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Saturday, November 14, 2015

The Knitter's Book of Knowledge

Debbie Bliss is one of the world's most respected knitwear designers and authors—and The Knitter's Book of Knowledge is the distillation of her decades of experience into one indispensable reference. With information on everything from needles and yarns to tensioning and casting on, basic stitches to buttonholes and beading, cabling and entrelac to finishing embellishments, it's the ultimate guide every knitter needs.
Mr. UPS brought me a surprise yesterday - Debbie's new book. The publisher sent an email asking if I would like to receive a copy to review. Of course I wanted to see it.
This essential addition to every knitter’s shelf includes:
·        Information on popular types, weights, and fibers of yarn.
·        Tips on understanding the language and terminology of written patterns.
·        Shaping techniques that range in trickiness and produce various results.
·        A variety of methods for color and texture embellishments.
·        Instructions for designing your own knits.
·        Troubleshooting when you’ve made an error.
The book is very comprehensive. 320 pages to be exact.

I asked Lynn to look at the book and give me her comments.
She had me at the Table of Contents. I was very impressed. The book looks comprehensive with many, many diagrams.
Copies of the book will be in the store in the next few weeks. Email or call and I will reserve a copy for you.

We are going to do a draw and one lucky winner will receive a copy. Leave a comment below with your Ravelry name or your first name, last initial and province or state. We will draw for the winner on Sunday, November 22, 2015. All comments must be received by noon EST on the 22nd.  The draw is open to residents of Canada and the US.

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Anonymous said...

Hi Julie, Thanks for the chance to win Debbie's new book. It looks really interesting and Debbie is one of my favorite's!

Gail G

Ravelry ID: gailg

Muggzdelight said...

How exciting!

Rivalry name: Muggzdelight
First name: Nellie vB
Province: Ontario

Shelley said...

Debbie Bliss's book would be an excellent addition to any library!

Jacqui T. said...

I would love to win this and add to my knitting knowledge! Thanks for the opportunity. Ravelry name: Queenbee5

Terri Achmann said...

Ravelry name is CelticDiva

Wonderful draw!

rheadeja said...

So great!

Ravelry name: rheadeja

Anonymous said...

Looks like a great book!
Ravelry name: MeeganB

Dawn Clarke said...

This book would certainly save me time on YouTube looking for help! Thx for the opportunity,
Dawn C,Shuswap, BC

Trina said...

Would love to win this book!
cbaird25 on Ravelry

Anonymous said...

Sandy B


Cindy La Ninfa said...

Thanks so very much for a chance to win this book . I am a new knitter and am always looking for books to help me out . I went to a quilt show a year ago and saw a lady there in a booth knitting representing her knit shop ( Silver Threads and Golden Needles ) and there was a hat I wanted to buy but she would not sell but told me she could teach me to make it . Needless to say took lessons from this wonderful lady and I love knitting . Thanks for letting me have a chance to win this book . Thanks my Ravelry name : bronco77cin

Colleen said...

Hi Julie I would love a chance to win this book!

Colleen C or Ivyangel on Ravelry

Colleen said...

I would love to win this book! Thank you for the opportunity!

Colleen C

Ravelry name: Ivyangel

Flo Flo said...

Lovely looking book.

Flo Flory (Ravelry - floflo)
Whitby, On

Anonymous said...

Looks wonderful.
Joanne H. , Hamilton
Ravelry name is joanneh

Anonymous said...

Debbie's book looks like an indispensable resource. Thanks for the chance to win it!
Ravelry name: JessKnitastic, Jessica T, Ontario.

Anonymous said...

Hi Julie

Miss visiting your store in Ancaster now that we live in Alberta. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the draw.

Ravelry Name Bevy2
Bev J
Okotoks Alberta

Janetbob said...

Sounds like a fabulous book! Thanks for the contest, Julie!
Janet D.

Sarah Hodgson said...

Look...I love draws and I love Debbie Bliss. Thank you for the opportunity.
Sarah H, Hamilton
Revelry: cubbiemolly

Amy Calkins said...

