Friday, August 03, 2012

Wearwithall Giveaway!

Hi Knitters,
The authors of this fine book asked if I would like a review copy and I jumped at the chance. I had read Kristin Nicholas' review and interview with Theresa Gaffey, one of the authors, and thought the book looked like something I would sincerely love to own.

Please go read Kristin's excellent interview with Theresa by clicking right here!

The book is authored by the combined talents of five designers from Minnesota, Mary Lou Egan, Theresa Gaffey, Scott Rohr, Shelly Sheehan, and Sarah K. Walker. All have vast experience in the fiber world and have strong connections to the Yarnery in St. Paul. I was at this yarn shop on a book tour stop in 2007 for Itty-Bitty Nursery and it is fantastic. The book is also printed in Minnesota. I love the local feel of the book.

Whenever I get a book I am always anxious to open up the cover and read the introduction. I want to find out the intentions of the author for the book. Wearwithall is for all levels of knitters from beginner to experienced. There are beautiful basic patterns that can be knit several ways, which the designer walks you through. There are a variety of projects including scarves, wraps, mittens, blankets, baby-wear, a couple of truly wearable men's items, hats, and a woman's cardigan. The main goal on these pages is to be able to use this one book to create a collection of knits to suit just about anyone you can think of. It will be a book that you will come back to again and again altering the knits to suit your needs and style.

Please click here to see all 13 patterns in one place!

Please click here to go to the Wearwithall site where you can buy the book and all of the yarn for the projects!

The photographs are by one of my favorites in the fiber world, Gale Zucker. I absolutely have loved her work for years and years. She is such a talent.

Here are a few of the projects:

(photo by Gale Zucker from Wearwithall)

I love this sweater/tunic project but I especially love baby legs in stripey tights. What a great photo.

(photo by Gale Zucker from Wearwithall)

I think this stole is the most popular project in the book according to Ravelry. I love this and would knit it in a heartbeat because I would wear and use it all of the time. Remember that you can get all of the yarn from the Yarnery for the projects in the book.

(photo by Gale Zucker from Wearwithall)

This is such a cute garter stitch cardigan. What a perfect, simple project. I can never get enough of a baby in garter stitch with stripes.

(photo by Gale Zucker from Wearwithall)

A woman's cardigan in Rowan Kidsilk Haze is another perfect option. There are also other yarn options for this project and for all of the projects in the book which is always helpful.

(photo by Gale Zucker from Wearwithall)

These socks are perhaps my favorite project in the book. They are made out of Cascade 220 which would make them a very fast knit, but also the colors are gorgeous. I think I will have to knit these at some point soon. The book also shows a photo with the socks knit in the dark gray with the light gray accents.

(photo by Gale Zucker from Wearwithall)

And of course, being from Minnesota you always need a pair of mittens or two. These wonderful colorwork mittens are also shown in a solid version and with different cuff details. Modifications for all of the patterns are explored in detail.

I guess my summary of this book is that it is a very thoughtfully compiled group of patterns that any knitter would benefit from owning. The book is carefully thought out and stylish and beautiful. I want to knit up several of the projects right away and there are many gift items that would be perfect as well. Every single pattern is a winner. I know that you will all love Wearwithall.  You can feel the experience of the authors exuding from the pages. I like that.

If you would like to win a copy of Wearwithall, Knits for Your Life, please leave one comment on this blog post. Please leave your email or rav id so I can get in touch with you to get your mailing address if you win.

I'll be back in a couple of days to randomly select a winner. Good luck and let the comments begin!
best, susie