Thursday, January 12, 2012

Sweet Shawlettes

At the beginning of December I received an email from Jean Moss asking me to participate in a blog tour for her new book Sweet Shawlettes. I'm flattered that Jean and her partner Phillip thought of me and asked me to join.

In early January an envelope arrived in the store with a copy of the book. WOW! There are patterns available for cowls and capelets but Jean takes these to a higher level. When you start flipping through the book you think you have found the one that you want to make. Then you get to the next page and there is another that you have to have. Easy to knit stocking stitch. Cables. Entrelac. Lace. Fair Isle. Intarsia. Take your pick of different knitting techniques. Her yarn suggestions are amazing-most are done in Rowan.

Yarn: 2 skeins Rowan Colourscape Chunky
Needles: 6.5mm

I like it over the shoulders but am really liking it doubled around and worn as a cowl. I like it so much that I have started making it for myself.

Yarn: Rowan Lima
Needles: 4.5mm and 5mm

Did you know that Ceilidh is the Gaelic word for party?

Yarn: Rowan Big Wool
Needles: 12mm
It's all in the twist: The secret to Twine's wonderful, woven-rope look is the final step, which makes a rectangle into a twisting Mobius strip of alternating textures.

Bronte Fichu
Yarn: Rowan Purelife Renew
Needles: 4mm

I didn't know what a Fichu was so I Googled the word and found this on wikipedia
fichu is a large, square kerchief worn by women in the 18th century to fill in the low neckline of a bodice.
Yarn: 2 balls of Rowan Big Wool
Needles: 12mm

Easy cables, plenty of rest rows and virtually no finishing.

If you go to Jean's website you can see all the amazing cowls and capelets from the book.

Here are the other participants in the blog tour. Do you see these names? We are talking big names in the knitting industry. I have been very nervous about my post. So nervous that it has been written many times over the past week.
Tues 3 Jan  Wendy Knits Wendy Johnson  
 Wed 4 Jan  Knitgrrl Shannon Okey
Thurs 5 Jan  Yarnagogo Rachael Herron
 Fri 6 Jan  The Knitter Rosee Woodland
Sat 7 Jan  Rhythm of the Needles  Joanne Conklin
Sun 8 Jan  Knit Purl Gurl  Karrie Steinmetz
                Mon 9 Jan  Craft Sanity  Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood
 Tues 10 Jan  Planet Purl  Beth Moriarty
Wed 11 Jan  Sunset Cat  Stephannie Tallent 
Thurs 12 Jan  A Really Good Yarn  Julie Schilthuis
Fri 13 Jan  knit 1 chicago  Lynn Coe
Sat 14 Jan  Go Knit In Your Hat  Carol Sulcoski
Sun 15 Jan  Redshirt Knitting  Erika Barcott
Mon 16 Jan   In The Loop  Cheryl and Ellen
Tues 17 Jan  WEBS  Kathy Elkins
Wed 18 Jan  Zeneedle  Margene Smith
Thurs 19 Jan   Knitspot  Anne Hanson
Fri 20 Jan   Urban Yarns  Alexa Ludeman
Sat 21 Jan  A Friend to knit with  Leslie Friend
Mon 23 Jan  Tentenknits  Margaux Hufnagel
Tues 24 Jan  Fancy Tiger Crafts  Amber Corcoran
Wed 25 Jan  Chic Knits  Bonne Marie Burns
Tues 26 Jan  The Panopticon  Franklin Habit
The book can be purchased from Chapters/Indigo online right now and we will have copies in the store in the next week.

Do you want to win a copy of the book? 

Please leave a comment (these can take a few hours to show up on the blog) including your name with last initial that you would like the book. You have until noon on Monday, January 16. We will put all the names in a box and draw a winner. I will post the winner's name and ask them to send me their full name and mailing address. Taunton Press will send the book directly to you. If I didn't already have my copy I would be entering asap!

Thank you again to Jean and Phillip. The book is amazing.


Kathleen said...

Wow are those beautiful knitted items. I think this is going to be a popular book! Dazzling! Kathleen S.

twistedsistah said...

Pick me! Pick me! I've been following all the blogs featuring this book.

Pam C.

Anonymous said...

Hi Julie,
I would *love* to win a copy of this book!
Trina B.

efemera said...

