Hey guys! I am really excited to break the long blog silence with a free pattern and a giveaway! Actually, with a free pattern, a link to a SECOND free pattern, and a giveaway. Your Friday just got way better, huh? I know, I do what I can. Actually, this is all thanks to my awesome publisher, Martingale, so technically they are the ones doing what they can to make Friday better.
When I wrote Knit A Monster Nursery and turned it in, it ended up being way more projects than would fit in the allotted space. When I do things, I tend to over-do things, what can I say? Which is awesome news for you since a couple of those cut patterns are now available on their own for free. Yeah! Free is always good. Actually free is not always good, but in this case, free is very, very good!
How cute is this? It is also awesome for, hmm, don’t know how put it other than, booger cleanup. I use my samples now with Peanut and his mega snotty noses. I used Berroco Weekend Chunky for the yarn which with the cotton content means softness on tender noses, plus super washability. A must with little ones, right?
I will get the file up into the sidebar here soon with my other free patterns, but I am not feeling so smart with these computery things at the moment, so help will be sought once Mr Danger is home...
If that is not enough cuteness for you (which, how much is enough cuteness, really? Is it even possible? I vote no.) Hop on over to Martingale’s blog to get another free pattern, this cutie-pie burp cloth:
This thing, I just love it. Not only is it good for cleaning up baby, ahem, barf spit up, it is a great friend for baby too. And it looks so cute draped over your shoulder. Love!
AND, as if two cutie-patootie patterns on a Friday wasn’t enough for you, I have an ebook copy of Knit A Monster Nursery to giveaway to one of you guys. Is this like the best day ever, or what? To enter, comment below telling me who you would be knitting out of Monster Nursery for. If it is yourself, that is just fine, but really I want to hear about all those cute babies and toddlers in your lives. Martingale is also hosting a giveaway, so hop on over there and enter as well! You know, "enter early, enter often?" Or, just once on each of these, but it is the same, right?
If you don’t have a copy of Knit A Monster Nursery yet, remember, if you purchase your copy on ShopMartingale.com, you get not only the hard-copy version of the book, but the ebook sent straight to your inbox as well. Awesomesauce, right? This day just keeps getting better.
I will pick a winner using a random-number generator next Friday, so be sure to get entered before then.
Alright guys, that was so much awesome I might just need to go take a nap now. So you guys go, get knitting and giveaway entering!
I am approached quite frequently by companies to advertise products and what-have-yous on the blog here. I really only want to offer content that is appropriate to you, my readers and because I am such a niche subject, the majority of items don't really feel "right" to me. But, recently someone from Firmoo.com emailed me to see if they could send me a pair of free glasses. Since it seems like the majority of knitters I know wear glasses (4 of 5 of my knit girls) AND because Firmoo offers free glasses to all first time buyers (you just pay shipping) I decided to say yes. And not only do they offer the first pair free, they have prescription glasses for as little as 8 bucks. Awesome right? I know all glasses wearers I know have always complained about how expensive glasses are. At 8 bucks, I decided I could have a whole glasses wardrobe (which is excellent when you have a 16 month old, since he thinks glasses are toys).
I am sure glad I said yes to this one! I started wearing glasses in the last year (thank you baby hormones), and since I got my glasses last August, I have been complaining that I need prescription sunglasses. So I used the nifty "virtual try on" thingie Firmoo has, and sunglasses are what I got:
I love them! I was very impressed with the whole experience too. They came quick, in a padded hard shell case, plus a soft case, a cleaning rag, and a hinge repair kit. Awesome! I can definitely say I highly recommend Firmoo if you are in the market for new glasses.
So, go check out Firmoo, and go check out their free glasses offer! Then you too can get a free (or cheap) pair of prescription glasses not in the summer, but as fall starts.....
Comment number 31, Hind. Make sure to check your inbox with an email from me Hind!
Thank you so much for all of your entries! Maria has passed along a free shipping code so you can get your own A Needle Runs Through It bag. Just enter the coupon code GIVEWAWAY when you check out! Thanks again Maria, you and your bags rock!
And, to make sure no one goes away dissappointed, I will have a new pattern out tomorrow, too! Wohooo!
Well, after I ordered it, Maria-- maker of awesome skully knitting bag-- said she would be up for doing a giveaway, so I of course jumped at the chance! I have this awesome small boxy monster knitting bag (it says Monsters on it!), plus cool triangle bag with teeny tiny socks on it, to give away to one of you guys!
