I love spring.
I love my Guild, too--they bring in such exciting speakers (often partnering with the Sow's Ear, a great Madison-area yarn store and social hub).
Setsuko Torii of Habu, and many more. The unique constructions many of them used, including knitting sweaters clockwise around from the neck, draped and slanted designs and lavish stitch patterns really got my design mind revved up! Needlearts has a pdf they include with Japanese knitting books summarizing how to use them; Ravelry's Japanese Knitting and Crochet group is a place to find out more.
Speaking of design, if spring is getting your creative juices flowing, how about a new design book? Time for a giveaway!
Teach Yourself Visually Knitting Design, Working from a Master Pattern to Design Your Own Knits
by Sharon Turner
The chapters and basic/master patterns include Scarves and Shawls, including both rectangular and triangular shawls, hats, bags, socks, mitten, gloves, vests and sweaters, altering the basic patterns and designing your own,plus resources and getting started tips.
The Knitcircus Summer issue's coming out soon (May 1!!!) so to make sure you get notified when the new issue goes live, plus our monthly newsletter with recipes and reviews, sign up for our mailing list to enter the giveaway. The signup's right at the bottom of the blog. If you're already on board, please leave a comment telling me your favorite summer or gift knits.Three more winners will receive a pdf of the Current Pattern Collection (20 patterns, $7.50 value).
The Random Number Generator will kindly pick a winner for us next Monday, April 19th.
Good luck and craft on!