Posted in Carol E. Herman Designs, knitting, Ravellenic Games, Ravelry

Team Knit equals Joy – The Ravellenic Games 2016

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Team Knit equals Joy is joining the Ravellenic Games! The Ravellenic Games – a fun way to connect with other knitters and to challenge your own skills. They take place during the Olympic Games but, of course, are not affiliated with those games.  The goal is to challenge yourself to begin and complete at least one project between Friday, August 5 and Sunday, August 21 – and to have fun doing it.

15 events cover just about any type of project you want to make:

Afghan Marathon,  Bag Backstroke,  Cowl Jump,  Frogging Trampoline,  Garment Polo, Hat Dash,  Household Heptathalon, Mitten Medley, Scarf Hockey, Shawl Sailing, Sock-Put, Sweater Triathalon, Synchronized Spinning, Toy Toss, and WIPs Wrestling.

The Ravelry-wide event awards virtual prizes. Generally these are a graphic you can post on your Ravelry profile page and on your project page. Pretty fun to post those prizes proudly!

We will have prizes in our Knit equals Joy team, too…real prizes like yarn, bags, patterns… come check out the thread in my Ravelry group for more details!

We would love to have you join our team!  It’s like a giant KAL, and so much fun. Hope to see you there!

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Good News, Everyone! It’s a Summer Mini-Swap!

Dear knitting and crocheting friends, sign-ups have started now through June 16th for the Summer Spa Swap II: A Day at the Beach in my Ravelry group! Our mini-swaps (shout-out to awesome swap organizer, group moderator Jen!) are always so much fun! They are low-stress and low-cost mini-swaps, usually featuring something handmade. From Jen’s post:

This mini swap is all about sending your secret swap partner a mini “pampering kit”. This year we will use the beach as our inspiration. Your kit will include a hand knit or crocheted wash cloth (maybe you have some extra special cotton or linen in your stash?) that has a beachy theme or is inspired by the beach, a pretty and preferably a handcrafted bar of soap and one other fun little pampering item that you think your swap partner would like ($5.00 max).

To make things a little more fun, I’ve designed a new spa cloth to go along with the  swap, the Castle Beach Spa Cloth. The pattern will be released next Monday, June 13th.   It’s a fun little perk for the swap, but you can make any spa cloth or wash cloth you like for your swap partner.  More about the spa cloth next Monday on the blog.

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If you’ve followed this blog for long or are a member of the Ravelry group, you have probably seen these collages before. But in the spirit of dragging out old photo albums to browse through familiar and well-loved memories, here are some pics of our previous swaps:

Wuv Tru Wuv Collage
Wuv, Tru Wuv Swap
Holly Jolly
Holly Jolly Christmas Swap
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Summer Spa Swap I
Sip and Knit collage
Sip and Knit Swap

If you haven’t done a swap before, I invite you to come join us. It’s a great way to get to know each other, to craft something for someone else, and to anticipate receiving a fun package in the mail. Sign up here right away, no later than June 16th. I look forward to seeing you there!!

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Posted in giveaway, knitting, Ravelry, Rose City Yarn Crawl

Giveaway Wrap-Up!!!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway in my Ravelry group!! It was so much fun, and I appreciate everyone who dropped by, whether it was just for a quick “hello” or to stick around and chat and get to know us a little better!

Congrats to Ravelry user Kepanie, winner of the grand prize!  Here’s her swag!  I had sooooooo much fun choosing these wonderful yarns and knitting notions at the 2016 Rose City Yarn Crawl.

Giveaway Grand Prize

Gathersnomoss won a mini-giveaway for these Gobstoppers:

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And heatherg7 snagged these Unicorn Tails:

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Congrats Becky and Heather!!!

A great time was had by all and I hope you will join us for one of our next great events!  Coming soon: a fantastic summery swap – sign-ups most likely will start in May – and the Ravellenic Games in August – a Ravelry-wide event, with knitting all during the Olympics, (virtual) medals, fun competition (mostly with yourself) and, of course, in my group, prizes!!!

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Posted in giveaway, Ravelry, Rose City Yarn Crawl, yarn

A Giveaway Update

Hi everyone!  The giveaway in my Ravelry group is still going strong.  There are mini-giveaways going on until we reach 5,000 posts in The Cafe thread.  Current post count: 4,854.

When we reach 5,000 posts, I’ll choose the winner using a random number generator for this prize:

Giveaway Grand Prize

I wrote all about the lovely yarn and goodies here: Giveaway Details.

In the meantime, I am giving away smaller goodies that I purchased during the Rose City Yarn Crawl.



Two terrific Gobstoppers, mini-skeins of worsted weight yarn by the Knitted Wit. Soon I’ll randomly choose a winner for this mini-giveaway and then will start the next mini-giveaway. Come on over to The Cafe and join in!


Mini-giveaway 1


Won by Ravelry user Kepanie.  She wrote about it in this post on her blog: Wooly Cakes and Wooden Spoons.

