Everybody Loves A Little Knooky

At a recent trade show my editor handed me a little kit and said "let me know what you think of this".  I stuffed it into my bag and brought it home. It looked like a tunisian crochet kit, you know, tunisian is the method where you crochet but can produce a very "knit like" fabric.

I was wrong. 

Knooking actually is knitting with a crochet hook. It's not similar to knitting, it IS knitting. This little kit from Leisure Arts is now available at Wal*Mart and it includes instructions, four beginner patterns, three hooks and three cords (the cords are the key to making it all work).

The Knook from Leisure Arts

If you are are a crochetier and have tried to learn to knit without success this just may be what you need to get over the hurdle. I love how they took the time to put both right and left handed instructions in the how-to booklet!

Over on the Leisure Arts website you will find how-to videos for both right and left handers, as well as some cute patterns as well like these:

Free Knook Pattern  Free Knook Pattern

Click here for the videos, patterns, and more information:  The Knook by Leisure Arts

Blog Tour!!



And might I add that this is the launch of The Knook Blog Tour - what an honor it is for me to be the first stop along the way!! And as a special thanks to you for stopping by I'd like to give away two Knook kits this week!  To enter leave a comment below telling me what your favorite part of this summer has been (or winter if you're in the southern hemisphere!). I will announce the winners soon!

 

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  • 7/25/2011 6:13 AM Samantha wrote:
    My favorite part of summer was getting to take my three year old son to the beach for the first time. He said it was the biggest sandbox he'd ever seen! He was amazed by the waves, the shells, the sand. I loved hearing his laughter and seeing the pure joy on his face and will always treasure that memory.
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  • 7/25/2011 6:14 AM Karin wrote:
    Being "Down Under" I absolutely love the cooler weather. I can snuggle under my latest projects and play with fibre every waking moment if I want.
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  • 7/25/2011 6:16 AM Laura wrote:
    This article has convinced me that I can knit!
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  • 7/25/2011 6:17 AM Emily Furda wrote:
    My favorite part of summer has been ice cream trips with my dad. Yes, I'm a grown woman & you're never too old for dad time. We've been on a "quest" for the best ice cream. Of course one trip, and my favorite ice cream, was about 40 mins away and next to a craft store. I had to get yarn & somehow I lost him as he wondered off getting enamored with all the beautiful yarns. He was even eyeing some Crochet Dude items! He hasn't said he is interested, but he hasn't made fun of my yarn stash since then!
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  • 7/25/2011 6:19 AM JoAnne wrote:
    That looks very interesting. I love my crochet but sometimes knitting is what you need to get the right texture or weight. I'm definitely going to look into this more. I can knit if I try, but damned if I can stick with it and finish anything. Thanks for sharing!
    And to enter to win I'll tell you that my favorite part of my summer so far is spending more time with my family and friends. It's been a real nice summer here in New England and we've been lucky enough to have a lot of cookouts and camping trips this year. We've made a lot of new friends this year too. People make the place! Summer makes it easy
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  • 7/25/2011 6:20 AM Mary Bowles wrote:
    My favorite part of the summer is about to happen. I will be spending a week at a NC beach with two of my nieces and their families. I offered to teach my nieces and their daughters to crochet while we are all together, and they are so excited!
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  • 7/25/2011 6:25 AM Gina Falco wrote:
    The best part of my summer was meeting you at Westport Yarns in Westport CT and taking your crochet cable class! I have been to 3 Walmarts in my area and cannot find The Knook kit...would LOVE 2 win 1!!!!!
    You r the BEST!!!!
    THANK YOU!!!!
    Gina Falco
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  • 7/25/2011 6:27 AM Jean Castle wrote:
    The best thing about this summer is that it has been too hot to work outside so I have had time to get some long overdue unfinished projects done.
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  • 7/25/2011 6:29 AM Julie Ann Smith wrote:
    This summer, my favorite "happenings" are when I get to spend Saturdays with my 7 and 3 year old granddaughters. Being in Texas, we've had some pretty hot days. Just this last Saturday, we all put on our bathing suits and played in the sprinkler. It was too hot to be SHY about wearing a bathing suit after many years of NOT wearing one, so I just got in there and I acted just like a "kid", playing, running and getting wet with my babies! We simply had a blast! After we played a bit, we came in the house and I was able to sit down with my 7 year old grandbaby and tell her about how my beloved Grandmother taught me to crochet, while my 3 year old slept. Ayvrie held the crochet hook and together we made some simple chains. She was loving it and very excited as I gave her her own hook, little yarn bag and her very first skein of yarn. Now when she comes to Grandmas, we can sit together and crochet. I was 7 when my Grandmother taught me. It was just time. What a blessed summer I've had!
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  • 7/25/2011 6:31 AM Scharlet Diehm wrote:
    My favorite part of this summer has been all the warm weather. I love it!
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  • 7/25/2011 6:32 AM Holly Van Dyke wrote:
    My favorite part of summer has been the longer days so that I can enjoy an evening walk with my hubby!
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  • 7/25/2011 6:34 AM Gina wrote:
    Highlight of my summer so far was attending my first TNNA (where I met The Crochet Dude in person).
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  • 7/25/2011 6:39 AM Swapna wrote:
    Me, please!!! That's if you'll send it across the seas.

    I knit already, as you know, but it wouldn't hurt to try this.

    My favourite part of this summer is, wait for it, that it's over! Yes, now we are well into the monsoon here in Kerala, and soon I will be buying a snorkel to go out with. Glug glug glug. We have leeches and centipedes and tiny baby frogs running amok in the house, and fungus growing on the furniture.