A very useful book indeed! Thank you for the giveaway.
RavID is k1teach2

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the contest Julie - I would love the book :)

ravelry - kklove


Deborah MacIntyre said...

Julie, Definitely can't wait for the book to arrive.

Ravelry name: Dlmacintyre

Name: Debbie M


Anonymous said...

Thanks Julie
Ravelry name: schknit
Susan H, Waterloo ON

Mary Helen Toal said...

Beautiful book! I would love to own one!! Mary Helen T. ....Toronto. .On.

Theresa Drover said...

I know someone who would love to have to have this book - it would make an awesome Christmas gift too!
Thanks Julie,

Donna Burton said...

A book about knitting! The best kind :) donnajburton on ravelry

Anonymous said...


meleroux on ravelry

Melanie Leroux

Jennifer L said...

This book sounds amazing!

Jennifer L

Anonymous said...

Looks like another great book by Debbie Bliss.
rav: -Theresa-

Gillian said...

I would love to add this to my knitting library!


gillvar on Ravelry

Oneday Designs said...

Looks like a great knitters resource book. Thank you for the chance to win it. My Ravelry name is: OnedayDesigns

Dashenka said...

Sounds like a great book!

Caitlyn L, Ontario

Seajaes said...

Would love to win this. Would use with my knitters group as I seem to be the go to girl.
Seajaes on ravelry

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this book!
Rav Id : nteal37

Joanne Hudspith said...

Looks like a great book!
Joanne H., Hamilton.
Ravelry ID: joanneh

Sabrina Castrodale said...

How exciting to have a chance to win this book. My knitting would certainly benefit.
Thanks for this chance Julie!

Ravelry ID: gloria1089

Anonymous said...


Ravelry ID - woolybear
Wanda M., Ontario

I love books and I love knitting - what could be better than a knitting book?

Dana ( said...

Looks like a useful book I would use over and over for years. Thanks for the chance to win. :)

Anonymous said...

What a treasure trove of useful information....and an excellent companion piece to my collection of Debbie Bliss children's books.

Rav name: kim emond

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this opportunity Julie! I would love to win this book.
Ravelry name: Haylie
First name Haylie K
Province: ON

Susan said...

Love Debbie Bliss. I have all of her magazines. What a great giveaway.

Rav ID Suuzzeeq

Polly Kupi said...

Hi Julie,

Love the draw, blog, store, and would love you even more if you pick my name .

Giggles, Polly

Lorna Cooper said...

Wow this book looks fantastic! Thank you for the chance to win, Julie!
Lorna C

Joni of Fully Wooly Primitives said...

Perfect book for my personal library. Thanks for offering it.
Rav name: fullywoolyprims
Name: joni b.

Ellen Y said...

that looks like a great resource book! thanks for a chance to win
elcrafty on rav
Ellen Y Mississauga, ON

Kim Burton said...

Kim (

I'd love to expand my Debbie Bliss library! Her instructions have always been superb, and the books themselves are coffee table art. Thank you for running this draw, but a bigger thanks for bringing another great Bliss book to our attention. :)

Judi said...

What a great chance! Thanks Julie!
Judi P, Ontario
Rav: CreekCrafter

Anonymous said...

Looks wonderful!
David G.

Zerlina said...

Hi Julie,
Thank you for the opportunity to win this book!

Zerlina V
Ravelry name: Knit4meRN

Anonymous said...

Oops, forgot to leave my Rav name and province name is Dana, from Manitoba, Rav name DanaRae19 :) Thanks again for the chance to win!

Elly said...

Hi Julie
You never too old to learn something new from this book.
Elly S. Ontario

Anonymous said...

Meghan K
Revelry: Meggie-peggie

This book sounds like awesome night time reading!!!!
Thanks for the opportunity:)

Anonymous said...

I don't really have a good info book ans this would be an excellent addition to my library!
Bonnie C

amchart said...

This looks like a GREAT resource. Rav amchart

Debra said...

Debbie's book looks terrific. Thanks for the giveaway.

Debra L in Ontario

JanRoser said...

I love Debbie Bliss patterns, have knot several and have some in my stash! I'd love to have this book. If I don't win it, I've added it to my Chriatmas list! Ravelry name janroser. Thank you Julie!

