Friday, 26 April 2013

Winner + Felted Project Inspiration

Nova Chunky Interchangeable Set

Thanks to everyone who entered our blog giveaway this month! Our lucky winner is Katrina who said, "I would love to try fixed circular ones". We've contacted Katrina to arrange the shipment of her prize, a pair of Basix Birch Fixed Circular needles.

We received a tremendous response to our last post about quick, chunky knits using larger needles, so today we'll be sharing more pattern inspiration with you. Wool yarns and large needles are the perfect combination for your next felting project; we have several chunky interchangeable needle sets which contain needle pairs in 9.00mm, 10.00mm and 12.00mm sizes - all you have to do is choose which type of needle tip you prefer! As we saw in our previous post, our Basix Birch line is another great option for projects requiring larger-sized knitting needles. 

Clockwise from top left: Star Garland by Katie Startzman, Felted iPad Case by Marlene Sigel, Woodins by Anna Hrachovec, Celtica Cushion by Debbie Tomkies, Felted Oven Mitts by Purlbee, and French Press Felted Slippers by Melynda Bernardi.

If you have never intentionally felted a knitted or crocheted piece, here are a few helpful resources to get you started: 

Feel free to share your favorite felting tips, resources or patterns by commenting on this blog post, too!

Friday, 12 April 2013

Think Big: Knitting Inspiration + Giveaway!

This month, we're thinking BIG! Our Basix Birch needles come in large sizes and are just right for quick, chunky knits and fast felted projects! In today's blog post, we'll share some of our favourite patterns for big needles and give you a closer look at Basix Birch. You'll also have a chance to win your choice of Basix Birch needles this month!

Quick Knits with Chunky Yarns

Here are just a few project ideas for fast knits on big needles, many of which are available for free on Ravelry! Clockwise from top left: The Eleventh Hour Blanket from Purl Soho, Marian by Jane Richmond, The Road to Gimmerton, Pembroke Tank by Tara-Lynn Morrison, 40 Winks Basket by Hana Jason, and Pixie Necklace by Kate Oates.

Basix Birch Giveaway

Our Basix Birch needles are lightweight and available in double-point, single-point and fixed circular needle styles in a range of larger sizes. These perfectly-pointed, durable needles are ideal for chunky yarns. 

Get to know Basix Birch below, then leave a comment on this post telling us which type you'd most like to try out. We'll randomly select one winner to announce on Friday, April 26. Good luck!

Basix DPNS
Available in 20cm length in sizes ranging from 5.50mm to 25.00mm.
Perfectly tapered points for easy stitch glide.

Basix Fixed Circulars
Available in 60cm, 80cm, 100cm, 120cm, and 150cm lengths in sizes ranging from 5.50mm to 25.00mm.
Smooth joins for snag-free knitting.
Resilient, flexible cords lay flat with no kink or twist.

Basix Single Point
Available in 25cm, 30cm, 35cm, and 40cm lengths in sizes ranging from 5.50mm to 12.00mm.
Generous size end caps keep stitches firmly on needles.

Be sure to check back on Friday, April 26 to see who won this month's blog giveaway!