Elinor Brown Knits

Knitting Designs by Elinor Brown

Month: April, 2007

Contest Winners!

Thanks to a random number generator, the winners are as follows:

1. Green cotton sock yarn: Kodachrome
2. Blue wool fingering weight: Megan
3. Spring 2007 Interweave Knits: EnnaVic

Congratulations to all winners! I will send out emails in the morning, I’m afraid I’m too tired this evening. If you read the blog before you get your email, send me an email at elinor AT knitlawrence DOT org with your name and address and I’ll get the loot out to you next week!

Many of you commented about particular blogs missing from my Bloglines list. I must confess that several months ago, my blogroll grew larger than I was publicly willing to admit so most of my newer subscriptions are now private. More than anything, a larger than a 150-count blogroll would take up way too much space in my sidebar and until I move it to its own page, that’s what you get.

So many of you lurkers came out of the woodwork! I’m looking forward to getting to know you through your blogs! To that end, I was thinking of featuring a new blog read at the end of a post, every so often. With a list of new commenters a mile long, I should have fodder through the summer!

Here are some new blogs to add to YOUR blogrolls. I know I’ve left some off (not intentionally, to be sure) but I’m too tired to add more links. You can look back through the comments from the last post. I had intended to alphabetize the links but, as you can see, I am an incredibly lazy person.

archivistontheedge.com Mean Girl
Aloha N Oreos
bella knitting
Bev’s Projects
Spunky Eclectic
Chocolate Sheep
Green apples – a knitting blog
heavenly days
i dream of knitting
b r o o k l y n t w e e d
The Invisible Handy Wipe
The Keyboard Biologist Knits
knit and tonic
Knits & Pieces
Knitting to Stay Sane
Midnight Purls
mind of winter
miss ewe knits
Mustaa villaa
My Fashionable Life
Neither Hip Nor Funky
Northwest Knitter
Posie Gets Cozy
Random Knits
Ruth’s Crafterlies
Sheepish Annie
Smoking Hot Needles
stash, knit, repeat
Tales from the Den of Chaos
What Housework?
Yarn Is My M├ętier
Yarn Miracle
Yarn Pirate
Yo La Tejo
Dogs Steal Yarn
g.bella knits
Go Felt Yourself!
In The Pink
january one
Lolly Knitting Around
On and Off The Needles
Pat’s Knitting and Quilting
The Plucky Knitter
tiennie knits
Two Left Needles
Walnut Cheeks

I must say that I found what other people look for in a knitting blog very interesting . When I look at a new blog, I want the author to show me something new, teach me how to do something or offer useful technique and/or pattern advice. And then there are the pictures. I admit that I look at your pictures before I read anything that you’ve written. For example, if I were reading this particular post, I would scan for pictures and seeing none, would sigh and mutter something about the blog author’s long-winded ramblings before moving on to something more colorful. I assume that other bloggers feel similarly so that’s why I almost always post lots of pictures. Or as my dad says, “pitchiz”.


Blog Contest!

As promised, a blog contest for free stuff! As if any of you need more yarn…

This is a destashing more than a contest, I must say. I took a good look at my stash and saw some things that don’t have projects attached to them. Leave me a comment and give me a link to a knitting blog you like to read and also tell me which one of the three items you’d like. I’ll draw names out of a hat for each item. Please don’t all say Yarn Harlot. We all know she’s great but I’m interested in undiscovered blogs, not ones with 7534875849357894375893475934 subscribers.

Enter before 5 p.m. (CST) on Friday, April 27th. I will draw the three winners while celebrating getting through another chemistry test. I’ll post winners and a list of interesting blog reads on Friday evening.

The Prizes
1. )Two skeins of Fortissima Cotton sock yarn in a kelly green color, 231 yds/ball, 26sts/4 in on US 1-2. I made some socks for my mom out of this stuff and it’s really soft and nice to knit with.

2.) Four skeins of fingering weight 100% wool from Jojoland, 220 yds/ball, 7-8sts/in on US 1-3. This would be good for lace. It’s not scratchy wool.

3) The Spring Interweave Knits
Somehow, I wound up with an extra copy. Who wants it?

Flying Under the Blogdar: Finished Baby Cardigan

I forgot to post about this over the weekend but I just finished a project that flew under the blogdar this month. The pattern is hardly interesting but the result is a very functional baby sweater. Beatrix models it for you, although it’s still too big for her!

Pattern: Baby Cardigan from Baby Knits Book by Debbie Bliss
Yarn: Plymouth Encore Worsted in dark brown
Needles: US 7

I’ve made so many of these for friends and family. The sweater is cute but the knitting is quite unremarkable with lots of stockinette framed in 2×2 rib. *snore*

Since I will have little knitting to post about this week, stay tuned for a destashing blog contest tomorrow!

FO: Canal du Midi Socks

Progress continues on the Gentleman’s Fancy Socks. Thanks for your feedback on the color. I wasn’t sold on it at first but I’ve grown to like it quite a bit!

The knitting will slow down a bit this week since there’s another Organic Chemistry test on the horizon. *sigh* The good news is that another aunt has asked for a pair of socks! Hopefully, I’ll be pattern gazing again soon!

Lately, there has been more exercise than knitting around here, which is always a good thing. Christine and I ran a 5K last week, which was so much fun! Go congratulate her on a power finish! We’re definitely planning to meet up again for another run soon. There are a bunch of races coming up that I intend to run but I’ll tell you more later.

Have a great week!

Nancyfest: Gentleman’s Fancy Socks and Canal du Midi Socks

Progress continues on the Canal du Midi socks. I’ve made it down to the heel flap on sock #2 and there’s hope that I’ll have the pair done this weekend!

In the meantime, I cast on for a pair of the Gentleman’s Fancy Socks from Knitting Vintage Socks. The yarn is Lang Jawoll from Knitsense! Stash knitting too! I can’t read and work a twisted stitch pattern very well so I went looking for a good rib pattern. These will be for my stepfather-in-law. My MIL and sFIL spend their summers in Montana so I’d like to have their socks done before they leave in May.

What do you think of the color? Is it too bright to be a manly sock?

Lastly, I made Yarnival! Go check it out! There are some really interesting blog posts in this issue!