And the winner is …

June 1, 2008 @ 10:06 pm
posted by kris
Filed under: contest

… (drumroll please) …

Terhi!

I will contact you for your address to send you the yarn. Thanks all for entering, I wish I could’ve given all of you some handspun!

Comments (3)

Last day to enter

May 31, 2008 @ 12:52 am
posted by kris
Filed under: contest

Hey all, just a reminder, the contest will be open until 11:59pm May 31st to win some Chocolate and Raspberry handspun. A winner will be chosen on Sunday! Click here for details.

Comments (2)

Enter the KU Contest!

March 19, 2008 @ 3:08 am
posted by kris

Just a reminder here for everyone to enter the Knitters Uncensored contest by April 1! If you don’t listen to the podcast, the questions are in the show notes and you can just guess at random for an entry. But keep in mind, it’s not a drawing (so you need to have some amount of it right!). Hey, it’s worth a shot for some German hand dyed yarn and handspun from Elem! ;)

I am plugging along on the Cobblestone. In fact, I have not been able to put it down. I am done with the body and two sleeves, tomorrow I attack the yoke (my first)! It’s amazing how fast I breeze through skeins of Cascade.

Does anyone else have the problem of the cables coming out of their Knit Picks options needles? I do – almost all of mine come out! I finally bought some super glue and glued them back together. On the first one, I had to cut off a part of the end because putting the glue on it makes it too bulky to go back into the metal part. Then on the next ones, I put glue only at the very top so it could slide into the metal easily. I thought there might be issues with the glue gunking up, but I wiped it away before it dried and it was fine. I might not be making sense because it’s 2am now… Well, I’m just happy that I now have my 3 cables back in service!

Comments (8)

And the winners are…

July 28, 2007 @ 10:01 pm
posted by kris
Filed under: contest

drumroll please…

Europe: Lou in the UK
non-Europe: Schrodinger knits in New York

Whoa, the Brits ruled this contest. Even though Schrodinger is in New York, she is actually British. Thanks everyone for playing and stay tuned for another contest in a couple months! I can’t make these project bags fast enough, everyone wants one and I can’t keep them in the house. Hmmm…business idea? Nah, I don’t think I like sewing THAT much! But maybe to make a few side bucks… :)

Comments (2)

Putting down the needles..and a new CONTEST!

July 21, 2007 @ 8:53 pm
posted by kris
Filed under: contest


My new project bags

The lining of the Sushi bag

So, I’m really weird that when I have too much to do of one thing (ie knitting projects), I just put it down altogether. That’s why I don’t like to cast on too many projects at a time. But what do I do? I cast on. Geezus! I know that I’m really competitive with myself and when I stalk too many blogs and see all the great things that people are producing, it makes me get all crazy and want to knit 24hrs. I feel like everyone is one collective person and they are kicking my ass as far as knitting is concerned. Weird, right?

So the last couple of days, I haven’t knitted at all. None whatsoever. I still read blogs and drooled on some flickr pics, but that’s about it. What have I been doing, you may ask? Well, I am spending more quality time with my boys, I got caught up on some stuff at home that have been falling by the wayside, late night hilarious skype chatting with Stephanie of the SSK podcast where we did an impromptu swap because I felt so bad that she didn’t have any Wollmeise yet, reading Harry Potter (YAY!) and believe it or not SEWING! You heard that right. I saw these little project bags and it didn’t look too hard to make. I haven’t taken out the machine in quite awhile. I forgot what a sweet machine I have. I really should start sewing again, but I just don’t have the space for it.

Anyways, I had some babysitting time and went to lunch with Michael. He lost his wallet so we went to look for a new one. It has to be small. He hates when it’s really big, and 75% of wallets are really big. In the process of looking for one, we pass the handbags section where I found the perfect handbag. I am very particular about the shape of my bags. It was kind of expensive but not overly expensive (99 euros). Then I also had to get another wallet myself and then we found one for Michael. After finding the wallets, we went to the fabric section of the store (department stores here normally have a fabric and craft section) and I bought a bunch of zippers for the bags.

