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The Return of Freebie Friday – Inspired Fair Isle Knits?

Filed under: Announcements,Books,Contests — folkcat at 3:43 pm on Friday, October 5, 2007

Welcome back to Freebie Friday!

Freebie Friday this week is open only to mailing addresses in the United States and Canada. My apologies to readers overseas – you’ll get a chance again soon!

inspired fair isle book jacket_edited.jpgThis week’s prize is the new book Inspired Fair Isle Knits by Fiona Ellis. I reviewed this book on Tuesday, both here and at the Shopping Jen blog. If you’ve been reading here, you may recall my review wasn’t entirely favorable.

The key points in my review were:

  1. The editorial work was sloppy – there were typos, grammatical errors, inconsistent style, and bad photos.
  2. I didn’t like the designs, mostly, and for those that I did, I’d remove the Fair Isle detailing.
  3. The writing was excellent, providing good and complete instructions. This book was better written than most I’ve reviewed thus far.

Point #1 is unfortunate, but mainly a cosmetic issue, and is being addressed by the publisher. You can read their response here.

Point #2 is largely my own personal taste. I didn’t like the designs – someone else might. Maybe you?

Point #3 is worth noting. The instructions in this book are very well written, and information is given for nearly any technique you might need while working a project. Fiona Ellis is a good writer, and it shows here.

Although I gave a generally unfavorable review, it was based largely on my opinion of the designs (influenced slightly by the bad editing work). There might, though – just might – be some among you who like some of the designs I showed. And editorial errors aside, you won’t be disappointed in the writing.

How can you win this book for your very one? The rules, as always, are simple:

  • Only mailing addresses in the United States and Canada are eligible for entry to this drawing.
  • Enter by commenting to the contest post before Noon, Eastern Time, on Monday, October 8th. Only one entry per person for commenting.
  • Earn a second entry by posting about the contest on your own blog, and linking to this post. E-mail me at fiber AT folkcatart DOT com to tell me you’ve done so. Don’t forget to post soon enough that your own readers have a chance to join in the fun!
  • Have you won a prize at Crafting Jen before? No worries, you can enter again!
  • The winner will be chosen by a random drawing from all entries received before the deadline.
  • I’ll announce the winner on the blog on Monday, and will also e-mail them for their mailing address.

There it is, then – are you the one this book is meant for? Drop a comment, post a link, and get a chance to find out!

Good luck, and have a great weekend!


Comment by sherry

October 5, 2007 @ 5:15 pm

I trust your judgement on this one, on the whole, but I usually use books of this type to generate ideas of my own, so I would love to win a copy of it!
Thank you.
Have a great weekend.

Comment by Valerie in San Diego

October 5, 2007 @ 7:54 pm

Ooh, I would love to win it too. I love Fiona Ellis’ previous book mainly for the inspiration, rather than the patterns per se (same as Sherry), so I am sure I’d like it. Heck, I don’t even know how to do colorwork yet 🙂

Comment by Sara

October 6, 2007 @ 11:56 am

Oh, that picture on the cover is blowing me away! I would love to win this one!!!!

Comment by Elspeth

October 6, 2007 @ 1:23 pm

I could be the one for this book – I haven’t done any Fair Isle yet and it looks gorgeous. The publisher was very responsive, too, which is great.

Comment by Alice

October 6, 2007 @ 7:00 pm

I’ve been really in the mood for fair isle lately, and I love the scarf on the cover! I really hope to get lucky 🙂

Comment by melanie

October 10, 2007 @ 10:06 am

One of my goals for holiday knitting is to do a simple fair isle hat for a friend – this book would be so inspirational! Thank you for your generosity –

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