Giveaways and Contests

A Visual Pattern Preview and Giveaway

Hillside Blooms is knit up in a stunningly beautiful hand-dyed yarn. The perfect balance of lace and texture, along with gentle curving lines, really brings this design together. Stay tuned for this shawlette knitting pattern (which I LOVE to wear as a scarf)! (NOW Available - the #210 Hillside Blooms Shawlette)

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A bold heart is the centerpiece of this quick knit! A departure from my usual designs, but this one was so fun and quick (took me just over an hour to knit one hat!) AND I learned a fabulous technique for working Intarsia in the round that was so easy! PLUS, I made this matched set (one for DH) with just 1 skein of each color. Woohoo! [NOTE - This pattern has been released: #209 Big-Hearted Hat]Big_Heart3_500

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There are some lace patterns that practically beg to be worked up in a delicate mohair silk. This was definitely one of them. The result is a very feminine, flowy scarf that is super budget-friendly and a great travel project! I'm almost finished knitting this one-ball scarf and will begin writing it up very soon! (NOW available - the #211 Chalice One-Ball Scarf)

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the above scarf.

*** AND NOW THE GIVEAWAY DETAILS ***

ENTER TO WIN a copy of your TWO choices (of the above) as soon as they get released!

HOW TO ENTER:

1) PIN any or all of the above images (or any knitting pattern from my SweaterBabe.com site or my from my patterns on Ravelry) to one of your Pinterest Boards. The words "SweaterBabe Knitting Pattern" must be in your Pin description. THEN, enter the Pin's url here as a comment (example: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/181129216239054823/).

2) If you are not on Pinterest, post a comment here telling us which knitting pattern you'd love to get your hands (and needles) on! 

All entries must be before 9pm PST, March 31st, 2015.

Then, I'll randomly choose 3 winners from all entries. Each winner can choose TWO of the above patterns to win.

Winners will be announced here on this blog post AND in my knitting email newsletter.

Additionally, I will email winners directly, so please be SURE to include your correct email on the comment posting form. 

To be sure you don't miss my winner announcement, please sign up for my knitting email newsletter here

Winners will be emailed or gifted the TWO pdf patterns they choose (from above) as soon as the pattern is released. If they wish to substitute a different individual pattern from my collection, that is ok too.

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*** Announcing the Winners! ***

Congrats to . . . Suzi Smith (commented on 3/7/15), Ife Davis (who pinned and commented on 3/12/15), and Cathy Plittman (who pinned and commented on 3/4/15).

You've each won your choice of 2 individual SweaterBabe.com patterns. Choose from these previewed here or from my whole collection. Winners have been emailed.


Eye Candy Pattern Preview and Enter to Win a Copy

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From top to bottom:

1) To be named, asymmetrical lace poncho. Bring it! Whether it's a layer over your skinny jeans and tall boots for a run to the grocery, or it tops off a long, lean dress - this poncho is a head-turner that will showcase your knitting skills as well as your fabulous fashion sense!

2) Cables, cables, cables. Always love them, especially when they are presented in a unique, bold, yet understated way. This wide, beautifully cabled, stole is a must-knit and must-have in a cashmere blend yarn.

3) Another view of the poncho. Fringe is in!

4) and 5) A transitional tank in a most gorgeous hand-painted colorway. Angled hem creates a beautiful drape. Gently curved front and back neckline is ultra flattering and the perfect compliment to your favorite statement necklace or pendant.

ALL of these patterns coming soon! [3/26/15 UPDATE: Shop the #201 Off-Kilter Poncho, the #202 Truffles Stole, and the #203 Falling with Grace Tank!]

ENTER TO WIN a copy of your TWO choices (of the above) as soon as they get released!

HOW TO ENTER:

1) PIN any or all of the above images (or any knitting pattern from my SweaterBabe.com site or my from my patterns on Ravelry) to one of your Pinterest Boards. The words "SweaterBabe Knitting Pattern" must be in your Pin description. THEN, enter the Pin's url here as a comment (example: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/181129216239054823/).

2) If you are not on Pinterest, post a comment here telling us which knitting pattern you'd love to get your hands (and needles) on! 

All entries must be before 9pm PST, December 10th, 2014.

Then, I'll randomly choose 3 winners from all entries. Each winner can choose TWO of the above patterns to win.

