Friday, August 26, 2011
Giveaway! 10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters
I recently received a copy of 10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters, by Vicki Stiefel and Lisa Souza, and thought it would be fun to do a read-through then pass it along to one of my wonderful readers. But -- I'm not gonna lie -- now that the time has come, I don't really want to part with it. The goal of 10 Secrets was, according to the Intro, to be "a book that spoke to all levels and types of knitters; a book that enhanced and expanded any knitter's experience in both joyful and substantive ways." And indeed it does! A laidback knitter I am not (I will admit to recently throwing my knitting on the floor and stomping on it so hard that my neighbors called to ask what was wrong...$#@* lying gauge swatch) nor am I much of a process knitter. But reading this book made me feel so warm and fuzzy about our craft that I've already begun to change my approach.
The book is full of knitting history and personalities, fun trivia, vintage photos, fuzzy animals, and a great overview of everything knitting-related, from properties of alpaca fiber to how to start improvising your own designs. It is a beautiful snapshot of the knitting world as it exists right now, and I can see it being a great introduction for the novice as well as a source of inspiration for the knitting expert. It truly is a lovely book and was clearly written with love.
Plus, patterns! Lots of them. (All photos copyright Vicki Stiefel.)
I'm particularly fond of this pretty piece...
Romi's Gems, by Rosemary Hill
This cute little hoodie...
Prospero Hoodie, by Justine Turner
And these two man-knits...
Park City Crochet Posh Beanie, by Tom Clark
Norah's Scarf for Bill, by Norah Gaughan
Now. How do you get yourself a free copy of this book? Just leave a comment on this post by 11:59pm Pacific Daylight Time next Friday, September 2nd. I'll use a random number generator to draw the winner and make the announcement the next day (Saturday the 3rd).
And please keep me in check. If the "winner" is suspiciously named something like "hilarysmithcallis" or "theyarniad1980", please don't let me get away with it.
scriptum est ab Hilary die 8/26/2011