Book Winner(s)!

Thank you all for jumping in the raffle for one of my books. It’s especially nice for me to see so many comments on a blog post!

The winner is Roxanne Smart, who wrote: “Scarf Style 2 would be a delight for me to own. Why? 1. Because I don’t have it. 2. Because an old lady never has too many scarves. 3. Even if an old knitting lady has too many scarves they make wonderful gifts for others.”

After drawing Roxanne’s name, I was feeling generous and drew a second winner.

The second winner is Karen Berger, who wrote: “I would be very happy to win a copy of Simple Style. Thanks for the raffle!”

Congratulations Roxanne and Karen. Please reply to me at annbudd@annbuddknits.com to give me your mailing addresses.

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Raffle Winner

Thanks to all of you who expressed interest in my books! And congratulations to all of the eagle eyes that noticed I mentioned that I’d announce a winner before the end of the raffle! That’s what I get for not editing my own post.

Because some of you couldn’t respond to my post and had to send individual emails, I decided to award a winner to each list.

For the 86 people who responded through the comments page, the random-generator choose Ruth G. who requested Sock Knitting Master Class.



For the 15 people who responded through an email, the random-generator chose Kathryn H, who requested Scarf Style 2.

Congratulations Ruth and Kathryn! I’ll contact you privately for your addresses and get the books in the mail to you right away.

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Raffle Time

I realized that it’s been quite a few months since I’ve offered a free book.

So, it’s raffle time again!

Tell me which of my books you’d like to win and I’ll include you in a drawing for a free copy!

I’ll announce a winner Tuesday, May 28. If I don’t hear back from that winner by May 25, I’ll choose an alternate winner. Good luck!

I’m sorry to say that due to postage costs, I must limit this offer to the United States.

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Knitters, We Have A Winner!

A lot of you responded to the Knitting Ganseys raffle and I’m sorry that I only have one copy to give away.

The random-number generator chose Cheryl, who wrote: “I’d be tickled to win this book. I met Beth years ago, before I understood who she was. Now that I know of her talents, it would be a treat to explore her new edition and knit one of her designs!”

Congratulations Cheryl! I’ll contact you directly to get your mailing address and I’ll get the book in the mail (honest).

For those of you who didn’t win, Beth will happily sign any copy purchased through her website at KnittingTraditions.

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A Very Good Book!

When Beth Brown-Reinsel wrote the first edition of Knitting Ganseys twenty-five years ago, I was on the editorial staff at Interweave Press. Hers was the first book manuscript I had the pleasure of reading. I was so taken with the traditional designs that I quickly used her clear instructions and design guidelines to design a gansey for my one-year-old son. Fast-forward twenty-five years and Beth and I have become good friends and that son is now living on his own.

I can’t emphasize how delighted I was to learn that Beth was working on a revised and updated edition of that book, titled Knitting Ganseys: Techniques and Patterns for Traditional Sweaters (published by Interweave Press; ISBN: 978-1-63250-616-0; $29.95).

I received a review copy in the mail and I’m pleased to say that I’m not disappointed. The new hardcover edition is bigger and brighter—color photos replace all but the historic black-and-white images in the original.

Like the original, the updated edition includes detailed step-by-step instructions for knitting a miniature sweater that incorporates all of the components of a traditional gansey, along with guidelines for expanding the instructions for full-size garments. The book also includes blank schematics and worksheets along with detailed information on sizing. Beth makes it surprisingly easy to take inspiration from the multitude of charted stitch patterns and design variations to create your own version of this old-world classic.

If you’re not up to designing your own, choose one of the nine projects included in the revised edition. You may recognize variations of four of the six designs in the original book, two of which feature expanded sizes. However, this edition also includes five completely new designs. From simple to intricate, clear step-by-step instructions ensure success from cast-on to finishing.

Even if, like me, you have the original edition of Knitting Ganseys, you’ll welcome the fresh layout, clear photos, worksheets, sizing information, and design inspiration in the revised and updated edition.

Generous as ever, Beth sent me a copy of Knitting Ganseys: Techniques and Patterns for Traditional Sweaters to raffle off on my blog. Respond to this post by telling me that you’d like to knit a gansey and I’ll enter your name in a drawing for the free copy. I’ll announce a winner Monday, October 1.

You can get an autographed copy if you order directly from Beth’s website at https://knittingtraditions.com/product/the-new-knitting-ganseys-2/

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Knitters, We Have a Winner!

Thanks to all of you for your well wishes and nice comments about my books!

The winner of the raffle is Sheila Malcolm, who wrote on August 8:

“Bonjour, Ann! Thanks for this offer. I’m interested in Simple Style. I’ve always loved that sweater on the cover, and its beautiful fall colors. And I seem to have a number of other books already!”

Congratulations Sheila! I’ll contact you directly through email to get your mailing address.

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And While I’m Away…

As you read this post I’ll be getting ready to return from a most excellent two-week vacation with my husband in France. I’ll post about the details later.

For now, I’d like to give you a chance to win a copy of one of my books. Simply reply to this post telling me which book you’d like and I’ll draw a winner on Saturday, August 11.

Not familiar with my books? No problem. Below is a list with links.

Getting Started Knitting Socks

New Directions in Sock Knitting

Sock Knitting Master Class

Knitted Gifts

Lace Style

Wrap Style

Bag Style

Color Style

Simple Style

Knitting Green

Scarf Style 2

The Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns

The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down SweatersColor Style

The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns

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A New Pattern

I’ve recently posted the pattern for my Hygga Delight Socks on Ravelry.

Like a lot of people, I’ve embraced the Danish concept of hygge, which roughly translates to “cozy.” And what is cozier than slipping your feet into a blend of merino, cashmere, and silk? I designed these socks for unbridled self-indulgent luxury. Wear them while sipping cocoa in front of a fire, reading a novel on a stormy night, or simply relaxing at the end of a cold day.

These socks are worked with one strand each of two luxury fingering weight yarns held together throughout. The cuff begins with a decorative Channel Island cast-on followed by a few slouchy welts. The heel is composed of a flap and gusset; the toe is finished with the Kitchener stitch.

I realize that the heat of the summer is not exactly prime time for knitting such thick and warm socks, but I promise that cold weather will be here before we know it. Like any good Girl Scout, you’ll want to be prepared.

You’ll find my Hygge Delight socks on my Ravelry page. Use the code COZY to get 20% off the purchase price between now and midnight August 1. Then be prepared to laugh in the face of winter.

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Book Winner

Thank you for all your kind words about my books. I never tire of hearing that people find them helpful and inspirational.

The winner of last week’s raffle is Carol Perecman, who wrote: “I think the only one of your books that I don’t already own is Knitting Green, so I guess that would be the one! Thanks for all your hard work with your books and posts!”

Well, Carol, I sure don’t want you to be lacking one of my books! Once I get your mailing information I’ll send a copy of Knitting Green to you!


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