11.04.2011

Book Review & GiveAway: 10 Secrets!

Perhaps you've run across 10 Secrets of a Laid Back Knitter by Vicki Stiefl and Lisa Souza?  Since I received it in the beginning of the fall, I've kept it lying around so I can read snippets at my leisure.  There are so many fun tid-bits and stories in this book, it makes for great reading! Little vignettes are spread throughout the book about fibers artist, knitters, spinners, friendships, musings, knitting factoids and more... which makes it SO fun to flip through!
Oh, and the patterns.... I bet you want to know about them!  Vicki and Lisa collected patterns that are gorgeous, fun, functional, and wearable.  They both contributed to the book AND had great designers like Sivia Harding, Rosemary Hill, Daniel Yuhas, Rebecca Danger (and more!) share patterns. 
Just look at Rebecca's Melvin the Musical Monsters!
And Sivia's Smoked Jewels Hooded Shawlette
(LOVE the construction on this!)
And The Prospero Hoodie by Justin Turner!
(all images copyright Laid Back Knitter)

So, who wants to win a copy of this great book?  Leave a comment by Tues Nov. 8th at noon and I'll choose a winner.  Do you have a secret? Feel free to share it, we won't tell....  and don't forget to leave a way for me to get in touch with you.

Also, as part of my NaBloPoMo plan, I'll be doing a giveaway every Friday... I've got some great ones lined up for the rest of the month, thanks to Vicki for starting us off!

78 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great book. I'd love to win! I guess my secret is that I'm a knitting book addict!

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  2. The hooded shawlette is beautiful. All the patterns you showed are nice. I don't think I have any secrets though!

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  3. I'd love to win, too! My secret is that I get up in the morning before the rest of the family to have a quiet cup of coffee, and read some blogs in peace..

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  4. Ooooh, YES, I'd love to win a copy of that book.
    My secret is that hidden beneath my jeans and proper shoes, I wear multi-coloured stripey knee-highs.

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  5. Ohhh! I want to try!
    my secret?I'm writeing a new knitting pattern ^.^

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  6. Thanks for the giveaway!
    My secret is I love to knit socks.

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  7. This looks like a great book. I LOVE the hooded shawlette and that baby (and the hoodie) are adorable. My secret... When I'm working from home and on the phone with my boss, I'm usually knitting as we talk.

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  8. If I told you it wouldn't be a secret anymore. However I do not have any secrets.

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  9. Thanks for the great giveaway! My secret - sometime I tell my friends I'm busy so I can stay home and knit in peace

    rav: jhoops7

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  10. The book looks wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway. Something secret- Knitting keeps me sane!

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  11. If you say it's a great read, Laura it's a great read!!!!

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  12. My secret? Ho Ho Ho ... no, SantaKnitTricks will never tell!

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  13. Looks like a fabulous book--so inspiring! I met the co-author Lisa Souza at Stitches East recently and purchased some of her gorgeous hand-dyed yarn. (I love hand dyed yarn but that's not a secret.) Can't wait to get it in the mail to start the shrug. I'd love to check out the patterns in the book.

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  14. Thanks for the review - looks like a nice variety of projects. My secret is that I always knit during conference calls and phone calls with my family.

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  15. What a great book! I love the patterns. I would be thrilled to own it!

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  16. my secret is that I LOVE to kitchner!
    the books looks awesome!

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  17. This book is definately on my wish list!

    knitterlydesigns on Ravelry

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  18. I would love to have this book - my secret - try to remember that knitting is supposed to be fun and relaxing. If it's frustrating, you're trying too hard <3

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  19. Love the title - that's the kind of knitting I strive for! I guess my secret is shared by lots of knitters - it's the stash of yarn in my closet and under my bed(s) and on the book shelves.... Thanks for the giveaway!

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  20. Looks like a delightful book. I would love to have it. Martyc on Ravelry
    Thanks

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  21. My secret: I hate knitting with DPNs!

