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Congratulations to Sheila!

This time of year is perfect for knitting and wearing wraps, shawls, shrugs and the like. They usually aren’t very big or heavy projects, which makes them good for travel and knitting places where it might be warm.

They’re also great to use this time of year because you never know when you might need a wrap to throw on in a cold restaurant or car.

This week I’m giving away a set of two shawl knitting books by Sheryl Thies. Nature’s Wrapture and Knitting by Nature are full of patterns inspired by that natural world and using an array of knitting techniques including lace, textured stitches, short rows, cables and bobbles.

In all there are 39 patterns in these books, so there’s sure to be something you’ll like for yourself or as a gift for someone cold-natured on your list.

For a chance to win, leave a comment on this post before the end of the day Sunday, June 1. I’ll pick a winner at random.

Why don’t you tell me if you’re always hot or always cold, or if you’re one of the lucky ones who falls somewhere in between. You can probably guess from this post that I’m in the always cold camp.

Thanks for visiting, commenting and sharing. Good luck!

By Sarah White

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105 Comments so far

  1. stefanie on May 26, 2014 9:14 am

    Always cold – plus I live in MN where it is rarely hot. And my family all runs hot and live in ac all year. I need these books! :)

  2. shelly Easton on May 26, 2014 9:15 am

    Somewhere in between, however since I’ve had kids I tend to be warmer and sweaty :(

  3. AmyM on May 26, 2014 9:29 am

    i’m often cold and love to be covered up in something cozy

  4. maureen on May 26, 2014 9:30 am

    I am of an age where I am usually always hot. other members of my family though are always cold.

  5. Judith (from Israel) on May 26, 2014 9:35 am

    Like you, I’m always cold.

  6. jonquil on May 26, 2014 9:44 am

    I have more of a problem with the humidity. Can’t abide humidity..get all hot & cranky. I generally do better in colder weather.

  7. Beth B on May 26, 2014 9:50 am

    Almost always cold.

  8. Ellie on May 26, 2014 9:53 am

    Always cold!

  9. Jody on May 26, 2014 9:58 am

    I am always hot! And I hate the humidity!

    JKnits51 on Ravelry

  10. Lesley Clark on May 26, 2014 10:03 am

    These look like wonderful books and I LOVE shawls and scarves. These would make a great addition to my bookshelf.

  11. KateW on May 26, 2014 10:33 am

    Always freezing! And I live in a dry climate, so for me humidity only makes it worse. Knitschmidt on rav

  12. Elizabeth on May 26, 2014 10:36 am

    I am in the middle, but love to have something to wrap around my shoulders and arms in the early morning and evening. I also like to dress up my outfits with special wraps or scarves. They make great gifts too.

  13. Barb on May 26, 2014 10:54 am

    90% of time I would be in the hot camp, but when I get cold….. I am cold!

  14. Brenda Adkins on May 26, 2014 10:58 am

    pick me. please!

  15. Mary on May 26, 2014 11:05 am

    Love making wraps. ????

  16. Karen on May 26, 2014 11:17 am

    I claim to be “solar heated”… if I’m not in the sun, I’m usually on the cold side.

  17. Joanne Wessel on May 26, 2014 11:30 am

    I am usually always cold, or at least chilly. I love summer weather and would keep the house open on most days if it wasn’t for my husband, who is always running the AC set for the North Pole climate. I wear sweaters, wraps, and shawls all summer, and snuggle under afghans during the day and at night to keep warm!

  18. katy on May 26, 2014 11:30 am

    mostly in the cold,but sometimes i fall in the inbetween category.

  19. Lennette Daniels on May 26, 2014 11:36 am

    These would be perfect for my daughter who is always cold and her favorite thing to do is put her freezing cold hands on you when you least expect it.

  20. Connie on May 26, 2014 11:38 am

    I am like a rose, I wilt in the heat.

  21. Diane on May 26, 2014 11:44 am

    I just organized my yarn stash–WOW do I have a lot of yarn! This set would be a great for me. Please help orphan yarn!

  22. Debra Reynolds on May 26, 2014 11:53 am

    I love to knit shawls and wraps and give them away as gifts. With some I will knit as a “Prayer Shawl” to encourage the woman I’m gifting it to!

  23. Margay on May 26, 2014 11:55 am

    I’m usually too hot because I have M.S. and it affects my body temperature. But I love making things like this for other people.

  24. Sarah on May 26, 2014 12:05 pm

    I’m always cold, and I love wraps! But I usually knit them up as gifts. Next one I’m keeping for myself!

