Friday, October 29, 2010

GIVEAWAY now with 100% fewer echnical difficulties!

Ok folks, here's the deal.  I need to find the "safe place" the camera battery charger is hidden in.  I do have photos both of work done and of the yarn for the giveaway but can't get them off the camera.  Yet.

I will update this post with the photos sometime today, but here's the scoop.

ETA:  Camera has been recharged!  Adding yarn porn now!

I'm debating how many brand new shawl patterns I need to write myself in order to do this project.  I think 200 is a truly lofty goal, but I'd like to shoot for something like 30-50 new patterns with a chance to knit each a couple of times to find the rhythm in it.

What do you think?  Do you have any suggestions?

Additionally, I want to know whether you think I should publish my patterns.

Each commenter to this post will be entered to win one of the following (with pictures to follow below them).

460 yards of dk weight cashmere mink yarn, Carribean Blue (from Great Northern Yarns, naturally)
knitting below color off, color of yarn, surprisingly accurate.  Yarn is sooooft and consistent a pleasure to knit

546 yards of ~ fingering weight brushed mohair & wool yarn from Fleece Artist in buttercream
I loooove this, it's softer than many mohair yarns and the color of sunshine and butter

874 yards of laceweight baby alpaca in tea-rose red by Misti Alpaca
the color on this is pretty darn close, which is hard with reds.  It's alpaca & laceweight.  Yummy stuff.

To enter, just comment on this post.  Winners will be chosen via a random number generator, so do make sure your email is attached to the comment so I can let you know you've won and contact you to get you your new yarn!

The comments will count until November 14, at which point winners will be announced!  Publicly even!

I did say I'd have the post up for Friday, not anticipating technical difficulties.  Give me a couple of hours to get photos so you can see how sexy the yarn is.  And thank you.

ETA:  Yarn pictures now posted.


  1. Dear Constantly Knitting:
    Your 200 Shawl Project is indeed a lofty goal! I would think 20 or 30 original patterns would be more than enough for the project. With all the different yarns and colors available, each shawl would be a unique creation. And, yes, you should publish your patterns – individually or collectively in a book with the story behind each pattern. You are a wonderful writer. I have been following your blog ever since it was mentioned on The Woolery’s newsletter. Yours is the only blog I visit daily. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. I agree that you should publish your patterns. If you think about the average pattern collection from a single designer, 30 original patterns would be an extremely generous amount, and 50 might even be the total over three books. I don't know how rigid a time frame you've set for yourself, or how easily desigining comes to you, but it would be a shame to burn out because of too high a goal on the design side. Rather than chiseling an exact number in stone, I'd set a reasonable number as the minimum, and re-evaluate when I'd met it.

  3. I think u should publish them..
    Maybe 20 to 30 pattern for a start..? That'll be Book 1..then another 20 to 30 patterns for Book 2..and so on..
    Just some crazy ideas..maybe a book on all the patterns for lace weight yarn..another for patterns for DK yarns..something like that..

  4. You've set yourself a real task, and you should reap the rewards of it. Definitely publish. It's nice that you want to do each pattern a couple times at least, I love when patterns show pictures of more than one choice of yarn or color. I think I sometimes pass up nice patterns because I don't like the color or yarn used in the photo.

  5. WOW! What beautiful work you do! I'm still working on a lace shawl that I started back in March, so I'm so in awe of you. If you do publish your patterns, I want to be in line for my own copy/copies. :)