52 Timeless Toys to Knit, book review and giveaway!

Today I am pleased to share a new book review with you, 52 Timeless Toys to Knit by Chris de Longpre. You may be familiar with Chris's design work through her business, Knitting at Knoon. I first met Chris at TNNA several years ago, and was really impressed by her classic patterns for children and families. (Her book, Timeless Knits for Kids, is a "must have" pattern book for boys and girls of all ages.)

Chris's newest book, (which is beautifully self-published, by the way), contains dozens of patterns for beautiful knitted toys. My favorite part of this collection is that the toys are all categorized by their habitat, which makes it also a great learning book for children, too. You can knit a crocodile from Down Under, an armadillo from the Southwest, a zebra from the Serengeti, and a clown fish from the Reef. My children love studying nature and animals, and I can say with certainty that this book has not left out any child's favorite animal! To view all of the patterns in the book, you can visit the Ravelry pattern page here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/52-timeless-toys-to-knit/patterns

A fun little side note for me is that Chris very graciously asked me to blurb this book for her, which I was honored to do. My first job in the publishing business as working as an intern, helping the marketing manager acquire blurbs for a series of paperbacks. Never would I have imagined at that time that I would one day be writing a blurb of my own!

Onto the GIVEAWAY!

Now, the fun part! Chris has generously offered to give a copy of her newest book to one lucky winner. To enter, simply comment on this post and include the name of your favorite animal along with your website, blog, Ravelry name, or email address so we can contact you. 

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  1. I love knitting toys. I especially love knitting toys made from a worsted weight wool that's easy to find and easy to work with! These are perfect stocking stuffers and Easter basket additions as well as being wonderful for Silent Auction contributions along with a baby blanket or child's scarf. My favorite is the lizard. They are all so cute and many are so unusual, it's hard to choose. My Ravelry ID is 1oldmoose. Thanks for a great book - I can't wait to get started on a few of these!

  2. My favorite softy is a cute little duckling.
    They look so soft and sweet.
    This book looks awesome!!! :o)
    Can't wait to make a couple of these adorable patterns for my nieces!!

    1. PS....my favorite in the book...(silly-me) is the kangaroo.
      I know my little niece will love putting the little "joey' in and out, in and out...on the mommy's pocket! :o)

  3. So many cute animals to pick a single favorite is hard, knowing my great niece she would love the chicks & hen, or the kangaroo & joey. My own personal fav would be the kangaroo & joey :-) great looking book and what a fun way for children to learn.
    Ravelry name: Noreen

  4. My favourite is the moose, but I'm sure I'll be knitting a lot more animals to go with it!
    lindarumsey on Ravelry

  5. I love this book! I want to make the alligator because I always say "See you later alligator" to my 1-yr-old granddaughter and she laughs and waves. She would love to have a "real" alligator. My email is hpfast@shaw.ca, and I have my fingers crossed!

  6. What a cute book. I love owls, so they are my favorite!

    knuts2knit on ravelry

  7. MY! what great fun this book would be for me as I have never knitted a toy nor an animal toy! My favorite would be
    the duck as my little granddaughter has visited the Duck
    Tour at Boston Common and she would love a "duckie" of
    her own! Thank you for your generosity! My e-mail address is djmindick@gmail.com

  8. I have had my eye on this book for the past couple of weeks, what a treasure for this charity toy knitter. Unable to afford the shipping. I have worked Chris's patterns before with great satisfaction. Kangaroo my Favourite...I'm an Aussie. Rav ID: isitsandsews

  9. I'd love to make the blue-footed booby for my son. Our our house burnt down and he lost his beloved blue-footed booby toy that he loved. Thanks for the chance to win this pattern!

  10. I love them all, but the penguin would have to be first on my list to knit since my son loves them (he's 20!) I think it would be a great addition to one of his college care packages. Thanks for the chance to win! Ravelry: MarianHooks

  11. I love monkeys :)))

  12. this is such a sweet collection .... i have travelled far to see toucans and puffins, but i think the blue footed booby takes the prize for me. ravelry: scootercoknits

  13. Since we've raised border leicester sheep for years they remind me of shearing day sitting like that. Just adorable!

  14. What a great book! My favorite animal is a sheep; I love the ones in the book. My granddaughter would LOVE the hen and chicks since they just started raising chickens.

  15. A cat is a cat and that is that!

    Joanne aka madammarple

  16. What a cute book! My favorite is a monkey.
    -Jessica, monkeybuttbabies on Ravelry

  17. Love the starfish, it would go well with the jellyfish I knitted.
    dispatcherval on Ravelry

  18. Love the book. As a granny to 17 and great granny to 2 There is always someone to knit a favorite for. My favorite is the Kangaroo.

  19. This book looks awesome, something to use when my husband and I go across country to live by our kids. I think I like the snail, it reminds me of when visiting my granddaughter she had pet snails, I was like what? Sure enough she a plate outside the front door with snails in it, of course they were trying to escape cause they needed water so we put some in the dish. What a funny pet to have. I would love to win this book.

  20. Forgot to say my email is dolores_horine@att.net

  21. Arabella, thanks!


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