Mini-giveaway 2


Just in time for Easter, this See’s Easter Treasure Egg was won by Ravelry user stamura.

Mini-giveaway 3

Knitted Wit Gumballs

These awesome Knitted Wit Gumballs, mini skeins of yummy yarn, were won by Ravelry user QueenKally.

Mini-giveaway 4

Happy Knits Bag

A wonderful project bag from Happy Knits.  Adorbs!  Won by Ravelry user PLC1.

Mini-giveaway 5

One of a Kind buttons

Awesome and amazing buttons from One of a Kind Buttons.  We discussed it in the group and we think the first one belongs on a mug cozy.  Won by Rav user saminar.

I hope you will come check out the group, the thread and the giveaway if you are interested.  We love to chat about knitting, yarn, and life in general, and we love to have new knitting friends join in the fun.

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Posted in giveaway, knitting, Portland, Ravelry, Rose City Yarn Crawl, yarn

Giveaway Details

Hello dear knitters!  Here’s the post with all the juicy details about the giveaway going on in my Ravelry group, Carol E Herman Designs.  Not a member of Ravelry?  It’s free and easy to join.  It is a terrific resource for fiber enthusiasts.

All of these lovelies were purchased last weekend at the Rose City Yarn Crawl. It was so much fun shopping for locally made fiber products. The Pacific Northwest truly has a strong creative community, and it is a joy to share a little bit of that with you.
Giveaway Grand Prize

My only goal while shopping the Yarn Crawl was to find skeins of yarn that caught my eye…oh, and I was looking for yarn in a PDX Carpet colorway.  The first store I went to was Twisted, and right away I found it.  Score!!

The Details.

1. Knitted Wit Victory Fingering.

I love this yarn!   It’s the yarn I used (in Golden Delicious) for my Metolius River Mitts.  It is amazingly sproingy, works up wonderfully, and comes in terrific colorways. I love how this colorway picks up the colors in the original PDX Carpet.

100% Superwash Merino, 4 ounces, 380 yards, in PDX Carpet.  Purchased at Twisted.Knitted Wit

2. A PDX Carpet notions bag by Rose City Totes.

This was purchased earlier, but inspired the theme of this giveaway grand prize. Interested in the PDX Carpet iconic design? Read here.PDX Carpet

3. Rosewood cable needles.

Lovely cable needles made in Eugene. Rosewood Cable Needles2

4. Black Trillium Fibres Pebble Sock.

This is lovely yarn.  I bought a similar skein for myself, in a slightly less blue-toned colorway, and I can’t wait to see how it works up.

100% Superwash Merino, 100 grams, 380 yards in a one of a kind colorway.  Purchased at Happy Knits.Black Trillium

5. Bumblebirch Heartwood.

I have heard whispers about this yarn.  I have heard people waxing rhapsodic about it. It is truly, truly, lovely.  The colorways have depth and the bases have a very pleasing hand.

4-ply fingering weight, 100 grams, 463 yds, 75% Superwash Merino/25% nylon in Glacier. Purchased at Close Knit.bumblebirch

6.   One of a Kind Buttons button.

I was fortunate to make it to the One of a Kind trunk show at the Knitting Bee.  Artist Candace Wilson designs these lovely buttons, and I got to chat with her for awhile. Her story is great, as are her buttons!  This is the one I chose:DSCN9678

7. Blissful Knits Sublime Yak.

This yarn is just stunning.  It is shimmery and just plain gorgeous! Truly exquisitely crafted.

Sockweight, 60% Superwash Merino/20% Silk/20% Yak, 3.5 oz., 400 yds in the colorway Abyss.    Purchased at the Knitting Bee .Blissful Knits

How to win? Join my Ravelry group and leave a comment in The Cafe thread. Every post is an entry. I’ll draw a winner by random number generator after The Cafe thread reaches 5,000 posts.  I hope that you will come join us!

Thank you for your support.

xoxo, Carol

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Giveaway Update

PDX Carpet notions bag and Pima Cotton Fine

As I mentioned yesterday (Leap Year Giveaway), we are having a series of giveaways in my Ravelry group, culminating with a large giveaway basket when The Cafe thread reaches 5,000 posts.   I’m working on gathering the large prize, but in the meantime, I promised to post a picture of the current smaller giveaway prize.

Sometime this weekend, I will choose a winner via random number generator for this great PDX carpet print notions bag and a skein of Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton Fine in a pretty raspberry color.

A fun tidbit about this iconic design:

The SRG team [designers of the PDX Airport carpet] wanted the carpet to be northwest to the core, so they settled on blues and greens early on in the design phase. The final pattern corresponded to Portland’s intersecting North-South runways, as seen from the control tower.

~ A Brief History of the PDX Airport Carpet, Portland Monthly

I do love the PDX carpet design!!!

If you’re not yet a member of the Ravelry group, I hope you will come check things out!  🙂


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