7/9/12

Weekend Knitting, by Melanie Falick (Review & knitted giveaway!)

4 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
When Weekend Knitting was first published in hardcover in 2003, a modern generation of knitters was just starting to discover this "hot new hobby." Since then, knitting has grown wildly popular and Melanie Falick’s book has gone on to become a knitting classic and a huge bestseller.

Weekend Knittin
g brings together unique, innovative, and still-fresh projects for beginning and more-experienced knitters, many of which can be completed in a weekend or less. Every project is presented with clear instructions and in beautiful photographs that celebrate idyllic weekend settings.

Quotes from diverse sources about knitting, creativity, and balanced living—along with favorite recipes, lists of books and movies with knitting scenes, and other extras—complete the weekend knitting experience.  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -

Melanie Falick, editorial director of STC Craft, is the author of Handknit Holidays, Knit: A Personal Handbook, and Knitting for Baby (with Kristin Nicholas) (all STC), plus Kids Knitting and Knitting in America—with more than 400,000 books in print. She lives in Dutchess County, NY.
And visit her Website - HERE



MY REVIEW -
I have taken this book out of the library many times so it was a great pleasure to be able to review it! This is a great little knitting book for summer. There are lots of quick, easy patterns. There is something for everybody in this! There are lots of beautiful colored pictures which I deem very important in a knitting book. The patterns all are very well explained and the directions and diagrams very clear and easy to understand.

Some of the patterns in here include - Washcloths, blankets and shawls, slippers, scarves, gloves & mittens, hats, sweaters, bags and even chair covers! JUST to name a few!

But what I really love about this book is all the little extras you get. This is not just a knitting pattern book. When I first got the e-book downloaded, my plan was to skip through it looking at all the patterns. I did not expect to be reading it cover to cover! There are lots of knitting quotes from books and movies -
"Sunshine ran to Quoyle, put her mouth to his ear and sent a loud, tickling message in.
"Dad, Beety is showing me how to knit. I am knitting a Christmas present for you. Its very hard."
"Good Lord," said Quoyle astonished. "And you're only four years old."
"It's kind of a trick, Dad, because it's just a long, long, fat string and it turns into a scarf..." - from "The Shipping News" by Annie Proulx
Isn't that just the sweetest quote you ever heard? I own that book but never read it! Now I want to. There are lots of other quotes as well.
There are directions on how to take a relaxing bath, how to make a soft boiled egg for your new knitted egg cozy. There is a section on decorating with yarn. AND even a recipe for butter cookies and Homemade hot chocolate! Then for when you are all done knitting there is even directions for giving a hand massage. All this in a knitting book! Makes you want to take up knitting doesn't it?

Thank you Netgally and  Open Road Publishing for this great e-book!

You can get your copies here -
at Open Road 
at B&N
and Amazon

THE GIVEAWAY -
Well I can't review a great knitting book without doing a giveaway! While I do not have copies of this book to giveaway I have these flower washcloths that I knitted from this book. This is the first pattern in the book. They are very simple and quick to knit up. I made them of a very soft cotton yarn. I think they would be great to make in very bright colors as a gift to a child.
Also you can use them for other things besides washcloths.





* To win the pair of these knitted washcloths, please fill out the form below.
* Please US & Canada only.
And please only enter once!
* Winner will be chosen on 7/23/12
* Winner will have 48 hrs. to respond
 

8 comments:

  1. I love the wash cloths...want the pattern.
    I also want the book...
    RJB

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  2. Thanks for your kind review. I hadn't read that quote from The Shipping News in a long time. Thanks for reminding me of it. Your washcloths look very nice. I'd never thought of doing them in a variegated yarn - nice idea.

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    1. Hey! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I am honored.
      I love doing anything with variegated yarn!

      I love your website BTW!

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  3. I learned to knit a few years ago, but it didn't stick with me. I have a friend who is willing to teach me again, so I feel very excited about that! I would love to win this book for my friend, so thanks for the great giveaway!

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  4. My daughter actually knows how to knit. She took a class for a year and just loved it. Thanks for the giveaway!

    BTW is that a Thomas Kinkade mug?

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    1. Yes, that is a Thomas Kinkade mug! Good eye! My daughter gave me that years ago. I like it cause its big, LOL.

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  5. Those are too cute!! I started back up my crochet again. :)

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