We have a winner of the Knits From The Woodlot project bag! When Melissa from Oswego, New York, won the Knits From The Woodlot project bag she said, “A new project bag means I can start a new WIP, right? 😉”
Yes! Don’t projects always outnumber project bags? Certainly for me, but maybe not for those disciplined knitters whom I admire – buy yarn, make the project, buy yarn, make the project, buy yarn, make the project, repeat.
This little giveaway was fun; maybe I’ll give away some yarn next time – yarn from a project that didn’t quite make it on to the needles.
Swatching According to Designer Dana Gervais
Dana Gervais is a sock designer. But not just a sock designer. Be surprised by her creations at Dana Gervais Designs where “Not Socks” is the delightful, smallest category of her design collections. Here’s Dana’s charming mantra – “Inside every skein of sock yarn is a pair of socks begging to be set free.”
I am one of those knitters who made one sock and gave up the practice straightaway. Not that I didn’t enjoy the process; it was a great learning experience and quite intriguing. I think the idea of doing the same thing all over again did me in. That and dpns. Dropping them made me crazy! Two at a time on circular needles may be the answer. Or does Magic Loop work for 2 socks? I love Magic Loop. More to learn. Must check in with Dana for the best instructions.
Dana’s paternal grandmother taught her to knit and her latest pattern, named Neta, pays homage to that relationship. Dana says, “She was a finesse knitter, and she and her knitting have inspired every stitch I’ve ever knit.” Check out the Neta photo up above. I love that swooping, top-of-the-foot action. Act fast, before the end of July 16th, and get 20% off the pattern price.
This is a long way around to talk about Dana’s latest blog post, on swatching. I am a committed swatcher (although I am guilty of making them too small in my eagerness to get with the project) but have never read such clear, beautifully written words on the topic. Take a look. We are so lucky to have generous creators sharing their knowledge online.
Even if you aren’t that much into socks, Dana’s website is well worth a visit. She offers everyone a free sock pattern on signing up and writes about lots of topics that we need more information about, like ladders. It’s going to be fun to see what my editor, the woodworker, handyman husband has to say about that!