Argent & Anzula (giveaway)

I’m using the Curls preorder to introduce the patterns and yarns from the book. I’ll be featuring a new pair each day. Most of the yarn companies have donated lovely prizes, so come back every day to see what’s new!
 Argent in Cloud from Anzula 

4 anzula smallIf I’m being honest, I’ll confess that my own personal difficulty wearing shawls was a significant motivating factor in making this book.  I’m really not good with shawls.  On a bad day, even scarves have been known to prove challenging.  The whole goal of Curls was to make pieces even I could wear.  But, even in a collection of easy-to-wear wraps, one is still going to win the title of easiest of all.  And it simply must be this piece.  I swear I was absolutely spoiled for choice when it came to pictures of this one.  Every way you put it on, it looks beautiful.  I’m convinced it makes me look taller, more clever, and at least 15% more interesting.  Imagine what it will do for you!

The delightful yarn from Anzula is a big part of this magic trick.  It’s the merino, cashmere, nylon blend we’ve all come to love in sock yarns, but spun up in at a lighter weight (somewhere between lace and fingering) and a with looser twist.  The result is something that is perfect for wraps – airy and light with beautiful drape, but still sturdy and easy to work with.  And I swear the color (Anzula does great grays) goes with every single thing I own.

The lovely folks at Anzula want to see if they can add this piece to your wardrobe too.  They’ve got two skeins of Cloud in this lovely shade (it’s called Seaside) to give away.  That’s enough to make two great big Curls, so let’s have two winners!  To enter, leave a comment telling me how you get along with shawls, (Do you have the knack of them?  Or do they sometimes seem to elude you?  There’s no right or wrong answer, just tell me what your experience is!) or pin this image.  I’ll pick one winner from comments and one from pinterest (it’s fine to enter both ways).

Comments left and pins made between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Thursday, November 27th, 2014 will be entered to win.  I’ll pick winners, contact them to get their addresses, and arrange to get the goodies to them.  When you leave a comment, be sure to use a real email address so I can contact you if you’ve won (I won’t do anything with those email addresses besides notify the winner).  If you win by pinning, I’ll leave a comment on your pin letting you know you’ve won.  If I do get in touch with you, I need to hear back from you within 72 hours or I will pick a new winner and contact them.

Gridelin & Baah (giveaway)

I’m using the Curls preorder to introduce the patterns and yarns from the book. I’ll be featuring a new pair each day. Most of the yarn companies have donated lovely prizes, so come back every day to see what’s new!
 Gridelin in Sonoma from Baah 

3 baah smallYou know how sometimes a yarn and a pattern combine just right to produce a project that’s more than the sum of its parts?  That totally happened here.  The yarn and the stitch seem more or less meant for each other.  The pairing produces fabric that looks almost like it was carved in stone.  The stitch definition is fantastic, and the resulting fabric looks almost etched.  The contrast between the crisp stitches and the soft, snuggly fabric is marvelous.

Much of the credit for this has to go to the delightful yarn from Baah.  The color is beautifully subdued – almost a solid, but with just enough variegation to produce a delightful depth.  And the three-ply structure makes for marvelously sculpted stitches that show off your work beautifully.  It really is a marvelously well-behaved yarn and great fun to work with.

And one of you lucky folks is going to find out just how much fun it is.  The lovely people at Baah are giving one of you two skeins of Sonoma to make this project yourself!  To enter, just leave a comment telling me which of their delicious colors you’d like most, and it might be yours.  I used Lavender for the book, but you can pick whatever you’d like!

Comments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Thursday, November 27th, 2014 will be entered to win.  I’ll pick a winner, contact them to get their addresses, and arrange to get the goodies to them.  When you leave a comment, be sure to use a real email address so I can contact you if you’ve won (I won’t do anything with those email addresses besides notify the winner).  If I do get in touch with you, I need to hear back from you within 72 hours or I will pick a new winner and contact them.

Cerise & The Fibre Company

I’m using the Curls preorder to introduce the patterns and yarns from the book. I’ll be featuring a new pair each day. Most of the yarn companies have donated lovely prizes, so come back every day to see what’s new!
 Cerise in Road to China Light from The Fibre Co. 

2 fibre company smallI’m going to make a confession.  Despite more or less passing as an adult most of the time, I am occasionally far too easily amused.  The wonderful, bouncy spiral on this piece entertains me far more than it has any right to.  My only consolation is that I’m not alone.  Everyone I’ve shown this one to has had a similar reaction.  I suspect may of you may find it delightfully amusing too.  The fact that it’s also easy to knit and fun to wear is a delightful bonus.

And this yarn is a perfect fit for the piece.  The alpaca makes it fabulously warm (even though the fabric is very open and airy).  And the mix of fibers (alpaca, silk, camel, and cashmere) plus the construction (3 softly spun plies, loosely brought together) gives the yarn a wonderful slinky, drapey feel.  It blocks beautifully (and you will want to block this one rather vigorously), and of course the color is smashing.  This was my first time working with yarn from The Fibre Company, but I suspect it won’t be the last!

Caesious & Swans Island

I’m using the Curls preorder to introduce the patterns and yarns from the book. I’ll be featuring a new pair each day. Most of the yarn companies have donated lovely prizes, so come back every day to see what’s new!
 Caesious in Washable Wool from Swans Island 

1 swans island small I love this project.  The stitch pattern is marvelously simple (really the chart is tiny, you’ll have it memorized about the second time you work it).  All the fun comes from a few cleverly placed extra wraps of yarn around the needle.  You don’t have to do anything hard, and the result is an interesting and delightfully textured fabric.  It even looks good on both sides.  That’s pretty much everything you could ask for!

And the yarn is every bit as delightful as the project.  You know I adore Swans Island (visiting them has become something of a tradition whenever we go to Maine).  I petted this yarn when we were there in 2013, and knew it would be perfect for this project.  It’s a wonderfully round yarn and could be knit at a huge range of gauges.  I’d be perfectly happy using it at a tight gauge for socks, at something a bit looser for a sweater, or at the marvelously open gauge used here for a wrap.  And Swans Island’s special process makes the yarn both machine washable and luxuriously soft.  You really can’t go wrong!