    Wait, did I say I was happy the summer's over? I lied.
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  • 7/25/2011 6:40 AM Samantha wrote:
    I love that l can take my time and research what l want to create, since school is out. Lots of crafty time!
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  • 7/25/2011 6:43 AM Sharon P wrote:
    I have loved all the summer movies coming out! It's been too hot for much else here in Dallas!
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  • 7/25/2011 6:48 AM Catlyn wrote:
    My favorite part so far is catching up on my crochet projects while listening to audio books and just relaxing! So nice especially with this terrible heat!
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  • 7/25/2011 6:59 AM Sara-Jane wrote:
    My favorite part has yet to happen. My husband and two daughters will be spending a week in Cape Cod and that is ususally a great time. We just spent a wonderful day at the beach Saturday that was terrific!!
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  • 7/25/2011 7:07 AM Mable wrote:
    My favorite part of this summer has been watching my 9 month old son figure things out. Each day brings some new discovery in his exciting world! My second favorite part has been that he's now old enough that I can get a little bit of crocheting and knitting done again. lol
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  • 7/25/2011 7:09 AM Connie Fish wrote:
    What a neat idea!! I would love to learn to knit! Maybe this would do it for me! Please enter me to win a Knook kit.
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  • 7/25/2011 7:10 AM Lillian Moore wrote:
    Having time to myself crocheting as my boys ride their ATV's at our trailer and seeing my brother-in-law, nephew and good friend spending time with us has made this summer start out great.
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  • 7/25/2011 7:17 AM Leslee wrote:
    Been working on some crocheted charity projects with my friends. Very worthwhile to see what creative things we've come up with. My favorite part of my summer was to work on a parade float for our annual Days of 47 parade (that's a big deal around here in the Valley).

    Would love to win this Knook kit and put another little thing in my arsenal of crochet/knitting creations.
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  • 7/25/2011 7:19 AM Sheri wrote:
    My favorite part of summer so far was the Tour de Fleece. I've been spinning for 3 weeks straight while watching the tour de france.
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  • 7/25/2011 7:23 AM Janice wrote:
    would love to try this knook. always looking for something new and different
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  • 7/25/2011 7:24 AM Carol wrote:
    The best part of my summer is not just one day, week or month; it is EVERY day! Every day means it is one day closer to the end of summer and that means the closer I am to no more temperatures over 105 degrees! I am so done with the heat!
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  • 7/25/2011 7:28 AM Marlene wrote:
    One of my favorite times this summer was my Dad's family reunion. My Dad is deceased but my siblings, there families and my Mom we make up most of the family members attending. Coming from a family with 8 kids makes us add up quickly. We had 4 generations attending. I loved spending hours catching up with everyones busy lives and meeting my great niece.
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  • 7/25/2011 7:29 AM Kim R. wrote:
    My favorite time this summer has been spending time with my grandson - he starts school in a couple of weeks and I will miss seeing him so often.
    I'd love a chance to enter for the knook!
    Thanks
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  • 7/25/2011 7:40 AM Lora Baker wrote:
    My favorite part of summer this year, is that I get to spend it with my son. I had my first child in March, he is over four months now. I just love being able to show him different things and taking him places.Hes such a happy little boy, as long as he's with mommy and daddy, he doesn't have a care in the world
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  • 7/25/2011 7:43 AM Bunny Hartmann wrote:
    So far the best part of my summer has been being accepted for the craft fair in November. I'm so excited! I've tried to knit, watched videos, read books, hopefully this will help me! I can't wait to try this. It will make a great scarf.
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  • 7/25/2011 7:43 AM Katie wrote:
    My favorite part of this summer is getting out and having fun with friends and meeting new people. I am also looking forward to going to Las Vegas to visit with some relatives.
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  • 7/25/2011 7:43 AM Carrie Bruesewitz wrote:
    working on my potholders.
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  • 7/25/2011 7:44 AM Chonita wrote:
    My favorite part of the summer is not having an alarm clock wake us up.
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  • 7/25/2011 7:48 AM Becky wrote:
    I work full-time and got to school full-time so the best part of my summer is not being in school and just being able to be at home with my family.
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  • 7/25/2011 7:48 AM Joyce B. wrote:
    Family to the zoo and catching up on craft stuff. I would love to win the knook kit, would love to do a new craft.
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  • 7/25/2011 7:51 AM Terry wrote:
    Good morning! I am a special education teacher, so my favorite part of the summer is all of it! I love summer because during the school year I work very hard to be the best teacher I can be. I also teach knitting to the students during my lunch. In the summer I spend my days knitting, needle felting, reading, and blogging. I do crochet also. I am most thankful for the two women in my life who taught me how to knit and crochet.
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  • 7/25/2011 8:02 AM Christie Clark wrote:
    Best part of summer has been seeing clouds arrive in the afternoon to block the sun. Live here in N Texas and wish rain would fall, but we take the clouds which do make it seem cooler. Then, if that happens, can at least go outdoors and watch the grandkids play ball.
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  • 7/25/2011 8:04 AM Anne wrote:
    Favorite part of summer has to be bright colors that inspire my crochet projects. I cant wait to try knook have been meaning to learn to knit.
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  • 7/25/2011 8:12 AM Marybeth Mank wrote:
    Love watching the birds & squirrels in my backyard while sitting on patio enjoying a cup of coffee. The squirrel especially is fun to watch. We have pear trees and he/she/it loves to eat the pears. It tries to get the ripest ones and occasionally falls out of the tree off of really thin branches. It is lovely to see the variety of birds in our backyard, too. I live in North Texas, too.
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  • 7/25/2011 8:23 AM Regina wrote:
    My favorite part of the summer this year is spending some much needed time with family....It's been wonderful!
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  • 7/25/2011 8:26 AM Tammi wrote:
    I'm not sure why I make this a priority in summer over other seasons, but I love all of the time I spend with family on various little trips.
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  • 7/25/2011 8:28 AM Karren wrote:
    My favorite part of this summer is enjoying the wonderful weather after a particularly hard winter here in Montana. I am also enjoying it immensely because I am a two time ovarian cancer survivor and I am getting the summer off from any surgery or treatments!! Yippee!! Life is good, I love to crochet and would really like to learn this new technique!,,Thank you for the opportunity to enter your contest!
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  • 7/25/2011 8:29 AM Margaret Kavanagh wrote:
    My favorite part of the summer (so far) was having family in town. We have a huge family, and it's rare we get together. It's always filled with fun, laughs, and stories about what we got away with when we were kids.

