17 February 2011

sharing the love

rose red (the beret pattern)

I told you my knitting mojo had finally returned. Recent completed objects include this deliciously soft alpaca beret (the pattern is Rose Red, available here), along with a simple pair of wristwarmers squeezed out of the last part-skein of Woollahra after finishing my Tea Leaves. They're not quite as long as I'd like, but I was running short on yarn.

Can you tell I'm ready for autumn?

'toast' fingerless gloves

I have to say, the arrival of knitting p0rn in the letterbox nudges the mojo along a bit, and these two little beauties did not disappoint.

Knitting at Home

This book, Knitting at Home, is possibly the most wide ranging knitting book on the planet. I was expecting it to be filled with patterns for rugs, cushions and tea cosies (and it is, oh it is) but it also features slippers, socks, jumpers and cardigans, and rather fabulously, a pair of knitted dolls complete with knitted wardrobes. Oh and my favourite, a knitted, felted and embroidered bird mobile. This knitting book could keep me you knitting for years without ever purchasing another pattern. (You can see inside the book here).

Vogue Knitting :: Mittens and Gloves

This book, on the other hand, is the opposite in its scope but no less inspiring. It features only mittens and gloves, from the simplest fingerless mitt (like my red ones up above) to the most elaborate intarsia or intricate cables. In addition to those gorgeous chunky bobbly mittens on the cover, it also contains the coveted Druid Mittens (sometimes also known as Green Autumn, for some reason) by Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed. I've been wanting to knit those for years, although I must say the charts are slightly daunting. There are also flip top gloves, elegant opera gloves and fabulous long lacy wristwarmers. (You can see inside the book here).

Anyway, I promised a giveaway I believe, and this is it. I will send either Knitting at Home, or Mittens and Gloves to one deserving knitter out there. I'll post anywhere, and you don't have to leap through hoops or be beholden to me for seven years to be the winner. And please don't offer me your firstborn; I have plenty of children myself. Just leave a comment telling me which book you'd like and I'll pick a winner. I promise to wipe the drool off the book before I post.

Go to it!

PS. the beret and wristwarmers are Ravelled if you need more details and funny pictures of me squinting into mirrors and pressing a shutter at the same time.

71 comments:

Rose Red said...

ooooh! I really like the sound of the Knitting at Home book!

And of course, I am a huge fan of the RoseRed beret!! I also really must knit myself some armwarmers like yours - I have a lot of 3/4 sleeve cardigans, which are nice for Sydney winter, but sometimes you just need a little bit more on the lower arms.

Jan said...

What a lovely giveaway. Thank you. Knitting at Home sounds perfect as I start a new home and new life for myself in a couple of weeks. New apartment, new appliances, new furniture, new bed, new kitchen stuff. Knitting at Home would fit right in.

Fioleta said...

Thanks for the review of the books and I would love to win Knitting at Home book. (I'll be happy to take YOUR firstborn :-D if you want to send him away).

I'm glad your knitting mojo is back as you final items are always beautiful and inspirational. I don't think I would ever knit a shawl if it wasn't for all your gorgeous photos of them in the last few years.

EB said...

Thank you so much for the thoughtful giveaway. I would love to win Knitting at Home.

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Kate said...

How funny, when I first started following your blog and you had a knitting related giveaway I wasn't remotely interested...now I am obsessed. OBSESSED! I love the look of both of your new knits, I love that your knitting mojo has returned and I love the look of both of those books. But Knitting at home is the one I would choose if I were to be so lucky.
Have a fab Friday. X

Mrs Jones said...

I'm a hooker - I crochet, but I'm about to pick up a pair of pointy sticks for the first time to try my patience at the mysterious art of knitting. I'm going to need all the help I can get, and the Knitting at Home book looks lovely!

herhimnbryn said...

As you know I am not a knitter (well, only very, very basic stuff), so I do not want a book. However, I followed the link to the druid mitts.............oh Mama, so detailed and such a wonderful greeeeeeeeeeeeen. Maybe I'll have to sweet talk my Mother in law!

PurlingPirate said...

I've had the yarn and the pattern to knit Rose Red for ages!!! Your post reminds me that I need to get that on the needles!

Elizabeth said...

I too am on a knitting roll, knee deep in winter still (sigh) The Druid mitts fell beneath my radar, they are beautiful.

pinry said...

your soft grey rose red looks scrumptious! the knitting at home book sounds great - funnily i've become a bit obsessed with knitting a doll with an extensive wardrobe (or two). but i don't see how you could part with it ...

Taloferia said...

I must admit I have been coveting those Druid mittens for some time! I would love to win the gloves and mittens book.

