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!
Kristen

63 comments:

Jennifer said...

I can't believe I'm the first poster! I'd love to win Norah's new/old book - her designs are classic and wonderful!

NancyN said...

I would love to win 'My Grandmother's Knitting' as the idea behind it is so sweet. Also, many of the patterns look great!

Mippy said...

Hi Kristen!
I am a newbie knitter and I would most love the book: My Grandmother's Knitting by Larissa Brown. As I never really got to know either of my g'mas as they lived too far away I'd love to see hear how others were inspired by g'mas and the like to knit/create patterns. :)
I would also appreciate Knitting Nature by Norah Gaughan as I have not knit anything by her yet and Classics are the best! :D I love things that don't go out of style! :)
Thank you for the chance and may you have a wonderful weekend! :)
~Mippy :)

Ellie Phillipo said...

I would LOVE.LOVE.LOVE. one (or both) of the Wendy Bernard books. I love having something unique, which is one of the many reasons I knit =)

Jessica said...

I would love to win Knitting Nature by Norah Gaughan... I have about 4 of her cardis in my Ravelry queue, they're absolutely wonderful!

Stephanie said...

I would love Knitting Nature. I just love the modular knits in it! I also would love the Custom Knits accessories. I can't do a project without putting my own spin on it!

Bev kennard said...

Hi. I would love to win any one of the knitting books. They appear to be very interesting with some great projects. Enjoy your fun filled weekend. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to enter.

The Tailgunners said...

Hi Kristen, I would love to win custom knits, either book. My mom who taught me to knit years go did nothing but custom knitting and wrote her own patterns. She is gone now, and I miss her advice and critiquing of my work. Alas, I did not inherit that knack from her so always have to have a pattern, but love the custom look.

Sandie Russo said...

I would LOVE to win Wendy Bernard's Custom Knits Accessories! I mostly make accessories, gloves, hats, scarves, etc. and would love to hone my craft. It looks like her designs are fresh and interesting, which excites me. Oh, and my birthday is Sept 7th. I could always use an extra birthday present! :o) Thanks so much!!!

Sandie Russo
Sandie at KnitzyBlonde dot com

laurieknits said...

I would love the Wendy Bernard or Norah Gaughan. I have been coveting these for a while now!

Unknown said...

Norah, please. GENIUS!!!

Storey said...

It would be wonderful to win "My Grandmother's Knitting" by Larissa Brown to give to my daughter. Stephanie learned to knit from her grandmother (my mother) and was very close to her. I know that she would enjoy this book.
Gail

Jane said...

I would love the Custom Knits Accessories book because I like to work with smaller projects cause I'm not real good with delayed gratification! Also I would love the Knitting Nature book because Nora Gaughan's designs are so interesting.

Barbara Hopkins said...

I would love to win "My Grandmother's Knitting". My grandma first taught me about the love of yarn with a spool that had 4 nails pounded in it, made by my grandpa. I have such fond memories of working on things with her and my mom-now I have a 6 year old granddaughter that I'm starting to teach. This would be a great book to share with her along the way...
What a tough task you have in front of you-great comments! Thank you for the opportunity!

Anonymous said...

It would be Custom Knits Two for me as I loved the first book and refer to it often. Happy Birthday! Looking forward to coming to Reno for TKGA. See you then. We're planning a pilgrimage on Saturday. Ninaclock145

karen said...

Dear Kristen - would love to have "My Grandmother's Knitting" by Larissa Brown, in honor of my mom who taught me the basics of knitting, but also the elderly neighbor lady who loved to sit with me and REALLY show me how to knit!! She was a master knitter, and I still use the things she showed me (now we call them "techniques"!!!).

Karen Schneider
aprilfool@charter.net

Jill Palmer said...

Well I love Wendy and have her first book . Norah is the most innovative knitter out there and I have yet to see that book. Both other books would be happily received as well cuz I like to discover new ways to create!! Super fun!

Lisa-Marie Haugmoen said...

I would love to win my grandmothers knitting! This book appeals to me because I love my now very late grandmother.

I love JimmyBeans Wool and the crew!

Sherry Smith said...

Wendy Bernard's Custom Knits 2 and Custom Knits Accessories. These books would be my choice. What a lovely way to spend the Fall and Winter knitting from them. Hours of sitting with a snuggy blanket with a cup of tea, while perusing patterns sounds fine to me.

danielle said...

