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New American Knits Giveaway!

UPDATE 6.6.14:  Congratulations to Emma, the winner of New American Knits. Emma, please check your email for further instructions.

Yes, Massachusetts was the 6th state and I did indeed grow up in Norwell.

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It’s no secret I’m a fan of our great country.

Yes, a country – like people – is always a work in progress, but I’m proud of the ingenuity that continues to come from our fellow citizens. One of my very favorite things about knitting is that it’s truly universal. Sure, some of us may be continental knitters, other English, we may have a few “pit knitters” who tuck the needle under their armpit, or throw it around their neck like the do in Portugal, but we all end up with a knit stitch that looks universally the same. I used to teach in a women’s shelter when we lived in New York and only half the women spoke English. The great thing about volunteering there was it didn’t matter what I spoke or what they spoke – we communicated through our knitting, a lot of them told me they forgot their troubles for a couple of hours and we bonded over our craft, like so many millions of women have done before us.

I was excited to get my hands on a copy of Amy Christoffers’ new book, New American Knits (Interweave / F+W; $24.99). I was immediately drawn to the title and was interested to see what Amy’s take on classic American sportswear patterns was.

New American Knits - jacket art
I was lucky enough to work with Amy when she had a garment in my Knitting Architecture book. I loved the cardigan inspired by the Arts & Crafts Movement she designed and knit. She was recently announced as the new Design Director for Berroco and you can read her blog here. Talk about a talented lady!

I found this book to have quite a few designs I’d want to knit. I like “sporty” knits and am very much a cardigan girl. This book has a great balance of both cardis and pullovers with a few accessories like a cowl, shawl and fingerless mitts thrown in coming to total of 20 patterns. I liked the yarn choices and the palette was nicely paired with the photo location. All of the garments would be ideal wardrobe staples and are classic enough that they can be worn for years to come. In true Interweave fashion, the charts were easy to read, the schematics clear and readable and the garments had a nice array of sizes provided. I wear a lot of jeans and t-shirts with over-the-top sparkly jewelry, and a lot of these designs would fit into my style.

A few of my favorites from the book:

New_American_Knits_-_Benton_Cardigan_beauty_shot_medium2I really want to knit this red sweater. I love cables and calling for a worsted means it would knit up pretty quickly!

New_American_Knits_-_Sargent_Pullover_beauty_shot_medium2

New_American_Knits_-_Rockwell_Hat_beauty_shot_medium2

New_American_Knits_-_Hopper_Cardigan_beauty_shot_medium2And now for the giveaway!

Leave the answer to this trivia question in the comment section of this post to be entered to win a copy of this fantastic book (USA residents only, please): Massachusetts became part of our nation as which number state (I am from Massachusetts. Bonus points if you know the town I grew up in)?

A winner will be randomly chosen on Friday, June 6th.

 

 

 

 

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23 Comments Post a comment
  1. Shelly R #

    Massachusetts was the 6th state. And I think you’re from Boston?

    June 4, 2014
  2. Beverly #

    Massachusettes was the 6th state to join the union. I’m guessing you’re from Boston.

    June 4, 2014
  3. 6th on Feb 6, 1788 and I believe you grew up in Marshfield ;)

    June 4, 2014
  4. Evette #

    Massachusetts was the sixth state to join the union. And I think you’re from Norwood?

    June 4, 2014
  5. Jaime McCorry #

    Massachusetts is the 6th state, 2/6/1788. Tanis grew up in Norwell, MA😄

    June 4, 2014
  6. curls11 #

    Massachusettswas the 6th state to join in the U.S.A.

    June 4, 2014
  7. Lori #

    Massachusetts was the sixth state to join the Union and you grew up in Boston.

    June 4, 2014
  8. Jean Zeller #

    You were born in Norwell and Massachusetts is the sixth state in the union.

    June 4, 2014
  9. Karen Seman #

    # 6 and Boston I think. Hi Tanis from Thing 1!

    June 4, 2014
  10. Julie T #

    I think it was the 6th state. No idea where yuu grew up.

    June 4, 2014
  11. Joanne #

    MA is the 6th state to join the union. I can’t recall where you grew up!

    June 4, 2014
  12. Barb #

    Massachusetts was the 6th state to join. I have NO idea about where you grew up.

    June 4, 2014
  13. Lorinda #

    Massachusetts was the 6th state to join the union and you grew up in Norwell.

    June 4, 2014
  14. Massachusetts was the 6th state to enter the union, You grew up in Norwell, Mass. :) And holy cow, those are some pretty knits!

    June 4, 2014
  15. Kate M #

    Thanks for the great review. I am so excited to see this book!! I love cardigans as well and I love the green one that you showed at the end. Massachusetts was the 6th state. No bonus points for me, I don’t know where you grew up! Thanks for the chance to win though!!

    June 4, 2014
  16. Debbie VanDerMolen #

    Massachusetts was the 6th state to enter the union. I am guessing you grew up in Cambridge. I have no idea, but I was always taught never to leave a blank on a test.

    June 5, 2014
  17. TaraC #

    Massachusetts was the 6th state to enter the Union on February 6, 1788. (I added the date to distract you from the fact that I have no idea which town you grew up in.) Also, I can’t wait to get my hands on this book.

    June 5, 2014
  18. Joyce Pusel #

    Massachusetts was 6th. No idea where in Massachusetts you grew up.

    June 5, 2014
  19. It was the 6th state, but no idea where you grew up.

    June 5, 2014
  20. Those are gorgeous! Massachusetts was the sixth state. Did you grow up in Norwell?

    June 5, 2014
  21. Lori W #

    MA was the sixth state to gain statehood and I’ll guess Boston is where you grew up. :-)

    June 6, 2014
  22. Barbara Cerri #

    Massachusetts was the sixth state. Moved here a few years ago and reside in Braintree, I guess we were almost neighbors! Do you remember Wishing Well Yarn Store?

    June 6, 2014
  23. skispinner #

    What an exciting group of sweaters and accessories.

    June 6, 2014

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