My current work in progress:

Kenmare, by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softknit Cotton, using 4mm and 4.5mm needles.

Knit Local

I have right here a review copy of Knit Local by Tanis Gray.

As it states in the press release for the book, “Knit Local celebrates American yarn companies and showcases their efforts to produce yarns sustainably.”

The Table of Contents is divided into geographical regions.

In each region there are pieces on local yarn producers, with a pattern accompanying each piece.

I love this little cardi:

That is the pattern that accompanies the piece of Kollage Yarns.

I also love this scarf:

That pattern is in the Buffalo Gold piece.

Throughout the book there are handy tips and tricks and how-tos, accompanied by illustrations. One of the nice features in the resource section is a list of fiber festivals in the U.S.

All told there are over 30 patterns for adults, children, and items for the home: hats, scarves, gloves and mittens, sweaters, wraps, and an afghan and pillows. A very nice assortment of projects, from a number if designers whose names you will recognize.

I’m going to give my review copy away because even though there are quite a few patterns I really like in this book, I know I won’t get to knitting any of them in the foreseeable future.

To be entered in the drawing for this review copy, please leave a comment on this post by noon, eastern time, on Tuesday, October 25, 2011. At that time I’ll use the Random Number Generator to select the lucky recipient from the comments.

Okay, time for me to go knit. And Lucy is about to hunker down for a nap.


  1. I would love to win this book! Thank you for your generosity.

  2. This would be a great book to win! Here’s hoping.

  3. Thanks for a chance to win this book.

  4. I am new to your blog and I am really enjoying reading about your knitting adventures. BTW I think your lace cardi that is now hibernating is gorgeous!! – Thanks for the chance to win an interesting book.

  5. Friend and genius lace designer Karen Joan Raz has an incredible shawl in the book in picture lace. Me? I want a copy of the book!

  6. I love the idea of Knit Local and would happily add this book to my library and search out yarns produced in my region. Please add my name to the drawing.

  7. handmadebysue says:

    I not only support the idea of ‘home made’ and local, but also love the sample patterns. Would be thrilled to win this book.

  8. what a great looking book, wanna win! I just adore her name!
    turtle´s last blog post ..still alive… really!

  9. Thanks for the opportunity. This one looks interesting.
    Lori´s last blog post ..Day 290 – Toasty

  10. Fascinating premise – I love to yarn shop when we travel. When I knit the yarn up, the garment always reminds me of the trip.
    Barbara-Kay´s last blog post ..A magnificent cat

  11. eeeek want this. i LOVE knitting books that are more than just a collection of patterns.
    danielle´s last blog post ..Tosh Love

  12. I’m in, please include me in your drawing. Thanks!

  13. Lovely book! I’d love to have it!

  14. this could be fun.

  15. I’m obsessing about cardis lately: I’ve decided a little cardi in a luxury fiber will be my BDay present to myself. Started with Princess Kate’s apres-wedding ensemble.
    A lace cardi sounds like it’ll be fun to knit as well.

  16. I support our sustainable farms whenever possible and that includes fleece. When I travel I love to pick up local handspun from local sheep.

  17. Hi Wendy and Lucy,

    Cassie, Zoe and I would love to win that book!! We check your blog every day to see how you’re coming with your projects and to see what Lucy is up to.
    It’s cold and rainy in Michigan, so Lucy, Cassie and Zoe all have the same idea….napping. Please put me into the drawing. Love your blogs!

  18. I love the scarf. The color is terrific!

  19. Wendy, I am so into getting to know the local shops. The Twin Cities has grown astronomically in the last 10 years. I travel quite a bit even though it will soon be curtailed by the knee that is disappearing. If I keep up with what shop have for me to purchase, I can keep knitting. A wheel chair does not climb stairs, so I definitely miss class I would love to take, this takes me vicariously into the unknown shops. To excited to see this issue. Deb

  20. Thank you for the wonderful review of the new book KNIT LOCAL. It looks to be very useful. I think I might really like to have this one.