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Winners will be announced here on this blog post AND in my knitting email newsletter.

Additionally, I will email winners directly, so please be SURE to include your correct email on the comment posting form. 

To be sure you don't miss my winner announcement, please sign up for my knitting email newsletter here

Winners will be emailed or gifted the TWO pdf patterns they choose (from above) as soon as the pattern is released. If they wish to substitute a different individual pattern from my collection, that is ok too.

WINNERS! Lindsay N., Darlene Demell, and Carol Nunn. Congrats and thanks for entering!

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BRAG and WIN!! Photograph all those SweaterBabe.com Finished Projects and Enter to Win!

THE MORE YOU BRAG, THE MORE YOU CAN WIN!!
 

Besides keeping you chic and stylishly warm, those finished SweaterBabe projects can be put to good use ads giveaway entries!

 

Here's How:


    • Going to Vogue Knitting Live Chicago 2014 this weekend? Take a photo of yourself wearing any finished SweaterBabe.com project at Vogue Live and submit it for a free individual pattern of your choice! All entries (up to 3!) will also be eligible for the Grand Prize Drawing of $25 in SweaterBabe.com patterns! (see rules and details below)

    • Earn free patterns (no submission limit!). Submit a photo of any finished SweaterBabe.com project on a person to our Finished Projects Gallery! If your photo is chosen to be featured, get a free pattern of your choice! 

      Here are some fabulous photos that have been chosen to be featured in the past:
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#123 Sophisticated Boho Eternity Scarf from Amanda S. 
 

  

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#122 Tie-Front Long Cabled Vest from Emily H.
 
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#99 Flutter-Sleeved Blousy Cardigan from Margaux H.
 
Submit your finished SweaterBabe Project photos to the Finished Projects Gallery!

RULES FOR VOGUE KNITTING LIVE CHICAGO 2014 PHOTO GIVEAWAY: The finished knitting project you wear must be easily identifiable as a SweaterBabe.com pattern (so please take a close enough photo so I can clearly see it). The item must be worn at the Vogue Knitting Live event by you, so the photo MUST include a Vogue Knitting Live sign in it! Limit 3 eligible photos per person. Each entry must be a different finished SweaterBabe project. Each entry earns a free pattern AND counts as an entry in the prize drawing. Email photos to me at info@sweaterBabe.com or post them on the Ravelry thread here.

FROM all eligible entries, I’ll pick a random entry to win a GRAND PRIZE of $25 in SweaterBabe.com patterns (awarded as store credit at SweaterBabe.com or as gifted patterns on Ravelry up to the $25 amount.) YES - IT’S THAT EASY! Spread the word and have a great time there!!!


A Mystery Scarf Knit-Along from SweaterBabe.com

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Get ready for a SweaterBabe.com Mystery Scarf Knit-Along!

JOIN US as the Clues get released in September for this quick-knit one-ball (or two-ball if you want it a little longer) scarf that is very "SweaterBabe."

Initial Sign-up period will be August 10-31*.

Fans of my designs, you won't be disappointed! You'll love this Mystery Knit-Along (MKAL) and will want to knit this pattern again as the results are lovely ;-)

Mark your calendars and watch my email newsletter for the Sign-Up details. 

** For RAVELRY users **, please join the MKAL through this MKAL thread

** For NON-RAVELRY users **, please add yourself to the MKAL September email list here. I'll be providing the sign-up details to you on August 10th (and a later August date as a reminder) AND all September Clue updates will be ONLY through this email list.

The full pdf pattern will be available once the MKAL is finished at the beginning of October.

SEPTEMBER 29 UPDATE: Clue #5 is up now (includes all previous clues)!

For those that purchased on Ravelry: You have received a Pattern Update pm that includes a link to the MKAL pattern in your Ravelry library, where you can update your pdf copy to get Clue #5. Visit the MKAL threads to discuss your progress.

For those that purchased directly on SweaterBabe.com: Sign in to your store account at http://www.sweaterbabe.com and under "completed orders" you can get a new download link to get Clue #5 of the MKAL pattern. Be sure to add yourself to the MKAL September email list here if you want September Clue update reminders by email. Post here to discuss progress.

CLARIFICATION (for Clue #2)!

Clue 2 ONLY takes you through Row 31 of TOTAL Rows. Please follow it exactly as written on page 4.

