Monday, January 5, 2015

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On the fifth day of the new year I haven't seen my Indi for five days and I have five copies of this awesome beanie knitting pattern to give away.

It looks tricky doesn't it.

The truth is that sometimes I give myself a hard time because I knit patterns but I never design patterns. Is knitting someone else's patterns really creative at all? But then I knit a pattern like this one and I completely understand why I don't.

This pattern takes something potentially tricky and makes it into such an enjoyable knit. This pattern is so much fun to knit that I could barely put it down. This pattern is so interesting and unlike anything I've ever knitted before that it's hard for me to work out how exactly Georgie even came up with it. And this pattern must have been so technical and so full of maths that I'd have no hope of working it out even if I wanted to.

This pattern uses only one colour per round even though it looks a lot more complicated. This pattern looks awesome in Spider-man red and black. This pattern is probably more intermediate than beginner but it is so beautifully explained that it wouldn't take a lot of experience to get it. And this pattern is called Woohlpooer, which my girls thought was the funniest name ever, but Georgie assures me it's pronounced wool-poor. It's the name of a place near the Grampians National Park in Victoria, Australia.

I knit my beanie in Tarndie Polwarth 8ply. It is the most gorgeous soft wool I think I have ever knit with.

So without further ado I'd like to announce that my Indi is coming home tomorrow, YAY!!

And let you know that Georgie has very generously given me FIVE copies of her brand new Woolpooer pattern to give to five of you guys. Just tell me something about knitting in the comments, anything you like, and I'll announce the winners on Wednesday.

The details of my Woopooer are here.
Buy the Woopooer pattern here.

You gotta be in it to win it and then knit it!!

Big warm headed love

xxxx


The giveaway on this post is closed.
Winners have been announced on the post on the eighth of January 2015.

50 comments:

  1. I would really like to have a go at this pattern. I have been trying to complete more challenging patterns and have so far found them very enjoyable. i think it does you good to stretch your self...

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  2. Knitting keeps me sane!! I am currently knitting a baby "Pebble" vest for a friends's special baby arriving next month.

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  3. I don't know what to say about knitting, except that beanie looks awesome (the model is gorgeous too)
    I'd love to have a chance to make that beanie, it's been so long since I've knitted anything other than socks, squares for a blanket and cloths for christmas gifts.
    cheers Kate

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  4. Whoa! That colour work sure does look fancy! And super tricky!
    And the only thing I have to say about knitting is that it's rad. A few rows throughout the day is some very nice meditation indeed.
    Enjoy your indi time Kate!
    Xoxo

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  5. I find that at the start of this new year, with the kids back to school and work starting up again, I need something to keep me grounded, and that is knitting. I was just thinking last night about finding a lovely, soft, squishy yarn to knit with, and now I want to try the yarn you used!

    I am planning to knit beanies for a UK homeless charity and I'd love to win this pattern to use! Happy New Year to you and yours.

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  6. I'd wee-ly like to have a go at this poo-pattern. I think I could bum-ble my way through it!

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  7. Hermoso gorro!! Todo un desafío tejerlo. Gracias por tus escritos, leerlos ya es parte de mi día. Cariños.

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  8. Such a beautiful hat! I've been spinning a lot this winter, trying to use up the growing stash of dyed rovings. Now I'm starting to look at each pile of finished yarn to decide what to do with it. Knitting with handspun is such a wonderful thing.

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  9. I have (for the most part) mastered 'quilt maths' but I think knitting maths may explode my brain. Yay for knitty pattern writers!
    Enjoy your girls homecoming.
    Ab x

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  10. I have decided this year to make more smaller, interesting things (including socks) and learn some new stitches along the way. Xx

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  11. I love knitting and wish I had more time to knit! That pattern looks very intriguing! Love the effect it produces.

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  12. One of my new year's resolutions is to knit a pair of socks - I'm not sure if a hat is more or less complicated than that as I've never tried either before! So glad you have your girl coming home tomorrow - my eldest is at uni but it never seems right without her here. Happy New Year to you and your family. x

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    1. If you're looking for an easy sock pattern look up easy peasy socks on ravelry...just made my first pair with that pattern. It was easy to follow for my first pair of socks.

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  13. Love the socks you've been posting. They were the first thing I wanted to knit. Had to knit a few troll socks before my socks turned out, but I persevered and it was worth it :) Love this hat pattern too. It's a beaut.

