Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Let's get knitting giveaway! x

It's probably not very cool to admit this, but I have a little bit of an addiction to craft books. I love looking at their gorgeously styled pictures of crafty projects knowing that the instructions for the making are there should I feel the need.

And possibly even uncooler than that addiction, is the hope I've always had that someone sometime would send me craft books to read and review on my blog.

Uncool-er-ama right!?
But then one day it happened.

Open Road Media released a whole lot of craft books as ebooks and thought we (you and I) might be interested in this new way of reading and following patterns.

Their press release says this; At Open Road Media, we’re working around the movement that increasing numbers of knitters want to be able to read patterns and instructions on their ereaders, tablets, and smartphones—especially those who knit during their commutes or who carry their knitting projects with them, and don’t want to have to use knitting needles to hold their page in a print book while they’re knitting on the go.  For those just learning to knit, having knitting ebooks on their gadget of choice helps them use their idle time to learn more about knitting!



Personally I love the idea of having a book on my phone, in my basket. In the past I've always shlepped bits of paper with scribbled pattern details on them. Or I've taken photos of my patterns out of books so that I'll have the details with me where ever I am. Carting a big pattern book around in my basket just does not work for me. Too bulky. So an ebook is the perfect solution. Yay!

Anyway, as I was saying, my crafty book dreams came true and Open Road Media sent me three knitting ebooks to read, be inspired by and knit from. Thanks ORM. And they are offering two of you guys one each too. Cool hey.

Choose from;

Knitting 24/7 by Veronik Avery.
A book of stylish knits with uncomplicated patterns designed for knitters on-the-go who have five minutes here or ten minutes there to knit.
(So many cute patterns I don't know where to start).

Knitted Socks East and West by Judy Sumner
Glorious knitted sock patterns.
(I am in love with this book and inspired to knit socks like never before).

Viva Poncho by Christina Stork and Leslie Barbazette
A book of versatile, comfortable, stylish patterns for ponchos for all seasons 
(You know I am all about bringing the poncho back).

Knitting For Baby by Kristin Nicholis
Tapping into our innate desire to knit for babies, with the first patterns in the book teaching simple stitches and the fundamentals of knitting, and patterns that increase in complexity as knitters work through the book.
(Knitting teeny, tiny, quick things is such a great way to learn I think).

Knits Men Want by Bruce Weinstein
Far too many women spend their time, energy, and resources knitting things for men that men don’t want to wear.  Author Bruce Weinstein offers humorous rules to create knits men want
(I so should have chosen this one because my farmer boy is HASSLING me to knit for him).

Knit 2 Together by Tracey Ullman and Mel Clark
HBO comedian Tracey Ullman teamed up with a Los Angeles yarn store owner to write this lively knitting book
(No relation).

OK, so let's have ourselves a little giveaway.
Let me know in the comments which of the Ebooks you would like to win and why.
Make sure you include a way for me to contact you.
And let's get click clacking!

See ya later knitting potata.
xx

92 comments:

  1. oh my I'm in this give away for sure...
    I'd like the Knitting 24/7 book.
    I've not used an ebook for knitting but I can really see the benefits when I'm out and about, one less thing to lug around with me.
    kattip at gmail dot com

    cheers Kate

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  2. Ohhhh, Kate. They look fantastic and I can't wait to see you knit some socks. I would love to win the Knitting 24/7

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  3. wow exciting! I'm torn between knitting 24/7 and knits men want although I think that because of the fequency with which I pick up sticks I should just choose 24/7 something for me! Thanks Kate.

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  4. Lucky you! If I was fortunate enough to win, I'd opt for Viva Poncho. A girl can't have too many cardis, throws, ponchos...

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  5. I'm with you - its socks all the way. Knitted Socks East and West. I read the Tracy Ullman one a few years ago and I loved all her little stories about being a knitter.

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  6. Oh my goodness! I've wanted to start learning how to Knit socks this year so Knitted Socks East and West would be a good choice. Also the Knitting 24/7 sounds like a book I could handle as I'm still in the beginning stage of knitting.

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  7. I think that Knitting 24/7 would be great for me as all the monsters do different activities and I am constantly picking up and putting down whatever project I'm working on at the time to take, pick up or wait.

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  8. I would love to own Knitting 24/7! I borrowed it from the library once and fell in love with it - I love the bits where she describes where to squeeze some knitting in - like before a meeting. Thanks for the opportunity - what a neat giveaway! claude.and.wilbur@gmail.com

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  9. I have a thing for sock knitting books, so the East West one...I've looked at him, but not purchased it yet....

