9.25.2015

Short Row Knits: A GiveAway and Interview with Carol Feller

It's Friday.. which means it is time for a giveaway! I was asked to be a stop on Carol Feller's Blog Tour for her new book Short Row Knits and of course I said yes! I ADORE Carol, and wanted you all to get to know her a bit better. Short Row knits is a book for learning... with stunning projects! So, if you have been wanting to learn more about short rows, it is a must-have for your knitting library.
 
L: Walk me through the process that you went through to design this book. What was the first thing you did? Next? Did you have this idea for a long time?
Carol: I had been thinking about doing another knit book with a publisher a couple of years ago. I self-publish smaller pattern books myself but this time I wanted to do something bigger. I envisioned a book that combined a technique workshop with patterns. If a knitter invests in a knitting book I wanted it to be one that they would refer to for years to come, even after they had knit the patterns. I had been tossing different ideas around and it was the editor at Potter Craft that suggested short rows. This actually make perfect sense, I had already done a free mini short row class on Craftsy and almost every pattern I write uses short rows in some way! From here I started thinking about what information was missing about short rows; there are lots of different techniques out there, how do you decide which one to use? How can you control the slope of your knitting with short rows? What happens when you don’t have stockinette stitch? You don’t see short rows detailed in reverse stockinette stitch, ribbing or even lace very often. But we knit with all these stitches!

So the book was designed to answer these questions, with patterns that knitters really wanted to knit. From here I put the basic structure of the book together, dividing it into 3 sections. First the technique section with patterns to practice on. The next section is all about creating shapes; sloping shawls, short row heels and the crown of hats. The final section is all about garments and how to use short rows to shape different parts of the garment body. As the tutorials developed the patterns grew up around them. The initial work was finished by last summer; written, knit and technically edited. Then over the summer we did all the photography, a few of the knits needed a few tries! Then from last September on the publisher was working on layout and illustrations. The photos of the technical swatches needed to be redone, which was a steep learning curve for us! And here we are in September 2015 with an actual finished book :-)

L: So, exactly how many different ways are there to short row? I know you go over this in the book, but can you give a short synopsis here?
Carol: I show 4 different methods in to book, the traditional wrap & turn (plus my variation for improving it), Japanese, yarnover and German. There are of course other ways of working short rows but the basic idea of how they work remains the same.

With wrap & turn, when you turn your work you wrap the yarn around the next stitch. This wrapped yarn is later used to close the gap. Traditionally you just work the stitch and the wrap together, when I work it I dismantle it and put the wrap behind to ensure that it is hidden.

Japanese short rows use holder for that yarn loop. This holder can be a stitch marker, safety pin or even a strip of waste yarn. I even detail in the book how you can use a single strip of yarn to hold several closely spaced short rows. When you join a Japanese short row the method you use is exactly the same as for the wrap & turn method.

The third method shown is the yarnover method. As before you use a loop of yarn when you turn to join the short row. The only difference is that you use a yarn over (effectively holding the yarn loop on the needle) to join the short row gap.

The final method is German short rows. This one is interesting as it doesn’t use a yarn loop but instead turns the work and then effectively pulls the stitch from the row below up. This reduces the visibility of the gap between the different rows. This method is very useful when your work is viewed from both sides.

Other variations of short rows that I’ve seen use other ways of pulling up the row below to join the gap, once you know what you’re trying to achieve I’d suggest knitters experiment to see what they can create!
Diamante from Short Row Knits
L: I realize I am assuming everyone knows what short rows are... will you briefly explain for any knitters who aren't familiar with them?
Carol: Short rows at their most basic are just rows you don’t knit to the end; you knit to the point you want to turn, turn your work and then work in the other direction. What changes with each method is HOW you join that turn. This is where knitters often get confused; everyone claims to have the best method! I think it’s most important to understand what you’re trying to do then you can pick the best method to use in different situations.
Riyito
L: What is your favorite design in the book?
Carol: That’s like asking who your favorite kid is :-)! I do however know what one’s I’d most like to wear; Riyito and Jiminez . I’m currently very in to loose, oversized, flowing sweaters so these two would fit right into my wardrobe!
Claro
L: Did any design really challenge you? I bet there is a good story in there somewhere....
Carol: Well it’s not really much of a story but my quest for well-fitted short row sock heel took a bit of time! I loved the idea of short row heels in socks, the basics seemed so simple. However every time I’ve tried to knit a short row heel pattern I ran into a problem – I can’t fit it over my heel! I’ve got a very high instep and without a gusset a hand knit sock really doesn’t fit. This meant that I did an awful lot of sock experimenting. It resulted in two sock patterns; Arenal a ribbed cable sock that is knit from the toe up and Claro a plain vanilla cuff down sock.