  25. Lorene Frischknecht on May 26, 2014 12:09 pm

    I would love to win this knitting book! It would be an excellent addition to my needlework library. Not only that, I love knitting shawls for others and for myself! Thanks so much for the chance to enter!

  26. Chris F-F on May 26, 2014 12:13 pm

    I love knitting, and I love knitting shawls. I, too, knit prayer shawls and sometimes expand them to prayer blankets. If I were the lucky winner, I’d share these books with other knitters so they would benefit, too.

  27. Sara on May 26, 2014 12:16 pm

    I am usually cold. I love having a light sweater or wrap handy.

  28. Jane S. on May 26, 2014 12:16 pm

    I don’t do well in heat or humidity as I tend to be on the warm side most of the time. Still, having a little something to put over my shoulders is appreciated. Thank you for the chance to win! :)

  29. Billy Gatton on May 26, 2014 12:17 pm

    Always looking for things to make for those people that you just can’t buy an appropriate gift for and Christmas is 7 months from yesterday and I need to get started.

  30. Georgine on May 26, 2014 12:24 pm

    Love the shawl

  31. joyce on May 26, 2014 12:32 pm

    I am not always either one, thanks to menopause. Often too cold, then too hot,throughout the day.

  32. Sylvia on May 26, 2014 1:20 pm

    As a member of two prayer shawl groups, I have always got one or two projects underway, and more/different patterns for both groups would be quite helpful. The need for wraps is constant and growing. Thanks for your consideration.

  33. Linda Feldman on May 26, 2014 1:21 pm

    Working on things for the next season lessens the pressure to finish.

  34. Rose S. on May 26, 2014 1:25 pm

    I am usually the warmer one but have gifted many shawls and wraps to my always cold family members and friends.

  35. Linda Pfeffer on May 26, 2014 1:31 pm

    I used to be cold…now, I’m hot – but I will flamboyantly wear my shawls & wraps no matter what temperature I am !

  36. Cait on May 26, 2014 1:37 pm

    In between, for the most part. I always seem to be more sensitive to heat then cold.

  37. Pat Dunn on May 26, 2014 1:42 pm

    I’m always cold. I like a wrap for too much air conditioning.

  38. Donna H on May 26, 2014 2:04 pm

    I’m always cold, and like others have said, I always carry a wrap or sweater with me to keep the chill of a/c off my arms and shoulders, even in the summer.

    This looks like an amazing giveaway! Both of these book sound wonderful. Thanks so much for another great giveaway!!

  39. Erika on May 26, 2014 2:12 pm

    I’m always running hot, but the others in my family are always freezing. It could be in the middle of a Canadian winter and I will be running around the house in shorts and a tank top while the other two are bundled under thick blankets!

  40. Gillian Wright on May 26, 2014 2:15 pm

    I have my own personal climate which bears no resemblance to what the weather is doing. This is due to my ill health. Ever since I was medically retired I retaught myself to knit for my sanity’s sake! I would love this book, thank you for a fab giveaway.

  41. Sue Moore on May 26, 2014 2:37 pm

    I am always hot but would love to win these books to make gifts for friends. Thans for the opportunity.

  42. Margaret Dionne on May 26, 2014 2:38 pm

    Seem to need a shawl in the AC…

  43. Barbara on May 26, 2014 2:52 pm

    Never seem to get it right, sometimes too hot, sometimes too cold. Thanks for the give away!

  44. Cathy on May 26, 2014 2:53 pm

    Shawls are my favorite things to knit.

  45. OHSue on May 26, 2014 3:06 pm

    I am always cold because the women at work set the AC to super chill. I love knitting shawls but my job isn’t the sort I can wear a shawl at so I toss them on the back of the sofa for grabbing if I get cool at home.

  46. Melissa on May 26, 2014 3:36 pm

    I tend to run a steady temperature but i love the comfort of wrapping up in a shawl and feeling cozy!

  47. Mary Lee on May 26, 2014 4:43 pm

    It isn’t that I’m in-between; I’m BOTH. The books sound lovely!

  48. sandra on May 26, 2014 4:51 pm

    Some where in-between I think, depends on the mood lol :)

  49. Deb on May 26, 2014 4:52 pm

    I’m in the “always cold, carries a sweater in case of air conditioning” camp. As a newbie knitter I’m enjoying trying smaller projects like scarves and cowls and this would be a great opportunity for me to work my way up to larger (and warmer!) projects. Thanks!