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  22. My secret: I've never knitted with DPNs. Magic looper all the way. :)

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  23. That hoodie looked fantastic.
    I think my secret would be: Remember that you reserve the right to cast on whatever you want whenever you please no matter what else you have on the needles!

    thanks for this opportunity.
    rav id: grandmastatus

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  24. My secret is that I woke up from a dream about work, so clearly I need knittig decompression.

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  25. I have been eyeing that book for a while now and would love it. My secret is that I knit at stoplights. My knitting is always with me for those quick minutes to knit a round or two.

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  26. I don't have a HUGE secret, but my knitting philosophy is 'if I'm sitting, I'm knitting' and that gets quite a bit of knitting done and makes me feel productive even when resting. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  27. I've been eyeing this book for a while :) I spose my secret is that although I'm usually up to do whatever my friends want to do, mostly I'd prefer to stay at home and do nothing.

    sillylittlelady on Ravelry :)

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  28. My secret is that I lost 20 pounds while knitting the last sweater that I knit. It didn't fit - so I seamed it on a sewing machine. Cheater cheater!

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  29. Sounds like a great book. I would love to win it!

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  30. My secret is that I long for a week long knit-cation, by myself at a bed and breakfast, away from everyone, and free of responsibilities.

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  31. The books looks fantastic! That hooded shawl - loverly. My secret is I hide my yarn and other knitting purchases from my husband. I'm home before him so I can grab the packages and put them in my messy craftroom. I've even gone so far as to take the opened packaging into work to throw away! Not that he would say anything but... So if I won I could proudly show him the box and honestly say "it didn't cost me/him anything!!"

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  32. I have seen that book around, and really want to read it!

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  33. This book looks really interesting!

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  34. I've secretly always wanted to try knitting one of Rebecca Danger's monsters-- but I'm not-so-secretly stingy with my money (even to my own chagrin)! It'd be such a special treat to WIN it.

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  35. Ooh, those monsters are so cute! I'd love to increase my knitting book collection. It's pathetically small right now.

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  36. Oh you got me at the Musical Monsters, would love to put my paws on this book!

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  37. That book looks awesome! My secret? I.hide.yarn! Lots of it, so Hubby doesn't know how much there really is.
    -Jessica, monkeybuttbabies on Ravelry

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  38. Friday giveaways... what fun!! My secret (shared by many other knitters) is the size of my stash!!!!!

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  39. Great patterns in this book. My secret, prefer knitting to sleep.

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  40. This book looks lovely! I guess my knitting secret would be knitting into the wee hours of the morning, I get so much more done while the rest of the world is sleeping!

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  41. Those little monsters are too cute! My knitting secret is that I spit splice everything--doesn't matter how little wool content there is.

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  42. My secret is just to have fun! Do it with love!

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  43. Don't usually comment, but for this I will! readknitcook@gmail.com

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  44. I want to win!! I love having Laura to read everyday! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

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  45. My secret, gifting my favorite made for me items to my dearest friends....just because they say they love it.

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  46. My secret: I only read knitting books!

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  47. My secret is knitting for friends with yummy yarns so they feel hugged when they wear the gifts.

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  48. My secret is I have way more yarn than my hubby knows about! Debbie H
    gussek on Ravelry

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  49. My secret is that I make every possible excuse to knit. I've even pushed aside the sewing machine which has been my constant companion for 4 years in favour of stroking new yarns and admiring my needle collection!
    pipnmilly on Ravelry

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  50. I lying back on my sofa right now! Love your designs.
    czsknits on ravelry

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  51. Love The Prospero Hoodie and would love this book. Looks like a lot of fun!

    dvorag on Ravelry

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  52. ssshhhhh.......I have a secret.....but I'm not telling ;o)

    jendada on ravelry

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  53. The book sounds great. Haven't found it in the bookstore as yet. I'd love to snag a copy!

    Secret? Its Sunday morning at 7:16 a.m. No secrets here!

