Bake Knit Sew

'Tis the season, dear readers! I'm excited to share with you a new book called Bake Knit Sew, by Evin O'Keeffe, author of the 2014 Blog Awards Ireland award-winning craft blog. Check out her blog here. BKS cover

Bake Knit Sew showcases a year of creativity in baking, knitting, and sewing. Over 50 full-color photographs shot on location in scenic Cork, Ireland make this book a feast for the eyes as well as an inspiration in the kitchen and at the craft table. Twelve baking recipes, seven knitting patterns, and five sewing projects are yours to make your own.

lace shawl modelled

Inspired by her Irish-American Grandma's recipe box and craftiness, this book showcases a year of creativity in baking, knitting, and sewing. In this age of mass consumption and branding, there is magic in being able to create something unique and special. Something all your own, from the heart. The materials were carefully chosen from local artisans in Ireland and Nova Scotia who sell globally online, most of whom are woman-owned and operated. The recipes were perfected over generations, then given a modern twist and tested by volunteers. Each knitting and sewing pattern was tried and tested as well. Finally, this book was funded by an enthusiastic crowd of Kickstarter backers.


While Evin lives in Ireland, she grew up local to where I am now in Virginia. I love Evin's aesthetic and have long been a fan of her blog.  I'm excited to be a stop on her worldwide blog tour!

strawberry tart and lace shawl

What I liked most about this book was it appeals to people who "cross-craft," like me. So many of us not only knit, but we sew, we quilt, we take photos, we bake, we crochet, we appliqué, we decoupage, whatever! Crafty people tend to have multiple interests, so I liked the variety this book provides. The instructions were easy to follow, the photos were clear and the projects were simple.

We tried our hand at the Snickerdoodle recipe, a favorite around here, especially amongst the 3-year old set. I chose this particular recipe to test out because I liked that we had all the ingredients in the cabinet. Need cookies in a hurry? These are perfect and chances are, you have everything on hand already! You can tell by the last photo that they were meant with great approval by management.


Evin's fantastic book is available here and she has generously supplied a discount code for you. Type in the discount code BLOGTOUR for 10% the entire order.

Follow along on the rest of the blog tour:

Monday, November 10 – Reckless Knitting
Tuesday, November 11 – Fibre Friends
Wednesday, November 12 – Jen’s Kitchen
Thursday, November 13 – The Dublin Knit Collective
Friday, November 14 – Crafty Tails
Saturday, November 15 – The Writer’s Journey
Sunday, November 16 – Lisa Bogart Thoughts
Tuesday, November 18 –  TanisKnits
Wednesday, November 19 – Lilly Higgins
Thursday, November 20 – Calso Cooks
Friday, November 21 – By Eline
Saturday, November 22 – Yarn Poetry
Sunday, November 23 – Live and Let Pie