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WIN Crafty Curious Cats for Christmas

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on December 3, 2010


Knitting and cats have a love/hate relationship. Cats stalk yarn ends, sleep in your stash and feel the need to chew through your yarn while you’re knitting because it tastes a little like sheep.

On the other hand they’re often content to purr it up quietly while you purl, and both of you appreciate a good ball of yarn (even if one of you is likely to want to chase it about the floor like it’s alive).

So for Christmas we’re proud to offer you some of the nicest cats in the world of kids’ books from the talented writer/illustrator/crafter Viviane Schwarz.

There Are No Cats in This Book is Viviane’s latest cat-filled picture book from Walker Books. It follows hot on the paws of There Are Cats in This Book (so good it was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Prize), and tells the tale of three fine felines and their adventures across the pages. Moonpie, André and Tiny love wool almost as much as you. They also love cardboard boxes, pillow fights and making new friends furry or otherwise.

Both books feature a little bit of knitting and we thought they’d be perfect for you to encourage any sticky-fingered urchins you meet this Christmas to settle down with some kooky cats and leave you to your knitting.

The book-loving folks at Walker Books have offered us five sets of There Are Cats in This Book and There Are No Cats in This Book to give away to you, you lucky cat lovers.

All you need to do to give yourself a chance to win is answer is join the mailing list (if you’re already a member you don’t need to join again), and answer this Christmas-themed stitching question:

The stitch pattern of knit one row, purl one row is known by which name?

a. Stinking stitch
b. So-easy-I-can-watch-a-subtitled-film-while-I-knit stitch
c. Stocking stitch

Drop us an email at with:

  • The subject line “If I win I will purr very loudly”
  • Answer A, B or C
  • Your full name, contact email and address (Anyone can enter. Even if you live outside the UK)
  • NEW MEMBERS: The secret password in green at the bottom right of your welcome email

The deadline for the competition is Friday 10 December at 8pm.
Please note: Offering to dress your cat up like a person and attempt to get it on the Royal Wedding guest list by calling it an ‘aristocat’ may amuse us but it won’t help you win. Just answer the question (correctly) and cross your fingers. Good luck!

Competition rules: 1. One entry per person. 2. Competition ends 10 December 2010 at 8pm. 3. No cash alternatives. 4. Winners will be drawn from all correct answers, and notified via email. 5. If winners don’t reply within two weeks of being notified then new winners will be chosen. 6. Prizes will be posted to the winners by publishers. 7. You must be on the Stitch London mailing list to enter.


One Response to “WIN Crafty Curious Cats for Christmas”

  1. Sally Williams said

    Oh, the pain of realizing that I have come to this site too late to enter the contest for the Viviane Schwarz cat books.

    Alack! Alas! Oh, dear!

    Off to sob quietly in a corner ( and to find them on line).

    Sally Williams

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