I have an amazing opportunity for you today! Search Press (the publisher of the adorable Mini Knitted series) is giving one reader 5 books, including:
- Mini Knitted Christmas
- Mini Knitted Woodland
- Mini Knitted Ocean
- Mini Knitted Safari
- Mini Knitted Toys
Keep reading for details on how to enter! Sachiyo Ishii is the author of 4 of these books, and she’s joined us to tell us a bit about herself and her process!
Each book is packed with projects (more than 25 patterns per book), using a variety of techniques with simple knitting stitches.
Interview with Sachiyo Ishii
Sachiyo is the prolific author of 4 of the Mini Knitted books, and I was delighted that she took the time to come talk to us! Welcome, Sachiyo!
How did you begin knitting? And when did it take a professional turn?
I took up knitting in my 30’s after my second son was born. I could not knit a stitch until then. I thought dressing my boys in my handmade clothes was trendy and very Yummy Mummy, but soon discovered that knitting requires skill and patience. With my friend’s help, I did achieve my very first piece, but the stitches were messy and uneven, and the sleeves came out in different lengths.
It seemed to me that I had a very long way to go until I would be able to knit a decent garment. I almost gave up knitting altogether, however, I discovered that you can make small toys with basic skills. I practiced published patterns for some time and then, I started creating my own to add personality. I knitted many animals and proposed my current publisher, Search Press the idea of the knitted animal park. It is great to find a channel that I can put my effort into.
You’ve written so many books! Where do you find your inspiration?
I get inspiration from everywhere. When I walk in town, looking through books and magazines, shop windows, everywhere! I am constantly thinking of new designs no matter where I go or what I do. Illustrations and cartoons, felted work and sugar craft are a good source, too. They are already in simplified forms and it is easy to make them into my craft projects.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I enjoy attending fitness classes and swimming. When I get stuck with a project, swimming can be the best solution to get a fresh idea. I don’t do enough but I like visiting craft shops and fairs. I guess I cannot completely be free from crafting.
What is your favourite yarn/knitting needle/craft supply?
For many years, my favourite yarns are Rowan. I love felted tweed especially. It is such a delight to knit with quality yarn.
I have been using bamboo needles since I took up knitting. They are less slippery and keep stitches well and the best of all, they feel great in hands. If you are still new to the skill, bamboo needles are must. I have been using Clover Takumi needles.
My favourite is Clover products. My mother loved them for many years and recently I inherited them all. Some are bought over 30 years ago but still in very good condition.
Is there a favourite piece you’ve made? Perhaps for yourself?
It is hard to say since I have many favourites, but I love the knitted carousel. I have a whole set of amusement park in knitting and would love to do a book someday. Most of my creations are for myself except occasional gifts to my friends. It is great to be an author. You get to keep all samples!
Thank you, Sachiyo!
What a fun book this would be to win!!
The knitted pieces look exquisite! Thanks for making your books available to a lucky person (hoping it’s me!).
Love tiny knitted things! My email is lrnbrown at gmail dot com.
Wow, these are amazing!
Wow, the detail on these is gorgeous!! Thanks for the chance to win!
These are amazing!
I am interested in winning these 5 books!
Those toys look adorable!
Love these!! How cute!
I love knitting small toys and animals for charity. What an incredible designer! Thank you for showing these wonderful books.
Sugoi!!!! Kawaii desu ne! Arigatougozaimasu! I’m excited for this opportunity to win such cute books!
What fun looking patterns! Would love to have these books.
❤️ love these! It’s hard to find toy patterns that aren’t crochet! Awesome giveaway!
I’ve been following Sachiyo on her blog, Knits by Sachi fir a long time. She’s so creative and her miniatures are just the cutest ever! I would love to make some of her miniatures for my grandchildren. They would love them!
This would be a wonderful book series to win! I’m still shaky at knitting, and these books would definitely help me.
These tiny patterns look adorable!
She is soo talented! My daughter saw the carousel and was blown away and asked for one – so inspiring!
Gah!! Sooo cuuutteeee!! How fun!
This is the size projects I need.
These look incredibly cute. I’d live to try them.
