Thursday, February 28, 2013

Knitting From the Center Out - A New Book by Daniel Yuhas + a Giveaway!

I'm a "circular" knitter. Don't know about you, but I love working in the round, with the right side facing me. Double pointed needles or circulars - love them both. I know there are knitters who love the circular or "in the round" thing and those who love the back and forth. But let's not discuss that right now. Let's talk about a brilliant new book...... Knitting From The Center Out by Daniel Yuhas.

 

I've been so wanting to share it with all of you in case you missed it. I do not know the author personally but I like how his knitting mind works. All the projects are worked from the center out - or down - or whatever. 

There are 28 projects including chapters on Sweaters......


Toys..... Really cute!


Shawls - and we all know how many of you love making the shawls!


For me, Daniel designed a "sunflower shawl". Just joking but you all know about the sunflower madness around here if you are a longtime reader.


There's lots of very good "meat" and instructional chatter in this book. As far as I am concerned - that makes a book! And keeps it in my library for reference later.

 

Some great tutorials..... with straight forward directions and photos. Just what you expect from a Melanie Falick/STC Book.....

 

And some kooky, fun beginner stuff you can make.... quickly and easily.


Very nice artwork, chapter openers, photos. The book seems to have a "Pacific Northwest Hipster" vibe but these projects will work for any age. Trust me --- they are timeless and ageless. I only wish there was some multi-color knitting but perhaps that would be overkill. A girl has got to wish. This book is a keeper! See more photos here on the STC website

You can buy a signed copy from Daniel - the author - here. Nice to support the author! Or you can order from Amazon here.

Now for the good news...... STC/Melanie Falick Books has offered a copy of Knitting from the Center Out to one of my lucky readers. Here's how you enter.....

Answer the following question in the Comments Section of my blog....
Do you prefer circular or back and forth knitting? Double pointed needles or circulars? What brand? Write your thoughts and enter now.

Contest ends Sunday evening at 11:59 p.m. AS ALWAYS, PLEASE LEAVE AN EASY WAY TO GET A HOLD OF YOU - email, rav id, blog name, etc. Good luck everyone!

Contest is over. Thanks for entering everyone! The winner is Chppie who wrote:
I do like circulars althought right now I'm doing a back and forth piece. I think there's a better rhythm with circs. But for hauling all over town it is nice to have a small b&F piece. While I have several brands of needles I find I come back to my clover bamboo or my addi turbos. Such a nice feel. Very theraputic.

Thank you for featuring this book. I hadn't see it yet and it looks interesting. My center our pieces are not as neat so maybe I can pick up some pointers.


132 comments:

Hilda said...

Thanks for this giveaway. I prefer circular knitting with circulars. I've never used double pointed needles, having learned to sock knit only with circulars--two at a time. My repertoire is limited to sock knitting only so far!

Anonymous said...

Oh WOW, that book looks amazing!!! I'm definitely a circular knitter, I'll always choose circular over flat if I have the choice. And I really love circular needles even for flat knitting. I try to avoid dpns because I've never quite gotten comfortable holding them - I use a circular needle and magic loop for small diameter circular knitting!

Oh, and I have an oldish set of knitpicks interchangeables that has served me extremely well :) Love these questions! (SarahVV on Rav)

Anonymous said...

I love using circular needles for any project but socks, someday I might learn magic loop. I have a set of Denise needles that i love, but i also have some knitpiks, and several sets from long ago, that aren't interchangable that were my grandmothers from the 20's

Fracksmom on ravelry

Lorraine said...

I prefer circular needles, but usually knit back and forth on them. I prefer double points for things like socks and hats. For circular needles, I like both Addis and Knit Picks. My favorite dp needles are Signatures.

Julie D. said...

I love circular knitting. I have always used dpns and circular needles, but lately I've been practicing magic loop and enjoying it. It seems to be quieter and less distracting when I knit in church!

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Robin V said...

Apparently I have no strong opinions on this! I don't have a preference for flat vs in-the-round; it really depends on the project. Same with the needles: I often use circs to knit flat, as I'm currently doing with a baby blanket (Knit Picks options). I also use circs in the round - either one circ or two (but I don't really like the magic loop), but I also use DPNs, as with a hat I'm working on. I'm also using a pair of wooden straights for a scarf - so I'm all over the map on this one!

RobinV on Ravelry

knitterbeader said...

I prefer circular needles - knitting in the round and magic loop. Even knit my dishcloths on my circs. I started purchasing the Addi turbos in the beginning and have kept adding to them. Have too many of them now to get the click sets.

