My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 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. Sherry Coleman says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. Thanks, it looks like a lovely book to win!

  3. That’s such a neat idea- I love the idea of learning about local yarn companies. Thanks so much for offering up your copy!
    Michelle´s last blog post ..Finished Object: another hat

  4. Please include me in the Knit Local book drawing. Thanks.

  5. Woukd love to add it to my library. Love the hat on the cover. On ravelry I am born2knitnpurl

  6. Kathleen R says:

    This is such a great idea! I love these types of books. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Sounds like a wonderful addition to any knitter’s library, especially mine!
    Would love to win.
    Deb´s last blog post ..Sweet Feet!

  8. You have a great blog.

    And, as a cat slave, I really look forward to seeing Lucy’s comments every day.

  9. What an awesome idea for book!! Will definitely be checking it out!

  10. Absolutely! I have been trying to buy local for knitting and spinning so this would be great help!

  11. Thanks for the review. Looks like a great book and I love the concept. I eat local food so it makes sense to use local yarn!

  12. Thanks for offering this up for the drawing, Wendy. Please include me in 🙂
    Andrea Vlahakis´s last blog post ..Sweet News…

  13. Glad to know about this book.

  14. I have often wondered why I am buying yarn made elsewhere and if I should be searching American produced woolies. This book would give me no excuses.

  15. I would love this book — to have a list of fiber festivals is a great idea.

  16. I would love to have a copy of this book! (hopefully the random number generator will know that it is deciding on my birthday and help a girl out)

  17. I love buying skeins of local yarn at the Great Lakes Fiber Show each year. I’m sure this book would give me lots of good ideas for how to use the yarn!

  18. That looks amazing. I know have a new book to put on the list of things to get.
    Kelli´s last blog post ..Fresh off the Needles

  19. Looks like a great read and a great resource-thanks for the giveaway!
    Cindy in FL´s last blog post ..Family Gathering!

  20. Oh, what a great book! Would love to add it to my library.

  21. KelticKarma (Aly) says:

    What a great idea for book – and timely considering a new LYS opened in my town that specializes in carrying yarns regional yarns. Thanks for offering the give-away.

  22. Great idea for a book! I love buying from an LYS when I travel and this just will help plan those adventures. BTW, I really like your Thin Ice. And I think Lucy has the right idea. 🙂
    Cathy E´s last blog post ..It’s Been a Long Time!

  23. Savannagal says:

    Can’t wait to get my hands on this book. I love the concept. Thanks much for thte giveaway.

  24. Sounds like a great book.
    SueV´s last blog post ..A Big White Felt Whale

  25. Hope I’m the lucky one, thanks for being so awesome, and love to Lucy & Wanda.

  26. This looks like a great book. I really want to try some of the Kollage Yarns (and Shelter), so it would be lovely to see the different local yarn companies that are featured. Please count me in!
    Seanna Lea´s last blog post ..[10 Tuesday] on Thursday…

  27. im just lori says:

    Pretty cool! I would love to see this book. If I don’t win, I’ll be adding it to the Amazon wish list.

  28. This looks like an interesting book! Thanks for the giveaway.

  29. I love so many of the yarns profiled in this book, and now I’m itching to explore the ones I haven’t heard of yet!

  30. I love reading what you have to say about books,knitting and most especially about Lucy! As someone who loves the local yarn companies, this book would be a great addition to my library!

  31. This looks cool. Pick me I need me some good luck

  32. I’m actually going to be attending one of those festivals this weekend. The Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF) in Asheville, NC. I’m excited. Also, I’d love the book.

  33. That looks like a great resource!
    Kali´s last blog post ..Eighteen

  34. Thank you for sharing your books!
    Mo´s last blog post ..Not knitting, exactly

  35. What a lovely book.
    Kristen´s last blog post ..Still knitting

  36. First we have eat local, then buy local, I should have thought about knitting local. Would love to win. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win your copy.

  37. I’d love to win this book!!

  38. Love Tanis Gray. The book looks like a wonderful resource. Thanks for the opportunity to own this book.

  39. I agree with everyone else–what a great idea for a book! Thanks for sharing!!! Sleep well little Lucy!

  40. I’d really like to try that scarf pattern!

  41. Stephanie H says:

    I would love to make good use of the book for you! That scarf looks too cool.

  42. Shirley. in PA says:

    I love the hat on the cover, and winter is coming.

  43. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for sharing your copy! I’d definitely love the chance to look through this book.

  44. Looks like a great book!

  45. What a great addition to any library. And wow! All those US resources! Love to see that in print. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.

  46. I love the concept of this book… Not a lot of yarn production near me in California, but I just did a little knitting tourism while on a business trip in Vermont aka knitters paradise! I’m looking forward to doing the same on future trips around the country and to Canada.