*everything crossed* I'd love to win a copy.

Savannagal said...

This is such a darling book. Pls enter me in the contest. Thanks.

Savannagal S.

Anonymous said...

Always on the lookout for new shawl patterns and challenges! I'm chaeriste on twitter.

Christina H.

Joan said...

Absolutely stunning designs. Your pictures have me totally hooked on this book.

Irene said...

Love the diversity of patterns in this book. I'd love to win a copy!

Irene P.

Lois Evensen said...

Wow! Those are beautiful. :)))) Sure, I'd love to win!

Debbie said...

This is a great review, Julie. There are quite a few things in there I'd like to try. Thanks for counting me in. Debbie M.

Anonymous said...

I love these designs - so beautiful! If I win the only problem will be figuring out which one to do first!
Heidi K

Anonymous said...

Okay I can already see I will be knitting pretty much every item in the book. Beautiful knits.

Darla J

Mimi F said...

I would love to win this book!
Mimi F

Debbie said...

I would love a copy. Thanks! Debbie H

Brendaknits said...

I would love the book. thanks for the chance. Brenda H

abrnat said...

Nothing like adding a new book to the library! I love what has been shown so far!

Jane Prater said...

It's great to see a new book from Jean. I wantto make Bess.

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this book. There are some great patterns - especially Bronte Fichu. (Carmen N)

lindarumsey said...

Would love to win this book.
Linda R.

AthertonCA said...

Love the pattern "Twine.".

Samantha said...

Those are adorable and stunning. Lovely! :)
- Samantha

lorraine said...

lovely designs! lorraine o .. :)

Walk-N-Knit said...

I would love to win a copy of this book - I'd start by making Harlequin
... :-)

Kristin F.

Eileen said...

I am loving retirement and all the time that I have now to knit. I would love win this book and knit a shawl or two or three. So many lovely choices!! -Eileen

Annette L said...

Would love to make Twine - beautiful! Pick me please!

Debbie E. said...

Pick me - I would love this book!

Debbie E.

Sally said...

I really like the fichu especially the colours.

Sally H.

Danielle said...

Count me in! Designs look great!
Danielle F

Barbara K said...

I love the variety of patterns in this new book - wow!
It would be so great win this draw :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win!
Gail G

lambdamuepsilon said...

I would love to win this book. The shawls and cowls are amazing!
Lesley E

neilsnana said...

What a beautiful book! I would love to win it!

Nicole said...

I'd be so tempted to do soooo many of these shawls if I won this book!

Nicole J.

Anonymous said...

I'm an accessories addict and can see this book adding to my collection. Love, love the entrelac one! Wanda M.

Heather said...

Hi Julie,

You're right! I went onto Jean's website and you want to make them all - they are beautiful!
Heather DH

Fifi said...

Please include me in your draw!

Going to save reading of your guest blog post until I have time to sit and enjoy. You are in good company! You've inspired my knitting and helped me develop more than any of the others! Thanks!

Frances P.

neferatowen said...

Gorgeous! I'd love a copy :D

Seajaes said...

What a wonderful book and an honor for you Julie to do a review. Congratulations.

Kim R said...

Beautiful colours, so fresh and cheerful! Would love to have a copy of the book! Kim R.

Jackie said...

What a lovely book. Jean is brilliant!

Jackie Z

Janice said...

Beautiful book - thank you for presenting it to us and giving us a chance to win a copy.

Would love a copy of my own!

Janice L.

Deborah A said...

Thanks to my niece, I have become obsessed with cowls these days. I made her one for her birthday earlier this month and I am now making one for myself. Twine looks very intriguing - love for it to be my next project. Thank you!

N G said...

Looks like a beautiful book Julie. Might be able to put to good use what I learned at Knit Camp last fall, when I took Fiona's Entrelac class.

Nora G.

Heather said...

Loving Ceilidh!
Very cool to see your name in that list of bloggers.

Heather G

Anonymous said...

I'm excited!!

Jillian L

Anonymous said...

The book looks beautiful. I would love to win it!
Brenda S.

yarner said...

I would love a chance to win this book! Thank you for the giveaway! (Teresa G)

Jacqui T. said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win this - I will keep my fingers crossed. Looks like lots of great projects inside those pages.