Kimberly said...

Thanks for your lovely blog!

I prefer to knit in the round since I am a smoother knitter than purler. And I love the Chiaogoo circulars. Nicely point tips, smooth joins, the size/manufacturer name is printed onto the needle and the fact that the cable is red seems so decadent.

Hilltopfibre said...

I prefer circular needles. I have a fairly complete collection of 40" Addi Turbos I use for everything, but I have recently discovered Hiya Hiya circulars and I AM IN LOVE. They are so comfortable to use. I knit back and forth or in the round as needed but always on circulars. I use magic loop so I don't need multiple sizes, I'm not fond of shorter circs as the needle part is often short. Circs also travel better than straights or double points which is important as my knitting goes everywhere with me.

caroline aka FiberTribe said...

I love addi circs or clover bamboo circs for slippery yarns. Dpns are ok, too.

Eileen said...

I am mostly a back and forth knitter but use circular needles to do it. For Knitting in the round it depends on what I am making but for socks I generally use double points. If wood I like KA if metal I love my addis.

Cherie M in EP CO said...

Easy~~
circular knitting
Circular needles
Signature Needle Arts needles

cherielynne538 on Rav

Sally said...

I agree with you about this book! I keep checking it out from the library. So fun. I want to prefer straight needles, especially Peace Fleece ones with hand painted tops--like butter, but I find that I'm mostly knitting with circulars or dpns, just b/c more of the projects I do require them. As for brand, I used to prefer Addi, because of the flexible cable, but I've had some snaggy joins on my last two pairs :(. Call me crazy, but I really really love Susan Bates Quicksilver circs and dpns. They're boring and gray, but they feel great! Thanks as always, Kristin.

Sheila said...

I definitely prefer circular knitting, on dpns if the object is too small for a regular circular. No magic loop or 2 circs for me. My favorite needles are the HiyaHiya bamboo. I love the soft, warm feel of the bamboo and hate the "clickety-click" you get when knitting with metal needles. The HiyaHiya are pointier than others I've tried, making them better for lace knitting.

Maryanne & Duke said...

I prefer knitting in the round on fairly long double points. But, I'll opt for a circular if it makes sense, and I've started learning how to knit 2 socks or mittens at a time on one, long circular using the magic loop method.

I've really enjoyed all the lamb pictures. I'm sure they must be a ton of work, but they look like such fun, too!

Wil4ds on Ravelry

nancy said...

I love to knit in the round on circular needles, in fact I guess I just like circs because I usually use them even when I knit back and forth. I love the Addi turbos, but the yarn really determines what kind I use.

Lovely book and a great giveaway. Thanks!

Meghan Jones said...

I love knitting in the round on circulars, knitting socks in the round on Dpns. I will knit flat as well especially if I want the seams for stability in a garment. The one thing I do not like is knitting with the super long circulars, magic loop, there is no magic in the loop for me.

ColorJoy LynnH said...

Thanks for the review, Kristin.

I'm a DPN / circulars Grrl whenever possible. If I go to circs, usually I use Denise interchangeables. I knit tight, and tge larger Denise cable helps me push stitches up to the left needle tip.

ColorJoy LynnH said...

Odd... Couldn't edit and then it sent. Ebony Lantern Moon DPNs if possible!

Auntie Shan said...

I knew there was SOMETHING about You that I liked! ;-D

CIRCULARS all the way!! And the DOUBLE-POINTS when needed... I prefer the ability to push the Work off the Needle and NOT have to worry about IT "slipping-off"... Not to mention, easier on the hands instead of those long "pig-stickers"!

I'm not really particular about any "Brands", so long as They're "METAL", I'm good! -- I kinda like the colourful BOYE ones, although I find Their tips to be rather longish on the CIRCS. However, most of the ones I do have are DECADES OLD Hand-Me-Downs from Mom! And, Yard-Sale-Thrift-Store FINDS! - My fav DBL-PTS are 4 Purple 5mm ones that I got at the SALLY-ANN for less than a Dollar!

Annie said...

I prefer knitting in the round because I have slightly different tension in my knit and purl rows. I love addi turbo circular needles, and use them for both circular and back and forth knitting.

Sarah said...

What a great looking book, this is the first I've seen of it.I use my circular needles for everything- flat or in the round. I think I like circular knitting a little bit more but that may just be because I am not the best at seams! I like my knitpicks needles because they are really pointy and a nice bendy cord.(sarahland on ravelry)

Anonymous said...

