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Festive Giveaway – Knitting From The North

As you know, I love books. I would be no kind of book lover if I did not share this with you. This month I have three book giveaways for you. You currently have a few more days to enter into the draw for The Mindfulness in Knitting, which has been donated to you as a lovely gift from KB reader Alison Mayne. Thank you, Alison!

You may remember that I talked about Hilary Grant’s incredible book, Knitting from the Northin episode 70 of the podcast. You may know Hilary from her wonderful knitwear collections and in this book she has created some of these ready-made pieces (along with new designs) into hand-knit patterns.


Not only are the designs beautiful, they are all made in Jamieson’s of Shetland yarn and the photography in the book is utterly stunning. I always think that a lot of mags and books get it so wrong when they feature too much on the model or the setting and not the knitted item (as crazy as it sounds! You just look at the next knitting mag or book you open – can you see item details well? ) In this book the knitwear, the models and the locations are incredibly well balanced, indeed. The items are also pictured flat in great lighting too, which really adds to the “oh my gosh! I need to knit all of these!”

I loved this book so much I bought one for a lucky KnitBritish reader. To be in with a chance of winning this lovely book, you must comment below with your favourite Christmas cracker joke. Comment by 12pm, Friday, 16th December and I will select the joke that made me laugh the most as the winner (so, no random draw this time, you really have to make me laugh to win!). I do not promise to get this to you by Christmas but you may get it by the New Year.

Also, pro-tip – if your comment does not appear straight away it is because I have to click a button. I work full time, so won’t always be able to do this right away. I will moderate it when I can. When you comment a message displays saying something like “Your comment is awaiting moderation” but quite a lot of you either don’t see this and email me anyway or comment another two or three times Then email me. It really is ok. you will be entered (as long as you answer with a joke!). Just be patient.




  1. My favourite cracker joke? What does a Thesaurus eat for breakfast? … A synonym roll’ !

    what a lovely give away! Thank you 🙂

  2. Angie Dent says

    Why are pirates called pirates? Because they ‘aaaaaarrrrrrre ‘ !

  3. Janet Langford says

    What do you call a bunch of chess players bragging about their games in a hotel lobby?
    Chess nuts boasting in an open foyer!

  4. I actually sent a secret Santa gift yesterday and covered the back of the package with Christmas jokes. I thought it might make someone laugh! My favourite joke (although not Christmas themed). – what’s ET short for? He’s only got little legs! Love it.

    My 3 yr old has also reached the stage of making up jokes. His current favourite – ‘what do you call a Christmas tree with no tree? A treeeeeeeees.’ This is apparently hilarious!

  5. Freyalyn Close-Hainsworth says

    And now you have to imagine a herd of buffalo wandering the snowy American plains….

    What’s the difference between a buffalo and a bison?

    You can wash your hands in a bison! BOOM BOOM!

    I’ll get my coat….

  6. Jacquie Mercer says

    What are Santa’s helpers called?

    Subordinate clauses!

  7. Susan Hobkirk says

    What dies Santa suffer from if he gets stuck in the chimney?

    Why did Santa’s helper see the doctor?

    What is the world’s best Christmas present?

    And finally……………

    Why are Christmas trees like bad knitter?

    Happy christmas Louise xx

  8. Linda Williamson says

    Everyone knows Rudolph’s name – but what was the blind reindeer called? No idea!! (Groan ????)
    Have a great festive time all of you!

  9. Rowena Gillen says

    What do snowmen wear on their heads?

    Ice caps!

  10. Liz Allardyce says

    Why did the turkey join the band?

    Because he had drumsticks

    (Badoom tish)..

  11. Tracy O'Brien says

    ok, here goes…
    what do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?
    Frost bite!
    wishing you all a very Merry Christmas

  12. Bronchitikat says

    Why does the alphabet have only 25 letters?

    Because the angels sang “No L”!

    Already got my coat!

  13. Lisa Comeau says

    Did you hear about the pregnant cat who ate a ball of yarn? She had mittens ???? What a lovely give away prize. Merry Christmas!

  14. i kind of groan and have another glass of wine with cracker jokes. – baa humbug. At the weekend I met up with a group of quilting friends and this is the only joke I remember
    What do you get if you cross Santa with a duck?
 : A Christmas Quacker!

    fantastic giveaway and one definitely to spread Christmas wooly cheer!

  15. Anne (Suuf) says

    We don’t really do Christmas crackers in Denmark so we don’t get the jokes (well, we ‘get’ them, we just don’t have any…). I’ve got another Christmassy joke, though, which is rightly supposed to be listened to rather than read:

    Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker are fighting with their light sabres (imagine the swoosh and whirrrr).
    DV: I know what you’re getting for Christmas.
    LS: What??
    (More swooshing and whirring)
    DV: I know what you’re getting for Christmas.
    LS: What??
    DV: I’ve felt your presents!

