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Prize Drawing for May

May 7, 2010

This month I will be giving away the newest version of The Knit Kit.  Leave a comment anywhere on this blog from 1 May to 31 May and be automatically entered in this months prize drawing.

If you’ve been listening to the podcast for awhile, you will know I have a Knit Kit (black version)  and gave it very high reviews.  It is known as the Swiss Army knife of the knitting world.  And there really is no better way to describe it, except for some photos.

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(photos from The Knit Kit site)

The black version in the photos above is the version I received last year in 2009.  If you recall from my review, I mentioned it was near perfect, the only thing missing is a darning needle. The newest 2010 Knit Kit is a cool turquoise blue (also pictured above) and features a new, double ended crochet hook and a darning needle.  I love when companies listen to their customers!

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What Men Want: Episode #48 Notes

May 3, 2010

Announcements:

  • SFA CAL extended to 11:59 pm 7 May CET… .drawing to be conducted and winners announced by 10 May.
  • Epiphany No. 6 again available as Ravelry download
  • Epiphany No. 6.1 in testing stage… 2 more test knitters needed.  Please send email to destiknitATgmailDOTcom, subject “TEST KNIT”
  • Edited to Add (with great embarrassment) This month’s Prize Drawing winner hails from Canada, #13 ikkinlala!  Congratulations ikkinlala, please send me your mailing address and I will ship this out to you ASAP.
  • Stay tuned for May’s Prize Drawing… Don’t forget… leave a comment anywhere on this blog from the 1st to the last day of the month and you are automatically entered.  One entry per person.

Book Reviewed:

Knits Men Want by Bruce Weinstein, Published by STC Craft 2010, ISBN: 1-58479-840-8.

Other Items Discussed:

  • Finished weaving project (photos to follow soon)
  • Lots of crocheting! Doilies, washcloths, flowers, coasters, etc. (photos to follow soon)
  • Flame Scallop Cardigan by Kristen TenDyke
  • Design.. Knit and Lace.
  • Knitting (photos to follow soon)
  • Dyeing (photos to follow soon)
  • Spinning (photos to follow soon)
  • Needles! (photos to follow soon)
    • KnitPicks
    • KnitPro
    • Siganture Needle Arts
    • HiyaHiya
  • Yarn! Sock Weight, Reasonable Price.

  • # tried it
  • @ didn’t try it but curious and sharing
  • ** Love it
  • # Lion Brand Sock Ease, 7 colors (variegated), $9.99/100g

    # Red Heart Heart & Sole, 19 colors (jacquard and solids), $4.99/50 g

    * Cascade Heritage, 38 colors, $11.65/100g Also available, Heritage Paints/$16.95

    # Berrocco Sox, 30 colors (stripes, space dyed and jacquard), $12.85/100g

    # Paton’s Kroy (diff. options> solid, variegated, jacquard, cotton stretch, fx). $5.99/50g

    @ Premiere Yarns Serenity, Bamboo/Nylon/Merino, 18 colors (stripes,variegated), $4.50/50g

    @ Kertzer On Your Toes, 28 colors (jacquard, variegated, solids), $10.99/100g

    * Plymouth Happy Feet 36 Colors (solids, variegated), $5.95/50 g

    * Plymouth Sockotta, Cotton,  24 colors (jacquard, variegated), $10.99/100g

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    Episode #47 Notes & Other Stuff ^_^

    April 7, 2010

    Announcements:

    • Please use dtp.requests@googlemail.com if you have an event to announce, would like me to review your product or have a product review request.
    • Winners: Linda Borst + Pheonixfire won this month’s Prize Drawing.  Congratulations Ladies, your prizes are on their way!

    Book Reviewed :

    Comfort Knitting and Crochet: Afghans  Norah Gaughan and Margery Winter, STC Craft Publishing 2010, ISBN: 1-58479-826-2

    Other Items Discussed:

    • wips
    • ufos
    • handspun
    • Ashford Joy
    • Louet Julia: Still for sale. Many interested buyers but no takers as of yet.  It’s income tax season! ^_<
    • Schacht Ladybug: I opted for the Ladybug.  She will teach me a few more things and most likely sell me (or not) on a Matchless.
    • Antique Wheel: I never thought I would collect wheels, and I am not so sure that I will, but I ‘found’ this wheel at our Spring Bazaar and just had to take her home ^_^