The PATTERN STITCHES section on page 3 is for reference only as you need to work those pattern stitches. The actual step by step instructions for knitting this scarf are on page 4.

You will be working through Row 31 of the Scarf (again, total rows), which is only following Rows 1 through 7 of the new Diamond Lace. Then, please STOP. Row 31 (i.e. Row 7 of Diamond Lace) is a RIGHT SIDE row, so STOP THERE.

Clue 3 will begin with a WS Row.

CLUES 3, 4, and 5 will have much more in them! I kind of left 1 and 2 a bit short to allow those to catch up (late sign ups might still be waiting for yarn to arrive) and to keep the mystery for a little bit. Clue 3 will be a big reveal, I think!

CLUE #3 NOTES

REMEMBER - Clue #3 begins with a WS ROW. Explanation above in Clarification for Clue #2. 

ALSO, if you are new to the (p1, k1, p1) in next st, practice with non-mohair yarn first.

Here is a link to a SPOILER photo for Clue #3. It shows Clue #1 and #2 and a little of Clue #3. It is a BLOCKED photo, so PLEASE remember that I do NOT recommend you block until Clue #5 instructions.

 

*** UPDATE 10/7/14 ***

Here are photos of some of the PRIZES that will be awarded in various categories for Finished Scarves: (Top left, then clockwise) 1) A Serena Project Bag from Diana Couture, 2) A small (yellow) Yarn Owl perfect for smaller projects like this from Diana Couture, 3) Jangly Dangly Earrings from Sassafras Creations, and 4) Lilly Brush's New Brushes for Pet Owners and their Lint Remover brushes (not shown here). Visit the Prize Thread on Ravelry for more details.

Not a Ravelry member? Just email your Finished MKAL Scarf photos to info@sweaterbabe.com to be included in the random prize drawings from all Finished Scarves.

MKAL Prizes

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*** UPDATE 10/15/14 ***

FINAL PDF (non-Mystery!) has been Published!  Introducing the #193 "Don't Ruche Me, I'm Knitting" Scarf:

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A LOT more photos on the Pattern Page!

For those that purchased on Ravelry: You have received a Pattern Update pm that includes a link to the MKAL pattern in your Ravelry library, where you can update your pdf copy to get the FINAL Version. Visit the MKAL threads to see the PRIZES for OCTOBER.

For those that purchased directly on SweaterBabe.com: Sign in to your store account at http://www.sweaterbabe.com and under "completed orders" you can get a new download link to get the FINAL Version of this pattern. 

*** ADDITIONAL GIVEAWAY ***

Going to Vogue Knitting Live Chicago 2014 this weekend? Take a photo of yourself wearing any finished SweaterBabe.com project at Vogue Live and submit it for a free individual pattern of your choiceAll entries (up to 3!) will also be eligible for the Grand Prize Drawing of $25 in SweaterBabe.com patterns! 

RULES FOR VOGUE KNITTING LIVE CHICAGO 2014 PHOTO GIVEAWAY: The finished knitting project you wear must be easily identifiable as a SweaterBabe.com pattern (so please take a close enough photo so I can clearly see it). The item must be worn at the Vogue Knitting Live event by you, so the photo MUST include a Vogue Knitting Live sign in it! Limit 3 eligible photos per Ravelry member. Each entry earns a free pattern AND counts as an entry in the prize drawing. Email photos to me at info@sweaterBabe.com or post them on the Ravelry thread here.

FROM all eligible entries, I’ll pick a random entry to win a GRAND PRIZE of $25 in SweaterBabe.com patterns (awarded as store credit at SweaterBabe.com or as gifted patterns on Ravelry up to the $25 amount.) YES - IT’S THAT EASY! Spread the word and have a great time there!!!


Koala Caddies - a Review and Giveaway!

Handled paper bags, plastic totes (my current fave from the Japanese Dollar store!), baskets, my purse, reusable grocery bags - these are some of the things I've used in the past to carry around my knitting. And all to varying levels of success. 

In recent years, it's become even more important that I carry my knitting when I know I'll be out with some bits of time on my hands. . . whether I'm being soccer or gymnastics mom, going on a road trip, waiting at a doctor's appointment, or sitting in the school pickup line, even getting a few rows in can help me keep up with all the knitting that I do. Plus, I love being productive rather than staring at walls or checking email.