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  14. My mother taught me to knit when I was 5, but I always considered myself more of a crochet (lace) person until the last couple of years when I believe with my whole heart that knitting saved my life -at the very least my sanity. I was caring for a family member who was self-destructing and began to feel my own life unraveling. I started feeling an almost constant anxiety and had no way to quiet my mind despite desperate efforts to meditate. It wasn't until I made the decision to tackle knitting in the round and really try to learn colorwork that I fell head over heels in love with knitting. It's demands and joys saved me.

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  15. I'm mostly a crocheter but have recently started knitting again and I love it! I finished my first pair of socks last night (after two failed attempts) and am hooked. I work full-time and take college classes as well so am usually pretty busy...knitting is a great way to relax and become grounded again with my oh so busy schedule. Tonight I will begin another pair of socks.

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  16. I am an absolute beginner and still keep practising and unraveling a lot (I am a bit of a perfectionist), but in February I will spend two weeks with my Mom after her shoulder surgery and I hope that I can and will learn and practise a lot! And this is hands-down one of the most beautiful patterns I have ever seen - I would love to win and knit it some day!

    Fine

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  17. I have just lost my beloved cabled beanie. I work in a park so a new hat is essential. Your promise that this can be knitted magically using just one colour per round makes this sound brilliant. I have my fingers crossed. Ta!

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  18. Ah knitting - my best friend! I look forward to picking up the needles after I've finished painting the house!
    I love a challeging pattern, simple ones can bore me. This pattern looks great!
    Thank you for your blog posts over the years. We are just at the beginning of our farm life and your family has been a great inspiration!
    Amy

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  19. I've been on a knitting bender these past two weeks and have knitted 2 cardigans. I am guessing that is because instead of knitting, I should be writing a uni essay due in 2 weeks.... would love this pattern.

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  20. I like knitting. My mum taught me knitting when I was a young girl but I'm still a beginner. I usually knit in the evening when my daugthers are asleep and when I knit something I think about what I could knit next. This beanie looks gorgeous!
    Ilaria

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  21. I never enter blog giveaways. I'm not sure why! But the earthy colours along with Indi's long locks (not unlike my own) make me think I'd love to make and wear this hat this autumn/winter.

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  22. Knitting - the ability to always be able to provide warmth to family and friends. Since becoming parents to a 2 year old boy mid last year I am constantly on the look out for awesome boy patterns and this would be awesome for his first new beanie for the coming winter!

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  23. I don't knit so thanks but I'll pass on the give away...just wanted to say that it looks lovely!! Jan x

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  24. Before you'd even mentioned the chance of winning I was looking enviously at the marvellous patterning and wondering how on earth you did it! Yes please, I would love the chance of winning a copy of the pattern - fingers crossed! thank you x

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  25. Maybe a small project like this will get me knitting again. I used to knit my own jumpers just because shop bought ones were always too small in the arms. it looks lovely. yeh to kids being home!

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  26. Oh my. You know what, at the risk of sounding like a sob-story (I swear I dont maen it that way!) my husband is currently undergoing chemotherapy and will soon lose his hair. here I was just thinking about knitting him a hat or something, and you go and say 3 words that got my attention immediately: knit, beanie, and SPIDERMAN. Oh my gosh. Perfect!!!

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  27. Hmmm....knitting, well all those live stitches on the needles terrify me, crochet seems so much simpler. But having said that I am determined to knit and this looks like a hat that my boys would love.

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  28. I haven't seen my 9 yo big girl since 27th December LAST YEAR ! I'm getting her home tomorrow too. We'll meet half way in Kyneton, and I've got my fingers crossed that Pick up Stitches will be open so I can let my boy choose some wool for a pair of socks. Somehow its easier to get to the wool shop in Kyneton than the one in the city!
    Pattern looks lovely - like every pattern Georgie designs.

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  29. (Katniss) Indi is on the cusp of creative greatness, you can see it all around her.... like words floating above her saying ....watch this space...
    such beautiful pictures of a young woman looking her age. x

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  30. What a great looking beanie. This is the year I want to learn to knit something besides scarves!

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  31. An intermediate crocheter, I have often longed to knit so that I could make my own colorful sox. Having found a source for (cotton, not wool) hand made sox, hats come next on my list to learn. A hat that looks complicated and yet is not might be just the ticket to give it a go.

