Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Birthday Thank You Giveaway *NOW CLOSED*

HOW MANY comments?!

Seriously, friends, I am overwhelmed by all your kind wishes for my birthday.  Just lovely!  Thank you!

Still high on a knitterly wave, I have decided to throw a giveaway party.  This is not pure altruism, so don't you believe it!  I have been feeling guilty about the presence of several excellent volumes hidden away in my box of overflow books.  The truth is, they are all wonderful, but they are just not "me". 

Could they be YOU?

First up:  an absolute classic of organic sculptural knitting design:  Norah Gaughan's Knitting Nature.  If you haven't seen this book, you are in for a treat!  Norah takes shapes from the natural world and goes for a spin, creating wearable garments out of pure mathematical inspiration.  But don't be scared of the maths!  She has done the sums already - all you have to do is knit!  From a spiralling sunflower beret, through chunky "target" mitts, to textured sweaters and blankets.  It is as much a glorious picture book as it is a collection of enticing patterns.  There's a great interview with Norah here, if you want to learn a little more about her work and ideas.

Next - a real challenge!  This is the Japanese knitting book I mentioned yesterday.  It is part of the Let's Knit Series, but has its title translated in so many different ways it can be hard to locate on the web.  It is on Amazon Japan here.  I found it on Ravelry here.  Lots of beautiful and unusual lace knitting.  If you can read a knitting chart and work a gauge swatch you can probably knit a Japanese pattern.  So why haven't I?  Because really I am not a lace-knitter!  I much prefer cables and colours.

Third?  Something for the sewers.  You see?  I hadn't forgotten you!
You may find this hard to believe, but I am just not a Colette girl.  I am the wrong shape, I can't get excited by dresses (on myself - I love them on other people!) and as much as I loved this when it arrived, I am just not making any use of it, which is a terrible waste.
It's the Colette Sewing Handbook.  I have cut and folded-to-fit the pattern for the Meringue skirt but everything else about this book is "as new".  I expect many of you already have this book, but if you don't, I highly recommend it as an inspirational "how to sew" book with 5 Colette patterns thrown in for good measure.

And finally... a Japanese sewing book.  Stylish Dress Book Volume 2
26 designs, all of them to be traced from the full-sized pattern sheet, with good clear "how to sew" diagrams.  Most of the patterns are for flowing smock-type dresses and tops, all very forgiving of lumps and bumps and avoiding the need to insert zips or work buttonholes.  All styles come in sizes  extra small, small, medium and large, but be aware that "large" is probably only a UK size 14.  However, the shapes are so simple they would be easily graded up - honestly! This would be a great introduction to sewing with a Japanese pattern.

So what do you have to do to win?

Leave a comment on this post, including your email address if you don't have a blog.  Let me know which book you fancy and why.  Even if you only plan to look at the pictures, you have nothing to lose - I won't judge you!  You can enter the draw for all four if you wish!  I will ship worldwide. 

I will close the giveaway on Tuesday 27 November at 5pm GMT.

Good luck!

64 comments:

didyoumakethat said...

Ooh, Knitting Nature, purlease! Thank you for the giveaway.

Lucy said...

Lovely giveaway :-)

I'd like to enter for the Japanese knitting book please - I love lacy patterns (I'm not really a cable girl, I've decided!) but am scared to try actual laceweight yarn, so the patterns in this book seem like the perfect compromise!

argie said...

Happy belated birthday!!

I'm very interested in Stylish Dress Book. (What a nice name for a book, by the way!) I don't have a blog, so my address is argarg27 at hotmail dot com. Thanks for entering me in your giveaway!

Janey said...

Thanks for having the giveaway and hope you had a great day yesterday :) I'd love a chance to win the Stylish Dress Book, or the Colette Sewing Book (yes, I still haven't got round to buying it yet *hangs head in shame*) x

blue hands said...