Recognizing that many knitters and crocheters are productivity-lovers (AND like to protect their time and $ investment in their projects) like me, Mary Shooshan designed and developed these craft tote/storage bags called the Koala Caddie Knitting Bag Aprons and here is my official review!

Her design holds two U.S. Patents! IMPRESSIVE!Koala_Caddie8

She calls them the KOALA Caddie Yarn Craft Apron (aka KOALA Caddie Knitting Bag Apron) and she sent me 2 of them - one for review and one to give away (details on that later).

First impression: This looks like a nifty item that has lots of pockets and other features that were very well conceived! I LOVE pockets and own many pairs of cargo pants, though I have never stuffed my knitting in them (just cable needles, ha ha).

I was very impressed with Mary's website, as it has extensive photos on the many ways to use the Koala Caddie. This just proves how thorough she was in designing it, as the photos visually explain all the ways the tote can be easily converted for use in different situations and by different users. 

To be honest, the selection of fabrics she had on her site were not to my taste (I admit to extreme pickiness), but NO WORRIES! She PROMPTLY took my feedback on the fabric selection and went above and beyond most shops to allow me to pick fabrics I could be excited about!

That's the beauty of these items being hand-sewn. She is able to buy a small amount of fabric to make custom Koala Caddies and is now offering the same service she gave to me to all of her customers. Yippee! The first photo above is one of the fabrics I chose (and the one I'm keeping!).

So, fabric choice no longer a distraction, I was able to receive her samples and focus on reviewing their usefulness.

The workmanship on these Koala Caddies is gorgeous. I can barely sew, but I certainly can recognize a pro! These bag/aprons are meticulously cut and sewn together, with beautiful satin linings to protect your knitting and yarn. Mary uses pretty snaps and toggles that allow you to convert the bag/apron as needed. Koala_Caddie5

The bag is very lightweight, as I believe all tote bags should be (and cork platform shoes too, but I digress!). It cleverly uses snaps to go from fully extended tote (shown at right here) to shorter tote bag. The toggles make for quick adjusting of the straps, which can tie around your waist apron-style, or be tied together and used as a tote strap (cross-body or shoulder).

Koala_Caddie2Snaps at the top close up the bag part so your knitting can be safe and secure.

Is the bag big enough to hold much? Why yes! Surprisingly so, as the front is subtly pleated. When you carry a small project, the pleats stay nicely, uh, pleated. But if you need to carry around a larger project, the pleats easily push out to accommodate.

Fully extended, the tote/apron can also hold your PDF full-page pattern, although this is a soft bag, so some bending or folding might happen.

And unlike my plastic totes, baskets, and shopping bags, the soft fabric of these caddies, allows you to be wearing them as an apron and then just sit down to knit, while your project is safely nestled in your lap. Nice!

Mary explicitly designed her Koala Caddies to solve these issues:

  • Interruptions
  • Fuzz on my clothes
  • Fur in my project
  • Yarns that resist unwinding
  • Afghans with early rows already pilling and fuzzing from friction
  • Plastic grocery bags holding hundreds of dollars worh of fine yarn.

I'd say she addressed all of these issues in a very functional, stylish package!

Plus, she has a cute little Koala button accent on the inner pocket, which also includes some elastic loops (see them peeking through?) to help you keep your knitting needles and tools handy and safe.  Koala_Caddie6

For more information or to purchase your own, please visit www.koalacaddie.com.

KOALA Caddie are available in Mary's Etsy Shop at www.koalacaddie.etsy.com

If you're like me and want to pick your fabric, here is one of her custom listings.

*** SO, now for the GIVEAWAY! ***

I've got ONE Koala Caddie* to give away - $64 retail value! It's in the dark floral fabric (I hand-picked as well!) shown here.

HOW TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY: You can do one or more of the following to enter.

1) Make any pattern purchase from SweaterBabe.com from now until 7/31/14, 9pm PST. Each purchase counts, so multiple orders are welcome. Sorry, but free pattern downloads do not count as an entry. [IF you order by 7/6/14, use Coupon Code JULY4CPN for $4 off all orders of $10 or more.]