I have always wanted to do one of Norah's designs - but always had difficulty deciding which one - if I won a book, at least I would have it narrowed down to something from that book!

Enjoy the cantalope festival - is that the one in Fallon?

MaryjoO said...

Oh, they are all so tempting! I'd love My Grandmother's knitting though -- I'm one of those that loves to READ my knitting books LOL

thanks for the generous giveaways!

pat said...

As much as I always covet a new knitting book it would. Have to be the Grandmothers Knitting book. My Gram taught me to knit before I was six years old....... And she also was responsible for the fact I had to wear a Kelly green cabled sweater with a balaclava hat for a whole winter. Loved the sweater and wanted to die when my mom made me wear the hat..... Pat

n methyl said...

Oh my! I would love the Custom Knits book. I just started knitting sweaters last fall, and I've been struggling with substituting yarns. I Love Jimmy beans!

maryc330 said...

I have a plaque on my front door that says "
All Strays Welcome" My Grandmother who taught me how to knit, crochet & tat had the philosophy "There'always room for one more". Plus it's too hard to choose. Any one of the books ill find a loving happy home with me in Independence, MO.o

Christina J0119 said...

I'm a new knitter and is always in need of a great knitting book. I would be happy with any of the books!

Hind DP said...

I have the first Custom Knits, and love almost every pattern in it. It would definitely be a treat to win either of the Custom Knits books.

Kirbie said...

All of these books look fantastic! I think the Fabrics A to Z would be especially helpful for me right now as I am starting to branch out into sewing. My Grandmother's Knitting also looks great, and the stories from the designers are so sweet.

Hope your weekend is as fabulous as it sounds! I'll be going to visit the one and only Saremy of Chicken Boots, a wonderful project bag and accessory maker (that you now cary in the store!)

Sheila said...

I would love to win Knitting Nature or either of the Custom Knits books.

Heidi L. said...

I would love to win either Custom Knitting 2 or My Grandmother's Knitting. I have started moving in the direction of customizing my garments and I just moved from Reno to Juneau, AK, so I don't have my Beans to help me out as immediately. As for the second book, my grandmother taught me how to knit, in German, and I wish I could be in Austria to learn more from her, especially with all the rich traditional knits from that region.

A. said...

I would love to win Custom Knit Accessories, Knitting Nature, or My Grandmother's Knitting (I already have Custom Knits 2). All three books have beautiful patterns that I would thoroughly enjoy knitting.

christine said...

I would love to win My Grandmother's Knitting...I've had my eye on it for a while.

Suzanne said...

Good morning, it sounds like you have a lovely weekend planned. I am excited about the books you have listed. I would love either of Wendy Bernard's books. While I haven't read your earlier reviews (I will now) I have heard her interviewed. I can really learn a lot about customizing my knits. Thank you!

Emma said...

I Love Dana's blog and I have been craving a copy of Fabrics A to Z. I started as a knitter but I have been sewing a lot more lately since it allows me to more quickly turn out garments for my girls!

Debby said...

It would be awesome to win any of the knitting books. I do love Wendy's designs though and have knit several of the patterns from Custom Knits. I rarely follow a pattern exactly as written as I like to put my own twist on projects. I have had my eye on My Grandmother's Knitting for quite a while as well. Thanks for the chance to win.

Katherine said...

It would be so fun to have either of Wendy Bernard's books. Well, let's be honest, I'd be thrilled to have any knitting related book. Fingers and needles crossed!

Ani said...

I'd love to win My Grandmother's Knitting. My grandmother didn't teach me to knit (she crochets), but I have wonderful stories about my great-grandmother and her knitting.

K S said...

I would love the fabrics A to Z so I can gift it to my sister for all her fabric needs. Me:yarn as Meg:fabric. :)
Just introduced her to the site yesterday!

Liz said...

I'd love to have "My Grandmother's Knitting"--the patterns are all so gorgeous and I love the sentiment behind it!

Reallybeginning said...

Dreaming about "My Grandmother's Knitting"...

Debbie said...

My letter is for Custom Knits Accessories. This will be perfect for Holiday knitting, which I have not yet started. Help me out please?

kuhnitter said...

