Friday, August 31, 2012

End of Summer Giveaway Celebration!

Happy Labor day weekend everyone! It is my hope for all of you that you are up to some fun things this weekend. I am planning on heading out to a local farm to pick tomatoes for canning (they have them for very cheap this time of year) and participate in the local Cantaloupe festival. There are sure to be plenty of delicious varieties of melon to taste and adorable goats to pet. I'll be in heaven. And when that's done, I'll be doing plenty of knitting, of course!

In the meantime, I have a small stack of books on my desk here that I need to find good homes for. A few of these were actually unclaimed books from earlier giveaways this summer and I was unable to find out the winners real names to distribute them. Such a shame, because these books so badly want to go to a happy home! So, I am re-releasing them out into the internet wilds in hopes that this time they will land in a good place.

First up, I have Dana Willard's Fabrics A to Z. Dana is the writer and designer behind Dana Made It, one of the most fun blogs I've ever had the pleasure of reading. If you ask me, this is one of the most comprehensive fabric resource books I've ever seen! It covers just about every type of fabric imaginable and also includes awesome descriptive photos, fabric care for each one, as well as tips for working with them. Honestly, for a new and experienced sewers alike, this book is a gold mine of information!

Next we have Wendy Bernard's Custom Knits 2 and Custom Knits Accessories! Wendy is just about one of the sweetest ladies around and has such a fun fresh west-coast style to all of her designs. Plus, her blog, Knit and Tonic is fun, clever, and a joy to read! These two books are a follow up to her ever popular Custom Knits book and continues the discussion on ways to personalize your knits and tailor them to fit you. To read more about these books, be sure to go back and read the interviews I did with her earlier in the summer here and here.

My Grandmother's Knitting by Larissa Brown is truthfully one of the sweetest books I've seen in a log while. I love anything that combines history, nostalgia, and knitting and this book delivers all of those things in one little package. In this book, Larissa has gathered many top knitwear designers and asked them to design something inspired by the person who taught them to knit. How neat is that?!?! I love the stories, the designs, the whole book! Such a great little treasure to have in your collection.

Lastly, I have a recently re-released soft cover copy of Knitting Nature by Norah Gaughan, who needs no formal introduction, does she? This book, which was originally published in 2006, features classic Norah Gaughan design and style that has not faded years later. This book features 39 designs from Norah with patterns for women, men, accessories for both you and the home. It's beautiful and innovative and such a classic book to have in your collection. If you've not yet knit anything by Norah, you'll absolutely have to add one to your queue...her designs are amazing!

All of these books were given to us courtesy of STC Crafts which is why we are so excited to share them with you!

In order to win one of these books, please leave me a comment, a love letter if you will, explaining which of these books you'd be delighted to win and why. Feel free to name several if you covet more than one. On Monday (Labor Day), I will select winners at random and announce them on the blog here. Be sure to check back in and see if you've won! I'd love if all of these lovely books found someone to cherish them!

With that, I bid you a happy weekend!

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