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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

This Chick has Sticks - 2 Great Books for 1 Great Love


Just to wet your appetite for a wonderful craft - knitting, here are two books I am giving away to one lucky reader!


When it comes to being passionate about something, I put my "all" in it.  What makes my creative energy strong enough to blow sparks is that I have so many creative interests, it becomes difficult for me to focus on just one.  But for now, I want to tell you about 1 of my creative interests.  One that keeps me happy, busy, focused, and grounded - knitting - and I've been knitting recently, just about every day.


With a creative focus, no matter what it is, comes determination to be the best you can be at that craft.  I know I want to be the best I can be at any craft that I tackle, albeit sewing and making clothing and handbags for my daughters, creating beautiful quilts for my family, making toys and dolls for my children and grandchildren, painting in oils, or knitting beautiful scarves or socks or booties and baby sweaters. 


To be the best at the crafts I love, I turn to books, educational books, books that teach and have lots of visuals and easily explain how-to do a particular craft.  That's why I want to tell you about 2 books that will wet your appetite for knitting and I am having a giveaway right here just for you!  My dear crafting and quilting and sewing and knitting friends!  But first ...


I want you to know that there is a story here - and knowing me, I'm going to tell it.  First of all, when I was in 4th grade, I had a friend who was knitting a scarf.  Beth was sitting next to me at the lunch table in our elementary school and she pulled 2 knitting needles and yarn out of her bag and began knitting after she finished her lunch.  I was mesmerized and asked her if she would teach me how to knit.  She said "sure!" and she showed me a few things at that lunch break.  Then one weekend, she came over to play at my house and brought her knitting.  I had had my mother take me to a hobby shop where she bought me a pair of orange knitting needles (which I still have by the way) and some pretty yarn. 


Beth came to my home that weekend and showed me how to knit and I was hooked.  I made several scarves and learned to make a hat and mittens too.  I was so proud of my progress!  I made lots of scarves and mittens and hats over the years that followed, and when I was 19 and pregnant with my daughter, Kathleen, I made a couple baby bonnets, booties, and a beautiful, soft, baby sweater too.  It was the most venturesome I got while knitting.


After I had Kathleen, I didn't pick up a knitting needle again until I received this book in the mail 3 weeks ago - Deborah Newton's "Finishing School" - A Master Class for Knitters.  Just looking through and reading this book made me want to run out and buy some yarn at my local Michaels Store and get back into the swing of knitting once again by starting with something easy - a scarf for my daughter, Sarah. And I am offering a copy of this book to one lucky reader!


So, Sarah and I jumped in the car and went to Michaels, and not only did I purchase some yarn of Sarah's choice, and a new pair of knitting needles, but I purchased a couple more knitting books too.  Not only do I want to learn to knit again, I want to learn to create those fancy designs and create such beautiful things as sweaters and hats and socks, and Afghans!!  I'm syked!!


Check out my progress on this wrap-around scarf I am making for Sarah.  She picked out the yarn and I am making it using the simple "Garter Stitch."  It's a good way to get back into the swing of knitting if you haven't done so in a long while, like me, or if you are just beginning to learn how to knit.  The pattern and instructions for this scarf is in the "Guide to Knitting" by The Chicks with Sticks! And I am giving away a copy of this book as well to one lucky reader!


All I ask is that you tell me if you knit or would like to learn!  Also, if you knit or have knit before, what have you made? 

NOTE: This contest is sponsored by little ol' me and nobody else! 

Contest ends Friday, October 14, 2011 at noon EST.  One comment per person, please.  Best of luck to all my wonderful readers!!

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by and good luck winning these 2 great books!!


We have a WINNER!  Congratulations to "Amanda" #5, for your comment! I hope you will enjoy these books!  Simply email me at susan@raisin-toast.com to claim your prize!



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