Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Book Review -- and a Giveaway!

I know you're a quilter -- but might you be a knitter also?  Or a knitter wannabe?

Do I have a book for you!

"Dishcloth Diva" by Deb Buckingham features 20 fun-and-easy dishcloth patterns, as well as detailed information about choosing yarn for your dishcloths. And an intro by the famous Kay Gardiner, of Mason-Dixon Knitting fame!



If you're a beginning, or timid knitter, this is a wonderful resource.  Even a knitter with the shortest attention span can knit a dishcloth!  And if you make a mistake? so what, it's a dishcloth, for heaven's sake!

If you're a little more ambitious, choose one of the patterns and keep on knitting -- long enough to make a scarf, or not quite-so-long, seam the ends, and make a cowl!  "Dishcloth Diva" would make an excellent prezzie packaged up with some sticks and string (knitting needles and cotton yarn!).

All of Deb's patterns were extensively tested (some by me!) so they really work.  And, Deb's publisher, Cooperative Press has donated a PDF copy of the book for a giveaway.  I love PDF patterns and books, no waiting for the UPS delivery!

If you'd like to win a copy of Dishcloth Diva, leave a comment on this post and tell me if you've ever knit a dishcloth.  Or wanted to knit a dishcloth.  Or wanted to receive a handknit dishcloth!

Giveaway ends Sunday, March 10 at noon MDT.  Of course, international entries are welcome!  If you're an anonymous or no-reply commenter, please be sure to include contact information!

I think I've used up my year's allocation of exclamation points on this post! But really, I love this book!



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24 comments:

  1. I love knitting dishcloths and receiving them, too. I also like to give them to others. I'd love to try the patterns in this book.

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  2. Eu quero experimentar este livro,adoro tricĂ´.Obrigada.

    tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  3. Great review, Aunt Marti! I am a knitter, too. I always wondered about dishcloths. Are they used for washing the dishes? I always use a sponge. I'd love to read more about them! Thanks for counting me in.

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  4. As a matter of fact, I'm knitting some discloths now. I've been getting patterns online, so this book looks great. Thanks for the chance!

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  5. Looks like a great book. I've knitted before but never a dishcloth, hehe. I'd love to knit one.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. I've never thought of knitting a dishcloth! Intriguing! (I thought I help you out with a few more exclamation points!) What a good idea, I haven't knitted for ages and this would definitely get the needles clacking I think!

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  7. I am a knitter but I've never made a dishcloth. This book might just be the shove I need! Thanks for the chance to win, Marti. :o)

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  8. I wanted to learn to hand knit a dishcloth!

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  9. I've knitted dishcloths -- simple, simple discloths in the past, and I still have a few of the 'rejects' that I kept for myself. But I didn't know what kind of yarn to use, and they all ended up being different sizes, and I never worked a real pattern. I'm ready to step it up, and would love to win this book!

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  10. I'm not a knitter (yet) but my sister always sends me a knitted dish cloth every Christmas :) I love using them!

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  11. I am a knitter and am always looking for dish cloth patterns. It,s a great project for take alongs. I would love to be selected for your book. I am new to your post. I am having fun seeing all you are doing.
    Thank You
    Doris
    Rockin Bone Creations

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  12. I am a maker of dishcloths and would love more patterns. Thanks for sharing a good resource with us!

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  13. Doris and Martha, I should have added that if you're a "no reply" commenter, please include contact information!

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  14. I've never knitted a dishcloth but my Mum always did!
    Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  15. I've knitted many dishcloths, my grandmother taught me to knit over 40 years ago.

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  16. Oh I have! I am always looking for new patterns to try out.

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  17. This is right up my alley!!! :) I must tell you--and all of your readers--crocheted dish clothes are the best!!! I prefer them even to the expensive cotton woven dish clothes from William-Sonoma.

    Now I need to learn. And my little guy of 7 wants to learn to. Since we homeschool, this would be a great book in our library!

    Thanks, Aunt Marti!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (I had to use some exclamation points too)

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  18. I have knitted only two dish cloths... time to try some more! I'd also love it if someone else made me them... might be quicker! lol

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  19. I love making dishcloths and am ready to branch out from my go-to basic pattern! Love a quick project...

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  20. I love dishcloth knitting..I drag one all around...thanks for the chance!

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  21. I knit dishcloths, but they are all rather plain. Some pizzazz might be fun! And I think the patterns would lend themselves well to scarves because they won't have curling edges, right??!!

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  22. I just got my first knitted dish cloth last month, and I love it! It jazzes up dish washing just a bit : ) I'm hoping to make some of my own soon.

    Chrystal
    cam bro z at yahoo dot com

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  23. Dish cloths are on my list. My mom knits them and we all get one or two every year for Christmas. Would love to have this book to give her.

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