10.11.2010

giveaway #37

The winner of the Never Not Knitting Sheepish kit is:

josiekitten

Congratulations! Please contact me at yarnonthehouse@gmail.com to claim your prize.

I have a fun indie knitwear designer with us this week. Check out my written interview with Megan from Sugar Lane Knits...

1. Please start by telling us a little bit about yourself and what you do?

My name is Megan and I am the owner and designer of Sugar Lane knitting patterns. I have a little Etsy shop called Sugar Lane where I sell my patterns. I am also a Mother to 5 busy kids. They range in ages from 14 to 4. I have one in high school, 3 in elementary school and one in preschool. I spend tremendous amounts of time in my car! When I'm not driving around the town I like to journal on my blog Hall's 7th Heaven, see what's new on Ravelry~I'm SugarLaneKnits if anyone wants to stop by and say "Hi" and work on new hat patterns. Of course, I always have a just for fun-just for me project that I'm working on!

2. You have adorable baby hat patterns. What inspires you?

I get inspiration from soooo many places. However, my initial foray into designing was because I wanted to make a hat for my little boy to head off to preschool in (Ha, no pun intended!). I couldn't find anything close to what I envisioned as the perfect preschool hat, so I knit my own. And voila! the Highland Argyle Hat was born. I got so many compliments from other mommies and then custom order requests; things just kind of evolved from there. Truly, the little people in my life are my biggest inspirations.

3. What is your process when you start designing a pattern? Do you have a routine?

My design process always begins with a clean sheet of graph paper and a pink eraser. I also need a Diet Pepsi and Twix bar within easy reach!

4. For budding new designers out there, what's the one piece of advice you have?

Advice? Really? Well, I would encourage new designers to just go for it. What's the worst that could happen? Even if the worst does happen then you know how not to do that again. I enjoy the whole yes,no of designing. Some things work and some don't~ sometimes the challenge of figuring that out is...dare I say...fun.

5. What will be next for you? Do you have new designs in the works that you can share with us?

Oh, yes! I have more new designs floating around in my little brain than I have time to chart out. (Boo! to laundry) I can tell you that I currently may or may not be slightly obsessed with Quatrefoil. I also am going to be trying out some new decreases for the shaping. And someday, hopefully sooner than later, I will actually get working on that ebook that has been on the back burner for way too long.

6. Why do you knit?

I knit because it makes me happy. I enjoy the process of knitting. I think even if it didn't make anything I would still knit because I like the feel, the motion. Luckily it does make things...awesome things. I can't tell you how much I love going into a baby shower and knowing I am going to blow all of the other gifts out of the water- just kidding!! ( I really do love giving knitted gifts and knitting for others though.)

7. When did you learn to knit and who taught you?

I learned to knit about 9 years ago and I had to teach myself. I bought a book and couldn't even get through the long tail cast on. It was a terrible exercise in frustration. I didn't even pick up needles again until 2 years later.

8. If you were to knit and live anywhere in the world, where would you knit and live?

If I could knit and live anywhere then I would live on a cruise ship. I'd just sail around the world knitting and going to exotic yarn shops. Sounds pretty good doesn't it?

9. What's been your worst knitting disaster?

I've been pretty lucky as far as knitting disasters go. Although, last year I knit a great pair of socks for my son...and his giant sized feet...and the cuff was REEEALY tight. I think the yarn eventually broke. That was kind of sad.

10. What's your favorite item you've ever knit?

My favorite thing that I ever knit was a washcloth. Seriously. My Grandmother- who was a fantastic and accomplished knitter in her younger days- requested one when I told her I had taken up knitting. You would have thought I had given her a bar of gold when I presented her with that little bit of garter stitch. She was so delighted with that simple, wobbly washcloth. It's one of my favorite memories~ever.

Thank you, Megan, for joining us on YOTH! Megan has put together a really cute Acorn Cap knitting kit for one lucky winner this week. Take a look see...



Isn't this just the most perfect little cap for Fall time?! You have a chance to win four skeins of KnitPicks Swish Worsted, a pair of size US 10 1/2 circular needles in 16" length, the full printed Acorn Cap pattern, and a couple other just-for-fun acorn treats!

