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Free Spirit Knits Winner

May 31

Celeste from California is the winner of the Free Spirit Knits giveaway. I hope she enjoys the beautiful patterns in this wonderful Southwest-inspired book!

Free Spitit Knits Cover

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Free Spirit Book Review

April 19

Free Spitit Knits Cover

I love the Southwest. The colors and landscapes have a unique beauty and spirit about them. No wonder I was immediately enamored with the book Free Spirit Knits: 20 Knitted Garments and Accessories Inspired by the Southwest.  The author and designer, Anne Podlesak, lives in northern New Mexico. I can easily see the influence of her surroundings in her Santa Fe Wrap:

Santa Fe Wrap

This photo for the Grand Canyon Coat shows off the scenery’s subtle colors and its influence on the pattern. Motifs evoking the waters of the Colorado River set off the golden colors of the rocks. I love Anne’s choice of a tone-on-tone main color for this coat. The subtle striping reminds me of the striations of rock in the Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon Coat

My time in Arizona taught me some history about sheep ranching in the West. Knitters tend to love all things sheep-y, so the Churro Sheep Cowl is appealing. (A knitter’s note here…if I make this cowl, I think I’ll try a different top and bottom edging to discourage the fabric from curling.)

Churro Sheep Cowl

Free Spirit sets itself apart by offering a number of nice patterns for men. The Salt River Sweater’s traditional cabling, combined with a motif that echoes Native American art,  would appeal to a lot of guys:

Salt River Sweater

Anne’s book includes several techniques, from lace to stranded knitting to cables. There are small projects as well as the stunning sweaters, coats and wraps.

As you may remember from my previous post, I made the book’s Petroglyph Socks.

petroglyph socks

I enjoyed making them so much, I looked up Ann Podlesak’s patterns on Ravelry. I love discovering designers whose work I like so well!

I’ll be giving away a copy of this gorgeous book in May. Stay tuned!

Publisher Info:

Free Spirit Knits: 20 Knitted Garments and Accessories Inspired by the Southwest

By Anne Podlesak

Interweave/F+W; $25.99

http://bit.ly/1M5c5IM

144 pages

Giveaway and Book Review: New Lace Knitting

February 13

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

In the knitting world, lace offers a romantic flair. Since it’s Valentine’s Day, I’m celebrating by giving away a fantastic book – New Lace Knitting: Designs for Wide Open Spaces by Rosemary (Romi) Hill.

New Lace Knitting cover

Fans of Romi’s shawl designs will be happy to know that the book contains several delightful shawls, including the “Main Triangle”:

New Lace Knitting shawl

Romi has a real gift for pairing stitch patterns and proportions. Check out her “Hope Valley Flounce” skirt:

New Lace Knitting skirt

Whenever possible I like to work a pattern from a book before I review it, just to see how the instructions are presented. I made the “Virginia City” cowl and was very impressed by Romi’s clear instructions. The gauge really did result in the indicated finished dimensions, which is refreshing! She even includes fantastic directions for blocking and finishing. I’ll devote another post to my finished cowl, but here’s the cowl and and matching cloche photo from the book:

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Romi’s attention to detail is fantastic. She includes several beautiful tops in the book, including the “Williwaw Cardigan” with its unusual construction:

New Lace Knitting cardigan

Sometimes I’m in the mood to make a smaller project. One of my favorites is the “Silver Birch Slouch”, with its lovely leafy motif:

New Lace Knitting hat

New Lace Knitting is a book I’ll have on my shelf for years to come. Romi’s designs are beautiful with clear instructions. The book includes a lovely variety of yarns and colors. I know from my own book that it takes a lot of thought and effort to strike just the right balance between types of projects, yarn weights and colors. Romi’s book accomplishes it all.

[Here I am going to interject my pet peeve (listen up, publishers!). Books today are pitifully lacking in indexes. This book is no exception. I would have liked to have seen index entries for types of projects, such as “shawls”, “cardigans” etc. Index entries for yarn weights would be great, too, so if you had stash yarn you wanted to use up, you could just find which projects use them.]

Now, about the giveaway… Wouldn’t it be great to have a Valentine’s Week instead of just one day? In keeping with this sweet notion, you’ll have the whole week to enter your comment to win this book. Leave your comment here on this post by the end of the day on February 21st (midnight Eastern Time). Please include your contact information in your comment so I can let you know if you’re the winner. I’ll be conducting a random drawing to determine the winner. (One comment per person, please, with only one comment and email address per person.)

I can mail this book anywhere in the world as long as there are no postal or delivery restrictions.

