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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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There you are Ina – you have won “Sweet Shawlettes”

by on Mar.26, 2012, under Blog, Blog Tour, Jean Moss



Thank you to everyone who read the post Sweet Shawlettes by Jean Moss and went on to make a comment.

Congratulations to Ina from the USA who has won the copy. Ina said in her comment that she is drawn to Mantilla, Twine, and Evergreen. Just in case you have not looked at the project gallery – these photos are of Ina’s favourites.

Ina I hope you send me a photograph of your shawlette sometime.


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Sweet Shawlettes by Jean Moss

by on Mar.18, 2012, under Blog, Blog Tour, book review, Sweet Shawlettes

Sweet Shawlettes Blog Tour

Here I am down under in New Zealand in Miranda, the Waikato leg of this fantastic world wide blog tour.

The book “Sweet Shawlettes” is by the creative designer Jean Moss and the timing is just right for us here in the Antipodes to be knitting shawls, shawlettes, capes, capelets, cowls and scarves. Why would I say that? Well, we are just heading into autumn after a rather grey, wet and miserable summer. We need something to brighten our evenings and cover our shoulders for the autumn and winter ahead.

So thank you Jean for asking and thank you for the opportunity to review your lovely book.

Now I don’t know Jean personally but you can read about her here but I do know her work and in Sweet Shawlettes I am a true kindred spirit. I love shawls, capes, capelets, scarves, cowls and in this lovely collection of accessories which range in style from hip to elegant I can see a style for everyone that I know, and that is silly because I generally don’t knit other peoples patterns, I buy them, read them, enjoy them, flick casually through the pages, and then I create my own designs.

Having said that I have decided to cast on from this book and I think it will be something for a very special woman and it has to be Enigma, very suitable for a strong special woman with its simple but elegant design, sensual yarns and it will be so easy to create.


I am digressing aren’t I – the book, “Sweet Shawlettes”; Each piece is very IN, all are smallish projects, easy to carry with one, and they cover a great range of techniques and the delicious yarns range from the very very fine Kidsilk Haze to bulky Cocoon. There is a design for everyone.

Hooked yet?

Just in case you haven’t gone and checked out Jeans website, she designs for Rowan and is published in “The Knitter” and “Vogue Knitting” (now “Designer Knitting” in Europe) as well as writing her own books including “Book Of World Knits: Design Traditions From Around The World”, “Contemporary Classics” and “Wandering Spirits”.

You can also see the full gallery of projects Jean’s Sweet Shawlettes project gallery and if you do so and come back here and leave a comment you will go into the draw for your own free copy of Sweet Shawlettes.

So now you are hooked, aren’t you?

Remember there are twenty-five designs (gallery here) all of which are made to go around your neck in some way.

What does impress me about this collection is the range of styles within the categories; Country, Couture, Folk, and Vintage and yarns are fine to bulky, and goodness then there is the entrelac, intarsia, fine lace, stranded colour-work, bead-work, cables, knit in the round, and more. There is a full range of techniques and stitches with good clear instructions and charts.

As well as sending me a copy, Taunton Press have also offered a copy of Sweet Shawlettes to give away to one of my lucky readers. So to be in to win please visit the Project gallery on Jean’s website, and come back here and leave a comment on this blog post telling me what you think of the book, or the piece you would create from it. The winner will be chosen at random from all comments on this post. Taunton Press will be sending the book, so please include your email address in the email address field so that I can contact you if you win (it won’t be published and only I can see it). The only prize is a copy of Sweet Shawlettes by Jean Moss.

The comments will remain open for 7 days and the winner will be announced on Monday 26th March, so come back and see if you were the lucky reader/commentor!

Places to buy Sweet Shawlettes include Whitcoulls Link and Paper Plus link and of course Amazon

New Zealand Yarns Stockists – Rowan and Sublime yarns include:

Wild & Woolly, 38 Victoria Road, Devonport, Auckland

Knit World New Zealand wide including Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin

Tauranga Knitting Centre, 8/152 11th Avenue, Tauranga

The Apple Basket, 1914 State Highway One, Kaiwaka, Northland

Creations Unlimited, 118 Hardy Street, Nelson

New Zealand Yarn Stockist – Louisa Harding:
Creative Outlet, 53 Grey Street, Tauranga

Berroco stockists close to New Zealand, in Australia

Tangled Yarns

Mosman Needlecraft

and tomorrow the tour continues with Just Call Me Ruby who is the featured designer in the new knit mag “Knit Now” with a capelet no less. Perfect don’t you think?

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