My current work in progress:

Tawney Sweater,by Jenni Barrett, knit from MadelineTosh Tosh Sock, using 3.25mm and 3.5mm 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. this looks interesting. I am curious to see what local yarn is available for me.

  2. (Another) Joan says:

    I can dream, can’t I?

  3. Anne Marie says:

    Have been waiting for this book to be released! Looks great!

  4. Enjoy your blog and especially Lucy. I would love to win this book. Thanks for taking the time
    for our daily knit read fix. Cindy

  5. Lovet the concept! Count me in, and thanks for offering it up!

  6. One of the best things that we can do for our economy and our planet is to buy local – what a great resource.
    Many thanks.

  7. hi. please enter me in the drawing for the book Local Knits. The book looks terrific. would love to knit the scarf from your review.

  8. Recently I found out there is a local fiber festival, and I missed it by a couple of months. I’m very excited to find local products.

  9. This looks like a wonderful book. Thanks Wendy and Lucy. 🙂

  10. Karina Bates says:

    Thanks for offering to give it away. Although I suppose it wouldn’t be local for me, I’ve been very interested in the recent revival of wool mills and the like in North America and some of those patterns look quite sweet.

  11. Looks like a good book. I love fiber festivals!

  12. Karen W M. says:

    Seems like a very interesting book – one that I would love to have.

  13. That book sounds very informative. Would love to have it. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  14. Thank you for entering me in this giveaway!

  15. What a great idea. Just think, one could plan a road trip based on this book and see the USA!

  16. That festival list is worth the cost of the book. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Elizabeth H. says:

    I’d love to win a copy of Knit Local.

  18. As a very small producer of wool, I would be very interested in reading this book. Thank you for the opportunity to be selected by the random number generator!

  19. That is a cute cardi – I wonder if I could finish it in time for Christmas???? Count me in the drawing and thank you :>)

  20. Michelle Pierce says:

    What a wonderful book! This one is definitely going on the Christmas and birthday wish lists.

  21. Deborah Glaus says:

    This looks like a great book!

  22. Looks like a wonderful book!

  23. I want this book! Hope I win!!!

  24. The book looks very lovely. Would be interested in seeing the resources list.!

  25. That book looks wonderful! Would love to have a copy!

  26. Another draw, sweet!

  27. What a cool concept for a knitting book. After all, even though we are all knitters, we knit different kinds of things depending on where we are.

    I love Lucy’s comments. They are more insightful than they appear.

  28. Me please!

  29. What a wonderful book. I often try and plan trips around fiber and their festivals. This would help tremendously, though I’m not sure my husband would agree:).

  30. Dana Attwood says:

    Thanks for the opportunity…I can always use new patterns!

  31. What a wonderful book. Would love to haveit!!!

  32. What a great resource! I’d love to participate in the drawing. Thanks!
    MicheleinMaine´s last blog post ..Mint Chocolate Peas Project Bag

  33. Librarynan says:

    Looks like an interesting book… I’d love to see what/who is in the PNW section.

  34. Sounds like a neat book! I love buying locally spun or dyed yarns when I’m travelling. Which reminds me that I need to get going and find a good pattern for the yarns I picked up on Prince Edward Island a year or so ago!

  35. Librarynan says:

    Guess I did something wrong, as the coment I wrote didn’t show up! Let’s try again… This does look like an interesting book and I’d love to see who/what is in the PNW section (love the Kollage cardi, too!)

  36. I’d love to win this book. I’ve been a fan of Tanis Gray’s work, so would love to see what she’s pulled together. Thanks!

  37. Knit local! What a great idea. I already try to eat locally whenever possible (I admit to caving in to a pineapple craving now and then) and would like to have this book in my library as a resource. Come on, random number generator! 🙂
    Carrie´s last blog post ..WIP Wednesday

  38. Can’t wait to read this book!

  39. I love the cardi and the scarf, so I’m sure there are more patterns in the book I would like. Would love to win!


  40. I like the knit locally idea, have you seen “Created in Oregon” a knitters datebook? It is a new datebook for 2012 and each month has a recipe and a knitting pattern and information on a different area in Oregon. There will be other datebooks coming out, Deb Accuardi is the author along with lots of contributing designers. There is a group for the datebook on Ravelry, so you can find out more there.

  41. Looks like it would be a good read to find local fiber related stuff.

  42. Celestine says:

    I thought this book was a great idea when I first saw it. I hope you pick my number.
    Thanks Wendy.

  43. I’d love to have this book – your review makes it sound wonderful.

  44. Looks like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  45. I would love to add this to my collection of knitting books. Thanks for a chance to win this book.

  46. Thanks for the giveaway!

  47. I’m knitting an awesome Pi shawl and should be leafing through my lace pattern book to find something for the next pattern. But I kinda think Ms Lucy has the right idea this afternoon.

  48. This sounds like an awesome book! If I don’t win, I would still buy it. Thanks for reviewing it and letting us know about it.