  47. Finding local yarns is one of my favorite parts of traveling. Thanks for the chance to win!
    sprite´s last blog post on monday: season of the witch

  48. Love the idea of this book, thanks! Hope Lucy’s nap was full of great kitty dreams!

  49. I like to support local yarns. Here in NM we have a wonderful selection.

  50. What a great idea! I never even thought about that! If I don’t win your review copy, I’m putting the book on my wish list immediately!

  51. Looks interesting

  52. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂 Local yarns are good souvenirs.

  53. What a neat idea for a book. Thanks for sharing your copy. Maybe I will win!

  54. I love the hat on the cover of the book. It would be fun to knit. Lucy is so cute climbing into her nap ring. Great weather for a long nap Lucy!!
    Katherine´s last blog post ..So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Good-bye

  55. That looks like a great book for any knitters library.

  56. What a cool idea for a book!

  57. I would love a chance to win this book. I figure if I enter enough times on your blog, I’ll eventually win something. 🙂
    Lilie´s last blog post ..JM Shawl – WIP

  58. Buy Local…Knit Local…I love it…hope it sells a zillion copies…and I win just one!

  59. Ooooh, yes please!

  60. Kamilla Mazanec says:

    I love your blog. Thanks for sharing, and for all the tips.

  61. Sounds like a good book. Would love to win it.

  62. technikat says:

    Given our weather in the midwest, napping is the best thing to do. I’d love to know where different yarns are produced. Also, I was to attend a fiber festival this weekend, but I’m home nursing a bad cold instead.

  63. Would love to see all the TX yarns.

  64. I love buying yarn and fiber from Stonehedge Fiber Mill, sort-of-kind-of local to me! Looks like a lovely book

  65. Sounds like an amazing book!

  66. What a great idea for a book. I definitely believe in buying local as my DD owns an indie bookstore.

  67. Stardancer says:

    Oooh, what an awesome book! Putting in my chance to win 🙂

  68. anne marie in philly says:

    (bows down before the mighty random number generator) OH PLEASE OH PLEASE OH PLEASE!

  69. Ruth Porter says:

    Local yarns–we’re in Asheville to attend the SAFF tomorrow. I sure would love to have that book. Pet Lucy for us.

  70. Going to retire–have lots of time to knit.

  71. Oh, yes, I’d love to be able to check out local spots!

  72. I’ve been noticing this book on amazon and other sites, and was very curious about it. Thank you for the review as well as the chance to win it!

  73. What a neat book. Thank you for chance.

  74. Please enter me! I would love it!

  75. Oh, fun! Thanks for being generous.
    ccr in MA´s last blog post ..Not Much (yawn), Watch the Video

  76. I LOVE books….especially ones with knitting involved!

  77. Randi (GMaggie on Ravelry) says:

    I feel lucky! Thanks for the opportunity.

  78. Diane Tetreault says:

    Many thanks for offering this interesting book!!! I love getting your e-mail every night after dinner 🙂

  79. What a terrific resource! Thank you for sharing and for helping us to support our domestic fiber companies.

  80. I love the hat on the cover, Hope I win!

  81. Cherie Maxson says:

    Sounds like a great resource. Count me in.

  82. Liz in KY says:

    I love the concept of this book – and the patterns are pretty neat too!!!

  83. Beautiful book!

  84. Cool–eating local and now knitting local.

  85. I love knitting (and eating) local! Hope i win!

  86. Fun cardi! would love to see what else is in that book!

  87. Shannon H. says:

    Hope I win! Buffalo Gold is semi-local to me right now…I’m at least in the same state, as big as it is.

  88. peggy connolly says:

    A great book on an important topic. Can you send Lucy with it? LOL

  89. I believe in sustainabillity! Thank you for sharing and offering this drawing!

  90. I but my food local so why not my yarn ?? I just love this idea. We have alot of sheep in Minnesota. I quess I really must have this book.

  91. always enjoy your blog and thanks for the chance to win this great book 🙂 !

  92. Lucy looks like a furry gymnast. The book looks amazing!

  93. Tiffany L Newman says:

    I could always expand my knitting library and I like finding local yarn when I go to new places

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

  95. I love my local yarns. I’m anxious to take a look at this book. Hope I win!

  96. FIrst I’ve seen this book and it looks like one I might need to own!!! Thanks for sharing the info.
    steph´s last blog post ..Finally Fall

  97. Would love to have this book in my collection.

  98. I hope I am the lucky winner .

  99. My favorite gift to give myself when I travel is yarn made in the state I’m visiting. I’ve ended up with a LOT of very lovely yarn. I would enjoy reading this book. Please include me in your drawing.

  100. Looks like a good book to have. Thanks for offering.