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  10. I think this is totally cool and a very great idea.
    Unfortunately, I don't knit and won't enter...
    I just wanted to say 'Yah! Cool!!!'
    Kx

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  11. Another giveaway - Kate, you're the best! I'd love "Knits Men Want" as my poor husband is usually neglected on the knitting front (too many gorgeous friends having scrumptious newborns! :-)

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  12. Ahh hello, a book about Ponchos - count me in for that book! Poncho's are the in thing now, (I have decided) - way better than socks!
    And one question, how do you scribble notes on the pattern if it is an e-book? I'm always scribbling in the margins of the patterns, I'd be interested to see how I'd go with an e-book!

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    1. Oh that is such a great question.
      I hadn't thought of it but I am a pattern scribbler too.

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  13. This is awesome! I would loovve the sock book, I've just knitted some socks and they're so fun to make! The poncho one also looks good... Love em!
    Zannahmartin@gmail.com

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  14. I would love to win Knitting For Baby by Kristin Nicholis. I borrowed it from the library and it is fast become one of my most favourite knitting books. I would love a copy of my own - and an ebook just makes it so convenient!!

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  15. Oh yes please! I would love the knitting 24/7!!

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  16. I think the knitting 24/7 or the knits men want would be the ones that I would choose. How lovely to be sent books to review. I too have an unhealthy collection of books that even if I lived till I was 100 years old I wouldn't have enough time to make even half of the things!!

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  17. 5 mins here or 10 mins there to knit? Oh yes, that sounds just about right for me at the moment! Count me in for the 24/7 knitting one. :)

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  18. Oh Kate, what a neat group of books from which to choose !~! Socks and Babies are the two that interest me the most so I'd have to let you choose from there.

    Thanks for your blog, it's fun, informative and very colorful.

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  19. I love the Knitted Socks East and West - I love the idea of Japanese-insipred socks!

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  20. How exciting! Lucky you :-)
    I would love the socks or ponchos or babies one please.
    I just purchased the 24/7 one in hard back - it's lovely!
    Love the idea of a gadget friendly ebook - do hope there's an option to add notes like 'you are up to here' and 'get a coffee and your glasses for this bit' though!

    ps I take photos with my phone of patterns too!

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  21. Knitting 24/7 looks like I would find projects in this, it's a pretty tough choice though. Have an embarrassingly large craft book stash myself.

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  22. I'm a bit torn between two of these books but as I am in a poncho mood of late, the poncho ebook it is! Thanks for the chance.



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  23. I've used several of Judy Sumner's patterns. My granddaughters all loved her little shells socks. Well written and lovely product. Put your copy under lock and key. There will be no more. Judy unfortunately died of pancreatic cancer some time in the lsat 12-18 months.

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  24. knitting 24/7 for me please - i love the socks on the front cover.

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  25. I just started to learn to knit last winter. I have started a sock and its slow progress. I think the sock book could really give me the inspiration I need to finish this pair and start another!

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  26. Knitting for men as MY man is always hassling me about knitting him something one day.

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  27. Most definitely Viva Poncho for me please....I live on the island of Crete, so have great difficulty viewing and buying good, fashionable books and patterns.....also, ponchos are the way to go here as it doesn't get cold enough for 'big' coats, we tend to layer....thank you.

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  28. Oh, Knitting 24/7 for sure! The front cover alone has to be a good indicator of what's waiting inside, surely?!
    megan.bobos@hotmail.com

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  29. Hi Kate
    I think I would choose Knitting 24/7 as my passion for wool is so great that I think if I was given the opportunity I would be knitting or crocheting 24/7....sorry family you may need to get your own dinner tonight ha ha!!

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  30. Ah, would love to win 24/7!!
    Siv xx

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  31. What a fabulous giveaway, Kate!
    I've kept all my knitting patterns on my iPad for what seems like forever. It's fabulous!
    I also have some mags and ebooks on there too.

    I would choose Knitted Socks East and West. I've been eyeing that book off for quite some time.

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  32. I too am a craft book addict....I automatically go the craft section of the library and bookshops....I've read all the knitting and crochet books in the library and have now started re-borrowing them.

    I would love a chance to win the knit 24/7 book please, although the east west socks one looks good too! Thanks!