I would like you to do the following if you would like to be entered into this week's giveaway:


1. Read over the rules if you have not done so already.

2. Leave a comment on this blog post by the end of Sunday, 10/17/10. Take a look at SugarLane Knit's Etsy shop or Megan's Ravelry designs page and let us know what your favorite pattern is. I'm diggin' this trendy Skully Baby Cap! I may just need to knit a couple of these up for gifts!

I'll randomly pick the winners on Sunday and post the results on Monday along with the new giveaway, so be sure to check back. Good luck everyone.

Sincerely,

Ve

118 comments:

knitterellapurl said...

How cute is this hat?! My baby sister would look so cute in it!

My favorite from her patterns would definitely be the Fly Away Home cap. The antennas are what got me.

flora said...

Cute! My fave is the argyle pattern!

Kate said...

I love the I.Newton Hat. Such a cute apple.

Meghan said...

I could knit baby/kid hats for my three pint-sized noggins all day. I absolutely LOVE that candy corn pattern!

Rainlover said...

I think the area 51 hat is so cute, totally funny. My nephews would get a hoot out of it.

liz said...

Can't pick!! Maybe Area 51? But that acorn hat is SO CUTE!!

Denise said...

Oh I'm loving the candy corn hat pattern, my dd is nearly 10, loves halloween And candy corn, I think she'd love this hat too :)

kshotz said...

Ok, I'm weird....I really like the Area 51 hat!

Danielle said...

Love the Highland Argyle Baby Cap. So cute. :)

Amber said...

I think it'd have to be hte XOXO baby hat for me! Maybe because I only have girls and it's nice and pink girly-ness.

Pamela said...

The Fly Away Home Knit baby cap. That's cute :)

Lael said...

I like the watermelon hat - or maybe the guppy - or maybe the XOXO - can't decide!

Les said...

The acorn cap is my favorite. Very cute.

Michelle said...

Tiny Tulips is precious, but the Fly Away Home is down right adorable!

Kayla said...

I love "Luky Clover Cap" - it is cute!

Jani said...

My favorite is the original preschool hat - love those argyles! But the Area 51 hat really made me smile - would be perfect for baby's first Halloween. Thanks for the contest!

Phyllis said...

I like both the Tiny Tulip and the Garden Party caps. Cute!

Becci said...

I like the Snow Cone hat - looks like it might be within my capabilities! They're all fantastic though!

Ginger said...

I like the All Wrapped Up Baby Cap, but they are all adorable.

Jessica said...

I ♥ the Guppy baby hat!!
JPeled on ravelry

Beathag said...

My favorite is Highland Argyle Baby Cap Pattern

Rasa said...

They are all so cute it's hard to decide...I really like Area 51 and Fly Away Home!

Erin said...

I love the Cat on a Hat. :)

StaceyKnitsIt said...

I like the Tiny Tulips Baby cap best.

Nicole ~ The Diva said...

I like the woodland wisdom hat and the it's a girl hat.

Tracey said...

I like the skully too! So spooky for halloween. But they're all super cute!

The Chase Family said...

The acorn cap is pretty cute - although I love the argyle hat! :) And the cat on the hat is pretty fun too! :)

Andi said...

I am in love with the her lady bug hat! Endless talent on her page.

Mercy said...

I like the Winter Spring Summer Football Baby and Beyond Pattern. The football hat is cute.

midwifemom on Ravelry.

Kim Mears said...

Cute hats! I love the Area 51 hat. It made me giggle.

Megan said...

I love the 'Circle of Love Baby Cap'. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

Tara said...

Loving Area 51!

Tara said...

Loving Area 51!

sacha said...

I like the Guppy Baby Cap- and the Acorn cap is perfect for fall:). Thank you so much for this weekly look at some knitting inspiration.

kristyh1981 said...

The Fly Away Home cap is adorable! But then aren't they all?

Rav ID: kristyh1981

Catie said...

My favorite is Area 51 - though the hat with argyle is a close second :)

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I love the Guppy Baby Hat pattern.

Kathy Wishnie said...

That acorn cap is going to be really cute and I love the wisdom cap with the owl on it too.

Frankly Beka said...

I don't know why, but I am really diggin' the Higland Argyle.

OneOfTheHive (Heidi) said...

How cute!!! I love the
'Sugar Soles Baby Booties'. I have a few friends who are having babies next month and I have been wanting to do up something similar. The acorn hat is super sweet!

