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Book Review: A Knitter’s Home Companion

A Knitter’s Home Companion
A Heartwarming Collection of Stories, Patterns, and Recipes
by Michelle Edwards
photographs by Jen Gotch
(STC Craft Melanie Falick Books)
Available March 2011

A Knitter’s Home Companion offers cheerful and inspiring stories on knitting and knitters, and leads you through a path to help you discover your own. The journey includes many scenic routes: Michelle’s sincere style of storytelling, her pretty color illustrations, as well as simple and beautiful patterns and even recipes like Mitten Ladies Slow Cookers Soup.

Evolving through handwork, and specifically knitting, is what this book about. It goes beyond pearls of wisdom and delights and surprises with many extra treasures. Michelle Edwards, the voice of Lion Brand Yarn’s monthly e-newsletter, knows knitting, but more importantly, she knows knitters. The inspiring stories in this book will appeal to readers interested in not only stitches, yarn, and patterns, but also in the lessons that can be learned from their craft. “Let this book keep you company when you need another knitter’s voice beside you,” Edwards writes in her introduction.

Following are some of the pretty visuals and knitting projects in the book:

Book and Knitting Kit Giveaway

Today’s giveaway is sponsored by STC Craft and Lion Brand Yarn. It includes a copy of A Knitter’s Home Companion, as well as 3 knitting kits (all with organic wool yarn) as follows:

Babette Baby Coat Knit Kit


Portland Cardigan Knit Kit


Classic Cables Scarf Knit Kit

To enter drawing for above giveaways, valued at $150, please leave a comment here by Sunday, February 13, 2011, 8 p.m. EST. Winner will be announced on Monday.

And the winner is…

Anne Caughlan  2011/02/13 at 4:10 pm 

  How Lovely!

Posted by Living Crafts on Feb 12, 2011 07:38 AM | 613 Comments

613 Responses to “Book Review: A Knitter’s Home Companion”

  1. Kristina says:

    The book and the kits are gorgeous!

  2. Margaret says:

    Inspiring and beautiful patterns and a cozy read…ya’ll just get better and better!…I always look forward to see what is coming next.

  3. Amber says:

    Once can never have too much yarn, too many projects, or too many books!

  4. melissa thornton says:

    I would love the chance to win.

  5. Anabel says:

    a beautiful book!

  6. Kathy says:

    Looks like a charming book,an inspiring sweet read.Lovely knitted goods as well.

  7. Wendy says:

    Heartwarming pictures! I can’t wait to read the stories… I look forward to the March release of this cute book.

  8. daniela says:

    this would be a sweet addition to my knitting basket

  9. Marietta says:

    Love it!

  10. Deb says:

    What a wonderful giveaway! Very nice.

  11. Angie Self says:

    Would love the book for my collection!

  12. Ilse says:

    I would love to enter this give away !
    It looks like a wonderful book !! ooh and what lovely things I can make with that yarn !

  13. Kelly Paquet says:

    I love the illustrations! It looks like an interesting book, and beautiful kits as well! I’m always amazed at what people can do!

  14. Carol says:

    The book looks interesting. Love the nest and eggs.

  15. Marie Brown says:

    Be My (knitting) Valentine all year long. Lovely Lion Brand does it again.

  16. Christine says:

    Just love books, would be great for my collection…………..

  17. Clover says:

    This looks fantastic! Love that sweater!

  18. jennifer says:

    The scarf is so attractive – always looking for patterns for things my boys will actually wear.

  19. Laurie says:

    What a lovely package! My brother’s birthday is in 2 months so the scarf would be lovely; my best friend’s daughter just found out she’s pregnant, so the baby sweater is timely; and my mother’s 88th birthday is around the corner, so the sweater would be just right for her! I’d love to win this!!!

  20. Deb says:

    Lovely knits, and what looks like a lovely book as well. Who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive these?!

  21. sharon says:

    Your give-aways are consistently amazing. Do Canadians qualify? I sure hope so.

    • Living Crafts says:

      Yes! as a matter of fact so far 2 canadians have won, a large percentage compared to the number of the giveaways we’ve had so far! best, pardis

  22. Mary Hayward says:

    So lovely!

    Thanks for the contest!

  23. Charlotte says:

    The patterns in pictures look interesting, I would love to try these for my family.

  24. Sophie says:

    I love the cable knit scarf pattern. I recently made the scarf for my husband!

  25. Ann says:

    I’m glad I stumbled on this. I’ve been looking for a shawl collar cardigan!

  26. Khristin says:

    I think even if I don’t win, I may have to purchase this one!!!

  27. Mary-Carol Sheard says:

    These patterns are simply beautiful.


  28. lorna klotz says:

    i have entered several times already but will keep on trying as i have to get lucky sometimes. these books and prizes that are offered are fantastic and is one very good reason why i keep trying as i would like to win, lorna

  29. Miss Marty says:

    The designs are a delight. Such fun.

  30. Barbara says:

    This looks like a great book. I’d love to win!

  31. Cathryn says:

    The book sounds like a keeper! and the kits are can hope!

  32. Becky says:

    I just ordered this book the other day! A friend from my knitting group recommended it. Now I’m even more excited for it to arrive . . .

  33. Jenny Tavernier says:

    Yum Yum Yum! I am Now graduating to REAL WOOL Yarn – and beginning my knitting books collection (aside from articles and pamplets and such).- this would be a great starter, that I would probably sleep with for quite a while…LOL! Thank you Lion and STC and Living Crafts – I have turned into a fibre OCD since I have been – (as I am sure you all were and still are!)

  34. Dawn says:

    I’d be thrilled to win The Knitter’s Home Companion–it looks just wonderful–and I love Lion Brand patterns and products. (I’m looking forward to getting to visit the New York store again!) Thanks so much for this opportunity!

  35. Crystal says:

    I Want this book :) It looks so sweet :) :)
    HaPPy Valentines :)

  36. Anne Caughlan says:

    How lovely!

  37. Susan says:

    The book and kits look great. Wonderful giveaway!

  38. GIn a Lane says:

    That book looks really cute!

  39. Shannon says:

    I can’t wait to check out this book. As a knitter that mostly knits for her children, hearing the musings and inspirations of more seasoned knitters sounds fabulous. Thanks for sharing this with us Lion Brand and Living Crafts!

  40. Lisa Hilger says:

    I especially love the hat!

  41. Sal says:

    That book looks like something to read again and again.

  42. Kelly says:

    Organic Yarn by Lion Brand….what a wonderful thing! With baby coming in May, I will have to get my hands on some!

  43. dara says:

    These are lovely!

  44. Lola says:

    Looks like an awesome book and can never have too many upcoming projects!!! Yay!

  45. Jo says:

    Oh my goodness, I hope I am not too late!!
    What amazing projects!

  46. Kerri says:

    Gorgeous, delightful and just the right time.

  47. Shayla says:

    I have been dieing to try lion brand’s organic yarn!

  48. Justine says:

    Darling! Love the drawings. Justine

  49. Francesca says:

    This is a great book, I really like her writing and yarn is always good to have and experiment with. THanks!

  50. Jenn says:

    This book looks great!

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