    The Knook looks really interesting. I've been crocheting for 30+ years, but have YET to get the hang of knitting. Just. Can't. Do. It. Sigh. This might be what I need.

    Also -- HI-larious blog title, Drew! Almost spit out my coffee this AM! Nice.
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  • 7/25/2011 8:42 AM LaDonna wrote:
    My favorite part of this summer has been my boyfriend and I beginning the process of buying land in South Dakota. I've been busily making new accessories for when we finally live up there. I've read about knooking on Ravelry and would love to try it.
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  • 7/25/2011 8:50 AM Meg Platis wrote:
    My favorite part of the summer has been the lovely weather -- and feeling grateful for it when I hear from friends in other parts of the country where the summer weather hasn't been so lovely.
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  • 7/25/2011 9:01 AM Cordelia wrote:
    My favorite park of this summer was my daughter coming home from France where she went to do a study abroad with school.
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  • 7/25/2011 9:02 AM Rebecca LoveKing wrote:
    My favorite part of summer this year has been my daughter's budding love of horses! She's nine, and has started a love that will hopefully take her through her whole life. It's just great to see!
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  • 7/25/2011 9:10 AM Michelle wrote:
    This has been an unusually hot and dry summer, even for Texas. My favorite part of this sumner has been the blessed AC. Being trapped inside by the heat has given me a chance to finish up some long outstanding projects!
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  • 7/25/2011 9:12 AM Mary wrote:
    My favorite part of this summer was our 2 week vacation to the Hawaiian islands. We visited Oahu, Big Island and Kauai. It is so beautiful there and so relaxing to sit on the patios and crochet in the morning and evening, listening to the tropical birds, and on Kauai, the roosters cock-a-doodling!
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  • 7/25/2011 9:15 AM Kimberly wrote:
    Best part of the summer has been watching my 18 year old daughter, who is home from college for the summer, teach herself to knit! I do cross stitch, embroidery, felting and crochet. Never could knit so she was on her own. This could would actually make me a knitter too! Looks fun!
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  • 7/25/2011 9:23 AM Jan wrote:
    My favorite part of summer is fresh tomatoes, beans, peppers and eggplant from the garden. And is there anything much better than a homegrown Brandywine tomato?
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  • 7/25/2011 9:25 AM Deanna wrote:
    The best part of summer is all of it! I am a full time student. I started college at 48 and wow, the youngsters make it look easy! Anyway I took the summer off and have been enjoying having time to pick up the knitting needles and actually finish some projects. I stumbled on knooking and thought it was interesting, I had my DH modify a crochet hook to try it, but think the real thing would work much better.
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  • 7/25/2011 9:40 AM karyn wrote:
    The Knook really does sound fun.
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  • 7/25/2011 9:42 AM Kris wrote:
    My favorite part of Summer so far has been finishing my very first grown up sized blanket! My husband was especially happy with it. YAAAAAAY!
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  • 7/25/2011 9:58 AM Cheryl wrote:
    My favorite part of summer has been the water....oceana & pool with my grandsons! I have dying to try the Tunisian Crocheting. I love crochet but like the knit "look". Can't wait to try this!
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  • 7/25/2011 10:08 AM Shelly wrote:
    I love this kit idea! My favorite part of the summer has been having more time for my crochet projects! So far that's yielded a pair of socks for my grandfather, fingerless gloves, and I'm currently working on a vest.
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  • 7/25/2011 10:08 AM Tracie B wrote:
    My favorite part of summer was getting to go on vacation with my boyfriend and just relax for the first time in a long time. We went to St. Augustine, walked around, talked of the future (and continued some of the convo you and I had at TNNA). I think this is the summer I will look back on and see that I made some very important decisions about my future based on what's right for me and not just what's expected of me.
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  • 7/25/2011 10:15 AM Rebecca Newport wrote:
    My favorite part of summer has been being able to relax and not run the kids here and there. I haven't done as much crocheting as I would like but there is always the cooler months to do that, right? LOL
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  • 7/25/2011 10:16 AM Karen U wrote:
    My favorinte part of this summer is getting together with good friends and enjoying some good music at all the local festivals around my area!!
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  • 7/25/2011 10:22 AM kroshey wrote:
    My favorite part of summer was getting to spend a lot of time with my 2 year old granddaughter. I am working on some crochet things for fall for her.
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  • 7/25/2011 10:24 AM Carole L wrote:
    My favorite part of the summer is family. I get to find out how everyone is doing and share my knitting and crochet projects. Also get ideas from them as to what they like in knitted or crochet items and make my Christmas gift list from those ideas. Going to the Beach with family, camping out and catching up. What a wonderful family time with everyone.
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  • 7/25/2011 10:24 AM Mye wrote:
    My favorite thing this summer was being able to spend more time with my granddaughter knitting!
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  • 7/25/2011 10:26 AM Kristy R. wrote:
    I'm not a hot weather loving person so my favorite part of summer is that I live in the Pacific Northwest and our summer is just getting off to a slow start.
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  • 7/25/2011 10:38 AM Kitty wrote:
    The knook sounds like fun. I enjoy this tour because I visit sites I wasn't aware of.
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  • 7/25/2011 10:40 AM Teri wrote:
    My favorite part of the summer is happening this week when I visit my BFF and get some extended crocheting time in.
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  • 7/25/2011 11:03 AM Diana H wrote:
    My favorite part of this summer has been the weather here in California up to now. I know from experience that when it is this gorgeous this long, August and September will be killer hot. Because we don't have A/C, that will be my least favorite part.

