2014 Prize Drawings

Congratulations to Martha Dolbeer, winner of the December Prize Drawing described below. Since Martha is a current Premium Annual member, the prize extends her Annual Premium membership by another year (valued at $39!).
Thanks to everyone for participating in the KnitHeartStrings KALs and entering the prize drawings. Your membership is truly appreciated. Here’s to another year of knitting fun together. Stay tuned for more prize drawings in 2015. You could be a winner!

December 2014 Giveaway – Win Premium Time on KnitHeartStrings

Premium MembershipTo close out the 2014 prize drawings, you could win a Premium Level Membership valued up to $39!

The value and type Premium Level Membership awarded will depend upon the winner’s membership level as of December 31, 2014 as follows:

Winner’s Membership Level as of December 31, 2014 Prize
 Premium Annual 12 month extension to your annual premium membership
 Premium Quarterly 90-day extension to your quarterly premium membership
 Premium Monthly 30-day extension to your monthly premium membership
 Limited Content 30-day premium trial membership

November Giveaway Prize: Bitty Beady Christmas Tree Gift Kit

Congratulations to Teresa Lester, winner of the November Prize Drawing.

Teresa wrote: “Thank you so much!!  I really love this pattern and the choices of yarn and bead colors.  I think I like the pine green with the pearl beads combination the best though.  And I’d be so grateful to have you string the beads for me.  I have to use a magnifying glass every time I try to do it myself  :(   Glasses aren’t strong enough I guess!

Thanks to everyone participating, sharing and supporting the KALs and Prize Giveaways. I couldn’t keep KnitHeartStrings going without you.

In time for gift-giving season, this month’s KAL prize drawing is for HeartStrings’ most popular design for holiday decorating: Bitty Beady Christmas Tree. Bead “ornaments” peek in and out of the trellis lace branches on this tiny traditional-looking Christmas tree. The branch tips are formed with serrated edging, giving a realistic look.

Bitty Beady Christmas Tree knitted in pine green yarn and silver-lined red beads

The prize is a complete kit including hard-copy pattern, yarn and beads to make one bitty tree in your choice of color combos, along with a coordinating greeting card and matching envelope.

Knit and give the little tree as a gift (maybe even keep it for yourself?). Or gift the kit to a knitting friend to make for themselves.

There are 20 holiday color combos offered. I’ll even string the beads on the yarn for you if you want. Check out the color offerings for Bitty Beady Christmas Tree in the KnitHeartStrings Online Store.

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The coordinating greeting card with matching envelope makes a nice gift enclosure to go along with either giving the kit itself, or with your completed bitty tree.

Bitty Beady Christmas Trees greeting card and matching envelope

Bitty Beady Christmas Trees greeting card and matching envelope

October Giveaway: Luxury Smoke Ring Kit

Congratulations to Carole Moraine, winner of the October Prize Drawing. Thanks to everyone participating, sharing and supporting the KALs and Prize Giveaways. I couldn’t keep KnitHeartStrings going without you.

Win luxury yarn and your choice of 2 patterns to make a beautiful and practical smoke ring.

Flared Lace Smoke Ring

Flared Lace Smoke Ring

Smoke Ring with Lace Edging

Smoke Ring with Lace Edging

Luxury Smoke Ring Kit includes —

  • Personally autographed, hard-copy pattern for a smoke ring; your choice of either #A45 Smoke Ring with Lace Edging or #A49 Flared Lace Smoke Ring
  • A continuous skein of luxury yarn (50% baby alpaca, 25% merino, 25% angora) that is enough to complete the smoke ring of your choice in the color of your choice (either natural gray or natural white); the yarn has been washed and skeined, and is ready for you to wind into a ball to knit your smoke ring

September Giveaway: The Skinny on Lace Kit

Congratulations to Mary Jo Schultz, winner of the September Prize Drawing.

Mary Jo wrote: “I’m so excited to win this.  It is on my list of future projects. Am currently making a few more of the beaded pumpkins as thank you gifts.

Although I’ve been knitting for over 50 years each time I work thru your project I am finding hints and help to improve the quality of my work.  Thank you for making learning so easy and enjoyable.

Thanks to everyone participating, sharing and supporting the KALs and Prize Giveaways. I couldn’t keep KnitHeartStrings going without you.

September Giveaway Prize: The Skinny on Lace Kit

Create a statement in lace, and wear it with pizzazz. Slimming chevrons and stylized fleur-de-lis arranged symmetrically in narrow lace bands are knitted from end- to-end in one piece — no grafting or seams to sew! This design is ideal for those who like their scarf ends to match without the hassle of grafting or provisional cast ons.

The Skinny on Lace Kit to make long wrap scarf

Kit includes —

  • 2 balls Fonty Velourine cotton and rayon blend yarn, in a lovely deep burgundy color to make the Long Wrap Scarf as pictured. Velourine is a chenille yarn wrapped with a shiny, novelty thread. This makes it easy to work with and not “worm” like chenille yarns can often do.
  • Personally autographed, hard-copy pattern for #A87 The Skinny on Lace which includes instructions for the Long Wrap Scarf, as well as 2 other “skinny” projects: Skinny Necktie and Skinny Sash.