    • Knit Mags Online:
      • Knitty: Free, focuses on aesthetics, new design, unique construction.  Also great tutorials, interviews, reviews and essays.
      • Petite Purls: Free, focuses on infant and children’s apparel, accessories and toys.
      • Knotions: Free, focuses are much as Knitty.  This online mag has great potential.
      • Tangled: Free, brand new online mag and as such, few patterns.  Focus on knit and crochet.
      • KnitCircus: Thumb through for free, Patterns are charged. Features articles, essays, interviews and patterns.
      • Patternfish: A pay-per-pattern site.  Much like Etsy but for knitwear.
      • Twist Collective: A true online magazine featuring articles, essays, reviews, Q&A and pay-per-pattern.  Patterns featured in this mag are often creations of well respected designers.
      • Tension: A new online mag, also pay-per-pattern.  So new, it’s hard to review but I’m keeping my eye on it >_^
      • Classic Elite Yarns: Ok, technically not an online magazine but a Newsletter.  Still, lots of great stuff here, to include free patterns and pay-per-patterns, too.
      • Knit on the Net: Free online magazine.  In its 10th issue and has featured some popular designs over the years.
      • PopKnits: Free online magazine.  Also very new but with great, great potential.  Focus on vintage and romantic design, features reivews and articles.  I am keeping my eye on this one, too.
      • Knitch: A true online magazine.  Hardly any patterns but you will want to visit this site if you enjoy reading articles, essays and interviews all things fiber related.  Oh yeah, it’s free.
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    For Sale

    March 26, 2010

    Louet Julia Spinning Wheel

    While I have a very soft spot in my heart for her, I’ve decided to sell only to make space.  I am not sure how it happened but in three weeks time I found myself with four spinning wheels!

    Julia by Louet

    The Julia Wheel by Louet is a fantastic wheel.

    I have spun cobweb lace to bulky yarns on the wheel but the super wide orifice allows funky art yarns, too. I am the original owner, purchased from Spunky Eclectic.

    The wheel is in perfect condition, I’ve just finished my final spinning project on her.

    Features:

    • Scotch Tension
    • Sliding Hook Flyer, makes advancing effortless.
    • 12 mm orifice with removable insert (insert reduces orifice to 8 mm)
    • Ratios of 1:6, 1:8.5, 1:12.5, 1:19
    • 1 bobbin
    • Lightweight at 12 lbs.
    • While not a folding wheel, disassembles easily for travel and storage.

    Extras:

    • 3 bobbins (total of 4)
    • Tensioned, Adjustable Lazy Kate. I love this Lazy Kate! You can adjust the position of the bobbins, I prefer vertical.
    • Extra Drive Band

    Asking $670.

    Shipping Info:

    Parcel Post Shipping and Insurance to USA via USPS is included in listed price.

    or

    Paket Shipping to Germany via Deutsch Post is included in listed price.

    or

    International (outside USA and Germany) Shipping is available via Deutsch Post or USPS, which ever costs less or buyers prefer. PM me for quote.

    or

    Pick Up/Drop Off arrangements can be made less $20 ($650)

    Will be packaged securely in it’s own blanket and original shipping box. Included are all original materials, manuals and tools.

    PM me at destiknit AT gmail DOT com with questions or for payment/shipping arrangements.

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    Episode #46 and Prize Update

    March 12, 2010

    Don’t forget to subscribe in iTunes.

    Book Reviewed:

    Inspired Cabled Knits by Fionna Ellis, Potter Craft Publishing, Published 2009, ISBN: 978-0-307-58639-1 (0-307-58639-1)

    Other Items Discussed:

    Copy Cats (a Ravlery Link)

    Creature Comfort Cardi

    Prize Update Announcement:

    I’ve decided to offer TWO prizes this month, separate colors.  This means I will draw two separate numbers, the first number drawn will win the ‘Blue’ and the second number will win the ‘Red’ kit.  Below are photos of each:

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    New Pattern, New Prize and Great Friends!

    March 10, 2010

    I can’t seem to get out of my own way lately and though I am late, I am making good on my promises.

    Epiphany No. 6

    I finally finished the pattern for Epiphany No. 6 (direct link to PDF) or you can download Epiphany No. 6 in Ravelry.  Already lots of great feedback and am officially working a triangular shawl version.

