Knitcircus Spring 2011 Live and BagSmith Giveaway

Even though the kids have a snow day, it's Spring! Click on over for 21 knitting and crochet patterns previews, more articles than ever and two new videos, all with fresh Spring flair. Want to work up the design? Purchase the whole Pattern Collection for just $7.99.


Now, about this contest, you say? Yes, it's true–Becca Smith of The Bagsmith  generously offered five, count them, five, Bagsmith Project Bags for our readers after we requested one for review and loved it so much we didn't want to send it back. The lucky winners will get to choose either Natural (shown above) or Black. Each winner will also receive a free Spring Pattern Collection PDF to slip into the bag's pattern pocket!

How do you enter? Lots of ways…

1) You can leave a comment on this post about which Spring Knitcircus project you'd like to see nestled in your Project Bag

2) Comment here about something cool you saw on the Bagsmith Site.

3) Comment on the Knitcircus Ravelry Group Spring/Contest Thread

4) On Twitter, retweet the contest info (posted by @knitcircus) or write your own giveaway-related tweet with the hashtag #knitcircusbagsmith.

So you have five ways to enter, but one person can't get all five bags! One bag allowed per winner.

Contest ends Friday night, February 4th; the Random Number Generator will choose the winners, who will be notified by whichever means they entered the contest! Bags ship directly from Bagsmith; Knitcircus Pattern Collecitons will be sent via email through

Enjoy; it's time to think about green shoots poking out of the dirt and knitting needles working on light and lacy projects!




Simple Style Giveaway Winner

A big-top round up of fun things today:

Finally got links on the blog to the free current issue of Knitcircus and to purchase the pattern collection. Whew!

A knitting friend tipped me off to the CogKNITive Podcast yesterday. Knitting and psychology from the warm and dynamic Dr. Gemma; how did I not find it before?! I'm listening to Episode 76 right now; Dr. G's heading to Stitches West with more than 100 bears for the Mother Bear Project from generous listeners. Go, generous listeners!

Newsletter brownie

My mom's brownie recipe. Find it in the Knitcircus Newsletter; some of you already have this in your inboxes. Its my childhood brownie (only I tweaked it with even more chocolate), chocolate-y, cakey and delicious. If you'd like to try my mom's brownies and see reviews of Cookie A's Sock Innovation and the book Doggie Knits, please sign up for the Mailing List at the bottom of the blog and I'll send it out for you next week. we only use the list for our monthly newsletters and magazine go-live notifications; no selling, no sharing, no worries.

The first designs off my needles were hats, and they remain one of my all-time favorite things to knit, so if you'd like to make up your own pattern or fit one to your own measurements, check out CosyMakesfor her excellent head-and-hat measuring tutorial.

And now, without further ado, let's give this book a good home!

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The high quality you always expect from Interweave and Ann Budd, these designs may be simple, but not boring; designers like Mags Kandis, Veronik Avery and Cecily Glowik  make sweater knitting approachable with styles to flatter many body types.

Please leave a comment or sign up for the mailing list to enter the drawing; either or both will be counted, so if you do both, you get two chances. Yay!

I'll draw a winner on  Saturday morning (the 27th) to give people plenty of time.

ETA:  2 pm.

We have a winner! Marlene's the lucky knitter who'll receive the Simple Style book, but for everyone who signed up for the mailing list, look for the newsletter with recipes and reviews in your inbox on Monday.

Good luck and craft on,