Salter Path and Book Giveaway!

Lucky me, I have another gorgeous pattern to talk about today? And this post comes with a book giveaway too. But you'll have to keep reading to find out more about that.

First, let's have a look at Melissa Goodale's new pattern, Salter Path.

photo by Joe Hancock

Salter Path is a stunning shawl knit in three colours of Hazel Knits Artisan Sock, pictured here in Low Tide, Beachglass and Fudge.

photo by Joe Hancock

The pattern is included in the fantastic new book from Interweave Press, Free-Spirit Shawls, 20 Eclectic Knits for Every Day (Interweave/F+W Media; $24.95).  The book was curated by Lisa Shroyer, editor of Knitscene Magazine, and is presented along 4 themes: colour, lace, simplicity and texture. 

photo by Joe Hancock

You can find more information about all the patterns in Free-Spirit Shawls on Ravelry and you purchase a copy for yourself. Of course, if you keep reading you can find out how you might win your very own copy.

Often, choosing colours that work together can be one of the most difficult parts of a multicolour project. To lend you a hand, Wendee has put together a few colour combinations. 

Kits for these combinations are now available on the Hazel Knits website and include a full skein for both the Main Colour (MC) and Contrast Colour 1 (CC1) and a 200 yard skein for Contrast Colour 2 (CC2). THE PATTERN IS NOT INCLUDED.

I recently had the opportunity to interview Melissa Goodale about knitting, designing and Salter Path. Here's what she had to say:

HK: Let's start with the basics. When did you learn to knit and who taught you?

MG: I learned to knit the fall my husband went to grad school. My career was in California, his grad school was in NY. A very good friend of mine ran a local knitting group and persuaded me to learn since I'd have some time on my hands. My mother-in-law came to visit me, we took a road trip, picked up some yarn and needles at Jimmy Beans in Truckee, and she helped me learn while I read Stitch-N-Bitch. 

HK: Do you take your knitting with you everywhere you go or do you only knit at home?

MG: I have at least one, if not more, knitting projects with me at any given time. I think part of why I fell in love with knitting as a craft (I've been crafting all my life), is the fact that it is so very portable. My patience is much greater when I've got yarn in my hands.

HK: Do you have a favourite spot to knit? What makes it special?

Not really. Like I mentioned, knitting comes everywhere with me. Last month I knit in the dentist's chair while getting my teeth cleaned. I'd say in general, though, anywhere with a comfy seat and a good drink works well for me.

HK: You started out designing mostly socks and now you design mostly shawls. Do you prefer designing shawls?  

I like to joke that I'm a scatter shot designer. I've designed something in pretty much every general category; quite a few of these designs were by request (yarn stores, yarn companies, etc). My first self published design was Violeta, it was a LYS request for an event and how I met Wendee. We hit it off and have been teaming up ever since, which is why so many early designs were socks. I learned, though, that socks are a tough market. One of the biggest problems I hit was duplication. Off the top of my head I can think of 3 times I designed an awesome sock, and then stumbled on its twin on Ravelry. Twice I found them in time, but the third I didn't. If my Drift sock seems familiar that's because several other designers have designed its almost twin; mine alternates the wavy ribs, none of the others I've found do that. If you think about it, it's natural. Feet come in one shape, there are a lot of popular stitch dictionaries out there designers draw from, you're bound to have duplicates. But I got tired of running into the problem right around the time sock yarn shawls were popping on the scene. So I ditched the DPNs and moved onto shawls. I love the freedom I have when designing a shawl. It can be any shape, incorporate any pattern, the only limit is my imagination. I also love being able to show off the beautiful yarns I use in a more visible way. Though I do miss knitting socks, there's a soothing pattern to their creation.

HK: For Salter Path, how did you start the design process?

Salter Path was born from Low Tide. I'd been eyeing it for a while, and was really in love with the layers of color Wendee created. When the call for submissions came out for Free Spirit Shawls I knew I wanted to use Low Tide. So I swatched and fiddled and realized it would make a great transition from Fudge to Beachglass (two classic and beautiful colors). Though I don't usually care for garter stitch (and originally planned to make it in stockinette), the texture of Low Tide really called out for garter stitch, it added depth to the shawl.

HK: Do you knit as you are designing or plan the design out first and then knit?

It varies. Some designs spring to mind almost fully formed, others I have to coax. For books and magazines I'm largely forced to plan and then knit, having the chance to tweak a bit here and there but not really change the design from scratch. For the majority of my self published works I knit as I design. Swatching and frogging work much better for me than sketching and planning. I like to see where the yarn leads me.

