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I’m sure it has something to do with the cold, but I have been reading a lot of books lately about knitting in northern Europe. Up there they know how to keep warm and they know that winter accessories ought to be stylish and pretty, because it’s the only thing people can see when you’re bundled up outside.

This week I happen to have two books inspired by that part of the world. (They will go to one winner.)

The first is Nordic Knitting Traditions by Susan Anderson-Freed, a book of 25 accessory patterns inspired by the designs of Scandinavia, Iceland and Fair Isle. This one is full of hats, mittens, gloves, socks and leg warmers that will keep you warm and colorful all winter long.

The second is Knit Nordic by Eline Oftedal, a collection of home and accessory patterns inspired by four classic Norwegian sweater patterns. Here you can knit a classic sweater for a coffee pot or a mug, make a bag with traditional flair or stitch up pillows with panels of traditional motifs.

These books are both lots of fun and are sure to bring a little bit of color to the lingering days of winter.

For your chance to win these books, leave a comment on this post before the end of the day Sunday, Feb. 23. I don’t have a good knitting-related question in mind, so why don’t you tell me if you’re watching the Olympics, or what your favorite winter sport is. (I haven’t watched a second of it yet and I’m not sure I’m going to, which is more about being busy than anything else.)

One winner will take home both books. Thanks for visiting and good luck!

By Sarah White

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114 Comments so far

  1. Katharina Barker on February 17, 2014 12:35 pm

    Would so love one of these books!

  2. Chloe on February 17, 2014 12:36 pm

    I love skating, but I will watch almost any sport when the Olympics are on!

  3. Kristin on February 17, 2014 12:38 pm

    It would be fascinating reading those.

  4. Jodi a on February 17, 2014 12:40 pm

    I watch whatever is on, no favorites

  5. Sarah Krugler on February 17, 2014 12:41 pm

    No I’m not watching the Olympics. I feel like I’m the only one not watching but I just prefer the summer Olympics.

  6. Jessica F. on February 17, 2014 12:43 pm

    I like figure skating, but I’ve been watching mostly the skiing games (there’s a team from Norway that has been knitting a scarf to pass onto the next Olympians!)

  7. Sara on February 17, 2014 12:45 pm

    I love the snowboarding stunts, look terrifying and amazing at the same time :-)

  8. Alicia on February 17, 2014 12:52 pm

    I haven’t been watching them, but I feel like that’s all anyone’s talking about! I like the snowboarders. :)

  9. Sandra on February 17, 2014 1:00 pm

    I love figure skating and ski jumping.

  10. Jen on February 17, 2014 1:05 pm

    I have not been watching but I am covertly following them via the Google page on the Android phone.

  11. Amy Braud on February 17, 2014 1:05 pm

    I don’t really watch the Olympics, if I want to see winter sports I will just look out my window at the six inches of snow we are getting today. Lolu

  12. Katharina on February 17, 2014 1:06 pm

    It’s ever so helpful if you fully read the instructions before entering a giveaway… *blushes*

    I love the figure skating and have been knitting away in front of the TV.

  13. Andrea on February 17, 2014 1:08 pm

    I have to admit I have been watching the Olympics every night and knitting. I enjoy snowboarding and figure skating. I am also loving all of the knit and crochet accessories the athletes are wearing!

  14. Jennie on February 17, 2014 1:18 pm

    I haven’t watched any of the Olympics. I would love these books!

  15. meg mcphee on February 17, 2014 1:38 pm

    What are sports?

  16. Maureen on February 17, 2014 1:40 pm

    I for some reason have not been interested in these Olympics.
    I would love to knit these.

  17. gish on February 17, 2014 1:43 pm

    been really loving all the downhill skiing and the luge/skeleton. I cant ski but its amazing to watch!!

  18. Becki on February 17, 2014 1:45 pm

    I’ve really enjoyed knitting while watching cross country skiing and biathlon–it looks so exhausting–I admire their dedication. The irony of me sitting, knitting, and drinking tea while they push themselves to the brink of collapse is not lost on me.

  19. Claire on February 17, 2014 1:46 pm

    My favorite Olympic winter sport is figure skating. Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Elaina on February 17, 2014 2:06 pm

    I have just started getting into Nordic style knitting. Recently completed a pair of mittens for myself and working on another pair for my mother. Since we just moved to Wisconsin, warm, knit winter wear is a must! We just got into cross country skiing (no TV to watch the Olympics on).

