A Special Holiday Yarn Offer

As a special thank you to Lost City Knits online customers, we’ll be including a copy of the Generations Scarf/Stole pattern with each order placed through the end of 2010.

Whether you’re stash enhancing or giving the gift of creativity through knitting to a friend or family member (or hinting to your loved one that you’d really like yarn for Christmas, Chanukka, or Solstice) we’d love to help make it special.

This pattern is written for two sizes, a scarf knit using 400yds of lace weight or a stole knit using 900yds.

Happy Knitting Everyone!

Winfield and an Equinox Yarn Giveaway!

The Walnut Valley Guitar Festival was, as always, eventful. We arrived on late Wednesday afternoon and quickly sat up our tent in the vendor parking area. The sky began to darken and we thought we were wise to have our tent set up before the ran begun. We decided to skedaddle into Winfield proper for dinner and a few last minute provisions. As we pulled back into the park where the festival is held the tornado sirens began to blare. Then the rain began. Then the wind. Chris and I sat in the cargo van for a bit then decided to join the mass of people battling wind and rain as the raced to the safety of the grandstand. The grandstand was built of cinder blocks below the stadium seating and was our designated “safe place” to ride out the storm.

I never heard confirmation but my security guard friend said two tornadoes were sighted in Winfield, both dipping down from the clouds but not touching down on the ground.

It was scary. Chris and I both from Oklahoma and have known tornadoes all of our lives. This was the most frightened we’ve been.

When the storm passed, clean up began. Bedraggled folkies and bluegrass lovers returned to campsites with downed limbs, canopies (EZ Ups) twisted and useless, and collapsed tents and a whole lot of standing water. Our tent was flattened but resurrected with only a few bent poles. Our bedding was soaked though, because being the clever girl I am, I had rolled out the thermarests and tossed the pillows into the tent before leaving for dinner.

One of the things I love about the Winfield festival is that the campers roll with whatever is tossed at them. They’ve come for a good time, good music, and very little is going to keep them from enjoying themselves. Everyone stays in good spirits. Throughout the festival the usual first question when seeing a friend, or making friends, was “Where were you Wednesday night?”

We heard some great music at Winfield despite the long days selling lavender and yarn from 10am-9pm. My friend Cathy (a Winfield virgin) and I walked over to Stage VII in the Pecan Grove to catch one of my favorite bands, Truckstop Honeymoon. Stage VII is an unofficial stage without amplification. It can be difficult to hear if you don’t get there early enough and have to stand way in the back leaning against a silver Honda. Since I know most of their songs, I was able to follow along.

After closing shop one night Chris and I walked over to catch Mountain Heart on Stage 1. We had a good time and if you’re a bluegrass music lover, this is an energetic band you might enjoy.

Time after time in our booth I was thrilled to see people pulling their knitting out their bags to show me what they were working on while at Winfield. This festival is a great place for public knitting! There was Gordon, who was working over in the hammered dulcimer booth but stopped to tell me about one of his knitting triumphs, I’d call it an opus. Gorden knitted a queen-sized bed spread on size 0 needles! And he had photos to prove it!  It was stunning – I mean stunning! After taking forty years to complete the spread he is currently working on a lovely blue scarf with rich texture.

There was also Elise who I thoroughly enjoyed talking to about lace knitting. She bought some blue silk to make an Echo Flower Shawl and I can’t wait to see it finished!

The next day a trio of young people came through the pavilion and one of the girls had on a fantastic beret. Chris was off listening to the fingerstyle championships so I grabbed one of my vendor neighbors to watch my booth for a few minutes while I raced after the girl with the green beret. (yes – I do these kinds of things regularly) I asked her if she were the knitter but she said no, it was a gift from someone in her camp. Being the obsessive type I asked her if she’d have her knitting friend stop by the lavender booth sometime before the festival ended. The next day the knitting friend did indeed stop by! It was my new friend Elise! (the beret in question is a take on the Hemlock Ring Throw. Ravel it if you’re curious!)

We arrived back at the farm late Sunday evening exhausted but happy. Sleeping in your own bed is a wonderful thing my friends.

But there is no rest when one is facing a busy fall schedule. New yarn arrived yesterday and I’m already back in the studio dyeing like a woman possessed in order to be ready for the next festivals.

