2.27.2014

The Never Not Knitting Podcast : Episode 79 : The End of the Optimistic Knitter?


Episode 79


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Enter to win this copy of Knit Your Own Zoo (provided by Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers) along with a skein of New Zealand Southlander yarn (provided by Skeinz) by leaving a comment under this post by March 15th. Please remember to include your contact information. Only one comment per person please! The winner will be announced on Episode 80.

Don't forget to check out our website botanicalknits.com for more information or to place your order for the new book, Botanical Knits 2! Pre-orders will be open on March 3, 10:00 am PST.

Thank you for listening!








113 comments:

Linda Rumsey said...

I borrowed this book from my local library and would love to own a copy!
lindarumsey on Ravelry

evianlake said...

What a cute book! I love knitting toys and stuffies. Thanks as always for the chance to win - I'm ShadowAP on Rav.

glongley said...

I would love to try this yarn. Love your podcast.

Ashley said...

My dad and I share a minor obsession with giraffes, so I would love to knit him one!

I'm wordtoashley on Ravelry.

Krisse said...

Lovely book and yarn too. Would like to try those.

-krisse- on Ravelry

Ashley Frencl said...

So excited for BK2! This cute toy book would be great to have :) Skyhuntress on Ravelry.

ladydisdn said...

This is the first time I've listened, and I really enjoyed it! I would love to make animals for my boys. I'm ladydisdn on Ravelry.

serenova said...

Knitted animals will always be beyond adorable and a little zoo even better!

I've made a fox already, now to fill out the rest of the menagerie.

Johnston4kids said...

That looks like such fun! Thanks for the chance to win. Johnston4kids on rav

Chloe said...

I'm new to your podcast and love it. Thanks for all the good work. - Pygmina on ravelry

adodds said...

I love making softies too. They are just so much fun.. I haven't seen this particular book but I have the book about dogs. The yarn looks lovely.
Can't wait to preorder your new book. Congratulations. All the designs are wonderful.

Linda said...

I can't wait for your new book!!! And thanks for the chance to win this one.
Lmecoll on Rav

mbk808 said...

Your new book sounds even better than the first!

Rav = outofthisworld

Paul Runge said...
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Jennie said...

I love knitting toys! Thanks for the opportunity.

Jennie
Ravelry dayartist

Paul Runge said...

I would love to put my face in that awesome skein of natural yarn! Ishton on Ravelry, Love the podcast!

Kim said...

That yarn looks "yummy!"

Anni said...

I would love to win that book! asmith7@binghamton.edu

Katarina said...

I would love to win this book! Thank you, KatarinaLL on ravelry.

opakowana said...

Aminals! Aminals! probably just about anyone knows someone very small who would say animals in this way! I've done bunnies in trousers and pinnies but never attempted anything more ambitious, so I'd love to win the aminals book :)

opakowana on Ravelry

Kathy said...

Oh, I'd love the zoo book. I want to knit all kinds of softies for Iain. Thank you!

knitnewbe said...

So cute, I'm just getting into knitting little animals for my 3 yr old. Would love to try these!

Alisa Schenck said...

such a sweet book!! I know my little one would adore some of these!!
mommato8 on ravelry

Linda Stevenson said...

Wonderful!

Lucia Pane said...

This would be awesome to knit animals for my niece and nephew!

My Ravelry ID is PearlofthePacific.

EBS said...

Who couldn't use their own zoo?
Thanks!
Rav: WintonB

Donna Hall said...

I have been knitting on and off for about 8 years. Just this past week I met a gal at my Zumba class that was talking to a friend about knitting. Her inspiration encouraged me start listening to podcasts. During my search I came across Never Not Knitting and was instantly inspired. It is encouraging to hear that setbacks do occur while doing projects. Recently I heard about Stitch Midwest Conference in IL and I am excited to attend in August of this year. This will be my first Knitting Conference and I am very excited to experience the many workshops and to learn new skills. I am excited to be entering my first drawing for the book on the zoo toys.
donnalynnhall on Ravery

sharonathemom said...

It was wonderful to meet you at Stitches West. Am looking forward to BK2.

rav: sharonathemom

Danielle said...

What a wonderful book! I dont crochet, so i am always julealous of the crochet softies that are around. I love these knit patterns and would use the heck out of this book! Thanks for the giveaway!
Yell737 on rav
chicken_the_brave@hotmail.com

Debbie said...

Love this book -- and the yarn! thanks for the giveaway!

Debbie4 on Rav
mcsix at embarqmail dot com email

Marilyn a.k.a. Merry said...

So cute. Thanks for sharing.
wahoomerryf on Rav

Anna said...

The book seems really cute, but what I really want is to get my hands on that yarn. Looks yummy.

acgene -at- gmail

Savannagal said...

What a cute book. I love all the little animals that can be made. Makes me wish I was still a child. Savannagal on Rav.

Jodi said...

The new Botanical Knits book sounds terrific! I love the idea of knitting a zoo, too.
Rav: caffeinatedyarn

Lori Laferriere said...

What a fun book. I just blocked Entagled Vines so am ready to cast on something new!

booksbiker said...

