Saturday, January 10, 2009

One More Little Challenge

I know, I know. I just said yesterday that I was only doing one challenge this year. But Dewey's Knit-a-Long is just a mini-challenge, and it's going to be so much fun, and it's not really reading......

Robin (A Fondness For Reading) and Chris (Stuff As Dreams Are Made On) are co-hosting this wonderful challenge. Here are the details -- I copied these directly from the challenge post:

"Now that the holiday season is over, it’s time for new projects! Help celebrate Dewey’s love of books AND of knitting! This is a mini-challenge for those of us that are honoring her memory by reading the books she talked about on her blog, and who also share her love of knitting! How about dedicating at least one of your 2009 knitting (or other handwork!) projects to Dewey’s memory? Perhaps you would like to knit or crochet some things for a local charity? Or if you’ve never learned to knit, maybe it’s time to learn! (Come on, Chris!)

Leave a comment on this post to sign up for Dewey’s Knit-A-Long by the end of January, and I will randomly pick one of your names and send you a free scarf pattern, some beautiful NORO yarn, and some bamboo knitting needles for the project.

Post about your projects on your own blog as you finish them, (or post updates on your progress!), include photos, and then leave a comment on this post each time. I will update this blog throughout the next few months with links to your project updates, with reviews of knitting books, and with interesting and helpful knitting information.

Please put one of the Knit-A-Long buttons on your sidebar with a link to this post for easy access.

A drawing will also be held at the end of February, March, and April for more prizes: patterns, yarn (I have some Malabrigo for you sock knitters!), and knitting books!

You don’t have to finish your project in that time. Just post about what you have on the needles and about your progress! But please keep us updated!

If you prefer another type of handwork other than knitting…we welcome you, too! Please just make a note of that when you sign up here so that if your name is chosen for a prize, I can adjust it to your preferred handwork materials!

Dewey would be the first one to encourage you to start a new knitting project, or to learn to knit, if you’ve never done it before! She was a new knitter, herself, who found many helpful knitting friends through the posts on her blog. (I’m not sure these links still work, but try clicking here and here to read what Dewey wrote about her knitting projects and to read her reviews of knitting books.)

So join us for Dewey’s Knit-A-Long and enjoy your knitting as well as your reading for the Dewey’s Books Reading Challenge!

Happy Knitting!"

I am so excited about this challenge! I knit and crochet for fun and relaxation, but I 'm definitely not an expert. I haven't planned out what projects I'm going to complete as part of this challenge, but I know that I'm going to start with an adorable crochted potato chip scarf -- it's one of those thin, fuzzy scarves that turn into a curly-q. Since I want to share a little love with all of you, I'm going to do a giveaway for this scarf. I better hurry since it won't be winter forever!

I was also thinking about tying this challenge to reading since this blog is mainly about books. So, I'm toying with the idea of knitting the afghan which was featured in Kate Jacobs' KNIT TWO (you can read my review here.) I'm totally up for other ideas so please chime in.


Anonymous said...

How do you have time to do everything you do?!

Jo-Jo said...

Good for you...I love to knit and crochet but I really haven't done either one for so long. I keep meaning to pick up one of my long ago started projects when we are watching a movie, but I always forget! Maybe I will get my act together this evening.

Bonnie said...

This sounds like a great challenge! I am a newbie knitter and want to improve my skills so I just may join this challenge.

S. Krishna said...

This sounds like a great challenge - good luck!

Eva said...

An afghan? That sounds intense!