    Next of promises not forgot is this month’s Prize Drawing!  I am behind on this one, too, but only in posting!  The prize has been sitting on my desk since last month :”)  So what are we giving away… how about some  sock yarn?!?

    Here in Germany I can sometimes find great deals on yarn kits.  These kits are unassuming as the yarn is labeled generically and all wrapped in plastic.  The first time I purchase one of these kits, I had no idea what to expect and so as not to be disappointed, expected nothing more than cheap, scratchy yarn.  Nope.  While not the smooshy of smooshy, it ain’t all bad!  A 75/25 wool/nylon blend, it is soft and durable and you get enough yarn to make not just one pair of socks but two!  Yes, 200 grams of sock yarn and a set of 5 DPNs sized 2.5mm (1.5 US)!

    PICTURE TO FOLLOW SOON

    As with the past monthly prize drawings, simply leave a comment anywhere on this blog from (retroactive) March 1 – March 31 11:59 pm GMT +1 (will add a link) I ask that you adhere to this very simple requirement by posting your comment on this blog.  I understand there have been issues posting in the past but I do believe I have resolved all issues.  Also, some concern as to ‘who’s first’.  WordPress is wonderful in that I can organize my comments in any way I wish.  I simply look at the blog overall and each comment made is presented in order, according to its time stamp.  This is why I say you can comment anywhere… I don’t have to go digging for you post!  While I love email and appreciate comments on my podcast  server site, keeping the prize drawing comments on the blog is best.

    These past weeks have been quite full around here.  Aside from family-love-stuffs*, there have been a series of illnesses (hate those tummy bugs!), sports physicals, immunizations, car issues (both cars!) and a few knitting meetups with great friends and some long-distance issues concerning homeownership and family.  Full indeed.  So those two meetings, though one far too brief, were complete rays of sunshine.

    I met up with KnittingCouple, Annette and Alexander, on the last Saturday of February.  I had to take all 4 kiddos with me that day as DH was tending to some of those car issues.  Annette and Alex surprised me with a lovely gift, a cake of SpinningMartha‘s Merino-Silk yarn and a beautiful scarf made from another cake ^_^  I am so grateful as SpinningMartha’s colors are amazing and her shop sells out rather quickly, especially the sock yarns, Merino-Silk and the spinning fibers.

    Can you believe, this was not the only gift I received in these past weeks?  Just last week I was supposed to meet up with Wumbs, Ulli, but had to cancel because of that darn tummy bug.  I stopped by Ulli’s to drop off a few promised items and she surprised me with a handknit pair of socks, knit with STR!  STR!?!  One of many yarns I have yet to test drive myself and now… I am saved from the trouble of even knitting myself a pair of socks on top of it!?!  Double-whammy!  Of course, I could not wait to get my feet into those socks:

    Thank you all, Annette, Alex and Ulli.  I am so grateful to call each of you friend.

    *my new term for the wonderful chores of housekeeping, taxiing and general child rearing

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    Podcast Notes and Prize Drawing Winner is….

    February 22, 2010

    … drumroll ….

    Random.org pulled lucky number 5 out of the hopper! Searching my spreadsheet and the winner is… Michwelle!

    Congratulations Michelle, I am sending you an email with instructions on how to claim your prize.  Stay tuned for next month’s Prize Drawing.

    Podcast Notes: Episode #45

    Book Reviewed:

    All New Homespun Handknit by Amy Clarke Moore, Published by Interweave Press 2009, ISBN: 9781596681446

    Other Items Discussed:

    How to Decoupage

    Gorgeous Hand Dyed Rovings and Yarns by Spinning Martha

    Spring For All Craft Along >>> Join Now!

    Knitting Socks with HandPainted Yarns by Carol Sulcoski, Published by Interweave Press 2009, ISBN: 978-1-59668-098-2. I’m knitting the Escher Socks by Lorna Miser.

    Epiphany No.1 Coming Soon, pattern by Kerrie James

    Affordable, Buttery Soft, Cashmere Yarn >>> Cashmeres by Kate

    Golding Spindles

    Products Reviewed:

    Jenkins Turkish Spindles

    Jenkins Turkish Delight, Masur Birch

    Jenkins Kuchulu Spindle, Zebra Wood.  Displayed next to a AAA battery for scale.

    Jenkins Kuchulu Spindle, Zebra Wood. Displayed next to AAA battery for scale.