Little Miss S. said...

beautiful books - can I drool a bit over them too?

CCK said...

Knitting at Home sounds intriguing, so that would be my pick.....trying to work into spring here and take a break from mittens and gloves...Lovely beret, by the way..

Thimbleanna said...

Dang It! Your post reminded me that I had planned on getting that mittens and gloves book with my christmas amazon gift cert. -- and somehow I forgot! Both of your books look amazing -- and perfect for a knitter. YOUR knitting is beautiful too!

Siew said...

Seeing as I've just lost my Anemoi mittens (sooooo sad) I've been looking for just the right ones to replace them. Maybe the mitten book would be the right fix.

telfair said...

Knitting at Home for me please!

(fingers crossed)

xoxo

helen said...

ooo! how lovely! i am really liking "knitting at home":) thank you!

froginthepond said...

As lovely as the Druid Mitts are (so very lovely...) it was the mention of opera gloves that sucked me in.

Please count me in for Gloves and Mitts.

cosymakes.com said...

oh fun! mittens and gloves, mittens and gloves!

Serena said...

Oooh, the beret is so soft and lovely looking, and the wrist warmers are just great. I think Knitting at Home sounds like a wonderful book to have and--oh my!--it would be my first knitting book!

Maxine said...

Knitting at home please :o)

...and thank you xx

Cissie said...

They say in the North of England you don't get "owt for nowt" let's see.
Mittens and gloves please.

cissie

Frogdancer said...

Knitting at Home sounds really popular.

Just add my vote to the pile.
:)

Cherie said...

Knitted dolls with a knitted wardrobe! Knitting at Home sounds fantastic!

Also, I don't think I've ever commented before but I've been reading your blog for over a year really enjoy it - beautiful photos, beautiful knitting. Nice to see some of the amazing landscape across the ditch! (I'm in Wellington, NZ)

Sue said...

Your Rose Red beret looks beautiful and so soft. I need to knit myself a pair of armwarmers in time for winter! I really love the sound of the first knitting book but the second one sounds interesting too! Glad that your knitting mojo has finally returned too!

Helen said...

Knitting at Home for me please. looks delicious.

Andrea said...

Yes please! Knitting at Home looks wonderful, I can almost hear my needles clacking from their container. Thanks for the opportunity.

pebbledash said...

Love that beret, and love the l;ook of the Knitting at Home book too.

I'm in (please)!

tamara said...

Oh,I would love love love Knitting at Home...!
Knitting for years sounds blissful.
Wouldn't offer you either first- or last- born, both are being feral at present..

Kitten With a Whiplash said...

I'd choose the Knitting at Home book, I'd really like to branch out and be more varied in the types of things I knit.

Alicia said...

hmmm...mittens and gloves please! That was a hard choice. I'm interested to investigate and see if Vogue does a similar book for hats.

aliciaeakins said...

The Vogue book please! Thanks for a wonderful giveaway. I'm going to see if Vogue has a similar book for hats...now I'm all excited.

simplelife said...

oh Knitting at Home for sure, but are you positive you don't want my first born? He's turning into a really lovely young man!


cheers Kate

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Anna said...

We are about to move to Tasmania from FNQ.
Either would do!
I think Knitting at Home might deck us out though.

Tania said...

Really? Are you sure? Cos with the attitude exhibited by the firstborn this week, I'd also happily throw in a knitted, felted, embroidered bird mobile???

Anna D said...

Mittens and gloves, of course! Winter's never ending in Sweden...

travellersyarn said...

Please could I have gloves and mittens - I tried to buy the previous edition on destash - would really like it.

Pixiewear said...

Oh thanks for the chance! I've been wanting Knitting at Home...

Prism said...

I don't even knit (yet), and both of those books look AWESOME! I would love to win one! I too, am totally in love with the druid mittens--ooh!

The only child of mine I could promise you is my thirdborn--I keep offering her, and NO ONE WILL TAKE HER. Hmmm. Although my firstborn is a delightful, (and beautiful) 14 year old, that certain of your boys would probably enjoy meeting--and, if I sent her, I would have to come, too--and I have been DYING to meet you, so I wish that could happen!

From far, far away, in the very cold and wintery North in the US.

Mousy Brown said...

I would love, love, love knitting at home - it is on my wish list but boy have I overspent on books lately! I would love a way to get it without getting in trouble please! :D

christinelaennec said...

I'd love the Knitting at Home book - why have I not heard of it? It looks great, thanks for the chance. I hope your wedding preparations (or did I miss it?) are on track and that Ishews are abating.

Morgan H. said...