2) Post a comment on this blog post telling us what you think of these Koala Caddies and Pin this image 


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Shortly after July 31, I'll randomly choose ONE entry to receive this pretty BLACK Koala Caddie. Sorry for the plastic, but it's so nicely packaged for mailing, I didn't want to take it out of the bag for the photo ;-)Blk_Koala_Caddie

THAT'S IT!  Good luck to all!*
* Giveaway prize can be sent to US or Canadian addresses ONLY. Winner will be notified by email. If winner does not reply by email with mailing address within 7 days, a new winner will be chosen.

*** August 2 winner announcement ***

And the randomly chosen winner of the black floral Koala Caddie is. . .  Charlotte Layton, who made a pattern purchase on 7/8/14. Congrats!

 


Pin It, Win It, Knit It! A new giveaway!

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Enter SweaterBabe.com's NEW Pin It, Win It, Knit It Giveaway!
 
THREE winners will be chosen to receive these great prizes:
1 GRAND PRIZE Winner will win one full year's membership in the SweaterBabe.com Knitting Club (a $95+ value)!
2 ADDITIONAL Winners will each win $25 in SweaterBabe.com store credit.
 
HERE'S WHAT TO DO:
STEP 1: Create your Pinterest Board
After following SweaterBabe on Pinterest - Follow Me on Pinterest - Create a Pinterest board named “My SweaterBabe.com Knitting List”.


STEP 2: Start Pinning SweaterBabe.com Knitting Patterns!

Find images of all the knitting projects you wish to knit from the SweaterBabe.com site and pin them to your new Board.

Be sure to:
-- include a detailed description telling us why you would love to knit that pattern
-- add the keyword SweaterBabeKnittingGiveaway to the end of each pin's description.

ALL patterns on the SweaterBabe.com site at www.SweaterBabe.com have "pin it" buttons and you can pin also from the SweaterBabe Boards.

Need an example? See my board at:
http://www.pinterest.com/sweaterbabe/my-sweaterbabecom-knitting-list/

STEP 2: Share Your Board!
Share your Board Url by posting it as a comment on this blog post. All comments must be posted by 9pm PST, Sunday, May 25, 2014.

That's it!  THREE winners will be chosen from all valid entries*. Winners will be judged by SweaterBabe and the most inspiring boards (the ones that make me want to drop everything and just knit YOUR list!!) will be chosen to win.
*For your entry to be eligible to win, your Pinterest Board must have "SweaterBabe.com" included in the board title. All knitting pattern pins within the submitted Board must be SweaterBabe.com patterns and include the SweaterBabeKnittingGiveaway keyword in their description.

Winners will be announced here on the SweaterBabe.com Blog and notified by email (be sure you enter your correct email when you post your board url here!). Winners will have 7 days to claim their prize. Winners will be posted in the SweaterBabe.com Fans Group on Ravelry.com and may also be featured by SweaterBabe.com in its newsletters.
 
Grand prize winner will be awarded one year of SweaterBabe.com Knitting Club membership. If currently a member, their membership will be extended for free for one year. 

Two additional winners will get $25 added as a credit to their SweaterBabe.com store account (if winner does not have a pre-existing store account, one will be created). SweaterBabe.com store credit can be applied towards the purchase of ANY SweaterBabe.com knitting or crochet pattern sold at SweaterBabe.com. Store credit cannot be used towards the purchase of membership in the SweaterBabe.com Knitting Club.
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***** ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS *****


* The GRAND PRIZE Winner is Bobbi Lynn! Click here to see her inspiring Pinterest Board. 

She has won one full year's membership in the SweaterBabe.com Knitting Club (a $95+ value)!

* The two additional winners (each winning $25 in SweaterBabe.com store credit) are Emily Fledderman (see her Pinterest Board) and Meryl Dorey (see her Pinterest Board). Congrats!!

(Bobbi Lynn and Meryl, you've been emailed. Emily, please email me at info @ sweaterbabe.com to claim your prize.)


Preview of Upcoming Patterns and Giveaway

Elegant lace, mixed textures, eye-catching silhouettes, & then some! Here are THREE upcoming patterns for you to preview and then ENTER to win a copy!Tabitha_Cardigan5_500

Here's a sneak peek at two upcoming patterns that are just off my needles. Guess I was in a beige/camel color mood!