HK: Not to downplay ebooks or pdfs for patterns, but are you excited to have a pattern published in a hard copy book that will be on shelves in stores and in homes around the world?

I grew up before the internet (now get off my lawn!), so books have a definite place in my heart. They just seem so timeless, and somehow important. All this means I'm thrilled to see my name in a book, it feels more like I'm leaving a mark in the world. It's really exciting.

HK: Do you focus on one design at a time or do you have many patterns in the works?

It is very, very rare for me to only have one design in the works at any given time. For one, I'm not a focused kind of person, and two, it seems like one thing always leads to another when I'm designing. The last design I did took so many turns and iterations that I've gotten 3 designs out of the process. What didn't work with one yarn worked great with another. I've got a sweater I started designing in 2005 still giving me fits through the yoke.

HK: Besides designing, do you have time to knit for pleasure? Do you knit other designers patterns?

I try to make time to knit for fun. It's hard turning a hobby you love into your day to day business, so I try to time box my knitting. Work day is work knitting, evening is personal knitting. It doesn't always pan out, especially if I'm under a publication deadline, but I try. My personal knitting is a mix of things I've hacked (elements taken from this or that design/FO I've seen mashed together to make what I want), copies of my designs to wear/gift (the originals live in my sample box for shows), and occasionally other designers patterns too. Sometimes it's nice to just sit and knit and let someone else do the work of figuring out the design (though I almost always modify things, I'm terrible at following instructions).

My thanks go out to Melissa, for her time and thoughtful answers. It's a real insight in the process. 

You can find more of Melissa Goodale's patterns on Ravelry.

Okay, you've waited long enough (is this the world's longest post yet?). It's time for the book giveaway. 

If you would like to win a copy of Free-Spirit Shawls, please leave a comment on this post before midnight Pacific Time, Monday, June 17th, 2013 and tell me about your favourite place to knit. Are you are public knitter or a private knitter?  One winner will be selected randomly from all the entries to win a copy of Free-Spirit Shawls. Please be sure to include information so I can contact you if you win - email address or ravname, please. 

Good luck and I can't wait to read your comments!


Blogger Wes Stone said...

I live in a small town in Kansas. Because of that, I am a private knitter. Although another friend & I get together before our yoga class twice a month to knit. Thank heavens for knitting friends in small towns. (6,000 pop)

June 12, 2013 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger Denise said...

My favorite place to knit is on my couch while watching some flavor of Law & Order. But I also really like to knit on planes, trains, and automobiles!

June 12, 2013 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger Jess said...

I'll knit anywhere. My favorite is probably at home though, after everyone else is in bed and I am finally ALONE! Good movie, cozy blanket, lap full of knitting = bliss!

June 12, 2013 at 9:08 AM  
Blogger cathyes61 said...

Hi. ..I love to knit at home in my recliner. Usually I will have 1or 2 cats on my lap and it is the most relaxing thing I do. Love Hazel Yarns... cathyes61 from Delaware. ... rav name cathyes61

June 12, 2013 at 9:11 AM  
Blogger arlene-marie said...

My favorite place to knit is wherever I happen to be at the moment - I think I'm addicted :-)

June 12, 2013 at 9:11 AM  
Anonymous Christine/mapleweave said...

I knit everywhere, including the bathroom!! HAHA! TMI! I have HK yarn all ready. A book I don't already have??? If I don't win this, I'd have to go buy one!

June 12, 2013 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger stefanie g-r said...

Thanks for an awesome post and giveaway! I do most of my knitting at home, and I do love my little corner of the couch that is set up with all of my knitting supplies and task light. I also like to knit at my local coffee shop...and I do a fair amount of knitting on mass transit, too! Pretty much anywhere that there is light and I have a place to sit, the knitting come out...

I am stefaniegrrr on Ravelry!

June 12, 2013 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger Aspen Narvarte said...

I just took my daughter for her annual exam and the receptionist said she's never seen me without my knitting. I think my daughters braces spanned dozens of socks.

June 12, 2013 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger Rose Glad said...

My favorite place to knit is reclining in bed. But I will knit just about anywhere. I have a couple of weekly knitting groups I attend and one monthly as well. I have knit my way across the Pacific Ocean and across the country. Knitting is my all time favorite pass time! I've been knitting just over two years now. On Ravelry I am RoseGlad.

