Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A Giveaway!

This was the sky above my garden this morning. Beautiful blue.



A wonderful way to start the day but the forecast is for more crazy weather this afternoon with torrential rain and potentially hail and snow near London. Crazy May weather so I think we should cheer it all up and have a giveaway.

Earlier in the year, I made some very special projects bags for the lovely Rachel Coopey, for the launch of her new book. 'Socks', available to buy here, is the first printed collection of her original, beautiful sock patterns.  I bought the book as soon as it was released. In fact. I bought the book, raved about it, took it to show a friend then had to buy myself another copy after it mysteriously disappeared and reappeared at her house.

The book contains ten patterns and when I looked through the book for the first time, I found myself saying 'I *must* make these first, no these, no maybe these....'  I think I have finally settled on these.....

'Saltburn' Photograph by Jesse Wild.

These socks are knitted in The Knitting Goddess 4ply Merino Nylon Sock Yarn. I love the cables and stripes. I just need to choose the colour now and there are lots available in the shop at the moment

Back to the giveaway. After I had finished making the bags for Rachel, I had a bit of fabric left. To start with I thought I would stash it away in in the 'must make something for myself' drawer but I knew I would never get anything made and this fabric is much too pretty to be hidden away so I have used it to make another drawstring project bag and a double-pointed needle case and Rachel has kindly donated a copy of the book so one lucky person could win all of this....except the needles in the case, I need those to knit my socks!
  

All you have to do to enter is comment on the post and let me know which one of the socks you would knit first. All of the details are on the book page on Ravelry. The giveaway will close on 31st May. 

27 comments:

Sam Berry said...

Wow Nic gorgeous fabric and Ive been eyeing up the sock book. I think out of all of them my first attempted sock would have to be the Pennycress design there is just something about it that yells knit me. (well at least to me it does)

Vicki said...

Oooh what a fabulous giveaway! I was drawling over Rachel's book and the socks themselves at Wonderwool, the colours of the socks are just amazing! So inspiring.

Julie said...

Dawlish for me ... though I am a sock virgin so have no idea how difficult [r not] these might be to knit. And I am also rather taken with that glorious yellow. I'm fickle like that!

knittynew said...

Milfoil for me I love the close pattern work - although it has just taken me ages to choose!

pip said...

Great Giveaway; love the project bag. Willowherb :)

Rachel A said...

Yay! What a lovely giveaway! I've got my eye on Calamint in something nice and bright for summer knitting. I do already have the book though so if I'm a lucky winner please pull a second name out of the hat and send the book to another person...let's share the love!

Karen said...

Ooh great giveaway! I'd have to choose Dawlish I think. I love the intricate cable lines, but it might also be that rather eye-catching yellow :)

Nicki said...

Wow!! That fabric is so scrummy. I would knit the same as you have chosen.
I will add it to my list.

Nicki.xxx

Beth said...

Fantastic giveaway! I'd knit Brighton, I love the pattern and length.

√úhltje said...

I was ogling the book already, but wasn't allowed (by myself) to buy any new patterns for at least a while, but winning it is a different matter altogether ;-) Dawlish is the one that I would knit first.

Ewa said...

I agree: all of the patterns are 'must knit someday soon' ones! I think my initial choice will be either Budleigh (as it's my favourite beach and I love going there especially in winter - so socks required!)or Paignton (as I love the heels on these). I think I have found a great outlet for all the sock yarn I seem to be buying ;) !!

Ellie Raine said...

I love all of them but Saxifrage would be first. I've swooned over this book for a while, I even have some yarn ready. Great giveaway!

Stitched Together said...

I think I would knit Budleigh first. I am a sucker for twisty cables. Thanks for giving away this gorgeous stuff.

Helen W said...

I would knit Paignton first. I love the heel on them.

Carolyn said...

I would knit Saxifrage - love the diamonds :-) .

Ali knits said...

Wow! All amazing designs...as I've yet to dive in to the world of sock knitting I'll go for Dawlish. They look fantastic and importantly for me have been rated by someone on Ravelry as a fairly easy knit...beautiful bags too, what a talented pair!

TracyC611 said...

Lovely giveaway - thank you. Its Dawlish for me.

Phro5gg said...

I agree with you. I am drawn to the Saltburn socks. I love the pattern and the colors she chose are perfect!

Lisa Wade said...

I love the intricacy of Willowherb. It looks so complicated, but at the same time, the construction looks much more simple than expected on closer inspection.

Willowherb is definitely my choice :D

Kaz said...

Ohhhhhh would love to knit Dawlish first and bet DD would pinch them as soon as they were off the needles like she normally does lol

Raelene said...

I love willowherb!

Louise Bentham said...

What a fantastic giveaway! My first knit would have to be Willowherb, such a gorgeous texture.

craftyactivist said...

Definitely Budleigh. They look amazing. I haven't knit a good pair of sock in ages. Must get my DPN's out!!

Anonymous said...

I would knit calamint, followed by saltburn. This book looks lovely, great designs and lots of British yarns. Anita


anita.cross@ntlworld.com (sorry cant remember my google account)

Not So Granny said...

Great giveaway! I would make calamint, love the pretty detailing. But then i love everything Rachel designs. Such a clever lady!

Anonymous said...

I love this book and bought it even though I don't knit my socks top down! I am thinking Dawlish first and work my way up to Brighton! :-))

Helena (mum2one on Rav)

Madmum said...

I'm with you on the Saltburn socks too. It's a fabulous book and is on my birthday wish list :)