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Thursday, September 26, 2013

great little gifts to knit

Jean Moss contacted me recently about her new book - and what a book it is.
Would I be willing to preview the book as part of her blog tour? Of course, I'd love to. 

See all the projects in the book... There are four sections - Baby, Hers, His and Home.

What really grabbed my attention was the Wensleydale Tea Cozy. Way too cool. What a great gift!
Of course I had to start one. I'm using Rowan's Kid Classic.
The pattern is well written and easy to follow. The pattern says that you can make it in a weekend and you definitely can.

Here is what Jean has to say about the book
Every project is totally different, making the book from the outset an unknown voyage of discovery for me—in fact, a teeny bit scary. If I’d known then what a delight it was to become, I wouldn’t have been worried at all. My only regret is that time constraints prevented me from exploring each path to its natural creative end. However, whenever possible, I’ve included extra colorways and different yarn options to further illustrate the potential of each project.
The idea of creating a book of gifts is something that appeals to
my overactive sense of celebration. Births, engagements, weddings, namings, housewarmings, anniversaries—even funerals—can celebrate a life and help us remember all the things we loved about a person. Gatherings and parties remind us of the good things in life and give a sense of perspective to the difficult times. Giving makes you feel good, and this feeling of well-being allows you to relax and regenerate, opening up new possibilities for the future.
The book is arranged into four chapters, each relating to the recipients of the gifts. Some are personal favorites I’ve previously knitted for family and friends, but the majority are brand-new designs, chosen because they’re ones I would love to give or receive. In Baby, you’ll find booties, hats, mittens, cocoons, a blanket, and a toddler jacket. I’ve gone to town in Hers, with amulet purses, fingerless gloves, a shrug, leg warmers, a turban, a hat, a beret, zebra mittens, a stole, a shawlette, and a backpack. His offers socks, a hat, a head wrap, a guitar strap, a belt, a scarf, and a smartphone cover. The collection’s rounded off with Home, comprising cushion covers, seat covers, place mats, napkin rings, a doggie jacket, tea cozies, and a celebratory toran or door hanging.
No matter how long you’ve been knitting—whether a month or a life- time—there are projects for all skill levels. Many projects are mini work- shops in certain knit techniques—great for expanding your portfolio while working on something useful.
I hope Great Little Gifts to Knit will bring you many hours of enjoyable knitting and that your gifts will be loved by all who receive them. My wish is that your creativity and generosity will be rewarded, not in the financial sense, but by the warm glow of satisfaction that comes from making beautiful handmade gifts, heirloom pieces for friends and family to enjoy and cherish.
—Jean Moss
And it gets better. Jean is giving away a copy of her book. You can have a hard copy or digital download. Please leave a comment on this post (scroll to the bottom of the post and it says Post a Comment - I have to manually post them so it might not show up right away) and I will pick the winner by random draw. Leave your first name and city (in case we have duplicate names) and I will draw the winner on Monday, September 30 at 8pm EST.

See the complete blog tour.

Mon 2 Sep       Wendy Knits Wendy Johnson
Wed 4 Sep       WEBS    Kathy Elkins
Fri 6 Sep          Getting Stitched on the Farm Kristin Nicholas
Mon 9 Sep       Stolen Stitches Carol Feller
Tues 10 Sep     Knittedbliss Julie Crawford
Wed 11 Sep     Black Bunny Fibers Carol Sulcoski
Thur 12 Sep     Rhythm of the Needles Joanne Conklin
Fri 13 Sep        Tiny Owl Knits Stephanie Dosen
Mon 16 Sep     Just Call Me Ruby Susan Crawford
Tues 17 Sep     Zeneedle Margene Smith
Wed 18 Sep     RedshirtKnitting Erika Barcott
Thur 19 Sep     A Friend to Knit With Leslie Friend
Fri 20 Sep        Craft Sanity Jennifer Ackerman Haywood
Mon 23 Sep     Connieleneknits Connie Lene
Tues 24 Sep     Knitsofacto Annie Cholewa
Wed 25 Sep     Ulla Bella Anita Tormoen
Thur 26 Sep     A Really Good Yarn Julie Schilthuis
Fri 27 Sep        Urban Yarns  Alexa Ludeman
Sat 28 Sep       Linda Marveng  Linda Marveng
Mon 30 Sep     Yarnings Jen
Tues 1 Oct       Tentenknits  Margaux Hufnagel

Thanks Jean for bringing us another fabulous book!!


Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

There are so really great patterns in this book that I would love to knit. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

Knittingdancer (Florence)

Carolyn said...

Carolyn, Ancaster, on

amchart said...

Such a lovely book. A wonderful variety of projects. Anne Marie Wahoo, Nebraska

Marilyn a.k.a. Merry said...

All of Jean's projects are so fun and colorful. Love them!
wahoomerryf on Rav

Savannagal said...

Nothing like being first in line! I hope to make the Frou Frou Mitts for my nieces. I think they would love them. Thanks for the giveaway. Savannagal on Rav.

Drae said...

Andrea Wahoo

Seajaes said...

What a lovely book. I would be proud to win this. And would take to my knitting group to advertise.

Rhonda K said...