  21. MelodyJ on February 17, 2014 2:22 pm

    I like bobsheding and skiboarding.

  22. Sara on February 17, 2014 2:26 pm

    I have been knitting while watching! I really enjoyed watching the new slope style events.

  23. Mary on February 17, 2014 2:26 pm

    LOVE the ice skating and ice dancing, but I like it ALL, really. One of these books would be awesome for my library. Thanks!

  24. Deb Kegelmeyer on February 17, 2014 2:29 pm

    Watching all the Olympics I can but why oh why is hockey eat 3:00 and 7:00 AM!?

  25. TN on February 17, 2014 2:29 pm

    I haven’t watched the Olympics myself. No T.V. here, just knitting.

  26. Mistie Kelley on February 17, 2014 2:35 pm

    I haven’t seen the winter Olympics in years, maybe even decades. My favorite winter sport is watching my chickens have fun in the snow.

  27. jonquil on February 17, 2014 2:37 pm

    The Triathlon is my favorite winter event. However, I’m not watching as I disagree strongly with Putin’s homophobic laws & the Scochi gov’t. decision to round up & kill all the stray dogs that they could get hold of.

  28. Veronica on February 17, 2014 2:38 pm

    I would love the books! I’ve watched a bit of the ice skating and basketball, both my favorite winter Olympic sports.

  29. Bev on February 17, 2014 2:46 pm

    love curling, looks like doing housework. might give it a try on my wooden floors with my floor duster.

  30. Stefanie W on February 17, 2014 3:00 pm

    I’ve been watching a lot of the skiing and ski jumping. These books sound awesome!

  31. Siaron on February 17, 2014 3:28 pm

    Has to be the curling – so skillful and nail-biting!

  32. Pamela on February 17, 2014 3:47 pm

    My Scandinavian ancestors would love to have encouraged my skiing to no avail, the I love watching curling during the Olympics.

  33. cindy fry on February 17, 2014 4:08 pm

    Curling is my favorite to watch. It’s so much like bowling to me.

  34. Steph on February 17, 2014 4:39 pm

    I haven’t watched the olympics. Don’t want to give them the viewing figures after all the controversy!

  35. Chantel Lee on February 17, 2014 5:14 pm

    I would love these books. Yes, I’ve been watching some of the Olympics. I like figure skating the best, but I seem to keep getting drawn into the other sports, as well!

  36. Marianna on February 17, 2014 5:19 pm

    I love watching the Olympics.

  37. Maureen on February 17, 2014 7:06 pm

    I almost never watch the Olympics because I can’t stand to sit through that much television! I have to have my trusty knitting just to get through a half hour sitcom. :)

  38. Maribeth on February 17, 2014 7:40 pm

    I’ve been watching bobsled tonight. Working on a sock and getting ready for ice dancing.

  39. Mary Finn on February 17, 2014 8:37 pm

    Love, love, love the Olympics. Always dreamed of being in them but highest I ever got was All State. Now my knitting is my Olympics. Love fair isle. These books look awesome! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  40. Jennifer on February 17, 2014 9:39 pm

    I watched slope styles and barely breathed the entire time. Exhilarating and terrifying!

  41. Sue on February 17, 2014 10:00 pm

    I just love the fact that Erin Hamlin from a small town in Upstate NY won the bronze in the women’s luge, the first American woman to win a medal in this sport! ????

  42. Karen on February 17, 2014 10:14 pm

    I’m sorry you’re missing the Olympics! I’m loving it all and am so proud of all the athletes around the world.

  43. Gina Douthit on February 17, 2014 10:26 pm

    I have been only getting pieces here and there of the Olympics, which is sad because I really enjoy them. My favorite winter sport would be any type of figure skating. It’s not just athletic, it’s creative too!

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  45. Diane on February 17, 2014 11:42 pm

    Great give-away. Much thanks

  46. Desiree on February 18, 2014 2:03 am

    Found your website cause I’ve been obsessed with Norwegian knitting since I visited Norway last September :) What a wonderful giveaway (not sure if it’s valid internationally and therefore my entry applies)
    I like ice skating, but haven’t watched a minute of the Olympics either.