    I knit and crochet, and would surely love to try knooking. Sounds like fun.
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  • 7/25/2011 11:06 AM Diane D wrote:
    My favorite part of summer was spending a whole week with my 10 year old grandson, who really seems interested in my knitting and crochet. He may be a future stitcher.
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  • 7/25/2011 11:06 AM Nicole wrote:
    I can not wait to get mine!
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  • 7/25/2011 11:13 AM Nicole wrote:
    Living in Alaska my favorite part is the long days and cool summers!
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  • 7/25/2011 11:14 AM Gail E wrote:
    My favorite part of the summer was getting hubby, daughter, and myself well after each of had surgeries.

    Why? Because each of us are more healthy since the surgeries, and I have had lots of "down time" to crochet. Could it be any better?
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  • 7/25/2011 11:18 AM Pilar Gonzalez wrote:
    My summer began with a really "cool" getaway to Alaska, Canada and Yukon. I was running away from the humid heat of my caribbean island. What I consider the best part of my summer (aside from the cold) was looking for yarn shops, so, instead of souvenirs or t-shirts saying that I went there and got this, I overstuffed my luggage with hand dyed, hand spun and beautiful yarns. The only yarn I can get here are almost all acrylics that doesn't work for my felting projects. I also learned about the Qiviuq yarn that is harvested from the muskox that lives in the canadian arctic. Imagine my surprise when I knew that I could get my hands on such a delicacy. That was going to be the highlight of my trip. I found it, felt it's softness on my hand, until; what??? $70.00 for 25 grams? With the same enthusiasm that I was admiring it, I put it down. I guess I'll have to wait 'till I get an muskox of my own.... or I put some curved horns on a sheep.
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  • 7/25/2011 11:42 AM Kris Abdo wrote:
    So far the best thing I have done this summer is teach one of my nieces to crochet and one of my nieces to knit! They are both enjoying themselves and I have enjoyed watching their skills blossom!
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  • 7/25/2011 12:14 PM Shannan Hinners wrote:
    The best part of the summer was taking my kids to Charleston, SC. They first spent two weeks with my Mother in law in Chapel Hill, NC all by themselves. They got the biggest kick out of saying "bye mom" and then when we met back up again, the kids met "REAL LIVE PIRATES!!!!".

    To me, watching the kids interact with the pirates and meeting "Blackbeard" on The Queen Annes Revenge, totally made my summer.
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  • 7/25/2011 12:16 PM Clare G. wrote:
    I'm from Minnesota so not having to wear a heavy coat outside is always my fav part of summer. However, we did take a great trip to Denver and took the Grandson on his first plane trip.Watching his excitement when we left the ground was awesome!
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  • 7/25/2011 12:43 PM Betsy wrote:
    The best part of this summer has been getting to spend in the coolness of England. I always hit a lull in the summer because I can't stand work with yarn in the heat. Since I've moved here, I can play with yarn all year long!
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  • 7/25/2011 1:10 PM Karin van den Berg wrote:
    Hey there, I just found out about the Knook and I'm so intrigued!

    My favorite part of this summer has been time with friends, one of whom started crocheting herself after I gave her two Amineko's, so she can start and Amineko 'army'

    Oh and it has helped that it hasn't been so hot this year, also makes for better crocheting because you're not soaking your work, LOL.
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  • 7/25/2011 1:10 PM susan wrote:
    Favorite part of my Summer, a friend moved (sadly) and gave me a ton of yarn!!! I have made many projects and have given them all away. Anything to make my newly acquired skills as a knitter would be so helpful!!
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  • 7/25/2011 1:23 PM Katie Bruesewitz wrote:
    working on my crafts.
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  • 7/25/2011 1:31 PM Tamara Cone wrote:
    My favorite part of this summer has been my daughters wedding so far....got another wedding coming up though...my moms!!
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  • 7/25/2011 1:36 PM Sandie wrote:
    My favorite part of this summer has been the weekly knitting group with a group of girls aged 6 - 12. We have had such fun! I am really not looking forward to school starting back.
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  • 7/25/2011 1:36 PM Marcy LK wrote:
    My favorite thing this summer was having my son home for two weeks. He is in the Air Force and stationed in FL currently. Just far enough away where he can't just. We have had a wonderful time with him here, always do, he is such a joy. This is his 2nd year in and still loving his job. I miss he very much when he is gone (he is just 20 yrs old), oh and he is my only child. I love Leisure Arts, and hopefully will win a Knook, would love to try it, can't find it locally, yet.
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  • 7/25/2011 1:38 PM Michelle F wrote:
    This summer has been great. My favorite part has been being able to sit and knit and finish several projects. I even made my FIRST pair of mittens and learned a couple of new techniques.
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  • 7/25/2011 1:45 PM Laurel wrote:
    My favorite part of this and every summer is going to woodsy places, Like Sagamore Hill - Home of Theodore Roosevelt, and enjoying nature and spending time with the wild creatures of the earth like the wild turkeys. You would think they are farm birds they are so tame. Hunting birds is not permitted on Long Island so they have no reason to fear humans.
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  • 7/25/2011 1:57 PM Amy wrote:
    I loved spending time with my family and friends.
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  • 7/25/2011 2:03 PM Donna wrote:
    My favorite part of summer has been learning new art and crafty stuff. I am finishing up a Photography course at the local college (the first of my Web Dev degree), teaching myself cake decorating, and working on prayer shawls and baby blankets for friends. My latest challenge is working on Interlocking crochet. Problem is - its just to dang HOT to crochet outside!!!!
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  • 7/25/2011 2:05 PM Carolyn wrote:
    I am SO excited that you blogged about this! I received the link from Leisure Arts the other day and was very skeptical. I always wanted to learn how to knit, tried teaching myself, and never got the hang of it. This I might just try now that you have endorsed it. What can it hurt? My daughter has been begging for fingerless gloves like the ones in the kit. Now to get the courage, lol! Thanks, Drew!
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  • 7/25/2011 2:14 PM Carolyn West wrote:
    I am looking forward to trying my hand at this.
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  • 7/25/2011 2:15 PM Kathy Kamper wrote:
    After a long 7 months of treatments, I have to say the favorite part of my summer is the report I received from my doctors in June that I am 100% cancer free. The reason is obvious but it is much more than what you might think.

