in which i announce a winner and have a sock epiphany

I don’t like this part; the part where I announce the winner of the contest. Actually, it’s not all bad. The winner is all – ohmygosh i never win anything!! – and that’s pretty sweet. But then the rest of you are disappointed. I’ve been there. It stinks.

If you didn’t win (I’m so sorry!) I hope you’ll consider ordering Phoebe’s Sweater anyway. If only so you can have a moment like this with your daughter/son, neice/nephew, favorite kid:

Maggie "reading"

She’s reading it (but not really because she doesn’t read in the traditional sense of the word). She’s flipping through and adding her own words. So cute!

The winner of the giveaway is Cheryl, who was chosen by Jerry from slips of paper that were in a bag, contacted by email and left this comment:

Congrats Cheryl!

In other news, I have had an epiphany regarding socks. See, my usual sock knitting pattern is the toe-up You’re Putting Me On pattern by Judy Gibson (see my 16 projects using this pattern here). I love toe-up socks because I have big feet, and knitting socks toe-up makes me feel confident that I won’t run out of yarn. I also love a simple 2×2 rib, because I can knit most of the socks without thinking too much.

But then I knit the Socktoberfest Mystery Socks. They weren’t toe up and they weren’t a simple rib. And yet I really, really enjoyed knitting them. I think I had some notion that anything other than ribbing would require a lot more attention, but that simply was not the case. Sure, I needed the pattern close at hand, but most of the time I had enough attention to spare for watching TV or whatever else was going on around me.

mystery socks

Pattern: TTL Mystery Sock 2010 by Kirsten Kapur.
Yarn: The Sanguine Gryphon Skinny Bugga! <- It’s supposed to have an exclamation mark.

With that small revelation and a whole pair of socks under my belt, I decided, on a whim, to buy Cookie A’s new book, Knit.Sock.Love, with the digital version and see if there were any socks that spoke to me. There were many, but I settled on Cusp, printed out the necessary pages, and cast on.

my first cookie

I found that I could knit these socks without my brain exploding (crazy, I know) and I have already finished the first sock and started the second. GO ME.

This is my first time knitting a Cookie A. pattern and I must say, it is brilliant. Yes, I’m late to the party, but wow. She really writes the heck out a pattern.

Nonetheless, I still worry continuously about running out of yarn and wonder what I would do if that actually happens. But for now, I’m enjoying knitting a wonderful pattern, with a wonderful (but sadly discontinued) yarn, and getting a whole pair of socks out of the deal.

Phoebe’s Sweater – a giveaway

A few weeks ago, I received an email from Joanna Johnson, author and self-publisher, asking if I would like to swap some books and do a giveaway of her book, Phoebe’s Sweater. Of course I said yes! As soon as the book arrived, Maggie and I snuggled up to read it together.

Maggie and I both loved it! From the amazing and whimsical illustrations by Joanna’s husband Eric, to the sweet story and knitting patterns, I was smitten.  I especially loved when the mailman, a cardinal, delivered a box of yarn for Phoebe’s mother.  Right then, you know this book was written by a knitter!

Maggie liked it enough that she wanted to read it again (immediately) and I’m contracted to knit a Phoebe Mouse (the dress is part of this pattern) and Phoebe Doll Sweater. How cute are they?!?!

The story of Phoebe Mouse (who is expecting a new sibling) is the first part of the book, and the patterns are at the back. There are three patterns total, the two pictured above, and also the Phoebe Sweater for a child (sizes 2, 4 and 6).

Phoebe’s Sweater is a beautiful hardcover book and was self-published by Joanna’s own publishing company, Slate Falls Press. Woohoo for self-publishing! You can buy the book on Amazon or get free domestic shipping and an autographed copy through Etsy.You can also see what Phoebe is up to on her blog, Phoebe on the Road, and enter to win a copy of The Red Collection!

I have one autographed copy of Phoebe’s Sweater to give to one of my readers. If you would like to win a copy of the book, please leave a comment on this post by Saturday, November 20th at 11:59 pm EST. Only one entry per person, please. I’ll announce the winners on Sunday the 21st.

Good luck!

Time for a Giveaway

Over the past year, I’ve spent a lot of time wondering how many books I might sell. To be honest, I really had no way of knowing or even predicting that number. I dreamed of selling a million, but hoped to sell twenty.

Well, I have sold almost one hundred books, and though it’s not a million, I’m surprised and excited and humbled. I’m also feeling a bit gifty and generous, so I thought I’d do a wee giveaway.

Except it’s not wee. It’s big. Wanna know what you could win?

The Prize

Yarn.Play.Cafe large totephoto courtesy of Yarn Play Cafe

Questions you may have

How do I enter?

Leave a comment on this post.

Can I enter more than once?

Yes! You can enter up to three times: one entry for a comment on this post, one entry for a tweet, one entry for a Facebook post.   Please let me know in your comment on this post if you’ve tweeted or put it on Facebook. I trust that you’ll be honest about it.

Here’s a sample tweet that you can use:

  • @zigzagstitch is giving away her new book, The Red Collection, and a pile of swag! Enter here: http://tinyurl.com/3xktf2p

I already bought the book. Can I still enter?

Of course! If you’ve already purchased the book, I will refund your money if you win!

I’ve never visited your blog before. What’s this about a book?

My new book is called The Red Collection. You can learn more about it by clicking here.  Thanks for stopping by!

How long is the contest?

The contest starts right now and will run through Friday, October 1st at 7 pm (Eastern Standard Time). The winner will be announced by Oct. 4th.

Thank you!

I’ve known from the beginning of this process that it would be a big job to get the word out about my book. Self-publishing The Red Collection was the perfect option for me and my family, but it means I’m also the publicist, the manager, the distributor, the marketing director, the customer service agent…you get the point. When you share the links to this contest and my blog, you’re making my job that much easier. For every tweet, for every Facebook link you share, for every person you tell about the book, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I couldn’t do it without your support.