L: The photos in your books are stunning... and they all have a very similar style. I always know when a photo is of one of your designs as your look is iconic. Tell us more about your photographer? (Hint: Does he also cook dinner?)
Carol: Well occasional dinner! It is indeed my husband, Joseph, who does my photography. As I’ve been learning to design he’s been learning to photograph, he is primarily a university professor and photography is something he does in his free time. He’s got a great eye and is very good at getting models to relax (the kids particularly like him!).

L: How long have you been knitting? Do you have any other craft you do on the side?
Carol: I learned to knit as a small child, I don’t remember actually learning! When I was in primary school I knit a lot for my dolls and a few garments for myself but once I hit my teens I stopped. It was after my fourth son was born that I picked up needles again. I was very quickly obsessed and within a few months I was designing.

At the moment time is my most precious commodity, there’s never enough of it! Certain things have been getting easier as the boys get older but from 2 until 5 or 6 every day I’m driving them around in circles to activities. We live in the country so there are no school buses, which means I spend far too much time on the road. I long to devote time to learn sewing but I just don’t have the hours or mental bandwidth to do that at the moment. It’s on my bucket list though!

L: If a knitter walked up to asking for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give ‘em your best tip, what would it be?
Carol: Have fun and don’t be afraid of mistakes! Experimenting and pushing your own boundaries are so important. Don’t get too hung up on getting things perfect as it makes it harder to try new things.

L: Ok... totally off topic... you got a PUPPY? He's adorable! Tell us more?
Carol: Well you see I though I had too much spare time on my hands so obviously I needed a puppy! We’ve got a wonderful older dog (he’s almost 11) that needed some company and when the local adoption agency tweeted a photo of Lizzie I completely fell in love. She’s super cute, bitey and doesn’t like to sleep very much at night but we just adore her!
Lizzie and Kenny snoozing together!
Next stop on Carol's Short Row Knits blog tour is with Miss Babs on the 28th of September. 

Time for a giveaway... 

Potter Craft has generously donated  a copy of Short Row Knits to giveaway to one of you!  Have you worked short rows before? Were you successful? Just leave a comment below by 12pm (EST) on Sept 29th, don't forget to leave a way to get in touch with you! I randomly choose a winner next week and announce them in next week's Friday giveaway post!

Last week's winners... 
Congrats to SleekyMom and BadJeanne!!! Get in touch to claim your yarn for Phi For YOU!!!!

123 comments:

  1. Love the puppies! I would enjoy learning new techniques from Carol Feller too, so put my name on the book list.

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  2. I have done short rows but still very much learning! naeihrig@gmail.com

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  3. I have done short rows on several projects with a varying degree of success. Would love to have a copy of Carols book to learn the different methods and try some of her lovely patterns.
    Carolm7323 Ravelry

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  4. I would love to win this book. I took a class from Carol last year at Unwind in Brighton, and she was so clear, it all made such sense.

    amandainluanda. Rav

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  5. That shawl is stunning! Done a little short-rowing, but could certainly use a primer! ahkraus at hotmail dot com

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  6. I have dabbled quite a bit with short rows and the German short row method is my favourite. There are so many amazing patterns in this book and it would be a great addition to my knitting book library. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  7. I preordered this book and I am now knitting Volcan from it. This book is amazing!! I have knit short rows in the past for sweaters but now I am obsessed in using them to shape shawls and scarves. German short rows are my favorite!