Such an amazing collection of books – what a generous giveaway – thank you for the opportunity to enter 🙂
I’d love to win this lovely bundle o’books! Thank you for the opportunity, Stacey!
Soo cute! Thx for opportunity to win!
such a fantastic giveaway even more so at this time of year ( ie christmas presents )
The projects are just adorable! I love miniatures and I would love to win! Thanks
I loved reading the story of your knitting life! Inspiring…
The books look amazing. I would love to win them and would use them often!
What an amazing group of books. Even one would be great.
I would love to win these so that I can maybe learn to knit, finally!
What a generous giveaway with such lovely books!!! I love the small projects and I agree, that carousel is just adorable!!! Thank you for a chance to own all 5!!
These books looks so fun!
I love Sachi’s work and have been following her for some time.
I would so love this so generous giveaway!
Love your work! I have just recently learned to knit and didn’t know there were patterns for amigurumi. Tossing my hat into the circle for a chance to win!
Very interesting article. Love the carrousel! I also prefer the bamboo needles.
These books look fantastic!!
Minis of anything are always popular, but often a bit more difficult. The books show such creativity – I would love to win even one. So cute!
What wonderful creations! I would love to have these amazing books! Thank you!
The books all look great!
These books look amazing! I would spend hours studying each pattern and photograph. I love knitting and crocheting.
Knitting is on my #bucketlist I have been Crocheting for almost 30 years and want to teach this #pup some new #tricksOrtreats lol good luck everyone
I would love to try knitting toys. I manly knit garments.
What fabulous little books! Fingers and toes crossed
I can’t get over how talented people are , thank you for this opportunity!
Such talent! Would love to have the books. Thank you and good luck to everyone
I love the carousel. The detail is unbelievable. I would love to own these books.
Fantastic! I love knitting and crocheting cute little things. ☺
What fun little projects! Congratulations to whoever wins these adorable little books.
OMG these patters look so cute!
I love your knitted firemen.
These books look amazing! Would love to add them to my library!
Adorable! Love these patterns!
These are otherworldly! Thank you for hosting such a FUN and GENEROUS giveaway, cheers!
Thank you for a dun giveaway!
What a wonderful set!! Hope to win a set!!!!!
I know how to crochet amigurumi and only recently learned to knit. I would love to learn how to knit amigurumi from Sachiyo.
Wow what a great giveaway! I have knitted some small animals in the past and had a lot of fun doing it. I hope I can win these!
Wow, these look exciting. I would love to win them. Thank you.
Ooohhh, I’ve wanted to try knitting some toys. These look wonderful!!
Oh these look like so much fun.
I think your knitted animals, people,and wonderful items are amazing. I am actually looking forward to learning how to knit from all patterns you have shared, purchased or free. You are an amazing person and designer. Thank you for sharing your talents with the rest of us.
I love to make little toys and figures!
These would be so much fun.
Congrats, you’re the winner! Emailing you now!
Hi Patty! I didn’t hear a reply from you, so I need to move onto the next winner!
Wow!!!! What a wonderful giveaway!!! email@example.com
I want to teach myself to knit, so I can knit personalitys like these. Those penguins are so adorable!! firstname.lastname@example.org
I’d love to win these beautiful books for my granddaughter, thank you for the chance 🙂
These are absolutely adorable! As both a knitter and crocheter, I really would love to work the knit end for a while and what a cute way to do it.
These mini creations are so lifelike and truly awesome!
Wow all of these patterns look so cute!
The carousel! Lovely projects.
Her books are all so adorable! I’d love any of them. She definitely needs to do a pattern for that carousel!!!!
I am learning to knit. I have a great teacher. Would love to knit one of these and surprise her with a finished product after my classes.
These books are so cute! I would definitely give these as a gift for my mom.
Have made a few and they are great fun! So clever!
I have been a big fan of Sachiyo’s work and try to collect her patterns, but this is sometimes difficult as they are mostly published in UK publications. Winning this collection of her books would be fantastic!
Exciting!!! Just got a chance to open the email today. Whew!
I love “mini” knits! So colourful, lots of character and imagination. Good way to use up “bits and pieces” of wool. I’ve got plenty of bits to put to good use…….
Superb books. So wish it could be me