Cary said...

I think since I am currently snacking on candy corn I am going to have to say the Sweet Corn Baby hat. So cute!

TopHat said...

I like the guppy baby cap! It's totally cute.

cindymen said...

I do think that acorn is pretty cute. I'd have to say that is my favorite.

Jen said...

I absolutely LOVE that fly away home baby hat!

beautyredefined said...

I'm a huge fan of the watermelon cap and the fly away home hat. I wonder if my niece is too old for these. Hmm..

Anonymous said...

I love the Fly Away Home cap....
bookboxer on ravelry

Susan G said...

My favorite is the FlyAway home hat - I think I might treetmyself to a few patterns - all of a sudden I am surrounded by new babies screaming for hand knit hats!

Reikjavyk said...

I'm in love with Fly Away Home Knit Baby Cap but, if I were a cheater, I definitely could cheat on it with Area 51 ^.^

Lydia said...

cute hat, and yea-a yarn give away.

Sabrina said...

I think the Scallop Fringe hat is pretty adorable.

CrocheterFrmCA said...

I have two favorites -
One is All wrapped up ,
second is the watermelon on etsy

Jodi said...

Honestly, I love the Acorn Cap best! Too cute.

patsy said...

I love the highland baby cap

knitnonthefloor said...

I LOVE the Fly Away Home hat! So cute!!

Kim said...

OMG, I can't believe I haven't heard of her. I just love the Woodland Wisdom baby hat, and it's just the first one that I saw!

Turtle said...

so cute! Adore that acorn hat!

Rebecca Swan said...

My favorite is the Highland Argyle - I love argyle! When I was pregnant, I made a stencil and painted brown, green, pink and blue argyle border around the pocket nursery, to match the crib bedding that I sewed. I like how sophisticated, fun, and cute it is!

melonkelli said...

I love the Highland Argyle Baby Cap. So cute!

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Kim said...

The guppy baby hat is CUTE. And the acorn one too! Neat.

Jez said...

What a cute little hat! So perfect for autumn, I love it.

My favorite is the watermelon cap!

Marlitharn said...

The Area 51 hat is super-cute - they're never to young to be sci-fi nerds!

Maria said...

I think the Scallop Fringe and Beyond Baby Cap is my favourite.
PS - found your blog via a link in your current winners blog josiekitten

Gracey is not my name.... said...

The Woodland Wisdom cap is so cute!!!!

Kristen said...

I love the Highland Argyle baby hat. :)

Knittaroo said...

Oh my, these are ridiculously cute!
Okay, the winner in the category coolness/geekiness is definitely the Area 51 cap. For actual wearability and cute name, my favourite is Cat on a Hat.

KnittySue said...

OHHHH I love the hats! If I had to pick one it would be the ladybug...cute cute cute

purlverde said...

I love the Highland Argyle Baby Cap on SugarLane's Etsy, I'm wild for Argyle! I really like the Acorn Hat package however, it looks perfect for keeping my little bug snug this fall. He likes hats and won't pull them off his head so they are the perfect accessory for keeping him cozy. Thanks for the chance to win such an awesome and appropriate prize! I'm PurlVerde on Ravelry.

Emily said...

I was leaning toward "Winter Spring Summer Football", because that's how things are at my house, but in the end I have to go with "Area 51". It reminds me of the Toy Story aliens!

Gianna said...

The argyle hat pattern, all the way!

Blendab1 said...

I just love the fly away home knit baby cap! That would be the perfect hat for my friends baby!!
I love the antennas :)

Judi A. said...

Oh my...they are all so adorable, how can only one be chosen?! Have to settle on two - Cat on a Hat and Circle of Love. :-)

Clicky Needles said...

My favourite has to be Area 51 Baby Cap.

PenelopeRose said...

I am so loving the acorn hat. Do they come any cuter than that?!!!!

Mosmama said...

I like Are 51, though they are all cute!

andrea said...

Guppy Baby Cap Pattern most definately. Too cute!

sy said...

i love the cat on a hat baby cap. thanks for the awesome giveaway!
songyueyu at gmail

Jan said...

I really like the Circle of Love cap, but many others, too!

Thanks for the contest!

vtcjan at yahoo dot com

Jack said...

