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I would love to sit and knit and speak with you Lee Gant

by on Sep.21, 2014, under Blog, book review, Book Review

Amazon link to Love in Every Stitch: Stories of Knitting and Healing

I would love to sit, and knit, and speak with you Lee Gant.

What a challenging life you have led Lee, and what challenges you have overcome, and then paid forward to help others meet challenges of their own. In all of our lives there are challenges to be lived, overcome and shared. We all have amazing journeys, on many different levels but you have the skill and commitment and honesty to share your emotional and addictive journey with us all. I mean addictive in its many meanings from substance abuse to being addicted to knitting and stitching.

It was well understood in our grandparents generation that busy fingers made for a good life. But it was not consciously understood that creative busy fingers quietens the mind, calms the spirit and is healing in the very depths of ones soul.

These stories of addicted, ill, or simply sad people that you have knitted with and in doing so have affected a healing process are very humbling and also very exciting to know.

This book will help all those who read these stories to be confident in encouraging or assisting others to stitch to health whether the stitches are knitted, crocheted, embroidered or sewn. Stitching with “Love in Every Stitch” should become our mantra in this modern busy, busy world.

Thank you Lee. – Product Details
Paperback: 244 pages
Publisher: Viva Editions (April 14, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632280183
ISBN-13: 978-1632280183

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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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