I first discovered Jean Moss' designs back in the late 80s/early 90s and I've been a fan ever since. Her Sculptured Fair Isle was one of the first sweaters of hers that I knit back then and I continue to wear it to this day. It's a favorite, timeless and draws compliments regularly. My blog post about this sweaters from August 13, 2010 is here.
When I heard that Jean had a new book coming out I got very excited and when she asked if I'd like to review it, I was thrilled.
Jean's new book is Great Little Gifts to Knit and it is very timely, given that many of us are about to start knitting for Christmas.
However, the projects are wonderful for any time of year. There are 30 projects to choose from and a variety of techniques - something for everyone. Having a 10-month-old granddaughter and 3-1/2 year old grandson, I was immediately drawn to the beanbags. She would love to hold and squish them as she's getting acquainted with the look and feel of everything around her. He is learning his numbers and I envision playing games of catch, e.g. toss a "2" to me, or "how many ducks are on the beanbag"? I also think these would make a nice gift for a person who sews, just add plenty of stuffing and you've got a pincushion - quick and easy gift. The other thing that came to my mind when I saw these is that it would be a good project for someone who wants to try out intarsia, one of my favorite knitting techniques.
|Checkers Cushion and Seat Cover|
|Hendrix Guitar Strap and Belt|
CONTEST: I know that you're going to want a copy of this excellent book and Jean is giving one away by way of my website. All you have to do is go to the gallery on Jean's website and look at the projects. Then, come back here and leave a comment on this blog post. Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you. You can leave an email address with spaces inserted so that it can't be picked up by any automatic gatherer. Tell us what project you would like to make first, for whom, and what would be the occasion. Perhaps it's a beret as a Christmas gift for a friend, or a tea cozy for a favorite teacher. On Monday, September 16th a name will be drawn at random and the winner will have a choice of a hard copy or digital download of "Great Little Gifts to Knit", shipped directly from the publisher. Good luck!
The blog tour continues and if you'd like to read more review of Jean's book, please check out the blogs listed below, and Happy Knitting. Thanks, Jean, for allowing me to be part of your book tour. I didn't want to read any previous blog posts until I'd written mine and know I'm off to see what other bloggers have to say...
Blog Tour Itinerary:
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 Carol Sulcoski
Thur 12 Sep Rhythm of the Needles Joanne Conklin
Fri 13 Sep Tiny Owls 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 Connie Lene
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 Linda Marveng
Mon 30 Sep Yarnings Jen
Tues 1 Oct Tentenknits Margaux Hufnagel
Tues 1 Oct Tentenknits Margaux Hufnagel
It was a hard to decide what I would make first - but the swirl beret won! I would make it for my darling niece for her birthday, she is into anything remotely French and purple...so a purple swirl beret would be a perfect gift for her Halloween birthday...
I'd make the Frou Frou Mitts for my nieces for Christmas. I think they'd love them. Savannagal on Rav
I think I would knit the "Glow Beaded Wristlets" for my 2 nephews' wives for Christmas or the McDougal Dog Jacket for my dog, Joe.
I think my husband needs the cable beanie. I always make him fingerless mitts, which leaves him with cold ears! And the jive legwarmers would look cute sticking out of my daughter's hiking boots. I'm at kimberlywiggin (at) sbcglobal(dot)net.
I would make the baby set for my nieces new little girl. She had heart surgery at less than 2 days old, so she deserves something extra special.
Lots of babies among friends and family so I could make the "shower set", but I would love to make the "hugs" socks for my best friend
I have the perfect yarn to make the shadow knitte pillow covers, which would be for ME!
wahoomerryf on Rav
I'd make myself the tea cozy in honor of tea weather coming up around the corner.
It's a toss up....seat cushions for my son's new house or the headband or hat for a Christmas gift.
So many tempting projects... I keep changing my mind which would be knit first! For myself it would be the tea cozy but I really should start with Christmas gifts!
The book itself would be a great gift for knitterly friends.
I would knit the Welcome Toran for our home, the only occasion is that it' gorgeous!
Petnick on ravelry
The turban headband.....I am into vintage and stash busting.....I have drawers and baskets from the early 70s!!
I like the baby cocoon--a great last minute gift idea.
misslillyknits on Ravelry
I would try the checkers cushion. My sister just bought a house and it looks quite bare in there, so the cushion would liven things up. :)
There are so many wonderful projects but I'm favoring the baby cocoon for all the new wee ones in my life!
I would knit the Odalisque headband/hat for myself. I love the 40s look of it. I am always looking for accessories to combine into ensembles and this pattern would fit in nicely.
pinkdaisy on Ravelry
I have looked at the patterns and they are lovely. My favourites are the striped pillows and the baby blanket. The pillows would definitely be for me. I love the stripes. They baby blanket would be for the next little one in my family. Carla
Congrats to Carmen N on winning a copy of Jean Moss' wonderful book. I'll be in touch with you so that we can arrange delivery.
Thanks to everyone who entered.
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