And the winner is...

Thanks to everyone for all the comments on the last post.  Obviously we have a few hat knitters amongst us. 

I love knitting hats, they knit up so quickly and you don't need a second one like you do for socks or mittens, so no hat orphans. I tend to use mostly worsted or fingering for my hat knitting. 

I hope everyone enjoyed checking out the book, Good Deeds. It really is a lovely collection for a worthy cause.

I tallied up all the qualifying entries and the winner of the $35 gift certificate to the Hazel Knits online store is Brenda G. Brenda kindly left her Ravname, so I shouldn't have any trouble reaching her to let her know about her prize. Congratulations, Brenda! We'll be in touch soon.


Good Deeds: Contest!

Today I have the pleasure of reviewing the book Good Deeds, Volume One: Hats, which is available as an ebook for purchase on Ravelry or Etsy.

The book, curated by Kyle Kunnecke, includes 15 hat patterns using a variety of techniques (lace, stranded, entrelac, crochet!) in a full range of yarn weights from fingering to super bulky. Each of the designers has donated their patterns so that 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the ebook can be donated to Breast Cancer Connections, a Palo Alto-based nonprofit that supports people touched by breast and ovarian cancer.

The photography in this 79-page ebook is stunning, and the charts, where required, look well laid out. With something for everyone, it's easy to find a few favourites among the designs included.

My personal favourite is Franklin Habit's Meliorus. Worked up in four colours of DK Lively, I think this hat would be a winner!

Another favourite is Lars Rains' Raspberry Beret. I'm not sure I can personally pull off wearing this style of hat, but it might be hard to resist knitting it for someone else using a skein of Entice.
Normally I include a contest to go along with my book reviews and award a copy of the book being discussed. However, in this case, I think it makes more sense for each of you to check out the book and hopefully decide to purchase it for yourselves so that the proceeds being donated will continue to increase.

So, instead of awarding a copy of the book, we have decided to award a $35 gift certificate to the Hazel Knits online store. In order to be entered into the drawing for the gift certificate you will need to leave a comment on this post before midnight Pacific on Monday, March 10, 2014, telling me two things. First, check out the patterns in the book and then tell me which pattern in the collection is your favourite. And second, I would also like to know what is your favourite yarn weight for knitting hats.  I will randomly select one winner from the comments.

Please be sure to include information so that I can contact you if you win - an email address or Ravelry name, please. 

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Hazel Knits was proud to be one of the sponsors of this collection.