Category Archives: Books

New Book Pattern Downloads

As we've told you in the past, we have been working with several of our book publishers to bring you pattern downloads from select books. This way you can choose to purchase one or two patterns of your favorite patterns at $1.99 each from a book rather than buy the whole book... Today I am excited to let you know we now have new book, Arctic Lace by Donna Druchunas, added to our selection.

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Winners of Entrelec: The Essential Guide to Interlace Knitting

Thank you to everyone who participated in this giveaway! It was so fun to see how many people were inspired to learn entrelac and give it a try. Unfortunately, we were only able to pick three winners.  To select our winners, we used a random number generator that chose our winners based on the number of their comment.  Our winners! #29 Tami Hunt Wow,that looks fun! What a fun giveaway!   #395 Cindy Kester This is a technique I would really love to learn. I want this book! It looks to me that it would be the best way to learn this technique. #701 Feisty Irish Wench OOOH! I have a friend that tells me entrelac is easier than it looks, and since she's 1500 miles away, she's not here to show me. I'd love a copy to learn from and share with the friend that taught me to knit! Our winners have each been sent an email and as soon as we hear back from them, we will ship them their prize. I am sure that all of our winners will soon be on track to make some really beautiful entrelac projects thanks to Rosemary's wonderful book.  If they do, we will be sure to post them!  Thanks again everyone!

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Entrelac: The Essential Guide to Interlace Knitting Giveaway!

This contest is now closed.  Thank you so much to everyone who participated!  To find out who won, click here.   That's right, folks...we have another book contest! And if you have never done entrelac knitting, you should really give it a try! It can look intimidating at first, but you will be a pro in no time with Rosemary Drysdale’s book, Entrelac: The Essential Guide to Interlace Knittng. It can be a fun and rewarding technique that not only looks complicated and fancy, but is so versatile at the same time. The book begins with Rosemary leading you through every step of the way in understanding the concepts and techniques used for entrelac knitting. Using modular triangles and squares, you can create really stunning and interesting pieces using cables, lace or colorwork. One of my favorite things about this book is the entrelac stitch dictionary that highlights over 60 different stitch patterns! Once you understand the concepts behind entrelac knitting, this stitch dictionary makes a wonderful resource that allows you to create your very own designs with confidence.

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Knit. Sock. Love. Giveaway!

This contest is now closed.  Thank you so much to everyone who participated!  To find out who won, click here. Socks are wonderful for so many reasons. They are small and portable, they are an excuse to try out new techniques and you get to use crazy colors that you wouldn’t normally pick out for your knitting! If you are a sock knitter, I am sure you are well aware of sock designer extraordinaire Cookie A. In honor of our love for socks and Valentine’s Day, we are giving away 3 copies of Knit. Sock. Love.  Cookie A. has once again filled another sock book to the brim with interesting textures, shapes and designs – all of which are set against gorgeous photography that is bright, playful and just plain fun. Right away, my eye was drawn to the section of the book devoted to the diagonals. I just love how these lines seemingly go against and cut right through the vertical sensibility of socks. At first glance, the diagonal bands that meander over and across the socks may leave you with a feeling of “how’d they do that?” but these are the kinds of questions and design elements that are explored in Knit. Sock. Love.

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Spindling my yarns

Our Knit Picks Drop Spindle is an affordable introduction to drop spindling. Notice how I didn't say, 'introduction to spinning'. Thanks to Abby Franquemont's book, Respect the Spindle, drop spindling is no longer considered to be a 'training exercise' or 'a first step towards real spinning on a spinning wheel'. More about spinning wheels later. After you become comfortable spinning yarn with your first drop spindle, you will want to collect more spindles. Abby explains that there are practical, as well as esthetic, reasons for expanding your spindle collection. Between the two, I can justify nearly any spindle purchase. Practical reasons usually involve your wanting to spin different weights of yarns. My Golding is perfect for DK/Worsted weight yarn. But, if I want to spin anything lighter, I definitely need to use a smaller spindle.

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Winners of the Dangerous Contest!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this giveaway!  We had some really fun comments and we always love reading all of them.  Unfortunately, we were only able to pick three winners.  To make our selections, we used a random number generator that chose our winners based on the number of their comment.  Our winners! #29 - Katherine R. from Knightdale, NC #209 - Kris G. from Baltimore, MD #384 - Sarah B. from Bountiful, UT Our winners have each been sent an email and as soon as we hear back from them, we will ship them their prize. Hopefully Katherine, Kris and Sarah will make some really cute monsters and share pictures with us.  If they do, we will be sure to post them!  Thanks again everyone!

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Knitting Noro Book AND Chroma Giveaway!

This contest is closed!  Thank you everyone for your participation.  You can read about who won here: winners. Are you all ready for another giveaway contest?  We've had so many great responses in recent contests that we thought we would give you a little something extra this time.  Not only will the winners get a copy of this great book, Knitting Noro - The Magic of Knitting with Hand Dyed Yarns, they will also get a skein (weight and color of your choice) of Chroma!  Between the amazing patterns in this book and the rich, gorgeous colors of Chroma, you are destined to make something absolutely stunning.

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A Fresh Start Contest

I love the beginning of the new year! There all sort of possibilities for fiber crafters - new projects, new resolutions, new techniques to learn! But I'm having problems trying to decide what I want to do for 2011.  Maybe learn a new techniques?  Maybe a sort of project a week or a month to do?  I just don't know! Are you also feeling overwhelmed with choices?  Well, we're here to help you with a brand new contest!  Trafalgar Square Books and Accord Publishing have kindly provided prizes for our Fresh Start Contest - for 2 lucky winners, we have copies of both the brand new Debbie Bliss book The Knitter's Year as well as a copy of the 2011 Page a Day Knitting Calendar!

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Book Giveaway Contest – Knitting Motifs for Babies and Kids

This contest is now closed.  You can see who won by clicking here. We know how much you all love our book giveaways so, we're having another one! Knitting Motifs for Babies and Kids is an absolutely adorable book featuring 50 great ideas by Lucinda Guy for decorating your kids’ knits. We only have three copies of this fun-filled book to giveaway so if you want it; you are going to need to tell me what children's project you would use it for.  Leave me a comment on THIS blog (comments on other blog posts won't be counted) and I will choose three winners on December 23rd.  Good luck!  Rules: Only one entry per person. To be considered, submit a comment describing what children's project you would use the book for. Contest ends at 8am PST on December 23rd. Must have a US or Canada shipping address.  No purchase necessary.

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Book Giveaway – Knitting at Home

I think I'm just obsessed with coziness right now - I'm working on three different knit and crochet blankets, making throw pillows for our couch, and hunting around for the perfect pair of slippers. I don't know if you've seen Knitting at Home yet, but it's perfect for fueling any Must Get Warm At Any Cost feelings you might be having this holiday season. Even when my kitchen sink is full of dirty party dishes and the laundry is out of control, this book allows me to escape into a world of snuggly throws, hot cups of tea, and afternoons curled up on the couch.

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