June 12, 2013 at 9:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knit just about anywhere. My favorite is on the couch with peace, quiet and a couple cats. The best reaction to my knitting anywhere was on a business trip when my manager looked in the back seat of the car and exclaimed "Are you knitting back there!!!" My rav name is nanasknittin

June 12, 2013 at 9:56 AM  
Anonymous Kathy from Edmonds WA said...

I knit and crochet everywhere but my current favorite place is in the hammock in my backyard listening to the birds and the water fountain!

June 12, 2013 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger scienceknitster said...

That's a tough one! I like to knit at home alone when I'm working on something that requires a lot of my attention, but otherwise I'll knit just about anywhere -- with friends, in cafes, even in meetings at work. I'm still trying to picture knitting while getting my teeth cleaned -- my dentist's office reclines you almost flat, so not sure how that would work. Will have to ask Mel how she did that!!! :-)

June 12, 2013 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger cymberleah said...

My favorite place to knit is in my computer chair. For reasons I can't properly articulate, I got rid of the normal sort of chair and replaced it with a papasan chair a couple years ago. It's overflowing with pillows and is just about the most comfortable place to sit. Add in access to all the music stored on my computer and I am a happy woman.

When I knit there I still feel connected to the outside world as it's easy to set down the project and look up how to do L1L for the eighteenth time. Or I suppose I might possibly find myself surfing the internet a little. Sometimes.

June 12, 2013 at 10:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like to knit in the gazebo on the deck. I listen to the birds and just knit away.
RavId: Epilobe

June 12, 2013 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger babyknitcrochet said...

My favorite place to knit is in the corner of my couch. :-) I'll knit publicly - coffee shop, waiting room - and privately.

June 12, 2013 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger Camanoah said...

I knit in many places, but my favorite is at our cabin looking out over the water. Ahhhh... I'm mostly a private knitter (while I watch podcasts and TV), but will knit in public at outdoor concerts, waiting for my car to be fixed, sitting with friends outside, etc.

June 12, 2013 at 12:43 PM  
Anonymous SweetBeej said...

I knit everywhere I go but the place I do the most knitting is definitely in the corner of my sofa. I also love knitting at bars. Good thing alcohol consumption has little effect on my stitching abilities!

June 12, 2013 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger Ytknits said...

In the summer, I like to knit on the sundeck. But when the weather is not the best, I like to knit in front of the computer watching a knitting podcast. It makes me feel like I'm at my very own knit night.

June 12, 2013 at 3:52 PM  
Anonymous Geri said...

My fav place to knit is sitting in my favorite corner of the couch, watching cooking shows! Multitasking is the life:)

June 12, 2013 at 4:56 PM  
Blogger Knitting Junkie said...

I love to knit at my local yarn shop!!

June 12, 2013 at 6:32 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

I love knitting at home in a corner of my couch, listening to podcasts or an audiobook.

I also am a member of two knitting groups, one on Sunday and one on Tuesday. Both meet in the Commons area next to our wonderful local independent book store, Third Place Books. I love this type of knitting in public, hanging out with friends and having lively conversation.

June 12, 2013 at 9:21 PM  
Blogger Mimi said...

I knit at home, at friends and family's homes and waiting in doctor' office or car shop. My favorite place to knit is on my porch surrounded by trees, plants and flowers and listening to birdsong. rav name blekky

June 12, 2013 at 10:23 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Favourite isn't my usual. Outdoors, in the sun, preferably near water, but that's optional, no bugs. Not at all demanding, am I? I'm looking forward to extended knitting on an upcoming lengthy ferry trip. Thanks for the book giveaway. It's a very appealing book. Lkristy on Rav

June 12, 2013 at 10:41 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

My favorite place to knit is on the couch, but I knit just about anywhere. My headlamp comes in handy for knitting around a campfire!

June 12, 2013 at 11:40 PM  
Blogger melsheljack said...

I guess my favorite place to knit is my couch, that is where most of my knitting happens. Dinner is finished and everything is cleaned up, time to knit. This summer I have been enjoying the couch on my covered deck outside, still the couch though.
Melshel RAV ID

June 13, 2013 at 6:50 AM  
Blogger Gigiformilo said...

There is no better place to knit than in my garden.

June 13, 2013 at 7:56 AM  
Blogger Donna TechAlum said...

I knit mainly at home in my living room. But really anywhere, I rarely go places and don't have knitting with me, sometimes it never leaves the bag but I've almost always got some.

