We’re rapidly approaching my favorite day of the year–the day after the shortest day of the year. This year the winter solstice is Tuesday, December 22. On Wednesday, December 23, the Earth’s rotation will begin to tilt the northern hemisphere incrementally closer to the sun and each day will be a bit longer (until the summer solstice in June, of course, when the tables get turned).

In celebration of the end of the “darkness,” I’m holding a raffle. Tell me which of my books you’d like (visit for the details) and I’ll enter you in a drawing.

bookshelfOn Wednesday, when those of us in the northern hemisphere finally get a little more light each day, I’ll post the winner.

The fine print: New Directions in Sock Knitting is not eligible because it isn’t available yet. You’ll get a chance for that book later.

75 thoughts on “Countdown”

  1. Happy Winter Solstice to All. Revel!

    My choice would be The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters. I look forward to reading other’s choices.

  2. I would love to have your Handy Book of Patterns. I love your top down sweater book. I too am looking forward to longer days. I need sunshine and daylight!

  3. I have 2 of your sock knitting books but none of your sweater books. My pick is the Knitters handy book of top down sweaters. Enjoyed your podcast with mustache yarns.

  4. I really want to do some sweater knitting and have always had very good luck with your patterns and directions. So the Handy Book of Sweaters and/or the Top down sweater book are must haves for my library!

  5. Favorite Socks!! Happy Holidays to everyone no matter what holiday you celebrate. Have a safe New Year to all. Pam

  6. Happy Solstice! I’d like to celebrate the season with with The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters and really, really get cozy with neck shaping.

  7. This was hard to choose. I find myself being more and more intrigued by socks lately. I would love a copy of Sock Knitting Master Class so I can learn more. I look forward to lengthening days too!

  8. Id love the top down sweater book. I’ve only made 11/2 sweaters, they are top down. I think your book could certainly
    Help me.

  9. I would love to have your book, The Knitters Handy Book of Top Down Sweaters. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  10. 2016 will be the year of socks for me, so I’d love the Sock Knitting Master Class book! Happy Solstice!

  11. My husband also always counts down to the time when days start getting longer. In his honor, I’d like to add your Sock Knitting Master Class book to my collection. I have a stash of sock yarn just waiting for me to gather the courage to actually knit some socks for him!

  12. I would love to have the knitted gifts book! And then I would have to buy the top down sweater book too!

  13. I thought I was the only one who watched the lengthening days. Use an app called Sunrise sunset. Look at it everyday. I already have and use all these wonderful books by you. A bit of a fan!!!

  14. It’s snowing here again in NE Washington state and I’ve had to plow twice in the last four days – time that could be better spent knitting!
    Choosing a book is a difficult decision (although I already own several Ann Budd books) because I lust after books about as much as I do yarn.
    I think I’d go for the Lace Style though, as I’m presently intrigued by lace knitting.
    Thanks, Ann for your generous give-away. Day after solstice, indeed!

  15. I’ve just returned from sending off the last of my cards and my two boxes back east, both with yarn goodies and/or knitted things wrapped in yarn. I can now relax and enjoy…something.

    I would love to have The Top Down Sweater book for Christmas.

    P.s. Your bottle toppers are so popular! Merry Christmas.

  16. I would appreciate your book “Getting Started Knitting Socks”.
    Thank you for picking my name (if I am so lucky), and Merry Christmas to you.

  17. I would love to add The bst of Interweave knits to my collection of knitting books.

    Best Wishes for the festive season from Australia

  18. I would like the Knitted Gifts book. I do enjoyed class in Atlanta and at the knitting in the hills. Lin Hellman

  19. knitted gifts is one of the few I don’t have. I was amazed to see how many good books were written by….you.

  20. oooh…Favorite Socks book. (I like the sweater books, too). I’m addicted to making socks and just took on a pair for a friend of a friend who is experiencing some very tough circumstances.

  21. I would love the Handy book of Patterns. I am Finnish/Latvian and every year on the winter solstice we have a big fire ( I live in a rural area) with friends. for the summer solstice we try to find an old wooden boat to burn. Lots of fun. thanks for offering up the raffle. Always fun to enter.