When I came home, I was so excited to start, that I put the boys down for their nap and then started cutting and sewing. I forgot how to do stuff on my machine! How do I thread the machine to fill a bobbin? How do I do the reverse stitch? Why are the stitches all weird and crazy (tension was off)? So I had to relearn how to use it. I made so many mistakes, but finally got it down. In the picture of the pattern instructions, the bag looked really long. So I thought I could cut off some of the length. WRONG. It ended up to be this little tiny thing that I don’t know what to do with. So, then I did another one as is, and it came out perfect. Well, not PERFECT, but you know what I mean. I am extremely satisfied with my work, crooked sewing and all. The only thing I wish I could do was have the liner separate, so you don’t see the seams. If anyone knows of a free pattern like that, let me know.

And let me tell you – fabric here is RIDICULOUSLY EXPENSIVE. Like 20 euros a meter. 20 freaking euros!!! And that’s for the “nice” normal fabrics. Others are like 14 euros, I saw some crappy ones for like 6.50, but that was rare. No wonder no one sews here, except for Tini. Thank god I’m a fabric hoarder.

Anyways, since I haven’t had a contest in awhile, I thought I’d give away two sets of a sushi bag + one skein of sock yarn (haven’t decided which ones yet, but it will be from a German indie dyer). I will choose one person from Europe, and one person from the rest of the world. So, leave a comment complimenting me on how fabulous my bags are (HA!) and I’ll have a drawing on July 28th at midnight Central European (or is it Daylight) time. Don’t forget to put where you are in the world!

Comments (50)

Drumroll, please…

April 24, 2007 @ 12:05 am
posted by kris
Filed under: contest

Thanks for all of your entries! There were some great responses and blogs to peruse. I definitely won’t run out of reading material! To do this drawing, I printed out everyone’s entries, put them in a bag and my husband drew the names. He was really happy that he could participate in this somehow (the most important part!). And now….the winners:

Wollmeise superwash sock yarn (am Kalten Polar colorway): sara

Wollmeise worsted weight yarn (Drachenblut colorway): cauchy09 and kathy

Congratulations winners! I will send you an email to get your info so I can send these off to you. I had so much fun doing this giveaway that I will probably do another one in a couple of months. Stay tuned. I’ll have to think of a good question to ask.

Comments (4)

A birthday contest!

April 16, 2007 @ 9:19 am
posted by kris
Filed under: contest

My birthday is coming up so I’ve decided to have a giveaway! I just realized This may lead to my SecretPal finding out who I am, but oh well… All you have to do is leave a comment with answers to the questions below. Each answer will be counted as one entry into the random drawing, so you have up to 3 chances to win! The deadline is April 23rd at midnight CET (central european time), and the winner will be announced on the 24th. OK, so here are the questions:


1. I’m always on the lookout for fun knitting blogs written by “regular people”. What’s your favorite non-knitting-celebrity blog?

2. I love sock knitting – what’s your favorite sock pattern/yarn combo?

3. What is your favorite brand of sock yarn???

One winner will receive one skein of the incredible Wollmeise superwash sock yarn!! It is a 150g fingering weight superwash skein, so it’s approx 525m (350m/100g), the wool has a silky appearance and a smooth surface. All of her colors are just scrumptious!!! Visit our Wollmeiseholics flickr group for pictures of yarn and finished projects.

Two winners will receive one skein each of Wollmeise worsted weight yarn. The Worsted weight is a 1ply 100% merino wool, handwash only. It is 200m/100g. It is very soft and has a slight twist and high tear resistance due to long fibres.

Thanks for playing! Your comment might get put “under moderation”, but rest assured, I will approve it and it will show up shortly (unless it is spam of course!)

Comments (27)

What does bockstark mean (pronounced bok-shtark)? My crazy German friend, Matthias, made that word up to mean "really cool" and says that it is catching on in Garmisch. So I am helping him popularize the word! I thought if I ever opened a yarn store, I would call it "Bockstark Yarns". This blog is all about my projects, yarns and crazy ideas related to knitting and other crafts. Contact me at bockstark.knits(at)gmail(dot)com.