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  32. I love my polwarth cowl - the Dennis family yarns are just lovely! Since I've had to radically reduce my knitting I am sticking to hats and 8ply socks and other small projects and I am really enjoying all the subtle shaping variations and colour and pattern techniques.

    Not sure where Indi has been, but I did want to comment that her songs on soundcloud are getting a lot of airplay at my house and my musician tween is very inspired (not to mention full of questions about how she has made her recordings). Her voice is a delight.

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  33. Ive recently been knitting up my very own hand spuns. It takes my knitting enjoyment to a whole new level!!!

    The hat is gorgeous.

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  34. I started knitting my first hat just a few days ago!

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  35. Knitting is the only therapy that works for me!!!
    I am currently knitting another tikki knit- The posy sweater for my daughter.

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  36. I restarted knitting 4 years ago to overcome almost debilitating PND; a silent killer. And today I'm delighted to be here, being present and intentional and covering my little world in my knitty creations....like you I don't design but enjoy the genius of others with Georgie being a favourite. I love how every inch of yarn passes through my fingers to form a garment.

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  37. When all else fails and the world does not satisfy there is always knitting

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  38. I love Georgie's patterns too and have knit many of her designs. My challenge this year is to just get on with it - no more procrastinating or failing to start something because I'm afraid I won't be able to do it perfectly, that's not proven very productive ;) To kick off I've just cast on for a heavily modified version of Ysolda Teague's Coraline, totally out of my comfort zone but exciting at the same time. I love your blog Kate, you have inspired me in many many ways

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  39. I thought the hat was called the same thing too Kate. I could just imagine my little nephews wearing those hats in spiderman colors too as they would love them. Indi looks great in the hat and I think your a wonderful knitter Kate, and I can just see you designing one day too. I hope your enjoying the holidays.

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  40. Hi Kate, enjoy seeing your baby tomorrow! I love knitting as gifts a beanie is just purrfect for that, who knows I may even get to knit one for me! Love to you all xxBrenda

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  41. I've been a crocheter my whole life, but took up knitting a couple years ago...this year I am going to be working through a book, The Knitter's Book of Socks to learn more about making gorgeous socks fit well....

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  42. Nice hat and in Tarndie yarn? Even better! I've got some Tarndie fleece knocking around here somewhere.
    I'm currently knitting DH's Valentine's socks- he gets three pairs a year. We really need woolly hats and socks here, though currently it is a balmy 11C!

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  43. I've been drooling over this pattern since Georgie put a photo up on Instagram. But now with this post I've begged to be a tester, so hopefully that dream comes true for 2015! For me knitting is a meditation. In a day where there is never a finished product, only rooms that are cleaned only to be messed again as they are being lived in, it also provides me a sense of progress, of completion, a way to reassure myself that I am not in fact going backwards.

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  44. I am heading to the Alice Springs Beanie Festival this year (can't wait) and plan to knit 6 different beanies for myself and friends tagging along (all non-knitters would you believe!). This would make a great addition. I think beanies are a great way to try out new techniques and learn new skills in knitting. I love the natural colour combinations you used in your beanie :)

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  45. Hi Kate, I love your blog and really look forward to reading it each day. As for the beanie I love it. I am 17 and have been knitting and crocheting since I was 7. Along with gardening and bee keeping, knitting provides me with time and space to relax and gather myself, especially after school work. My idea of heaven is sitting on the couch in front of the fire knitting. I am always looking for a new challenge when it comes to knitting beanies and really like the look of this one.

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  46. I just really love to knit :) thanks for the chance!

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  47. i've decided that this is the year that I knit more for me. I have quite a few cardi stashes that never get started because I have little people with a constant stream of requests for mitts and hats and scarves and socks. Whilst I wouldn't have it any other way, I do think it is time to break out some bigger projects for me (especially as the stash is getting dangerously out of hand LOL)

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  48. I love knitting, infact obsessed would be a word to describe it, work just gets in the way although it's a necessary evil to pay for squidgie wool and beautiful patterns so I would love to win the latest by my favourite Aussie designer!

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  49. Hi Kate! I can't wait to get home and back into knitting after my holidays. I think this might be the year for me to branch out and challenge myself a little more.. x

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