Monday, July 10, 2017

Book Review and Giveaway | Lazee Daizee Guide to Viking Knit

By on Monday, July 10, 2017 44 Comments

I bought the Lazee Daizee tool and reviewed it a long while ago.  I have never gone back to the old method of wooden dowel and handmade wire clover ever since. This tool makes the process go so much easier plus saves on wire!. The detachable "clover" head means you can make the knit any length you wish. The hexagonal body helps align the loops along the edges.


I started with the smaller 1/4 inch tool which works well for daintier designs.   I have since bought the newer and larger 1/2 inch tool which has many more holes in the "clover" head thus increasing the design possibilities.

Stephanie Eddy the co-inventor of the tools recently sent me her Lazee Daizee Guide to Viking Knit book for review. This 47 page part booklet- part book covers the basics and goes beyond what you can see from the instructions which comes with the tools.

(Click on the images to see them larger.)

The diagrams are colorful and big! So there is no need to squint when trying to see the wire passes for the double and triple looping techniques. The author also shows how to properly use the conical end of the tool to make your own coiled wire end caps and finish a bracelet.   The bracelet shown in the contents page above is a good example of beautiful designs made possible with this tool. The tutorial for this is in the book.


The second half of the book - the "beyond the basics" part  - is where it really shines. It covers how to use multiple wires so that you can form columns of color or even blend different colored wires for a new look. Yes, ombre is possible!

I particularly love the three wire "spiral" single loop stitch.  This one as well as the peacock and cathedral stitch offer more possibilities to those who can already do the single, double and triple loop ones. Adding beads and going free form shows how you can really make viking knit jewelry designs different.

The anchor holes help starting and changing wires but I personally don't use them.  But they are useful when adding new wires and some may prefer this assistance.

There are also 3 complete project tutorials in the book including this decorative bail one :


This book is as it says it is, a reference guide to Viking Knit using the Lazee Daizee tools. It is handy to have to refer to especially if you love Viking Knit.

Did you know you can use the Lazee Daizee tools for making leather jewelry? Stephanie also sent me her leather Viking Knit kit to try.  (You can get the full kit including the tool over her site).


Check out my leather Viking Knit bracelets tutorials here - Part 1 and Part 2.



Giveaway
If you'd like to win a copy of Stephanie's Lazee Daizee Guide to Viking Knit, please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info below if you do not have an online shop or blog.

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This giveaway is international.

Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc. If you also do shout outs about this giveaway, those will count as additional entries too! Please say so in the comments. (The exception is Facebook - just like/comment on the giveaway status there!!)

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, July 17, 2017. I will pick the winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or make sure you come back and check! Otherwise I will redraw in a week. Good luck!

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44 comments:

  1. I've been thinking about getting one of these. Thanks for the additional information!

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  2. would love to win this book trish128@gmail.com

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  3. These are just beautiful!! Looks like a great book.

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  4. This is fascinating! It reminds me of a vintage bracelet that I had 25 years ago, lost during showing a home and moving.

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  5. Oh, I have a Lazee Daizee & love it!!! Would really love to have a copy of the book to help me use the tool to it's full potential!
    Denise Kunz
    demontwostep@live.ca

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  6. What a neat idea to use leather!! Or wait! To mix it up! I looked at her galleries and she uses the Knit as almost a substrate rather than the finished piece - awesome! Time to think about getting the 1/2" size. Too bad it costs $15 for shipping to Canada for her book. :(

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  7. a definite must have I think both for a beginner and someone a wee bit more advanced I definitely have added it to my wish list for sure

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  8. Hi pearl, heads up... the title says giveaway but the post doesn't say anything about it. Monday Monday... :-)

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    1. Hi Valerie - Thank you for your sharp eyes! I forgot to add that bit. I have corrected the post so it shows the giveaway is on for the usual 1 week. It expires next Monday!!

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  9. Love the Leather usage idea! This is a great tool.

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  10. I've only tried the viking wire weaving once but I'd like to give it another go. This could be very useful!

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  11. This is fabulously interesting!

