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secrets of the laidback knittersIt’s summer in the top half of the world, which means its time for relaxing. Our hobbies least of all should be causing us stress, so I thought it was appropriate to give away a copy of 10 Secrets of the Laidback Knitters by Vicki Stiefel and Lisa Souza.

This fun book offers tips, profiles and patterns to inspire you to take knitting a little less seriously and still learn a lot from it. You’ll discover things like why it pays to be a barefoot sock knitter, how to become a slow knitter (and why that probably doesn’t mean what you think it means), learn how to knit without a pattern and even flirt with crochet a little.

To enter for a chance to win this book, leave a comment on this post before the end of the day Sunday, June 23. Let me know what technique or skill in knitting scares you. I don’t know if I have any fears in knitting left (other than really intricate lace, maybe) but I’m deathly afraid of sewing zippers into sewn garments!

Thanks for visiting and good luck!

By Sarah White

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  1. Dawn Bellavance on June 17, 2013 2:06 pm

    I would love to learn knitting techniques, because my skills there are fairly small – but I keep seeing how to instructions for knitted tops and wish I knew how to accomplish it! If all else failed, I would definitely gift this book to my sister, who loves to knit :)

  2. Maureen on June 17, 2013 3:15 pm

    I have been knitting for about 10 yrs and knitting with dpns scares me. Making socks scares me. Using two different yarns in the same row scares me.

  3. Becky on June 17, 2013 3:36 pm

    I still consider myself a beginner/intermediate knitter even after years of knitting, as anything *not* color-blocked or *not* with only two needles. I would love to learn how to knit without a pattern!

  4. Lisha Collins on June 17, 2013 3:36 pm

    Swing knitting scares me but i am very curious. People say knitting is relaxing. Show me!

  5. Helen on June 17, 2013 3:47 pm

    I love knitting and trying new patterns and new yarns…straight needles, knitting in the round, DPN’s I love them all. But I have to say… lace patterns intimidate me :)

  6. jonquil on June 17, 2013 4:12 pm

    What fazes me is keeping what few stitches I know in mind. Even more is the issue that this rightie knits as a leftie! I learn quickest from video tutorials, but switching them to leftie-while-rightie is confusing.

  7. Liz Manning on June 17, 2013 4:59 pm

    gauges and blocking … just saying the words make me cringe. Friends I knit with laugh about it … so, are you going to block that sweater? I used to be afraid of dpn’s but I have conquered that fear … although I am afraid to go back to my brioche socks … I guess dpn’s and brioche together are pretty intimidating although I love to try new techniques!

  8. Linda DeJesus on June 17, 2013 6:30 pm

    I LOVE to knit….but mostly do “in the round” patterns as purling scares me! I can do it, but I am slow and uneven with it…so I avoid it like the plague! I would like this book so maybe I can relax more while knitting and branch out to try new techniques….maybe even learn how to work without a pattern! Wow! Thanks – Linda

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  10. crystal on June 17, 2013 7:43 pm

    I don’t know if this makes me weird but I don’t really have any fears. I’m still new to knitting but I enjoy all the challenges it give me when I want to try something new. :)

  11. Sheryl Kaplan on June 17, 2013 8:02 pm

    I am addicted to knitting and have many projects going at once. I am always hesitant to do the finishing (seaming, edging, etc) on a project. I am afraid that it will look too homemade!

  12. G. K. Green on June 17, 2013 11:06 pm

    It has to be steeking … That’s my “final frontier” of fear in knitting … Lace? Check. Double knitting? No problem. Using DPNs? Bring it on. Six colors on bobbins at once? Let’s watch a movie too! Steeking? Aaargh! (Thanks for a great giveaway and a consistently wonderful resource!)

  13. Siaron on June 18, 2013 12:53 am

    It’s Fairisle knitting for me – can never get the tension right and there are ALWAYS holes between colours no matter how careful I am!

  14. Linda Rumsey on June 18, 2013 2:43 am

    I’m usually up for a challenge when it comes to knitting – but steeks really scare me – how can anyone cut into their precious work?!

  15. Linda Day on June 18, 2013 4:06 am

    I’ve been knitting for years, but I always feel challenged when I have to pick up stitches (as in sleeves). thanks for the giveaway!

