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Five (+ a Giveaway!)

UPDATE 9/26/14: Congratulations to winner, Julie Spiegleman!


Our mailman is a great guy. When you run a business and work from home and get a zillion boxes like I do (Yarn! Fabric! Finished projects! Stuff for the next book!) he and I have become fast friends. I’ve been getting boxes from everywhere lately – Russia, France, Australia, Canada… Projects for my 7th book are beginning to trickle in and it’s EXCITING. What’s more exciting than that? Yesterday I got a box with my brand new book inside (along with a giant bag of candy, because my Editor knows me well).


3 Skeins or Less: Fresh Knitted Accessories is my 5th published book. I wrote about it a couple of weeks ago when it became available for preorder, but actually holding the book in my hands, smelling the fresh ink, flipping through actual bound pages… It’s an experience that never gets old and makes my heart beat a little faster.

Can I just say how awesome this book is? It’s the kind of book I’d want to acquire immediately, even if I hadn’t been involved one bit. I have SO. MUCH. YARN, and a lot of that yarn is small quantities picked up from travels, exotic yarn shops near and far, colorways I simply shouldn’t live without and fibers that made me want to hug the skein all day long. Everything in this book is 1, 2 or 3 skeins of yarn – that’s it! There are full garments in here! Shawls! Hats! Mittens! Wristers! Socks!


A friend was looking through the book yesterday after it arrived and was putting a sticky note on each project she wanted to make. This turned out to be a moot point as she realized she’d put a sticky note on every single project! That’s what I wanted out of this book – a book jam-packed with knitting to keep you busy all year-long. I want you, dear readers, to flip through and be saying “I want to knit that, and that, and that, and that…” THAT is what makes a great knitting book. As I look at my knitting library, my favorite books are ripped, dog-eared, stained, the binding is cracked and the edges worn. A good book is one you keep going back to again and again.


I hope you’ll pick up my latest endeavor with an amazing collection of designers – Marjan Hammink, Ann Weaver, Susanna IC, Joan Forgione, Mindy Wilkes, Susan Anderson, Kirsten Kapur, Glenna C, Asa Tricosa, Sauniell Connally, Erica Schleuter, Heather Zoppetti, Carina Spencer, Carol Sulcoski, Judy Marples, Melissa LaBarre, Thea Coleman, myself, Carrie Sullivan, Cirilia Rose, Melissa Goodale, Margaux Hufnagel, Romi Hill, Faina Goberstein, Kelly Herdick and add it to your knitting library. I hope it becomes worn, the binding cracks and you love it as much as I do.

Let’s do a giveaway, shall we? Check out the finished projects in the book here. Which is your favorite and why? A winner will be chosen at random on Friday, September 26th (USA residents only, please).

32 Comments Post a comment
  1. Renee #

    Oh I love the Diverting socks and Annular Mitts but all are so beautiful.

    September 24, 2014
  2. Jean Horner #

    I’m liking the lee side shawl. The color is popular in our house because it is my oldest daughters favorite. But, I like the separate textures draping the shoulders. Congratulations on the new book, thanks for the giveaway.

    September 24, 2014
  3. Congrats on the new book! The Diverting Socks look lovely and a little bit of a challenge. I like the Delancey Cowl too. Very pretty.

    September 24, 2014
  4. sjanova #

    Hands down. The Tanis Shawl. I have adored Romi’s shawls for years and have not yet found a way to knit one. But this one would have to be knit right away. Maybe enlarged a bit. Maybe without the beads. And maybe even in the gray, which would be unusual for me. But the design is as fabulous as all hers are. I love the spine “hidden in plain sight”!!

    September 24, 2014
  5. lindarumsey #

    The Yorkshire Morning Mitts – I came back from my walk earlier thinking I need to sort out my fingerless mitts as it’s chilly now. These would be a great addition to my Autumn wardrobe!
    lindarumsey on Ravelry

    September 24, 2014
  6. Cindy #

    What drew me to the book was Thea Coleman’s mixed berries hat which I just fell in love with, love her and her designs and the rest of the book is just fab too as are all your books.

    September 24, 2014
  7. Shelly R #

    So hard to choose! I narrowed it down to the Quinsnicket Cowl. It looks so soft and squishy in that Aran yarn!

    September 24, 2014
  8. As soon as I can get the book in my hands I will make my daughter Katie the Vine Beret. It is cold in Minnesota and it looks like something she would live to wear and something I would enjoy doing.