I prefer to knit in the round. Small projects I use double points, larger projects with flexible cables. As to a brand, I don't think I have a strong preference. I don't like 'slippery' points so metal is not usually my favorite. I also like very pointing points. Helen

amyroz said...

I prefer addi lace circulars for shawls and scarves. Even foe back and forth I usually use. Circs. Carbonz double points for sox. Thanks for the fun! amyroz@hotmail.com

Judy/Ct said...

Circulars, Knit Picks or Denise and Knit Picks double points. I do have a few sizes in Crystal Palace double points that I like. I do occasionally have trouble with Knit Picks Interchangeable joins,which makes me want to try another brand. I currently have your sweater "Ginger" on my Denise Interchangeables. (Lightinabook@Gmail.com)

Karen Helbig said...

I use Knitters Pride needles & knit back & forth. I knit mittens & socks on 4 needles. Should try knitting on circulars more often.

Jeri said...

Add me to the list of fans of knitting in the round. Knit Picks needles are my favorites, I have them all but I prefer the Harmony Options. I use circulars for everything, don't even own straights. Love love love Magic Loop. Love all your lamb pictures, too! I am jkisala on Ravelry. Wish you all the best!

sheepyhollow said...

I prefer knitting in the round, but it really depends on the project. I own circular Addis. However, I like the feel of wood/bamboo and anything natural too. I've even made some straight needles with 'honed' twigs from my backyard!

Love your work! Thanks for the chance to win.

Margo said...

I prefer DPNs for circular knitting when possible, don't care for magic loop. I use circulars for back and forth. I have no preference when it comes to knitting in the round or working flat.

My Life's Little Distractions said...

O-o-o-o-o-oH! Pick me please! I prefer to knit on circulars. Magic loop method. I LOVE my Addi Turbo Lace needles!

Anonymous said...

Prefer in the round I find the round and round soothing. I like KnitPicks needles loves that the points are nice and pointy. DPNs are fine if need be but i prefer to magic loop.
Thanks for the give away and love all the sheepy pictures the new lambs are so cute.

pegmac on Ravelry

Kathryn Samuelson said...

I prefer circulars and bamboo - especially if I'm using double pointed needles. Thank you for the opportunity.

Holly in CT said...

My favorite needles are the expensive circular Signitures. I resisted buying them for yeats but once I knit with them I was hooked, good tools male for easy knitting. I also love Chiagoo circulars for their nonkinking cables.

Cate said...

I love to knit in circles - with one circular, two circulars, or with dpns. I'm completely (and often more) comfortable using dpns on small projects like socks or mittens. And knitting with two colors (fair isle and other color work) is much easier in the round as the tension stays consistent.

This book looks like a lot of fun - thank you for alerting everyone to it!

Nlwilson46@yahoo.com said...

I prefer circular knitting. So much more comfortable for my arms & shoulders. No particular brand. I haven't invested in any expensive needles yet. Guess I do have a pair of addi that I like a lot. I knit with circulars even when knitting back & forth patterns

Anonymous said...

Circular knitting is my favorite, no seams! doing a stranded vest right now, started w/an old pattern, added in the garter ridges and ideas from your two books and it's morphed into its own design as knitting does, if you listen. : ) no particular needle preferences other than Addis, Hiya Hiya, not a bamboo fan, too slow! use both dbpns and circs, ijs

jeanninesims_1999@yahoo.com

Kathy Bridges said...

I prefer circular needles, addis, because I keep loosing my double points in my recliner.
Kathy

Denise k said...

I'm very interested in this book. Thank you for the give away.
I really don't have a preference between circular and straight but circular projects seem to hold my interest more and get done fastest. I always use circulars. I love addis, hiyahiya sharps. I don't mind double points but they are hard for me to be on the move with.

Denise -kittykatz on Ravelry
Dgkatz9143@msn.com

Casey said...

Just went to check brand and both circulars and dp's are Hiya Hiya's.
I love circular knitting and am drawn to patterns specifying their use. The book looks lovely, thanks for the chance.
ashefamily(at)yahoo(dot)com

Abbie said...

Thank you for the give-away! It seems I prefer knitting in the round, because I've gravitated toward projects knitted in the round for the past few years. I like both DPNs and circulars as long as they are bamboo. My favorite brand for circulars is CiaoGoo.

suedriskozago said...

I love double pointed needles. I haven't tamed the cords on my circulars and they always seem to get in the way. I usually use Clover's bamboo needles but that depends on the yarn and what I happen to have around the house.

Sheri said...