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  12. Never thought of using leather in a viking knit. This inspired me to check it out on Stephanie Eddy's sight. There are some great ideas in this book. Thank you both for another great giveaway!
    Lorraine Gonda
    lorgonda@yahoo.com

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  13. Great giveaway chance! I have wire and leather ready and waiting.
    Thanks Pearl!
    FB follow and blog subscriber
    zanc@me.com

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  14. I'd love to win this book/booklet! I'm a novice at Viking knit, so would like to learn more about it.
    I follow you too!

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  15. I have done Viking Knit and this looks like a really easy way to make it go smoothly. I'm a blog subscriber. Thanks Pearl!

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  16. Always wanted to try Viking knit! Looks like a great book!

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  17. I've been thinking about getting one of these tools. This book just might be the kick I need!
    Facebook and blog follower!

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  18. I love the look of wire weave but I've had little success. This might be just the tool I need!
    besamenyc@gmail.com

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  19. Have always wanted to try this. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win! grinchswoman@hotmail.com

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  20. I purchased the lazee daizee when it first came out and absolutely LOVE it. Of course I now want the larger one, but would love to see the book.

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  21. What a great giveaway, the guide would be really helpful! karlynr@gmail.com

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  22. dandyonthelake@yahoo.comJuly 10, 2017 at 6:34 PM

    Love, Love, Love Thank you

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  23. I purchased the large Lazee Daizee tool Because I wanted to try making leather Viking Knit with 1mm leather cord. It is indeed very easy to use. For anyone starting out, the Lazee Daizee tools are definitely the way to go!
    judyklarson@gmail.com

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  24. I have used the small version of the tool and it is great - the larger one with more instructions would be fabulous.

    Thanks for the chance to win, Pearl 😊

    victoria_farrell at hotmail.com
    FB and blog follower

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  25. Great giveaway!
    chirvasasma@yahoo.com

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  26. Looks so good! Not sure what the actual giveaway is for though... via FB

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  27. Oh I would love this book!!! Have been enjoying viking knit since I took yr class at Iguana beads!
    Sarah.lynn7803@gmail.com

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  28. I've been wanting to try this for ages. I'm a blog follower and I get your newsletter by email. Follow you too on twitter!

    Id on ravelry.com is alikat2004

    Thanks
    Alicia

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  29. I have never heard of Viking knit before so I would really love to see this book.

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  30. I had been making viking knit using the dowel for years. Bought the Lazee Daizee and love it. Now I need the book to improve my skills. Please enter me in the drawing. I am a blog follower.

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  31. Was given one as a present but have yet to learn to my satisfaction how to use it . I'm sure the book ,if lucky will help

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  32. Wow, been a long time since I've done any Viking knit. Time to get back at it. Thanks for this. Good to know about combining coloured wires vertically. Thanks, Pearl!

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  33. Love using the Lazee Daizee for my wire projects. I have never ventured past the basic patterns. I would love to learn more. Thank you Pearl. Blog follower: zoowatcher10@yahoo.com.

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  34. This would be a great addition to my crafting. It's always wonderful to learn new things.

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  35. I have bought the tool and used a home made version before that. I would love to have this booklet/book on how to be more creative and tips on using my tool. My work so far has been only the basic weave.

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  36. I too have been looking at Viking knit for a LONG time. Also I am a knitter, a die hard knitter. Would love to try this method.

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  37. Been thinking about learning wire techniques and this looks really cool. Would love to win the book and give this a try.

    Your blog is a great find - just subscribed.
    gowansshirley@gmail.com

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  38. this looks like it would be funtastic hope i win it

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  39. I have the tool, now all I need is a guide to make beautiful things happen! Thanks for the giveaway. creations@collyar.net
    https://collyarpics.smugmug.com/CollyarCreations

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  40. I've done some viking knit in the past and love the look - would love to get this book to learn new weaves.

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  41. I didn'the think about leather ... I can imagine many projects ... some with leather and wire!

    Mary

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  42. Great looking book. So many fab ideas i would love to try

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