Your Rose Red looks great! I've peeked inside the Knitting at Home and I had to refrain from buying it. I'm trying to curb some extra expenses but receiving one would be great:P

Carla said...

It is so nice of you to offer these books. It is very hard to choose -- but if it can only be one I would like the Mitten book.

Your knitting is very pretty.

katiecrackernuts said...

I have fabulous knitting books and love looking through them. Especially my Jenny Kee and Jenny Kee-esque books from the '80s. Now, if only I had the patience for the knitting. You clearly do, you clever thing you, but I have no patience for it. I can do it but never ever get to the end of a garment.

Jaime said...

It is so nice to stop by here and hear about the right season at the right time. I follow so many overseas blogs and I always feel so out of wack. Enjoy your stunning cosy lovelys as the weather creeps towards the frost, Smiles!

innercitygarden said...

I'm so glad your mojo has returned darls. Sure sign of first frost being not far away, I'd better get on with winter planting.

Lesley said...

Hope I'm not too late -- read the post on my iPod Friday morning and was unable to leave a comment. Then other stuff got in the way and it slipped my mind.
Love the beret - so pretty with that five-petal design.
If the stars uncross and you pick me, I'd love the first book, the general knitting one, please.
Ta!

kt said...

Knitting at Home sounds like an excellent idea and an excellent book.

Yes, please!

embracingitall said...

Knitting at home sounds like a great allrounder! Thanks for offering such a generous giveaway. Glad to hear the wedding went well. Jacinta

peskypixies said...

knitting at home just might help find my knitting mojo!!!!

Anonymous said...

I like the Knitting at Home. Are those baby booties on the cover? I have a great grandchild coming in August. And I still havent' started knitting for (her/him). Anyway, I would love to be a winner just one time on someone's blog.
Tina

Carole said...

Knitting at Home appears to be winning hands down - and it is a gorgeous book. I do hope it will find it's way to me.....

Lee said...

ok -- is the knitting at home an aussie/english book, or will I be able to find it at my nearest book sellers? Hope your ishews, personal and otherwise, are resolved with alacrity.
Lee

adrienne said...

I would love the Knitting at Home book, it sounds like the perfect mix of projects!

jotatters said...

I would love Knitting at Home - sounds like a wonderful book!

I love the Rose Red beret - I have made 2 for myself and several for other people. I never tire of the beauty of the pattern and how it shapes itself as it goes along, ending in lovely cables!

Thnak you for the chance to win

dillpickle said...

Knitting at home sounds (and looks) fabulous! So does your beret. And if this year's Melbourne winter is as comparatively cold as this summer has been, we're going to need lots of winter hats and socks and mittens... Best get knitting, I think!!

Elflyn said...

Oh I have to leave a comment and another vote for Knitting at Home.
Your Rose Red is beautiful, as is everything you knit.

Awa said...

They both look so fun and useful! I think I lean towards gloves and mittens though. Woo!

Kelly said...

Yes, definitely feeling the first, slow shift away from summer (if you could call it that this year), onwards to autumn, especially so with the strong urge to rekindle the knitting & crocheting needle relationship!!
'Knitting at Home'- pretty much sums up the next couple of seasons for me!
Thank you, such a generous giveaway.

Michelle said...

Hi Suse!
been reading for a while and just never seem to get around to commenting. I feel embarassed leaving a comment for a giveaway, but Knitting at home looks so GOOD!

Happy Birthday to your brood. Fingers crossed the ISHEWS are resolving.
Mxx

Michelle said...

I would definitely pick the Mittens & Gloves book! I absolutely love the mittens on the cover.

Penni said...

Well, first, to be chosen to receive a book from YOU would be so super special, but your description of the Knitting at Home book leaves ME drooling, enough said!

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for such a generous giveaway. The Knitting at Home book sounds wonderful.

Duyvken said...

Ooooh, I LOVE that beret. Gorgeous, Suse!

Jo Windmill said...

Knitting at Home book, if it's not too late, please...also ready for Autumn here..knitted all through summer, I have to say.

Jon and Lisa said...

Knitting at Home would be great! Thanks for the chance!

sharon71 said...

If I'm not too late I'd love a chance to win Knitting at Home... not much call for mittens and gloves in the tropics ;)

SUZANNE said...

Hello . . . . . If I am fortunate enough to be drawn out of your virtual hat I would love the Vogue Mittens and Gloves Book . . . . Autumn is arriving in Ballarat and then, as I keep an eye out for the fall of the last Cherry Tree leaf, it will be winter. Lucky me if a win the book!
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Elizabeth said...

For pure inspiration both books look fabulous, however to make your life easier I would start with 'Knitting at home" just for the sheer variety. lovely offer, thank you regardless x.