  16. Ann Devine on June 18, 2013 5:15 am

    I’ll “second” Linda, picking up stitches just ain’t fun for me yet. It always takes me three attempts to get it even. Fair Isle is kinda scary too, but I’m about to take a class to learn it, so I’m facing my fear. Thanks for this offer!

  17. Anne Marie on June 18, 2013 5:19 am

    STEEKING!!!

  18. Pat morris on June 18, 2013 5:21 am

    I don’t like to knit large projects. They don’t scare me , but I tend to get bored with them. I always keep something small going like socks, mittens,or a hat so that I can take a break.

  19. Barb on June 18, 2013 5:26 am

    Lace knitting scares me because of all the counting/charts! one day….

  20. Lyn Lewis on June 18, 2013 5:31 am

    Ive never tried fair aisle but Im sure Id be useless at it – rather than scared by it lol
    But what does scare me and puts me off doing it, is the blessed sewing up part!!

  21. Roylene Neal on June 18, 2013 5:32 am

    Steeling scares me. I need to watch tutorials more before I try it

  22. Tiffany on June 18, 2013 5:37 am

    I’ve been knitting for 7-8 years and there is still so much I don’t know. Lace and big projects like a sweater where gauge matters scare me.

  23. Rose :: Fine Craft Guild .com on June 18, 2013 5:39 am

    what scares me is ‘fancy stitches’. i can handle knit + purl … :-)

  24. Cynthia on June 18, 2013 6:08 am

    I have been knitting for many – many years & gauge scares me! I have a hard time matching gauge so I tend to stay away from garments. It is my goal to overcome that fear this year!

  25. Margay on June 18, 2013 6:08 am

    Intarsia kind of scares me because I always wonder if I’m doing it wrong.

  26. Maria Matter on June 18, 2013 6:16 am

    I just started knitting about a month ago and would love to learn more about making sweaters, but I feel so intimidated!

  27. Wendy Hatton on June 18, 2013 6:16 am

    I am really challenge by textured yarns. Those lovely fuzzy, hairy ones that make delightful soft pieces. So hard to see where I am in the pattern and impossible to undo if I make a mistake.

  28. Marilyn (Merry) Fenton on June 18, 2013 6:18 am

    I think steeking (sp?) is scary as all get out! Can’t (and won’t) do it. On the non scary front, I want to learn double knitting.

  29. Patricia P. Hall on June 18, 2013 6:23 am

    I have been knitting for years but still have challenges… knitting with circular needles, trying new intricate patterns, and fair isle knitting. I usually try something new each year so that helps me build my confidence.

  30. Natasha on June 18, 2013 6:23 am

    I’m simply scared of dropping stitches! I haven’t been knitting very long but I hate realising I’ve dropped a stitch and it’s not easily fixable without unpicking a lot of knitting. I have to get my mum to save the day!!

  31. Sylvia on June 18, 2013 6:41 am

    I’ve done lots of projects in the round, using circular as well as dp needles, but socks absolutely terrify me! I become totally uncoordinated and end up throwing things in frustration!

  32. Knittingdancer on June 18, 2013 6:41 am

    I will scared on knitting on double point needles in the round.

  33. Frances on June 18, 2013 6:48 am

    Knitting socks scares me-I have met crochet, but only briefly!

  34. tamara h on June 18, 2013 6:54 am

    I have knit for years but never made a sweater, just socks and small things. But something that needs to fit, that scares me!

  35. maura on June 18, 2013 7:07 am

    oooh i want that book! 2 things scare me…socks and intarsia! eeeek!

  36. Pam Strickland on June 18, 2013 7:11 am

    This book sounds awesome. I love knitting, even though I haven’t been doing it long. but – I am terrified of double point needles!!! and so many cute patterns use them…

  37. Kathy on June 18, 2013 7:33 am

    summer laidback knitting great idea

  38. Brenda Gibson on June 18, 2013 7:41 am

    Designs in knitting scare me. I need knitting help! Maybe then I could relax and enjoy knitting.

  39. Janice Blair on June 18, 2013 8:04 am

    My friends are knitting two pair of mittlets on one circular needle at the same time. That scares me, but I am attempting to knit a lace shawl using charts and I am on the third lot of ripping it back to the start row again, so I guess I find it frustrating to say the least. After this I need something simple again.