I'm looking forward to the new botanical knits. The zoo looks so cute.

Boston Knitter said...

Animals! I love knitting toys, and animals are always a win with me. I haven't been to the zoo in forever, mostly because I've moved away from where I grew up and I just don't know if I can find a place in my heart for a new zoo. Also my dog would be horribly jealous if I saw the elephants without him! I'm on Ravelry as k8sx.

Sheila said...

That looks like an adorable book!

SheilaOKeefe on Rav

Lisaknits said...

What a great prize package'
Lasknit2 on rav

Lina said...

How cute! I love animals and I love knitting; I'm normally not that into knit toys, but I can see myself making an exception here!

Dragonbard on Ravelry.

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Dr Sabrina said...

We love your podcast and your stories are so cute!

Tricia Phelps said...
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Tricia Phelps said...

Love all the new ideas for your book! I'm working on some nature patterns myself. Dragoness3890 on ravelry.

Carol said...

Loved the previous "Knit your Dog" and "Knit your Cat" books. Would love to own "Knit a Zoo" too. :-)

Carol

Christy said...

I just found your podcast and love knitting toys... this would be great! Thanks for the chance!

ChristyLB on Ravelry

slmiller8 said...

Who wouldn't want to have their own zoo!

toomanyufos on ravelry

josephine said...

These would be great fun to make and to give! Thanks.
Jamf on Ravelry

mvink said...

Wow awesome!!
mvink on ravelry :-)

Susan Forsyth said...

Listening to your podcast brings a vast amount of info on things that I would never get to hear about.
Thanks for all your hard work and keep them coming.
Susan

k2ntrish said...

The critters look so cute.
hotknitter

Alane O'Neill said...

I just love the design of the fern beret. I hope to get to it at some point.

These animals are so cute, and the yarn sounds intriguing, pick me, pick me!

Kylie Smith said...

I visited skeiNZ when i was in napier last year and it's an awesome shop - they actually have a huge mill at the back of the shop and the ladies were so nice - they gave me some sample yarn to take back to Australia with me!!

camby said...

Wow! Those animals are so cute!
Camby on rav

sandrarumsey said...

Yes lease. The kangaroo sounds cute! Thanks for the chance

Sarah said...

I would Love to Win this Prize.
I am Psychorat on ravelry.

By the way, I can't wait for your new Book to be released. The designs are just gorgeous.

lakchi said...

Adorable patterns
Ravi ID. LAKCHI

kbzelazny said...

The book and yarn look amazing!!

FabricFascination said...

I am a new listener as well as a relatively new knitter. I would love to be entered in this giveaway.

My ravelry name is AQuilterWhoKnits

Thank you

Marisa said...

It was a treat to see you at stitches. I am so excited about your new book. Congrats on writing it!,

Lea Aline said...

Just found your podcast what took me so long? I love knitting toys for DS in between your addictive sweater patterns. Better put my name on the list for BK2 after this podcast! Sprig is otn currently and I have stash for the hoodie! Thanks for everything!

Greg said...

This looks like a super-cool book. I've been on a toy knitting kick for my daughter lately, and I would *love* to win a copy of this!

Ravelry ID: Knitting Daddy

Elizabeth Hoffman said...

Love that New Zealand yarn! my niece would love these toys! LizzieH on Ravelry :)

pumpkinknits1 said...

I love your podcast and looking forward to getting Botanical Knits 2,

Lenamr said...

Love your podcast!

Lenamr on ravelry

Tina Gatti said...

love your podcast

tgatti on ravelry

CourtneAl said...

I haven't tried knitting toys yet, but I'm sure my kiddos would love them.
CourtneAl on Rav.

Jennifer said...

My sister is using giraffes as her theme for her next baby's room. That one looks perfect! Thanks for sharing your love of knitting!

Unknown said...

The kangaroo sounds beyond adorable! Also, can't wait for BK2. I've knit 2 hats from the first one so far!
I'm sushipie (sushi pie) on Ravelry.25

Sheena Bergthorson said...

I have just pre-ordered BT2,can;t wait to get started on those gorgeous patterns. I already have Knit your own dog and knit your own cat, would love to add the Zoo to my collection!
Thanks. Sheena

Kelly Burns said...

The animals in this book are so cute I would love to get a copy so I can knit them for my daughters. The giraffe is my favorite.

cbkrugathome said...

I have a 5 1/2 year old daughter, and she would love for me to knit her a zoo!
I thus really like to have a copy of the book.

I'm streepie on Ravelry.

Tommi Trujillo said...

Thanks for another great show!

CeltChick said...
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CeltChick said...

Oh this book looks like fun! I'm a big fan of these "Knit Your Own (Cat, Dog, Royal Wedding, etc)" books. AnnBan on Ravelry

jusan003 said...

Just preordered Botanical Knits 2 and fell in love with your blog! I've made a few sock animals but I've never tried knitting one... This book is adorable! I'm jusan003 on Ravelry.

Thermosweet said...

One of my favourite toys as a child was a koala tea cosie. I would love to knit a proper koala. I'm am looking forward to botanical knits 2, I am yet to knit from 1 but I am sewing the buttons on my gnarled oak tonight, my best fitting cardigan ever!