  22. I use your Knitter’s Book of Patterns and two other books. I’d love to knit a few of patterns in the Best of Interweave Knits. I just wish I could knit as fast as others, so that all these lovely patterns turn into 3D items!

  23. I use several of your books regularly–especially 25 Favorite Socks– but don’t own Sock Knitting Master Class so I think that would be THE ONE. Very hard to make a choice, though! Thank you.

  24. How awesome! I think we should stop turning the clocks back. I would love to own a copy of The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters. I hate seaming knits together.

  25. Hey Ann, There is one or your Books that I still don’t have, outside of “New Directions in Sock Knitting”. I have been looking for awhile…”Knitted Gifts”. With that, and of course your new book, which I have already left notes all over the house, coming right out and telling the Hubby what I want. I’m very Hopeful! Beside you, Kate Davis is the other Knitting Icon, LOL, that I talk about all the time. He’ll fall asleep remembering ….”Annnnn Buddddddd,…the bookkkkkkk…the bookkkkkkkk! I would be absolutely great to have, “Ann Budd’s
    Definitive Library on Knitting”!!! Wow, that actually sound catchy!
    Have a Wonderful Holiday!

  26. If I win, I would choose the “Sock Knitting Master Class”. I have a number of your other books like them all. Happy Solstice!

  27. Since I love knitting socks, I would love to have the Sock Knitting Master Class. I have your “Handy Books” already and use them all the time — my “go to” references.

  28. Looking forward to more light! I’d love to add the Handy Book of Patterns to my library. I’ve borrowed it from a friend when I’ve needed info, but it would be so nice to have my own.

  29. The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top Down Sweaters is on my wish list. It is one of the few that I don’t already own. They are all so informative and easy to read and understand. Thank you for this opportunity.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  30. Favorite Socks since I’ve tried to run off with my friend’s copy twice now, but she’s caught me both times!

  31. I’d like the book “Simple Style”. I love knitting sweaters and need some ideas for those different styles to whip up for others.

  32. thank you for the giveaway! my choice would have to be “getting started knitting socks”.i have been knitting socks for several years,but i still need help as i seem to be stuck knitting the same plain cuff-down socks over and over.i need variety!

  33. Ann it is time for me to learn how to knit socks. What better way to start than with your Getting Started Knitting Socks book.



  34. What a wonderful collection of books. I am just starting to knit sweaters and would love to have Knitters Handy Book of Sweater Patterns.

  35. I too watch in waist for the longer days. All of your books are a wonder resource and tool. At this ointment I would really enjoy the Top Down Sweater as I have never done a sweater in this manner. Thank you for this opportunity.

  36. I would love Color Style since I would love to knit a color work sweater but I am inexperienced with this type of knitting.

  37. I love the thought of longer days and more sunlight too! All great books but would love Scarf Style 2. Thank you.

  38. I would love your top down sweater book. My favorite day is also Dec 22 this year for a different reason – I like cold, dark days! Makes one want to settle in and knit! Happy Holidays!

  39. Definitely would have to pick the top down sweater book! I love your Getting Started Knitting Socks and Sock Knitting Master Class, but it’s time for me to move on to something more than socks and scarves. It looks like an amazing resource 🙂

  40. I too look forward to the days getting longer and that is reason to celebrate. I love all of your books that I have, but don’t have Top Down Sweaters. That would be a great addition to my collection of knitting books. Thank you for thinking of us.

  41. My choice would be Sock Knitting Master Class. I love sock knitting and I think 2016 is my year to bump it up a notch!

  42. I have several of your books and love them all. I can’t tell you how many times I have recommended Getting Started Knitting Socks. The book I would like to have on m y shelf is Top Down Sweaters. Thank you for the chance to win.

  43. I have one of your sock books, but I would love your top down sweaters book. Now that my kids are getting a little older, I can finally move on to bigger projects and would love to knit a sweater for my hubby.

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