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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

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 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.

Blogiversary Giveaway Day 4

December 3

Congratulations to Linda for winning yesterday’s 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 three days down, every day for three 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 Thursday 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.

Blogiversary Giveaway Day 3

December 2

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 two days down, every weekday for four 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 Wednesday 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.

Blogiversary Giveaway Day 2

December 1

Congratulations to Brandon of Virginia for winning the first drawing! Everyone has five more chances….

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 one day down, every day for five 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 Tuesday 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.

Blogiversary Giveaway Day 1

November 28

To everyone who tried to enter the giveaway yesterday (Friday, November 28) I apologize for the glitch that prevented you from leaving a comment. It should all be fixed now, so I’ll run the giveaway today (Saturday) instead. I’m sorry for the confusion!

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. Today and again for the next five week 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 Monday 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.

Cast On, Bind Off Giveaway

June 7

So what’s my excuse for conducting another giveaway? Today is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day! Isn’t that grand?

To celebrate, I’ll be giving away a copy of Cap Sease’s incredible book Cast On, Bind Off: 211 Ways to Begin and End Your Knitting. (You can read my review here.) The most exciting thing is that Cap will personalize and sign the giveaway copy to whoever wins it!

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To win, put down your spoon and chocolate ice cream long enough to enter a comment here on this post by the end of Flag Day (midnight Pacific Time on June 14th). Please include your contact information in your comment so I can let you know if you’re the lucky winner! I’ll be conducting a random drawing. (One comment per person, please, with only one comment and email address per person.)

February Winner

February 18

book giveaway

Congratulations to Linda! She won the Coastal Knits giveaway.

Written by Alana Dakos and Hannah Fettig, Coastal Knits contains fabulous patterns, unified by the theme of the two designers getting their inspiration from the two separate coasts they live near. The book is a joy to look at, with lovely graphics, stunning photography that makes you want to visit all the places they talk about, and designs that tempt me to set aside everything else I’m doing and just knit one pattern after another.

If you don’t already own this wonderful book, you can check out the Coastal Knits website to see what I mean!

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