Didn’t I say Yarn Giveaway in the title of this post? YES! Here’s the info on the yarn giveaway! 
The giveaway is over – Congratulations to Katherine in Nebraska!

We have several new colorways for Autumn, which officially begins with the Equinox on Wednesday September 23rd. It’s been a while since Lost City Knits has had a giveaway. This one is a bit different and will occur on our Facebook page. Here’s the skinny – become a friend of LostCity Knits (no space between Lost and City – link is on the sidebar of this page) and tag one of the designated Autumn Yarn Colorways photos with your name. The contest runs through Sunday night (midnight Lost City time). I’ll randomly choose a tagged name and make the big announcement on Monday. There will be three colors to choose from – Anything But Drab, Hearth, and Horseshoes with Van Gogh. All are in our fabulous Oak Barn Merino 1000yds/90grams lace yarn.

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Contest Winner!

 You know it’s tough sometimes to chose a winner, and that’s why it’s soooo easy just to let the Random Generator do it for me.  Our winner Tweeted about the contest and I liked that even though I don’t Tweet I was able to see her posting about the contest via the link she provided.  Who knows, one of these days I may become less of a luddite and learn how to text, plurk, twitter, or just use my cell phone to do something other than make a simple call. 

the Random Generator over at Random.org chose you to win some Porter Peaches yarn!  

Contact me with your snail mail address to receive your prize.

Everyone else, congratulate Polinium and stay tuned – there will be more random giveaways.  

Porter Peaches – a pre-spring giveaway! – contest over!

With warm weather around the corner and preparations being made to begin another season at the farmers market, I’m jonesing for fresh fruit and veggies. I’m tired of grocery store produce that was picked who-knows-when.  I’m ready for the good stuff.  Corn from Bixby, tomatoes and peppers from Oaks, asparagus, watermelon, blue berries…and Porter Peaches. 
Each July during the heat of Oklahoma people flock to the small town of Porter to pick peaches and celebrate another harvest at the Porter Peach Festival.  It’s hard to think about peaches without imagining peaches with ice cream, peaches with a sprinkling of brown sugar, or warm peach cobbler.
I’ve got a nice fingering weight merino yarn named in honor of the great Porter Peaches grown in our neighboring county. Since it’s too soon to enjoy the fruit, I’m giving away one skein of Porter Peaches colorway.  560yds/115grams
To enter the drawing, COMMENT below with your favorite way to eat or cook peaches and INCLUDE A LINK to somewhere you’ve shared about the contest whether it’s your blog, facebook, or ravelry.  That’s it! 
Porter Peaches
Contest runs through Friday February 26th, 2010, 5pm Lost City time.  
Winner will be chosen by the Random Generator.  US entries only this time.  

The contest is over and a winner will be announced later tonight – right now I need pizza!  

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Another giveaway

This week I realized my 200th post zipped past without my even noticing.  Hmm I felt a little startled by that number – 200.  I haven’t had that much to say have I?  Regular readers will know that occasionally I’ll prattle about country life here on the creek, traveling for fun or business, must mostly it’s knitting progress or lack thereof.  var gaJsHost = ((“https:” == document.location.protocol) ? “https://ssl.” : “http://www.”);document.write(unescape(“%3Cscript src='” + gaJsHost + “google-analytics.com/ga.js’ type=’text/javascript’%3E%3C/script%3E”));
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As a late celebration of this questionable milestone I’ve got a little giveaway.  First – how to play and most of you know how this goes already… The theme is knitting classics.  Post a suggestion for a classic knitting book that you value in the comments – along with a link to somewhere you’ve shared about this contest (blog, Ravelry, Twitter or Facebook).  I’ll let the random generator chose a winner on Thursday 28January2010 – noon Lost City time.
The prize?  Oh yes – that’s a good question.
You know you want it.
pssst…there may be yarn included.  Just sayin’.
US residents only.

Edited to add: Since no one commented  – this book is going to be donated to the local library.

Announcing a Winner!

