Tuesday, September 24, 2013

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Knit Christmas Stockings

Knit Christmas Stockings

19 Patterns for Stockings & Ornaments

by Gwen W. Steege

Paperback: 136 Pages
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC ~ 2nd Edition (August 27, 2013)


Who doesn't love handmade items for the holidays?  Better yet, who doesn't love hand knit items?  Perhaps a new hat, pair of fingerless mitts or cabled sweater?  Those are all lovely, wrapped up under the tree.... but what about a gorgeous hand knit stocking stuffed full of treats and notions?

Knit Christmas Stockings: 19 Patterns for Stockings & Ornaments is a sweet little book... literally.  I love that this book is just 6" x 9" in size - utterly perfect to toss in a knitting bag and take on the go.  After all, we know sock knitting makes perfect travel knitting, so why not Christmas stockings?

This is the second edition of Knit Christmas Stockings, showcasing 19 stockings and ornaments - any of which can easily become treasured family heirlooms.  All of the patterns have been reinvented in updated color palettes that are sure to appeal to today's knitters.  And, no, you don't have to be an expert to knit a beautiful stocking - the toe up designs range from novice to accomplished knitter levels.  

Whether you like traditional Aran-influenced designs or more whimsical styles, there's a pattern to match everyone's tastes.  Are you more classic country Rustic Lodge or delicate, feminine Victoria Flowers? 

The ornament patterns are all relatively easy, quick knits that would make fabulous decorations, package toppers, or small gifts.  Mini socks are great stuffed with candy canes, mini felted mitts and socks look cute hanging from anywhere and mini sweaters can be knit in your favorite team colors.  You can also get fancy by adding some beads to small heart, star or tree ornaments.  

The photographs throughout the book are eye-catching and colorful.  Each project has been photographed in a shabby-chic meets cottage-chic way that will have you oohing and aahing as you flip from one pattern to another.  Each time I open the book, I think of more possibilities and projects!

The nostalgia of a hand knit Christmas stocking is timeless.  These heirloom pieces are meant to last a life time, and are often passed down through generations.  Why stuff another plain-Jane red and white felted stocking when you can be stuffing colorful, elegant creations?

The holidays are a special time... so grab a copy of Knit Christmas Stockings, add needles and yarn, then take a step back from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives.  Find a comfy spot, add a cup of your favorite warm beverage, and slow down and enjoy the time that leads up to Christmas morning.   

GIVEAWAY! Thanks to the great folks at Storey Publishing, Christmas comes early to one lucky reader.  Follow these steps to be entered to win a copy of Knit Christmas Stockings:

1) LIKE the Lapdog Creations page on Facebook*.  

2) Leave a comment below telling us about your Christmas knitting habits.  What items do you typically knit, and who do you knit for?  Have you ever knit a Christmas stocking before?   

3) Follow Lapdog Creations publicly through Google+ Followers or Google Friend Connect (see "Followers" on the side bar)  .  

To be eligible to win, you must be a resident of the USA and you must complete all 3 steps above (*if you are not on Facebook, please leave a comment indicating so*). Please be sure your entry includes a way to contact you (i.e. link to your blog or include your email address).

Winner will be selected by random number generator. Deadline for entries is Monday, September 30th at 11:59pm EST (midnight) 

Disclaimer: Storey Publishing, LLC sent a complimentary copy of Knit Christmas Stockings to Lapdog Creations for review purposes. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions expressed in the review are my own.


SissySees said...

I have no holiday knitting habits. I mean, I have in years past, but not this one. I do want to knit the Knight a stocking, but I haven't even got past that thought.

Sue said...

Me, me, me, choose me. I'll even offer a bribe. If you choose me I'll knit you a stocking.

Anonymous said...

What a cute little book. The only Christmas knitting I enjoy doing is a garland for the tree and garlands for the mantle along with Christmas cards. I have never perfected knitting, but I keep on trying and have fun.

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WonderWhyGal said...

ooooh, what a fun book! I really should make some stockings.

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