Happy March 1st!
I love reading your blog and miss the days you are too busy to write. Love seeing the lambs growing up and getting friskie!
I am a newbie, since June so I hope my opinion counts? I love circulars and my new favorite is ChiaoGoo, Stainless Steel rather pointed needle tips. For double pointed needles my ultimate favs is Susan Bates. They are coated with something special so the yarn doesn't slip around! Yeah!!!
I would love the opportunity to read and charish this new book. My eyes are always open for a new way.
Thanks
Sheri

bookagent said...

I love knitting in the round and while my preference has been circular needles, lately I've been working with double pointed and am getting much more comfortable with them. The book looks great, thanks for the giveaway.

Pam
RavID bookagent
phopkin1@rochester.rr.com

Susanne said...

I knit with circulars all the time, even when I am forced to knit back and forth. I knit socks a lot and knit both on 2 circulars. Always have 2 or 3 pr on the needles. I convert any patterns that I can so I can knit the garment in a circular fashion.
Susanne (scheusie@shaw.ca)

Anonymous said...

Hi Kristin
Thanks for showing us a new creative twist to using two sticks and some string! I use circular needles for large back and forth knitting to take up less space in public and to avoid cat help with swattin at te longer needles. For scks, hats, mitts, I use double point, I am a bit old fashion. I like the bamboo needles in all cases, nice an smooth to the touch and glide very easily. Thanks for your informative bog and wonderful photos. Think Spring!

Kim Har said...

WOW...the book looks great! Now as for my knitting, I was taught back in the dark ages of my childhood (age6) on straight metal needles that i borrowed from my Great-Aunt who was teaching me. Used them for many years. However, now my needle of choice is Addi Lace Circular for everything. I have investigated Signature needles and really like them but they are very pricey & I just can justify that at this time in my life. I mostly knit sweaters, lace shawls & hats so the circular needles allows me to knit BOTH sleeves or BOTH the front & back of a sweater at the same time as well as the large number of stitches for a good size shawl. Plus it is much easier to knit w/beads on a circular than straight needle. I do use dbl points when knitting hats as I don;t like the circular when the decreases get you down to such a few stitches. So in the end it is circular needles in the round and back & fort plus some dbl points as well.

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Lisa said...

I'm an addicted sock knitter in love with Addi turbo circulars. I've only just started experimenting with double points. This book looks great! (vivianos3@aol.com)

Carol Pack Urban said...

Wow! Looks like a super cool book! Would love to have a copy!

Carol1Urban on Ravelry

Cami said...

I definitely prefer circular knitting if it means I won't have a seam in the end product. I like circ needles regardless of the type of knitting. My favorites are the Addi Turbos. I love the sunflower shawl in the book! Thanks for a great giveaway!

biologista said...

oh, I'm all about circular knitting and needles! I find them a lot easier to manage, and this book looks super cool!

Anonymous said...

I like knitting in the round with wood or bamboo circulars but also with double points depending on my fancy and the project...sometimes I may even switch mid project Gasp!
Every once in a while I'll give straights a go but it almost never feels right...so much for all those pictures of knitters with straight needles that I see everywhere!

lisaj@ravelry

shortoldlady said...

Thank you for a wonderful give-away! I'm still a novice with the circular knitting thing - would love to get better. My starting with DPNS isn NOT a pretty picture. If I can, I will start (and continue) with circulars. Those pesky ladders hound me. I need all the help I can get!

Celeste Culpepper said...

Love your blog.

Kniting in the round,circular needles, magic loop instead of double points, and Hiya,Hiya are my favourite needles.

Celeste

Kate G said...

I'm an equal opportunity knitter using circulars until it's easier to work in double points. BUT I will admit to loving double points the best. Yes, they slow me down, but this is as close to circus juggling as I'm going to get. Besides I have a pairs in all sorts of materials as I can't resist the darn things.

Susan in Cinti said...

I love circulars as much as I love looking at your lamb photos. A friend started me on her EZ book very soon after I got back to knitting......and that was it!!

Linda Rumsey said...

I love circular knitting. I usually use bamboo dpns for small stuff and my KnitPro Interchangeables for larger projects. I also use these to knit back and forth as they seem to glide through the yarn!

sandi said...

I prefer circular knitting, and I love me some double points!

Chppie said...

I do like circulars althought right now I'm doing a back and forth piece. I think there's a better rhythm with circs. But for hauling all over town it is nice to have a small b&F piece. While I have several brands of needles I find I come back to my clover bamboo or my addi turbos. Such a nice feel. Very theraputic.

Thank you for featuring this book. I hadn't see it yet and it looks interesting. My center our pieces are not as neat so maybe I can pick up some pointers.

Anonymous said...

