Congrats to Kenya A. from Utah, who is a beginning knitter looking to challenge herself with a state-of-the-art project.

It was, not unsurprisingly, a difficult task to pick the winner. All of the comments had me either laughing, “aw”ing or just plain in awe of people’s plans for the bag, but Kenya’s stuck out. This bag has a pioneer spirit, and so does Kenya, who’s willing to try out a complex project even though she’s new to the whole knitting thing.

Kenya says:

I’m thinking I would like to do something out of the ordinary in cuteness with the kit. Like maybe make the LEDs into lightning bugs. I am really, really excited to work with this kit.

Good luck!

The Know-It-All Bag in a GreenhouseAwesome! The winner of Knitty’s contest for the Know It All bag kit (provided by SparkFun) is a local! It’s a very, very small world. Congratulations to Stephanie B, who’s going to teach her son how electronic circuitry works.

And now it’s my turn. SparkFun provided two–yes, TWO!–Know It All bag kits for Knitty readers to play with, and now that Knitty’s given theirs away, I’m going to give mine away.

To enter, leave a comment on this post [below, where it says "Leave a Reply"] and tell us what you’d like to program into your Know it all Bag! I’ll pick the one I like the best and send out a kit, lickety-split!

(One comment per person. Contest ends April, 15 2010. Approximate value of prize: $65.90. Winner will be contacted before their name is announced.)

It finally happened. My horrible sister and I were nice to each other for a week, and the day she was scheduled to leave, Indiana got 13 inches of snow.

Which gave me just enough time to publish a new pattern perfect for this kind of weather: a quick-knit super-bulky hat and scarf pattern that will be done before the next snowstorm hits….

The Mistaken Identity Hat & Scarf was finished a few weeks ago, but I didn’t have it test-knit or verified until just a few days ago. But it’s done now, and just in time! Yay!

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Look, I’m serious for once!

The pattern in full is available for purchase at Ravelry, here:

It has been so long since I did anything other than Judy’s Magic Cast-On that I actually goofed in a serious and vital way when I went to cast on for a scarf tonight.

Guess I need to go to remedial knitting school. Think there are night classes for that sort of thing?

Hope you all had a lovely winter holiday (of whatever persuasion) and are prepped for an equally lovely entreé into the 2009 New Year. Pictures of the holiday fog and the new scarf tomorrow. I promise.

The world is, indeed, topsy turvy. Kinda like this baby set.

Topsy Turvy is comprised of a top-down hat and toe-up baby booties with a forked heel. Babies have pronounced heels and fat feet, so making baby socks that fit can be difficult. The forked heel helps out by creating a longer, wider heel that will stay on.

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A common cast-on technique for toe-up socks also doubles as a cast-on technique for the top-down hat. This adaptation takes the pain out of small-circumference circular cast-ons and might just win you over for your next shawl, too.

Basic 2×2 ribbing is flexible enough for new parents to get squirmy babies into both the socks and the hat.

$5.95

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Now available at Ravelry!

This brand-new heel turn technique, the “forked heel,” will win over die-hard devotees of short-row and heel-flap techniques alike, thanks to the extra heel room and more anatomically correct shape.

To compliment the devilishly clever forked-heel technique, saucy forked-tongue flames lick up the sides of the instep and the cuff, warming you up in spirit even as the days cool down.

The pattern is available for sale for $5.95 through Ravelry.