    SallyBC on Ravelry

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  54. I would love to win this book! I need to learn the secrets of the laid back knitters!

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  55. Knitting keeps me laid back--not much of a secret but would love to know others Tgentry on Ravelry

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  56. Oh wow, I want to knit every single one of the patterns you picked out, and several more to boot (the mitts! the hat! and how cool are those Elfin Leaves!)

    Here's a secret... I love the look of cables and travelling stitches but I detest knitting them. Actually, individual accent cables are okay. But travelling stitches, especially when there's a lot... ugh, they drive me crazy.

    ilina on Rav

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  57. Oh best way to keep up the blog excitement is surprise and fun 8) Great idea for the bla bla of November and the seasons changing routines.
    My secret-the best things in life are messy-ask any 2 year old 8)

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  58. Oh I would love to win!

    Goodstuff on Rav)

    Secret: I found I had a twist in my circularly knitted sweater. So I steeked it, and sewed it back together. Sssh!

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  59. I'd love to win this book. My secret: while I'm generally fairly laid-back about life, I'm not a laid-back knitter. I'm and obsessive-compulsive perfectionist when it comes to my knitting. Well, that may not actually be a secret from people who have seen me knit.

    SheilaOKeefe on Rav

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  60. What a cool mix of patterns. My secret: I'm cheating on my knitting with spinning right now ... don't tell the needles a wheel is on the way.

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  61. This looks like an excellent book! Thanks for the contest...
    I secretly want to call out of work today so that i can be home knitting :-)
    allisonlane on rav

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  62. My secret? I'm pumping (breastmilk) at work a bit longer than I should - mainly so I can have longer knitting time! :)

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  63. It looks like a great book for my library, I'd love to add it! I think one of my secrets is I love to pet my stash. In the wee hours of the morning as I head to bed I have to pass the glass front cabinet where I keep most of my stash. I usually look through knitting books just prior to going to bed so I have all these patterns floating in my head. It just seems natural to open the cabinet and feel the yarn, hold it to my cheek and yes, even smell of it, trying to hear it telling me what it wants to be!

    Dee

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  64. I would love the patterns you have mentioned & that is only a few from the book.I am a book lover. Rinebird on Rav
    rinebird@gmail.com

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  65. Love the hooded sweater. My secret (which isn't so secret as I'm in public) is that I knit during seminars and conferences because it keeps me awake and listening. And all that time is doubly productive. I've learned new things for my job and have a knitted item as well.

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  66. Lovely! My secret is that besides knitting, I'm also a nail polish addict. It's not really a secret if you've ever seen my hands in real life - always a different color :]

    Email is joyuna at gmail

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  67. I would love to win that book! It looks like it has some great patterns. My secret is that I'm collecting my dog's fur (a Sheltie) and am planning on sending it to a spinner (Chiengora) to have it made into some yarn; I'm thinking a pair of gloves. My husband thinks that's a little creepy... do you?

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  68. Trains, people. I commute over an hour each way, which is not ideal, but it means 2 hours straight knitting time per day. Can't do that in a car!

    libbythomas on Rav

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  69. nelle@buckeye-express.comNovember 7, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Lovely sweater!

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  70. Oooh, this book sounds fun! My secret? I knit in the car, while my hubby is driving. He hates to be the passenger while I drive, so if we are both in the car, he drives, I knit.

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  71. I'd like to win this book and learn everyone's secrets. :-)


    Zowmom on Ravelry

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  72. Knitting secrets-how intriguing-must have.

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  73. I would love to win this book!

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  74. What a great looking book. My secret is, well, secret....

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  75. Looks like an interesting book. I was telling my kids that I find knitting very relaxing and they were like, "What!? You are always totally stressed out about not having the correct number of stitches on the needle!" And I was like, oh, right, there are those moments of frustration. I guess I just forget about those quickly!

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  76. My secret my favorite knits are baby things. Unfortunately I have no
    babies.
    lotsofhermies on Rav

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