Publisher’s Info:

New Lace Knitting: Designs for Wide Open Spaces

By Rosemary (Romi) Hill

Interweave/F+W; $24.99

http://bit.ly/1dlHNHx

 

Resources:

Errata (definitely check this out if you get the book)

You can see all the designs from the book here.

Romi Hill’s web site Designs by Romi features additional patterns

Please buy this book from your local yarn store! If you absolutely positively can’t get it through your local store, here is the link to its Amazon page.

“Unexpected Cables” Winner

December 16

In the random drawing for the lovely book Unexpected Cables, Tabs from Devon won. Congratulations, Tabs!

If you missed the book’s review, you can still read it here.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Unexpected Cables

December 8

In the past year I’ve gotten to know designer Heather Zoppetti’s work through industry trade shows. I admire her patterns and attention to detail. I was excited, then, to see her book Unexpected Cables: Feminine Knitted Garments Featuring Modern Cable Knitting.

Unexpected Cables jacket

In her new book, Heather takes the magic of cables to new levels. Cabling may be an age-old technique, but she uses it to craft modern designs and silhouettes. In some designs she pairs cables with lightweight yarns and delicate details. In others, she uses bold cables and unusual construction. This gives the book a nice range of patterns. It is also well-balanced in terms of larger sweater projects, and smaller accessories such as socks and hats.

The book’s patterns are divided into three chapters:

In the first chapter, titled “Refined”, Zoppetti successfully bursts any notion that cables must be heavy-looking. She uses lightweight yarn and twisted stitch cables to give an updated, feminine flair, as in her pretty “Rapho Socks”:

Rapho Socks

Chapter 2 includes projects that marry cables and lace. Heather’s versatile design sense is evident in the delicate detailing of the “Talmage Pullover”:

Talmage Pullover

Her “Stevens Vest” is a fabulous circle vest that is high on my “Knit This!” list. It includes openwork alongside my personal favorite, reversible cables:

Stevens Vest

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Chapter 3, called “Abstracts”, features unexpected cable placement or construction. Here, the “Penryn Pullover’s” asymmetric cable lends a modem, sophisticated air to a V-neck sweater:

Penryn Pullover

Brilliant construction comes into play in the “Fulton Shrug”. The piece personifies the book’s concept of “unexpected” and “cables”:

Rapho Socks

To me, cabling is a fun technique that adds variety and interest to my knitting life. In Unexpected Cables I’ve found plenty of patterns to keep me intrigued and entertained for a long time!

To win this book, enter a comment here on this post by the end of the day on December 14th (midnight Eastern Time). Please include your contact information in your comment so I can let you know if you’re the winner. I’ll be conducting a random drawing. (One comment per person, please, with only one comment and email address per person.)

I can mail this book anywhere in the world as long as there are no postal or delivery restrictions.

Publisher Info:

Unexpected Cables: Feminine Knitted Garments Featuring Modern Cable Knitting

By Heather Zoppetti

Interweave/F+W; $24.99

128 pages, available in print and digital editions

7th Blogiversary Giveaway Winner

November 4

We have a winner for the AudKnits 7th Blogiversary Giveaway! Congratulations to Anita in Maryland.

The wonderful book Swing Swagger Drape: Knit the Colors of Australia by Jane Slicer-Smith is on its way to her. The book caught my attention for the unique construction of its garments and exciting color palettes.

The giveaway also included a lovely project bag by Erin Lane. I would happily start a huge collection of Erin Lane bags – the fabrics are so much fun!

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7th Blogiversary Giveaway

October 21

Whoo-hoo! AudKnits’ first appearance on the internet was seven years ago today. It has been a very fun several years, filled with delightful surprises.

And now a surprise for you. As a thank you for seven years of support and knitterly friendship, I will be giving away a brand-new copy of Jane Slicer-Smith’s fabulous book, Swing, Swagger, Drape and a lovely large project bag by Erin Lane.

book and bag giveaway

To win this nifty gift, enter a comment here on this post by the end of the day on Sunday, November 1st (midnight Eastern Time). Please include your contact information in your comment so I can let you know if you’re the winner. I’ll be conducting a random drawing. (One comment per person, please, with only one comment and email address per person.)

Good Luck and Happy Knitting!

Wild West Winner

August 20

We have a winner! Congratulations to Sonja, whose comment was chosen in a random drawing.

Thank you to everyone who participated in The Wild West eBooks Giveaway.

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Wild West eBooks Giveaway

August 4

One of the best things that have come from my involvement in the world of knitting has been getting to know interesting, fun and creative people. Stephannie Tallent is such a friend. I’ve been watching in awe as her design career has blossomed. She is truly amazing!

