Wearwithall Knitting Book Review & Giveaway

Blogged under CFEs/Contests, Good Books by Tammy on Tuesday 31 July 2012 at 6:05 pm

I recently received a review copy of a new knitting book called Wearwithall: Knits for Your Life. It is a collaborative project that was sponsored by The Yarnery and developed by five established fiber designers: Mary Lou Egan, Theresa Gaffey, Scott Rohr, Shelly Sheehan, and Sarah K. Walker. The book is currently for sale on-line through The Yarnery’s web shop and retails for $21.95 US and includes 13 knitting projects. If you are anything like me, you are already breaking down the per pattern cost, which is rounded up to $1.69 each.

The 13 projects are a mix of wearables and accessories: socks, mittens, hats, cables scarf and cowl, stole, rugby scarf, blanket, baby sweater and tunic, toddler’s cardigan, child’s vest, woman’s cardigan, man’s sweater, and table runner. All of the designs are very classic, and there are variation ideas provided as well. For example, one of my favorite projects is simply called “hats.” You can see a picture of it as well as all the other projects at wearwithall.com. This project provides instructions for knitting either a woman’s slouchy version of the hat or a men’s fitted version. One of the very cool things, by the way, about the book’s web site is that it lists all of the yarns used for each project and each variation and has links so that you could actually buy the exact yarn for a project in the book.

In fact, the web site is really packed full of information and also has a blog set up with on-going updates about ways to alter the projects and other related information. There was even a call for entries for version number two of this book. I like that you can go over there and learn a lot abut the book and get a good look at all of the projects before deciding to buy or not.

One of the elements of this book that really stood out to me as I was reading through it is the photography. Lately, I’ve noticed some publications try to be a little to artsy when it comes to project photographs. This makes me wonder if the publisher is trying to hide something or is just clueless about the fact that someone reading the book would want a clear picture of a project before he/she starts to make it. Wearwithall’s photographs are tasteful and inviting but still give you a really good idea of what the finished item will look like.

One point I would have liked to see, though this can sometimes be a little subjective, is a difficulty level marked on each pattern. As a fairly new knitter, most looked a little much for me to take on yet. However, as I spent more time reading the patterns, I did find a few that are at a beginning level. The stole pattern, though a large project, is beautiful and as far as stitches go very basic. The rugby scarf was also another good beginning project.

For anyone who enjoys making classic knit pieces, this book would be a great addition to your fiber book library. It is slim, just 56 pages, but it is designed for anyone who wants to knit pieces that will be worn and appreciated for many years.

Okay, now for some knitting and giveaway fun! I want to know what is your favorite item to knit. Is it a scarf, hat, sweater, what? What type of item do you seem to gravitate to over and over again when you pick up your pointy sticks?

This giveaway is available to anyone living in the continental US. (Sorry for this, but otherwise, it will be nearly impossible for me to mail out the book…long story.) Post your comment only once! in this blog entry and you will get a chance to win this wonderful book, Wearwithall. The deadline for entry is August 31st midnight ET. Then during the first few days in September 2012, I will randomly pick one winner. Make sure to include your email address when commenting. I will email the winner who will have 5 days after the drawing to reply back with a mailing address. Anyone who does not reply after 5 days will no longer be eligible to win, and I will draw a new winner.

26 Comments

  1. Comment by Alexis — July 31, 2012 @ 11:12 pm

    Looks like a cute book! I’m actually just starting to knit. I’ve crocheted for a number of years and finally decided to give the needles another shot. So far I’ve just done a couple cowls and they’ve been really enjoyable. I have my eye on an amazing “wolf” shawl that a want to try soon!

  2. Comment by Gracey — August 8, 2012 @ 8:23 am

    I love accessories, so this would be great!

  3. Comment by Linda Collins — August 8, 2012 @ 9:01 am

    I love to knit socks and shawlettes. I enjoy hats, too, but I seem to gravitate toward socks and shawlettes the most. I just checked out this book and the baby blanket pattern looks like something I’d like to try. Thanks for the chance at winning the book!

  4. Comment by Dianna — August 8, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    I’m gravitating towards garments lately! I would love this book because I love classic knits. Thanks for the giveaway! I saw it in the Positively Knitting podcast group!

  5. Comment by gail — August 8, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

    thanks for this giveaway!

  6. Comment by Sheila — August 8, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

    I would love to win a copy of this book!

  7. Comment by Judy — August 8, 2012 @ 7:15 pm

    Been knitting since my grandmother taught me at 5. Haven’t knitted in a couple of years, but this book would get me back into it. Love the hat. My granddaughters would too!

  8. Comment by Anne Marie — August 14, 2012 @ 8:28 am

    I love baby and kid sweaters … I have 7 to knit for! This book looks lovely. I am definitely a “classic knit” kind of girl. rav amchart theharts at windstream dot net

  9. Comment by cguard(on rav) — August 14, 2012 @ 9:07 am

    I will soon have an empty nest and plan to knit like crazy would love this knitting inspiration!

  10. Comment by Lori — August 14, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    I love the fact that you broke down the cost of the book by cost per pattern. Knitting things you can actually use is a brilliant use of your time.

  11. Comment by Knittingdancer on Ravelry — August 14, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

    I like to knit shawls and dishcloths.

  12. Comment by Debbie H — August 14, 2012 @ 4:32 pm

    I’ve been eyeing this book for a while now. I would love to win it. Thanks!

  13. Comment by Suzanne Shattuck — August 14, 2012 @ 6:13 pm

    They have many nice patterns!

  14. Comment by patsy — August 15, 2012 @ 3:38 pm

    I love to knit hats.

  15. Comment by Nancy — August 15, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

    This book looks great. Would love to win!

  16. Comment by Vintagetailor on Ravelry — August 17, 2012 @ 10:49 am

    I knit lots of socks, but usually have several larger projects going at the same time - shawls, sweaters, whatever inspires me at the moment. I love classic designs with a twist - the baby sweater and hat caught my eye!

  17. Comment by Jammie — August 18, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

    I have never knitted, my 11 year old daughter is interested in doing so, so I supposed it is time I learn. I would love to be able to knit her hats, scarfs, and maybe a blanket. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

  18. Comment by Jane — August 22, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

    Looks like a lovely new book. I would love to review it.

  19. Comment by Michelle — August 25, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    My favorite thing to knit is probably scarves/small shawls. Still learning to read patterns, so if this book might be perfect! Thanks for the giveaway :-)

  20. Comment by Kathy at Knitting Off the Grid — August 25, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

    What a wonderful giveaway! Thanks for the chance.

  21. Comment by Bumper — August 26, 2012 @ 9:01 am

    I would love to win this book. If I dont win it then I think I will have to buy it anyway. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
    I don’t really have a favourite thing to knit, in fact I hate knitting the same thing more than once.

  22. Comment by Beth W — August 27, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    Thanks! I love to make socks…they fit in any bag so they are easy to work on everywhere!

  23. Comment by shelia — August 28, 2012 @ 11:22 pm

    I love to make scarfs, and hats. I do not understand why they just sort of call out to me hahaha.

  24. Comment by Vanessa — August 29, 2012 @ 11:42 am

    What a lovely book. Thank you for the giveaway!

  25. Comment by lora baker — August 29, 2012 @ 10:42 pm

    I would love to win the book I’m always looking for different patterns for scarfs and hats and I’ve been wanting to make a swaeter for my son.

  26. Comment by Angelina Glass — August 31, 2012 @ 7:23 am

    wow, that looks like a WONDERFUL book!!!
    thanks for hosting a giveaway, and giving all of us the chance to be the lucky winner!!! Good Luck everyone!!!

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