    It meant that I could enjoy summer. I started canning again. We pick up a fresh produce basket weekly and have the opportunity to buy cases of one or two items.

    We bought a new gas grill and can now easily make the decision to grill something for dinner which is something I really love to do.

    Summers are terribly hot in Tucson Arizona so outdoor activities are not something you can do when you are over 60 so we spend our time indoors but our little garden has given us a lot of pleasure.

    The best thing that we were able to do was go to the All-Star festivities in Phoenix. We planned the trip in April with the hopes I would be well enough to go. Being able to go was a milestone. We had a great time all 4 days and got to swim at the motel. Boy did that feel good.

    Summer also means Baseball on TV and new summer season shows on some of our favorite stations. We really enjoy watching TV in the evenings together.

    Getting through cancer treatments gives one a new perspective on life and we don't plan on letting any time just pass us by.

    I know that a review of your post is not required but I have to say that I found it so well done. Your pictures are great and your information is fantastic.
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  • 7/25/2011 2:16 PM Kathryn wrote:
    We went on vacation in the California Redwoods. I loved sitting out at our campsite, underneath the giant trees, listening to my children play while I crocheted. It was relaxing and beautiful - and there is nothing better than the sound of my kids laughing.
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  • 7/25/2011 2:17 PM Anne wrote:
    As a homeschooling Mom, Summer is my down time. I've had lots of time for scripture study and finishing several projects. One of my favorite things, though, was watching my 4 year old daughter make huge crochet chains. She absolutely loves it. Eventually we'll work on SC stitches but for now, those chains are a thing of beauty.
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  • 7/25/2011 2:17 PM Jenn wrote:
    My favorite part of the summer so far has been not having any classes! I'm halfway through my MBA program and I decided to take the summer off because I didn't get to enjoy it last year. Well, this year I'm taking full advantage of it by reading through tons of books on my to-read list, visiting with friends I haven't seen in awhile, traveling, and enjoying some not-stressed-out time with my Hubby and our grill. And of course knitting and crocheting, too

    I just realized classes start back up in a month - boo!
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  • 7/25/2011 2:18 PM Susan wrote:
    This looks totally fun and intriguing - would love to try this - I'll have to check my local Michaels/Hobby Lobby!
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  • 7/25/2011 2:19 PM Carol Ann wrote:
    I love riding bike w/ the family!
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  • 7/25/2011 2:21 PM Carolyn wrote:
    Now, to enter, lol, my favorite part of summer has been watching my beloved Pittsburgh Pirates become a contending team again. I have loved them since I was 4 years old watching Roberto Clemente in the right field of Forbes Field and never gave up on them. It has been great sharing this season with my children since they have not been around long enough to see them as a winning team!
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  • 7/25/2011 2:26 PM Johann wrote:
    Oh, please let me win! I am totally confused and curious about this knitting technique! I'm going to have to go out and buy one if I don't win it, and I can't afford it! Really.

    I'm on Social Security, and aside from the fact that the amount I get is ridiculously small, the President is saying I might not even get that.

    Food will run out at the end of next week!
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  • 7/25/2011 2:29 PM Anjella wrote:
    My favorite thing this summer has been taking going on our first multi-generational vacation with my mother and daughter. Can't wait to do it again.
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  • 7/25/2011 2:35 PM Knittingdancer on Ravelry wrote:
    My favorite part of summer has been the rain showers. It helps cool things off for maybe a day. It has been so hot this summer. I think it might be fun, trying to use the Knook.
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  • 7/25/2011 2:47 PM Rhonda McDermitt wrote:
    My favorite part of summer is floating in my pool.
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  • 7/25/2011 2:47 PM Wicca wrote:
    My favorite part of summer is everyday when I lay back watching the sun set over the ocean. There's nothing quite like it...
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  • 7/25/2011 2:48 PM Angela Riley wrote:
    My favorite part has been AIR CONDITIONING!!! It has been so insanely hot (dare I say too hot to crochet and knit?).
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  • 7/25/2011 2:48 PM thom wrote:
    As always, my favorite part of summer is the monsoon:

    Watching the dark, angry clouds roll over our parched landscape, whether they're coming over the dry, dusty mountains or sweeping across the sweltering city. The oppressive quiet just before the wind kicks in and the skies open their floodgates. Seeing the street outside my place transformed into a raging river. Taking a drive out into the desert at night in hopes of getting some good lightning photographs. Curling up in bed and being lulled to sleep by the thunder.
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  • 7/25/2011 2:49 PM Janet wrote:
    My favorite part of the summer was getting my knitting tattoo with my favorite knitting dude. We are extreme knitters! http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2266319738370.136224.1259823446&l=df3a5497ab&type=1
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  • 7/25/2011 3:06 PM Danielle wrote:
    The best moment of the summer so far? Seeing the look of pride and accomplishment on my six year old daughter's face when she completed her very first sewing project all on her own! An upcycled treasure, she turned an old skirt into a halter style luau dress!
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  • 7/25/2011 3:21 PM Marie Gudde wrote:
    I've always wanted to learn to knit. I go to Walmart all the time, and I have not seen these kits. I will keep looking.
    I really want to knit.
    Hope this is as cool as it sounds.
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  • 7/25/2011 3:23 PM Mary Sarah Brady wrote:
    What a great idea. This Knook would be fun to try. My favorite part of summer will be in August. I'm going to spend a week with my kids and grandkids. What could be better? Thanks for the chance to win!
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  • 7/25/2011 3:26 PM Karen wrote:
    This summer I have got to spend a lot more time with my 4 year old granddaughter. We have been spending time on the computer finding patterns she wants me to make for her. She is picking very unusual things. The problem is making her realize it takes time to make them. She sits and watches me and keeps asking is it almost done? I think she will definitely be following in my footsteps.
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  • 7/25/2011 3:33 PM Erin M wrote:
    I love being able to sit outside with our son while he plays with his lightening mcqueen on the big "road" I drew with chalk
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  • 7/25/2011 3:33 PM Cheryl Clemons wrote:
    The best part of Summer so far has been finishing my niece's baby blanket.
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  • 7/25/2011 3:45 PM Lu Mearns wrote:
    You won't believe me but it was when in Michael's craft store, I found "The Crochet Dude" merchandise for crocheting. As a member of HMB also it's a really cool thing to see something great happen for a friend. So happy for you Drew! Gotta get back to those wonderful Comfortghans, we make for our hero's. Thanks for all you do, Dude!
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  • 7/25/2011 3:54 PM Marny wrote:
    Learning something new ala Knooking is always fun for me and doesn't matter what the weather outside is doing.

    Knitting, crocheting, and then learning how to do Tunisian Crochet made my ears perk up for Knooking and it was only hot going from Walmart to Walmart to find the Knooking kit by Leisure Arts.
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  • 7/25/2011 4:23 PM Dianne Unterbrink wrote:
    My favorite thing to do this summer is swim! With 110' heat, it's the ONLY thing to do, besides crocheting, of course! I've caught up with alot of my reading list too, so it's all good.
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  • 7/25/2011 4:48 PM Judith wrote:
    My favourite part about winter (southern hemisphere here)is the urge I get to crochet and produce warm stuff. we only get a few weeks a year where we can wear cold weather clothes, and I look forward to that because I can wear my beanies and scarves.
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  • 7/25/2011 5:13 PM Karen T. wrote:
    I've been loving this whole summer, because I live in Seattle. I keep hearing on the news about the extreme heat wave in other parts of the country and I'm so happy with our low temps!
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  • 7/25/2011 5:17 PM GerryART wrote:
    I love June/July when all the trees have their very greenest of leaves -
    just before the begin their change to the autumn colors.
    Just found your blog.
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  • 7/25/2011 5:20 PM Birgit Yacoub wrote:
    My fav. is hooking in the a/c!
    I want to know the knook but have dail up and it would take a month of sundays to download. Is there any place that has the how to without the video???
    Thanks and have a great day!!!
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  • 7/25/2011 5:29 PM Linda Kring wrote:
    This has been one of the hottest summers on record. We vacationed in FL and I did a lot of reading. I always have a project on my hooks/needles but I've spent more time planning my next projects rather then actually working on them. It has been good, I've made real progress on my reading list and have my yarns and supplies ready to begin my next projects as soon as there's a break in the weather.
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  • 7/25/2011 6:06 PM Carolyn wrote:
    Summer is less stressful than any other season of the year. Schedules are not as structured.
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  • 7/25/2011 6:20 PM CelticRose wrote:
    Meh, I just checked out the Leisure Arts video and managed to "knook" successfully with a regular crochet hook and a piece of scrap yarn for the cord. I both crochet and knit, and found the technique to be more awkward and time-consuming than regular knitting.

    (Please don't enter me for the kit.)
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  • 7/25/2011 6:26 PM Debbi Pendergast wrote:
    My favorite part of this summer has been donating yarn and hooks to a school in Missouri that teaches impoverished students to knit and crochet and they in turn make scarves and hats for the homeless.
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  • 7/25/2011 6:40 PM Laura P. wrote:
    My favorite part of this summer has been AIR-CONDITIONING!! Actually, my husband and I are completing some much-needed home projects as well as seeing family and taking a vacation!
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  • 7/25/2011 7:34 PM Jess wrote:
    My favorite part of this summer is now. We left our friends and family back in Wisconsin to move to Alaska in May. I'm finally settled in and not so incredibly homesick any more. I have my stash unpacked, and have begun crocheting some blankets for my sister's new baby, and my son's back to school sweater. Every year since he was 4, I have made him a new school sweater. This year he's going into second grade, and he still wants his old mom to make him his sweater. He even picked out the pattern! Camouflage and tanks! I guess it fits, since we're at a military base!
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  • 7/25/2011 8:07 PM Tori wrote:
    My favorite part of Summer was today, when my son walked off the airplane after having been gone to visit relatives for 5 weeks. I am glad he got to spend time with them, but WOW! I missed him terribly! And I didn't cry (too much)
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  • 7/25/2011 8:47 PM Brenda Weiss wrote:
    My favorite part is in the works. We have our first outing to the lake planned with our 3 yr old grand daughter and 20 month grandson on the boat. They've been in it when grandpa has it out for fishing on land, but never on the water before. We're all looking forward to it.
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  • 7/25/2011 8:49 PM Cathy Estremera wrote:
    I'm so glad that they picked you to start off the blog tour for the knook.