June 13, 2013 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger thao said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I love knitting in my living room or at a coffee shop with friends. :-) - Rav Name: thao713

June 13, 2013 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

My favorite place to knit is wherever I can find a place to sit and have some time - be it my living room(where I do most of my knitting at home), in my truck waiting for the kids, at a doctors/dentist appt, at horse and cattle shows (my kids are in 4-H, FFA, and show at many open shows)or anywhere else. I have met some great friends by knitting in public, but I will knit anywhere and any time.

June 13, 2013 at 12:22 PM  
Blogger Mimi F said...

I love the idea of knitting at a coffee shop, but usually I am so comfortable in my own home, that I just snuggle up and camp out with my dog.

June 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger ne-knopka said...

I am a private knitter.I love knitting in my garden



June 14, 2013 at 2:39 AM  
Blogger ikkinlala said...

My favourite place to knit is on my parents' couch - there's lots of natural light and usually just the right amount of company (not totally alone when the knitting is routine, but can concentrate when I need to).

ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

June 14, 2013 at 5:21 PM  
Anonymous KnittenSmitten said...

On the couch where I have a view of the garden.

June 14, 2013 at 9:27 PM  
Blogger renewedmind said...

Well, my favorite place to knit would have to be my LYS - Crazy For Ewe! I love to hang around the table with all of the other knitters.

renewedmind on ravelry

June 15, 2013 at 7:27 AM  
Blogger Liddy said...

Like Deb (scienceknitster) said, I tend to do my complicated, have-to-pay-attention knitting at home, and the simpler stuff I'll knit anywhere and everywhere. Waiting rooms at doctor's offices; getting the car serviced; at meetings; waiting in restaurants: for our order to be taken, for it to arrive, for others to finish, while we chat after the meal; when I'm a passenger in a car; and pretty much anywhere I have a few minutes' down time.

June 15, 2013 at 7:41 AM  
Blogger Liddy said...

I forgot to leave contact info, silly me! When I win, you can find me on Rav as thepoch.

June 15, 2013 at 7:42 AM  
Blogger asteride said...

I like to knit on the beach. Or in parks, or wherever there is nature around. I feel inspired and in harmony with the environment.
asteride on Ravelry

June 15, 2013 at 7:51 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

I'll knit anywhere, but one of my favorite places is at my grandmother's tiny beach house. I can just sit on the couch, put on podcasts and knit away. I also love knitting on the beach when I'm there. The sound of waves and seagulls + knitting + family = perfect.

Rav name: mac-attack

June 15, 2013 at 8:04 AM  
Blogger debi's place said...

My piece of heaven to knit is my back yard. Seems the sounds of birds, squirrel, and the leaves in the wind along with needles makes me smile.

June 15, 2013 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger lambdamuepsilon said...

I knit in public and private and usually have a big project on the go at home and a small, portable one for travelling (usually socks!) My favourite spot at home is my end of the couch, as everything I need is within arms reach.

June 15, 2013 at 8:47 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

My favorite place to knit is a nearby coffee and wine bar. It is bright, comfy and serves wine AND coffee!

I'm jennifercarol on Ravelry

June 15, 2013 at 9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite place to knit (altho I don't seem to make a lot of project progress)is at my Saturday morning knitting group at Panera Bread. Lots of laughter, stories, and projects. If I need more concentration, my favorite place is my rocking chair at home next to the fireplace listening to music.
I'm soxsusie on Ravelry.

June 15, 2013 at 10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the summer time, my knitting group meets at a small park in our city's downtown, called Officer's Square. With lots of shade and a riverside location, it is such a wonderful place to knit in the summer! Thanks for the great giveaway (hotcheese on Ravelry)

June 15, 2013 at 12:11 PM  
Anonymous Julie said...

Thanks so much for the post. The shawl is lovely as are all the HK kit colors!!

My favorite places to knit are at home on the couch while the TV is on with a cat in my lap or on the train on my way in to work.

June 15, 2013 at 3:42 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

My favorite place to knit is on my couch, with dogs and cat all over me, listening to an audiobook.

AddieM on Rav

June 15, 2013 at 3:56 PM  
Blogger All of my Projects said...

My knitting goes everywhere with me so I'll knit anywhere. But where is my favorite place to knit? Or should I say most comfortable place is on a pink wing back chair at Wild Fibers in Mount Vernon. That chair is so comfy!