  40. Elena T on June 18, 2013 8:13 am

    I still am a little afraid of frogging – usually I will just back the stitches out one at a time. I should learn to use lifelines.

  41. Andrea on June 18, 2013 8:21 am

    I have cut into my work so I’m over that one. I can’t say I’m afraid of anything but I’m with you in wanting to learn how to to put in a zipper that wouldn’t look like a 2nd grader did it.

  42. Sara on June 18, 2013 8:31 am

    Fair isle and intricate color work scares me. Looks so beautiful, though, I will have to conquer my fear some time. Reading charts intimidates me, too. I’d rather just read a written out pattern!

  43. geri actor on June 18, 2013 8:51 am

    part a fear and part intense dislike: making socks on small double-pointed needles!

  44. Rose S. on June 18, 2013 8:55 am

    Knitting in the round really scares me. I ALWAYS manage to get the yarn twisted and have to frog my project.

  45. Karey on June 18, 2013 8:57 am

    I’m still having trouble with cables. I wouldn’t say they scare me, they are just giving me trouble.

  46. Mary Mac on June 18, 2013 9:42 am

    Socks! Socks! Socks!

  47. OHSue on June 18, 2013 9:43 am

    I love knitting, and I am laid back… think I need this book to help keep me at my laid back attitude. I love all knitting, but lace sometimes gives me headaches.

  48. Sandra on June 18, 2013 9:46 am

    The kitchener stitch and DPN’s scare me to death.

  49. Heather on June 18, 2013 9:50 am

    Knitting in general seems quite intimidating to me, but hopefully I can get a friend to help me out!

  50. Pat on June 18, 2013 9:52 am

    I have been knitting for awhile but still think of myself as a beginner. I want to try socks but they tend to scare me with all those needles. I’ve tried the little sock loom but do not really like using it, so it’s back to those darn dpn. I think the book would help me stay relaxed.

  51. Debbie S on June 18, 2013 9:58 am

    Techniques I haven’t tried scare me – nupps in cobweb lace, brioche cables, illusion knitting. So many things to learn, so little time!

  52. jo on June 18, 2013 10:41 am

    no real fears unless being afraid I’ll never have a chance to do all the projects I want counts… It’s scary when I sort thru yarn & pattern stash looking for something & “find” a forgotten something I love, & want to do!!

  53. Jane S. on June 18, 2013 11:57 am

    I don’t really have any fears about knitting other than dropping stitches! I’m not experienced in picking them up, so I usually end up starting over. Fortunately I’ve never dropped a stitch when I was very far along in a project!

  54. Lindsey on June 18, 2013 12:44 pm

    I want knitting to be more relaxing and less about having to look back at directions!

  55. donna on June 18, 2013 3:07 pm

    Working from a chart! Silly since I am an avid cross stitcher, but cannot convince myself I can knit from a chart

  56. Stacey on June 18, 2013 3:13 pm

    Stranded and fair isle knitting!

  57. Dorothee on June 18, 2013 4:00 pm

    I love knitting and now my grandchildren have moved to a colder part of the country my needles are busy all the time. But I would like to be a bit more adventurous and use more than 2 colours without having long loops of thread on the back of the work.

  58. joyce on June 18, 2013 4:59 pm

    Steeking is the one technique I have heard about that I don’t think I would have the courage to try.

  59. nancy d on June 18, 2013 5:06 pm

    Lace frustrates me more then scares me. Ive started several projects only to tear it out and push it to the side. But I love the look, so every now and then I try again. And tear it out! One of these days I’ll figure it out. This book looks fun. If I couldn’t laugh at myself I wouldn’t be able to pick up my needles to keep trying.

  60. Stephanie Donnis on June 18, 2013 5:31 pm

    I teach in a high poverty school and believe knitting could help my students focus and release anger constructively. What scares me? They will master this skill faster than I. Bring the challenge on!

  61. JulieJC on June 18, 2013 5:56 pm

    This book sounds perfect for me. I take my knitting so seriously, just want to get it right. Need to learn to play a bit, but not sure how to.

  62. Carol on June 18, 2013 6:03 pm

    Knitting barefoot… I am intrigued!

  63. Loretta on June 18, 2013 8:59 pm

    I’m teaching myself to knit and I need all the help I can get!!!
    I would loooove to get my hands on that book! !