    My favorite part of summer so far is the monthly "Sushi & Stroll" at Morikami. The Japanese gardens are a favorite place to spend time but they usually close at 5pm. During the summer they actually re-open at 5:30pm and you can enjoy dinner and wander the gardens until 8:30pm. The gardens take on a whole new feeling in the cooler, evening setting.
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  • 7/25/2011 9:19 PM Sharon wrote:
    My favorite part of the summer has been seeing the accumulation of vegetables that I have canned and froze, mostly from my own garden.
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  • 7/25/2011 10:32 PM Jana wrote:
    The best part of my summer is happening right now as I am blessed to be spending some extended quality time with my granddaughter in Arizona! AND to be FREE to drive, wear shorts out, etc. things I can't do in Saudi Arabia! Enjoying American freedom!!
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  • 7/26/2011 2:07 AM Gayle Gammage wrote:
    this summer I've mainly been trying to stay cool. Texas has been in the triple digits and it has been too hot to do much but stay inside.
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  • 7/26/2011 3:28 AM Venetia Smith wrote:
    The favorite part of my summer had been the discovery of Crochenit, until I received an E-mail from Leisure Arts announcing "The Knook". I know how to knit but have never enjoyed it as I was always dropping or missing stitches and having to rip my project out. I finally gave up, even though I love how knit looks, and decided to be content with crochet, until I saw The Knook. I have just got to have one!
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  • 7/26/2011 3:34 AM Diane in Northern Calif. wrote:
    Spending time with my daughter as she prepares to begin high school has been a rare treat brought on by an unexpected job lay-off in early June.
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  • 7/26/2011 6:18 AM Richard Rose wrote:
    My favourite part of winter has been choosing which of the patterns from you "Designs for Guys" book I am going to make, organising the wool and planning. Still have to get started on it but I'm gonna make me a hoodie.
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  • 7/26/2011 7:26 AM Becca wrote:
    Um, I'm not allowed to win a Knook, but just wanted to say thanks for being a part of the Leisure Arts family!!
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  • 7/26/2011 9:08 AM Tracey Jean H wrote:
    Summer is the time I get to see my nieces and nephews more regularly. And now I've learned my mom is coming to visit. Score! It's shaping up to be an awesome summer.
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  • 7/26/2011 9:27 AM Joanna wrote:
    It's been really hot here in Philly this summer... so my favorite part of summer has been sitting in the AC while crocheting my Christmas gifts!
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  • 7/26/2011 9:46 AM Marci wrote:
    My favorite thing this summer is almost finishing my graduate degree! <3
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  • 7/26/2011 10:49 AM Beth wrote:
    My favorite part of this summer in hot, humid Ontario has been looking forward to cooler weather when we go on vacation next week in Peru!
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  • 7/26/2011 11:38 AM Donna Daugherty wrote:
    My favorite part of this summer was my nephew Michael coming home safe and sound from Afghanistan.
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  • 7/26/2011 3:02 PM Terri wrote:
    My summer has been wonderful. My husband and I had a really rough time this past year and this summer everything fell back into place and we're planning a great 13th anniversary on Labor Day this. Plus, my oldest daughter, son-in-law and three granddaughters moved back home from where they were stationed in another state and have since informed us that grandbaby #4 is due in January (my January calendar is filling up!). It was great to finally celebrate a granddaugther's birthday with her on her actual day (her 4th).

    My youngest daugther got her first summer job and now has more of a social calendar than I do.

    The only drawback this summer has been that my son, who is in the Army, informed us that he will be deployed for the third time next April. But until then, he's all ours.

    And oh yes, I have been getting some holiday crocheting done. Ahh yes, it's been a great summer indeed.
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  • 7/26/2011 3:06 PM Ginger wrote:
    The highlight of my summer was our family reunion, which culminated with a wedding. Old and new family at once.
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  • 7/26/2011 3:09 PM Jeremy wrote:
    My favorite part of summer was meeting you at Etsy!
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  • 7/26/2011 3:43 PM Jean A. wrote:
    We've had a very atypical Summer for a desert, weather-wise, so I'd have to say that the best part for me has been the lower temperatures and greener grass. I'm sorry for everyone else whose had a bad heatwave, but here it's been nice! I've even worked on winter projects, which hardly ever happens until fall...
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  • 7/26/2011 3:44 PM Karen wrote:
    My favorite part of summer is that it is summer!! I love waking slowly to the birdsong, watering the garden, harvesting some fresh food, picking berries, bike rides to the farmer's market, sun dried laundry, tomato sandwiches, pool parties, late night girl talk around a campfire, beers in the garden, reading with the cat at my feet on the patio, sharing my love of craft at the local outdoor market and the sun, the glorious sun! Yeah, summer!
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  • 7/26/2011 3:56 PM Cora wrote:
    I would love to tell you what I love about summer, but this year we haven't really had a summer....sigh. We have had something like 52 days of rain since June. My hubby and I love to camp, one of our favorite pastimes.
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  • 7/26/2011 3:59 PM Maggi wrote:
    Best blog post title ever! lol I cannot wait to get my hands on this kit! My favorite part of this Summer so far has been that it's so so so hot I can stay inside and crochet all day. lol
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  • 7/26/2011 4:06 PM Patricia rodriguez wrote:
    All the time to organize. And get a little crocheting in
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  • 7/26/2011 4:16 PM Kelly A wrote:
    I just heard saw an ad for these and had never heard about them...But, I watched the how to videos and it really looks like fun. I can't wait to get these needles and get started!
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  • 7/26/2011 5:04 PM Max Robinson wrote:
    Hey Dude! My favorite part of this summer has been seeing my garage rooftop garden spring to life. I'm growing tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and strawberries up there, all getting warm due to the black surface. I'm also enjoying my knitting projects, mostly socks and gloves. I'd love to try knooking some socks; I want to see if I can embellish socks with crochet inserts!

