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Swirly Love

Readers’ Choice for Knitwear Designer poll has been closed for a week.  Among the nominations were Cookie A, Jared Flood, Vickie Howell, Sandra McIver, Kristin Nichols…to name a few.  Final results was out yesterday.  Drum roll…Knit, Swirl and designer Sandra McIver–voted this year’s Best Book and Best Designer–is the winner.  Knit, Swirl won the Favorite Book of 2011 award by a landslide over Modern Vintage Knits.  Congratulation, Sandra!

Within the lavishly photographed pages of knit, Swirl!

Sandra presents 18 designs that flatter all figures

each based on the innovative one-piece, one-seam circular construction she calls a “Swirl”.

Using simple knitting techniques, she creates elegant sweater jackets in four dramatic silhouettes and three flexible sizes.

The trunk show has been at Knit-Purl since March.  Stop by and try them for size if you are in the area. While you’re at it, pick up some yarn for your own swirl.

WARNING: As mentioned before, knitting swirls can be additive! You can’t knit just one…

Not confident to tackle such knit? Sign up for Sandra’s 2-day workshop on May 5-6, 2012.

Added bonus? You may build up your spring stash with some gorgeous MadelineTosh

or ShibuiKnits Silk Cloud

and get sound advice from some affable staff at Knit-Purl 😀

Don’t delay. This is the last travel tour scheduled for the year according to Sandra’s website. I am going to see if I can get my schedule clear and money save up to take it myself.

I am dying to meet Sandra and pick her witty brain, in person 😀  Maybe she will take me on as an assistant?  Wishful thinking, I know.  Can’t blame a girl for dreaming…

Before I start my third swirl (here my first and second swirl knits,) I plan to separate 11+ skeins of Noro Silk Garden into individual balls by color hues. I know this is totally insane. But hey, the heart wants what it wants…and the heart gets.

It’s Knit Swirl time, again! Won’t you hop on board and join me for the swirly train ride? It’ll be fun, I promise!

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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