And The Winners Are…

I said I’d announce the winners of the the 2 eBook copies Jen Geigley’s Everyday: A Casual, Modern Hand-Knit Collection today and I’m here to do just that!

everyday1Our winners, selected by the random number generator, are…

Jeannie Gray Wiant

and

Branislava

Congratulations, ladies!!! Please send me note at  knittingsarah [at] gmail [dot] com that includes the email address where you would like your eBook sent!

For those who didn’t win, remember you can definitely still pick up your own copy. Remember, that if you buy directly from the author here, you will get a free digital copy along with the physical book..

Everyday is also available for purchase on:

Amazon.com

Kindle

Ravelry

Individual patterns are also for sale on Ravelry.

Thanks so much to everyone who participated!

In Review: Everyday: A Casual, Modern Hand-Knit Collection + *GIVEAWAY*

A little over a year ago, I shared Jen Geigley’s Weekend: Simple, Modern Knits with you. Full of big, beautiful chunky knits, I just loved the uniqueness of the collection and its quick knits appeal. As you can imagine, I was thrilled when Jen contacted me about a month ago asking if I’d like to review her latest book. And today, I get to give you a little preview and offer you the chance to win a copy for yourself — hooray!

 
Everyday: A Casual, Modern Hand-Knit Collection is a collection of designs meant for all knitters. As fun to wear as they are to knit, there are designs that speak with a distinctive modern style to all skill levels. Although big, bulky yarns dominate in Everyday just as they did in Weekend, this new collection boasts a wider variety of yarn weights as well as a generous assortment of sweaters and accessories.
One of my personal favorites, Ceres, is knit with a worsted weight yarn.
Ceres has a relaxed silhouette…
And a distinctive racer back that I think would be as beautiful layered over long sleeves in winter as it is on its own.
I adore Laney, too.
The Lateral Braid stitch employed is just gorgeous…
And the cozy factor on this cowl is just through the roof!
For those interested in quick knits perhaps for gifts (because it is that time of year, isn’t it?!), I just love Chill
And Aura
They would make such a cozy little set!
And one more design that I especially love and therefore have to highlight is…
Moonstone. So simple, but with just a little edge. I could see throwing it over jeans or yoga pants and running errands or just hanging at home with the family & a movie. To see the rest of the designs in this collection, you can check out the full lookbook here.
From the photography to the 11 fresh designs themselves, Everyday has a lot to offer and I’m so very happy to be able to GIVEAWAY 2 PDF copies of this fantastic title! To enter to win, just share your favorite design from Everyday in the comments. I’ll be drawing our 2 lucky winners randomly in the morning on Friday, December 9th, so be sure to check back to see if you’ve won! Good luck and I hope you love this fun new collection as much as I do!
For those who just can’t wait and want to get Everyday in their hands straight away it is available for purchase in a variety of locations. Please note that if you buy directly from the author here, you will get a free digital copy along with the physical book..

It is also available for purchase on:

Amazon.com

Kindle

Ravelry

Individual patterns are also for sale on Ravelry.

And the winner is….

Just a quick post today to share the winner of last week’s giveaway. You know the one…

weekendOne lucky reader will be receiving a hard copy of Jen Geigley’s brand new book, Weekend: Simple, Modern Knits. Full of gorgeous & fun quick knits for the whole family, we all know my Sliver & Retrograde

retrograde + sliver… won’t be the last items I knit from this wonderful collection.

Before I share who that lucky reader is, I’d first like to thank everyone who took the time to check out Jen’s new collection and enter the giveaway. I’d also love to thank Jen for inviting me to review her fantastic book, sponsoring this giveaway, and just for being awesome in general.

And now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for…

The winner is…

shellssells

My dear shellssells — CONGRATULATIONS!  To claim your prize I just need you to email me at  knittingsarah[at]gmail[dot]com with your preferred contact email and mailing address. I’ll pass the info along to Jen and your book will be on its way to you.

For those who did not win, I want to remind you that you can purchase Weekend: Simple, Modern Knits as a hard copy of the book + a free PDF on Jen’s website here. You can also purchase individual patterns + the PDF ebook on Ravelry here. It’s also available on Amazon here, should that be your preference.

And of course, I encourage everyone to show Jen some love by following her on Instagram and Facebook.

Thanks so much to everyone who participated and congratulations to shellssells!

True Weekend Knitting

This Saturday morning started out first thing in a flurry of origami. Yes, you read that right, origami. After being inspired by my sister-in-law who has both skill and patience for the craft, my son really, really, really wants to be an expert with origami. Of course, I want to support his interest so when he mentioned wanting to try his hand at origami dinosaurs, I picked up a copy of Origami Dinosaurs for Beginners and some paper and this morning we cracked into both.

I have to say that I try so hard, but I’m afraid I’m not a natural. I’ve got mountains and volcanoes mostly down and my pteranodons aren’t too bad, but when it comes to the more exciting dinos… well, suffice to say the learning curve is proving to be pretty steep. I’m going to place most of the blame on those darn squash folds — I just stare at them for-ever until I can sort of kind of wrap my head around what is happening in the drawing and then spend the next 15minutes fumbling through trying to get them right. In any case, we spent the morning mostly making a mess…IMG_0746but a few dinosaur-ish paper sculptures did turn out (thank goodness).

Beyond the origami, I’ll be taking some time this weekend to compile my review of Jen Geigley’s new book, Weekend: Simple Modern Knits. It seems like appropriate knitting for the weekend, doesn’t it? For me, writing a review of a collection of patterns ideally incorporates trying out a pattern or two to get a feel for the author’s pattern writing style. Despite the fact that my ball winder was out to get me last night, I have some very lovely skeins of Madelinetosh A.S.A.P. wound and ready to go for a couple quick projects.

weekendI’ve super excited for some instant gratification knitting with this beautiful super bulky yarn and I can’t wait to tell you more about this fabulous book next week. Oh, and if you like what you see, keep your eyes peeled because there will be a little giveaway to go along with the review.

In addition to this fun project, work will continue on my Narwhal Needlework Mystery Skein KAL socks.

weekend knittingAs you can see, I’ve rounded the heel and I’m decreasing the gusset stitches, so I’m almost in the home stretch. I’m using the Atlantic Current Socks pattern by Melissa Sibley for these and I really love how it’s working with this lovely variegated skein. It’s my favorite kind of pattern, too, a little unique and interesting, but easy to memorize and knit on auto-pilot.

And of course, there is spinning. I’ve been doing a great job of spinning daily — my minutes of zen each day — and I have 3 projects ready to ply.

weekend spinningI have my wheel all set-up, but just haven’t quite had the energy to get started yet. We’ve been fighting back the annual back-to-school colds and just the fatigue of getting back into a full-time school schedule and I’ve found myself just mentally d o n e  at the end of the day. The idea of maintaining the focus required to get a really nice plying job underway has been a little daunting so I’ve just been putting it off.

Well, it looks beautiful outside and since knitting is wonderfully portable, I’ll be taking the knitting outside for some true weekend knitting. I hope you have a sunshine-y weekend with a dash of knitting (and maybe not so much the dinosaur origami) ahead of you, too!