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  8. I have tried the wrap and turn for years and just could not get a handle on it. I now use German short rows and they seem to make sense to me. I would love to learn more short row techniques.

    knitter5319 on ravelry

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  9. I have both of Carol's classes on short rows from Craftsy...they are awesome! Her new book is on my wishlist at Amazon...how great to actually win it! Thanks for providing that opportunity. Ravelry: quilterlis

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  10. I have used short rows (I especially like FLK heel for socks), but I'd love to learn some new techniques. Loris (Manneko on Ravelry)

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  11. I have used short rows (I especially like FLK heel for socks), but I'd love to learn some new techniques. Loris (Manneko on Ravelry)

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  12. I love short rows for the right projects. skaro964 on Raverly

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  13. Loved making Carol's Short Row Vest. Wonderful design techniques and instructions.
    I love using the German Short Row technique.
    Can't wait to see Carol's book on Short Rows...it is bound to be fantastic and chock full of wonderful techniques!
    Ravelry: synergy6

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  14. Short rows are so useful! I'd love to win a copy of this book! :)

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  15. I have used short rows before and just need more pracise with the various techniques and an understanding as to which method is best in which situation.

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  16. I have used short rows before and just need more pracise with the various techniques and an understanding as to which method is best in which situation.

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  17. I have embarked on my first project that uses short rows and the pattern calls for wrap and turn. I will see when I get there if I like it. I have both of Carol's Craftsy short row classes so I feel like I can get help when I need. Rav ID: ramonafirehorse

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  18. I have never worked short rows before but I am ready to try.
    Rav ID:ChitownAlicia

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  19. I have seen many of these patterns on Rav and am very interested in this book!
    Rav ID: OSUknitgal

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  20. I have worked short rows, but I don't feel like I've mastered them. It's on the top of my to-do list. Rav amchart

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  21. I have only knit wrap & turn, but when I say the patterns for Carol's book I was very excited to learn more!
    RAV ID: brbmom

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  22. I would love to win Short Row Knits, is it an e-book also? Either way it would be a great resource for my library!

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  23. I love working short-rows, and have even taken Carol's Craftsy class that was very useful in showing me a number of different ways to do them. The last short-row project I did was the Larkspur Shawl from Interweave Knits and it was great --garter stitch short-rows are a little less stressful! Ravelry: JerseyShoreDeb

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  24. I first learned short rows on your Cyclo fauxbius. Love the concept and outcome and would LOVE to add Carol's new book to my library!
    MMahoney on Ravelry

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  25. Beautiful patterns in this book. I live short rows!

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  26. I have used short rows a lot and enjoyed Carol's free class on Craftsy because she showed variations I was not familiar with. I would love to learn more with her book. Thanks, hehl on ravelry

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  27. I have used short rows before and I've been very happy with the result, but I still never feel very comfortable with the technique. I would love this book. Thank you. Ravelry ID: lilpixie124

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  28. I have enjoyed Carol Feller's 3 classes on Craftsy and I want to learn more with her book.
    uniami.luciaramos@gmail.com

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  29. I have tried a few methods of short rows but nothing ever seems to "stick"...I always need to go back to videos when I get a new pattern using short rows. Wish they were intuitive! Love how short rows provide great fitting garments! This book looks awesome! Kelly (lautakel)

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  30. I love doing short rows but I have a difficult time envisioning how they would work in a pattern. I'd love a copy of this book!

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  31. What a lot of neat patterns in that book! I especially like Salto with its long sleeves andpretty details. Thank you for the information and another great giveaway!!!

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  32. I love short rows, but when I try to use them in my own design adjustments it's always a disaster.
    Butnostephanie@gmail.com

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  33. I learned Shadow Short Rows. Similar to Japanese, maybe? I love Zapote from the book. Ravelry ID: tricialt

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  34. I've always been afraid of short rows and then everytime I have to use them I think to myself, "wow that was easy" and then I forget and get intimidated all over again.
    Karen
    crazylace54 on forum

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  35. I use shot row's on my heel of my sock's, I doing them to help with the fix of socks. I'm glongley on Ravelry