I have this book on hold at the library right now. Would love to own a copy. Judy

MrsCampbell on Ravelry said...

I love all knitting. I like to mix it up though. I have more than one project at a time: a shawl on straights, a sock on 2 circulars, a hat in the round. My favorites are Addi lace needles and Signatures.

I love all of the pictures of your sheep!

Sandra said...

Love circulars. I just got a three inch interchangeable and love the way its taking the stress off my wrists.

Carikt said...

What a wonderful book!!! Would love to add it to my library.
I knit mostly with circulars except for sock and fair isle mittens which I knit on dp's. Very seldom do I use straights.
I love my signatures which I received as a gift.

Mira said...

I much prefer knitting in the round, with circulars. Magic loop has changed my knitting life. Even if I knit flat, I use circulars, more space.

OmnicronCeti on ravelry

Anonymous said...

I love your blog. Taking a peek at the lamb races sure makes for a happy day.

Any project that I can adapt to circular needles, I do. Addi Turbo's are my needle of choice but if my yarn is too slick I use Clover Bamboo circulars. I have way too many $$$ invested in the Addi's and have requested that my sons give them to a grateful knitter and not just toss them when I pass on.

Thanks for all you do.

Jane Walker
joeyshouse@sbcglobal.net

Anonymous said...

I prefer knitting in the round for stranded colorwork and socks, gloves, and hats, but still like flat knitting for tailored sweaters and jackets. Double points for small-diameter pieces (including collars other than shawl-collars), circulars for wider diameters in the round and for flat knitting. (Although I can still handle straight needles when I have to). As far as material - high-speed slick metal, all the way.
-- stashdragon (on Rav)

Savannagal said...

I prefer circular knitting on circular needles. I'm not averse to knitting on straights though. I like ChiaGoo Lace and Addi Lace needles. Signature needles are nice too, but way too spendy for me.

Helen Hart said...

Have used double points forever and then discovered circulars so I could keep going round in circles. Will do back and forth when I have to and on a circular. The book looks like a real treasure. Thanks for offering it.
HelzHart@aol.com

Debbie said...

Circular knitting, circular needles. My fav brands are Addi Turbo and KnitPicks nicle plated. thanks!
gussek on Ravelry

Cindy in (un) Happy Valley said...

Circular, two circular needles if necessary (but don't turn my nose up at DPs), Knit Picks mostly but not exclusively. cdraynak@gmail.com

Sounds like an awesome book!

Nancy G said...

This looks like a great book, thanks for the opportunity to win it!
I knit circularly whenever possible; I hate seaming. I also do all my back & forth knitting on circulars. Mostly I use Addi Turbos and Denise Interchangeables, but I've recently begun trying some other brands, as well.

Jen said...

I think I prefer circular knitting, but only because I dislike seaming. And definitely on circular needles. I have some ChiaoGoo needles that I really like working with--which is good, since I'm working with them right now to make a Tomten Jacket. It's not circular, but still modular, and there's a minimum of seaming. I'm jenandstuff on Ravelry.

Susan said...

Circular all the way! I love my Dyakcraft needles, I think I have one of the original interchangeable sets they made in Vermont Rosewood. Recently I bought 2 sets of Karbonz circular in sizes smaller than the Dyakcraft needles and I love them almost as much.

shabby girl said...
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shabby girl said...

What a lovely giveaway! The book looks intriguing!
I prefer circulars because of the shorter needles. It's just more comfortable, but truth be told, I'd use anything just to be able to knit.
I had my first experience with dpns about a month ago. I'd been afraid of them for years, but after a couple of hilarious hours, I got the hang of it. lol.
lifeonwheels on ravelry :)
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NancyP said...

Prefer whatever best fits the project. That said I often find circulars easier to control and more portable. Great book. Thanks for sharing with us. Nancy Pinn nanfleur at ravelry

Kathy at Knitting Off The Grid said...

What a great giveaway! I love working in the round on Addi Turbo needles - so quick and my tension is so much more even.

KathS on Ravelry

Anonymous said...

I almost always use circular needles and double pointed needles. I have quite a collection including ones with the metal cable but what I love using are nickel plated, sharp point, and a soft cable, mostly KnitPicks. I do end up buying double pointed needles more then I should because they like to get lost when I am knitting socks. Looks like a fun book and a great resource. Thanks for the giveaway. gnlmutti@gmail.com

Katherine Chapman said...

I bought a set of Addi Clicks and they are great! So usually I prefer circulars. But sometimes I'd rather have wooden dpns, if it's a very small project and magic loop would be too fiddly. I find a use for all my needles and can hardly bear to part with any of them, including the long straight ones! :)

Anonymous said...

