Keep Your Cool
Published On: September 12, 2014

My desk chair is positioned squarely in the path of my office’s air conditioning vent.  This is neither an accident nor a mistake.  I’m one of those people who just runs hot.  This tendency sometimes conflicts with my deep and abiding fondness for sweaters.

Apparently I’m not alone in this dilemma, and Julie Turjoman has stepped in to save the day!  Her new book, Knits that Breathe is full of sweaters that work beautifully for everyone, but especially for those of us always looking for the nearest ceiling fan.  ktb smallThe garments in this book are all carefully designed to be both stylish and cooling.  They feature flowing, figure-skimming silhouettes, lovely lace insertions, and clever constructions.  There is nothing clingy or heavy or confining here, it’s all feather light, beautifully airy, and eminently wearable.

And it’s not just the design of the garments that helps keep you cool.  Each of the yarns has been carefully selected for its special properties.  Traditional choices like cotton, flax, bamboo, and silk make an appearance alongside their more exotic cousins like fibers made from soy, milk, and seaweed.  The properties of each are outlined in a handy chart so you’ll understand why they were chosen and be able to make appropriate yarn selections for your own projects.

I’d be delighted to find any of these pieces in my closet (if only I had the necessary fortitude to knit sweaters)!  If you’d like to add them to your closet, Julie and I can help you out.  She’s kindly donated two copies to give away.  Since I’ve got two goodies to give away, let’s have two ways to win, shall we?

For the first chance to win, leave a comment on this post telling me which of Julie’s lovely sweaters calls to you the most (you can see them all on ravelry).  For the second chance to win, pin the picture in this post to your pinterest boards.  To do that, you can either click the pinterest button at the top of the post (it’s red and looks like a p) or you can click on the ‘Pin it’ button that comes up when you hover your mouse over the picture itself.  Just be sure you’re pinning the picture from this post.  I’ll pick a winner from each, and you’re welcome to enter both ways.

Comments left and pins made between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Tuesday, September 16, 2014 will be entered to win.  I’ll pick winners, contact them to get their addresses, and arrange to send the books their way.  If you’re leaving a comment, be sure to use a real email address so I can contact you if you’ve won (I won’t do anything with those email addresses besides notify the winner).  If you win by pinning, I’ll leave a comment on your pin letting you know you’ve won.  If I do get in touch with you, I need to hear back from you within 72 hours or I will pick a new winner and contact them.  Sorry, but I can only send prizes to US addresses.

P.S. This giveaway is closed and winners have been notified.

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