One of Stephannie’s design projects has been her series inspired by the years she spent living in Arizona. Aptly named The Wild West, the collection consists of five ebooks, with themes based on techniques such as cables, stranding, textures and lace. I will be giving away the entire series to one lucky winner!

Click on the image of each cover to see the patterns for each:

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Wild West knitting patterns,

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To win this fabulous collection, enter a comment here on this post by the end of the day on August 14th (midnight Eastern Time). Please include your contact information in your comment so I can let you know if you’re the winner. I’ll be conducting a random drawing. (One comment per person, please, with only one comment and email address per person.)

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Kristin Omdahl Yarn Giveaway

June 17

 

One of the things I like best about TNNA, our industry trade show, is being introduced to new yarns. Kristin Omdahl, who I’ve known as a designer, has a line of beautiful 100% bamboo yarns called Bamboo So Fine.

I came home with a skein of Kristin’s fingering weight “b. so fine” in a lovely pale lavender color. The sheen from the bamboo gives it almost a silvery glimmer, and the hand-dyed color includes lovely subtle variations. I’m excited about using it in Romi Hill’s Lyrica Euterpe shawl pattern. The yarn is so soft and has such lovely drape, it’ll be just right!

Kristin Omdahl yarn

I also have a skein of the sport weight version of the yarn, calle “b. so sporty”. I will give it away in a random drawing from comments left on this post. At 325 yards (297m), it will easily make a small shawlette, hat, mitts, or even a baby garment. (I found oodles of patterns on Ravelry for sport weight projects using 300 yards or less).

The sport yarn comes in a cute drawstring bag and includes a sample of Kristin’s special no-rinse wash. It’s jasmine scent is heavenly. She has a balm with the same scent, which I’ll also include in the giveaway. She calls her line of scented products “Wrapture”. Clever, eh?

 Giveaway Kristin Omdahl yarn

 To win this gorgeous Kristin Omdahl collection, enter a comment here on this post by the end of the day on June 21st (midnight Pacific Time). Please include your contact information in your comment so I can let you know if you’re the winner. I’ll be conducting a random drawing. (One comment per person, please, with only one comment and email address per person.)

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Blogiversary Giveaway Day 6

December 5

Congratulations to Anne Marie for winning yesterday’s drawing. Today is the final day!

If you’ve been following this blog lately, you know that I’m conducting a Most Excellent giveaway to celebrate the 6-year AudKnits  blogiversary. With five days already down, this is the last day I’ll be holding a drawing for a signed copy of my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues.  It’s been great fun to give away one book for each of the six years!

reverstible, how to knit, knitting book

To win today’s book, enter a comment here on this post by the end of the day (midnight Pacific Time). Please include your contact information in your comment so I can let you know if you’re the winner. (One comment per person, please, with only one comment and email address per person.) I’ll be conducting a random drawing using a computer random number generator.

Even if you haven’t won, you might like to keep my book in mind as the holidays approach. Wouldn’t your knitting friends enjoy making some of these? Or perhaps some of the other 20+ patterns in the book?

Reversible Scarves, trunk show, Ball & Skein & More, Cambria, kniting scarves

The 132-page book is chock full of great reversible patterns for a wide variety of skill levels plus sidebars describing how to design your own creations. The book is available in print and digital formats. Please support your local yarn shop and ask for the book there. Additional information can be found on the Reversible Scarves web page

Blogiversary Giveaway Day 5

December 4

Congratulations to “knittingdancer” for winning yesterdays drawing!

If you’ve been following this blog lately, you know that I’m conducting a Most Excellent giveaway to celebrate the 6-year AudKnits  blogiversary. With four days down, for just two more days I’ll be holding a drawing for a signed copy of my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues.

reverstible, how to knit, knitting book

To win today’s book, enter a comment here on this post by the end of the day (midnight Pacific Time). Please include your contact information in your comment so I can let you know if you’re the winner. (One comment per person, please, with only one comment and email address per person.) I’ll be conducting a random drawing using a computer random number generator.

If you don’t win today, come back Friday and try again!

And you might like to keep my book in mind as the holidays approach. Wouldn’t your knitting friends enjoy making some of these? Or perhaps some of the other 20+ patterns in the book?

Reversible Scarves, trunk show, Ball & Skein & More, Cambria, kniting scarves

The 132-page book is chock full of great reversible patterns for a wide variety of skill levels plus sidebars describing how to design your own creations. The book is available in print and digital formats. Please support your local yarn shop and ask for the book there. Additional information can be found on the Reversible Scarves web page.

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