Up first is my new love. It's a cocoon-style cardigan featuring a gorgeous open lace panel in the back. Ribbed dolman sleeves provide a tailored contrast. Then, a striking banana leaf panel is featured in both the shaped shawl collar and optional sleeve cuffs.

This is a special, elegant piece that is wonderful to knit and very striking to wear.

Fave/Queue this project on Ravelry or  .

Coming soon!

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Below, is a little cardigan with a pretty diamond lace pattern stitch. The wide back panel is then divided in half as front panels. A slimming fit allows this to work beautifully with summer dresses and tops, or at work, under a suit jacket.

Plus, it's a seamless, top-down design, so the sleeve length is easily asjusted.  

Fave/Queue this project on Ravelry or .   The #175 Diamonds and Lace Top-Down Cardigan is available NOW!

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And lastly, is a new blanket design with lovely texture! [NOW Available for Purchase]

This pattern includes 4 sizes, from the Baby Blanket size (shown here) to a Throw size.

What's special about this blanket is the cool combination of Cables and Lace. This stitch pattern is a unique combination of cabling that makes it look like the cables are floating and traveling on top of the lace panels. I call it the #189 Travelling Cables Blanket.

This knitting pattern is NOW available and is a great project for texture-lovers, like me!
Fave/Queue this pattern on Ravelry or .

(Don't wish to wait? This is an April pattern download for members of the SweaterBabe.com Knitting Club. Details on joining the $7.99/month club are here.) Curves_Lace_Blanket1

AND THE GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

I'll choose 5 winners to win a copy of one of these patterns (their choice of which pattern).

TO ENTER:

1) Make any pattern purchase from SweaterBabe.com from now until 4/30/14, 9pm PST. Each purchase counts, so multiple orders are welcome. Sorry, but free pattern downloads do not count as an entry.

2) Post a comment on this blog post telling us which pattern you would chose and why and Pin one of the patterns above (use any of the PinIt buttons). Comments and pins must be entered by 9pm PST, 4/30/14. One comment per person please. 

Shortly after 4/30/14 I will contact the 5 randomly chosen winners and ask you to chose which pdf pattern you'd like for your win!

*** May 8, 2013 Winner Announcement! ***

The winners are:
Tammy Blondon, who commented here on 4/15/14.
Becky, who commented here on 4/5/14.
Susan B., who made a pattern purchase on 4/19/14.
Carla R., who made a pattern purchase on 4/5/14.
Susan S., who made a purchase on 4/11/14.

Congrats! You've all been emailed and can let me know which of these 3 patterns you choose to be your prize.

The #189 Travelling Cables Blanket pattern is available now.

The #175 Diamonds and Lace Top-Down Cardigan (just released!).

The #191 Tabitha Cardigan will be available late May or early June.


Lilly Brush Review and Giveaway

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Sweaters that pill? Blech!

It's definitely a pet peeve of us knitters and crocheters. Who wants to see pills and fuzz on projects we spent many loving hours knitting or crocheting?

Unfortunately, as a lover of fine fibers like cashmere and alpaca, pills are par for the course.

A product called the Lilly Brush promises to come to the rescue! Let's put it to the Sweater[Babe] test!

TEST #1: My black 100% baby alpaca cardigan (loom knit!). 

See the pills? This cardigan is one I used to wear often, but the little pills that have gathered under the sleeves and at the sides where my sleeves rub against the body of the cardigan are rather unsightly, so this cardigan was banished to a back shelf.

I used the Lilly brush on it, and it actually worked quite well! See the after photo below.

There were lots of little pills, so I did have to brush and clean the brush out, then repeat several times.

See the pile of pills and fuzz that came off? Impressive!

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Lilly_Brush4And note that after all that brushing, the cardigan is just fine. The stitch definition is as it was before all the pilling and it did not suffer any damage from the brush. Hooray, Lilly brush!

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TEST #2: My Malabrigo Sleeveless Cowl Neck!

After just maybe 6 wearings, there were already some big pills and fuzzing at the underarms that I didn't appreciate!

Some brisk brushing of the Lilly brush worked to remove the little pills. A slightly more aggressive brushing helped get more of the excess fuzz off. I did notice though, that if I brushed it too harshly, I was getting more halo than I wanted, as it ended up pulling some of the fibers out from the stitches. NOTE TO SELF: Go a little easier on the Lilly brushing with single-plied yarns like Malabrigo Worsted!

