Monday, March 5, 2012

An Inspiring Giveaway


If you have been following my blog for a bit, you know that in addition to scrapbooking, I also love to knit. You may also know  that I get together and knit with a friend once a month at our local coffee shop. She is amazingly talented! I find that not only am I inspired by her with my knitting, but the inspiration crosses over into my scrapping as well.

I recently asked Elizabeth if she would offer up a guest post and I was thrilled that she accepted! She even comes bearing gifts! There is an amazing giveaway at the end of this post, so be sure to check that out...

Now, without further ado, I am pleased to introduce you to Elizabeth from Knits and Prints.

Elizabeth, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Sure! I am a Graphic Designer by day, knitter by night. I first began knitting some 12 years ago when a co-worker offered to teach me how. She helped me with a scarf (I quickly learned that starting with a complex boucle pattern isn't the best idea when you don't even know what the stitches are should look like)! I've been teaching myself different techniques ever since. I love to read and knit, so I try to do both - at the same time! I love to knit dog sweaters, but I only have cats - and they hate to try them on. My biggest knitting advice - don't let double pointed needles intimidate you, knitting hats is super easy when you have the right size needles.

Oh, how funny - Look at that sweet kitty- lol! 


How do you experiment and make a project your own? 
One way to make a project feel custom is to combine different color materials to make unique color combinations! For my knitting, I like to choose a solid color yarn and a color-changing yarn so that there are interesting variations throughout the piece. It also keeps the project interesting as I knit! I like to try to match the weight of the yarns, but it's also fun to experiment with color, texture, and finish.

Sounds lovely! Can we see some examples?
Of course!


Gorgeous Example #1: (Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Eggplant, Red Heart Boutique Eclipse in Mountain Mist)
 
Oh, how beautiful is that?!?! What else do you have up your sleeve?

How about this?
Gorgeous Example #2: (Patons Classic Wool in Aran, Patons Classic Wool in Rosewood)
In both of these examples, I alternate the color yarns every two rows. It keeps the edge with the switching yarns neat, just be sure to keep your tension the same on the switching yarn edge (if it is too tight, it will make that side slightly shorter and it will not hang straight). For more of these fabulous knitting tips, be sure to visit my blog.

Aren't these fabulous?!?!?! I am envisioning so many possibilities, Elizabeth!
OK, let's see this amazing giveaway! Elizabeth is offering up this gorgeous "Gingerbread Icing" hat to one lucky winner! You will even get a beautifully designed PDF pattern of it (remember she is also a very talented graphic designer)!
 Just look at the beautiful cables! I am so inspired!
 YUM!!!
I so loved the color combos and cables in this hat, I just had to try some new techniques on a layout! Here is a peek:
Wanna see more? Sure!... But after we play our giveaway game :) So, what inspires you? What is the most unexpected color combination you have tried? Let us know in the comments below for your chance to win this gorgeous hat. 

For an extra entry, hop on over to Elizabeth's Etsy store and take a look. Tell us your favorite item for sale in the comments below. The "Dandelion Puff" mitts are a MUST see! I will be ordering some of those very soon!

Entries close tomorrow, Tuesday, March 6 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Winner will be announced on Wednesday, March 7 with the start to finish of my layout inspired by this amazing hat! Good luck!

Thanks for stopping by Purple Mailbox, Elizabeth!

21 comments:

  1. Knitting is one of those crafts I have been meaning to learn for years it really is better to learn directly from someone else- I tried tackling it on my own using a video and it just didn't work. Thanks for the interview- Elizabeth's hat is beautiful! Also- wow on the sneak!!!! LOVE the wavy lines in combo with the purple paint dots.

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  2. Great guest post! How lovely that you and Elizabeth get together on a regular basis. :) I tend to crochet way more than knit, but you've reminded me that I was able to make a couple cute scarflets for Christmas gifts a couple years ago. Better get those needles out and make sure my very basic skills don't leave me completely! Beautiful hat! I love the Frost Flower Lace Cowel in Elizabeth's Etsy. It looks so soft and luxurious! I love the gray-white fade. Can't wait to see your inspired layout!

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  3. I don't knit, but I crochet. I love that you shared this post. The hat is gorgeous-I love the colors! My favorite color combo is gray, mint green, and pale yellow.

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  4. I am not much of a knitter, but would love to learn!
    And that hat is amazing!
    As for color combos, I think the most unusual for me was a navy with mustard yellow and green. Not a bad combo, just not one I would normally use :)

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  5. Came across this post looking for a hat pattern, and this one is gorgeous!

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  6. love knitting, been a long time since I have done it though:)

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  7. I love the hat it's right up my mom's alley as her favorite color has always been purple. Now for my unusual color choices, I think perhaps, and I know it's not popular, but it's orange and blue! That being said my favorite color combo is blue and white, second blue and green. Now as for the Esty shop, I LOVE the kitty hats, they are adorable! Love Penny Scrap-aholic.blogspot.com

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  8. Totally wish I knew the first thing about knitting. I love the Teal Cowl Scarf in her shop. Totally fun!

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  9. Great color combos, everyone. If you check out my blog, you'll also find a downloable pdf for the scarf and a pattern for matching fingerless gloves. Good luck everyone!

    Elizabeth
    Knits and Prints

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  10. Wow, I would love to know how to knit like that! My girls are going to be taking a class soon, I may need to join them. :)

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  11. I have tried to learn how to knit in the past with disastrous results. I think yarn is just the one thing I'm not good at but that is ok. As for color combinations, I made a layout using a bright red & orange pattern paper and a distressed green paper but I'm not sure how unusual that would be.

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  12. Beautiful knitting! Love the peak too! I would have to say purple is a big challenge for me.

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  13. Wow, GORGEOUS hat. Just delicious! My favorite color combo is teal and red but I have to say that this purple is pretty sweet!

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  14. I am working on my knitting skills, just finished my first sweater and first pair of socks recently, so I love this post! No way could I get my cats to wear anything, though, lol!

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  15. Gorgeous projects! Love the kitty in the scarf :) I don't knit but in my scrapbooking, the most unusual color combo I use frequently is mixing browns and grays. Elizabeth's stuff is so gorgeous! I loved the Frost Flower Lace Cowl

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  16. What amazing projects! I can see why you are inspired by your friend. I think my most unusual color combo has been aqua and red.

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  17. Your friend is a beautiful knitter.
    I learned how to knit at an early age. I actually taught myself, lol.
    then my MIL taught me some tricks when my hubby and I were dating :)
    Unusual colour combo I like pink and burgundy right now

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  18. wonderful hat. something I tried and couldn't do, knitting. I love purple!

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  19. Fantastic as always!!!! I like using green & orange tones & NOT making it a Halloween layout.

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