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. I love the fact that there are crochet patterns in the book too for us cross stitchers.

  2. I’d love to be in to win this, looks like a good book
    Rachelle´s last blog post ..Finally, craft time!

  3. Sherry Anderson says:

    Books are my thing! I love that scarf too! Maybe I’ll be lucky this time!


  4. I love the Buffalo Gold scarf, and I rarely crochet. Sounds like a very cool book.
    Susan´s last blog post ..King of Hearts – and a Giveaway!

  5. What a great book – having just spun up some buffalo roving I’m anxious to see the
    scarf from bison!!!

  6. I love to support local fiber companies. Oh RNG please pick me!

  7. Ooooh!! *crosses fingers*

  8. Being temporiarly unemployed. Knitting has become very important. cd

  9. I eat local, why not knit local? Thanks for the chance to win.

  10. This would be a great book for my library!
    Susie Kline´s last blog post ..Yesterday Was Love Your Body Day…Do You?

  11. I would like to win. Thanks for the chance.

  12. Lisa Downing says:

    This looks like wonderful book. Maybe I’ll be lucky.

  13. Very interesting book. I would love to win.

  14. I would love to win!

  15. Katy Sullivan says:

    I would love to have a copy!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. I do like that hat shown on the cover. Not too elaborate, but still lovely.
    E. Engman´s last blog post ..HULA HOOP T-SHIRT RUG

  17. Looks like a useful book.

  18. I would love a copy of this book! I’m having surgery for a fully torn rotator cuff and the recovery will be long. If I cannot knit at least I will be able to read knitting books!

  19. I love the book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Marsha Sussman says:

    Saw this book and fell in love with it. Currently knitting 2pair of socks one from each of your toe up books.

  21. Wonderful idea and should help out local yarn companies. Thanks for all you do for knitting.

  22. Hooray! Thank you 🙂

  23. Again, thanks for sharing. Love the cardigan!

  24. Can’t believe it!! exactly what I said on Saturday the Knitting World needs, a list of Fiber Festivals so the newbies like me can plan waaay in advance.
    Can’t wait to read the book, even if I never make a single pattern in it.

  25. Totally love the whole concept. Would be thrilled to have a few sheep in my (suburban) back yard! Thanks for another great giveaway Wendy!

  26. Vicki aka dragonfly7673 says:

    I just looked at this book today, I’d love to win it 🙂
    Vicki aka dragonfly7673´s last blog post ..DragonflySoars 20111016, Episode with No Name

  27. Going in for surgery next week. It would be nice to come home to a prize!

  28. Looks like nice patterns. Locavore is not just for food anymore!

  29. I love your blog and would love this ook!

  30. This is a great book and is on my “must buy”. Would be nice to win it though 🙂

  31. I would love to win this book!

  32. Penny Tschantz says:

    It just happens that I’m going to SAFF(Southeast Animal Fiber Fair) this weekend, where I’ll see lots and lots of local yarn and spinning fiber!

  33. The whole books seems great but with the addition of the listing of all the festivals and such is great. I would love to know about more of those as my husband and I travel around. keeping my fingers crossed on this one.

  34. Here’s hopin’ 🙂

  35. Hey WendyKnits and Lucy from SAFF. I’d love to win the book.
    southparknitter´s last blog post ..Double Double Dressin’ Trouble

  36. If your random number generator picks me, I’ll have a birthday present.
    Honestly the book looks fantastic and I like the cardi too.

  37. Thank you. Would love to win it.

  38. I would love to see what else I would knit out of the book after I finish the cardi and the scarf. I would love to give this besutiful book a new home!
    KnitAweigh- Ravelry

  39. patricia retlick says:

    I would love to own the Knit Local book.

  40. Lisa Smith says:

    Great book!

  41. DeborahKaye says:

    I love the hat on the cover of the Knit Local book. I hope there is a pattern for it inside and that I win the book!

  42. What a great idea for a book. I would love to win it. Thanks for the opportunity.

  43. Christiane says:

    This book sounds most interesting. Since I know I will not win (never win at the Lottery either) LOL, will this book available on the market soon? I could not find it at Amazon.

  44. Joan in Wisconsin says:

    Fantastic book – what a neat idea and so many different patterns. Something for everyone! Lucy has the right idea – nap time, stay warm. Thanks for the chance to win – if I’m not the lucky one, I will be sure to purchase this one!

  45. Libba Hicks says:

    Luv finding the “local” treats (knitting, that is) when I am traveling. This book sounds like a trip planner that would be fun to have!!!

  46. Would absolutely love to add this book to my library! I have a fur baby who looks alot like Lucy. Her name is Sophie and she loves to see what Lucy is doing!

  47. Looks like a beautiful book!

  48. ladydisdn says:

    I’d love to win!

