My goodness, the past month has been wild, with the onset of autumn weather requiring a lot of yard and garden work, a long road trip to Rhinebeck, our family holiday (where I took the above pumpkin photo), my birthday, tons of pattern work and a major family crisis to boot. Yes, it's been wild, but it's also been WONDERFUL to hear from so many readers!
I love knowing that real, live knitters and crocheters are reading my page and not just my mom, my siblings and a lot of random people who stumble across this page while looking for something else on the Internet.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to comment, send me lovely birthday wishes, become a blog follower, and/ or enter the yarn and pattern giveaway contest. So many nice things were said, it made for one of my best birthday gifts ever, and I was intrigued to read the variety of preferences for yarn weights for knitted accessories.
A successful yarn choice depends mainly on what you're knitting and a little also on how much time you have to complete your project. Right away I could tell from just skimming through the comments that knitters like a lot of variety in accessory yarn weight, with a few trends standing out.
Light-weight and fingering yarns are popular for lace projects, cabled gloves, or other items requiring less bulk, or for when you have more time to knit.
Bulky and super bulky yarns are big (pun intended) this year for chunky scarves and neck accessories, making for super-fast knits. Many knitters love making scarves and hats in worsted weight, and DK weight seems to be the most popular, all-around choice in general.
The many comments gave me a lot to think about concerning yarn choices for pattern designs.
After reading every comment, I made a numbered list of all the entries in order of date posted and used the Random.org True Random Number Generator to select the winner, who will receive a free PDF copy of my Katriel shawl pattern
and a yarn prize including 4 skeins of Misti Alpaca Lace Solids
and a skein of Neighborhood Fiber Spun Silk yarn.
Without further ado, congratulations go out to the winner,
Arnikai, I've emailed you to let you know of your win, please contact me within 7 days via email, Ravelry PM (I am Truknit) or a Twitter DM (I am Robinulrich), so I can arrange to send you your prizes!
Again, thanks to everyone for your comments, I truly appreciate all of my readers.
More contests, pattern and yarn giveaways and pattern specials, exclusively for my blog and Twitter followers, will be announced in future, so be sure to check back often and follow me on the blog and on Twitter. I've also got a lot of fun new posts in the works including reviews, helpful tutorials, tasty original recipes, pattern design and knitting updates and just general life stuff.
Have a wonderful weekend and happy knitting!