I have to say that Knitting Nature appeals to me. I love that feeling of setting off in obedience to a pattern and not knowing quite how it will take you to where you're going. (I looked at the Japanese site for the "thumbie Arans" yesterday and quailed. Couldn't even work out how much they cost or how you would order them!) M xxx

Jane said...

Generous Roobeedoo.

I would love to be entered for the draw for the Colette book, and the Stylish Dress Book. Thank you.

Jane

trixiebacon on Ravelry (for contact)

Noor said...

Oooh, I love giveaways!
The Japanese knitting book sounds really intriguing - I commented yesterday about possible language problems but you're absolutely right in that the charts probably will lead the way - I'm so ready to try! Pick me!
My mailaddress is t_amos at yahoo dot com

Where the nodding violets grow said...

Ooooh Knitting Nature please. It would be lovely to look at. I hope you had a great day.

Jill said...

I'd love the Collette book! It's been on my wish list for a while!

Nigel & Deby Coles said...

I would love the Collette book. I'm new to sewing - only started 4 months ago when I lost my job following a stroke (at age 43 !), and I need all the help I can get !
The style of the patterns look just right for my body shape and I'd love to give them a go.
Winning would make my day after what has been a difficult year. Thank you for offering this great giveaway.
divingmad@hotmail.com

Kestrel said...

I'd love the Japanese Dress Book please - would love to try some Japanese patterns for mysself!

Thanks for the giveaway :)

Colleen said...

Oh, you are too sweet.

Stylish Dress book, please! And thank you!

Anna said...

I'd love to win the Knitting Nature book. I have the Colette one (and can't actually see myself using it much, maybe I'll give mine away) and the Japanese books I have already don't get much love. I've seen some awesome projects from Norah's book, for some reason I don't tend to buy knitting books though...

Thanks for the Birthday give away and I hope you had a great day!

daisydonut said...

Thank you for a lovely giveaway. I'd love to win the Colette book *keeping fingers and toes crossed*

Hope you had a wonderful day yesterday.

Dichohecho said...

A late Happy Birthday from me too!
I'd love to win the Colette book. Sadly I fear I'm not advanced or Japanese enough to made any headway with most of the others.

dottiedoodle said...

What a lovely giveaway! Knitting Nature has been on my wish list for ages, so would like to enter for that one.

Sabs said...

Wow, what a brilliant and very generous giveaway! I'd love to get my hands on either the colette book or (and I'm maybe trying to run before I can walk here) the Japanese knitting book. Oh my god I'm so not going to be able to make head nor tail of the knitting book seeing as (a) I can't read Japanese and (b) I can't knit... but hey, sometimes you just go with your gut, right? (Maybe I should stick to the colette tho)

Thanks for feeling like you need a winter clean!

MrsAlex said...

Wow, I'd love the Knitting Nature book, partly for the awe-inspiring maths and cleverness, and partly for the lovely designs. Love the sunflower beret!

Twelfthknit said...

The Japanese book would be great. I really like the aesthetic of Japanese crafting, and 'sewing in a different language' would be fun.

Twelfthknit said...

The Japanese book would be great. I really like the aesthetic of Japanese crafting, and 'sewing in a different language' would be fun.

sulkycat said...

Belated Happy Burpday Roo! Thanks for the giveaway, I would love the Japanese knitting book. Why? Because I like a challenge!

soisewedthis said...

I would love to win the Colette Book! I've been eyeing it for a while but never made the splurge. Happy Birthday and thank you for the giveaway!!

rainjerette said...

Happy Birthday! I hope your days was lovely and enjoyed. I would like the Japanese knitting book - my daughter is a knitter, or the Japanese sewing book as I am intrigued by them. Thank you very much for sharing your bounty with us :)
rainjerette@gmail.com

Gaynor said...

Happy Birthday for yesterday! I so enjoy reading your blog - you are quite simply awesome.
I would like the knitting nature book - the idea of taking things from physics & turning it into something to wear sounds intriguing. My email address is wahooguard63-estores at yahoo dot co dot uk
Thank you for this lovely give-away.

jo90 said...