Kim said...

I have grandchildren who would love these toys!

Kim D said...
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Kim D said...

yarning4asmile on Ravelry
Kimberlywo@aol.com

I have a just turned 3 year old and a 6 year old...both boys and both love stuffies. I have crocheted them but have not knitted them one yet. I would love to win a copy! Blessings

Janice said...

That looks like a delightful book. I love knitting toys and would love to try that yarn. Rav ID sockmonkey628.

docksjo said...

Wonderful episode as always. Thank you for making my commute a pleasant time.
http://docksjo.com Ninnilina on Ravelry

Gen said...

I would love to win this book and yarn. So much fun! I am Knitgen on Ravelry.

Elizabeth Hay said...
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Elizabeth Hay said...

I am really enjoying your podcast, I am currently working my way through your back catalogue. I am really looking forward to Botanical Knits 2 being published. My friend and I were plotting over which items we will start first. I am Hayeli on Ravelry. (this is my 3rd attempt at posting a comment, I kept forgetting to put thing – like my name) in the comments.

Ann Ronshaugen said...

This book and toys sound adorable, thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

Kaarina said...

Love your podcast! Thanks for all the hard work you put into it!

Kaarina K -kaijaknits2 on Ravelry

ikkinlala said...

Fun book!

ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

Lydia said...

this book looks like a lot of fun.

lifeandyarn on ravelry.

Denise/CT said...

What a fun book & luscious yarn. DeniseCT/Ravelry

Ellen said...

Congratulations on your new book!

Ashleah said...

That book looks so cute! Toys are so fun to knit.

I'm a1dawen on Ravelry.

Melaleucamom said...

Such cute, more realistic knitted toys! I can't wait to look through the book. Now that I have a nephew I'm looking forward to knitting toys like these. Hope I win and can start soon!

Victoria said...

Great episode as always, and what a handsome looking skein!
ravID: terraki

Julie said...

I´ve croched many little animals, but I would love to learn to knit some.
Thanks for the chance!

Freakflag on ravelry. :)

Heather said...

How cool is this book! I love how unique and fun the animal designs are. Thanks for sharing the patterns in your new book, I enjoy following along, hearing and seeing the patterns as you talk about them.

mariaeb on Ravelry said...

As a fan of Knit your own dog and Knit your Own Cat, I would LOVE to add this to my library!!!! Thank you, Alana for this exciting give-away! Got my fingers crossed! Mariaeb on Rav

Prairie girl said...

What a fun book! My little girls would love the animals!
Thank you! grandymom on rav.

Jo-Ann Larkins said...

I too love a knitted toy. There are quite a few in here I haven't ever made yet.

And I lve every pattern from Botanical Knits 2. I love your colour paleete too. I'm a big fan of autumn tomes and neutrals for my clothes

ninja-knitter on ravelry

Charly Derham said...

Would love to win

Charly
booksandfeathers@yahoo.co.uk

melonkelli said...

The kangaroo sounds so cute!

lzembek said...

Love Bare Branches! Might have to make short sleeve version so I can wear in springtime. Great podcast, gets me through my commute when I am unable to knit...

Josephine said...

With a new granddaughter this would be wonderful to win.
craftyjosie on Ravelry
jplungas@gmail.com

Jo-ann said...

I love knitted animals and would love the opportunity to add to my menagerie.

And thank you for the preview of all the botanical knits patterns. I think I want to knit them all.

Ali Collier said...

I just listened to your podcast for the first time. Very entertaining while winding yarn. Thanks for the opportunity for the book and yarn. I'm off to check out your book(s).

Rimfrost said...

What a yarn! Would love to try it! Thanks for all the work you put into the podcast, you spread so much joy!

I´m Rimfrost on Ravelry.

Penelope Ziarnik said...

Hi Alana,

I just pre-ordered Botanical Knits 2, along with the first Botanical Knits AND a copy of Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the ebook of BK2 and have already added 8 of the projects to my queue!

Penny
pziarnik@hotmail.com
muzzerz on Ravelry

Kristen Filipic said...

I have a baby niece and possibility of more coming in the next couple years. How to knit a zoo sounds adorable. Krissylou75 on revelry

Leeann said...

I enjoy listening to your podcast on my drive to work. Looking forward to getting your new book. The designs sound and look great.

hivetender said...

I made my first softie last month for a new baby in the family and loved knitting it.
Looks like a charming book. Love Botanicals knits I&II have my Sprig almost done!

Karine N said...

SOOO Adorable! I have people in my live that would love these little knitted animals!!

I'm Karine7 on Ravelry

Megan Metcalf said...

Listened to all of your podcasts in order the last few days to play catch up, and gotten quite a few hexipuffs and a pair of socks knit. The first few episodes, I wondered if I should maybe point you in the direction of the beekeepers quilt when you mention little scraps, and then I hit the episode where you started it! :) I haven't looked through this book yet, mostly because I'm on a book diet, but hmmm....if it was won from a drawing....it'd be rude not to accept, right? :3 sontsunami06 on Ravelry