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New Year, New Skill with Kollabora & Giveaway!

Written by Sarah on January 14th, 2013 Posted in DIY, giveaway, knits, kollabora, want

Have you joined DIY community/marketplace Kollabora yet? I love their trendy look and awesome products. If you haven’t yet, check it out (and if you have, follow me)!

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To kick off 2013, Kollabora asked me to be a part of their Learn to Knit Campaign. They’re encouraging everyone to learn a new skill which is awesome. I’ve taught countless people how to knit over the years and I am fascinated by the way that the craft has been passed down from generation to generation. It’s really incredible that more and more people are learning to knit and building their skills through sites like Kollabora, Youtube, and other blogs. I’m definitely always learning new things from the community on Twitter and the comments you leave me here. It’s just the same as how my mother gave me advice on my projects but on a global scale.

As part of the campaign, Kollabora is hosting a beginner project knit-a-long. All of their patterns have great project kits and detailed instructions including videos. I’m going to be making this headband. I just got my kit in the mail over the weekend and I am very excited to cast on and show you my customized headband.

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Want to get in on the knit-a-long? Kollabora has been nice enough to supply a kit for one of you lovely readers! Their kit is adorable and the project is fun and quick, even if you’re an advanced knitter.

In fact, this would be a great gift for an experienced knitter to give to someone that’s curious, maybe a daughter or son or a friend that’s always ogling your knitting. Or you could customize the otherwise simple project to make something unique and exciting for yourself.

To enter to win the kit, leave a comment below telling me about the first thing you ever knit (or if you’ve never knit anything at all, that’s even better) by Friday 1/18 at 12pm EST. (Make sure you include your email or some way I can contact you!) I’ll chose the winner by random number generator and announce the lucky knitter next week.

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Comments (12)

  • January 14, 2013 at 11:38 am |

    I believe my first knit was a long, ugly green scarf. (Ten points if you can recall what Boehme said it looked like!)

  • spnyc
    January 14, 2013 at 12:01 pm |

    First completed knitting project: circa 1985, electric blue mohair sweater for my then college boyfriend. I think he suggested the color as a joke, but was so thrilled with the result it seems like he wore that sweater every day for the rest of our relationship!

    • January 14, 2013 at 1:56 pm |

      oh my gosh, did he have electric boobs to go with the mohair suit??

  • keithers
    January 14, 2013 at 1:50 pm |

    I tried to knit once long ago, but didn’t have the patience at the time. I think it was going to be a scarf, but alas, it ended up more like a misshapen yarmulke. I’d try again 🙂

  • January 14, 2013 at 5:33 pm |

    The first thing I ever knitted was a scarf for charity. I goofed and somehow made a “hole”. This led to learning how to make yarnover “Holes”.

  • Aunt Sherry
    January 14, 2013 at 6:41 pm |

    Aw, I guess ths is the first time I have to go by the can’t be related rule. Anyway, the first thing I ever tried to knot was a bun cover as in hair, when I had it that long. The I tried a snood. They were back in from the ’40’s. As you watch your stitches get tighter and tighter, you (read I) can’t help but feel intiminated, especially when the project is SO easy and you have (at that time, a drawer full of BEAUTIFUL sweaters, vests, and inheritances (sad to say I gave most of them away, or wore them out. Yes, you can wear out wool if you wear it all the time). I think I only have one left, and Kebbie might have one all from your Great Grandma Lena. That said, I also felt there wer SO many other crafts I can do,I have no giilt not doing this one (except when I look at you knitting and your mothers. If I were going to do try this again, I might start with an infinity scarf. 🙂 lol

  • Andrea aka SpringSplndr
    January 15, 2013 at 4:46 pm |

    The first and only thing I ever knit was a pair of socks. I taught myself to knit in 2010 because I wanted knit socks since everyone talks about their socks. So, with online videos and tutorials I made a pair of toe up, two at a time, on two circs socks. I think I went overboard for a first project. I have not knit anything else and plan to take a “beginning knitting” class this year. I need to learn the basics correctly.

  • Jessie
    January 16, 2013 at 10:33 am |

    I was taught how to knit when I was pretty young, but I would get distracted halfway through any project I ever started – namely, scarves. I finally finished my first scarf in middle school, though! It was an unfortunate shade of baby blue and extremely fuzzy, but I was thrilled.

  • January 16, 2013 at 11:23 am |

    I was first inspired to knit by a design book that was laying around at my trendy internet start-up’s office. It had in it quirky knitted toys with buttons for eyes. So the first thing I knit was… a misshapen blob with buttons sewn on it. I like to think I’ve come a little way since then.

  • Amber
    January 16, 2013 at 4:39 pm |

    At nine years old, my Gramma taught me the art of the pot holder 🙂 it ended up looking like a nice, boxy Christmas tree.

  • Jamie
    January 16, 2013 at 11:51 pm |

    I learned to knit when I was twelve, taught by Irish twin sister mothers who set up a knitting club at my school. The first thing I ever made was this wide, beige, garter stitch headband that I wore only a handful of times. No one was really impressed by my skills back then, but now I blow them away, haha. I wonder where that headband is now…

  • January 18, 2013 at 11:08 am |

    The first thing I ever knit was a lumpy misshapen scarf for a teddy bear when I was about 7. It was sage and mustard and horrible and I was so proud!

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