June 15, 2013 at 4:30 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

I mostly knit in a chair in the living room or a couch in the den. My favorite place though is the 4 days I spend at Knitting camp where I am sitting outside with other knitters chatting and knitting.

June 15, 2013 at 4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love knitting on my couch, with my baby napping on my lap. I just have to watch out for her when she wakes up because she makes a grab for the yarn! Rav name: ChrissieM

June 15, 2013 at 5:50 PM  
Anonymous Jessica Powers said...

I love to knit in public, but it's the company that really counts - so lately it's been a treat knitting at home since I'm winding the skeins as I need them and the three guys I live with think it's highly interesting and actually chat with me about it. Otherwise, on a couch with a friend at home our at a cafe is my favourite.

June 15, 2013 at 6:56 PM  
Anonymous Zo said...

I'll knit in public. But my favorite "place" is anywhere I can knit with my aunt. She lives across the country from me. But we see each other regularly for visits and knitting retreats.

June 15, 2013 at 8:58 PM  
Anonymous Ana said...

My favorite place to knit is in my dreams - gauge is spot on the first try, fit is always flatteringly perfect, and no tinking is ever required.

When reality hits, you can find me on Rav as ana-banana :)

June 15, 2013 at 10:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love to knit on the terrace, overlooking the garden, with my dog at my side.


June 16, 2013 at 3:36 PM  
Blogger NextVanGogh said...

Congrats to Melissa on being in PRINT in a book!

As for me... I love knitting at the park with my other knit friends... if we can't do that. I don't mind sitting on my deck or on the couch in the winter months... typically if I'm sitting, I'm knitting... doesn't matter where. :)

June 17, 2013 at 4:38 AM  
Blogger Kristebee said...

I love to knit on my comfy couch watching tv! This shawl book looks wonderful!

Kriste ( Kristebee on ravelry)

June 17, 2013 at 11:36 AM  
Anonymous Marylu said...

I consider myself a private knitter. My favorite place to knit is my easy chair while I'm watching one of my favorite shows :-D

June 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Cantrell said...

I live in the DFW area and I love to knit in my big comfy chair in the living room. However, knit night at the LYS comes in at a close second.

EsCantrell on Ravelry or escantrell@gmail.com

June 17, 2013 at 12:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am both. I used to knit on the patio at my LYS. Lately, I've been knitting at home in the special chair I purchased just for knitting! I'm Dictionary on Ravelry.

June 17, 2013 at 2:24 PM  
Blogger Juliaknit said...

I knit on the couch but love knitting outside when we are camping. Thanks for the chance to win a great book.

Juliaknit on Ravelry

June 17, 2013 at 2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Favorite place to knit is on the couch (with hockey on the tv). I mostly knit privately, but will knit in public at coffee shops (it's how I met my husband) or sometimes waiting rooms.


June 17, 2013 at 2:58 PM  
Blogger GerryART said...

My most Favorite place to knit is right here in the living room along side my computer

However, I NEVER leave home without my knitting
Any time, any place is my Favorite place to knit

June 17, 2013 at 3:49 PM  
Blogger Lyn said...

Hmmm, favourite place to knit? Mostly at home, in my craft room, or in the lounge room of an evening, but if I'm at my spinners guild, I'll knit there, or in the car if I'm a passenger - lots of favourites, depending on the day!

fitzie on rav

June 17, 2013 at 3:56 PM  
Blogger Ann Hunt said...

BEAUTIFUL color combinations. I'm bookmarking them for future use!

I knit anywhere. Tumamoc Hill is wildly popular for walking in Tucson because it's restricted to pedestrians and U of A maintenance vehicles only - no bikes, no dogs, no motorcycles. I knit while going up and down The Hill to prepare for Grand Canyon hikes. Check out the hill on the Sierra Club site. A great place to see deer, reptiles, rabbits, birds, e.g., Gila Woodpeckers, Roadrunners, javalinas, coyotes, etc.

June 17, 2013 at 9:50 PM  
Blogger Gail said...

Too late to enter, but I'm a public knitter.... every Thursday evening, my friend Susan and I commandeer chairs at the Indigo/Starbucks and spend a few hours knitting, chatting and laughing!

June 18, 2013 at 5:49 AM  
Anonymous Lynne said...

By far, my favorite place to knit is back in Washington state with the wonderful women of my knitting group there. Now that I've moved back to Massachusetts, a close second is on our deck very early ocean as the sun rises.

July 18, 2013 at 8:06 PM  

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