  50. Sandie W. on May 26, 2014 5:24 pm

    I used to always be cold, which made summer easier to tolerate. But since I hit 50, I’m always warmer than everyone else. :::sigh:::

  51. Karey on May 26, 2014 5:35 pm

    I’m in the always cold camp. So is my husband so at home we get to keep the temperature how we like it since we agree and it’s wonderful!

  52. Jami on May 26, 2014 5:39 pm

    Usually cold, especially at work.

  53. Laurie on May 26, 2014 5:42 pm

    Always cold!

  54. Dorothy Beasley on May 26, 2014 5:49 pm

    Generally on the warm side. But I love the spring and fall so that I can wear a light shawl or warm pullover.

  55. Teresa Knittingdancer on May 26, 2014 6:05 pm

    I am comfortable most of the time. The other times I would say I am on the hot side.

  56. Alicia Humphries on May 26, 2014 6:08 pm

    I am usually in between hot and cold.

  57. geri actor on May 26, 2014 6:09 pm

    sometimes hot, sometimes cold – and need an array of different weight shawls to fit each time ;-).

  58. Debbie on May 26, 2014 6:14 pm

    I am always cold and shawls are a great accessory!

  59. Cynthia Wilbanks on May 26, 2014 7:07 pm

    Since I’ve just moved from Georgia to northern Minnesota, I’ll probably be going from hot to cold!!!!

  60. G.K. Green on May 26, 2014 7:28 pm

    I am neither always hot nor always cold, but, while I fall somewhere in between, I can’t really say that I consider myself “lucky,” as it seems most often that if I’m hot everyone else is cold, and if I’m cold everyone else is hot! 8^) Thanks for another wonderful giveaway and hope you’re enjoying a lovely Memorial Day weekend!

  61. Robin Crittenden on May 26, 2014 9:52 pm

    Runs in spurts. Mostly hot now. But if the AC is running I get cold.

  62. Bonnie N on May 26, 2014 9:59 pm

    Need the Perfect wrap for an evening on at the harbor.

  63. Margaret Doro on May 26, 2014 10:28 pm

    I am somewhere in between.

  64. Susan on May 26, 2014 11:00 pm

    I usually run on the cold side except of course when my age catches up with me and the dreaded hot flashes arrive. I love knitting and am always looking for good books to add to my collection and this would certainly be a nice addition. Thank you for the opportunity to be part of this wonderful giveaway!

  65. Theresa on May 26, 2014 11:04 pm

    I am always cold, esp in the summer when businesses turn on their air conditioning. I always carry a sweater with me to put on when I go into a movie theatre or a restaurant. Then I can take it off when I leave and go outside into the sun.

  66. KittenWithAWhiplash on May 27, 2014 12:00 am

    I’m usually comfortable in a tee, sometimes need longer sleeves for outdoors, since I’m in San Francisco.

  67. Carrie thomas on May 27, 2014 12:16 am

    On the warm side for me. But my mom is back and forth, like crazy. She is the ideal shawl type.

  68. Jo Ann on May 27, 2014 2:42 am

    I am cold all year round – winter because it is winter, summer because of the air conditioning. Always carry a shawl with me all year round and keep one in the office.

  69. MelodyJ on May 27, 2014 3:11 am

    Those seem like good books.

  70. Linda Rumsey on May 27, 2014 4:20 am

    I am always cold – and my daughter takes after me!

  71. Jenna O on May 27, 2014 5:26 am

    I´m always cold.

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  73. Flo on May 27, 2014 6:48 am

    I’m always cold no matter what the season.

  74. Anne on May 27, 2014 7:11 am

    I’m always cold even in summer I’ll always take a jacket or jersey with where ever I go.

  75. Roylene Neal on May 27, 2014 7:24 am

    I use to be cold all the time now I have hot flashes that mix it up a bit.

  76. Betty on May 27, 2014 8:22 am

    Thanks for the giveaway! I live in the North- usually cold.

  77. Gail F on May 27, 2014 8:36 am

    I am always cold! I really need to start knitting shawls.

  78. Amy dahlin on May 27, 2014 9:04 am

    After losing my hair to chemotherapy, I find that I get cold easily but having a scarf or shawl around my neck keeps the chills away. Shawls have become my new accessory of choice!

  79. Mary Rokisky on May 27, 2014 9:18 am

    I am always the cold one. Even during the summer months I carry a sweater just in case.