  49. That seems like a very interesting book.

  50. Heather K says:

    I love this – knit global, buy local – and local yarn is my favourite sovenir of anywhere I am privileged to visit. I would really love this book, thanks for the chance.

  51. The patterns look great and the environmentally friendly concept is right up my alley!

  52. I would love to add this to my small-but-growing knitting library!

  53. PoodleYarn says:

    Thanks for having such lovely give-aways. Please select my name for this book!

  54. This books looks amazing. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  55. Thanks for the give-away! This looks like a really great book!

  56. Saw a copy of this at my bookstore. It’s lovely. I’d love to make a few of these items.

  57. Every time I travel, I try to buy a skein of local yarn as a souvenir. This book sounds like the perfect accompaniment.

    Love this Lucy photo.
    Angeluna´s last blog post ..9/11 Remembrance and an Odd Momento

  58. Pick me! I really want to do that little scarf in my silk/wool handspun!

  59. What an interesting book! I’d be so excited to win it…

  60. Oh wow! The 25th is my birthday – it would be a wonderful birthday surprise to win!!

  61. Oh Wow! I had no idea that book even existed! Thank you so much for the oportunity to win it and if I don’t win, I will be buying it. I have for the last 2-3 yrs been trying to buy Local first and if I cannot find what I seek in the Local realm then I get the from elsewhere. Some people are going green and reusing everything, I am reducing my waste and trying to boost our economy by buying local! Thanks Wendy! Love your Designs!

  62. Good for Tanis G. I like the concept of promoting home grown yarns!

  63. Road trip anyone?

  64. Love the concept of this book. What a great book to take on trips.

  65. Yeah, I’d like this book too! 🙂

  66. Thanks for the review, and the opportunity to be picked for the book!

  67. Raechel M says:

    Ooh, that looks really interesting!

  68. What a neat book! I’d love to win it.

  69. I would love to add this to my small but growing collection of books 🙂
    Suzy´s last blog post ..June

  70. linda bowton says:

    i would love to win another knitting resource!! thank you!!

  71. I love to find locally produced yarn, and have a few friends that spin that sometimes give me fiber. Hope i win so i can find even more to add to my stash!

  72. I would love to have the book, along with half the Western world it appears! haha Seriously, it looks like a fascinating book to spend time with.

  73. Beverly Shaw says:

    I’m anxious to see what’s she’s listed for the southwest.

  74. This looks like it would be a great book to add to my collection 🙂

  75. Thanks for sharing. All hail, randombot!

  76. would love to win this lovely book. thanks!

  77. Looks like a great book. Love the concept, and the patterns look amazing.
    The Knitting Dr´s last blog post ..Knitting Stitches: Learning Socks By Knitting a Christmas Stocking?

  78. Joan Evensen says:

    Thank you so much for thinking of this!
    I look forward to your daily blog – you’ve turned me on to toe-up socks & lace. I wonder what I knit before I discovered your patterns!


  79. Looks like a GREAT book, love to win it 🙂

  80. Please add me to the list for Knit Local. Hope I will be lucky!

  81. Looks like a great book! Would love to win and add to my library! Thank you!

  82. Knit Local looks wonderful!

  83. Looks like a great addition to the knitting library! Thanks for being so generous.

  84. Always in for a good knitting book. Wish I could nap like Lucy.

  85. I think this is a wonderful idea for a knitting book. When I travel, the local yarn shops are a definate must visit.

  86. wow that’s amazing! i think it’s a great idea to have local yarn festivals listed.
    Cleo´s last blog post ..Too pretty to walk on

  87. This would be a fun book to have. Thanks for sharing.

  88. Nancy Jo Clark says:

    It looks like a lovely book.

  89. There is a dainty kitty on her favorite perch, the afghan that matches her, stalking the dog on the wool rug. They aren’t interested in Mom’s knitting like the 18 pound Big Kitty who needs to help knit socks and type comments. He wants the book. It NEEDS to be sat upon while someone is trying to knit from it to be fully appreciated.

  90. The listing of Wool Festivals would be great. Is The Tucson Wool Festival listed? It’s this weekend. Thank you for your generous offer.

  91. I knit midwestern! 😉

  92. That book looks lovely!

  93. I love ‘souvenier yarns’ when I travel. Sounds like a fun book.

  94. The book looks great! Please enter me in your drawing!

  95. I would love a chance to win the book. It looks great!
    Kristen´s last blog post ..Nuts About Alpaca

  96. Sounds like a wonderful book!

  97. I’m with Lucy – I’d love to hunker down with this book!

  98. Linda Campbell says:

    Always try to Buy American, and we do have some lovely yarns as well as patterns from American designers. Would love to have this book. Thank you for offering it.

  99. Looks like a fun book. I got my Wendy Knits Lace from Amazon today and can’t wait to sit and really look at all the wonderful stuff in there.

  100. Tanglegirl says:

    Hi Lucy!