UPDATE 6.18.15: Congratulations to Carol P for winning a copy of the book! Carol check your email! ------------
I recently got my hands on a copy of Lene Holme Samsoe's wonderful new book, Perfectly Feminine Knits (Interweave/F+W; $26.99). I wasn't sure what to expect... You hear "feminine" and wonder if it's all ruffles, cutesy lace and tailored garments. Not only was I pleasantly surprised, but this book had at least 4 garments in it that I wanted to make, one of which I ran to my stash to find the perfect yarn for!
I enjoyed reading Lene's introduction where she speaks about knitting and relaxation and how adaptable knitting has been over the years. I also very much liked how this book is laid out with chapters being classified as techniques - knit and purl, lace, bobbles, cables and garter stitch. A nice mix of 25 accessories and garments, there's something in this book for everyone. It's a great collection for people who may have shied away from one technique (I once knew a woman who was terrified of bobbles!) to see multiple examples of and dive right into.
Many of the sweaters are simple with classic silhouettes and a textured detail. I'm excited to cast on for the Agnes Round Yoke Cardigan, Greta Guernsey Cowl and the Rose Aran-Pattern Sweater. I'm super-picky about sweaters that I knit for myself that are not my designs. It's rare that personal knitting happens, so when I get a few precious minutes, I want a pattern that I know will look good 10 years from now! Agnes is everything I love in a cardigan and I stash dove for some great yarn to cast on for that soon.
Photography is so important and I liked the "lifestyle" vibe of this book. Almost everything in this book had at least 1 great little detail or some sort of "wow factor." This is one that will definitely have a place on my bookshelf for years to come.
Now for the giveaway! This giveaway is open to all US residents with a non-PO Box mailing address. For a chance to win a copy of this book, answer the below trivia question correctly in the comments section and you'll automatically be entered in to win!
Hamlet's castle is situated in which Danish city?
A winner will be chosen at random at midnight tonight and contacted by me via email. Good luck!