To get entered, just hop on over to Maria shop, A Needle Runs Through It, and come back here and leave a comment about which bag there is your favorite. I will draw a winner using random.org's random number generator next Wednesday, August 22nd, so be sure to get entered by then.
Maria also sent me a tiny triangle bag, which is just perfect. Mine is filled with stitch markers, a tapestry needle, and a pair of folding scissors, and is now a must-take item when I go knit at Starbucks with the girls. I absolutely love it, thanks Maria!
What a neat little book! It is 215 pages full of different ways to cast on and bind off. As someone who really only ever uses long tail cast on, this little book is awesome! I am particularly excited about the 2 circular cast ons (pages 74-81) which are great when you start an in-the-round project in the center and work out and want to hide the cast on. You know, like on nearly all of my patterns (casting on 4 or 6 sts for the feet or bottom of the body. Like chubby chirps!) Or, if you are starting a top down hat, or circular shawl or blanket, or what-have-you. Cool right? I never knew there was a way to hide the cast on, I always just whip stitch over it to hide it when I am done.
I am also very excited about all the invisible cast ons (like for toe-up socks) and all of the bind offs (since again, I really only ever use one way to bind off). And, not only does it have lots of great techniques, it is laid out beautifully with TONS of pictures and very easy to follow directions.
I love this book and I know you will too! It will definitely become an indispensable title in my knitting reference library.
I have a copy to giveaway to one lucky winner. To enter this giveaway, leave a comment below telling me your favorite way to cast on or bind off. Do you guys only use long tail, too?! I will pick a winner using a random number generator next Tuesday, 7/24, so be sure to get entered by then!
Plus, I am just one stop on the Cast On Bind Off blog tour, so be sure to check out all the other great bloggers for even more chances to win a copy!
If you don't win a copy, I really do recommend hitting your LYS for a copy of this book. It is selling for under 12 bucks on Amazon, which is a deal at twice the price if you ask me! Like I said, it is a great title to add to every knitting reference library.
Thanks Random.org for the random number generator. And, thanks so much for every one who entered!
Alrighty, bags are packed (more or less) and I am ready to head to Nashville (I think.) I am off to bed in the next hour since my plane leaves at 5am tomorrow, which means I will be getting up about 3am. Fun, huh? I don't know how much time I will get to blog, but I did manage to get myself an iphone finally this weekend so I can video call Peanut (oh, and Mr Danger too) while I am gone. So, I will be sure to take lots of pictures!
If I don't post again, have a great week everyone! Get lots of knitting in. I sure will with my 10-11 hours of travel each way!
Good gravy I have been a terrible blogger as of late. Sorry. Between SSK prep and the sun not going down until 10:30pm or so and a couple other things, I feel like the house has been wildly off schedule the last couple weeks and Peanut has been going to bed super late and blah, blah, blah. You know, life has been happening. The bad thing is I have had great posts planned out every day. But, I have got a couple great things to make up for my bad-blogger-ness this week.
So, since the Wool Dispensary giveaway was so much fun, I have decided to do a giveaway every month. Woo! This month, the wonderful Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting has sent me a copy of her and Hannah Fettig's amazing Coastal Knits the book AND all four Coastal Knits Kids patterns to give away to a lucky reader. Awesome, right? This has got to be one of the most beautiful knitting books I have ever seen. A friend of mine let me dig through her copy that she borrowed from the library and I fell in love. Now that I have this copy to give away I have had a chance to dig through a little more and I desperately want my own copy! I am definitely going to have to buy a copy for me now. I want a Rocky Coast Cardigan for the Pacific Northwest fall and winter.
Ok, first of all, I have a second dinosaur pattern to release tomorrow! Yeah!
Now down to business, random.org says the winner is.....
There were 179 comments, not including my "giveaway closed" one, so I counted back 13 from the last one to find the 166th comment. Which was funny, too!
The winner has been notified, and thank you so much to every one who entered! I am going to have to do more giveaways, this was too fun.....
See you tomorrow for more dino-rama!
PS: Ok, had to share a crazy cute moment from my day. Peanut has been figuring out the "sharing" thing and offers every one anything he has. Today he offered his cracker to Abbey the Pug, who felt like she had won the lottery, grabbed the cracker, and ran to her bed to eat it. Too funny! P looked completely confused, I don't think he will "share" with a pug again!