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Thursday, November 19, 2009

epstein-kiss-250This is the time of year when warm thoughts of friends and family come gathering round the knitting table. Along with all the changes in weather, there’s usually changes in what we’re knitting: Gifts.

Just in time for holiday knitting is something new by Nicky Epstein: Knitting A Kiss in Every Stitch — a savvy new book filled with lots of ideas for projects for everyone on your gift list.

Nicky’s lovely and thoughtful touches are evident throughout with a wide range of garments for infants, teens and yes, your man.

Picture 2Baby’s First Hat (pg. 10) is a quick gift for the new dumpling in your neighborhood (they’re everywhere! Hi Gianna! Hi Daniel!) and this cap has what is Nicky’s signature: a clean style with some whimsical touches made with easy embellishments.

Your teen might just be thrilled to the moon and back by her vampire/werewolf caps (on pg. 33). Nicky writes: “For the “Plain Janes,” simply knit the hat and leave off the vampire bite.”

guy-socks-7228For your man, a great pair of socks, (pg. 77) with a not-so-secret message, sure to tickle you every time you see them. I’d like to say thanks for this picture alone, so naughty…

wrap-7227The ladies are not forgotten here. There’s lots of really pretty ideas for us, including a stunning bride’s purse (pg. 44) and great wrap called the Diamond Rib that I’m hoping Santa’s Elves are working on for me right now! I wish I had it right now to snuggle in with my morning tea…

And since we’ve stumbled into MY holiday wish list, I need those Pampering Spa Cloths (pg. 100 ) and the Jet Set Travel Tags (pg. 114), which show Nicky’s great eye for decorative touches that raise the bland to the irresistible. The Spa Cloths would pair up so nicely with a great bar of fancy soap for a guick gift for anyone on your list; the form and function of those tags sure would’ve saved me some time at La Guardia awhile back when I about collapsed from the dizzy watching the luggage go round and round the carousel…

(Closed: If you’d like a copy of this book, just leave a comment and your email below and we will randomly draw a winner on Tuesday, the 24th.)

94 Responses to “Thursday, November 19, 2009”

  1. Lynn in VA says:

    I love your patterns (and thanks for all of your advice when I thought I was going to run out of yarn for Arrianne), love your blog, and the chance of winning that book has lured me out of lurkerhood (lurkerdom? Just plain old “lurking” sounds so boring.)

  2. Alex says:

    I too, have decided to stop lurking after seeing this lovely prize. I love the blog, and Monday Morning Mirth always improves my mood. Thanks for giving us a great Chicago knit blog!

  3. Jen B says:

    Thanks for the fabulous patterns & the chance to win such a great prize.

  4. Kathryn says:

    Living just north of you in Milwaukee I totally can relate when you speak of needing warm snuggly knitwear to keep the chill away! Thanks for the great patterns and the chance to win a prize.

  5. ~S says:

    Looks like some lovely patterns in that book and a good way to use up some partial skeins. :)

  6. Elizabeth says:

    I, too, am excited about the chance of winning such a wonderful prize. Thanks for all your wonderful patterns. As an update, I figured out the sleeve length for Miss BB and she is waiting patiently to be seamed up. Thank you for your help!!

  7. Emily says:

    Those hats are so cute!

  8. Jackie says:

    That book looks fabulous! I’d love to be the winner, but I do believe that book is in my future even if I’m not. Thanks for the wonderful patterns and great photography, I love your blog.

  9. lisa says:

    That book looks like it has some great projects! Thank you for the chance to win it.

  10. Anita says:

    I love your blog! This book looks interesting, I would like to win it. I am currently knitting 2 of your designs. I really like your patterns. They are very clear. I know I will knit more of them.

  11. Karen in CPH says:

    Enjoy reading your blog — and knitting your patterns. Thanks for the contest.

  12. Renee says:

    What a great book and Giveaway! Thank you for the chance to give it a new home. :)
    I hope you get everything you want on your Christmas Wish list, Bonne Marie!!

  13. Gita says:

    I have several of Nicky Epstein’s books and love them. The new one will be a welcome addition to my holiday list. Gita

  14. kathleen says:

    Hee, hee! The book looks worth it for the hunky pix! So much for sox not being sexy!

  15. Niki says:

    What an awesome book! I would love to win a copy. Thank you for sponsoring such a great give-away.

  16. Stephanie says:

    I’m intrigued by the manly socks. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book! Love your patterns. I’ve knit two Basic Chic Hoodies with the mods you showed last fall (?) when you knit it up into a black cardie with donut cable and collar. Although…my collar doesn’t want to lay flat, it rides up a bit. Should I add more stitches when I pick up? Your mods increased 10 evenly across. Still…love love love it!

