Our virtual friendship has flourished the last couple of years through Ravelry and Twitter . My readers will remember Evin as a guest blogger in 2012 when I was out of commission having eye surgery. She wrote two blogposts, here and here.
I followed Evin’s trials and tribulations as she worked on her first book, Bake Knit Sew.
I was absolutely delighted for Evin when her book was completed, and more so honoured when she asked me if the Dublin Knit Collective could be a scheduled stop on her first book blog tour.
When Evin announced the schedule for the book blog tour, I was ever so slightly intimidated and terrified that I was included with amazing bloggers who are eloquent and savvy at chronicling their lives online.
I received Bake Knit Sew in the e-book format and immediately downloaded it onto my tablet. As I flicked through the pages on the touch screen, I savoured the crisp and sharp images of cakes, cookies and pies while mentally taking note of a few knitting patterns that were going to be added to my Ravelry queue.
The book is cleverly organised into twelve months with one baking recipe and a knitting or sewing pattern for each month of the year.
Baking cakes and pies are not my forte, however, cookies are my favourite things to bake in the kitchen.
The book includes two cookie recipes, Snickerdoodles and Cookie Monsters that stir up memories of my childhood. Images of Sesame Street and the children’s rhyming game, “who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?” flashes through my mind and evokes a giggle whenever I say snickerdoodle…
I’ve decided that the Monster Cookies recipe will be my first baking project. I am drawn to this is collaborative approach between Sesame Street’s beloved cookie loving character and my favourite ingredients in creating coookkkkiiieeessss!!!
The knitting patterns are simple and quick. Perfect for that instant gratification feeling when I’ve lost my knitting mojo or need a diversion from a long standing wip
Last Friday afternoon, I decided to abandon my current lace project (temporarily of course), while I foraged through my yarn stash and found a skein of Fleece Artist BFL in aran weight.
I cast on Cobblestone Boot Toppers, which are knit in the round.
By the evening, I had a pair of the trendiest accessory on this side of the pond.
So, I’ve been sporting them in and around the local cafes this past weekend.
There are five sewing projects for anyone venturing into the world of fabric. The patterns are very simple, and will inspire any crafter to personalise their own project.
The Princes Street Market Tote would make a perfect project bag as a carry all for all my knitting gear.
As for fabric stash busting…I’m going to try my hand at some bunting for Christmas : )
This inspiring craft/recipe eBook edition is available through Ravelry and SIGNED Paperback edition is available from Anchor and Bee.
Also, exclusive to readers of The Dublin Knit Collective is a discount code when purchasing a copy of Bake Knit Sew, just enter BLOGTOUR for 10% off your entire order.
For a bit of fun, I have one e-book version of Bake Knit Sew to giveaway to one of my blog readers.
All you need to do is leave a comment below by 4:00 p.m. GMT Sunday 23rd November 2014, telling me if you are a baker, knitter or sewer or a combination of all three to be in a chance to win a copy of the ebook. Good luck! No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Winner must have a valid email address or Ravelry account. Value of the prize is $16.00. No cash equivalent will be offered.
Note: Thank you to Evin O’Keeffe for including me in her first blog tour, and donating an e-copy of Bake Knit Sew