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So, bottom line? Does it work? YES.
I do recommend the Lilly brush, as it's the only thing I've ever seen that effectively removes pills (and lint too!). And it's packaged in a nice way. No sticky rollers that stick to your patterns and everything else.

Yes, I've used sweater shavers in the past, but there is no way I will ever allow a shaver to touch something I've knit and potentially cut off a part of a stitch! So, those sweater shavers have all gone in the trash eons ago. Too risky.

And picking off the pills just seems to leave a sweater, that, well, looks picked at.

(BTW - The Lilly Brush is only effective on natural fibers. According to their usage information, synthetic fibers are too long, so the pills won't effectively come off with the gentle brushing from a Lilly Brush.)

To learn more about the Lilly brush and see where it's available online, check out their site at http://lillybrush.com/

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*** SO, now for the GIVEAWAY! ***

I've got FOUR black Lilly Brushes* to give away!

HOW TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY: You can do one or more of the following to enter.

1) Make a pattern purchase from SweaterBabe.com of any knitting patterncrochet pattern, or eBook pattern collection from now through March 31, 2014Every purchase counts as an entry, so feel free to make multiple purchases to be entered multiple times! NOTE: Excludes free patterns.

2) Post a comment on this blog post telling us your pilling story (or nightmare!). AND share this giveaway:  , or share it on FacebookComments must be posted by 9pm PST, March 31, 2014. One comment per person only, please.Before-After_Depilling

Shortly after March 31, I'll randomly choose 4 entrants to each receive a BLACK Lilly Brush (See Black one in the nice box - it's just like the Red one, but the casing is black).

THAT'S IT!  Good luck to all!*
* Giveaway prizes can be sent to US or Canadian addresses ONLY. Winners will be notified by email. If winner does not reply by email with mailing address within 7 days, a new winner will be chosen.

*** 4/4/14: Announcing the 4 lucky winners! ***

 

- Allison B., who commented on 3/12/14.

 

- Nicole S. who made a pattern purchase on 3/22/14

 

- Kerensa M., who made a pattern purchase on 3/23/14.

 

and

 

- Jennie K., who made a pattern purchase on 3/12/14.

I've emailed you all. Thanks for entering and congrats!

 


Noe Valley Sweater preview and giveaway

*** Feb. 20, 2014 update *** This pattern is now available! http://www.sweaterbabe.com/182-noe-valley-sweater-pdf-knitting-pattern/

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I'm calling this new design my Noe Valley Sweater.Urban_Poncho10_500

I used to live in Noe Valley, a beautiful neighborhood in San Francisco that was said to be one of the sunniest of the city. While it was quite sunny at times, I would walk around the corner many mornings to grab a cup of coffee and a muffin and be met with chilly winds that certainly reminded me that I was still in San Francisco!

Urban_Poncho7_500This sweater is exactly what I would have wanted all those San Francisco mornings.

Lots of delicious cable work to keep the knitting interesting and to add tons of textural interest to the front and back of this sweater.

The sloped shoulders and poncho shaping give it a very urban feel add to its cozy chic quality.

Its long length keeps your mid-section warm and is very flattering with your skinny jeans.

The deep cowl neck is super cozy. 

It's a piece that is very easy to throw on top of a long-sleeve tee just to keep the chill away as you walk around your favorite city.

This pattern will be coming soon. . . getting written up right now.

*** THE GIVEAWAY! ***

Want to win a copy of the Noe Valley Sweater pattern when it gets released?

I'll be giving away 3 copies.

HOW TO ENTER: You can do one or more of the following to enter.

1) Make a pattern purchase from SweaterBabe.com of any knitting patterncrochet pattern, or eBook pattern collection from now until January 31, 2014Every purchase counts as an entry, so feel free to make multiple purchases to be entered multiple times! NOTE: Excludes free patterns.

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2) Post a comment on this blog post telling us when and where you would wear your Noe Valley Sweater. One comment per person, please. AND share this giveaway: , or share it on FacebookComments must be posted by 9pm PST, January 31, 2014.

Shortly after January 31, I'll randomly choose 3 entrants to each receive a PDF copy of this pattern when it gets released.

THAT'S IT!  Good luck to all!


