I don’t know if I would classify myself as a diva, but I am someone who is very passionate about utilitarian splendor and kitchen makes, quality over quantity, and the simple life choice that I want to wake up and fill my day with beautiful things that bring me lots & lots of happy.
I don’t think practical knits like dishcloths are always given the admiration they merit, they don’t have to be ugly or boring to be useful and least of all they don’t have to be store bought!
…they can be durable, well made, extremely ornate and lovely or basic brawn and beautifully simple. Worked in lush colors or clean neutrals all while doing a pretty fantastic and far superior job scrubbing off the supper muck or tenderly wiping sweet baby cheeks!
When I was asked if I would be interested in reviewing Deb Buckingham’s newest book Dishcloth Diva (Here is the Ravelry link as well :) I couldn’t pass it up, I wouldn’t ..a book dedicated to dishcloths ..DISHCLOTHS! With a foreword form Kay Gardiner! (um, YES please! ..seriously ..ok maybe I have a secret desire to be a kitchen diva!)
I couldn’t wait to look it over, I have always been impressed with Deb’s fresh modern style of designing and can completely relate to the love of home knits.
The book is bursting with artistic structure and visually engaging patterns, 20 original cloths with classic simple combinations of stitches, that produce deliciously bold textural wonders, all while remaining stylistically clean. They have the perfect combination of contemporary elegance and farmhouse charm.
The thing with handmade dishcloths, you either get it or you don’t ..I hope you do & I hope you have it real bad!
The most inspiring and marvelous reason to knit everyday useful objects, is that with my hands, a ball of cotton or linen and a few hours of pleasure, I end up with something you can’t buy in a store, in the colors that are perfectly me. I will always have the best gifts, the cleanest dishes, the softest washcloths and the soundest mind.
The very generous (awesome and all sorts of good) publishing house that is Cooperative Press has offered up a FREE digital copy of Dishcloth Diva to one of you! So if you would like a chance to get in on the show, this is how it will work, leave a lovely comment or favorite story about (me & my blog, the book, dishcloths, or life the universe and everything) from now until midnight (central time) Friday Nov 16th 2012 and you will be entered in the drawing! (I will announce/email the lucky winner on the 17th !)
P.S I am going to refrain from replying to your comments to avoid messing with the random number thingy ..but just know I am reading them & loving it!
Congratulations RaeA, random chose you! I have sent an email to you asking where you would like to receive your ebook! (The message went to the mail account you used to leave your comment) You can just respond to that email, send another (by using the contact button), or even message me on Ravelry (chalklegs). I look forward to hearing from you and hope you love the ebook!
A BIG Thank You to all who played (my first giveaway ever!), your lovely comments & stories were wonderful and helped me to realize I wasn’t the only dishcloth freak, or the only one reading this blog ..lol
Stop by anytime, it’s good to have you here ♥