I was beyond flattered to be approached by Teresa Gregorio of CanaryKnits to host a stop on her blog tour in support of her newest pattern collection, Ghosts: historiographies, cultural manifestations, and the knits they’ve inspired. Teresa has gone above and beyond the basic duties of a pattern designer—this eBook collection includes 11 patterns as well as richly detailed and exquisitely researched information about the cultural histories and manifestations of the idea of “ghosts” throughout the ages.
As a recreational history nerd as well as a general fan of the supernatural in various incarnations (though not in really scary movies—I like the idea of supernatural things, I just don’t want them to jump out at me, okay?), I admire the amount of time Teresa dedicated to the subject, as well as her engaging writing style.
As a knitter, I love that Teresa has transformed these ideas into stylish designs that look fun and relatively easy to knit. Feathers is a lightweight and lacy scarf that blooms at each end and harkens to the Sumerian belief that souls are “clothed like birds in wings for garments.”
Athenodorus is a simply shaped skirt with wide bow detail, named after what might be the original ghost hunter of ancient Greece.
Calavera Catrina is a lovely bonnet with marigold-inspired flowers attached.
That’s only three of the eleven patterns included in the Ghosts eBook, which Teresa is selling for CAD$18. But you can win a copy here! Not only can you win a copy of the entire eBook, but as an added bonus, I’m ponying up a skein of yarn in the Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage so you can knit your own Calavera Catrina!
That’s right. A copy of the Ghosts eBook and a skein of Tosh Vintage in the colorway of your choosing, and all you have to do is leave a comment on this post letting me know which of Teresa’s eleven ghostly patterns you’d like to knit (you can totally say more than one pattern, but please only respond once for this entry). Want more chances to win? Like Threadpanda on Facebook and leave an additional comment. If you’re already a fan on Facebook, leave a comment too! And be sure to visit Teresa’s blog and join the Canary Knits Ravelry Group to visit all the blogs on the Ghosts blog tour!
My giveaway ends at 12 am (midnight) Mountain time on Saturday, October 20—that means any comments posted after 12:01 in the morning on Saturday will not be counted. Best of luck to everyone!