  47. Linda Rumsey on February 18, 2014 2:30 am

    I’m enjoying the Figure Skating, but also get roped into watching most of the other sports with my family!

  48. Donna H on February 18, 2014 3:32 am

    Hi Sarah! I’ve only watched a little hockey and some snowboarding this year. I generally enjoy watching the Olympics, but this year I seem to have missed most of it.

    Thanks for another great giveaway!

  49. Nancy Reed on February 18, 2014 3:42 am

    Ever since I was little, the Wild World of Sports and the ski jumper crashing off the edge of the ramp has intrigued me. Then came Eddie the Eagle and I thought, “If he can do it, why can’t I?” I haven’t (yet) but ski jumping is still my favorite Olympic sport. Thanks for the giveaway.

  50. Nancy Reed on February 18, 2014 3:44 am

    I knew I was doing this way too early – WIDE World of Sports.

  51. Julie T on February 18, 2014 5:18 am

    We’ve watched a lot of the Olympics. I’m consistently impressed and amazed at the skills of those athletes….no matter which sport! :)

    Thanks for the chance at these lovely books!

  52. Jennifer Raymond on February 18, 2014 5:31 am

    I’ve only seen a bit of the ice skating – I haven’t had much time for much of anything lately! Those lovely books make me think of the time I spent in Sweden and Norway. Such lovely countries with beautiful art.

  53. Denyalle on February 18, 2014 7:15 am

    I’ve only caught glimpses of the games, not much of a TV watcher myself. My favorite winter sport however is cross country skiing.

    These books look amazing! I am mostly Scandinavian and love crafting books that come from my heritage!

  54. Stefanie on February 18, 2014 7:32 am

    I really enjoy watching the snowboard competitions! :)

  55. olderandwiser on February 18, 2014 8:36 am

    Haven’t watched the Winter Olympics (no TV). My favorite winter occupation is staying warm and having a cup of tea while the snow (too much this year) is falling.

  56. Ofelia on February 18, 2014 9:11 am

    These books are great!!
    I’m not a sports person, but I like to watch ice skating.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  57. Sarah on February 18, 2014 9:17 am

    knitting while watching ice dancing makes for a wonderful day.

  58. belleandrew on February 18, 2014 9:21 am

    Not watching the Olympics, but I love winter and the excuse to knit or crochet warm things!! :-)

  59. Connie K. on February 18, 2014 9:39 am

    I love speed skating! Probably because I could never in a million years do it myself.

  60. Pat on February 18, 2014 9:45 am

    Sorry , no Olympics for me. I have enough winter going on right outside my window thank you :-)

  61. Lorinda on February 18, 2014 10:06 am

    I love watching all of the events, but my favorite has to be the figure skating. The movements are so graceful!

  62. Michele T on February 18, 2014 10:11 am

    I have been watching the Olympics and have most enjoyed the skiing events.

  63. Marjorie on February 18, 2014 10:19 am

    I have been watching the Olympics, I like figure skating and ice dancing best. Thanks for the contest.

  64. Karey on February 18, 2014 10:27 am

    I’ve watched a little of the Olympics, but not much. I do like the curling, ice skating and tobogganing though.

  65. Charlene on February 18, 2014 10:32 am

    I am an Olympic fanatic. I love everything. I just love hockey a little less than everything else.

  66. jill siever on February 18, 2014 10:36 am

    Not watching much Olympics…hockey is our favorite winter sport….doing slot of knitting and sewing for upcoming spring shows :)

  67. CarolynK on February 18, 2014 10:36 am

    My favorite is speed skating. I’m not watching right now, but I am doing my version of speed knitting trying to finish some UFOs before starting a new project.

  68. Sandie Weinrauch on February 18, 2014 10:46 am

    I can take or leave watching the Olympics. Blah.

  69. Diane on February 18, 2014 11:00 am

    My favorites at the Olympics is ice skating/dancing. True poetry on ice!

  70. Ruth on February 18, 2014 11:05 am

    I’m watching as much of the Olympics as I can. It’s all fun to watch, so I can’t choose a favorite.

    Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity!

  71. Rose S. on February 18, 2014 11:27 am

    I love ice hockey but I do NOT love getting up at 6:00 a.m. to watch it so I haven’t seen any of the hockey games. I did watch the skeleton and the bobsledding — on the edge of my seat.

