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confessions of a knitting hereticLast week’s giveaway included a book by Annie Modesitt, which reminded me that I have a couple of extra copies of some of her other books, too.

This giveaway is for a copy of Confessions of a Knitting Heretic, which is sort of a memoir with tips, techniques, projects and instructions on her method of knitting that’s known as combination knitting. This book is so useful and flipping through it I’m finding all sorts of great stuff: how to make directional cables with a bias panel, tips for buttonhole placement, and really fun techniques for knitting plaid, to name a few random pages I turned to. I definitely need to read this one again soon.

The other book included in this giveaway is Cheaper Than Therapy: Joy, Healing & Life Lessons in Fiber. This is an essay collection Annie edited (it has a couple of her essays as well) full of stories about how knitting and crochet can help heal hurt and get people through really difficult situations in their lives.

They’re both really fun books and I’m sure you’ll enjoy them.

For your chance to win, leave a comment below before the end of the day next Wednesday (that’s Feb. 6 for those keeping score. Can you believe it’s February tomorrow already!). Let’s see, how about you share something about how knitting has helped you get through a hard time, if you want. I’ll start: I’m sure knitting was very helpful to me when my daughter was born six weeks early and I spent a week in the NICU with her. It was so nice to be able to do something constructive (and to make a hat small enough for her head!) that helped me not dwell on the scariness of the situation so much.

By Sarah White

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60 Comments so far

  1. Claire C on January 31, 2013 2:38 pm

    Confessions of a Knitting Heretic – This sounds like a great book to own. If it has different versions of casting off and casting on would be good to compare to my own way for starters.
    Cheaper Than Therapy – It sounds like a book you should own, I do use crochet and knitting to calm myself down after a very hectic day at work. This book is going to be a must for me.
    I hope I can win so all fingers and toes are crossed, thanks for this great giveaway.

  2. jonquil on January 31, 2013 2:45 pm

    I have ADD, & being able to sit & complete a knitted project helps train my brain to remain on goal & to stay focused longer, not only in knitting, this carries over into my other activities.

  3. Heather on January 31, 2013 3:09 pm

    My friend was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer last year. I cannot cure her so I have knit chemo caps for her and the cancer center that she goes to.

  4. Sheila on January 31, 2013 4:43 pm

    I’d never survive Oregon’s wet and dreary winters if I couldn’t curl up on the couch with my cat and some knitting.

  5. Sue H on January 31, 2013 5:43 pm

    Knitting helps me cut down on my mindless eating. Can’t eat while holding needles!

  6. Meg on January 31, 2013 5:59 pm

    In 2003, my lumbar vertebrae came close to slipping off my tailbone. I also have significant auto-immune issues. I spent 5 months, flat on my back in bed, while we argued with the HMO about what surgeon I could go to and the surgeons argued about whether they could possibly do surgery on me without having me die during the surgery. Meanwhile, I lost the use of my right leg and began to lose the control of my bladder and lived with blinding pain. It very much looked as though I would become paralyzed before anything was resolved. Knitting for my brand new grandson and expected granddaughter kept me sane. btw, I survived the surgery and now can walk again! Miracles happen and knitting helps along the way!

  7. azteclady on January 31, 2013 6:31 pm

    I was unemployed for a while, and knitting small items to sell helped me feel more in control, feel that I was doing something tangible to improve my situation. It never hurt that I love to do it and that it relaxes and entertains me. :grin:

  8. Mariann Rhodes on January 31, 2013 8:06 pm

    Knitting helps me control my episodes of chronic pain. Focus is part of handling my days. Be it needles knitting something fun, or reading a book on knitting, it helps me to hold on to control. Thank you for this giveaway !!

  9. Sherry on January 31, 2013 8:22 pm

    My husband and I are spiritual advisors for a local hospital. Knitting items for people in crisis is the therapy that keeps me sane.

  10. Mary Anne on January 31, 2013 8:29 pm

    I’m not a great knitter, but I’m slowly learning. Recently I’ve been worried about a situation our son and d-i-l are going through and it (knitting) helps me to stop thinking about it. I guess we never stop worrying about our kids and at least I can turn that into knitting something they can use.

