Today my blog is the last stop of a Blog Tour for my friend Melissa Morgan-Oakes' fabulous new book "Teach Yourself Visually Circular Knitting." Melissa is also the author of two other very successful books Two At a Time Socks and Toe Up 2 At a Time Socks. Melissa lives one town away from me. Most of the time when we run into each other, we don't talk knitting or books - we talk farming. You see, she is a chicken farmer! besides being a great knitter, teacher, and author. Melissa also loves cooking our lamb which she buys from us here on the farm. And a dirty little secret - on Sunday, she is coming to the farm to pick up some "tags." Do you know what they are? Yeah, most of you know them as words you add onto flickr, facebook, and the like. But sheep tags. That's another story. They are the end bits that come off the sheep and they are usually covered with lots of manure. They aren't much use for spinning wool but they sure are fine for mulching a garden. Here's the pile from the other day. I don't think Melissa will take it all but I don't mind sharing the wealth with her!
Now, onto the business at hand - Melissa's new book! I wish I had this book when I was learning to knit in the round many, many years ago. If you have never seen any of the Teach Yourself Visually books, let me explain the theory behind them. They are similar to a textbook, breaking down the steps SIMPLY in words, photos, and very clear illustrations. And that's why the series is so successful - any newbie CAN teach themselves to knit circularly with Melissa's new book. She makes it look extra easy. She gives all kinds of great instructions for different methods (double pointed, circular, and magic loop) and includes a bunch of nice basic patterns that will get you right to work.
I will admit to you all today - I pretty much always knit in the round (or circularly). Even if it is a small swatch (I use double pointed needles for them). I just like the simplicity of it - always working on the right side of the work, very little purling. I wish I had had this book when I was teaching myself to knit circularly. Learning would have been much easier! That's the great thing about learning to knit in the year 2011. There are lots of great books being published - way more than 30 years ago!
So if you wanting to learn to knit in the round, run right out to buy Melissa's new book. Or enter our Giveaway and hope you win! Check out Carol's great review of the book over on her blog Go Knit in Your Hat.
Here's what Melissa and I have for you today - a signed copy of her new book Teach Yourself Visually Circular Knitting and three assorted skeins of my Best Foot Forward Sock Yarn. Now the cool thing about this giveaway, besides learning to knit circularly from Melissa's book is that these particular 3 colors of BFF Sock Yarn have NEVER BEEN AVAILABLE ANYWHERE BEFORE! They were test colors when Westminster and I were developing the Best Foot Forward yarn. These three didn't make the cut, even though they were lovely colorways. (We can only produce so many SKU's, you know!)
The lucky winner will be able to take Melissa's Teach Yourself Visually Circular Knitting and make their own version of the basic sock pattern included!
Here's how you enter: Answer the following question: What is the first project you ever knit in the round? Or for newbies, what is the first project you want to knit in the round. What kind of needles do you prefer for circular knitting - double points or circulars with a cord? Please leave an easy way to get a hold of you.
Deadline: July 6th at midnight considering this is a holiday weekend and many readers have already left their computers! Good luck everyone!