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Congrats to our winner Connie!

Since we’ve been talking about what knitting means and why it’s important in our lives beyond just the having of the thing that we knit, I thought now would be a good time to give away my copy of Rachael Herron’s knitting essay collection A Life in Stitches: Knitting my Way Through Love, Loss, and Laughter.

Herron blogs at Yarn-a-Go-Go and is the author of several romance novels, some of which involve knitting and some not.

She learned to knit at age five and does quite a lot of it, and her book is full of stories about the objects she has knit and the people she has knit them for. She writes of the memories of what was going on while a garment was being knit somehow still being present in the finished thing, the perils and joys of knitting for someone you love, using knitting as an excuse to travel and yarn as a souvenir, her enthusiastic embrace of spinning and her never-ending love of hot water bottles (the book includes a pattern for a cozy).

I read this book a few yeas ago and I wrote in my review that reading it made me want to knit a sweater. I hope it does the same for the one of you who wins it.

To enter for a chance to win my copy of this book, leave a comment on this post before the end of the day Sunday, Jan. 19. Let me know what you want to knit next, or whatever’s on your mind.

Thanks for visiting and good luck.

By Sarah White

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48 Comments so far

  1. Emily on January 13, 2014 12:02 pm

    I am into making little stuffies for my loved ones right now.

  2. Becky J on January 13, 2014 12:12 pm

    I am just learning…so a scarf. lol

  3. tammy on January 13, 2014 1:21 pm

    On my to-knit list are a hat, scarf and mitten set for myself. I’ve been knitting for others for a while and need to make something to replace all the mismatched pieces I wear each day.

  4. rurh on January 13, 2014 1:21 pm

    Im also into learning. I already crochet but like the knitted look better.

  5. Robin Crittenden on January 13, 2014 2:14 pm

    Knitting a cowl just for me. I was about to croak to get needles back in my hands after finishing a baby project.

  6. Chloe Collins on January 13, 2014 3:42 pm

    Actually I have never knitted before, but find it fascinating and would love to learn. I guess my first project would be a hat or scarf to get the ball rolling. :)

    Thanks for having this giveaway.

    Chloe Collins

  7. usairdoll on January 13, 2014 3:55 pm

    Sounds like a great book. I’d love to knit a pair of slippers/house shoes.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.


  8. thia Beniash on January 13, 2014 6:24 pm

    Cozy scarfs. Love all the new yarn that’s out there!

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  10. Helen Wood on January 13, 2014 9:00 pm

    Having just become a grand mother – first time! – I’m about to unleash my arthritis on something for Kayley …. not sure what yet! Hopefully I’ll have some new inspiration??

  11. Deanna on January 13, 2014 10:00 pm

    A shawl is going to be my next project – or at least one of the next projects.

  12. Zil on January 14, 2014 12:57 am

    After I finish the second jacket for a friend’s girls, the first top down ones I have attempted, I am going to knit a pretty cardigan for another little girl. Thank you for the giveaway.

  13. Linda Rumsey on January 14, 2014 2:08 am

    I want to finish making up the three sweaters I knitted last year, then start on a new cardigan for myself.

  14. Becki Britt on January 14, 2014 8:00 am

    Just finished knitting a cable throw and a princess crown (AlterKnits) as gifts, so now I’d like to knit something for me, something mindless like a pair of legwarmers or a cotton bath mat.

  15. knittingdancer on January 14, 2014 9:09 am

    I have a couple of shawls on my list to knit next.

  16. Ofelia on January 14, 2014 9:12 am

    I’m into cowls and scarfs right now…I love them!
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  17. Anne Marie on January 14, 2014 9:31 am

    This book sounds neat. I’d love to read it.

  18. Karey on January 14, 2014 9:41 am

    I’m working on a baby blanket right now. Then I might do some pillow covers next.

  19. Jan on January 14, 2014 10:28 am

    I’m in the process of a cowl as I thought that might be fun!!

  20. Marilyn (Merry) Fenton on January 14, 2014 10:38 am

    I just queued a pair of colorwork mittens with some new Libery Wool Light I bought on Saturday.
    wahoomerryf on Rav

  21. Aureas Kitchen on January 14, 2014 11:09 am

    I’ve just started knitting again after years of cross-stitching, so my next project is a simple scarf for me.