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  33. Hi Kate Brilliant competition. I would LOVE the 24/7 a smidge more than the ponch book.
    Thanks for the blog. It is lovely to read
    XLeneen

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  34. I, too, have a real passion for craft books and insisted that they all come with me when I recently moved to Bulgaria (I'm sure the the removal men suffered groin injuries).

    I would love the sock ebook as I have yet to find a pattern that I love!

    Jak x

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  35. it has to be knitted socks east & west,this is a awesome book,i love love taking projects on the knit everywhere i go,socks are the most valued pressie i give constantly
    thanks for sharing a awesome blog
    glenda

    ferhiljoe@yahoo.com.au

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  36. Knitting 24/7 looks fab and as a mum of 2 under 7 boys the idea of 10 minutes here and there seems great! Fingers crossed I win on that one.
    Great give away, thanks

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  37. What a fabulous giveaway! The knitting 24/7 looks fabulous, love the idea of knitting e-book- so much easier to carry an iPad than a craft book!
    Karen dot mcneil at optusnet dot com dot au

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  38. i would just like to win a copy of "knitting for baby" for my mum.

    tomorrow she has to have a skin cancer removed ( at least 8 stitches)

    she does so much charity knitting for box hill hospital in melbourne - it

    would be so lovely for her to win something. i'm sure that some new patterns

    would help to take her mind off the test results :)

    Janine B

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  39. Hi - Knittng 24/7 would be ace. i like the idea of the ebook too. although i will still have to carry scrappy bits of paper around to keep count of rows. i just can't manage without writing down where i'm up to. acutorostrata@yahoo.co.uk

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  40. I want all of them! LOL I just posted on my FB page that I really need to win the lotto so I can be home with my pups and build my crafts all the time! And then this give away comes along making me think along those lines even more! If I had to pick one I'd have to choose Knitted Socks East and West first!

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  41. I would like to win the baby book as six months ago I had a little girl and I want to make her some winter jumpers. I have already crocheted one but fancy trying knitting again and as I am never far from my iPad an e- reader would be great. Sarah x

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  42. If I was lucky enough, it would be Knits Men Want....I have crocheted tooooooo many crazy things for my fella...now that I am learning to knit it's probably about time he gets something not quite so embarrassing...

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  43. I would like the what men want please and thank you for being a very generous blogger

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  44. I would love knitting 24/7. I am bound to a cardi at the moment and a new book would give me an excuse to start a new project

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  45. Hi Kate Viva Poncho it would have to be. I'm always looking for something new to keep me covered! Love you blog as always

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  46. All these books look great, but I think if I had to choose just one it would be Knitting 24/7. Veronik Avery always has such beautiful, through composed designs, and I often find myself knitting just a bit here and there. A book dedicated to that approach as an ebook - wow! killer combo :)

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  47. I have recently taught myself to knit socks so would REALLY love the sock pattern book. I'm hoping to make lots of Christmas presents for my family so this pattern book would be brilliant to help me out with that. Thank you for such a great giveaway!

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  48. Kate are any of these books coming out for real (ie. paper copies) I just can't get my head around e-books (way too much of a book worm and I have a habit of reading in the bath..)
    Oh, and I think reviewing craft books on your blog is the ultimate definition of craft-cool!

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  49. i love ""24/7" just only for the photo cover! monica ( monicacontato@yahoo.it )

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  50. Definitely the Knitted Socks East & West - I have a sock-knitting obsession :-) Email address is

    sashasews@y7mail.com

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  51. Knitting 24/7. There is never enough time to knit!

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  52. If I won I would want the "Knits Men Want" book. I haven't found many things that I could knit that my husband would actually wear-but the sweater on the front looks like something he would like. Thank you Kate!

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  53. Wow, so many choices but I would love to win Knitting 24/7, thanks.

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  54. I definitely agree with you. I've loved downloading patterns on my phone so I can access them easily wherever I am! I'd love Knitting 24/7. Although i love to crochet, I've fallen in love with knitting too and always alternating between the two. Knitting cute patterns on the go sounds great!

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  55. I love the idea of e-books for craft. I like the idea of 'Knitting 24/7' and 'Knits Men Want'. I have a cooking book called 'Cakes men like' and that's a success, so I guess this e-book is in the same vain? And it just so happened that the other day the lad said he'd like a hand knitted cardigan for that 'country gent/ gentleman farmer' look when we move to our property and need to tidy up when we pop into town. Thanks for the tremendous offer and keep knitting.