  64. Jaan L of Tx on June 18, 2013 10:28 pm

    Socks, I am deathly afraid to try knitting socks. And I love socks, I collect socks, but just scared of trying to knit my own. And it kills me as there are so many yarns and designs that I would love to have socks made from.

  65. BobsGal on June 19, 2013 4:01 am

    What an amazing opportunity…. thanks soooo much…!

  66. Lisa Jene on June 19, 2013 5:49 am

    I’ve only started knitting. I can do scarves and afghans. Anything with corners, like socks, scares me to death.

  67. caroline on June 19, 2013 7:34 am

    I would love to be able to do more fancy knitting. I think this book would help me to do so.

  68. Marianna on June 19, 2013 7:44 am

    I have knitted for a long time and I’m not afraid to try a new technique. I’m not sure this is a fear, though: I have a lot of trouble getting my knitting to conform to the measurements given in the pattern. I could use some help in that area, or at least some hints to help me not worry about it excessively.

  69. Debbie on June 19, 2013 3:27 pm

    I have only been knitting since January of this.year. I am addicted.

  70. Linda on June 19, 2013 6:35 pm

    I already have this book & love it. It’d be a great gift for a knitting friend of mine. Thanks for the opportunity.

  71. Mariann on June 19, 2013 6:39 pm

    I’ve knit afghans and smaller items of simple stitching. I’m open to learning
    and improving my knitting skills. This would be exciting:)

  72. Mary on June 19, 2013 7:44 pm

    It definitely is faire isle. IT just can’t seem to understand how to get the right yarn in the right places. I would love to have the chance to have the book you are giving. Thank you so very much for the opportunity!!! ;o)

  73. Mary Rok on June 19, 2013 10:44 pm

    Yes, I would have to lace is my biggest challenge.

  74. Carmen on June 20, 2013 11:11 am

    I still consider myself a beginner but yet nothing is too difficult to try – I’ve already done lace, cables. That said, I haven’t been brave enough to try entrelac. Thanks for the giveaway!

  75. Diane YR on June 20, 2013 2:20 pm

    I knit a lot so decided to try lace knitting. I’ve tinked it several times and now have put it away. I’ll get it out again soon but some tips on lace knitting would be a big help.

  76. Debbie on June 20, 2013 4:14 pm

    I have only been knitting since January. I am now working on my second pair of socks. I have been looking at sweaters and that scares me…uniformity

  77. Kim Reid on June 20, 2013 7:16 pm

    Knitting socks has scared me, I’ve tried to knit a sock and couldn’t go any further than the ankle. I would love a chance to win, thanks!

  78. Hollie Jones on June 21, 2013 12:56 am

    I am still fairly new to knitting, & I am really enjoying learning new techniques. I am still nervous of making things like baby clothes & socks! But I plan on starting that soon!

  79. Daphna on June 21, 2013 5:25 am

    I’m scared of cables… The more the scarier…

  80. Laura on June 21, 2013 11:52 am

    I’m just learning how to knit now, so everything is somewhat scary to try, I’d love to create some beautiful things with knitting though, so I’m going to keep at it until I can really learn all of it :D

  81. Vicki Stiefel on June 22, 2013 9:52 am

    Thanks so much, Sarah, for this giveaway of my and Lisa Souza’s 10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters. Best of luck to everyone entering the giveaway! Vicki

  82. Melody on June 22, 2013 1:53 pm

    Anything using multiple colors in the same row scares me!!

  83. Joanna on June 22, 2013 7:20 pm

    Blocking and finishing. I’d love to win this book :)

  84. E White on June 23, 2013 7:09 am

    After 50 years of knitting and many years of teaching beginners I know that nothing in knitting is as hard as it looks but if you don’t know then you don’t know…I am still learning new things all the time and don’t hesitate to rip out and redo…practice is key.

  85. Louise on June 23, 2013 11:42 am

    Figuring out the right size to knit sweaters/cardigans scares me. I have been avoiding knitting Vodka Lemonade for months. Even though I have knitted for many years, I worry that after finishing the garment will not fit. Shawls and scarves are so much more forgiving.

  86. Diane on June 24, 2013 12:10 am

    double knitting and steeking

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