  21. Looks like a great book! Thanks for sharing.

  22. I love shopping local, I would love to read this book!
    Sally´s last blog post ..Birthday

  23. Would love to find something local here in Los Angeles!!

  24. I’d love to have that book. And I’d also LOVE to have that afghan that Lucy is in front of.

  25. What a cool idea for a book. I like the really small companies, too, but Kollage and Buffalo Gold are very cool.
    pdxknitterati/MicheleLB´s last blog post ..What’s in a name? I’m PDXKnitterati everywhere

  26. I love the idea of supporting local businesses. And I’d love to win the book. Thanks for having a drawing.

  27. thanks for the give-a-way!
    Judi´s last blog post ..knitting update

  28. Love the idea of buying American. sounds like a great book to have

  29. Wow Wendy, I love the hat on the cover. Thanks for te contest.

  30. Okay…maybe the RG will find me. Here I am, pick me, pick me…: }

  31. Knitkitty says:

    The book sounds wonderful — I’ve been making a piont of trying out American made yarns, what with Quince and Co, and now Jared Flood’s shelter. Thanks for being so generous as to give away your copy.

  32. Ohhh, I love that Buffalo Gold scarf too! If I can’t win the copy from you then I’ll just go and badger the Boston Public Library into buying it for me, um, us. The patrons. Yeah. Heck, it looks so good, I think I’ll go and annoy them, um, “ask nicely”, right now. …myriad stealth projects, hmmmm??? When’s the reveal??

  33. Lisa Ward says:

    How exciting! I love Tanis Gray and I didn’t know she had a book coming out. I enjoy all the photos of Lucy, I have two Ragdolls, Max and Ruby.

  34. Midnite Baker says:

    Here’s my entry chance for the drawing. Thanks for sharing. M

  35. I would love to learn more about knitting in the US from this book! Thank you for giving us the oportunity!
    BodilE´s last blog post ..2 nøster Noro

  36. Midnite Baker says:

    Thanks for a chance to enter the drawing.

  37. Midnite Baker says:

    Thanks for the chance to enter your drawing.

  38. What a great book! In today’s economy, what an opportunity to support American produced yarns and companies.

  39. Thanks for the chance to win!

  40. There are some wonderful American yarn companies out there and I’d love to win this book! Thanks for the opportunity!

  41. Thanks for entering me! Looks like a great book.

  42. Looks like a fun and helpful book. Please enter my name.

  43. Wow, the hat on the front page is gorgeous. I could definitely see myself sporting that on my bike every morning.

  44. Looks like a fun and helpful book.

  45. I love to find yarn shops in new citeis, how nice to have them in one book.

  46. Would love to win – 🙂

  47. Looks like an excellent resource.

  48. Diane Rizzo says:

    The book looks fabulous.

  49. Carole Deschamps says:

    Even if I’m from Canada, I would love to win this copy of Knit Local! With the knitting community, Ravelry, etc…I feel like we are very close neighbors!!

  50. This is such an interesting idea. I have some buffalo gold in my stash just waiting for that beautiful scarf!!

  51. kathleen in wisconsin says:

    It is so important to support the LYS. MIne is Knitch, Delafield, WI. I would love to have the book. Thank you.

  52. Book looks nice – but did you say nice things about a CROCHETED scarf?

  53. Thank you for writing about this book, I had not heard about it yet!
    I would LOVE to have this book and check out how my home state, Ohio, is represented for fiber!
    ANYTHING would be better than the latest recent animal disaster in Ohio!

  54. Margie Kovacic says:

    Thanks for offering. The book sounds good.

  55. I really love the local movement, and this seems to fit in perfectly. Thanks for the giveaway!

  56. what an adorable Lucy photo! and a great idea for a book. thanks for the chance!

  57. Handy tricks and how-tos? I need this book! Yoo-hoo, Random Number Generator…!
    Mary Lee´s last blog post ..500? No…um…Excrement!!

