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Sunday, July 9, 2017

A Giveaway - Classic Knit Shawls, and a new Project Bag.




This is a review of Classic Knit Shawls, 20 Timeless Designs featuring Lace, Cables,and More, from Interweave Press. This book is a new collection of shawl patterns that have been previously published. 

If you read Interweave Knits magazine, or have browsed through some Interweave books, some of these patterns might seem familiar. But that doesn't matter, because the editors have done a great job of collecting a wide variety of techniques and shapes and skill levels, so that anyone who wants to knit a shawl will find several items to please them.  

The Collection includes different shapes, a variety of yarns, and various construction methods. Some are lacy, some are striped, some are in garter stitch. 
If you've always wanted to try a different shape from the classic triangle shape, you will find plenty of options here. There are classic Shetland shawls, new modern styles and shapes, and some that don't feature lace at all. Truly there is something for everyone.

Here are a few that I really enjoyed looking at:  Grand Army Plaza shawl by Melissa Wehrle  This one is a lovely crescent shape with plenty of open lace work. It looks very drapey and easy to wear.  


The Galax shawl has a wide curved shape with a sideways edging. It’s the one on the cover.   

It's also very pretty and I think can be very versatile in the way you wear it - draped around the shoulders to form a shape that looks like a cowl, or hanging down.




There is one shawl that doesn’t use lace – instead it’s adorned with cables. It's called The Return Journey Shawl.  If you're not so fond of lace, this one has a beautiful cable design to provide the interest. It's a very gentle triangle shape that looks really good worn a number of different ways.


Another one I liked was the Lale Shawl. This one is worked in DK weight yarn, so it's more substantial and a quicker knit than some of the others. It features a pretty lace trim. 



This book is perfect for someone who loves to knit shawls and wants to try something different. There are plenty of options and loads of new techniques to try. 

Interweave has done its usual good job with beautiful photography, comprehensive and clear instructions for special stitches or techniques, and a very appealing layout.
If you are a shawl lover, you will enjoy this book.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from F+W Media.


Now for the giveaway information. If you post a comment on this blog entry stating which pattern is your favorite, and sign up for my newsletter, you will be entered into a giveaway to win your own copy of this book, plus I might just throw in a skein of beautiful yarn from my large stash
Be sure to give a Ravelry ID, or an email address -- or even your Instagram handle will do -- so that if you win I have a way to contact you! Don't forget
I will select a name in 2 weeks time, on July 24.

 

Project Bags!

I have to show my latest bag, for sale in my Etsy shop.  The Medium sized (or Large) Project bag is made from high quality fabric from the famous Marimekko fabric company. I bought this fabric myself to make drapes and I had leftover fabric :-) 

Choose Drawstring or Zipper style

This bag is designed with your hectic life in mind. It lets you knit wherever you are: as a passenger in the car, on a plane, in a doctor's waiting room - anywhere. It easily holds up 4 full 100g balls of yarn (Medium) or 7 balls (Large), plus your work in progress.

The convenient size holds most small and medium sized projects - or large projects, with the Large size bag. It has interfacing for firmness so the bag stands up nicely. 
Treat yourself to something durable, convenient and pretty. You'll enjoy the beautiful print as you work away with this attractive bag.

Perfect for gifts, travel, and many other uses!
Protect your work from pets, dust, and kids.
For a limited time, use code GOODSTUFF5 to get $5.00 off your purchase.

That's all for today! See you all next time.

P.S. Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter to stay informed of future giveaways, knitting tips, test knits, and pattern news.

29 comments:

  1. I really love the Galax thanks for the chance to win. Ravelry ID Gracie57

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  2. The Impasto shawl really catches my eye, though I can't really envision knitting a cotton shawl. Maybe silk.... (ravelry ID zydratestarling)

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  3. Thanks for the great giveaway, Brenda.
    My favourite from the collection is "The Purple Shawl". Rav ID TimRachel

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  4. The Galax shawl is stunning and would be the first one on my needles! lindarumsey on Ravelry.

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  5. Thanks for such a nice giveaway. My favorite shawl is the Grand Army Plaza Shawl by Melissa Wehrle. The open lace work is beautiful. I'd love to knit that for my niece's upcoming wedding. Also, I love the project bag. The clear window is great for seeing which project is in there (not that I knit more than one at a time).
    beverlymay@roadrunner.com

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  6. I love the Grand Army Plaza Shawl. I've always wanted to knit that one.
    Lmecoll on Ravelry

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  7. I like the Lelani Flower Motif. It's something different than my usual choices :)

    dianelaces on Ravelry and Instagram

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  8. The Ilme Shawl by Nancy Bush. LOVE the estonian details. Then again, always looking for new, different and interesting shawl patterns!
    Rav ID - ema2boys

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  9. OMG! I love all things cables! The Return Journey shawl is calling to me. I'm hollyathome on Ravelery and thanks for the chance.

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  10. They are all so pretty! I can see myself knitting the return journey shawl many times. Maybe swapping out a different cable pattern occasionally.

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  11. There are so many that I like. The first one I would knit would be the Darjeeling Shawl.

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  12. I really love Galax! thanks ! and my ravelry id is Granale

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  13. The Lale is lovely. I've been thinking I'd like to try a DK weight shawl.
    I'm kuntzknit on ravelry

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  14. Thank you for the book review. Lots of cool shawls! I think I would try the Rhoeas first. It has an interesting combination of techniques. Revelry: Tantebeth

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  15. It's hard to say because the thumbnails don't have names attached! I thought the blue and green one with a zigzag bottom was my favourite, but there's the golden one with three lace patterns and the purple one with flower design and beads that are quite lovely. (Ravelry: MLH860) (and already a newsletter subscriber!)

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  16. Galaxy shawl
    sparky136 on Ravelry

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  17. My favorite pattern is Emmylou shawl (for now). There are so many great shawls in this book - at least 5 that I want to do!Rav id is alikat2004 and already a newsletter subscriber.
    Alicia

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  18. My favorite is the Grand Army Plaza Shawl. My rav name is Chiromom2.

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  19. I love them all! So nice, I think I would knit the Grand Army Plaza shawl first. Rav id is ummrania

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  20. The Galax shawl is absolutely stunning! I'm completely in love with it

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  21. I love the galax shawl. Rav ID- Catsandyarns1

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  22. Hi, Brenda: thanks for doing this! I think the Grand Army Plaza looks like a lovely piece to go with summer outfits. It would be a challenge for me to knit, as I haven't done lace like that for quite a while. You know me as Potchke on Rav and instagram.

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  23. I looked in vain for a functioning link to sign up for your newsletter. Can you sigh me up please? E-mail is barbalt1 at cox dot net.

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  24. I would love a chance to win the Classic shawls book, I think the Galaxy shawl is very interesting. I am already signed up for your newsletter. :) My ravelry id is jweston. Thanks and have fun!

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  25. Love the lale shawl. Thanks
    @purlsbythesea
    Purlsbythesea@gmail.com

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  26. I love The Return Journey Shawl! (asimplehomestd on Ravelry)

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  27. The cover shawl -- Galax -- is my favorite; I like the idea of the edging done modularly to create the stitches for the body so that there is no picking up of stitches! I'm gkgreen on Ravelry, gkgreenknits on Instagram, and gkgreenknits@gmail.com. Thanks for the generous giveaway!

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