    Best wishes!
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  • 7/26/2011 6:13 PM Kitten With A Whiplash wrote:
    Thawing my old bones out has to be the best part of summer.
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  • 7/26/2011 6:32 PM Barb Enright wrote:
    My favorite part of summer has been working on my first granny square afgan for my precious baby girl who was born earlier this summer.
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  • 7/26/2011 6:40 PM Barb Enright wrote:
    My favorite part of summer has been working on my first granny square afgan for my beautiful baby girl who was born in June. She is my 3rd child, but the first one that I have made an afgan for.
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  • 7/26/2011 6:46 PM Alicia Vittal wrote:
    My favorite part of summer is being able to walk on the beach without a coat, scarf, hat and mittens!
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  • 7/26/2011 6:54 PM Carmen wrote:
    The best part has been watching my new daughter discover the world outside
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  • 7/26/2011 7:48 PM sherrymay wrote:
    I would like to say that I can knit. I don't get very fat with it any time I have tried. I love to crochet and make many different items. Would like to opportunity to try the Knook. Thanks for your consideration have a great day! <3 sherrymay
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  • 7/26/2011 7:57 PM Susan wrote:
    My favorite part of the summer happened on the last day of school. I drove from NH to Northampton to see my favorite designer DREW who taught a class at WEBS yarn store ^_^
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  • 7/26/2011 8:02 PM Betsy Ferrell wrote:
    I am excited to try this new way!!
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  • 7/26/2011 8:33 PM Ann wrote:
    My favorite part of summer has been NO KID ACTIVITIES and MORE TIME TO CROCHET! Well, that, and gardening!
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  • 7/26/2011 11:44 PM Steph wrote:
    My favorite part of the summer is what I call 'sweet summer air', that great scent combination of flowers and green; also my little nephew finally able to say 'auntie', and getting back to crocheting after a little bit of a burnout.
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  • 7/27/2011 5:36 AM drew emborsky wrote:
    CONTEST IS NOW OVER!! ANY COMMENTS AFTER THIS WONT BE ENTERED - BUT PLEASE CONTINUE TO TELL ME YOUR SUMMER STORIES! I'M VERY MUCH ENJOYING THEM!!

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  • 7/27/2011 8:42 AM Jenny H. wrote:
    Great article and intro to the Knook. I'm excited to learn how to knit with a user-friendly crochet hook, rather than my knitting needles that have multiple personalities.

    Best part of summer: Well, I would say it's been hot here in Texas, but that would be an understatement. So, I've had to be creative in keeping my 7 children busy with indoor projects. The best part of summer has been watching them be creative. One child has started sewing doll clothes. Another one is crocheting sweaters for her stuffed animals. The boys are making animals and mini foods out of clay. The baby has learned NOT to eat the clay and how to keep us busy for hours rewinding yarn balls
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  • 7/28/2011 9:05 AM Mary Tullila wrote:
    My favorite part of this summer is watching the beautiful sunsets here in Alabama. They have been soo beautiful this year 8)
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  • 7/28/2011 12:59 PM Patricia Richardson wrote:
    My favorite part of summer has been having my granddaughter here with me for the past two months and having her pick out all the patterns that she wants her "Becca" to make for her.
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  • 7/28/2011 7:16 PM Carlie H wrote:
    My favorite part of summer is the fireflies. After living out west for 15 years it has be great to see them again since moving back east. Can't wait to try the Knook!
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  • 7/29/2011 12:21 PM Eileen wrote:
    You should see the huge smile on my face from reading your title. lol.

    My favorite part of summer? Fresh local fruits and vegetables, especially berries of all sort.
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  • 7/29/2011 2:52 PM Tagati wrote:
    Summer in WA is definitely cooler than Placerville, CA. So far, I'm loving the fact that the landscape remains green and the ability to obtain Rainier cherries at the local produce stands. I also love picking fresh berries every day!
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  • 7/30/2011 9:44 AM Rebekah T. wrote:
    My favorite part of summer is grilling
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  • 7/30/2011 12:35 PM Sarah rahamim wrote:
    My favorite part of this summer was the class I took. I learned a lot. Also I have been enjoying the knock buzz and looking forward to a break to practice this new technique!
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  • 7/31/2011 7:06 AM pat upton wrote:
    While I truly love my children, the best part of this summer was my youngest adult daughter moving out of the house again. She is only 10 miles away so she is still nearby. Yay!
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  • 8/1/2011 10:34 PM Lynda Taylor wrote:
    The best part about winter (yes I am in the southern part of the world!)is being cold enough to knit and crochet lovely big blankets with woollen yarns. In summer it is too warm here for that so I revel in their softness in winter!
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  • 8/2/2011 9:07 PM Phyllis Fulp wrote:
    My favorite part is torturing my two boys all summer dragging them to yarn and craft stores every day to pick out yarn! Ha!
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  • 8/4/2011 9:16 AM Christel wrote:
    My favorite part of summer has been playing in the pool with my daughter and helping her to learn how to ride her bike.
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  • 8/4/2011 4:01 PM Lareina wrote:
    My favourite part of summer is going to the spray park with my daughter and watching her run and run and run through the water with her friends!
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  • 8/5/2011 1:45 PM Shar wrote:
    I loved going to Paris with my 16 yr old sister and watching her live out a dream.
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  • 8/9/2011 12:23 AM Marion wrote:
    The best part of this summer was introducing my granddaughter to my mom!
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  • 8/10/2011 8:49 AM Kathy wrote:
    My favorite part of summer is enjoying the outdoors after the sun goes down and family BBQ's.
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  • 8/12/2011 10:34 AM Tracy wrote:
    My favorite part of this summer has been spending time with my daughters, doing crafts and trying to teach my 13 year old to crochet. I have been trying to teach myself to knit by using online video's and think the knook would make it much easier to do since I have been crocheting for many years.
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