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  36. I love Carol´s patterns and would love to learn more about short rows. That toe up sock in her book is calling me... Thanks Laura for getting us closer to another amazing designer!
    vivcrest in Ravelry

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  37. Wow, love to learn new techniques and this looks like a great resource. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Bluegrove on Ravelry

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  38. I've knit a couple of sweaters and several pairs of toe-up socks that use short rows and love the results. Carol's book would be a terrific refernce source for different ways to use short rows and a useful addition to her Craftsy class.
    hilljs on Ravelry

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  39. Love the idea of learning a bunch of different techniques for short rows :) Donnajburton on ravelry

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  40. Woohoo! I've had my eye on this book, the designs are stunning!

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  41. I've done short rows a few times, still learning how to hide that bump... I just start watching her craftsy class
    toomanyufos on ravelry

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  42. Dana (familytreeknits@outlook.com)September 25, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    I usually use shadow short rows, but have also used the standard version in he purl bee tutorial and Carol Sunday's version using a loop of yarn. I'd love to learn even more...thanks for the chance to win. :)

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  43. I have done some short rows before but this book looks amazing! Thank you for sharing.

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  44. Beautiful patterns and a great way to learn more short row techniques. Thanks for another great giveaway.

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  45. I have done short rows on a couple of projects, but am not extremely confident with them. I have taken Carol's Craftsy classes and this wonderful book looks like an excellent way to become more comfortable with short rows. karebear66 on Ravelry

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  46. I've used short rows in shawls and other items I have knit. Haven't always been happy with the results. I would agree with others that the German short row technique seems to give me the best results. Would love to learn more... Not to mention that the sweater on the cover is to die for! Ravelry ID: arthjarna

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  47. I have never tried short rows, the book has beautiful patterns. I cannot wait to try short row projects

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  49. I have never done a short row! I love the patterns in the book, they are beautiful.

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  50. I was thrilled and empowered to learn how to knit the Skywalker shawl with Laura on Craftsy. It would be wonderful to learn short row techniques, too. Thank you for offering Carol's new book in this giveaway! Ravelry ID: Konaknits

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  51. Short rows ate another obstacle I would like to overcome. I've ne er done them and am somewhat intimidated by the concept. Bdarci on Ravelry

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  52. This is an awesome book! Hope I win one!!

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  53. I like the look of short rows, but I don't love doing them. I keep trying them, though, and I'm getting better. Thanks for a chance to win this book. Carol's designs are great.
    Brooklyn-knitter on Ravelry.

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  54. I would love to better understand how to do short row shaping. I would be delighted to win this book and learn her technique and try these patterns.
    Highlights on Ravelry

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  55. I love Carol's free Craftsy class and would love the opportunity to spend more time with her instruction wise. Also loving the looks of the patterns in the book. Would love to win it.

    stlwatrs on Ravelry

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  56. Knit Fool Deirdre (Rav)September 25, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    Great interview! It sounds like Carol found a great way to help people learn different aspects of short rows. I've wanted to try different styles. Carol's book seems a perfect way to do that.

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  57. I have little short row experience. I should watch her class too! Hope to get a chence to use it with this book! Docjulie

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  58. I've used them on a shawl (Colour Affection) and they worked like a dream. I've tried a short-row heel that didn't fit so great, so I want to check out the one in the Claro pattern. What I would really love to do is figure out how/where to use them to shape the bust of a sweater. I'm a 38H. Try stuffing those into a standard sweater pattern. I knit a lot of open cardigans. (Denys on Rav)

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  59. I love Carol's short row class on Craftsy. If I don't win this book, I'll buy it!

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  60. I have worked short rows twice, once with success and once without :( I am working on a pattern right now that will require me to master this technique, I will not give up, I already have Short Row Knits bookmarked on Amazon. (rav: mradford)

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  61. love short rows....socks, shaping, wingspan (loved it)
    rav: susanjd

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  62. I am taking Carol's short row classes on Craftsy. It's amazing what all can be accomplished using this fairly simple technique. The book would be great to have to bolster my knowledge along with the class.

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  63. I love short rows! The book looks awesome but the dogs steal the show - or blog!

