, crocheting or crafting increase or decrease in the summer months? What craft or hobby do you like to do best during the summer?
U.S. Addresses only and PLEASE leave an easy way to get a hold of you!
Contest ends Midnight of May 31st. Good luck everyone!