I could not have imagined such an enthusiastic response to the BellaKnitta knitting chatelaine giveaway! More than 50 of you entered; thanks to all of you. Our lucky winners are Ann P. of North Bend, Ohio, and Taylor M. of Houston, Texas. Handwork Hardware is sending out your chatelaines right now!
Congratulations! Happy knitting with all your tools in one place.
And now — on to the next giveaway! For this one, I’m asking for your help. I’m looking for a fabulous yarn of any type, but especially from independent and small dyers/spinners/yarn shops, to feature for upcoming giveaways. Please send me your suggestions using the form below, telling me the name of the shop and who to contact (if you know). Please do suggest your own shop if you have one.
As knitters we use some essential tools all the time: stitch markers, progress keepers, scissors, crochet hooks for picking up stitches and needles for weaving in ends. Having all of these in one place for a project is really helpful. That’s not usually the case with me – or at least it wasn’t till I was gifted a chatelaine created by Handwork Hardware.
Winning was a surprise. I was their 200th Twitter follower and received a message saying I’d won a chatelaine. I had no idea there was a contest going on, and (I have to be honest here) I had no idea what a chatelaine was.
Turns out it was invented in Victorian times to hold knitting tools and was designed to be suspended from a waistband, belt loop or knitting bag handle. Who knew? Apparently, the ardent knitters and founders of Handwork Hardware did.
Fast forward about 150 years — architects Cornelia Griffen and Judith Van Cleve have designed a modern-day chatelaine. The outer casing is sturdy and tight; there will be no little tools falling out of this chatelaine. And it’s bright red so you can find it among your yarn should you choose not to suspend it from something.
It contains all the essential tools I listed above, and it’s become indispensable for my knitting projects.
And now, through the generosity of Handwork Hardware, I have two to gift to two lucky winners, valued at $15 each. Just use the form below to enter (U.S. residents only, over 18 please, no purchase necessary). You’ll also receive occasional news from BellaKnitta by entering. The giveaway starts today, March 18 and ends April 18 at midnight, Eastern time. Good luck!
AllFreeKnitting.com is giving away two skeins each of Bernat Maker Home Dec in Green Pea and Lilac Fence Variegated, gifted by Yarnspirations. Bernat Maker Home Dec is a bulky weight, cotton blend, tubular yarn, and feels somewhat like a T-shirt fabric. The deadline to enter is March 19, 2017, at 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time.
Each ball is 8.8 oz (250 g) and 317 yards (290 m) and is available in 16 coordinating colors, including 8 solids and 8 variegated yarns. It’s an easy care yarn that can be machine washed and dried at low temperature, and is recommended for home decor projects such as blankets, pillows, and bathroom items.
To enter, click here and enter your information. Winners will be reached by email.
I could not have imagined such an enthusiastic response to my first dryer ball giveaway! Thanks to all who entered. Our lucky winner is Carrie Pippins – congratulations, Carrie. This set of six organic wool dryer balls is yours (one is hiding in the photo). Hope you like the colors!
Wool dryer balls are a great alternative to fabric softener – no chemicals, less expensive per load, long-lasting, and they reduce static cling. I’ll be writing more about them in general – and about BellaKnitta wool dryer balls in particular – soon.
Enter AllFreeKnitting.com’s giveaway for a chance to win one DIY Gradient Yarn Box in Brown including five skeins of yarn. This giveaway ends February 12, 2017, so hurry!
The Gradient Yarn Box contains five skeins of 100% acrylic yarn ranging in the caramel to chocolate color family, courtesy of Premier Yarns. On a cold winter’s day, what couldn’t be better than cozying up with a hot chocolate and 72 yards of delicious yarn?
If you’ve wanted to knit with beads, why not try to win the Compass Cowl Kit, gifted by Javori Designs, in the newest AllFreeKnitting.com giveaway?
The Cowl Kit comes with yarn, glass beads, a threader to string the beads on, and a pattern. It’s a one-skein project made with soft Berroco Weekend DK yarn. You have a choice of seven colors: Cobalt, Crimson, Emerald, Fuchsia, Midnight, Sand, and Teal. The kits come with beads designed to stand out according to the color you’ve chosen.
You can enter once per day, and you’ve got to act fast on this one – it ends on January 29 at midnight. Click here to enter and good luck!
If you live in the knitosphere, at some point or other you are going to come across felting, that magical process by which 100% wool becomes a fabric through agitating for a while in your washing machine or being stuck with a needle. My romance with felting began with a simple pouch and evolved into a quest for chemical-free laundry. Along the way, I discovered that you can drop felted wool dryer balls in the dryer instead of fabric softener, so I made myself a set.
In a friend’s Facebook post I mentioned what I’d done and he asked me to make him a set. So I did, and then another friend asked, then another…and a little cottage business was born, BellaKnitta Wool Dryer Balls. Here are some fun facts about dryer balls you can find there:
What are wool dryer balls? They are balls made of 100% wool that you toss in the dryer with your wet clothes. They tumble about and act as a natural fabric softener.
Why should I use wool dryer balls? So many reasons! 1. They make your clothes soft and scent free without the toxic chemicals found in bottled fabric softener or dryer sheets. Moms love them for drying baby’s cloth diapers. 2. They eliminate static cling. 3. They dry your clothes in about one third the time, so you get your wash done faster. 4. Because your clothes dry faster, you use less energy and pay less money to do your wash. 5. They’re just so darn cute and will love living in your dryer!
How many do I need? Six is sufficient for a normal dryer load. For a jumbo load, you may use up to 12.
How big are they? About the size of a tennis ball.
How long do they last? A set should last from 500 to 1,000 dryer cycles. When you notice it’s taking longer to dry your clothes, then it’s time for a new set.
How do you make them? I make each ball by hand out of 100% wool roving from a family farm in North Carolina. Roving is the sheared wool that when spun makes yarn. I use a process called needle felting to make each ball, and each ball takes from 30 to 40 minutes to make. This process does not use energy or water, as other felting processes do, so it saves precious resources.
So…don’t you want some wool dryer balls? You’re in luck — I’m giving away a set of six. Just use the form below to enter (U.S. residents only). You’ll also receive occasional news from BellaKnitta by entering. The giveaway starts today, January 15 and ends February 14. Good luck!