What to Knit When You’re Expecting – Review & Giveaway!

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I am a bit behind on book reviews but I cannot NOT blog about this particular book before Baby H arrives!

It's Nikki Van De Car's What to knit When You're Expecting.

I got to know Nikki from my time in Hoboken, NJ while working (and playing) at Patricia's Yarns. I was so thrilled for her when she told me about her new book and I'm so happy to share it here.

The book starts out with some great tips on techniques and baby sizing sizing. I really enjoy the sizing part as I know I am trying to knit things that are seasonal and size appropriate. The book is cleverly divided into 3 sections called Trimesters.

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The First Trimester is filled with simple patterns including cute baby mittens, a beautiful honeycomb blanket and these SHORTS (so making those!), it's perfect for those first few months of getting into the pregnancy groove and if you're sick as a dog some simple stockinette is sometimes all you can concentrate with! (not to mention Pregnancy Brain!)

In the 2nd Trimester patterns get a little harder with striping and lace work. My favorites are the Tutu, Ike's Vest and the Autumn Leaves Sweater.

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Finally the 3rd Trimester section is brilliantly filled with quick knits! As you get closer to that due date you never know how much knitting you can get done. 

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The chicadee hat, time flies booties and the above Owl and Monkey pillows are my favorites here.

All in all a great pattern book that is filled with knits for not only your special one but for friends and family who are also expecting! 

I'm happy to offer a copy to one of my fabulous readers! Leave me a comment by Tuesday, Feb 26th.

Happy Knitting!

Book Tour: Vintage Modern Knits

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I am so honored to be a stop on the blog tour for Courtney and Kate's new book, Vintage Modern Knits. Ironcially, due to my huge west coast move I have been going through my knit library deciding what to keep and what to give away. It seems that over the years I went a little bit . . oh I dunno. . . obsessive overboard on my knitting book purchases.  

When I was a new knitter I pretty much bought whatever knit book caught my eye without taking into consideration whether it was really useful.  Books that had maybe one pattern that tickled my fancy made their way in to my shopping cart.  I was pretty impulsive. Granted, this was before the e-pattern phenomenon.  So now in this age of Ravelry's abundant database of single patterns, I find myself asking why I would need to buy another knit book again?

Vintage Modern Knits answers that question with a resounding yes!! Courtney and Kate, aside from being supremely awesome people, have designed 20 gorgeous patterns that are full of WIN.  I immedately fell in love with the Brigid Cardigan

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And of course the very wearable Yangtze Cardigan.

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In addition to their patterns VMK contains rich history and in depth explanations on techniques that are common to many knitters (see: knitting without a cable needle) as well as ones that even a veteran knitter might not be familiar with. (see: Roositude)  This book is truly worth it's weight in qivuit.

Thoughtfulness and care of detail in both the collection of patterns and instruction really comes through. I was not suprised by this since I have experienced their knowledge first hand. At the Mertiursas workshop at Patricia's Yarns I was amazed at the depth of Courtney and Kate's critical knowledge about knitting. Each time they demonstrated the motion of a particular technique they also shared the "why" behind it.   

I also happen to love Fibre Co. yarns.

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I casted on for the Bramble Beret in hopes to have it finished in time for this post but with ALL else that is going on I am only just past the ribbing.  It will probably become my first Cali FO post! 

Congrats Courtney & Kate on such a fabulous book! You girls continue to rock my knitted socks off.

Run, don't walk, to your nearest LYS to pick up a copy or pop over to the other Blog Tour stops to see if you can win yourself a copy!

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2/5                        Ready, Set, Knit podcast (WEBs) http://readysetknit.yarn.com/ 

2/7                        Knitting Daily http://www.knittingdaily.com 

2/8                        Knit and Tonic http://www.knitandtonic.net/ 

2/9                        Winged Knits http://cecilyam.wordpress.com/ 

2/10                      Narrating Life http://mirandawalker.blogspot.com/ 

2/11                      Knitbot http://knitbot.com/

2/14                      Knitting School Drop Out http://www.knittingschooldropout.com/

2/15                      Never Not Knitting podcast/ interview, giveaway http://nevernotknitting.blogspot.com/

2/16                      Knitgrrl http://www.knitgrrl.com/

2/17                      Sunset Cat Designs http://www.sunsetcat.com/

2/18                      Neoknits http://www.neoknits.com/blog/

2/21                      Tenten Knits http://margauxelena.typepad.com/

2/22                      Lolly Knitting Around http://lollygirl.com/blog/