I love the tea cozy! What a great gift idea! Thanks for a chance to win :)

Rhonda, Brantford

P.S. Julia-you might get this message twice, sorry

Anonymous said...

I love the patterns in this book and would really love to own it.
joanneperrow on ravelry

Anonymous said...

I'm a tea drinker with lots of teapots. Have knit tea cosys in the past...but that one is to cute for it's own good. Wanda in Belleville (Woolybear on Ravelry)

Kathryn said...

The projects all look lovely but to finish a project in a weekend could cause a worldwide catastrophe. Never been done (by me anyway) though I am willing to try. I especially like the doggie jacket.

Anonymous said...

Even if I don't win, I will definitely buy the book...just in time for xmas gifting!!!Catherine/ St. Catharines.

Sue T. said...

Looks like a wonderful book with great patterns.

Sue from Toronto

Mary Knits said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to win this book.

Priscilla said...

This book likes so much fun. I really want to knit some leg warmers as gifts. Thanks for the giveaway.
Priscilla - Boulder

Irene said...

I love that teacozy!

Irene, Burlington

Susan Hughes said...

Susan, St Catharines. Love the zebra mitts & tea cosy, thanks for the chance to win

Anonymous said...

some terrific patterns !!!
would be very appreciative of this book


Anonymous said...

i think some of these patterns are terrific and would love the book

Kathy C said...

Looks like some cute projects. Love to win!
Kathy in Dundas

Anne Featonby said...

I love the book already just for the tea pot cosie!

Anonymous said...

Love the tea cozy
Sandy Burlington

Memeetricot said...

Fantastic book! I'd love to win this. Thanks for the chance!

Anonymous said...

The book looks wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway.

deblyn153 on RAV

Anonymous said...

I definitely want to see that book"
David, from Hamilton

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Cool book!

Valerie, Stoney Creek

Zabbers said...

I've been after a nice teacozy now I finally have a teapot!

Anonymous said...

Love the tea cozy. I would love to make it for my MIL for Christmas. Gillian from Hamilton

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful book and just in time for Christmas gifting. Thanks for the chance.

Bev in Alberta

Anonymous said...

Really fun patterns. Thanks for the chance to win.

Robin - Chatham

Susan said...

What a great give away!

Susan from Sarnia

Trina said...

I'd love to win a copy!
Trina B. from Dundas

sweeetpeaches said...

The projects in the book look so awesome. I would love to win a copy so I can make a deco backpack or fingerless mitts of my own. Monica in Tennessee or Sweeetpeaches on Ravelry

lookinout said...

More ideas and color mixes. Great opportunity!

Eileen Maga said...

I love Jean's use of colour: lively and fun.

KimW said...

I think there are a lot of great patterns in this book. The first things I would make are the Jive Legwarmers and the Welcome Toran. I haven't seen any pattern like the Welcome Toran, it's a great design!

Susan said...

Looks like an awesome book! Thanks for the giveaway!
Susan in Bixby

Candice said...

Love Jean Moss. Cute projects.

Anonymous said...

All the patterns are interesting, but I love the deco backpack and the McDougal dog jacket. I have a sweet little dog who would love a new coat for Christmas!

Pearl River, LA

Whatzitknitz said...

I love this book....all the gifts look so wonderful it would be hard to know where to start. But I would start with the baby love blanket and then a checkered pillow and the leg warmers ....well you get the idea I might never stop knitting.
I am mjm on ravelry

Anonymous said...

Very Sweet Projects! Would love to win!

Colleen Clark, Hamilton

Anonymous said...

Fiona from Acton

Please enter my name in the contest.

lambdamuepsilon said...

What a lovely collection! That tea cosy is amazing.

Lesley (Brantford)

mandy.laura said...

Laura from Guelph...knitting season has begun! What a great book :)

Oneday Designs said...

What a great book. I would love to win a copy. Linda in London

Anonymous said...

Would love to win and give this to my knitting guru friend. Please enter my name in the contest.
Lizon from Limehouse

Anonymous said...

Here's hoping to win a great book.

Maria from Watford

Anne said...

Looks like a really cute book. Lots of great ideas.

Lcubed said...

I want to knit cocoon. Such a sweet pattern.
Lori from Wahoo

Anonymous said...

Great, great book.
Patrizia from Lisbon, Portugal
I'm actually traveling through Central America right now but will be back in Europe soon.

barb :0) said...

What a Wonderful book !!!!!
Thank You for a chance to win :0)

Sally said...

Sally, North End, Hamilton

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this book!

Julia in Houston, JAGL on Ravelry

Thank you, and thank Jean for the chance.

Anonymous said...

The book looks great!
Alison from St. Catharines

Kathy said...

Your tea cozy looks great. I can't wait to knit the bean bag numbers for my little one. I'm bigblueice on Ravelry.

Anonymous said...

Olivia - Acton, Ontario

Debbie Everets said...

Love all the creations, especially the tea cozy.

Debbie, Cayuga

Heather said...

That tea cozy is all kinds of awesome!

Heather, Cambridge ON

Gill said...

This looks a great book - I love the tea cosy!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely book. Thank you for giving everyone the chance to win a copy.


melonkelli said...

I love the tea cozy! It's so fun.