  49. It would be great to have the book. Thank you.

  50. Love that idea! Knit local!

  51. I would love to win a copy of this book.

  52. Sound fun! The scarf does look fun.

  53. Heather Davidsmeyer says:

    Cute picture of Lucy today, I’d like to see more of her doing active kitty things. Although she is very adorable when she’s snuggled up.

  54. Looks like a delightful book.

  55. Maybe I’ll be lucky! I sure want to support our local yarnies!

  56. I nearly ordered this today and then decided not to. How awesome it would be to win it! Thanks for sharing it with someone.
    JaneB´s last blog post ..Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

  57. I keep wondering if my kiddos would use a bed like Lucy’s; maybe it would give me more room on my couch?

  58. This looks like a great book! Thanks for including me in the drawing.

  59. I shop local, I eat local, I would love to knit local! This looks like a great bok! Thanks for the contest.

  60. Thanks for the chance to win a new book!

  61. Linda Cannon says:

    This is a great idea for a book, something I have tried to do a lot lately. I visit a town in Northern CA and there are alpaca farms and one person in particular who I try and get yarn from. In fact i am going there next week and have a place to check out more local yarn. From there I am going to the Seattle area and the last two times I went I bought local yarn. The first was sock yarn for my DIL who was having our grandbaby and I made her socks for the delivery room. The second was also sock yarn locally grown and spun. I try and do this everywhere I travel, to support the local economy which is so important right now. Thank you for the opportunity for such a book.

  62. Bobbi Joyner says:

    Thank you for your generosity Wendy! I try to purchase anything that has a Made in USA label and now a book with local knitting patterns! What a concept! I would love to win this book. I also love the little white sweater you also like. My daughter who lives in Arizona would love me to make her one and I’d love to do it.

  63. Never enough pattern books! I think I have what they call a “fetish”. Really, it looks very useful.

  64. Please include me in the drawing for the Knit Local book. Thank you.
    Nan´s last blog post ..My Not Christmas Socks

  65. There are so many great knitting books out now. I’d love to have this one as well. Thanks for offering.

  66. Thank you for giving us all the opportunity to win this book

  67. carol walther says:

    Oh lawsy, what I’d give…. what a great book!! I’m in!:):)

  68. JenniferT says:

    The book looks great. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  69. KathyM in SE VA says:

    This looks like great resource for learning about this other aspect of the whole “fiber thing”. Put my name in the hopper!

  70. Pick me…I never win anything…

  71. Margaret Peck says:

    I love the contests you offer. This looks like a great book.

  72. This would be a great book to have! Thanks so much!

  73. Knit Local looks like a winner. Sign me up for the drawing. Thanks.

  74. Looks like an interesting book – thanks for sharing!
    Robin V´s last blog post ..A Few More Random Tidbits Regarding My Trip to West Virginia

  75. Snowflake says:

    Hi Wendy,
    I would love to win a copy of Knit Local!
    Thanks for giving a chance to own it.

  76. That book looks wonderful

  77. I love that little cardi too! Maybe I’ll win the book.

  78. The same idea as eating local. I’m sure our economy could do with the boost.

  79. Very interesting new book

  80. Looks like a great book!

  81. Angela Econ says:

    Sounds like an interesting book!

  82. I eat local but don’t knit local, at least, not yet.

  83. I’m feeling lucky!
    thank you for the opportunity!

  84. Oh, October 25th is my birthday! Can I win please? 🙂

  85. Stacy and the rugrats says:


  86. Kathy in Alaska says:

    What a fun book! I’d love to give your copy a good home. Thanks for the chance!

  87. I so have my fingers crossed

  88. This sounds like a interesting book to put in my collection and I cant wait to see the Patterns. Thanks again
    nannyjean´s last blog post ..Sammy Jo

  89. Thanks for the book give-away. Somewhere on the net I saw pages from this book and saw that it includes Solitude yarns from close by. And I loved the glove pattern for their yarn, so if I won the book I would clearly have to knit those gloves.

  90. Looks like a great book with interesting patterns. Thanks

  91. Sounds like a nice book. I’m in.

  92. Funny timing, i just added this to my Amazon wishlist earlier today!

  93. Thanks for sharing! The book would be a welcome addition to my library.

  94. marilyn Goodenberger says:

    I’d love to have a new book to read! Thanks for the contest.

  95. Always appreciate the chance to win a book I have on my list to purchase! (can use that money for more yarn-I hope)

  96. Nice little book! I know what you mean about too many patterns but… can one really have too many patterns?
    Hissy Stitch´s last blog post ..A couple of FOs

  97. My entry, please. Come on random number generator.

  98. Myrna J. Bell says:

    I would love to have a copy of Knit Local.

  99. Kristen Machowski says:

    You’re so kind to share this with all of us.
    This is an incredible resource for a fairly new knitted. I’d be ever so grateful to have it.

  100. Thanks for reviewing this book. I sw it listed somewhere and couldn’t quite figure out what it might be about. Needless to say, I would love to be your lucky winner! Jo