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  64. Sometimes I like the way my short rows looks and sometimes I don't. On my next project I am going to learn Japanese short rows.

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  65. I have done short rows on some slippers, worked very well. I would love to win the book. Thanks
    gussek on Ravelry

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  66. I have done short rows on some slippers, worked very well. I would love to win the book. Thanks
    gussek on Ravelry

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  67. I have used short rows in one shawl I made and in one pair of socks. I can definitely use more practice and instruction.
    sfairless on Ravelry

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  68. I like the FLK heel on socks but so far the one I like the most is German short rows. I got to watch Meg Swanson demo a bunch of methods once and I remember thinking some of them were just genius. I'd love to learn more techniques.
    knitstatrn on Rav

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  69. I picked up knitting again in 2012. I found Laura. I love lace and all her designs. She is very talented. Then, 2 years later, i found Carol. I love her sweaters.

    Piwang on Rav

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  70. I have used several patterns that call for short-rows (including some of yours!!). I fell in love with German short rows and love to sub. them in when I can :)

    rav: Tobias4Lyph

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  71. This is a great book and interview! Love so many things in it. I love short rows. W&t are my usual go to ones but I also like German short rows.
    Lkgervitz

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  72. What gorgeous patterns. It is a long time since I did anything with short rows but it would be good to challenge myself by trying it again.

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  73. That shawl speaks to me so much! I have done short rows before-always successfully with socks and then mixed in other cases. I've sometimes had some issues with the wraps looking just right so the book would be really helpful. I'm ssunday on Rav

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  74. Yes I've used short rows for various parts of toys I've made but have never really worked out what is actually happening. It's been in my list of 'techniques to get my head around' for a while now so Carol's book would definitely help with that. piri127 on rav

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  75. I have used short rows before, and I think they're nifty.

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  76. There is always something new to learn about short rows. Sounds like a great book
    lesatustin on Ravelry

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  77. I use short rows on socks in the heels and toes. I really like the fish lips kiss heel but have a very high instep so Carol's modification for the heel sounds intriguing. I've used short rows elsewhere with more or less success and am always looking for something new to lesparn. Thank you for sponsoring this wonderful giveaway.
    I am k1teach2 on Ravelry.

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  78. The first time I used short rows was a shawl where you knit the edge first then pick up stitches and make the body with short rows...I did okay but have lots of room for improvement! I am juliannahey on ravelry

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  79. Thanks for this great interview and introduction to Carol's book about and using short rows.
    Ravelry ID: drygardening

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  80. I've taken Carol's Short row Craftsy class and it was immensely helpful. Loved making the swatches to see the different styles in action. I have used short rows in socks and sweaters. I would love to have Carol's new book to add to my collection.

    RavID hd9700

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  81. The first time I knitted short rows, it was in the top of a sleeve, and the results were "unfortunate!"

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  82. I try short rows when possible...but always have to look up how to do it on the internet....the book would be most helpful...dallasblonde

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  83. Everyone wants the book. Me, too!
    Qitou12@gmail.com

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  84. Have done wrap and turn short rows only. Always interested in learning new techniques!

    Ravelry ID: Lynne5600

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  85. I used short rows one time, but have still a lot to learn ;)
    Thanx for the great interview !

    RavelryID: mohairbaer

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  86. I've used short rows several times. Sometimes successful, sometimes not so much.

    Ravelry ID: maryderm1

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  87. I have uses short rows in socks, but not much of anything else. I would love to see how they are used in other ways.

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  88. I have tried short rows and purchased carol's class on Craftsy. Want to have the book.
    I am as Syeda on Revelry.

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  89. Shorts rows sounds very interesting. I would love to receive this book as a gift. genies003 on revelry.

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  90. I loved Carol Feller's Celtic Cables and Short Rows Craftsy classes! I have made 2 of her sweaters and am working on a third. I've been experimenting with short rows in shawl design so this new book should be a great help! Cheers! pinkysuede on Ravelry

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  91. I have made short rows on socks and toys so far. I want to do lots more with short rows.
    Alikat2004 on Ravelry.com

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  92. Love the puppies...love the designs! Yes, I have used short rows before and it was successful to achieve just the right striping design and swing pattern. But, I would love to know more about using short rows....love the design elements but, difficulty with the gaps. My Ravelry id is dmallen.