  17. Delica says:

    Thanks for having a contest! It looks like Nicky’s book has something for everyone this holiday!

  18. Katinka says:

    Throw my name in, please! :)

    P.S. I both purchased Miss BB AND swatched for her yesterday — yay!

  19. Janice says:

    The book looks fantastic! Thanks for throwing my name in!

  20. Susan says:

    Nicky’s books are always fun. Thanks for the contest. Oh, and all your great patterns too!

  21. Jaime says:

    I love your patterns and have made many. Enjoy your blog too.

  22. Merna says:

    Nicky’s Edge books are great. And here’s a chance to tell you how much I love my Mondo Pulli in cotton for Southern California.

  23. Jackie says:

    Looks like another must have book.

  24. MK Bailey says:

    Looks like a great book to add to the knitting library.

  25. LH says:

    I’ve knit Lo Tech Sweat, Gigi, CeCe, Chickami, Ribby Cardi, Felted Bucket Hat, and Ariann – all great patterns. Would love to add this book to my collection!

  26. DeannaC says:

    What a lovely book – thanks for offering it! Also thanks for all of your designs. Over half of my handknit sweaters are yours and I often get compliments on them.

  27. caroline says:

    What a sweet offer, Bonne. And thanks for the thoughtful review. Happy Holidays!

  28. Kyla says:

    Great idea!! Great review. I can’t wait to see what else you have on the needles. Yours was one of my first blogs and I’m glad you are still posting – at a time when others seem to be winding down. Keep it up!

  29. Diana says:

    Add me to the list, please, Bonne Marie. Also a great fan of your style and patterns.

  30. Mandy says:

    Oh, that book definitely looks like a must-have and, as my budget can’t accommodate a new knitting book right now, this is the perfect time to delurk and try to win the prize! Thanks!!!

  31. Tami says:

    You’re the bomb Bonne Marie! Thanks for sharing your knitting goodness! Keep it coming…

  32. Sylvia says:

    I would be most thankful to receive this book. I too enjoy your blog.

  33. Margie says:

    Oooohhh….that wrap is FABULOUS!!! I’d LOVE a copy of this beautiful book for that pattern alone!!! Thanks SO MUCH for the giveaway, Bonne Marie!!

  34. Colleen says:

    Thanks for the heads up about Nickie Epstein’s book. I love her stuff. BTW I enjoy reading your blog. You are always so fun and upbeat, you bring sunshine into my day.

  35. Bev says:

    What a great looking book, thanks for giving us a chance to win. It does bring to mind a question, when are you going to write a book? That’s one all us fans would love to read!!

  36. Kathleen says:

    Thank you for offering up your copy of the book. A great summary too. Now if the calendar would only slow down so I could knit up all my ideas!

  37. Anne T. says:

    Keep on blogging! I always enjoy reading your keen and entertaining observations on knitting and life!

  38. Cruz says:

    HOw do you hold down a fulltime job, knit your wardrobe, publish patterns, manage a fabulous blog, and now, review books!

  39. barb collins says:

    Hey – thanks for the chance to get this book! It looks great. I’m in that giftie mode right now too, and loving it!

  40. Patty says:

    Hi Bonne Marie! Pick me! Pick me! I should finally be done with Miss BB by then…back and sleeves done, 1/2 way through left front and I love it!

  41. Darci says:

    Pick me…Pick me…Please and Thank you

  42. Pam Huang says:

    I’m a sucker for free books! I enjoy reading your blog and knitting your patterns. Thanks!

  43. Maria K says:

    I’d love a copy of the book! Thanks for sharing!
    XOXOXOX
    Maria

  44. joan says:

    A good book review from you must mean the book IS good. I hope I am the lucky winner. Your blog is so helpful and inspiring–thank you.

  45. Rose says:

    Definitely enter my name please!

  46. Maxine says:

    The more I see Nicky’s work, the more I stay busy knitting. Would love to have her latest book.

  47. Seanna Lea says:

    The book sounds interesting. I haven’t seen it at my local bookstore or library yet. Nicky is always great for ideas!

  48. KmlSeattle says:

    That looks like a great book. I just love Nicky’s books. Would love to add this to my small collection.

  49. kat says:

    Mmmm, naughty socks…must have.

  50. Christina says:

    I should be working on my mondo cable cardi instead of reading my blog lists…how tempting it is to take a few moments to send a note.

 
 
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