Monday, November 14, 2011

Guest blog and giveaway with Sarah Hatton!

Hello and Happy Monday, everyone! We have a special treat for you today. Sarah Hatton, designer for many fashion-forward companies such as Rowan, Patons, Sirdar and Sublime, wanted to tease us about some new and exciting projects she is working on for 2012. She's sent us a little info below (I told you it was a tease)! To help us celebrate her news, we've decided to do a great giveaway!!

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As you can see, it's been a beautiful, crisp autumn day here in Yorkshire and as the evenings draw in I find myself more drawn to my own crafting. This week I have just finished designing two new brochures (Vintage Inspired Projects and one that is still a secret!) for SMC Select which will be out in the shops next autumn and so have decided to treat myself with some time out to do my own knitting.





This Christmas my plan is to make all of my gifts. I love the idea of giving something so personal and full of love but am starting to feel that it might have been an ambitious plan when I realized just how close it is and I have only 1 pair of socks completed!

I think at this point I might need to move to some chunkier wool and luckily I have some beautiful SMC Select Tweed Deluxe in my stash. I think a cozy scarf and a simple jacket will be added to the list. For next season, I am working in the Silk Wool and love how clearly stitch detail shows up, so might have to add a piece knitted in this.


Now if only I could knit a computer console for my nephew, I might have Christmas planned! And top of my list to Santa - more hours in the day, obviously!

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Like I mentioned before, to celebrate Sarah's new adventures, we are doing a sweater kit giveaway. We just love the SMC Silk Wool Holiday Cardigan and the timing seems just about right!

To enter to win this SWEET kit, please leave a comment below telling us what you are asking Santa for this year. Comment before Sunday, November 20th at 6pm PST. We will post the winner on Monday!!


To find out more about Sarah, you can find her here:
http://www.sarahhatton.com/
http://sarahhattonknits.blogspot.com/

Thanks for reading! Happy knitting and crocheting!!
Bethany

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71 comments:

  1. I'm asking Santa for lots of yummy yarn and fiber!

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  2. I love to get gift cards to my favorite yarn shops.

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  3. Santa is being asked for a ball winder this year. I have a lovely hand made swift that needs a companion!

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  4. Santa know a set of Addi Click Lace Needles would make this knitter very happy, as would a gift certificate to JBW!!

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  5. I'm not asking for very much this year. I don't really need anything. However, I would love to receive a Debra's Garden row counter/yarn cutter. Preferably in the champagne color. And, a lovely sweater kit would be fabulous ;-)

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  6. As ALWAYS...I am asking Santa to bring lots of joy to my family & friends this Holiday Season! For me, the smiles on the faces of Loved Ones is ALL I could ever ask for!!! Oh...and maybe some fabulous yarn and other knitting goodies. What else could I possibly want???

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  7. More time to knit! And be with my family. Not that I'd turn my nose up at lovely fibers and needles, and maybe a ball winder . . . .

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  8. I always ask for yarn shop gift cards....but I never get any!

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  9. I want a spinning wheel pleeeeease!

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  10. I will be asking Santa for a Namaste bag so I can bring my current knitting project wherever I go.

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  11. I'm asking Santa for snow. Also a job and a pair of slippers.

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  12. I would love an e-reader for my digital knitting patterns!

    -sweetie41 on ravelry

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  13. Of course, I would love more yarn, but the thing I want most of all is to get the first 4 hours of my 12 hour night shift off on Christmas Eve which starts at 7 PM so that I can take my granddaughter to Christmas Eve services. Fingers crossed, I'm hoping to find another nurse willing to fill in those first 4 hours.

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  14. I want peace and happiness in my family, with no dark clouds looming anywhere, near or far. Then a quiet Christmas afternoon and evening of knitting.

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  15. I am asking Santa to relieve both of my parents of their horrible illnesses. And as corny as it may sound, I hope that everyone feels pure joy and love with their families during the holidays. I would also like more time to knit. My Momma would look so beautiful in that sweater.

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  16. I am hoping for peace in my family after a rough year and some fresh yarn so I can knit them all some cozy socks!

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  17. Santa doesn't deliver to Jewish gals but I am hoping for cash so I can add to my yarn stash.

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  18. Sleep and time to knit... In that order. My 6mo old hasn't slept properly in almost two months, so i need the first to recharge the body and the second to recharge the mind.

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  19. A gift card to my favorite yarn store, JBW! :-)

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  20. I'm asking santa for an I-touch and if that is to pricey for Santa's wallet, a gift certificate to my local yarn shop (jbw) would be just great!!

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  21. Linda S I am asking Santa for the safety of children all over the world.....and on the selfish side that sweater kit.

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  22. I am asking Santa for some serious storage space for my stash. My yarn needs a nice place to sleep at night. ;-)

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  23. Just another nice Jewish girl hoping my goyishe friends get all their Christmas wishes...

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  24. A gift certificate to Jimmy Bean's, of course!

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  25. I'm asking Santa for a new camera so I can take better pics of my finished objects! (Well, I'll take a few of the family too . . .)

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  26. I am asking for lots of fun yarns for lots of fun projects.

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  27. This is sad, but I am asking Santa to have a little more time with my hubby. He has pancreatic cancer and is not doing good. If I win this kit, it would help to cheer me up. Thanks, Debbie H

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  28. Books and patterns for inspiration to use some of my yarn stash

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  29. Everyone always knows what to get me for Christmas and birthdays.... YARN! :-)

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  30. More yarn from Jimmy Beans, of course. And maybe a trip to the brick and mortar location. Oh, and world peace.

