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TGIF February 25, 2012

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If you are at long/lat: 41º 88′ N, 87º 63′ W today, you might be enjoying something that’s being labelled a Saskatchewan Screamer.

No. It is not a ride at Great America. It isn’t even very daunting conditions for We, Heroes of The North (WINTER IS COMING!) who are rather blase about thug weather at any time of the year.

To us, it is S.N.O.W.

Like this (yawn):

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But indeed, it’s a little sloppy, sleety and slippery and it’s still cold (34°) so we are going to hunker down today and get some fierce knitting done!

Here at Studio Chic, we draw on the wisdom of the urban forest creatures such as the mighty Squirrel, whose philophy is stuffing something away for a craptastic day.

The twin adjuct to this idea is taking the time you’re forced to be indoors as an opportunity to learn something.

So, we thought you’d like to play along…

Here we have a batch of books for you, not only you, but you and some knitting friends (spread the word)…

They are from Nicky Epstein (via Soho Publishing) and are an indespensible addition to your creative library: Knitting on the Edge & Knitting Beyond the Edge (in hardback & paperback editions).

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TGIF Review: In every life some rain must fall and whether its bad weather or a misbehaving pattern, there is nothing like a back-up plan. Solution? Reference Books.
There’s lot’s and lot’s of ideas and options here – when I first saw these, there was an ooohAAh factor born of knowing:
a. I’d have never thought of it myself
b. I’d have never figured out how to do it myself.
In the pages: Ribs, ruffles, lace, fringes, flora, points, picots, cuffs, collars necklines, corners, edges & closures.
In a word: EMBELISHED with no fuss & no fear!

SO, in the spirit of giving you the proverbial Fishing Reel and inviting you to eat forever, leave a comment below telling us your favorite edge finish or knitted bling…

Four folks (1 – book/ 1 – person per draw) will be randomly drawn next TGIF and invited to get busy!


The winner of the PRINCIPLES OF KNITTING from TGIF February 17, 2012 is Liz M, the 123rd commenter!!

She writes: “I would like to improve a lot of techniques,like buttonholes and spacing, make one stitches without getting a hole, sleeve caps, the list goes on and on…”

Thanks to everyone for sharing your knitting with the rest of us!


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51 responses to “TGIF February 25, 2012”

  1. Linda says:

    My favorite finishing edge is lace. These books are great and thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Jennifer says:

    I love the look of little bobbles on a kid’s sweater. I don’t like making them, but I do like how they look!

  3. Lisa says:

    I would love to add these to my library – one can never have too many options!

  4. Kathy says:

    Lace with beads, or fringe

  5. Kate says:

    Favorite edgings include picot edgings on cowls and small items.but I want to branch out with bobbles or another non-lace technique. Lace edgings can be so pretty but not the best for durability.

    I love to try new techniques and appreciate the chance to win new books. Ebooks are my preference for novels but knitting books are better in print. I still have vintage aran pattern books that are years old and have survived many book stash reductions. These books would be welcome additions to my knitting library.

  6. Karen says:

    Picot!! Both of these books are on my wish list!!
    Happy knitting!!

  7. Linda Borst says:

    Well, I will take our desert weather, which right now is in the 70s, as opposed to your cold, cold weather. I can knit with weather in the 70s as well as when it’s snowing.

    Love your designs, your blog and, of course, all these wonderful give-a-ways.

    Linda B.

  8. Eunice says:

    I usually do whatever the pattern tells me to do, but I would love to see more options.

  9. Juniper says:

    I’m a total sucker for a clean knitted hem. I-cord edging is a close second, but only in the right situations, much like sewn piping.

  10. Carol says:

    I love the look of I-cord edgings, but I just saw the cutest scarf with I-cord fringe. The scarf was knit longways with fringe knitted in as you go. Clever idea.

  11. Stacey D says:

    Fabulous giveaway! I haven’t progressed to many edgings, except for I-cord, which I really liked. Both books are on my wish list so I can branch out…

  12. nikki says:

    I just love these books. I check them out from the library every chance I get. Why I don’t just buy them is beyond me. I am totally in love with cabled edgings.

    Happy snow day, on the other side of the lake from you and we are getting a healthy dose of it too!

  13. Lauren says:

    My favorite edge finish is an i-cord edge – so sleek and trim. But on baby girl clothes I love how sweet a picot edge (co, bo or crochet) looks.

  14. sarina says:

    I haven’t done many types of interesting edgings yet, but so far I love a picot edge on shawlettes! Thanks so much for offering this giveaway! :)

  15. Kathy says:

    I think an I-cord finish is really sharp but I really need to work on all my edgings. I tend to just do what the pattern calls for accept socks which is either sewn bind off or Jeny’s really stretchy bind off which I need to get better at.

  16. Margaret says:

    I like a nice ball fringe or bauble edge.

  17. carlene says:

    I don’t need to be included in the give away (I want people to *take* stuff from me), I just wanted to note that Saskatchewan Screamer sounds like a drink. I am going to order one next time I’m out, and see what I get.

  18. Deb Kegelmeyer says:

    I like the leaf edge and I love adding knitted bows to headbands. I need some new ideas for edges though.