Ooh Norah Gaughan's Knitting Nature. I am knitting one of her afghan's at the moment it's huge and will be lovely when finished. Hmm I say knitting. I have had the yarn for about 2yrs now and have done two and a bit squares but I get the pattern out and look at it often and imagine myself swaddled!
joannaelisabethbatey@yahoo.com

Jenn said...

What wonderful giveway item! I would love the Knitting Nature book :) I don't have a blog so my email address is j k o k at telusplanet dot net

Thanks!
PS love your blog

jessica said...

Happy birthday! I'd been eyeing some of the Knitting Nature patterns (very passively, in my 100+ pattern queue) for awhile now. I'm with you on Colette Patterns dresses - not made for my body, others seem to do immensely well with them though!

sewsaster@googlemail.com said...

Nice, please count me in for the Colette book it just wasn't in the budget yet....

Franca said...

happy belated birthday! I would put in for the Colette book, since I am a new sewist. I do also love the look of the Japanese sewing book, I've been getting into smocky dresses recently!

Oh So Gawjess said...

I'd like to win the Japanese one please - perfect gift for my big sis who is teaching me to knit. So far I can just about knit but not purl - and I have repetitive strain injury already! =)

http://ohsogawjess.blogspot.co.uk/

xXx

Nina said...

My goodness! I'd love to be entered for the Colette book, I've been trying to learn to sew without much joy and I've heard lots of good things about it!

bloglessanna said...

Oh the Japanses Stylish Dress book takes my fancy. I have several Japanese pattern books that have been tanslated into English. I look at them more than I sew from them, but I've recently traced some patterns and can't wait to make them up. I think my sewing confidence is on the up and I feel up to tackling a non-translated Japanese pattern.

Katy said...

As I'm on an ebay winning roll (oh the joys of competing in handing over cash), I'd like to be considered for the Stylish Dress Book please

Paola said...

I'd love to win the Stylish Dress book.
I know what you mean about Colette patterns. I really like them on the page and on other people - but on me, not so much.

My email address is pngall @ shoal dot net do au

velosewer said...

Sorry to have missed your birthday.
Happy birthday to you. I hope you had a lovely day. I like the Stylish Dress book.
You are very generous to be offering so many things.

acharmofmagpies said...

Oh my gosh how very generous of you! We're all meant to be sending YOU presents! But seeing as how you insist... I'd love to be considered for the Japanese knitting book or the Colette book. I'm only a beginner knitter but am fascinated by the idea of learning lace, and my mum is amazing so I'm sure she can help me learn!

annanic said...

What a fantastic giveaway! I'd love the Colette book and it's not really in the budget right now... Although I'm intrigued by the Japanese knitting book. I love knitting lace!

SuviL said...


I would like to win the Japanese knitting book! I love knitting lace, I can read lace charts AND
- the best thing - my colleague reads japanese :)

jenibrown said...

A belated happy birthday to you. I would love to have the Stylish Dress Book, although the Japanese knitting book is also intriguing. I have Pattern Magic and love the Japanese style but haven't made anything yet - the Pattern Magic books are amazing yet intimidating. So perhaps smock-type dresses are a more sensible way to try out Japanese patterns!

Melinda Jackson said...

I'd love either of the knitting books. I love Knitting Nature and I'd like a challenge with Japanese patterns. I read charts like water flowing in a brook, so no problem for me.

Thanks, oh, and belated happy birthday wishes. I also am a November baby (14th).

Melindaj

Pam said...

Thank you for the very generous and tempting offer of lovely knitting books... however, I've been trying to declutter/downsize/simplify so I'm going to resist :-)

Pam said...

Thank you for the very generous and tempting offer of lovely knitting books... however, I've been trying to declutter/downsize/simplify so I'm going to resist :-)

Pauline Child said...