  58. I love the idea of knitting locally. It is hard not to hit the local alpaca show……

  59. That sounds like a nice book, I will throw my name into the very full hat for this one!
    CarolineF´s last blog post ..Entry 400! and Maryland Sheep and Wool

  60. Knit Local sounds very intriguing. I’d love to know where to find local yarn in my area. Hope the random generator spins my number.

  61. What a great idea for a book. Will definitely be adding this one to my extensive collection! Thanks for sharing.

  62. I love the idea of this book and would love to have it. Thanks for offering it.

  63. Alice Moisen says:

    It would be worth it for the festival list, but the rest sounds wonderful, too. Count me in on the drawinge

  64. What a great book, hope I win.

  65. Great book – I’d love to win!

  66. Love the review of the book

  67. With the increase of rainy cool fall weather, Lucy has the right idea. Naps! I love supporting local yarn producers and dyers, what a great idea for a book.

  68. Lucy is lucky. I’d like to hunker down for a nap, too.

  69. What a great idea! Looks like a wonderful book to have!

  70. Kit Fessenden says:

    would absolutely love this book/resource!

  71. Nice!

  72. Maryann Lee says:

    What a great idea for a book! I love that you share the wealth of your knitting supplies. Thanks

  73. ohhhhhh wonderful concept! and wowie patterns! pick me please

  74. Would love to check this out!

  75. Although I never win anything-and I do mean NEVER-I will try once again to suck up to your random number generator.
    Your Lucy does make me smile-I love a cross eyed cat!
    Cara´s last blog post ..Knit Local

  76. Great idea for a book. My goal is to buy all American yarn.

  77. I must have this book! My husband works for General Motors. We make an effort to buy American made products. I always feel a bit of guilt when I buy my yarn, so much of it is made out of this country. It would be wonderful to have a resource that showcases American yarn makers.

  78. Judith Smith says:

    Having that book would be a real treat

  79. Great idea for a book!

  80. Very cool. There is a very small yarn store about 45 min from me that tries to carry only usa produced or fair trade goods. I wonder if they have seen this book yet.

  81. Andrea in Tn says:

    Sounds like a well done book. I really like the regional idea Would love to read it!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  82. I love the idea of yarn produced locally. I wish more companies would use fibers grown here. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks for being so generous.

  83. Oh, yes, I do think I need this book! You are so generous to offer so many books to your followers, I wish I could do the same on my blog. I do well to give away a few stitch markers now & then…and my daughter makes those! Thank you.
    Anna´s last blog post ..Home on the range

  84. It’s good to know you don’t get around to knitting everything you’d like to. Makes some of us feel slightly less slackerish.

  85. Yay for local!

  86. What Fun!

  87. Knit Local? Yea Michigan!

  88. Please enter me for the drawing. Not sure which I love more, the idea of knitting locally, or planning vacations around fiber festivals. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    Jeannie´s last blog post ..A Space of My Own

  89. Marilyn Stober says:

    Looks like a fun book. Hope this is my lucky day

  90. I love finding new local fiber options. Wonderful book!
    Sharon´s last blog post ..Pre-Winter preparations

  91. My hometown uses the slogan “Shop Local, Buy Original”. When members of my fiber guild travel, we like to buy from shops that stock yarn from indie producers and dyers. One member’s DIL is a vet and she recently got some alpaca yarn from one of the vet’s clients alpaca ranch.

  92. Looks like an interesting book, the knitting counterpart of the eat local movement.

  93. would love to have this book! Knitting and travel throughout the US – how great!

  94. Spinfoolish says:

    I am loving this book! how kind you are to pass it on! I love getting me some “edumacation”! Thank you!!!

  95. What a lovely idea for a book. We can all go a little greener and need to support those industries that do their part.

    I love that little cardi, too, and would love to knit one for one of my daughters!

  96. I think that would be great. Thanks for offering it to the group.

  97. Looks like an interesting read.

  98. Jo Anne WM says:

    This looks like a lovely book.

  99. I would love to add it to my knitting library, seems very resourceful

  100. Northwest yarns rule!