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Holiday knitting, anyone? and contest!

Yep, it’s that time of the year, when our thoughts turn to …. gift knitting!  Whether it’s a gift for a loved one (or yourself!) this is the time we start contemplating our stash, our pattern & book library, and the number of days left that you have to knit, oh, twenty odd gifts (well, hopefully less, but sometimes more!).

In general, you’ll be thinking small objects:  hats, socks (but not fingering weight, those have a deceptively large number of stitches), cowls, shawlettes, and ….. mittens!

Full mittens, fingerless mittens, either is fine:  the key is something that is useful, beautiful, fun to knit, and quick.  A good work to glory ratio is desirable.  I will humbly state that I think many of my mitten patterns do have a good work to glory ratio.

On that note….here’s the giveaway details.

Three people will win their choice of mittens pattern offered in my Ravelry store, including the Mittens! eBook.

What do you need to do?  Sorry, this is going to be a bit more involved than my normal ‘leave a comment posts’.  I do need you to leave a comment on this post, telling me if you’re going to be knitting any holiday gifts this year & if so, approximately how many.   If you sign up for my mailing list (right sidebar), leave a second post stating that you did.  Ditto for a third chance:  tweet about this & let me know via a comment on this post.

So, three chances to win.  I’ll check in with Random.org after midnight PST November 15th to pick the winners.  Leave me a way to contact you!

And here’s another teaser pic from my upcoming book, California Revival Knits.  These are the full Quatrefoil mitts, worked in Impulse of Delight BFL.  The colors are incredible and the yarn is fantastic to work with!

Quatrefoil Mitts

31 comments… add one
  • Kristen November 8, 2011, 3:36 pm

    I don’t think I have time for any holiday knitting this year, sadly, but I had to drop a note to say how gorgeous those new mittens are! I love the California Revival style, and I can’t wait to see your new book in full!

  • Lilie November 8, 2011, 3:48 pm

    I have 1 started and would like to try for 2 more. I am giving away knitting that I did earlier in the year (Camp Loopy was great for this). I will have to add your blog to my list on my blog 🙂

  • Lilie November 8, 2011, 3:49 pm

    Just signed up for your mailing list.

  • Lilie November 8, 2011, 3:52 pm

    Just tweeted but my account is private: https://twitter.com/#!/AP4C

  • Megan November 8, 2011, 4:12 pm

    I am doing cowls and small ornaments this year, mostly because I always wait too long to get started. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • Rebecca November 8, 2011, 4:28 pm

    I love the work-to-glory ratio theory — very smart. I’m listening to the podcast now. 🙂

    Your mitts are stunning! I also LOVE your Tarte Tatin. If I were to add some sleeves and maybe work the St st to below my bust, I might have the perfect sweater!! Beachcomber would rock with sleeves too (I’m not so much of a vest girl). Hmmm…

    knittingwithwords on Ravelry

  • Sharon M2 November 8, 2011, 6:45 pm

    Just signed up for your mailing list

    toomanyufos on rav

  • Adriene November 8, 2011, 7:19 pm

    Just tweeted about your contest. I’m @adrienescouch on Twitter and adriene on Rav.

  • Rachelle November 8, 2011, 9:08 pm

    I’ve almost got halfway through my one and only Christmas knitting project which is a pair of socks for my husband in Opal yarn. He’s really looking forward to them

  • Aisheteru November 9, 2011, 7:13 am

    That looks like a very nice Mitts.. I really love knitting especially in times like this..

  • Debbie H November 9, 2011, 7:59 am

    This year, I’m making hats for my brother and his family. Thanks for the giveaway. Debbie h

  • Debbie H November 9, 2011, 8:00 am

    I signed up for your newsletter. Debbie h

  • Ingrid November 9, 2011, 12:19 pm

    Yes, Im knitting christmas gifts this year, but not as many as ususally. I guess about 5-10 or so.

  • Susan November 9, 2011, 1:27 pm

    I’m doing lots of holiday knitting this year. Worsted weight hats for the men and socks for everybody. I’m being sneaky this year and trying to find those single socks that have no mate….perfect for giftees!

  • Susan November 9, 2011, 1:29 pm

    and I signed up for your newsletter too ’cause I cant wait to knit those Quatrefoil mitts and that gorgeous Wrought Iron Card…stunning!

  • Lotsofhermies on Rav November 9, 2011, 2:04 pm

    I don’t do holiday knitting. But I do have 2 hats, a pair of worsted weight socks, and somewhere in there spinning of siberian husky undercoat and a pair of fingerless mitt from the spinning to do.

  • Lotsofhermies on Rav November 9, 2011, 2:06 pm

    I signed up for you newsletters I would love to knit Quercus.

  • Kelley November 9, 2011, 8:32 pm

    Hi, just signed up for the newsletter. Thanks.

  • Sharon M2 November 10, 2011, 4:48 am

    I do very little holiday knitting. I usually make my husband a vest (have yarn and a pattern but haven’t even started this years). I have been considering a shawl or 2 but that probably won’t happen.

    toomanyufos on rav

  • Yolande November 10, 2011, 5:03 pm

    Last year I knit a lot of my Christmas gifts and I the results were very satisfying, so I decided to get started on my gift knitting a little earlier this year and began in September. I already have one Cloos and three cowls knit. I will be knitting a few bandana cowls from Purl Bee (what a great pattern!), one hat and one pair of hand warmers. I’m also knitting the Einstein coat sweater and if I can fit it in there, I’ll try for a sweater for my grandson (bulky yarn + large needles…just might make it in time). Depending on how this turns out, I may have to start in June next year 😉

  • maureen November 11, 2011, 11:48 am

    Through out the year I knit items and I put them in a bag in my gift closet. I have a little space in a closet where if I find an item I think someone might like I save it for their birthday or for Christmas. I knit through the year also because for me it is a big way to calm down and relax. I have already knit a sweater for a niece and one of my sisters has asked that I knit her young daughter a dress.

  • Trisha November 11, 2011, 7:39 pm

    I was hoping to knit hats for everyone this year, but design work has kept me busy. I would switch to mittens in bulky yarn, but I don’t have much bulky in the stash. I might just pick one person to get a beautiful pair of colourwork mitts.

  • Rebecca November 14, 2011, 8:52 am

    My holiday knitting list is getting clearer: cushion cover for dad (kitty paws walking across it — must get that chart figured out yet) and T-Rex toy for a friend’s little boy. I gave my mother an e-reader a few months ago and was going to knit her a cover for it, but I think she bought something already. So, official gift knitting = 2.

    Pre-Christmas, though, my partner and I both need hats, so I’m working on his now.

  • breezily November 14, 2011, 1:01 pm

    I knitted some presents in the summer: five felted key rings

  • breezily November 14, 2011, 1:04 pm

    and I’ve signed up for your newsletter too! I’m breezily on ravelry.

  • knitathome @ Ravelry November 14, 2011, 1:44 pm

    Your book looks fantastic! Great patterns!

  • knitathome @ Ravelry November 14, 2011, 1:45 pm

    I retweeted this contest!

  • Beverly Tilton November 15, 2011, 1:37 pm

    I am knitting for Christmas, but my knitting is for charity so my goal is “as many as I can”.

  • Beverly Tilton November 15, 2011, 1:41 pm

    I retweeted the contest!

  • knitmomma November 22, 2011, 2:30 am

    I am crocheting little stuffies for stocking for homeless children, and hope to knit a hat for my dad (but I’m ok with it being done late.)

  • knitmomma November 22, 2011, 2:30 am

    I also signed up for your mailing list…

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