  11. Siaron on February 1, 2013 12:56 am

    Knitting keeps me sane! With frenetic children and husband, and a busy worklife, I don’t know how I would cope without being able to sit down with a cup to tea and my knitting after the kids have gone to bed. What’s even better is that there is something to show for it at the end!!

  12. Linda Rumsey on February 1, 2013 2:38 am

    Knitting helps me cope with day to day life. But was especially helpful last year when my daughter missed a year of school due to ill health. I also taught her to knit so we could make good use of all the hours waiting around hospitals.

  13. Heidi Smith on February 1, 2013 5:58 am

    Knitting has helped me through my autoimmune disease issues. When Iam forced to slow down and take it easy, I feel more productive when I can knit. I always have a project or two on my needles. I used to quilt but I had to stop because I cannot stand for long periods. Now I knit, most always gifts, for various people. Especially my wonderful family.

  14. Emily on February 1, 2013 6:01 am

    Knitting is helping me right now. Wednesday we had to make the decision to put our old cat to sleep. He had Cancer and was in pain. It was the right choice but it has been hard and knitting and crocheting are helping me to get through it all.

  15. Margay on February 1, 2013 6:14 am

    Knitting is useful to me on a daily basis. I have Multiple Sclerosis and I find it very therapeutic in many ways to knit. Plus you get cool things to give away to the people you love when you’re done – and how useful is that!

  16. Jaan L of Tx on February 1, 2013 6:24 am

    We were in Karachi December, 2007 when Benazir Bhutto was assassinated. What a scary time, I just happened to have some yarn and new needles. I knitted for 4 days straight, til it was safe to leave the flat. If I didn’t have my knitting I would have gone crazy during the horrible days of killing and destruction. It was just a scarf, which I still have as a rememberance of that time.

  17. Dawn Hull on February 1, 2013 6:38 am

    When first and beloved dog died, I knitted myself a fairly ambitious pullover as a tribute. As I’m a slow and not proficient knitter it certainly kept my mind occupied.

  18. Patricia P. Hall on February 1, 2013 6:43 am

    I taught myself to knit socks while my dad was going through chemo treatments. It really helped to make those 8 hours fly by, especially since the treatments made him drowsy and he slept a great deal. He had been given 2 weeks to live but asked for treatments and he is now cancer free (going on one year)! Every time I wear the socks, I think of how fortunate I am to have him with me.

  19. Tina S on February 1, 2013 6:57 am

    Knitting and crocheting have gotten me through some tough times. When I was unexpectedly unemployed I didn’t know what I was going to do with myself so I decided to learn how to knit. I’m still a beginner but I’ve made simple scarves, baby blankets, and (my favorite) dish cloths. It helps to focus on something else rather than the search for a nonexistant job!

  20. Jessie on February 1, 2013 7:06 am

    I knit almost everyday. It is my primary source of stress relief. I have a child with detachment disorder and sensory integration issues. It helps me get through the rough days.

  21. Giulia on February 1, 2013 7:13 am

    Knitting is fun and relaxing. Organizing your stash is agony.

  22. Liz Casciano on February 1, 2013 7:18 am

    I love the color, texture and feel of the yarn. What a pleasure to make pretty things. It’s only second to the pleasure of gifting the item to someone you want to know you care.

  23. Terry Kessinger on February 1, 2013 7:32 am

    I find that as I’m knitting something for a particular person, I’m thinking of them – what they’ll think about it, how they’ll use it, what they’ll look like wearing it. I make things for people because I love them, and once they receive it, they get an extra big dose of it.

  24. Mary Lee on February 1, 2013 8:15 am

    I love knitting, even though I should probably call what I do “frogging” with the occasional F/O coming forth now and then. (I’m anxious to read about Annie’s combination method. Maybe that will be the secret for me.) What has surprised and pleased me most about knitting is that even though it seems a solitary endeavor, it has introduced me to many nice new people via blogs and yarn stores. Knitting… a cure for loneliness… who knew???