  19. Patt says:

    My favorite edging of all is the I-cord and multi-layered I-cord trim. But I like to try new things. These books are on my list of “must haves.” I feel for you, where we live is winter close to 6 months out of the year.This is where knitting and a good book comes in handy.

  20. Jaimie says:

    I am a huge fan of the simple yet dainty picot edging. It is feminine but not too girly, and adds a really nice finishing touch to certain projects!

  21. Caroline aka FiberTribe says:

    oooh! My favorite edge is the kind of picot that looks like lace holes until you fold back the hem. Magic!

  22. Kathleen says:

    I really like the I-cord bind off because it makes such a good edge, especially next to garter stitch fabric. I would really like to learn some more edging ideas and not always follow what is in a pattern. Or have some ideas of what to do when the pattern says ‘bind off’ or ‘cast on’.

  23. Maria says:

    I like the polished look of taking the time to add edging. It just gives a piece that little extra something. My favorite edge is picot.

  24. Rebecca says:

    OHHHH, how wonderful. I am just learning to knit lace, so this would be a wonderful addition to my knit book library. To date, my favorite edge is iCord ’cause it covers up a messy edge. =:0

  25. Therese Frankenberg says:

    I have always wanted to add more beguilement to my edges. Leaves and ferny looking things are my faves. Edging swatches make great gift bookmarks.

  26. Karen says:

    I’m not really a girly girl. I feel most comfortable when dressed in the classic “lands end” style, but there’s nothing wrong with a little ruffle or picot. It can girly-up an outfit without being flashy. I’m so not flashy.

  27. Dorothy says:

    I really like creating a hem by knitting the cast on row together with live stitches. I just think it adds the right amount of weight to the bottom or a sweater and a nice finished look.

  28. LaurenS says:

    love an i-cord edging … picot edge too!

  29. TSKTSK says:

    I made a poncho for my 7 year old neice (see it under Ravelry TSKTSK) and used picot cast on and added fringe per her request. For myself, love a knitted I-cord.

  30. Shilo Artis says:

    I don’t make my own patterns generally. I am not that brave quite yet. I’m trying to learn how to do ruffles though because I’d like to make a ruffled scarf that is not someone else’s pattern. :-)

  31. Knittingdancer on Ravelry says:

    I haven’t done much edging on my knitting, yet. The last shawl I completed had a small picot edge on it.
    I have seen the Knitting on the Edge book. It has some very interesting patterns in it. I would love to have any of these books in my library.

  32. Janice says:

    I have seen these books and my friend uses hers all the time. Seems to like the many different flower patterns. I love the i-cord bind off and also picot edges but would definately play around with many different edgeings if I had this resource. Thank you for the chance to win.

    PS I have bought several of your patterns and love your blog spot.

  33. Chantelle says:

    My favourite edge is the picot bind off and I also love sparkly beads in knitted fabric especially when used for a little extra weight.

  34. Laura says:

    I love the look of knitted-on lace edgings, but I haven’t been brave enough to attempt such a project yet. I need these books, I think!

  35. Jenink says:

    Honestly, I really love a good ‘ol ribbed edge- so snug and functional with a tubular bind off, or a sewn bind off. I’d love to have a go at picot edging though, it does look very pretty.

  36. Ruth Shehigian says:

    My favorite embellishment is the palm Leaf Lace Edging I found on revelry. I haven’t knit in ages and thought to start anew with something simple but fell in love and am still besotted. I can only thank the high heavens for such inspiration

  37. kathleen says:

    love the picot but haven’t mastered any edges, usually like a clean edge or simply follow the pattern and wish it was something different of what i don’t know, do not have a creative data base to draw from. sure one of these books would be inspiring.

  38. Mary says:

    I have coveted these books for quite a while but adding to the yarn stash has short circuited my buying plan. Maybe I will get lucky!

  39. Jen says:

    Picot because it’s just so dainty.

  40. Claire says:

    I’m rather new to knitting and don’t know any special finishes or edges. That’s why I need these books! :)

  41. Dina says:

    I am rather fond of a picot edge.

  42. Kit Fessenden says:

    My favorite and the one I keep going back to is the Picot Edge

  43. Julia says:

    I’ve drooled over Nicky’s books in the library many times. While I do like an I-cord edge, it would love to expand my horizons with mo’bettah!

  44. Carolyne says:

    I just learned the picot edge for the sweetie pie hat. Look forward to learning more!

  45. Roseanne says:

    I need to understand borders, because sometimes things need a little extra touch. Thanks!

  46. kayT says:

    I like lace edgings but I did make a shawl with a ruffle that I am quite fond of. And beads. Beads make me happy. winning one of these books would make me happy too.

  47. Jo Anne says:

    I am seriously deficient in the knitted edge/bling area. These books would get me started.

  48. Chris says:

    I like a little picot edging on socks or little girls’ sweaters, but I am open to other options! I’m sure there are plenty of new things to try in these books. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  49. Dena says:

    Not really a border, but I love a sewn bind off. It makes everything look so pretty. Love your patterns. Thanks!

  50. Debbi says:

    My very favorite is i-cord but I also really like picot edges and knitted hems. Thank you for the opportunity to win! :)

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