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  56. Wow so many giveaway entries already! I'm not a knitter but my sister is obsessed and it's her birthday this Sunday. I have to admit, Ive been a bit slack and haven't gotten her a gift yet. A knitting book would be perfect! I think she'd like the first one and the baby one. She'd be so happy! fingers crossed! x Elle

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  57. i'd like to get the 'Knits men want' since I don't have anything like it in my library :)
    xo

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  58. Evening Hun, this is sooo exciting I would def love the book knitting 24/7 , I take little projects with me all the time, I need my hands to be busy and knitting is my thing. My email Is jdpalmerhowe@hotmail.com , or I am also on Facebook . I am Janice Palmer howe. I also want to say Ty for your blog it's a daily help to me on my long days.

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  59. I don't think there is such a thing as too many sock books!!! socks east and west for me!!! what a great giveaway!

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  60. Yay for you Kate! Its nice to have our dreams (big or small) realised. And I love craft books for all the same reasons. Drool over mainly. Dream about possibilities etc. I want to knit socks for next winter and I need to knit my Man something! So I can't say just one, can I say two and if I win you choose? LOL. Knitted Socks East and West // Knits Men Want. hahaha I hope saying two doesn't disqualify me ;-)

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  61. i'd love to win knitting 24/7. i need something basic :)

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  62. 24/7 or the ponchos grab my fancy. I'd like to say socks but even though I have the best intentions of trying a pair of socks, I never seem to get there so I don't think that it would get put to the best of use.

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  63. Would love Knit 24/7! Love the blog!

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  64. 247 or the ponchos would be fab - I'm hoping to pick up knitting again (currently knitting a fab pumpkin teacosy)(got it get it finished before winter sets in!!!)
    Sally

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  65. Sorry missed the part about contact details - it's a wonder I can follow a knitting pattern!
    Sally
    theslowquilter@zolutions.co.uk

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  66. 24/7 would be my pick.. My mum taught me to knit and I'm just starting to teach my 9 year old daughter to knit and sew.. Classic timeless skills which give me so much pleasure.. My aim this year is to give all members of my family a handmade gift. I'm doing ok so far but this would certainly help. And I love your blog. Have only recently started following you. Thanks, Deb. (deborah.lee911@gmail.com)

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  67. 24/7 would be my pick.. My mum taught me to knit and I'm just starting to teach my 9 year old daughter to knit and sew.. Classic timeless skills which give me so much pleasure.. My aim this year is to give all members of my family a handmade gift. I'm doing ok so far but this would certainly help. And I love your blog. Have only recently started following you. Thanks, Deb. (deborah.lee911@gmail.com)

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  68. Oh I would love to win the knitting 24/7. How wonderful xxxx

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  69. Oooh, I'd so much love a copy of Viva Poncho! These will be a must for the winter here :)
    kate at: foothillfibersnphoto(at)gmail(dot)com
    Thanks for such a great offer!

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  70. Another great giveaway Kate - thankyou.
    i would love to have the 24/7 book as I am always looking for quick easy patterns that I can pick up during the day. I also am a bit of a poncho fan so that one would be great too!

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  71. Hi Kate,
    Knitting 24/7 is my pick because I only ever have time to rack up a few rows on the run.

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  72. I would love to win Knitting 24/7 and Knitting for Babies!

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  73. I would love to win the book with sock patterns. I always love to do something productive in the evenings and knitting small items is perfect. I am working on my first pair of socks and I am a bit scared about the heel so I keep knitting it longer and longer!!!!!!!!!

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  74. I love to knit me some socks and lots of them. The Knitted Sock East and West would be a welcome addition to my knitting books! Wonderful giveaway..thank you!

    Ravelry name is Andigal. :)

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  75. Definitely baby books, with a new grand-daughter on the way. Lately I have been downloading PDF's of all my fave patterns, and some newbies, to my iPad. Love not having paper floating around (well at least, no new ones :-)

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  76. Wonderful reading as usual! I intend getting a hold of @$/7 and the Mens Knits one one day, so looking forward to seeing how your apples go!!

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  77. Whoa cool! Pick me, pick me! I'd love to look at the knitting socks east to west book! I'm yet to knit myself a pair of socks but have plenty of yarn earmarked for it!

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  78. Hi Kate. I would like the knitting 24/7 book, as I'm due to have a baby in the next few weeks and knitting I can fit in between caring for the babe would be great!

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  79. Oh, I have been eyeing up "Knits Men Want" for a while now...that would be the one I would choose!

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