  80. Carrie on May 27, 2014 11:29 am

    Seems I am always at one extreme or the other- always either freezing or so hot I can’t stand it!

  81. Fiadhnat McGrath on May 27, 2014 12:45 pm

    Usually warm but if I’m tired in the evenings I can be cold and like to wrap up on the couch.

  82. Sheila on May 27, 2014 1:07 pm

    I tend to be hot, which shawls are perfect for. If I get too warm during a meeting, they’re much easier to shrug off than a cardigan or heaven forbid, a pullover.

  83. Anna Angus on May 27, 2014 3:20 pm

    Im cold in the winter and so hot in the summer. What else can I say? I would love to win a Knitting book. There is nothing better than knitting year round.

  84. Maryanne on May 27, 2014 10:01 pm

    Nowadays, I am usually hot. I like shawls, because they’re much easier to take off than a sweater, vest, etc, would be if I’m getting warm.

  85. Jennifer on May 27, 2014 10:08 pm

    I’m usually somewhere between cold and warm. When I’m tired I am cold.

  86. Patricia on May 28, 2014 12:10 am

    Always HOT!! I fight with everyone over the A/C and heat!

  87. Connie Kline on May 28, 2014 9:18 am

    Usually hot, until get tired. Then I find myself grabbing something to cover up with while I watch TV.

  88. shania on May 28, 2014 11:38 am

    in between im in new York but I don have heat of an A/C.

  89. Susan on May 28, 2014 5:15 pm

    I’m usually feeling that it’s not cold enough for me in the summer, with the air conditioner… Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful book!

  90. Linda on May 28, 2014 5:16 pm

    Love air conditioning… if it’s cold enough. B/c I’m usually feeling warm, summer is a tough one! Would love to win this book for me and/or my dear sister! Thanks,

  91. kim on May 28, 2014 6:44 pm

    hot flash momma!
    would love to try and make one for my daughter though

  92. Chantel Lee on May 28, 2014 8:10 pm

    More on the hot side, unfortunately. There’s only so much you can take off!

  93. Joanne on May 28, 2014 9:13 pm

    I am “of that age” and I wonder if my internal thermostat will ever function perfectly again! Carrying a wrap to have in air conditioned restaurants is a plan!

  94. Diana T. on May 29, 2014 2:31 am

    I’m always hot, so a wrap or shawl is ideal as an alternative to wearing a heavy sweater. I love knitting shawls – I still need to knit a pi shawl and am hunting for the pattern.

  95. Carmen on May 29, 2014 2:55 pm

    I always seem to be cold … but not as cold as my mother-in-law. It’s 75º in the house and she’s wearing a sweatshirt!

  96. Juli on May 29, 2014 4:49 pm

    I fall somewhere in between. In summer and winter, I’m usually too hot, but in spring and fall I cool to ok.

  97. Audrey on May 29, 2014 5:29 pm

    I am usually somewhere in between unless I am sitting still for a long while. Then I tend to get cold and love afghans and quilts.

  98. Ann on May 30, 2014 9:47 am

    these look beautiful!

  99. asteride on May 30, 2014 10:13 am

    I love shawls. And I’m always cold.

  100. Sharon Syre on May 30, 2014 1:04 pm

    Always cold, It would be cool to make myself something warm, Thanks for the oppertunity

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  102. RJ Gosnell on May 30, 2014 11:28 pm

    I have had horrific hot flashes for the last two years. If I am cold and bundle up, I immediately have a hot flash and take it all off! If I am hot and I take it off, I then get cold and well, you can see where this is going, I feel like a stripper. I am writing this in my bra and shorts and I have a wet towel on my neck – but I have a shawl on my chair in case I go the other way. Sometimes I put on movies that show snow and ice and people trying not to freeze in order to trick my brain into thinking it is cold, so I won’t be hot.
    So, now, I have on a bra and shorts and a shawl and I feel like a stripper- again. If I win, I can at least try to keep my fingers busy knitting, and maybe that will fool my mind into thinking it is cold when it is not. The worst part of it all? Not remembering what I was doing. What were we talking about?

  103. ros on May 31, 2014 8:45 pm

    the AC blasts automatic here so I can put it on then remove at office

  104. Lorinda on June 1, 2014 12:18 am

    I’m one of those people who are always a little on the chilly side. Glad to be living where it is not too cold most of the time since we don’t heat the house.

  105. Anne Marie on June 1, 2014 11:42 pm

    My sister once called me Goldilocks because I’m either too hot or too cold; never just right!

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