    Thank you for an excellent giveaway.

  72. Lorene Frischknecht on February 18, 2014 11:35 am

    I would love to be included in the draw! I just love the Nordic designs and they would be a welcome addition to my pattern stash! Thanks for the invite!

  73. wild orchid on February 18, 2014 11:35 am

    I have enjoyed watching the figure skating events.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  74. Cindy Bailey on February 18, 2014 11:38 am

    My living room is currently all about Sochi and knitting – a good sign that I’m suffering from too much winter. I’d love to win both books, because I do a lot of charity knitting, but once in a while, I love to do something challenging for myself or my family. And…I am a collector of knitting books. Favorite winter sport? Indoor watching. I love to watch all of the winter sports, but only from my armchair… :)

  75. Betty on February 18, 2014 11:59 am

    I would love one of these books! It’s been fun to see the Nordic-inspired knitwear at the Olympics. I must say I’m cheering for the US in men’s hockey- that is my favorite.

  76. Nancy on February 18, 2014 12:01 pm

    I’m watching the Olympics and love the sliding sports. Bobsled, skeleton, etc. So fun to watch – especially while knitting! :)

  77. Kasey on February 18, 2014 12:16 pm

    I haven’t watched the Olympics, But I would be happy and excited to win these books. Thank you!

  78. joyce on February 18, 2014 12:32 pm

    I am definitely watching the Olympics. I enjoy bobsledding and the luge. Pretty exciting.

  79. Joanne Mohr on February 18, 2014 1:07 pm

    I love the bobsledding and the luge, I would love to win these books. I love to knit hats.
    Thanks for offering these books to us.

  80. kim on February 18, 2014 1:07 pm

    My favorite winter sport is watching the snow come down through the window while knitting!

  81. Theresa on February 18, 2014 2:03 pm

    I have watched the Olympics off and on. Saw some of the figure skating–was disappointed that the American ladies score was lower than somebody else who fell. Watched some snowboarding stunts–I am curious how they even begin to practice doing that without breaking their necks!! Loved the luge.

  82. Samanta on February 18, 2014 2:14 pm

    I am watching the olympics, yes! Ice skating is what I love most, winter games are really energetic and dangerous, but skating is absolutely beautiful!
    Great give-away, I’ll keep my fingers crossed! :)

  83. Martina on February 18, 2014 2:45 pm

    Fell in love with the Winter Olympics when we visited Lillehammer, Norway a couple of months before the games there. Love Scandinavian patterns :)
    (fingers crossed!)

  84. Kyla L on February 18, 2014 3:06 pm

    I watch daily. My favorites are snowboarding events (halfpipe in particular)

  85. Cynthia W on February 18, 2014 4:15 pm

    I’m not watching the Olympics (no TV), but I am enjoy the Ravellenics – I call it the Ravelympics. As part of this, I have now learned stranding – I LOVE it! I can see many Christmas presents being made using this technique. My favorite winter sport is romping in the snow! After living in Georgia for 20 years, I’ve moved back to Minnesota & am loving the snow – not so much the cold, though. And wouldn’t you know Georgia is getting more snow this year than all the 20 I lived there!!! Oh, would love to have the books.

  86. Dana Nelms on February 18, 2014 4:22 pm

    I LOVE the Olympics and have watched it, while knitting, since the opening ceremonies!

  87. Lee on February 18, 2014 6:47 pm

    I love watching the Olympics! I enjoy the hockey, skating and ski events the most! Thanks for the change to win such great books! I am Scandinavian and love the Nordic style!

  88. Donna Reed on February 18, 2014 7:08 pm

    Only spotty watching this year. Think coverage has not been great and the didn’t generate much excitement.

  89. Judy Aiken on February 18, 2014 7:13 pm

    I love watching the Olympics. Love whatever is on,skating, skiing, biathlon, love it all. Would very much appreciate winning these books.

  90. OHSue on February 18, 2014 8:16 pm

    My son and I enjoyed the bi-athalon, not something we have seen before so it was interesting to see what went into the competition.

  91. Alexandra P on February 18, 2014 8:45 pm

    Well, I haven’t been exactly watching the games but I love to see all the crazy Sochi disasters! Best. Olympics. Ever.