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

I'd love to win this. Duh!
wahoomerryf on Ravelry

Julie said...

I'm adding a few names of people who have had trouble commenting

Ursula F.

Julie said...

Heather Mac.

Anonymous said...

I would love a copy of the new Debbie Bliss book. Love your blog--I read it everyday!
Kmaddi is my Ravelry name
Chicago, IL USA

Anonymous said...

Rav name:jbeal

Hamilton, ON

Carol Perecman said...

Looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win it--

Carol P., Oak Park, Michigan, ceejay on Rav

Iman ☆ said...

Ravelry name: spectral
Ontario said...

Hi Julie,

It certainly. Looks like a good book to add to a reference collection.

Anonymous said...

Hi Julie
Love your blog
Joanne A

kelsey3659 said...

Kelsey H madamewinger Ontario

Connie Fauteux said...

I love Debbie Bliss patterns, thanks for the draw.
Ravelry name...knitnut246

Linda Love said...

Love Debbie Bliss. Was thrilled to take a workshop with her many years ago.

Ravelry name: lindalove


Stephanie said...

I remember taking a class from Debbie years ago at the store. I love her Baby Cashmerino. Would love it his book.

Valoria said...

Thanks for this opportunity, Julie. It would be a great birthday present!

Rav name Okilea

Judy Lauder said...

My name is Judy and although I have been a long time knitter I lack the resources that this book could provide. I want to be a better knitter and support all knitters that find value in this precious art.
Winning this book would be a wonderful blessing...thanks so much.

Caraleen Baker said...

Julie: THANKYOU for this wonderful opportunity to win Debbie's new book.
Ravelry Id. caraleen

London Ontario Canada

Shirley Szilvasy said...

Shirley S- Guelph/Ontario
Books like these are indispensable for when you need to know more a about how to fix a sticky knitting issue

Linda said...

Hi. On Ravelry I'm Andreyevna.

Toronto, OM

Bonita said...

Hi Julie,

Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.

Bonita E.

akaber9598 said...

I've heard such good things about this book. Thank you for hosting the giveaway!

Ravelry name: Angela9598

akaber9598 said...

I've heard such good things about this book. Thank you for hosting the giveaway!

Ravelry name: Angela0509

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Anonymous said...

Oooh, how fab!! :) Thanks for sharing this with us!
Knittypocket (on Rav)
Gatineau, Quebec

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a "must have" for a knitter's library! Fingers crossed.
Laura J, Calgary , Alberta

Yosemite said...

I love Debbie Bliss' books. Than you for the chance to win.
RochelleR on Rav
Toronto, Ontario

Julie said...

Debbie Bliss is one of my favourites.
Lucy27Lucy (Ravelry name)

patscs said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.

diane said...

I could really use this book - it looks amazing.
Ravelry - edianemartin

Diane M.

TrishD said...

Thought I had done this already but can't find my name on the list!
TrishD on Ravelry.

Lynda F said...

Hi Julie
Thanks for a chance to win this lovely book.
Ravelry name - Wiartonknits

jkaine said...

I collect knitting books and would love to know how many books the average knitter has so I can tell if I've become a bit obsessed!
Ravelry name: jkaine

Anonymous said...

Hi Julie

My must do knitting event is your tent sale, so I must ask: any dates yet?

rav name:knittingmylife

Fiona Bobko said...

I am a big fan of Debbie Bliss! Her new book looks amazing. It would be a nice addition to a knitter's library. My ravelry name is Duncan.

Mo Rich said...

Hi Julie
Would love being entered in your draw. Thanks!

Ravelry name: morich99

Pat B said...

what a great book. i do want one. i love your store and your blogs. thanks for the opportunity to win the book

Carla said...

Thank you for giving away this book!!! Your store of yarn gives me inspiration!!!

Rav name: needleknityarn

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win this amazing book!
Elizabeth K
Revelry name: 1ejk2

Sherill said...

Thank you for the chance to win this book. I sounds like a great reference book

Sharon said...

Hello Julie,
I would love to have this book for my knitting techniques library.