I’ve spent the past little while on Ravelry going back over the patterns submitted by qualified entries (those that shared a link about the contest elsewhere) in the 10shawls2010 contest.  It was tough.  There are some stunning designs out there. If you’re wondering what lace to knit next, any of the projects suggested would make for countless hours of entertaining lace knitting.  There were triangle scarves and shawls, rectangles, unusual cast on’s, Estonian designs, designs derived from fabulous architecture, heirloom designs, and the list goes on and on.  Good times.  Good times.

Since I was having a hard time deciding, I thought it would be best to narrow the possibilities down to three, then go from there. Suddenly it was down to two.  Shell’s suggestion of The Cameron Shawl by Sharon Miller, and CMelvin’s suggestion of MMario’s New Years Mystery Shawl.  
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The Cameron is a huge heirloom shawl and knit in cobweb weight with borders.  Less than a dozen knitters in Ravelry have tackled it.  It is gorgeous!  
MMario’s New Years Mystery shawl – well – you can’t see a completed one in Ravelry but by joining MMario’s yahoo group you can get a copy of the pattern as each clue is made available.  Have you seen MMario’s patterns?  
Go look.  I’ll wait.  
Uh huh.  Everything that MMario designs is staggering.  I joined the yahoo group some time ago, but just haven’t taken the plunge and cast on any of the shawls – yet.  
So – I said the pattern had to be intriguing didn’t I?  
CMelvin you got my attention with MMario’s New Years Mystery Shawl.  
You’ve also got a skein of Lost City Silk in colorway Silver Bells coming your way!  

Thanks to everyone for their suggestions. I have the feeling my queue will be growing, as will yours.  

10Shawls2010 Tempt Me Giveaway

Edited to Add: The contest is over!  Happy New Year Everyone!  A winner will be announced soon.  
Thanks to everyone for all the inspiration.

On Ravelry there is a new group formed with the goal of knitting 10 lace shawls in 2010.

Ten Shawls in twelve months.  Yeah – it’s crazy.

To qualify as a 10shawls2010 the shawls cannot be cast on before January 1st.  Now the rules are set to allow small shawls and scarf of 250 yds up.  Many lace knitters are queueing up all sorts of fun shawls and scarfs, some are going to chose patterns as they come by way of inspiration.

Since all of my holiday knitting is complete I’ve been trying to divert myself from starting a new lace project.  It’s hard my friends.  You have no idea how deep my addiction to lace goes.  For example, I woke around 1:30am today and pulled my Icarus Shawl out of hibernation and knit a nice long row.  It felt so good I’m sure I was purring by 3:00am.

While I have umpteen shawls in my 10shawls2010 queue I’m certain I’ll be switching the order as new projects catch my attention.  So I thought I’d see if the knitting readers wanted to play along in the mania by entering a contest.

What’s at stake you ask?  Yarn!  More on that in a moment.

First things first though.  How to enter: Comment below with a pattern suggestion.  Anything between 300-1000 yards, the pattern must be in the Ravelry database or website download, and intriguing.  Yep – pull out all the stops – Nupps.  Beads.  Estonian.  German.  Russian.

Then post on your blog,  facebook, twitter, or Ravelry about this contest (include a link) – and include a link to your post in your comment below.

Here is a list of shawls already in queue that cannot be included in the contest.

Trachentuch A by Erich Engeln
Baltic Blossoms by Evelyn Clark
Swallowtail by Evelyn Clark
Night Blooms by ThatLoganChick
Percy Shawl by Sanne Kalkman
Elm Row by Anne Hanson
Hecate Stole by BadCatDesigns
Norwegian Woods by Sivia Harding
Gail (aka Nightsongs) by MaweLucky
South for the Winter by Anna Dalvi
Artichaut by Anne Hanson
North Roe by Dodile
Lilac Leaf by Nancy Bush
Traveling Woman by Liz Abinante
Bitterroot by Rosemary Hill
Pivot by Michelle Miller

Nor can any of the shawls I’ve already knit be considered fair game for entry.  They’re listed in the right side panel.

Now back to the prize.  Silk my friends.  A 500yd skein of Lost City Knits Silver Bells yarn.

Silver Bells in Silk

Now come on knitters – let’s get crazy!

Contest ends Midnight December 31 – Lost City Time.

Happy Holidays Everyone!  

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