I am trembling with excitment at the chance to win a roobedoo book. Just finished a fancy lace edged waistcoat that I really enjoyed. (Rowan Glace Cotton in yellow). Knitting Nature is just my sort of knitting. This book will be a challange. Thanks for the lovely photos and writings.Its so inspiring. Pauline Child (paralec@o2.co.uk)

clb said...

What a smashing giveaway! I can't do Colette either. I love dresses, but fitted ones with waists and stuff are just not for the Jabba-the-Hutt-shaped. The Stylish Dress book would be perfect - so much more forgiving! And I can read a bit of Japanese. clb222 aaaat gmail doooot com

Kieran said...

oooo! what goodies! I would LOOOVE the collete handbook (just starting my sewing adventure, so I dont have it yet). And knitting nature looks amazing too! Thanks for the chance!
give_ me_ chocolate132 [at] hotmail [dot] com

Mary said...

Oooooh! So cool, Since I can read Japanese and love lace knitting (and already have the Natures Knit book), I would Love to win the Lets Knit Book (Utsukushii Otona no Nitto). marydevol (at) comcast (dot) net

ne-knopka said...

Amazing giveaway!
i like Knitting Nature and Japanese knitting book

Anna

ksurty@aol.com

Sarah said...

Hope you had a lovely birthday - it was my birthday on Tuesday too, same as you! I would love the Collette book as I'm just venturing into the world of sewing!
Thanks very much x

nedsarah(at)hotmail(dot)com

sylkotwist said...

What a lovely thing to do! I do like the look of the Stylish Dress Book, forgiving of lumps and bumps sounds very tempting. I could demolish the tin of Roses at Christmas knowing a smock in the making wasn't too far away!

Anonymous said...

Hello! I would love to win the Collette sewing book. It looks truly wonderful and it would give my sewing machine another purpose in life, other than sitting with the spiders, in the dark corner of the living room. So please take pity on my faithful machine, and let it come back into the light. Let it live again. Horay for the sewing machine!

Thanks ever so much. Alison xx
alibrookes@fsmail.net

sewbusylizzy said...

I've always been terribly curious about the Japanese pattern books - even if they are smock-like I think that would be lovely here in summer!

Anonymous said...

The colette sewing handbook. I am a beginner and could use some tips.

sewcrazy said...

The colette sewing book would be nice to have. Just got into this sewing thing and I love it.

sewcrazy said...

The colette sewing book would be nice to have. Just got into this sewing thing and I love it.

sewcrazy said...

The colette sewing book would be nice to have. Just got into this sewing thing and I love it.

Scruffybadger said...

Ooh knitting nature for me please.....and ok, the Japanese knitting book too please :-)

Macska said...

Wow, what a generous giveaway! I'd love to be in the draw for the Colette book, please. :-)

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Well I do like a challenge, so if you could pop my name into the hat for the Japanese knitting book that would be luverly ... thank you Roo :)

Penny said...

Oh, I'd love the Knitting Nature book. What I've seen of Norah's patterns look like fascinating knits, but I haven't yet attempted one.

wendy said...

Thanks for such a lovely giveaway ! I would love the Japanese sewing book. I have seen such gorgeous things made from Japanese patterns but have never tried one myself. Thanks again :)

Ronniie said...

I hope that you had a wonderful birthday.

I would love to win the Colette sewing giveaway. Thank you for offering such a generous giveaway.

Ronniie said...

Oh! I forgot to add why I would like the colette book - two reasons, I love the vintage style of Colette patterns and I love that the book is instructional as well as I am a beginning sew-er

Katy said...

I would like to win the Stylish Dress book please! Thanks for the giveaway. (I have the Colette book and also haven't yet used the patterns!).

ARELLIS Pena said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Thanks for the chance at winning one of these books. I would love to own the Stylish Dress book because I love the simplicity and modern aesthetic of Japanese patterns. It would also be a motivation to dabble in grading up patterns =)