August Giveaways: Little Beaded Pumpkin Kit Kit AND Teddy Bear Kit

Congratulations to Pat Pope and Diane Cagnon-Ciolek, winners of the August Prize Drawings.Pat won the Little Beaded Pumpkin Kit and wrote: “It came in today’s mail and I just wanted to thank you for it.  I think it will be fun to do.
Sending you hugs and prayers, Jackie; and thanking you ever so much.“Diane won the Teddy Bear Kit and wrote: “I actually won something?!?!?!  This is a first.  I’m so excited and you DO have the correct shipping address.  Thank you so much……this will be fun.“Thanks to everyone who participated in the August KAL and Prize Giveaways. Be sure to check the current prize giveaway for more chances to win.

I’ve got 2 prizes to give away for August again! I am feeling generous (and thankful), as have so many of our KnitHeartStrings members been in their participation, sharing and support. I couldn’t keep KnitHeartStrings going without you.

Prize #1: Little Beaded Pumpkin Kit

This is a one-time offering only. For some lucky winner, I’ve lovingly strung all the beads needed so you are ready to start knitting! This is the project we did for last year’s September BOBBOL KAL. The tutorials are still available here at the KnitHeartStrings site if you need help.

Little Headed Pumpkin Kit

Little Headed Pumpkin Kit

Kit includes —

  • Orange size 10 crochet thread with beads already strung and ready to knit!
  • Green variegated size 10 crochet thread for stem.
  • Personally autographed, hard-copy pattern for #B12 Little Beaded Pumpkin.

Prize #2: Teddy Bear Kit

This is another of the Teddy Bear Kits like the one for last month’s giveaway. If you were hoping to win the kit and didn’t, you have another chance this month to enter and be the winner.

Teddy Bear Kit Contents

Teddy Bear Kit Contents

Kit includes —

  • Pattern for a Knitted Teddy Bear including technique instructions for
    – double knitting a tubular, 2-sided fabric on straight needles for the legs, body and arms
    – knitting in the round on double point needles (for beginning and ending the head)
    – short row knitting (for shaping the face)
  • 50g/170 yd skein of Lane Borgosesia sport weight yarn 83% wool/10% mohair/7% acrylic yarn. Enough to knit a soft and slightly “furry” teddy bear with the yarn doubled or 2 slightly smaller teddy bears with yarn used singly (along with appropriately sized needles as explained in the pattern).
  • All-natural 100% wool roving for stuffing your bear(s)
  • A baby bear birth certificate that you can fill out for gifting: name of bear, date, your name as knitter (i.e. the doctor who delivered baby, lol), and height/weight
  • Clear drawstring project bag

July Giveaways: Kool Aid Dyeing Socks Kit AND Teddy Bear Kit

Congratulations to Linda Dawson and Susan Havens, winners of the July Prize Drawings.Linda won the Kool Aid Dyeing Kit and wrote: “Yes, yes, yes!
Thank you so much Jackie. I am thrilled. I’ve been wanting to try dyeing and making custom colored socks. 
In fact I recently tried knitting a sock blank on a knitting machine so I could dye it, then knit it into socks. This prize comes at a perfect time since I had not thought of the dye yet. 
Thank you again and hope you are having a great time traveling and enjoying our fabulous weather.“Susan won the Teddy Bear Kit and wrote: “Wow you caught me by surprise!  … What a nice way to inject some joy into a crazy Monday!  Thank you so much!“Thanks to everyone who participated in the July KAL and Prize Giveaways. Be sure to check the current prize giveaway for other chances to win.

Prize #1: Kool Aid Dyeing Socks Kit

Kool-Aid Socks Kit

Kool-Aid Socks Kit

Kit includes —

  • 2 dyeing skeins of yarn at 100 yards each for a total of 3 oz/200 yards. Yarn is Henry’s Attic Kona Superwash, 100% Merino wool. There’s enough yarn to knit 2 pair of small child-size socks OR 1 pair adult socks.
  • 8 packages of unsweetened soft drink mix for dyeing in assorted colors.
  • Personally autographed, hard-copy pattern for #T306 Kool-Aid Kidz Socks. Pattern includes complete instructions for dyeing with Kool-Aid. Also instructions for knitting children’s socks in sizes 2 – 8 years. These socks feature the Peasant Heel by Catherine Wingate. This heel style is easy to replace if worn out.
  • Clear drawstring project bag.

Prize #2: Teddy Bear Kit

Teddy Bear Kit Contents

Teddy Bear Kit Contents

Kit includes —

  • Pattern for a Knitted Teddy Bear including technique instructions for
    – double knitting a tubular, 2-sided fabric on straight needles for the legs, body and arms
    – knitting in the round on double point needles (for beginning and ending the head)
    – short row knitting (for shaping the face)
  • 50g/170 yd skein of Lane Borgosesia sport weight yarn 83% wool/10% mohair/7% acrylic yarn. Enough to knit a soft and slightly “furry” teddy bear with the yarn doubled or 2 slightly smaller teddy bears with yarn used singly (along with appropriately sized needles as explained in the pattern).
  • All-natural 100% wool roving for stuffing your bear(s)
  • A baby bear birth certificate that you can fill out for gifting: name of bear, date, your name as knitter (i.e. the doctor who delivered baby, lol), and height/weight
  • Clear drawstring project bag

June Giveaway: Red Hot Summer Knitting Kit

Congratulations to Melanie Southard, winner of the June Prize Drawing. Thanks to everyone who donated to charity causes and participated in the June KAL and Giveaway.