Ravelry: amarasharon

Drae said...

Looks like a great staple to add to my library

Rivalry name: alcbrooks
First name: Andrea
State: Nebraska

Christine Milway said...

Thank-you for the chance to win this book. I have a small library of knitting books and this would make a wonderful addition.

Anonymous said...

would love to have the book!

Anonymous said...

I would love this for my collection!
Rav name: NinjaMama2014

Anonymous said...

Emily G. Arizona
Putting this on my Christmas list! said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win this fabulous book! Pam

woolikinz said...

GURR ... winter is closing in. What to do - visit a yarn store.

Sue B Ontario said...

Love Debbie Bliss patterns and would love to win this book!

Terry M said...

What a lovely idea - to draw for such a useful book! Your place is like a candy store for knitters, would love to have an excuse to come and visit again, it's been too long...

Ravelry name: Terry 107 said...

Hi Julie
This sounds like a fantastic book - just what any knitter needs, especially those of us who are too unsure of some of different methods, etc.

Teri Ewart
Ravelry ID: teriewart

Anonymous said...

Hi Julie, what a wonderful reference book to have beside my knitting basket, now my friend wont always have to answer my questions---not that she minds!!!!

Chris E.
ravelry name: auntiechris

Mary said...

I may be at the end of the line but I would really like to win this book. I have been a fan of hers since the knit and purl editions. She is s breath of fresh air in modern knitting

franc said...

What a fantastic addition to any knitter's library!
I would love to win it.

Thanks for hosting this draw Julie.

Rav name: frannc
real name: Fran
Prov: Ontario

Anonymous said...

Quite a few years ago at your store, I took a workshop from her and it is still one of the best workshops ever.
Rav- Letricot

rughooker.donna said...

I would love to win this. what a great way to let us know there is a great new book available.
North Bay, Ontario

diana said...

oh boy, would this book be wonderful!


ravelry name: masoose

Anonymous said...

Ravelry - sgriff
Real Name: SheilaG
Would love to have this new book... it would go great with some of her yarn that is waiting to hit the needles.

Anonymous said...

It would be great to have a chance to learn a few new techniques!

Karen M

Ravelry: Kinnen

Anonymous said...

Love this contest.
Erin M
Ancaster, On
Rav - eumorris.
Thx Julie

lambdamuepsilon said...

Ooh! It looks like a fabulous book!

Rav name: lambdamuepsilon

Anonymous said...

Love Debbie Bliss. Pjepp on Ravelry

Stitchalong said...

I am still old fashioned enough that I enjoy having a real paper book on the shelf. I love knitting and am constantly trying to learn new techniques and improve my skills. This book would be an invaluable resource.

Ravelry ID: stitchalong Lethbridge, Alberta

Anonymous said...

Ravelry: cindyspong
First name: Cindy in Ontario

It has been repeatedly well put...' Great learning opportunity for skill building, generous offering, and thank you!'
Fingers crossed.

Anonymous said...

great opportunity
name Barbara T
Ravelry barbtos

Anonymous said...

I enjoy reading your blog. Thank you.
Catherine H
Ravelry: a2a2

Anonymous said...

Hi Julie,
Please enter my name into the draw. I would love to add thus book to my reference books.
Ravelry name ncryan.

Thanks for the opportunity to win this book I love Debbie Bliss's designs and her magazine.

Nancy from Hamilton.

suchali said...

Très interessée par ce livre.
Merci de partager


judem said...

LOVE Debbie Bliss patterns & yarn! I am excited to read her new book.

PA said...

That books looks AMAZING and would enhance any knitters library. Thanks for the chance to enter the draw.
Ravelry PAW

Anonymous said...

This must really be an interesting book.
Giulia G. Quebec.

Janet C said...

Looks like a must have book. Love Debbie Bliss and her beautiful patterns and yarn.
St. Catharines, ON

Doris said...

Looks great!

Doris M from Ontario

Eileen Maga said...

I love books about knitting and never seem to have enough. The cover is lovely! There is always something new to learn.

Linda said...

Hi Julie, would love to win this book!

thanks for the chance.

Linda, C.