Arm & Finger Knitting: Book Review and Giveaway!

Have you guys been hearing about arm knitting lately? There have been a few videos and tutorials popping up, but this is the most comprehensive book on the subject:

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Arm and Finger Knitting: 35 no-needle knits for the home and to wear

 I was really impressed with this book. I know you can do arm knitting for cowls and scarves, but it wasn’t until I saw all 35 of the patterns in this book that I was really struck by how much you could do with these techniques. First of all, there are clear and well-photographed instructions for how to get started with arm knitting, and finger knitting (I didn’t even know about finger knitting before this book! Did you guys know about finger knitting?!) and how to make t-shirt ‘yarn’. All the directions are really straight forward, very suitable to first time arm and finger knitters (like me).  There are even projects in different categories, some wearable and some for the home. My favourite wearable ones are:

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Clockwise from top right: Stack ‘Em Up Bangles, Layered Loop Necklace, Infinity Scarf, and Beaded Leather Necklace.

I thought that doing these projects would just eat up yarn, but I was pleasantly surprised by how little yardage most of the projects take- the infinity scarf pictured above takes only 282 yards of yarn.  I’m also so inspired by the idea of doing some of these projects with upcycled t-shirt yarn, which makes me feel like I could be crafting and clearing out my closet at the same time.

There were also lots of great projects for the home, and my favourites are:

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Clockwise from Top Right: Comfy Stool Topper, Twisted Stitch Lap Blanket, Nautical Sailor Knot Pillow, and Handy Storage Tubs.

 That stool is truly the solution on how to fix every ugly stool out there. And for the blanket, I didn’t even know you could do cables with arm knitting! I’m convinced that arm knitting counts as cardio. It does, right? Don’t spoil my fantasies if it doesn’t.

So, you want this book. Not only do you get to make amazing new knits- you’re learning a new technique, possibly cleaning out your closet to make t-shirt yarn, and it’s practically cardio.  Now, you can definitely go and buy a copy (it available most places, and there is an Amazon link under the title page up top), or you could (maybe, possibly, fingers-crossed) win a copy here!

To enter: 

1. Check out all 35 of the amazing patterns on Ravelry, here.

2. Leave a comment on this blog post letting me know if you have ever tried arm knitting or finger knitting, and which pattern you would most like to make.

3.Contest closes at midnight on Sunday night (Eastern Standard Time) and I’ll post the winner on Monday morning.

And I recommend taking a peek at Laura’s excellent crafty blog,  Made Peachy. She knits, crochets, and does all the crafty things you can possibly imagine. There are lots of fun and original tutorials, too.  It’s worth checking out!

There are still a couple more stops on this wonderful new book’s blog tour:

arm knitting tour

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Super easy mini zucchini pizzas. How amazing are these? I feel like these would be equally awesome as a little appetizer at a party as it would be a kid friendly snack. Or an adult friendly snack. Basically, if you like pizza and need to eat more veggies, this is for you.

Pin Ups: Valentines Day Truffles |

These truffles look delicious and easy, and the sanding sugar could be tinted any colour you like (using food colouring). Because tasty truffles should be for all occasions, not just Valentines Day. But if you wanted an easy Valentine’s treat, the this would be pretty perfect!

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A super healthy chocolate raspberry smoothie, that has lots of protein and flavour? Sign me up.  I find this is a really easy snack to whip up, and helps me in the evening when I’m craving something sweet, but still want to be healthy.  But if you are a morning smoothie person, it would be equally tasty!

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WIP: Marigold Socks, and a New Yarn

I’ve been a fan of Liesl’s blog, Buckaloo View, for a while (back when it was called Liesl Made). She sews, she knits, she raises chickens. It’s a lovely little view into a rural life that I find interesting, especially her forays into natural dyeing, using plants from her garden. So I was pretty excited to get my hands on this sportweight yarn:

Buckaloo View Yarn |

It’s dyed with marigolds from her garden. Isn’t that awesome?  Swoon.

Buckaloo View Yarn |

It’s not quite available for sale just yet- I think Liesl is testing out some bases and working out the details, but I’m so interested to see where she goes with it.  As you guys all know, I’ve been thinking about  my quest for a better sock toe,  so I decided to knit another pair of socks. I’m loving this sock so far. The pattern is an easy two-round repeat, and since I just came off a pair of simple stockinette socks, I wanted something with a little more visual interest this time around.  When I get to the toe area, I’ll be trying some of the suggestions that you guys left in the comments on the striped sock post and on twitter, in my quest for the toe pocket that suits my wide toes.

WIP: Marigold Socks |

Boy, can you ever see the lighting differences from the outdoor, winter-grey-sky shots of the yarn in skeins, to the bright indoor shot of the knit-in-progress! 

Also, it is practically medicinal to be knitting with such a sunshiney, bright, happy colour like this in January; when the depths of winter have really sunk in and it feels like we might be wearing scarves and long underwear forever. I thumb my nose at you winter! I am knitting bright yellow socks.

Modification Monday: Galaxy Cat Sweater

Modification Monday: Cat Sweater |

Original Pattern: Galaxy Cowl 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Natasha (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Knit mostly flat, and customized shaping to fit her cat.  Project page with great details can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: This is the very first cat sweater ever featured on Mod Monday, and I’m a little excited. Natasha modified the original cowl pattern to make a cozy sweater for her blue-eyed kitty, and the result is great- pet owners rejoice!  Kitty (that’s the cat’s name) is a Sphynx, a breed that is often hairless. And do you know what hairless cats need? Sweaters! Natasha has actually knit several sweaters for Kitty, it’s worth checking out.  Don’t let the disgruntled  kitty facial expression fool you, this kitty needs sweaters. If you have a pet that you think might need a sweater (all you short hair dog owners out there, and possibly some other cat owners!) consider looking at modifying a cowl pattern. There are a lot more cowl patterns out there than pet sweater patterns, so there are a lot of great opportunities.

Modification Monday: Cat Sweater |

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Two words, people- fox cupcakes. My day got infinitely better when I saw these, and I’m pretty sure it’s how I want to celebrate my next birthday.

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I love these pretty seed bead morse code bracelets, this DIY looks so easy and fun. I need to expand my seed bead collection, I think. I want to try these!

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If you haven’t heard of before today, get ready for something awesome. is website where you put in the name of a yarn, and it tells you all of the other yarns that are similar- and not just the names, but how they are similar, gauge, and deails about the construction and fibers. So if your pattern calls for an expensive yarn, or a discontinued yarn, or maybe you just want to know what your options are- this site is about to blow your mind.