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  31. i hope that everybody has a good holiday season :)

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  32. Jimmy Beans Gift Card of coarse!!!!

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  33. I really don't need much from Santa, but I'm hoping for a pretty necklace from my boyfriend.

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  34. I'm asking Santa for two things this Christmas.
    1. Make my husband do some actual work around the house and not veg out on the couch so much.
    2. I also wouldn't mind a swift to go with my ball winder

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  35. Dear Santa,
    Please bring some blessed mind, body and soul peace to everyone in the world. My cats would like a cat tree and perhaps a little catnip.

    Thank you.
    Love you lots,
    Karen

    P.S. I could use a video to finally learn to knit, a faster computer, a kindle, ergonomic crochet hooks and a lot of fabulous JBW yarns. Jus' sayin'. . .

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  36. Beautiful Sweater! I am knitting a skirt right now that it would go lovely with :) I am asking Santa for more knitting time and maybe one of the new sets of interchangeable needles - and I would love a gift card from Jimmy Bean's!

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  37. I would love all my kids to be home, happy, and healthy...also that they love their gifts. Just a day of memories and peaceful family time.

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  38. Asking Santa to bring me boxes & bags full of patience to get be able to get through the Holidays with my faily & my husband's family. Oh yeah, roving & a spinning wheel would be nice to!

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  39. You can never have enough yarn, so if that's all I got for Christmas, I would be a happy camper.

    PattyW
    welcra@comcast.net

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  40. No one ever has enough yarn - Santa knows that!

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  41. Just hope Santa continues to bring me the gift of health

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  42. Organization to my yarn stash and of course a Jimmy Beans gift card

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  43. I'm asking for a new swift because I loaned mine to someone and can't remember who!

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  44. I'm asking for good health, serenity, some yarn and lots of time to KNIT!

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  45. I'd like a Kindle ... and some of the Lantern Moon Bee stitch markers! Merry Christmas!

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  46. I asked Santa for a yarn(kitchen) scale so I don't have to bring my yarn to work to use the postal scale! Love the sweater kit and it would fit into my Christmas Knitting gift list very nicely!

    Debbie4 on Rav, mcsix at embarqmail dot com

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  47. I am asking Santa for a cure for the disease that my 2 year old grandson is dying from. In the meantime, I'm knitting hats to raise money to help my daughter with him. So maybe Santa will bring me some yarn to help with that, but I'd really rather have a cure :)

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  48. hmmm...how about moments of peace and goodwill to all? a tall order, still possible! oh yeah, and baby alpaca!

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  49. Kits. Kits Kits! I love to work with kits. Also I'd like the addi clicks set.

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  50. Dear santa, please leave a ball winder and yarn swift underneath the tree :0)

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  52. I am thankful that my children and grandchildren are all healthy and that we will be together at Christmas.

    I am hinting that a gift card to Jimmy Beans would be a fantastic gift. This "Grammie" can always use more yarn to make more things for them and I'd love to be able to take a class or two this next year.

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  53. I'm asking Santa for lots of yummy pink yarn to knit lots of things for my new granddaughter!

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  54. The rule in my family is that Santa gifts have to fit in your stocking, so I'm asking Santa for sock yarn and pretty wood dpns.

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  55. Hello again ladies,

    This year I'm asking Santa for a gift card so I can spend it at Jimmy Beans Wool: where I can get AMAZING customer service, lightening fast shipping, WOOL WATCHERS steals and deals, PLUS 5% back to spend on more yarn!!

    Won't my family be surprised when JBW comes up during our discussion of things we are thankful for on Thursday! Okay, they know me... so they probably won't be surprised... ;-)

    Thanks for existing! I LOVE YOU!! lol

    Laurie

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  56. cguard (on ravelry)November 20, 2011 at 5:44 AM

    This sounds crazy but I am asking Santa for a used head gate for my cattle and for one of the elves to find the New Holland Yellow Paint and give it a fresh coat. If Santa wanted to leave me some yarn inspiration in my stocking I would be very happy.

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  57. Dear Santa, I would love a set of addi click needles AND a way to store all my yarn. I would love a magical gift that would allow me to knit quicker. . .Love Gena

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  58. I am asking Santa for a gift card to Jimmy Beans!

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  59. I'm asking Santa for a gift card to my local LYS!

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  60. I'm asking Santa for a job so the mortgage that's two months behind in payments can be brought current. Okay, enough yarn to knit a sweater would not be rejected, I have to admit.

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  61. I am asking for an assortment of wonderful yarns, a couple of new knitting books, and a set of interchangeable needles.

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  62. I'm asking Santa for a happier and healthier 2012 for my family (including furkids), friends, and co-workers. 2011 was pretty difficult for most people I know and I'm really hoping next year will be much better!

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  63. Peace and health to all is my dream gift. Maybe a nice supply of sock yarn for winter knitting.

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  64. i already have so much fiber and my hubby is in cahoots with santa this year so i know i won't be getting any finer this year:( so i'm asking for warm winter mountain bike riding gear!

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  65. I am asking Santa for more yarn (of course) and some Signature circulars to add to my small collection.

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  66. I'd love some nice stitch markers and I always wish for more yarn:) Thanks Santa!

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  67. Thanks for a fabulous giveaway! I'm hoping Santa brings me a rigid heddle loom.

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  68. I would love a calm, peaceful holiday season where everyone gets along. And a cure for that arthritis that makes my hand ache when I knit too much. It's been aching a lot recently ; )

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  69. Thanks for the opportunity to win the sweater kit!

    caroldotperecmanatattdotnet

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