  25. Sylvia on February 1, 2013 8:32 am

    I’ve just completed an inter-state move from the house I’ve lived in for almost 40 years to another part of the country. Everything is still in boxes, heaps and piles. I have found my yarn stash and needles but alas, my books and patterns may not surface for quite some time. I’d LOVE to have some new knitting books so I can knit and thereby preserve my sanity as I work at unearthing the rest of my life’s belongings!

  26. Cindy Lynne on February 1, 2013 8:32 am

    My daughter recently had a health crisis and we almost lost her and her unborn baby girl. Knitting helped me take my mind off of everything for a while and get through it. Thanks to God and many prayers she and our new baby girl are doing fine!

  27. Charlene Anderson on February 1, 2013 8:47 am

    How have I missed this book? I’d love to own it!

  28. redcarousellion on February 1, 2013 8:48 am

    I had promised my mother when she was in her last days of surviving cancer, that I would bring her home to die. Knitting became an escape therapy to me with the constant repetition of pattern work during this difficult time.

  29. Knitting Teresa on February 1, 2013 9:28 am

    I like to take my knitting with me when I go to the doctor’s office. It helps pass the time waiting for the doctor and I feel productive doing something not just sitting there.

  30. Alisha on February 1, 2013 9:37 am

    I started knitting last summer and it has helped me with stress. My Grandmother was a knitter and she would knit next to my bed side when she would babysit me as a little girl. It was so comforting hearing her needles make that clicking sound with each stitch. I lost her when I was 7 years old and whenever I knit now, I feel like she is sitting right next to me and knitting too.

  31. Lennette Daniels on February 1, 2013 9:49 am

    Knitting was very helpful to me when my daughter was admitted to a mental health facility.

  32. Sandra on February 1, 2013 10:04 am

    Knitting keeps me calm in the car when my husband is driving. He also likes it because for some reason he doesn’t like it when I help him driive.

  33. DeeAnne on February 1, 2013 10:05 am

    My mother taught me to knit many years ago. I think of her as I use her needles to make scarves and other small items. The afghans she made for us are still used and loved.

  34. jean on February 1, 2013 10:54 am

    Cheaper than Therapy…hmmmm..sounds like right up my alley! The other one sounds interesting as well…I would love to win them!!

  35. Ann Devine on February 1, 2013 11:37 am

    I’m coming up on 15 years as a cancer survivor. While I was in treatment, I decided that if I could get thru that then I could do anything I put my mind to. Of course, what I wanted to do was learn to knit & crochet! Almost 15 years later, knitting still keeps me occupied and entertained. I try to knit every day, it’s such a morale boost.

  36. velia on February 1, 2013 12:11 pm

    When diagnosed with cancer, I took to quilting and knitting. They were the two things that kept my mind clear and helped me not to despair and have awful thoughts. Your knitting book would be a great addition to my never ending knitting collection for my projects. All my friends are the recipients of my work.

  37. Cindy S on February 1, 2013 12:34 pm

    Knitting gave me something to do while I was healing from neck surgery, and distracted me from the pain.

  38. Sarah on February 1, 2013 1:04 pm

    Knitting helped me relax and clear my mind all through law school. It still helps me clear my mind and think things through whenever I am tackling a tough case.

  39. Judith (from Israel) on February 1, 2013 2:28 pm

    Knitting helped me as I sat by my son’s bed when he was hospitalized for several months.

  40. Kim Reid on February 1, 2013 3:15 pm

    It seems every time I am stressed, if I pick up my needles and knit – it immediately relaxes me!
    Thanks for the chance to win these wonderful books :)

  41. lyn lewis on February 1, 2013 3:19 pm

    My jobs on the line so any form of Therapy would be just perfect!! And trust me…….I need all the help there is with my knitting
    ………..but Im a determined learner! lol

  42. joyce on February 1, 2013 4:10 pm

    Knitting keeps me from thinking about the negative things in my life. It’s good to focus on something else, especially if I am making something to give someone else. Then, my thoughts are focused on them.

  43. Paula C on February 1, 2013 4:14 pm

    My knitting has helped in so many ways, first I have Guillian Barre then our house burnt down. If not for knitting I would be locked up. These books sound great. Thank you for the chance to win good luck everyone.