    I also live the Romi shawl. Very pretty spine and the beads make it do elegant

    Congrats on this much needed book

    September 24, 2014
  9. Lori #

    All the designs are gorgeous but I’m really in love with the Annular Mitts! I just love the braids, they’re different, interesting and just look good.

    September 24, 2014
  10. Yvonne #

    I’m loving the Tanis Shawl. Who could resist the “not the usual spine”?!

    September 24, 2014
  11. annelise #

    I love the Tanis shawl from Romi but there are so much beautiful patterns! Thank you for the giveaway.

    September 24, 2014
  12. sophiesgirl #

    Well I can’t decide, I love the Tanis Shawl, the Leeside Shawl, and the Quinsnicket Cowl. I would love to make all 3, I sure have enough yarn to make all 3.

    September 24, 2014
  13. Laura Abramson #

    Choosing a favorite isn’t possible with patterns so lovely. But, I would start with the Delancey Cowl simply because it is different from the usual. I love the two colors with the various patterns within. Then I would go onto anyone of the other patterns. Wonderful job!

    September 24, 2014
  14. Lee #

    They are all so wonderful, but I have to say I really like the Momentum Mitts!
    Mamagiff on ravelry

    September 24, 2014
  15. I have been obsessed with shawls lately and the “Tanis” shawl is just beautiful (as are all the others). I especially like the unusual way the spine is worked on the Tanis shawl.

    September 24, 2014
  16. Cori #

    The Tanis shawl!

    September 24, 2014
  17. Elena #

    I like the Twigs Bolero. It would look so good with a longer shirt underneath

    September 24, 2014
  18. jahknot #

    I would like to try the Essex lace cami first; for my neice!!!!

    September 24, 2014
  19. Cynthia Quinn #

    Gosh there are so many good ones – but the Delancey Cowl is really calling my name! I love the idea of mixing 2 bright colors for a bold statement and I could add some of the buttons from my mom’s collection to make it special. Maybe I’ll make one for my sister, sister-in-law & niece. Right behind that will be the Momentum Mittens – I’ve never made mittens but I really like the look of these with the cables! Great job Tanis!

    September 24, 2014
  20. Anya #

    The whole book looks terrific, but the Tanis Shawl is my favorite. 🙂 The back is so interesting!
    –Bookaholic13 on Ravelry

    September 24, 2014
  21. Joanne #

    Very tough choice! I think my fav are the Diverting Socks. I love the stitch pattern…& socks are my favorite go to project. I guess I can say sock knitting is my knitting comfort food!

    September 24, 2014
  22. Margie #

    The patterns are all quite lovely. I would make the Interessere Stole first because I love lace knitting and love shawls and wraps.

    September 24, 2014
  23. Barb #

    Quinsnicket is very cool! Thanks for the giveaway!

    September 24, 2014
  24. Mona Brittain #

    I love the Eline Cowl. It is so soft and comfortable looking.

    September 25, 2014
  25. Julie Spiegleman #

    What a great book and a hard choice! I love the Delancey cowl because of the geometric shapes and it is so different. I am awaiting some unicorn tails and could see trying to incorporate the colors into the design. I also love the Momentum Mittens – simple but elegant! And, since I teach preschool, mittens always come in handy. And then there is the Little Vine Beret – my daughter is getting ready to go on an exchange to France and I would love to send this beret with her.

    September 25, 2014
  26. Oh what a great collection Tanis! I love The Case of Lace Socks … lots of great cables and I’ve been on a sock knitting kick lately.

    September 25, 2014
  27. Color lock hat because I love Susan B Anderson and the Leeside shawl cause it looks like an interesting knit

    September 25, 2014
  28. I’m determined to make the Annular Mitts for my daughter who will be spending her first winter living in Boston. They’d make a great care package treat for her. I already have a blue on (different) blue color scheme in mind.

    September 25, 2014
  29. Betty Balcomb #

    No Brainer. Ogavi socks. I will pick a pair of socks every time. I am all about socks and sock yarn.

    September 25, 2014
  30. hawknitr13 #

    Tannis Shawl!!! The spine is so unique!!!

    September 26, 2014
  31. Amy #

    The Quinsnicket Cowl. It just looks warm and cuddly which is perfect for cold commute days.

    September 26, 2014
  32. I’ve been searching ravelry for fingering weight mitts that use lots of bright colors and the Annular Mitts are exactly what I need! I even bought the yarn for them already, not knowing jsut what pattern to use but now the mystery is solved so I MUST win!

    September 26, 2014

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