magpie patterns book giveaway

**** This Giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered. The winner will be announced at the end of the month.****

i couldn't have "comfy sews VS cozy knits" month without a fabulous giveaway could i? and who better to offer up a great prize than one of my favorite sponsors of luvinthemommyhood - "magpie patterns". amy's shop is my go to place for patterns whether it's sewing, knitting, crochet or embroidery, she's got all my faves. magpie patterns even carries books as well. i heart a great craft book, they are treasures in themselves. there is something special in having a lovely, inspiring book in your hands filled with images that make you just want to jump up and start about 10 new projects. so pop on over to magpie to get your drool on, find that perfect gift, new pattern or a book for your own collection.

i also asked amy which side she was on....comfy sews or cozy knits...and here's what she had to say:

I come from a long line of crafty women and the debate about which craft is the more illustrious, enjoyable, and useful has always been a feisty one in our family. You see, my grandmother was a dyed in the wool knitter who ran a yarn shop out of her Duluth, Minnesota home while raising her three daughters. She could knit under any circumstances (in the pitch dark, while cooking, you get the idea) but had little love for sewing. My mom, on the other hand, was always a seamstress. Not only did she make almost anything we wore, played with, or slept under, she also created and sold elaborately dressed stuffed bears for many years. So, where does that leave me?

Right in the middle. If you haven’t visited my little shop yet then you wouldn't know how very distressed I am by the idea of choosing between the two! Can I imagine life without four concurrent, in-progress knitting projects and many, many more on the horizon? Horrifying! What about life without my sewing machine and the acres of luscious fabric at the Fabric Depot? Unthinkable!

So, rather than choose, I’m going to rely on a lifelong-craft-debate trick: neutrality! However, even though I’ll be stepping out of the fray, I love a good competition so I couldn’t resist offering a prize. Depending on which craft comes out on top, I’ll send some lucky winner a copy of either Knitted Socks East and West or Linen Wool Cotton.

May the best craft win!

the prize:

one lucky winner will win ONE of the following books based on the outcome of all the boxing rounds at the end of the month:

"In Knitted Socks East and West, author Judy Sumner compares knitting a sock to writing a haiku: both challenge you to create something beautiful and original within a sparse, strict format. In this, her first book, she recounts how she came to study hundreds of exquisite Japanese stitch patters and then apply her new knowledge to the sock designs showcased here.

Whether short or long, fine or bulky, simple or complex, each of the 30 designs in Knitted Socks East and West is named after an intriguing aspect of Japanese culture. For example, the leg of the Origami crew socks appears to fold in and out; the Sumo slipper socks are named after the heavy, organic movement of the cables in their thick yarn; and the Ikebana knee socks highlight a textural floral design. Step-by-step text and easy-to-read charts are included for each design, along with illustrated directions for the Japanese stitch work introduced in the projects. "


"Akiko Mano's book Linen, Wool, Cotton shows that sewing with all-natural fabrics can make an incredible difference in the quality of the items we make, with a look and feel that provides the ultimate in comfort. The twenty-five simple sewing projects in this book offer home accessories made from linen, wool, and cotton, from durable linen aprons to cozy wool blankets and washable cotton lunch bags.

This book is full of beautiful photographs, clear step-by-step instruction, and detailed diagrams that are reflective of the Japanese craft style. All of the projects are perfect for those new to sewing, yet the unsophisticated charm and useful nature of each item will appeal to every sewer.

Make the projects in this book and add a little bit of comfort and style to your home.

how to enter:

1) leave a comment below letting me know which book magpie patterns sells that you would most like to buy.
2) subscribe to luvinthemommyhood & comment to let me know you did.
3) tweet about the giveaway and then comment that you did.
4) follow us with google friend connect and then comment and let me know you did that too :)

giveaway rules:

- you must leave a valid email address with your entry or you will be disqualified.
- the giveaway is open until tuesday, october 19th, 2010 at midnight (pacific standard time).

ohhhhh, i'm so wishing i could win!!!! good luck everyone! and as amy said.....

may the best craft win!!!

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