  44. Donna Reed on February 1, 2013 4:19 pm

    Knitting has helped me meet people that I would never have had the opportunity to meet. Knitters are such great friends.

  45. Theresa on February 1, 2013 10:29 pm

    Taking projects to work on while sitting in the drs waiting room certainly passes the time. I’d go nuts just sitting there with nothing to do.

  46. Connie K. on February 2, 2013 11:06 am

    As an introvert, working in a loud and busy company can be very stressful, so coming home to a quiet and rythmic hobby is my lifeline. The softness, color, and beauty of knitting yarns or cross stitch threads is just what I need to calm and recenter.

  47. Sigrid on February 2, 2013 1:06 pm

    Knitting has helped me to keep my mind of things in some difficult time. It also is a great help relaxing during exam periods. College life can be pretty stressfull :)

  48. turtle on February 2, 2013 5:46 pm

    knitting for me not only helps me be creative when sitting with the family, i don’t sit still very well. But also it keeps me moving a little. I am just past 40 but suffer with arthritis and fibromyalgia and knitting keeps my joints and body from becoming to tense. Like a massage i give myself! :)

  49. cyni peterson on February 3, 2013 10:28 am

    Although I cannot knit myself because of arthritis and carpal tunnel my daughter has taken up the needles! She would love to learn more!

  50. Teresa on February 3, 2013 10:41 am

    Knitting has helped me teach two daughters to drive in big city traffic . . . I’m a basket case anyway, but it would have been much worse if I hadn’t had knitting to keep me calm when they almost ran us into something or someone!

  51. Rebecca Humphries on February 3, 2013 10:44 am

    This would be a fun read and maybe learned some new tricks and then I would pass it along to a daughter in law whos just learning how to knit
    thank you

  52. Karen Zumbrun on February 3, 2013 1:16 pm

    Thanks, I would love to win this book.

  53. E White on February 3, 2013 1:45 pm

    During the time my husband was in the hospital for several months before his death I only left on Saturday mornings to teach a beginners class at my lys. Without that contact with the outside world I probably would have not survived the ordeal.

  54. Ginny D on February 3, 2013 3:07 pm

    The only thing I can think of is a time my class knitted hats to help the homeless and newborn babies through a cold winter!

  55. Dennis on February 3, 2013 9:12 pm

    Both books sound like something I really need. Learning to knit is hard for me because the first time someone was teaching me they did it all wrong so I learned how to do it bad so I really could learn somethings from them. Thanks for the chance.

  56. Nancy D on February 3, 2013 11:41 pm

    This is more of a crochet project…but several years ago I became very ill with thyroid disease. My eyes had become painful so it hurt to read or even watch TV. I gathered lots of yarns from my stash and with a basic crochet stitch started a Afghan. It is huge and colorful and saved me many hours of boredom and stress from my illness. These books sound fun! A great addition to my library!

  57. Barbara on February 4, 2013 12:23 am

    Learning. Did my first hat on circulars this summer. Heard you could use two circulars instead of ending up on dpn’s. It went remarkably well Ran out and got another circular to try.

  58. Jolene Lew on February 4, 2013 10:32 am

    Knitting has not helped me YET, but I am sure it will. I’ve always wanted to knit but didn’t have the time to learn. This year though, I have graduated from my college and would love to start soon! It’ll help me to make adorable outfits for my niece and nephews and for my friend’s children and also, perhaps some tiny home gifts for myself :P hehe. There’s a lot of things I saved up about knitting online but just have not put to use. I’m sure this book would be really helpful if I can get my hands on em.

  59. Lynn on February 5, 2013 8:56 am

    Knitting makes me very happy. I try to get a little knitting in every day. It can be the best therapist, too.

  60. suza on February 5, 2013 6:42 pm

    I have an auto immune disease and I care for my mom. I am under enormous stress the knitting helps me to refocus and makes those unbearable minutes in Doctors waiting rooms pass more pleasantly. But recently I came in contact with a family who was on the down and outs and whose apartment and car were totaled in Sandy. I knit her year and a half old and 8 week old winter hats. I wanted to let the mom know that there were strangers who cared and that good things would happen for her. Knitting can heal a lot.

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