Stitch Dictionary and Happy Birthday Color Winners!

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Thanks to everyone who entered to win the Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary, by Wendy Bernard! The winner is Savannahgal!!!!! Please get in touch with us and let us know your mailing address, and we’ll send the info straight to the publisher. (Please send to jaala@knitcircus.com)

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Thanks also to everyone who voted on the Happy Birthday Knitcircus colorway! The winner: Forever Floral. You are a sophisticated crowd. We renamed it Big Top Birthday.:)

I love this color and can’t wait to get dyeing! In the meantime, we’ve put up a listing in the store so you can pre-order yours to have in hand on the big party day. Choose Big Top Birthday Panoramic Gradient in many sizes, or Matching Sock sets in small, medium or large.

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Which brings us to this other fun news: it’s our birthday, and we want you to come to the party! We’ll have exclusive yarn, bags, treats, door prizes and free cake. We hope to see you at the Studio June 24th!

 

Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary: Win Book and Yarn!

Welcome to the Knitcircus stop on the Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary Blog Tour! I’ve long been a fan of Wendy Bernard’s patterns, blog and books, so getting to talk about her new one is a true pleasure.

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The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary is a welcome follow-up to Wendy’s Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary.

I’ve been a big Wendy Bernard fan for many years; since back in the day when knitting blogs were new, Knit and Tonic has always been a leading voice in the fiber-blog community. Wendy’s California-chic designs captivated me from the start. Her Favorite Cardigan (below) has long been one of the sweaters I most want to knit.

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Wendy has a knack for breaking down large ideas (design your own hat, cowl, sweater) into manageable parts and reconstructing it so that you feel confident tackling your next project. If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out her Custom Knits series, I highly recommend them. The Custom Knits 1 and Custom Knits 2  books show you how to design your own top-down sweater, with lots of tips and patterns by Wendy. The Custom Knits Accessories is my fave, since I’m mostly an accessories knitter. She gives you all the tools you need to create your own sock, hat and other accessories patterns, with clear guidelines so you can succeed.

The All -Around Stitch Dictionaries build on Wendy’s expertise in guiding knitters to technical success. Most stitch dictionaries give you a stitch pattern and written directions for working the pattern flat; the more modern ones often include a chart. Wendy noticed that changing from flat to knitting in-the-round could sometimes be tricky, so she includes charts for both. She also gives the reader insight into which kinds of stitches do well on both sides (when designing a scarf, that’s key), and indicates which patterns are fully reversible, two sided (look good, but are different on each side) or only to be used with one side showing.

The second installment, The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary, includes very clear photos and charts for every stitch, but in her usual inimitable way, Wendy includes a whole Designing From Scratch appendix, with basic recipes for Basic Top-Down Socks, Basic Toe-Up Socks, Top-Down Cap, Bottom-Up Cap and Triangular Shawls in Two Directions,  with beautiful photos for each.

IMG_6836                        Here’s a photo I snapped from my copy of the book (notice the user-friendly notebook binding?). This shows the Checkerboard Cables charts and photos. Thanks to the publisher  for letting me share this pattern! You can see they’re awfully nice, clear charts and photos showing both sides of the swatch.

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WIN THE BOOK AND YUMMY YARN

Stewart, Tabori and Chang are so generous, they’re giving away not only a copy of Wendy’s new book, but 2 hanks of yarn from Blue Sky Alpacas. (USA readers only for shipping, please!)

Now, I’m sure you’re all champing at the bit to know how you can win the Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary and the yarns. Just comment and tell us:

What would you be likely to knit with the Stitch Dictionary? Sweater, Socks, Hat, Cowl, Shawl? Which way would you knit it? Top-down, bottom up, in the round or flat?

Follow the rest of the stops on the blog tour to see more stitch patterns from the book!

 

5/18: AboutKnitting.com

5/23: Craft Gossip

5/11: WEBS

5/28: Blue Sky Alpacas

 

Knitcircus Podcast #44

Back so soon! Jaala goes all Yarn Con and Amy’s stashbusting continues apace.

Listen on Libsyn or iTunes.

Mentioned this podcast:

Yarn Con Chicago (And the Knitcircus Greatest Show on Earth sale!)

Yarn Hollow

Blue Tulips

Sun Valley Fiber Farm

Jelby

Chicago Knits Magazine

The Amazing Thing About the Way it Goes, by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Studio S

Celtic Journeys

YarnOver

StevenBe’s

Amy’s Secret Destash: Rainbowbeard on Ravelry (Direct link here)

Wonderful Wallaby

Ella Rae yarn

Socks from the Toe Up, by Wendy Johnson

Melissa Leapman’s Knit Stitch Pattern Handbook

Wendy Bernard’s upcoming Stitch Dictionary

West Wing

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

 

 

 

 

 

Wrought Mitts Knitting and Friday Fun

Stephannie Tallent, tech editor, designer, and now author of California Revival Knits just does such gorgeous, thoughtful designs. Now she’s doing a Knitalong for a pattern from her new book; the Wrought Mitts!

These would make great summer knitting; not hot and very portable. If you haven’t checked out Stephannie’s book yet, Wendy Bernard has a great review, or you can hear her guest spot on our podcast!

More Friday fun:

Ready to go for the Knitting Recipes book: some lace with this lovely Dragonfly Fibers Djinni Sock in Siren.

Not knitting-related, but I just found Firebird, this  little indy beauty shop and love this Glossy Lip Tint! It feels like lip balm, but you can choose exactly where to put it with the cool oval shape, and it packs a color punch.

Last but not least, our family’s going to the Roller Derby tonight. Woot! Only two tix shown, but we have more.😉

Everyone have a great weekend,

Jaala