Oh my. I've been eyeballing this book since before it came out -- I enjoy books that help me understand knitting "architecture". I really prefer circular knitting, but not in order to avoid the purl stitch. Circular needles just feel less awkward to me. - Gretchen in WI (or ursulavesta on Ravelry)

Suzanne said...

For sock knitting, I love the Hiya Hiya metal DPN's. For sweaters I like circulars, preferable metal. Usually Hiya Hiya or Chiagoo.

Jennifer Essad said...

Hi - I don't see the comment that I left this afternoon, I will try again, I enjoy knitting in the round with circular needles! I too try to eliminate seeming/sewing. I flipped thru this book in the store and would love to make a few of the projects, thanks for the chance to win!

Leslie said...

Let me start by saying that I have only 2 pair of straight needles, the rest all went to the church tag sale a couple of years ago. I have 2 full sets of KnitPicks interchangeables and a total of about 35-40 fixed circular needles consisting of Boye, Addi, Clover and my favorites, some vintage Susan Bates all nylon needles - extruded so in once piece (no joins!!!) and beautiful points!

I actually prefer circular knitting because although I can do it I find seaming a bore. I'll put in an Elizabeth Zimmerman phony seam if the piece really seems to need one.

That looks like a nice book -- and if you think it's worth keeping that makes me think it probably is.

Anonymous said...

I like addi circulars AND Clover DPNs. I like my DPNs for sock knitting...and I prefer to knit in the round. The book looks GREAT! Thank for the contest ..& your blog

Johalley on RAV

Denise said...

I don't think I have a preference - I haven't done enough to know!
flgirl1987 AT yahoo DOT com

Southern Gal said...

circular !!! love to knit in the round and will adapt any pattern i can to circular. however i knit with the right side on the INSIDE.

i taught myself circular knitting and just did it that way.

for small items (socks, hats) i will knit with the right side on the outside.

would love a new book!
cant have too many knitting books!

Melissa Schmidt said...

Nice review of the book. I prefer circular, magic loop method, favorite brand knitters pride.

pancake and lulu said...

Hi!
I love circular needles and especially Addi Turbo. Right now I am working on a large chunky throw for a wedding gift on size 15s. But for socks and small projects in the round I like wooden double points - less slippery!
Would love to have this book!

Helen said...

I have been using circular needles. While I do like wood, I really like the Chiagoo needles. I just need to get some more.
Of course my guilty pleasure is Signature Stiletto but I only have one pair of the circulars.
Great review of an interesting book.

paivis said...

I knit round always when it's possible. Dpns I use only occasionally if I can't use circulars. I have lots of Knit pros. The book looks amazing. I love sunflowers too.
I'm paivis in Ravelry

Bahls Daddy said...

I preffer circs even for back and forth knitting. I fing them easier to handle and the needles don't have to support the weight of the project.
RavID: chrisimon

phaedra96 said...

I use circulars all the time...even for back and forth knitting. Less strain on my hands. That said, I LOVE the sunflower shawl. I would make that! For me.

Elise said...

I prefer circular knitting either on dpn or circular needles. I like the portability on circular needles. The only brands I have used are knit picks or addi but am on quest for the best!

Angeluna said...

Had to think about this. I honestly don't have a preference between back and forth or circular knitting. I certainly prefer my sweaters with seams, but love knitting round and round in circles. Circular needles always. And I have been spoiled by a gift of Signatur Stiletto needles that I love dearly. My clear favorites.

That Sunflower Shawl is lovely.

knitterchick said...

I love circulars and dpn's. I started making Icelandic sweaters and that was that. Then I discovered that working on circulars is better for flat pieces by keeping the weight centered across the middle. I have every type of material except carbon. I prefer wood or bamboo but sometimes I need something moe slippery.

Lynn said...

I love, love circular knitting and dpn's. Just found magic loop and it works well for one of my favorite knits - socks. Favorite needles - that would be Addis. Thanks for a chance in your giveaway!
LynnIL ravelry

asteride said...

Beautiful book! I only knit on circulars. Addi Turbo are the best for lace but I have a collection of Knitpicks bamboo. I love the colors on wood. My goal is to have rosewood interchangeable one day.

Asteride on Ravelry
Asteride at gmail.com

MelissaH said...

Definitely in the round. Circular needles, either Addi Lace if I'm magic looping, or Lantern Moon if I'm not. (But I do own DPNs, and will use them as needed, if it's something that I started on a circ and it's gotten too small.)

lisala said...