June’s  prize includes –

  • 2 – 2 oz /215 yard skeins of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock yarn in color Lucky Stripe (total 430 yards)
  • personally autographed, hard-copy pattern for #S36 Red Hots Anklets
  • a box of Red Hots fat-free, cinnamon-flavored candy
  • a fluted acrylic candy bowl (or use the bowl for anything else you want!)
Red Hot Summer Knitting Kit

Red Hot Summer Knitting Kit

May Giveaway: Precious Treasures Necklace Purse Kit with Premium Necklace Chain Upgrade and Gemstone Lace Needles

Congratulations go to Caren Diebold, winner of the May Prize Drawing. See what Caren won. Thanks to everyone who participated in the May KAL and Giveaway.

2014mayprizedrawingMay’s prize includes a Precious Treasures Kit with premium upgrades for Necklace Chain and Gemstone Needles + signed hard-copy Lorna’s Light pattern (over $35 total value).

April Giveaway: Zephyr-In-A-Net Lace Yarn and Shawl Pattern

Congratulations go to Wendy Gilmore, winner of the April Prize Drawing. Thanks to everyone who participated in the April KAL and Giveaway.Wendy wrote: “I am so honored to win … Thank you for your generosity – and your talent! Red is my favorite color!!!  And I love the feather and fan pattern.  I think I will add some beads to it – I just love the subtle sparkle! … Take good care, and I look forward to future designs, tutorials and KAL’s.

I’m pleased to offer another specially prepared prize for the wonderful members of KnitHeartStrings. Win Jaggerspun Zephyr silk/wool yarn in vibrant garnet red, plus a full-color printed and autographed shawl pattern.

2014 April Prize Drawing for Jaggerspun Zephyr lace yarn and shawl pattern

This prize includes:

  • 500 yards of Jaggerspun Zephyr 2/18 Wool/Silk Lace Yarn in color Garnet Red. This yarn is wound into a center-pull ball and ready for you to knit. The center-pull ball is  cradled in a squishy net mesh sleeve to help the fine yarn feed smoothly.
  • Autographed copy of the Elegantly Simple Triangle Shawl pattern.
  • After you finish the yarn, the net mesh sleeve can be re-used when washing small delicate items or keeping socks sorted.

Jaggerspun Zephyr yarn is a favorite of lace knitters. If you’ve used Zephyr before, you already know the treat that is in store for you. If you haven’t tried this yarn yet, be prepared to be thrilled with how pleasant it is to knit and wear.

Elegantly Simple Triangle Shawl pattern is a lovely, fan-shaped design that begins at the point and is knit in one of those lovely laces based on the Shetland feather and fan stitch. There is enough Jaggerspun Zephyr yarn in this prize to make a shoulder wrap size. The bound-off long edge can be finished in your choice of dramatic points or graceful scallops.

Elegantly Simple Triangle Shawl

There is so much movement and interest in the pattern that it may look more difficult to do than it really is. Hint-hint: You’ll have a chance to practice the basic pattern stitch for the June KAL, although we will not be knitting this shawl pattern itself for the KAL.

March Giveaway: Black Watch Special Edition Yarn and Beads Kit

Congratulations go to Susan Barnhorst, winner of the March Prize Drawing. Thanks to everyone who entered. Susan wrote: “Oh, my gosh, Jackie!  I can’t believe it!  My luck must be changing.  Hurray!  Thank you so much … Again, yaaaaay! Many thanks.  Especially thanks for all the teaching you provide via your website.  It is truly an invaluable resource!

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
  • 30g 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)
  • Autographed, full-color printed pattern for the new Spring Raindrops Scarf

closeup-ball-of-black-watch-yarn-and-choice-of-possible-beadsThe yarn and color is the same as shown worked up for the sample knitted in the main photo for the March KAL project Narrow Lace Leaves Scarf.

Of course, you don’t have to use this yarn for that particular scarf (or even for socks, which it would seem that the yarn implies). This yarn is luscious-feeling, yet sturdy. There is plenty enough yarn to use for  1-skein projects such as scarves, hats/berets, 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).

February Giveaway: Heart’s Desire Special Edition Prize

Congratulations go to Pat Moore, 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!

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 you 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

2014 February Giveaway of yarn and beads

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 past KAL’s, with even more to come in some of the future KAL’s.

January 2014 Giveaway – Set of Waffle Weave Towels: Hearts and Cats at Play

Congratulations go to Sue Honig, winner of the January Prize Drawing. Thanks to everyone who entered.

To go along with the theme of this month’s even-count filet lace designs, 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 features hearts and the other a series of playful pairs of cats. 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

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