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March Giveaway at KnitHeartStrings

Black Watch Special Edition Yarn and Beads Kit Prize

I’m pleased to offer another specially prepared prize for the wonderful members of KnitHeartStrings. Good luck to everyone!

This prize includes:

  • 2 oz/215 yards of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock 4-ply fingering weight 80% superwash wool and 20% nylon, in color Black Watch, wound into a center-pull ball and ready for you to knit; the yarn is luscious-feeling, yet sturdy — if you have not tried Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock yarn yet, you are in for a treat
  • 20g size 6/0 Miyuki beads in your choice of either #277 Green-lined Crystal AB or #269 Ice Blue-lined Crystal AB; these are my favorites to give sparkly tone-on-tone accents with this yarn (or you can also make your own color selection from the other in-stock beads listed here)
The yarn and color is the same as used to knit the sample scarf shown  for March’s KAL of Narrow Lace Leaves Scarf shown here.

Of course, you don’t have to use the yarn you win for this particular scarf. There is plenty enough yarn to use for  1-skein projects such as  hats/berets, other small fashion scarves, etc.

The glass seed beads are high quality Miyuki size 6/0 (4 mm diameter), the size suitable for placing on fingering weight yarn with the crochet hook method. The Narrow Lace Leaves Scarf  pattern does not include instructions for beading, but I will be including a bonus support article for this during the March KAL, and you can also get other ideas from previous KAL projects such as the Pretty Awesome Yarn Pouch and Dolly’s top-Down Tri Shawl). A listing of all previous KAL’s and the supporting articles is here.

How to Win

Want to win? Simply hop on over to the KnitHeartStrings site to read about the different ways you can rack up entries. The winner will be drawn at the end of March 2014. Good luck!

February Giveaway at KnitHeartStrings

Celebrating Valentines, the February prize  at KnitHeartStrings is Heart’s Desire yarn and bead pack.

Heart’s Desire Special Edition Prize

No other month of the year says “pink” to me as much as February. How about you? So, for the February giveaway, I’ve put together a special edition kit of yarn and beads for some lucky winner to play with and create whatever your heart desires.


This prize includes yarn and beads to play with in whatever way you want:

  • 2 skeins of  yarn, each in a different, yet compatible colorway
  • beads in contrast color for bold design accents
  • beads for sparkly tone-on-tone accents

Each skein is 2 oz (57 g) /  215 yards of Lorna’s Lace Shepherd Sock 4-ply fingering weight 80% superwash wool and 20% nylon. 4 oz (114 g) / 430 yards total.

The colorway on the left is called “Girly Stripe”; the one on the right is “Tickled Pink”.

This yarn is luscious-feeling, yet sturdy. There is plenty enough yarn to use for separate 1-skein projects such as scarves, hats/berets, etc. Or use together for one-of-kind, serendipitous color play.

The glass seed beads are high quality Miyuki size 6/0 (4 mm diameter) in 2 colors of 10 g (approx 120 beads) each: silver-lined violet and silver-lined crystal. A total of 20 g (approx 240 beads).

If you need inspiration or guidance on using beads, there are lots of ideas in lessons we’ve had for  KAL’s at KnitHeartStrings. A listing of all previous KAL’s and the supporting articles is here.

How to Win

Want to win? Simply hop on over to the KnitHeartStrings site to read more and enter. The winner will be drawn at the end of February 2014. Good luck!


April 1, 2014 Update:

Congratulations go to Pat M, winner of the February Prize Drawing. Thanks to everyone who entered.Pat wrote; “I am tickled. One of my first yarn-loves was the Lorna’s Lace line. I have several pairs of socks that I’ve knitted from LL’s Shepherd Sock. Also, I’m enjoying the St. Paddy’s Day cozy. I’d forgotten how much pleasure I derive from working with beads and yarn together. You are feeding my addiction.

Thank you very much. This is the proverbial icing on the inspiration cake that you serve to us regularly!


Winner Announcements for “Vote Your Favorites: Top 14 Finalists to Begin 2014”

The votes have been cast and the results are in to determine the front-runner standings for viewer’s choice favorites! The first 5 in the Top 14 to Begin 2014 are —

1. Flared Lace Smoke Ring

Flared Lace Smoke Ring

2. Flames of Fall Stole

Flames of Fall Stole

3. Thinking of You Scarf

Thinking of You Scarf

4. Filigree Lace Ensembles

Filigree Lace Ensembles

5. Bitty Beady Christmas Tree

Bitty Beady Christmas Tree

You can check out all the detailed standings for Top 14 to Begin 2014  and read comments here.

As promised, everyone who entered went into a random drawing for  choice of their pattern from the Top 14 Finalists. Ta Da … We have a winner … I am pleased to announce the winner: Rose Fu who has selected Swags of Lace Crescent Scarf as her prize. Congratulations Rose!

Swags of Lace Crescent Scarf

Thank you so much to everyone who voted their favorites and made comments. It is helpful to me in so many ways to know what you like, what you are looking for, and what you want to see more of.

I hope you enjoyed looking around and reading the comments, too, as much as I did.

Top 14 to Begin 2014

Vote for your favorites in the Top 14 Finalists to Begin 2014

Vote Your Favorites: Top 14 to Begin 2014

Taken from the ‘demand rating’ reported by Shopatron, this is the top 14 list as 2013 ended and 2014 begins. I hope you enjoy seeing the top favorites your fellow knitting friends are interested in.

Are your favorites included? Maybe it’s something you already have, and then you know you are in good company. Or maybe it’s something you’ve missed seeing in the past. You can click the pictures to find out more information and download a free cover sheet for any of the patterns.

Win a Prize … Of these “finalists”, which are your favorites?

Please vote for your favorites below by clicking the “heart” to the upper right of patterns you love. You have up to 10 votes in case you it hard to decide which ones you love the most! Then also leave a comment to complete your entry to win the prize.

As a thank you, I will do a random drawing at the end of the voting period (January 31st) for your choice of one of these finalist patterns to the winner. Be sure to include an email address where I can reach you (the email will only be shown to me as the admin, it will not be publicly displayed).

Note: You must vote as well as comment to qualify for the prize. Voting for more than one favorite does not increase your chances of winning — the extra votes are just to help you avoid struggling in choosing just one. Thank you.

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I would love to hear what you think as that helps me focus new designs for the types of patterns you really like.

Please share your ideas at the HeartStringsFiberArts Facebook page or the Ravelry HeartStrings group.

Or you can write me directly. Looking forward to hearing from you. What you say and share counts!

January Giveaway at KnitHeartStrings

Did you hear about the January giveaway over at KnitHeartStrings? The prize  is a set of delightful Waffle Weave Towels.

To go along with the theme of January’s even-count filet lace KAL at KnitHeartStrings, I found these delightful Waffle Weave towels at Ulster Linen to award to a lucky winner at the end of January 2014.

Hearts and Cats at Play towels

One towel has a design of Red Hearts (what could be better for Valentine’s Day?!). The other towel has silhouettes of Cats  at Play banded by a coordinating red stripe.

These are top quality 100% cotton towels with the designs woven in (not printed). Very absorbent for use as kitchen towels, you can also add delight to your meals and interior decorations by using them atop serving trays or side tables. They are a generous 20? x 30?. And of course are machine washable and dry-able to make your life easier and leave more time for knitting.

KnitHeartStrings Giveaway for January 2014 - Hearts and Cats at Play towels

How to Be a Winner

Want to win? Get on over to the KnitHeartStrings site to read more and enter. The winner will be drawn at the end of January 2014, so don’t wait too long and miss out.