For the most part I use Knit Picks circular needles. Double points for the small parts. I have done a few shawls from the center out and really enjoyed the process.

Gracey is not my name.... said...

I'm a newish knitter...so far I prefer DPNs..and I've always preferred wooden hooks/needles...but I am using a some Knitter's Pride Karbonz at the moment and loving them..I haven't done much back and forth knitting...but in crochet, I do prefer circular or crocheting in the round..

Anonymous said...

I like both circular/back and forth knitting. I do like to use circular needles when I knit. My favorites are Addi Turbo and wooden needles.

(enlighten1 on Rav)

SusanB said...

What a neat looking book. I would love a copy. I knit circular as much as possible and even when I have to work back and forth I use circular needles to do it. When I first began knitting I made tubular scarves where I just knit and knit in a circle for foot after foot. It was very meditative and a wonderful way to get comfortable with knitting.

Crystal said...

Hi Kristin!

I actually prefer dpns for my knitting in the round - its usually small diameter things like socks or mittens, but for all other knitting, I am circulars all the way! I find it easier to stow my knitting when they are on circs, and straight needles strain my wrists after a while. I am a fan of Knitpicks needles, I can't resist the pretty rainbow wooden ones they have! I use their interchangeables, so I can switch from their nickel plated or wooden varieties as my knitting demands. I haven't tried their acrylic ones yet. ~crystalrita@gmail.com

Donnaj said...

Circular needles I love for both circular knitting and back and forth. ChiaoGoo is my preferred brand. I just noticed the side banner with knitting for 4 footed friends, how gorgeous, when I close this I am clicking over not sure my cats would appreciate handknits????

MicheleinMaine said...

I like circular needles and DPN's. I prefer Chiagoo red lace circs, or Signature circs for something really special. For DPN's, I like Knitpicks Harmony's.

The book looks great!

Sharon themadknitter said...

I prefer Addi circular needles. Circular needles saved my knitting skills. Straight needles cause my arthritic hands to hurt. Now everything I knit, exept for occasinal DPs, is done on circular needles. In fact, I don't know where my straight needles are stored..

Garyfallia- Greece said...

I have learn a year now to knit in the round. First with dpns and after with circular kneedles. I prefer circular knitting from back and forth. I enjoy more with wooden kneedles and natural fibers
Garyfallia

carol said...

I like both depending on the project I'm working on.

cdeck21@sbcglobal.net

Anonymous said...

I love the circulars. For everything. Crystal Palace are my very favorites. When knitting in the round I just use two. And knitting in the round is my favorite way to knit. Cast on a rug last night, joined it. Then tink. lol

d_karen@hotmail.com

Judy W said...

I prefer knitting with circular needles for both circular and back-and-forth knitting. I find it easier on my hands and wrists, and I like the way the knitting lies in my lap. I like circular and back-and-forth knitting: no preference. I often use two circs over dpn's, and I really dislike the magic loop method. Finally, I like to have an assortment of needle brands, but I use KnitPicks Harmony interchangeables the most. Love your blog and seeing stories about farm life and your creative use of color in your knitting and decorating. Thanks for taking the time to share with us!

Deb said...

I use circulars for everything, I found straight needles hurt my hands too much. I have really liked the ChiaGoo needles, great price point and I like the connection and tips. debcquilts on Rav

Catherine said...

That's like asking who's your favorite child. I love all knitting. Even purling has its place. But I must admit my current fav needles are Knitters Pride Karbonz circs that I've got loaded with a pair of socks right now. Thank you for the opportunity.

Carol said...

I prefer circular needles, whether I am knitting in the round or straight. Don't really have a strong preference between the two. Love the KnitPicks interchangeable needles in nickel plate, although Signature needles are lovely too.
Carol

Barb T. said...

I just want to knit, but I do love my Addi Clicks.
Beautiful book!
barblt99 on ravelry

Penny said...

Always circulars. Like DPNs for socks and such. Some of my friends like to do two circulars, but I really like my DPNs.

Fave needles, love my Harmonies, but am starting to really like Chiagoo Red lace needles.

pjknits1@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

~ What a super cool artsy knitting book !!! ~ I would loVe to share this with my knitting students.
Honestly, I believe I'm pretty obsessed with knitting of all types; I like knitting with dpns or circulars, just depends on the project size sometimes which I choose.
I do prefer takumi clover bamboo for most work, with natural yarn fibers. I have a collection of vintage needles made of casein with the great colors of mint green, salmon pink and creamy yellow and also those of steel, (very heavy) dpns, aluminum and other wood needles. Takumi Bamboos are my most used knitting needles, in straight or circular, and those I always recommend for knitting students, children or adults.
Bamboos are light and produce less static.
Best,
Shell~
YarnSoup@yahoo.com

Susan said...