  22. Laurie on January 14, 2014 11:22 am

    Just finished knitting a big cozy wrap. Next project, a sweater, but which one…

  23. Darla on January 14, 2014 11:50 am

    Finishing a baby sweater, socks up next. Reading and knitting – my two favorite hobbies. Not at the same time of course, LOL.


  24. Tina S on January 14, 2014 11:51 am

    I’m taking an online knitting class to improve my new knitting skills. This sounds like a great book!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  25. suza on January 14, 2014 12:28 pm

    self designed patterned hand warmers ( that don’t match) for my daughter

  26. Andrea on January 14, 2014 12:28 pm

    I want to knit something small. I’ve been doing sweaters for months now and it would be nice to have a small instant gratification project.

  27. Chris on January 14, 2014 12:29 pm

    I need a new scarf, but who knows when I will find the time.

  28. joyce on January 14, 2014 1:10 pm

    I have a new grandbaby coming up this year and a new grandniece or nephew, so I’ll be knitting lots of baby items in the near future.

  29. Theresa on January 14, 2014 3:02 pm

    I have been wanting to learn to knit socks for a very long time. Hopefully this will be the year!

  30. Mary Mac on January 14, 2014 3:06 pm

    Second grandchild on the way, need to work on afghans.

  31. Andrea on January 14, 2014 3:29 pm

    Would love to win a copy of this book.x

  32. OHSue on January 14, 2014 4:43 pm

    My husband loves the socks I have knit him. I love reading about the emotional experiences of knitting, the connections we make through our knitting.

  33. Connie Kline on January 14, 2014 4:47 pm

    I have too many WIPs right now to start anything new, but I want to thank you for introducing me it Rachael Herron’s work. I am looking forward to keeping up with her blog and have my fingers crossed to win this book.

  34. CindyZS on January 14, 2014 5:11 pm

    have always wanted to try and learn to knit and crocheting. i would love to make a warm cozy afghan or something for my elderly mom so she’ll be warm…..she’s always cold now! thanks for the opportunity.

  35. Sue Miller on January 14, 2014 6:03 pm

    I just finished my first and probably easiest square for the Great American Aran Afghan. This is going to take a while! LOL

  36. kim on January 15, 2014 5:42 am

    My first knitted felted hat is drying on its head form right now. Now I want to try a felted clutch to match.
    Several of us in knitting club have talked about starting a knitting journal to keep track of our projects, would love some inspiration.

  37. Mary Rok on January 15, 2014 7:39 am

    It’s snowing and very cold and I promised to knit up more hats and mittens for the grand children. Purple of course for my grand daughter.

  38. Tami on January 15, 2014 8:54 am

    I’m not much of a knitter, but I have dog sweaters on the brain. And if I don’t finish my boyfriends hat soon his bald head will freeze right off.

  39. Elena T on January 15, 2014 9:21 am

    I am trying to finish up a crochet project that uses my sons’ old tshirts, but am running out of tshirt yarn! Guess I have to check for more stained shirts buried at the bottom of the drawers

  40. Calypso on January 15, 2014 11:08 am

    I’d love to knit a tailored Chanel jacket, right now I’m knitting a yoke cardigan.

  41. Jo Ann on January 16, 2014 6:26 am

    I travel quite a lot on public transportation and knitting is a wonderful way to use that time.

  42. Knansea on January 16, 2014 8:52 am

    Every week I meet with friends from 20 to 75 for coffee and knitting. They knit and I usually crochet. Despite their insistence that knitting is easier, I am still trying to make at least one nice delicate knitted scarf, rather than my usual fun and funky crochet pieces. We share more than knitting every week and consider it cheaper than therapy. One older woman actually had tears in her eyes when she saw 5 of us “young” gals stitching and talking away instead of texting away. My friends are also avid readers of what I call “knitting novels!”

  43. Diana T. on January 16, 2014 3:15 pm

    I always have a bunch of projects on my mind, and the next one I will be making is a cardigan.

  44. Judith (from Israel) on January 17, 2014 10:29 am

    When I retire, in a year or two, I plan to knit a long, striped scarf, like the scarf that the fourth Dr. Who wore.

  45. Chris on January 17, 2014 11:10 am

    I would knit a scarf. I really need a new one.

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  47. Carmen in WI on January 17, 2014 8:44 pm

    I’m working on a bunch of hats.

  48. Gil Crews on January 18, 2014 1:36 pm

    I am into making rugs and baskets.

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