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Gosh I must be tired

by on Oct.03, 2013, under Great Little Gifts to Knit, Jean Moss

We used the Random number generator which selected Shannon as the winner for my leg of the world wide blog tour – Great Little Gifts to Knit, by Jean Moss – but silly me I didn’t notify Shannon, I notified myself. Realising I hadn’t heard back from Shannon I checked all my mails, and the website and discovered my error.

So waiting to hear from you Shannon. I so want you to receive this book courtesy of Taunton Press.

And yes I am tired, I have had the flu, we have a crowded house, my thyroid medication is all over the place, and yep I am tired. Yes I know I said that, but I really am tired

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Jean Moss and her “great little gifts to knit” blog tour

by on Sep.23, 2013, under Blog, Blog Tour, Great Little Gifts to Knit, Jean Moss

Thank goodness “Great Little Gifts to Knit” was well and truly completed and at the publishers before Jean broke her wrist teaching her grandies to cycle on her unicycle no less.

Yes it is available now at

Amazon USA

Amazon UK

Whitcoulls New Zealand

Jean has designed 30 fun, fresh, and beautiful patterns that incorporate many traditional knitting techniques. Beautiful, clever and quick to knit these projects offer knitters an opportunity to learn and experiment with new techniques.

Yes you have time to buy or maybe win a copy of this book and begin creating for the next gift giving season.

The projects are divided into sections for baby, hers, his, and home and are relatively small so they do not involve a huge investment of time or money. I love is the range of knit techniques including shadow knitting, intarsia, Fair Isle, circular knitting, brioche, cables that are included. There is a techniques section in the back of the book so this is an ideal book to develop your own knit skills by trying new techniques on smallish pieces. Everything you need to know about a project is in this book including how long a project might take be it a day, a weekend, or a vacation.

But don’t do as I did; I started the lovely will-o’-wisp Shawlette while visiting family for a weekend. We were all talking so much I couldn’t keep up with the increases and kept losing my place so I started the Jive Leg Warmers instead. I am using 1 strand of Misti Alpaca ayllu Overdye Aran with 1 strand of Naturally Waikiwi yarn. I have completed one and it feels so good that these are not to be a gift they are going to be mine. I will go back to the shawlette later

Jean Moss Project Gallery

and because I love Old Shale or Feather and Fan stitches

and Jean is offering a free copy of this great book to one of my readers.

Check the project Gallery here to see all the designs and come back and leave a comment here; let me know which piece you would knit and maybe for whom by noon GMT on Monday 30th September, 2013. The Random Number Generator will select a winner when I wake up in New Zealand.

Good on you Jean – there is such an array of designs, skill sets, yarn types and the opportunity to knit from ones stash in many of the pieces. There is a gift for everyone, and a design for all knitters.

Below are those on this tour and some still have a book to give away so go and check their blogs and give yourself more opportunities to win this lovely book and just so you know the winner gets to choose e-book OR hard copy!, courtesy of Taunton Press.

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
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 Redshirt Knitting Erika Barcott
Thur 19 Sep A Friend to Knit With Leslie Friend
Fri 20 Sep Craft Sanity Jennifer Ackerman Haywood
Mon 23 Sep Connieleneknits – Moi
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
Mon 30 Sep Yarnings Jen
Tues 1 Oct Tentenknits Margaux Hufnagel

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Jean Moss has a new book “Great Little Gifts to Knit”

by on Jul.30, 2013, under Blog Tour, Great Little Gifts to Knit, Jean Moss

“Great Little Gifts to Knit” Photo Gallery.

The photos in the gallery are great and the ideas are fresh so do check back for blog tour dates and be in for a chance to win your own copy of this lovely book.

I am delighted to be part of the tour which will include a book give-away in time to make lovely wee gifts for Christmas. I will let you know the blog tour dates soon.

“Great Little Gifts to Knit” is filled with quick, colourful, fun and fresh projects for baby and toddler, home, him and her. It includes mini workshop in many techniques including lace, shadow knitting, knitting with beads, brioche and more so will be an opportunity to hone your skills on small projects without the time commitment of larger knits and all in time for Christmas.

It will be available in September 2013

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I did it! I did it! I have completed the entrelac circle from Knitting in Circles

by on Nov.07, 2012, under Blog, Blog Tour, Nicky Epstein

There you are Nicky and Miriam. Thanks to Miriam Tegels who taught me to knit entrelac, and to Nicky Epstein for creating “Knitting in Circles” with a circle knitted in Entrelac.

I wasn’t sure I would get to the centre of this circle and had made an entirely wrong assumption before I started – which was that it was knitted from the centre out, and of course it wasn’t knitted that way at all.

It doesn’t look perfect in the centre – and that may be the finishing or my lack of skill as this is my first ever entrelac piece after my initial 3 hour workshop. I don’t know, and I don’t even mind. It is done, and now I shall have to create something using this piece of circular entrelac.

Of course it does scream beret, but maybe it could become a tea cosy.

I could take out the not so perfect centre and rework it so it could be used for my Best Beloveds tea pot.



Maybe not

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Knitting in Circles – and the winner is Carolien

by on Oct.21, 2012, under Blog, Blog Tour

Random Number Generator selected comment number 8 – Carolien. I have emailed Carolien to let her know and I know she will enjoy working on fair isle circles and I am certain once she receives her book there will be other challenges that she will take up.

Congratulations Carolien

Thank you to all those who took the time to comment on this lovely book.

BUT there is another matter to hand

my entrelac.

Sadly I have not completed my circle entrelac piece yet, as have been ill these past 10 days or so. But I have begun. I have completed the base row of triangles and the first 2 rows of rectangles.

The yarn I am using is Schachenmayr nomotta Azua, (44% Cotton, 26% Polyester, 8% Acrylic, 22% Polyamide). I am knitting on 4.5mm needles. All I have of the yarn is 50gms and that is only 87m so it will not be enough to complete the circle so I will have to do a rummage to find yarn to complete the circle.

I will add further photos as I complete my circle and then of course the Tick Tock Clock, baby vests, cot blanket, baby jacket, cotton cloths etc for our grandbaby due in 4 weeks.

This is my first piece of entrelac, other than as part of the Knitting in Nature retreat in July 2011.

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