Now that the books with goody bags have found their way to their new homes, I wanted to do a little post to show everyone what was in there (seriously, I’ve been getting questions from folks asking).  If you’re one of the folks who is waiting to open your package for some reason and doesn’t want the surprise spoiled, you should run away now!

goody 1Now, my natural inclination was to fill these things with a bit of actual glitter.  But because that would have led to swearing and cursing of my name (not to mention vacuuming…and who needs more of that), I restrained myself to just using glitter tape.  That seemed much more civilized.

goody 2Once you fought your way past that, you could start to get a sense of what might be in there.  (Last chance for you folks who want the surprise to skedaddle.)

goody 3Inside you’ll find lots of handy things to make your knitting more fun.

Starting on the left there is an adorable tape measure from Spud & Chloë.  If you’re anything like me, your tape measures are always going missing (I assume your tape measures and my tape measures are all off at a swanky party together without us).  This one so cute it should be easier to hang on to!

Next up we’ve got Allure fiber wash from Bijou Basin Ranch.  Everything Bijou does is amazing (I just may have some more of their yarn on its way to me for a new project), and I was so excited to hear they’d launched a fiber wash.  I’ve washed several of my own projects in this, and I love it.

Then we’ve got a super handy needle gauge from Knitter’s Pride.  This is another one of those things that non-knitters just don’t understand how we could need so many of, while knitters know you always need about two more than you currently have.  I love how portable this one is and plan to tuck it in my travel knitting bag (because despite the best intentions, I totally cannot tell a 1.5 from a 2, and that leads to all sorts of headaches).

And finally, a wee baggy of my very favorite stitch markers.  I find them super useful (light weight, removable, don’t snag, fit anything up to about a size 9 needle).  I tucked about two dozen in each baggy, but if you’re the sort who needs a lot of stitch markers, you can find them in bulk (around 300 of them for under ten bucks) over here.

They’re all things that have a happy home in my knitting tool kit, and I hope they’ll be useful in yours!  Many thanks to the fine folks at Spud & Chloë, Bijou Basin Ranch, and Knitter’s Pride for donating these goodies.  And tremendous thanks to all of you who were lined up to get them when the sale opened (crashing the server has now moved from being a source of panic to being a source of tremendous amusement).  I’ll have to see what sort of fun I can put together for next time!

Filemot & Spud & Chloë (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!
 Filemot in Fine by Spud & Chloë 

11 spud and chloe smallThere is a place in this world for auto pilot knitting.  The stuff you can knit in the dark at the movie theater, or over a beer in the dimly lit bar, or while watching some deeply engrossing tv show.  Projects like that are lovely, and there are several of them in this book.  This is not one of them.  This is unabashedly fiddly.  You’ve got lots of ribbing, you’ve got stuff going on on both right- and wrong-side rows, and you’ve even got twisted decreases.  But, for the love of all things woolly, the result is so worth it.

If you’re going to put that kind of work into a project, you wan to use a yarn that will last beautifully.  This one, by Spud & Chloë is just the thing.  It’s made with six tiny plies which are first twisted together into three pairs, then brought together into one cohesive, balanced whole.  I love yarns put together this way as they tend to feel delicate but wear like iron.  And of course, the 80% merino 20% silk mix bounces the light around beautifully.  It really is a perfect match.

And one of you is going to get to see just how perfect a match for yourself!  Spud & Chloë has donated two skeins of Fine (plus a lovely project bag to keep your work safe).  If you’d like it to be yours, just leave a comment here telling me how you feel about fiddly knitting.  Not gonna happen? Worth it for the right project? The fiddlier the better?  There is no right or wrong answer, just let me know what you think!

FIneComments 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.