  92. Sheila on February 18, 2014 11:41 pm

    I’m not watching the Olympics, they just don’t really interest me. Can I count knitting as a winter sport? If not, I guess I’ll have to go with ice skating, but really, I’d rather knit.

  93. karen boivin on February 19, 2014 5:21 am

    of course! The time and effort all competitors have put into their respective events is incredible all should be commended.

  94. Robin Christofaro on February 19, 2014 6:03 am

    I’ll watch it all, but I am really loving the men’s hockey!! GO USA!

  95. Ann Devine on February 19, 2014 6:50 am

    I haven’t been watching much of the Olympics this time. I catch brief bits here & there, but I’m usually pretty busy even after working all day. However, I’d really like to have these books! The one thing I watched the whole way through was the opening ceremony, and I took notes about the nicest Olympic knitwear, and there was a lot of it!

  96. Heather Labenski on February 19, 2014 7:19 am

    Haven’t missed a moment of the Olympics! Favorite is the cross country skiing but the snowboard cross is pretty crazy to watch too. The announcers keep referring to the “carnage on the course”: exciting and gruesome!

  97. Margay on February 19, 2014 7:27 am

    Not watching the Olympics this time. Just had no interest in them this time.

  98. Sandra on February 19, 2014 9:14 am

    I haven’t been watching the Olympics but I would certainly love tho have these books.

  99. Maria Arms on February 19, 2014 10:40 am

    My favorite winter sport although not an Olympic sport is making snow angels. Have you tried in in the last 20 years? I can guarantee you will belly laugh at the act of making them or trying to get up. How nice it would be to lie in the snow reading these books planning my next project!

  100. Adrienne Forsyth on February 19, 2014 2:33 pm

    I’ve been glued to the television for the Olympics – living in Canada we’re pretty much all about winter so the games are a natural attraction. I love nordic knitting style, so would be thrilled to add these two volumes to my library.

  101. Andy on February 19, 2014 6:39 pm

    My favorite Olympic is hockey! I’d love to win one of these books as I visited Norway and this brings back memories. :)

  102. Meredith M. on February 19, 2014 7:30 pm

    Pairs figure skating was awesome! I’ve been knitting up a storm this Olympics.

  103. Elizabeth on February 19, 2014 9:23 pm

    I’ve started and finished knitting a hat during the Olympics. Haven’t really watched much of it – more as background noise :)

  104. KittenWithAWhiplash on February 19, 2014 10:06 pm

    I haven’t watched any on tv, but have watched highlights on the web.

  105. Anne Marie on February 20, 2014 8:56 am

    Love the figure skating.

  106. Marilyn (Merry) Fenton on February 20, 2014 9:01 am

    I watched my first olympics last night – 2 woman bobsled and skating. It’s hard to knit when you’re paying attention to TV. : )
    wahoomerryf on Rav

  107. Lori on February 20, 2014 9:59 am

    The figure skating is so beautiful. I think the women’s singles are magnificent, but when the couples skate together, it is breathtaking.

  108. Andrea B on February 20, 2014 12:04 pm

    I’m with you – haven’t watched a second of the Olympics except when I’m at the gym which is when they show curling – I’m starting to get into it!

  109. Marianna on February 20, 2014 1:32 pm

    I do not have a TV anymore, but when I did, my favorite Olympic winter sport was sitting in my warm home, sipping cocoa, and watching whatever winter sport happened to be on at the time. :-) I do love Nordic knitting techniques and patterns, btw.

  110. Susan Samuel on February 20, 2014 2:04 pm

    I have been watching the olympics and thoroughly enjoying them. It definitely puts me in the mind frame for knitting some gorgeously patterned and warm Nordic sweaters, hats and scarves.

  111. nancy d on February 20, 2014 11:31 pm

    I’m watching the Olympics and loving it all! I’m always a little disappointed when its over. But then I have the summer games to look forward to :)

  112. Carmen on February 22, 2014 2:09 pm

    I don’t get to watch much tv with the other media hogs in the house. I love watching the Olympics – esp figure skating and snow boarding.

  113. Helen on February 22, 2014 8:42 pm

    Would love to take a closer look at those books. As for winter sports, I really like watching ice skating.

  114. Linda on February 23, 2014 5:12 pm

    Enjoy watching the figure skating but hard to watch and knit!

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