Winter Solstice

Tomorrow (Saturday, December 21) marks one of my favorite days of the year — the winter solstice. It means that each day will finally get longer, if only infinitesimally. It means that even though we still have months of cold and snow ahead of us, there will be more sunlight. That’s good news for those of us knitting with dark yarns.

To celebrate, I’d like to give away a book. Respond to this post by midnight Saturday (the darkest of the darkest days) and tell me which of my physical books (sorry, digital books are not eligible) you’d like. I’ll use a random-number generator to choose a winner from the responses.


There’s nothing better than a good knitting project to brighten up a cold, dark day!

65 thoughts on “Winter Solstice”

  1. I would love to win the Getting Started Knitting Socks! I can’t believe don’t have this in my library already. Thanks Ann!!

  2. I love winter solstice! I do own most of your books and use them often. For some reason I don’t have “The Knitters Handy Book Of Patterns” thank-you for this chance to win it.

  3. Wow, it’s so hard when everyone of the books on your shelf has an important place in the Knitter’s Library. I would have to go with “Simple Style”. At this point that is the only one of the STYLE books I don’t have. Having the complete group would be wonderful. P.S. hope your Bird troubles are solved, for awhile anyway!:)

  4. I would love the Knitting Sweaters from the top down book. I have so many of your others. Thank you and happy solstice!

  5. I`m readly for days to start getting longer too. I would like Cast on Bind Off. I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season.

  6. I agree!!! I tell everyone, it may be colder during this time of year but we get a minute extra of sunlight each day!! I have 2 of your books, and browsing through, I would truly benefit from “The Knitters Handy Book of Patterns”. I think I buy more knitting books and magazines than I do yarn. A ‘freebie’ would be fabulous. :-D.

  7. Handy Book of Sweater Patterns
    Would be the perfect gift as knitting sweaters for me
    Is my Passion at the moment

    Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas

  8. I am surprised by how many of your books I have and use routinely! Would love the top down Sweater book as I go out of my way to avoid seaming. And I agree– there is some joy in knowing that the sun will rise a bit earlier every day.

  9. Pat (Alicesmom on Ravelry)

    I have the E-Book version of The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters . I love it and have made a few of the sweaters in it as well as using it as a resource for techniques and methods when knitting other items. It is handy to have it on my KOBO when in the car and at the beach. However, I would prefer to have the “real” book version when sitting in my knitting chair at home. In the real book the pictures will be in colour and I can make notes and comments in the margins. It is the first e-book version I have purchased for knitting and I have decided that I prefer having my knitting books be “real” books.
    I have knitting books that are over 100 years old that belonged to long ago relatives. I doubt that the patterns and books on my KOBO or my laptop will still be there for my decendants.
    I would like The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters.

  10. Hmmmm. Since I already have quite a few I narrowed it down to “Top Down Sweaters”. Hope I win it. Karen Hutchinson

  11. Scarf Style 2 is on my to-buy list ~ I have many of the others, and love them all equally. You have saved my tush more times that you will ever know. Let me take this opportunity to say Thank You!

  12. I would love to have Top Down Sweaters — my favorite way to knit sweaters… Have a Happy Solstice — ah – the days will be getting longer…

  13. Color Style is I’m lucky enough to win! I have most of your other books and they are most helpful. Thanks!

  14. The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns. I have the Knitter’s Book of Sweaters and The Sock Master Class book. Love your patterns!

  15. Happy Winter, Ann! I enjoy many of your books especially since our course at Webs in the summer. I think Top Down Sweaters would be my choice. Thank you!

  16. I always remind my coworkers on this day that the days are getting longer, spring can’t be (all that ) far away. If I were to win, I would choose scarf style 2.

  17. The Top Down Sweater book is one of the few that I don’t have, yet! And, here’s to a little more sunshine each day!

  18. I would love a copy of Top Down Sweaters. Your sock books are my go-to books whenever I cast on socks. Brrr…we could use more sunshine!

  19. I have a couple of your books and they are workhorses for me. I would love to have Sock Knitting Master Class:)

  20. I’d love a copoy of your Handy Book on Top Down Sweaters, I’ve never tried one and think it’s brilliant!

  21. Anamaria Gutierrez-Seda

    I’d love scarf style 2. I have the others and I just got on a scarf kick since I’ve been doing so many socks lately

  22. I just got your Handy Book of Patterns but would love to have the Sock Knitting Master Class. I agree with Winter Solstice being a favorite. But I love winter. Have a great Christmas!

  23. I would chose “Simple Style”. After attending Knitter’s Review Retreat and meeting you and Clara (and others), I have a desire to knit more, learn more and become a more careful knitter.

  24. I would love The Handy Book of Top Down Sweaters. I have most of your books and not sure why I don’t have this one.
    Have a wonderful Christmas.

  25. Handy Book of Patterns, please, if I should be selected. Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year!

  26. I have to say this is my favorite time of year. I think the longer nights are kind of cozy and a great excuse to spend the night knitting. I would love a copy of “The Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns.” Thank you for the opportunity.

  27. For our first day of winter here in Ohio, it’s warm and rainy. My choice is sock knitter’s master class. Thank you.

  28. I am ready for the longer days and would love to win one of your books. My pick would be for Scarf Style 2. Thanks for all you do.

  29. I already have most of your books but would love to have Sock Knitting Master Class. I’ve taken it out of the library many times and would love to own it. Thanks so much for this offer.

  30. I also love this day, I am very glad that the days will start to get longer – I love seeing the sunshine in the winter. I have Sock Knitting Master Class and Top Down Sweaters. I would love to have the Knitters’ Handy Book of Patterns to add to my collection. Merry Christmas to all

  31. I’d love to win The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters. I hope it will bring me as much luck as Getting Started Knitting Socks did. Happy holidays!

  32. I have gone to several of your books for basic ideas/guidelines, particularly on sweaters. One that I haven’t checked out yet and would love is The Knitters Handy Book of Top Down Sweaters. Like others have mentioned, I prefer to avoid seaming, though I have done it when I like a particular pattern. Also, we’re having sunshine here today after snow and it is so very nice to see.

  33. Happy Solstice Ann!
    I would love The Knitters Handy Book of Sweater Patterns.
    Thanks for the opportunity. 🙂

  34. Dear Anne, I would love to win the Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns. That would really cheer me up at least until the summer solstice, Thank you! Jayne

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