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It is a pleasure and an honor to be a part of my dear friend Anne's book tour. Anne's Legendary Knits, Vol 1 will take you on a stroll into romance, elegance, and the rich luxuriant textures of the past.

The designs were inspired by mythological legends or by folk and fairy tales. Anne has infused her love of historical clothing and ancient symbols into every stitch. Legendary Knits isn't just a beautiful picture book, although the photography is of that quality, it is book of very knitable, wearable, and stylish garments.

You had to know one of my favorites would be the fabulous Icarus Socks. It's true, I love red, which happens to be The Woolen Rabbit Sumptuous Sock. I also love the pattern stitch and I can see a pair of Icarus in my future. (Of course, no one said you had to knit red. Knit your heart's desire.)

Another favorite design of mine is the Sleeping Beauty Cowl. The colors Anne uses give the cowl a jewel like quality, as if it were knit with beads, or gemstones. What fun to colorwork pattern would be and the color combinations you could use are endless.


This first volume of Legendary Knits has two pair of socks, a cowl, a shawl and a stole, two women's sweaters, and one men's sweater. Both women's sweaters are elegant, romantic, and chic. Six Swan's is one of my favorite patterns in the book (have you noticed a theme?), as the colorwork design evokes the look of needlework.


I have one last favorite to tell you about (although I could go on) and this one is a shawl. I was unfamiliar with the story of Rappaccini until I read about her in the book. Not only does this shawl have a delicate lace pattern, and an elegant border, it sits on the shoulders and stays, which is my new criteria for a shawl. 

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May I recommend you try Anne's Wooly Wonka Brigit Lace for this project? (Anne is a multi-talented Renaissance woman.)

Anne pays attention to detail in her designs, as well as, her pattern writing. Detailed, easy to read charts accompany patterns of colorwork, texture, and lace. The charts for colorwork are in color, which include stitch symbols as needed. I found them easy to see and to understand. Every sweater has a schematic of measurements, which for me, is an important feature.  Anne has made sure this book has all the information necessary for a knitter to be successful.

The designs in Legendary Knits are available individually on Ravelry or as a complete collection. If you buy the collection you'll not only receive all eight patterns, you will, also, be sent a copy of the book, a beautiful bonus.

Anne sent a copy of the book as a gift for one of my readers and, to be in the running, all you need to do is leave a comment. However, I have one requirement. At the age of six I demanded my mother call me Snow White. Did you also have a fantasy name when you were a child? You have until Monday, September 23rd at 5:00pm MDT to leave your comment on this post. Good luck!

KALs for the patterns, as well as other designs by Anne, are available in the Wooly Wonka Group on Ravelry. You'll want to keep an eye open for the next two volumes of Legendary Knits, as they are certain to be just as fabulous!


Love that colorwork, great sweater. I also love that shawl! What are you going to knit first?

No secret name, but I always pretended to be a cat.

Lovely book...thanks for the give-a-way!

I always wanted a cool name that had a cool nickname, but Brenda, ugh. Then my dad thought of one and still calls me it to this day...and I use it as my Ravatar. BRENNEE!

another lovely post about this book - the colorwork is amazing! I wanted a "fun" name like Cindy or Candy when I was little... yep, took me quite a few years to appreciate that my parents named me after both my grandmothers!

Never had a dream nickname...however with the name Estella I had an unusual name to start with.

Yes! I wanted to be called Selene, from the greek name of the Moon. Silly thing!

I kinda want to knit everything in this book! I didn't have a nickname, fantasy or otherwise, but my brothers always called me (I'll type it phonetically) Cah-roll-eee (emphasis on the eeee) because of the "e" on the end of my name.

Ohhh, that shawl. No name, but I thought I was and Indian girl who could walk so quietly that no one knew I was there.

I don't recall having a fantasy name as a child, but my brother in law had an imaginary friend named Calista!

Pretty pretty pretty. And, no, Sweetie, I didn't demand to be called anything, but my mother called me Mergatrude. It was a term of endearment (I think;-p). Happy Friday!!

I think I wanted to be called Katherine, but I cannot recall why. I loved everyone's name but my own :) Lovely giveaway-Snow White.

I love these patterns!
I always to change my name to Linda Maria. why? Don't know.

I never had any nickname, cool or otherwise, until I had graduated from college. I moved a few hours from home and had a friend living with her parents, not too far away. Her family all had " royal" nicknames, and her dad, such a dear man, dubbed me Princess Francesca. Until the day he died, our correspondence was always addressed to and from Princess Francesca, which our mail carrier thought was odd.

My nickname was already Merry, which felt pretty special. I used to wait for them to say it on Romper Room but they never did.

No fantasy name as a child, that I recall; my dad's nickname for me was Mouse.

Anne's designs are gorgeous!

My dad did call me "Katerelli" sometimes, a play on "Cinderelli" (as pronounced by the mice in the movie).

My favorite from the book is the Rapunzel sweater -- so, so pretty! :)

What a gorgeous book! I love that shawl and the Icarus socks, too. I can't remember having a secret or fantasy name, but I did have an imaginary friend named Billy.

I didn't have a secret fantasy name--but my uncle had nicknames for all of us. I was "Katrinka." Hadn't thought of that in years:)

I love this entire collection. It totally reminds me of fairy tales. I don't remember ever demanding to be called something other than my name, but my dad called me Punkin when I was little. :)

A long-timer lurker, I am not commenting because of the give-away. I have wondered why you don't post about the books you read. I follow your star reviews on the sidebar. I think you are so thoughtful that book reviews would be great. Just a thought. I have always enjoyed your blog. Don't enter me, but I always wanted to be a LOLA when I was a child.

I wanted to be called Carmen. It sounded exotic and exciting, in a worldly kind of way.

another post about this lovely book.... I was Margaret Anne for the first 16 years of my life... grateful when it got cut down to just Margaret, and now, many years later I am a Maggie. :)

I went by a nickname growing up, but it was based on my initials, rather than fairy tales. But during college I became the Sprite of Effervescence (shortened to Sprite or soe for expediency), which is pretty fantastic, in both senses of the word.

The shawl along would be a good reason to add this book to one's collection. Thanks for the drawing!

It wasn't actually a fantasy name, but when I was a child I really wished I had been named Kim or Amy instead of Alice. Also, I had a stuffed dog with floppy ears named Celia (it said so on one ear!), and as soon as I could read, I realized that was an anagram of Alice, even before I knew the word "anagram".

I didn't have a fantasy name, but I love that you demanded to be called by yours. I was too shy and insecure as a child to have ever demanded that I be called by my fantasy name, even if I'd had one.

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