The candy corn hat is ADORABLE!!

Anonymous said...

I love the Guppy Baby Cap! Those wee fish are adorable! And the waves! samm

billicummings said...

I loved Megan's Guppy baby hat. Her hats are adorable.

Billi Cummings
billicummings@gmail.com

-Bekah- said...

What an exciting giveaway. And how cute are the hat patterns. I have to have two favorites...one for a boy and one for a girl. I'm definitely LOVING the Fly Away Home cap (obviously for the girls) and the Highland Argyle baby cap! SUPER CUTE!!!

Carol said...

Nice patterns, and offer!
That acorn hat is right up there on my list, and I love the argyles.

DeuceMom said...

I'm loving the Highland Argyle hat. I am learning some color techniques, and this seems like it's really versatile. And I just think argyle is super cute ;)

Smiling Lister said...

My favorite pattern is the Area 51 cap. It reminds me of the cute little aliens from Toy Story

barb said...

For some crazy reason, I love Area 51. It is just adorable

Marilyn said...

I love the argyle hat.

Juney said...

I adore the Scallop Fringe Baby and Beyond Cap Pattern!

KellyJune

Brenda said...

Such cute patterns. I have a baby granddaughter who would love the Scallop Fringe Baby and Beyond Cap Pattern

suddenexpression said...

Such great patterns! Definitely love the Woodland Wisdom cap with my obsession of owls. But also loving the Area 51 hat. So funny!

Iva said...

My favorites, aside from the Acorn Cap, would be Area 51, which is so much fun, and Garden Party.

Darleen said...

The Highland Argyle is the one for me. Really cute.

moos mom said...

Oh boy hope it's me. both of my girls love to pick up acorns, we have a jar filled with all their special acorns.

Angele said...

OOh the Area 51 Baby Cap Pattern is my favorite!!! Love the alien eyes on it. Soooo cute!

Spikey said...

Such adorable patterns! Am torn between the Candy Corn and Fly Away Home Baby caps, too cute.

pookie said...

My favorite pattern is the tiny tulip baby cap. so precious. thanks for another great giveaway. the hat is just too cute!!

Anonymous said...

Guppy baby hat for sure!
Lynn

anniesue said...

The Acorn Baby hat at Sugar Lane, of course!

monika said...

What sweet hats - my favorites have to be the acorn and area 51!

Karen said...

definitely the guppie baby hat!

Jen said...

Cute hats! Acorn, football, fly away home, garden party...all so cute!

jendada on Ravelry

alystyn said...

Oh, they are all so cute! It's really hard to pick... I love that candy corn hat, and the "all wrapped up" is ADORABLE! :)

--alystyn on ravelry

Connie, the daisyhead said...

Area 51 cracks me up!

Qi-Tah Girl said...

The Candy Corn. I would give it to my pug to play with.

Mommahog said...

Oh wow! My favorite is Highland Argyle! It is not only a classic, but it's classy too!

Debbie said...

I have thought the same thing (in jest) about my baby shower gifts!
Love the acorn hat!
Debbie

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I couldn't decide between the Scalloped, the Argyle, the Guppy, or the Acorn!!! They are all precious. I have a new grandbaby ont the way! Woo hoo!

karen said...

Hard to pick just one favorite but I love the guppy hat. My grandson loves fish!

knitterlydesigns said...

It is always nice to hear how a designer works. Her hat designs are very cute. I can't pick a favorite because they are all so cute, but I do love the Argyle hat.

Debbie said...

I don't want to be a copy cat, but I really like the Skully Baby Cap too. Thanks for the contest. Debbie in Alaska

ikkinlala said...

I like the guppy hat!

CrazyYarnHarlot said...

I love the ladybug hat, but I am partial to ladybugs :)

this is another great giveaway!

Shelly
or Crazyyarnharlot on Ravelry

Dale,Lindsay and Shannon said...

The ladybug hat is super cute.

Tricia said...

Love them all! How can you pick just one from all those designs!?

Keya said...

I guess I missed the giveaway by a few hours. DARN! Too busy knitting yesterday to blog.

Jeannie said...

Super cute hats! My favorite is also the skully baby cap.

YarnOnTheHouse said...

POSTING FOR THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you everyone for posting! -Ve

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