Addi circulars for everything! They're easier on my aging hands and wrists. I prefer back and forth knitting, though I'll knit in the round if that's what it takes to make the project. That book has me salivating over the projects. What an interesting idea for something other than sunflowers! And yes, I've knit other than sunflowers in the round! Sbsford(at)gmail(dot)com

therese inverso said...

I love knitting in the round and go to great lengths to avoid seams. I love the interchangeables made in India such as Knitters Pride, and Hiya Hiya for fixed points, especially in the smaller sizes. Love DPNs and Magic loop knitting too. I knit fingers of gloves all at the same time, with the Magic loop!

Robynn C said...

back and forth on circulars... much to my grandmothers dismay! what a lovely book! i love the concept of knitting from the center out!

robynnc at comcast dot net

Kayla Shumway said...

I love circular knitting with DPNs. For some reason they are much more comfortable in my hands than circulars. This book looks really neat!

knittercrobe on ravelry

Nuna Knits said...

I love circular knitting. DPNs or circular, it doesn't matter. ChiaoGoo are my current favorites.

Anonymous said...

Love very pointy circulars and dpns for speed. My current favorites are Hiya Hiya metal. The rythym of knitting on dpns works well for me. I like back and forth,too but only on circulars, never straight needles.
aleenknits (rav name)

slmiller8 said...

I prefer to use circular knitting whenever I can; I don't like sewing up seams. I mostly use circular needles-Addi Turbo and Hiyahiya interchangeables. For socks, I have been experimenting with Magic loop. Depending on the sock pattern I like either magic loop or dpns; have decided that using 2 circulars for socks is too tangly.

Yellowbug said...

when knitting I almost always use circular needles and knit in the round if possible. I sometimes alter the pattern to do this. If the project is small I use double pointed needles( socks). If larger I use the circular needle (hats & sweaters.

Enjoy your pictures of the lambs. i always read your email first.

Anonymous said...

I love circulars, even though sometimes I knit back and forth on them. I have a set of Addi Clicks, a retirement gift!, and love them. When I use double points I use the metal ones as I tend to bend them break the wood ones.
Patty
pclark204@comcast.net

ikkinlala said...

I don't really have a preference between circular and back-and-forth knitting, but I do have a (maybe somewhat odd) preference for DPNs when I'm knitting small things in the round and circulars when I'm knitting back and forth. I'm not really a fan of long straights. I don't have a favourite brand.

ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Kristin, for the fun sheep photos and for the opportunity to win what certainly appears to be a great book. I learned to knit on straight needles, but when I took a "sweaters-in-the-round" class, I of course learned to use circs and have never looked back. I can use DP's, but very seldom have need and prefer circs for both circular and back-and-forth knitting. I like Clover for regular projects and Addi lace for lacy projects. Hope spring comes soon!

Thanks, Lompocgal
pburke445@hotmail.com

Lynn said...

Circular, of course. Addi Turbos are my drug of preference. DPs are endlessly entertaining — once I start going around and around, I just can't stop.

OlivesOlives on Ravelry

Anonymous said...

Back and forth knitting is more comfortable to start.
(Hate twisting my project unintentionally)
But then knitting in the round is more fun at the end (fewer seams). I like back and forth for stripes which are a passion.
I do all I can with circulars. (Fewer things to drop out of my hands.) But wood or metal depends on the yarn.
The book looks like so much fun. More to drool over.Thanks
churncreeklady on ravelry

Connie K. said...

I prefer to knit with circular needles, but I prefer back and forth knitting. I think I like the weightless feeling of knitting that way. Oh, my favorite neddles are my knitpicks interchangables.
Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

greyowl60(at)yahoo(dot)com

Carolyne said...

I use circulars for everything but especially like knitting in the round. It's fast and I don't like to purl. I just mastered magic loop for gloves. I never got the hang of double pointed needles but now I don't have to.
Csomdecerff on ravelry

Mimi F said...

I love circular knitting on a circular needle and will do this exclusively. Currently am loving signature circulars and the Knitpicks harmony wood interchangeable needles.
Mimifan on ravelry

Gerri said...

Oops. MIssed the give away deadline but I'm always glad for a heads-up on an interesting book.

for the heck of it-I like them both! I didn't like socks on two circs but I'm going to give two socks at one a try soon.

Have a great day!