    It was told to me in Scotland by a Scot who was very good at making the right Star Wars sounds 🙂

  16. Knock knock
    Who’s there
    Arthur Who
    Arthur any mince pies left……

    First heard that at school and it’s tickled me pink ever since…..

  17. Why did Santa’s helper go to a therapist?

    Because he had a low “elf” esteem!

    I guess as a therapist I have to go with the one that supports our work…

  18. Heather Jones says

    Q. What do you call a cat in the Desert?

    A. Sandy Claws…..

    Happy Christmas and here’s to 2017!

  19. Helen says

    What kind of motorbike does Father Christmas ride?
    A Holly Davidson!

    Ha Ha happy Christmas Louise!

  20. Aranka says

    What a wonderful way of deciding who will win, hope you have a fun night reading the comments. ????

    And merry Christmas!

    Here is my try :

    “What does a frog do if his car breaks down?

    He gets it toad away.” ????

  21. barbara stupp says

    What do you get if you cross Santa with a duck?

    A Christmas Quacker!

  22. Lisa-Marie Haugmoen says

    I’m not an early bird or a night owl.Im some form of permanently exhausted pidgeon.
    You call them swear words. I call them sentence enhancers.
    In my defense, I was left unsupervised.
    I tried to be normal once! Worst 2 minutes of my life!!!

  23. Russell pettit says

    How does good king wenceslas like his pizza?
    Deep pan , crisp and even

    Merry Christmas

  24. Heckythump says

    Did you hear about the constipated mathematician? He worked it out with a pencil…

    • louise says

      i just snorted my coffee! Was that REALLY in a cracker?!!

  25. Lorenza de Medici says

    What did Father Christmas do when he went speed dating?
    He pulled a cracker.

  26. Pat jarvis says

    Why was the snowman looking through the carrots ?

    He was picking his nose !

    Pat j

  27. Fiona Campbell says

    What do you call an underground train full of professors?

    A tube of smarties!

  28. perclexed says

    What do you call a bunch of chess players bragging about their games in a hotel lobby?
    Chess nuts boasting in an open foyer!

    *rimshot!* 😀

    The book looks amazing. You’re a good egg for making it available. 😀

  29. Vee Phillips says

    Why does Father Christmas come down the chimney? Because it soots him to!

    What do you get if you eat Christmas decorations? Tinselitis!

  30. Beautiful book!
    This one made me laugh. . . I will say, I popped my first Christmas cracker in Scotland last year and I think the tradition is one of the best 🙂

    What do you call a bunch of chess players bragging about their games in a hotel lobby?
    Chess nuts boasting in an open foyer!

  31. G Reid says

    What do you get if you eat Christmas decorations?

  32. Gillian says

    What did the Spanish sheep say at Christmas?
    Fleece Navidad.

  33. Sophie says

    Not a French cultural thing at all, Xmas jokes!
    That one made me laugh, because of Pepe le Pew (smelly skunk with a beret and a thick French accent).
    What do you get if you cross a bell with a skunk?
    Jungle Smells!

    And also the only joke I know that makes me laugh, but not Xmassy:
    A lonely, blind baby porcupine walks in the desert and bumps into a cactus.

  34. Lauren says

    What do you get if you eat too many Christmas decorations?


    (Ok tis joke is from the film Arthur Christmas, but that’s such a great movie!)

  35. Carol Gresham says

    What do you get if you cross Santa with a duck?
    A Christmas Quacker!
    I have to admit they all make me chuckle, can’t help it ????

  36. Barb Ross says

    What’s the most popular Christmas wine?
    I don’t like Brussels Sprouts.

    Who hids in the bakery at Christmas?
    A mince spy.

  37. Barb Ross says

    Hides! Hides in a bakery. Sorry, can’t blame autocorrect for that one.

  38. Dorothy Burns says

    What do you get when you cross a kangaroo and a sheep —– A woolly jumper !!!

  39. Lesley says

    There are ten coos in a field, which one is closest to Dubai?
    Coo eight!

  40. Gwen Greenwood says

    Man ” I’d like to take you for a coffee”
    Woman ” You’ve spelt wine wrong!”

  41. Alicia says

    Why is there an angel stuck on the top of the Christmas tree?

    She called Santa fat.

  42. I didn’t think I would have a joke for this but it made me think and when I heard this one I knew I could enter the fun! Thank you

    What will Christmas be like post Brexit?
    No brussels!

  43. I went to the Christmas party at my knitting group
    It went on longer than I thought,
    I got Pimms and needles

  44. Anna Sharp says

    Someone around here has been stealing jumpers in order of size.

    Police say he’s still at large.

    I enjoyed reading the jokes as well as your post- thank you! Lovely idea for a giveaway 🙂

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