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  93. I have used short rows with some failures and successes.
    Margostitches on Ravelry

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  94. I am definitely still learning when it comes to short rows, which is why this book is so appealing--I too struggle with the gaps! KCarney on Ravelry

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  95. I have knit short rows before, but there's always something new to learn, and this book would be perfect!

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  96. met Carol in Ireland on a tour. She was gracious, wonderful and fun! Would love to have this book to see methods other than German Short Row. The patterns look GREAT. Two of my favorite designers: Laura and Carol. WOW

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  97. I am working my way through Carol Feller's short row class on Craftsy!

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  98. Have used short rows for socks and baby booties, sweaters, shawls and a hooded scarf. All have turned out well. Generally used whatever method the pattern recommends, although haven't always agree they'd chosen the "best" method for the specific situation. Would like to fine-tune my understanding of what method is best for which situation.
    Thank you, Laura & Carol!
    Ravelry ID: KnittingWabbit

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  99. I attempted a shawl with short rows, but completely misunderstood about picking the wrap back up and screwed the whole thing up. But I've taken a class on them since then, so I'm eager to try again!

    Ravelry ID: ChaoticRedhead

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  100. I'm not a short-row newbie, but I'd love to knit a short-row heel for my high instep...

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  101. When I learned short rows about 5 years ago, I realized that sweaters could fit. YAYB on rav

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  102. I have just recently tried short rows. They came out well. Still not my comfort zone. Would really like to learn more.

    Ravelry ID: redbelles

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  103. What a great book. I love short rows for shaping, but I would love to learn more about it.
    (And those doggies are so cute!)
    Lonneke on Rav

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  104. Have used German Short Rows knitting some of Isabel kraemers patterns
    RavID: Kala123

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  105. I use wrap & turn a lot, and I tried one other method - but I can't remember what it was. I do know it didn't involve any safety pins or anything like that to hold the stitch - the less I have to keep track of the better. I can just see me with a dozen safety pins in my knitting and another dozen sticking out of me.

    Thanks for another great giveaway - and may I say that if I don't win the book, I'd love the second place prize: a nap with Lizzie and King.

    KittenWhiplash on Rav.

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  106. I have several patterns by Carol but really enjoyed a baby sweater I knit using this technique, so more pattern would be fantastic.

    Katbrown. (Rav ID)

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  107. I have done wrap/turn and German. Interested to try more ways to short row!

    dktrout on Ravelry

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  108. I've done short rows on socks and on a couple shawls, but I just do what the pattern tells me to do. I like the idea of having choices and choosing a particular way to do a short row, based on what I'm knitting. Sounds like an intriguing book.

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  109. Yes, I've done short rows on socks and shawls but I enjoy knitting so much because there is always something new to learn. I really enjoy building my knitting skills!

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  110. I've taken some Craftsy classes with Carol and would love to see her book! Sinexa (ravelry)

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  111. I've done short rows before, but still have a lot to learn.

    Ravelry ID: piaheuerandersen

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  112. I love the way that short rows allows you to shape a real clever little wedge shape in a cardigan or allow you to fan out a shawl in the middle. It's so clever and so pretty to understand the brillaince of the short row :)

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  113. This book looks awesome--I'm enjoying using short rows in my knitting.

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  114. I remember first learning about short rows (toe-up socks!). I thought they were so cool. But I've never really considered using them for anything except socks! Would love to learn more. Leclairage on Ravelry

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  115. I use w&t short rows in my favorite heel construction and have used short rows in a few shawls. Would love to win the book and explore more techniques. Oh, and that puppy is absolutely adorable.

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  116. I definitely could do with lots more short row practice. Here's hoping. Carol's work is awesome! HettiesMum on Rav 😉 thanks for the chance!

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  117. I'm a fairly new knitter, so short rows really intimidate me! I would love to learn how to do them.

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  118. Wonderful book. I love short rows!

    Jennifer (RavID IronicalKnitter)

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