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*** Winners Chosen! ***

The THREE lucky winners of this pattern pdf are: 
Caroline L. (who made a pattern purchase on 1/15/14),Woodman's Toy Farm (who made a pattern purchase on 1/27/14), 
and Linda (who posted a comment on the giveaway blog post on 1/15/14).
 
Congrats! You've all been emailed and will receive a free pdf copy of this pattern right away. 
 
This pattern is now available to SweaterBabe.com Knitting Club members and will be released in the pattern shop in a few days. Watch for the announcement here or in your inbox if you are signed up for my email newsletters.
 
To sign up for emails, please do so with the "Sign up" text link at the top left of this blog page or go to the home page http://www.sweaterbabe.com. For more details on the $7.99/month SweaterBabe.com Knitting Club, click here.

Product Review and Giveaway: Soak Wash

2454808872_e653f2d7a0I'm not big on washing my knits. It's like a necessary evil to me because I worry that the washing process will somehow ruin all my good knitting work.

Well, it turns out I should not be so fearful, as there are products that are made specifically for washing delicate (and not so delicate, but chunky!) knitwear.

With a little know how and some experiments that have turned out just fine, I'm no longer so aprehensive about washing my knitted treasures.

Soak Wash is one company that gets my fears. They have created a line of beautifully packaged, very gentle soaps that do exactly what they are supposed to.

I wouldn't even call them "soaps," as the word "soap" often means harsh detergents that require lots of suds, aggitation, and rinsing to work effectively.

They call it a "no-rinse wash," which is way more accurate.

It's intended for delicate fabrics, wool sweaters, newly knitted projects. and more. I used it to block my recently released #174 Simpatico Alpaca Stole, which was knit in an Alpaca wool blend.  Perfect_Harmony_500

I got a few dark-colored beach towels (this yarn does bleed in the wash a bit) ready on the bathroom floor. I filled my bathroom sink with some water and the recommended amount of Soak Wash (just a capful!). Then, I stuck the stole in and let it soak for 15 minutes. I do admit to rinsing very gently a few times, as I wanted to get some of the dye out in the water (vs. on me or my clothes!), but I was very careful not to aggitate it in any way - NO wringing, just gentle squeezes against the side of the sink to get most of the water out.

Then, I picked up the stole gently (didn't want the alpaca to stretch!), supporting the whole thing, and laid it out flat on one of the beach towels. I topped it with the other beach towel, then rolled all 3 layers together (like an alpaca sandwichl!). I pressed down on it using my whole body weight to get all the wetness out into the towels.

Then, it was transfered to my blocking board and pinned out to dry.

The result: a NICELY-blocked, subtly-scented stole! Very happy with the resulting stitch definition and softness too ;-)

So, I do highly recommend you try Soak Wash to make an otherwise tedious chore much better.

Soak Wash is also biodegradable and phosphate-free. They offer a scentless version too. More information on Soak Wash is available through their website at: http://www.soakwash.com/ and you can purchase Soak Wash through many online and local yarn shops.

AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY! I'VE GOT TWO BOTTLES OF SOAK WASH TO SEND TO TWO LUCKY WINNERS:

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HOW TO ENTER: You can do one or more of the following to enter.

1) Make a pattern purchase from SweaterBabe.com of any knitting patterncrochet pattern, or eBook pattern collection from now until November 30, 2013Every purchase counts as an entry, so feel free to make multiple purchases to be entered multiple times! NOTE: Excludes free patterns.

2) Be a SweaterBabe.com Knitting Club Member through the end of November. All Members will automatically get counted for 2 entries for this giveaway. To join, it's just $7.99/month, and you get all new releases of knitting patterns automatically every month, plus special members-only knit-alongs, giveaways, and more! And if you join now, your payment counts as a purchase entry too!

3) Post a comment on this blog post telling us what you think of washing your finished knits. One comment per person, please. AND share this giveaway: , or share it on FacebookComments must be posted by 9pm PST, November 30, 2013.

Shortly after November 30, I'll randomly choose 2 entrants - one will receive the Lacey-Scented Soak Wash and the other the Celebration-Scented one.

THAT'S IT!  Good luck to all!


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*** WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT ***

And the 2 randomly chosen winners from all the entries are. . . Paula S., who made a pattern purchase on 11/7/13 and Sharon M., a SweaterBabe.com Club member. Congrats! I've emailed you both!