Knitting books! I would love to have either "Custom Knits 2" or "My Grandmother's Knitting" on my bookshelf (though it would probably live on my nightstand!) I read knitting books from cover to cover, imagining myself knitting as I read the instructions. (And of course, make real projects!)

suburban prep said...

I would love love the Custom Knits. I have always gravitated towards it when I am at a knitting store or even a book store.
I would love to adapt to fit people and the different items I make for them

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

I would love to win My Grandmother's Knitting. I learned to crochet from my grandmother and now that she's passed on, it serves as an amazing connection to the memories I have of her. I love reading the stories of how other knitters and crocheters learned and those inspirational people in their lives.

Thanks for offering the giveaway.

fairy godmother said...

I would like any of the books, but I do like Norah Gaughan's designs. I find them refreshing.

Kathleen mumchamp@aol.com said...

I would love to own Knitting Nature or My Grandmother's Knitting. Although I must admit any of the the books would make me happy. I sew (not so much as I used to) and I knit (a lot more than I used to). Thanks for such a nice giveaway.

Marina said...

i would love my grandmothers knitting or the custom knit books. i heard the stories are great.

Linda said...

Wendy Bernard is one of my absolute fav designers. She designs that that are classy, yet practical and wearable. I have her first book and it's actually the first book that I have knitted more than one pattern from! I would love to have either one of her books to add to my library. Just paging through the books gives me such inspiration and a desire to knit. Anything in there. Right now. ; )

Robin said...

You're giving away books?? Can I sit at your desk and read? If you can part with it I would love Wendy's Custom Knit accessories. I've got both of her sweater books and love them. Have made a few of the sweaters but have coveted the accessory book.

nishad75 on ravelry said...

Hi Kristen....I love Jimmy Beans Wool and love reading the blog! I would love to have My Grandmothers Knitting as I like the idea behind the book. I'm always curious to know when I meet people who knit what started them to knit and who taught them to knit! BUT I would also love to have Custom Knits 2! I completed my first garment, the Drive Thru cardigan for my daughter using one of Wendy Benards patterns! I was surprised at how easy it was to knit! Either book, I'll be satisfied!

nishad75 on raverly

LindaLou said...

Either N.G's or W.B.'s books would be welcome. Thanks for the chance.

Michelle M said...

I am new in town and was directed to your site. I hope to make it to your store soon.

I would love a copy of My Grandmother's Knitting, or really any of the books. My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was a little girl, but I never had the patience for knitting. Well, I just started knitting this year, but I attribute my love for handcrafts to my grandmother.

Thanks for offering these.

Laura said...

I would love to win any of the books as I both sew and knit. Please pick me!

Love your blog too!

Laura in Indiana

Brian said...

Any of the books would be awesome, but I would REALLY LOVE My Grandmothers Knitting!

Susan C. said...

I would love any of the books. My Grandmother's Knitting looks really interesting, but I would be happy with any of them. Hope your weekend is wonderfull

Carol Perecman said...

I would love to win Knitting Nature, because I am such a huge Norah Gaughan fan!

Thanks!

Carmen Nuland said...

Any of these books would be a great prize. I have a slight preference to Custom Knits 2 since that's been on my wish list for a while now.

May said...

I would love either book from Wendy Bernard because I love her Custom Knits so much!

3girls said...

I would love to have Knitting Nature. Norah's designs are so unique and fun to knit.

Sarah said...

Oh am I too late? I am such a fan of Norah but love the description of "My Grandmother's Knitting". Any of these would be such a treat. Thank you!

meppybn said...

ALL of these books would love to add to my library but most of all, I think, would be the Wendy Bernard books - have been reading lately of her formula for top down best fitting knits so these would wonderful to get!

karen alho said...

I'm torn between Nature Knits and Wendy B'S sweater book! Lost my knitting mojo over the summer but it's back with a bang so I'm forcing myself to take care of some WIPs and then....!

ausgrl said...

I already own and LOVE Knitting Nature and Norah Gaughan. I have looked at the Custom Knits and Acc books and my Grandmother's Knitting so many times and would be over the moon to win. Thank you
so much for the opportunity!

Nancy said...

Hope I am not too late to join in. I would love any of them, but, nature and my gramma are on the top of the list for me. Good luck to everyone and thanks for the opportunity to win such a lovely gift.