Friday, June 11, 2010

Book Review and Giveaway for those who love to knit!!! **CLOSED**

Timeless Knits for Kids 
by Chris de Longpre  
***WINNER.....Young In Texas***
Timeless Knits for Kids (Size 4-14)

Chris de Longpre writes a wonderful book about knitting.  This book has 12  timeless projects sized 4-14. These knit sweaters and vests are made in a way that are not only sturdy, but classic and comfortable as well!  Each pattern has a photo of one of Chris's grandchildren shown modeling the item, and each pattern has a little story to go along with it which makes this book even more fun.

Chris writes this book with a touch of humor and goes through the secrets of creating a successful fit.  Do you check your gauge?  Chris tells why this really must be done and the end of the book has a section for note, techniques and abbreviations as well as the yarns and notions used in the projects.

Chris has been writing and publishing patterns since 2003, you may have seen some of them in your local yarn stores.  Her patterns are known for their whimsy and their clear instructions and I have to agree!

I love this book, you can tell that Chris truly put her heart into it.  From the photos of her grandchildren, the beautiful sweaters they are modeling to the witty notes and easy to read style this is a winner!

You can see more of Chris's work at:!

Q.  How old where you when you learned to knit?  Who taught you?
My mother taught me to knit when I was about 10.  I remember a purple, ribbed, stocking cap and an apple green cardigan sweater.

Q.  What is your favorite item to knit?
My absolute favorite knitting (and designing) is stuffed toys.  Creating them takes me right back to my childhood and is more play than work!
Q.  Have you taught your children or grandchildren how to knit?
My older daughter is an avid knitter, and has even designed a few pieces for our pattern line.  She also sews and designs her own sewing patterns for stuffed toys.  My younger daughter is less drawn to handcrafts, but she does most of the modeling for the adult sweaters in my pattern line.  My oldest granddaughter is only 8, and I've taught her how to spool knit.  I'll be starting knitting with her Brownie troop next year.  I try to instill a love of fiber in all my grandchildren.  Last year at Summer Camp we made God's eyes.  They see me working with yarn all the time and I'm sure they will like to learn knitting when they are more ready to handle the needles.

Q.  What inspired you to write your book?
My grandchildren were the main inspiration for the book.  They "order" sweaters from Grandma, and they are growing so fast!  Because they love my sweaters, I thought other children would too, and that a large range of sizes would serve all of us well who knit for children.

Q.  How long did it take you to write your book and get it published? 
From conception to shipping, the project took two years.  Because I wanted my grandchildren to model and I wanted to do the photography myself, here in Michigan, we had problems with growth spurts and season changing that made for quite a juggling act.  While all that was going on, however, all the patterns were test knit and the text edited.  A book of patterns for toy or adults, I think, would take a bit less time.

Q.  What were your thoughts when you first saw your finished book?
Oh, my gosh.  It came from the printer on my wedding anniversary.  I"m not sure which aspect of the day brought the most pleasure, but it was a wonderful day.  And holding the book for the first time, looking at my wonderful grandkids, was a thrill that will be hard to top.

Q.  How long have you been designing your own patterns?
I've been writing and designing stuff all my life.  In knitting, only for about nine years.

Q.  Is there another knitting book in the works?
I have three books in the planning stages, but I'm not in an absolute rush to start another.  I do publish individual patterns for hand knitters, which I wholesale to yarn shops across the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.  That business keeps me busy designing and publishing all the time.  It's a bit of a trick to add book publishing into the mix, and I think I'll take things a little easy for about six month before starting the next one.

Q.  Where can readers go to learn more about you and your book?
My work is showcased on the web site for my pattern line.  Pictures of all the sweaters in the book can be seen at (Click on "View Details").

Q.  Is there anything else you would like to add about yourself or your book?
I hope that everyone who likes to knit for children will love this book.  I was thinking ahead when I included the larger sizes.  (I'll be knitting size 12s for my oldest granddaughter this summer.) Having two grandsons inspired me to include a lot of sweaters for boys.  I think older children and boys in particular, have been ignored by most pattern companies, and it is my hope that this book will fill a gap.

Chris has offered to do an autographed giveaway of her book Timeless Knits for Kids!

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  1. This is a great find - I never have problems finding great patterns for babies and toddlers - so my grandchildren are always getting things, but my own bebe boy is 9, my step-granddaughter is 7, and it is difficult to find patterns for them (and I'm either not skilled enough or can't really figure out how to resize patterns!)

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  2. I would love to win this for my son. He loves to knit, and is always looking for new projects. I am a gfc follower.

  3. Hi! Thanks for following me, Im following u back now. So happy to find more home schooling mamas!

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  5. Hi, we found you through Book Blogger Hop. We are now following you and hope that you can return the favor!! Can’t wait to read more of your blog!!

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  7. Thanks for a chance to win. I subscribed to your blog.


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