Michelle Edwards’ review of 10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters & Book Giveaway

  • 10 Secrets of the Laidback Knitters gives knitters permission to relax and have fun with their knitting; to see that knitting is as much about process as product; and to know that the stitches they knit can express the inner joy they feel.” Vicki Stiefel and Lisa Souza, 10 Secrets of the Laidback Knitters: A Guide to Holistic Knitting, Yarn and LifeTop Ten reasons why I like The Ten Secrets of the Laidback Knitters:

    1) I love secrets. Secret passages. Secret messages. And the secrets of laidback knitters.

    2) Great photography of animals, yarns, knitters, projects, nature. I especially love the vintage shot of author Vicki Stiefel modeling for a 1950’s pattern book, Fashions in Wool for Little Tots. Continue reading


Knitty.com Review of 10 Secrets!

Knitty’s 2011 spring issue, with a review of the 10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters

“In a publishing climate that still wants to crank out knitting books that impossibly serve every need at an impossible pace, this gem of a book takes a deep breath and travels on its own path.” ~ knitty

10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters…

Online & in stores May 10

Finally, I’m blogging. Well, sort of. I’m a good Twitterer, but an appalling blogger. Nonetheless, here I am because I want to tell you about my new book coming out May 10. Lisa Souza and I cooked up what we believe is a wonderful and exciting knitting book.

You can preorder the book at Amazon or purchase it at your local bookstore or knit shop. I’ll be adding more info and photos as the launch grows closer. Rather than blather on, here’s a preview of what’s to come:

Some stats… 28 Patterns by 21 Designers • Pattern levels from Beginner to Advanced • 9 Profiles • Lots of critters • A spectrum of yarns  • 1 short fable • Socks, sweaters, scarves, home, toys, kids • knitting, crochet, spinning, lace, felting • Did I mention critters?

Welcome to the 10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters

Solvang Weekend Vest by Kathleen Day

Our 2nd Secret






















St. Martin's promo piece for the book.






Where have I been…? Tweeting! But These Women Matter. Read On…

I know, I’ve been MIA. Well, blogging is blogging, and I’ve been Tweeting my little brains out. But I came across this incredibly moving article, and I had to share it.

The scarf is a physical reminder of all those missing and dead in Peru's conflict.

Many, many women in Peru have a place in their hearts that feeds on blackness and silence. It is a bleak landscape of remembering, the result of husbands and sons and nephews and fathers “disappeared” by the Shining Path rebels and state forces in the 1980s and ’90s. Now, today, these women are knitting a Scarf of Hope, a remembrance of the thousands gone from their lives. I am humbled and saddened… and hopeful that the knitters will triumph.


A Scarf of Hope and Remembrance, by Dan CollynsBBC News, Ayacucho, Peru

There is something warmly familiar and comforting about the quiet chatter of women and the clickety-clack of knitting needles. Standing or sitting huddled together in small groups, the knitters dressed in traditional Andean hats, big “pollera” skirts and draped with a “manta” or shawl, form a multi-coloured feast for the eyes. But they have more in common than crochet. These women are some of thousands in Peru who lost husbands, brothers and sons in the country’s bitter internal conflict between the Mao-inspired rebels of the Shining Path rebels and state forces in the 1980s and 90s.

Read the whole story here.

Bill’s New Book…

I know, I’m way behind. Still doing Knit a Year, and I’ll post more pics soon. It’s great, great fun.

I wanted to note Bill’s latest book, Every Day Was Special. When Bill was fishing, every day really was special. He loved to fly fish more than just about anything in the world, with the exception of spending time with his kids and me. Well, usually me! Sometimes fishing won out.

Bill's newest fly fishing book. I'm so proud.

Bill's newest fly fishing book. I'm so proud.

Knit a Year…Yikes!

Obviously, in terms of blogging, Knit a Year has gotten away from me. Oh, fear not—I have been faithfully knitting with a different yarn each day. But when it comes to blogging about it, well, I stink.

Yet I’m fairly obsessed with documenting each day and each new yarn. Thus, this listing. Okay, somewhat boring, yet think of it as a mantra for knitting. Ommmmm.

Day 12: Hearty and thick wool mystery yarn. I was in a white mood. Continue reading

Days 6 through 11…I know, where have I been?

OK – I’ve been faithfully knitting on my Knit a Year project. Each night, I have a fine time choosing just the right yarn to use for my mood. In my “real” life, I’ve been swamped with teaching and deadlines. Nothing bad, mind you, but it’s prevented me from writing about Knit a Year.

So here we have a compilation of days six through 11.

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