need a good cover?

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i will admit that when i opened the package containing this book, i nearly doubled over laughing and wishing someone—anyone, but preferably another knitter—was around to share this one with me.

“seriously?, i thought, what will they think to publish next??”
but as i thumbed through knit your own moustache, i was absolutely compelled to look more thoroughly. author vickie eames really has something here—this could be a lot of fun, especially for giftees who have everything; you can be fairly well assured they will not have their own knitted moustache (nor would they ever have thought they needed one!).

but before you dismiss all this as a bunch of funny distraction, consider this—a knitter recently told me that she knit all the men in her family beards for christmas and not only did they love them, they would not take them off. you just never know.

(i gotta wonder though, what these models will think of this photo in ten or twenty years?)

or these mug shots.

vickie eames works in the theatre (no surprise there, hehe) but is obsessed by knitting facial hair and disguises, which she offers both instructions via the book for DYI enthusiasts, but also ready to wear version in her etsy shop, wife of brian (for all your facial hair needs) or her folksy shop by the same name.

let’s look at just a few of the options—you’ll be aMAZed at what the author has come up with. i’m pretty sure that a whole bunch of my nieces and nephews would want some of these disguises.

the groucho-on-a-stick is a complete set of nose, eyebrows, moustaches, and eyeglasses in one piece; you could totally whip that out at a meeting and blow everyone’s mind.

which might cause your boss to send you for some sessions with the company shrink.

or even to the HR director to be reprimanded.

who knows, you could get yourself fired over such a thing and then you’d be free to grow a full complement of facial hair, hang out in coffee shops all day, and take up smoking—or maybe get work on a tramp steamer.

you’s end up in all manner of exotic places where people—including you—are free to wear their hair any way they want. why, you could end up living the life of brian.

and you thought this was going to be another ho-hum memorial weekend post.

(i love that the book’s commitment to the cause extends right down to the endpapers)

if you or someone you know would love this book, you can buy one here or here (for UK buyers)

sterling publishing, the U.S. representative, is making one copy of knit your own mustache available for giveaway to one lucky reader. if you’d like to win it and knit your very own facial hair or other disguise, please leave a comment at the end of this post by 9 pm EDST on wednesday, may 29th, 2013. we’ll pull a winner shortly after and let you know who the lucky recipient is.

80 thoughts on “need a good cover?

  1. What a fun book!! My family would get such a kick out of having knitted mustaches! Thanks for the review and the giveaway!

  2. Oh, please put me in the drawing. How have I lived this long without having knit a mustache? Must rectify this oversight asap.

  3. Oh this is fantastic! We had a moustache party earlier this year with cheap stick-on moustaches. It was such fun (I have the pictures to prove it). It would be wonderful to repeat it with quality knitted moustaches and possibly a monocle or two!

  4. What a great idea – something to knit for the grandsons who like to pretend that they are too grownup for Grandma’s knitted sweaters.

  5. My first thought…..what???? Next, I could make one for … and …. and …. I love it!!

  6. This is hilarious!! My BIL is very committed to his facial hair and therefore my niece adores mustaches. She would love to have a set of them to choose from.

  7. OMG – what a fun project! I would love to make these for my daughter and her friends! Since they are in the Navy this would allow them facial hair!!

  8. This is awesome!!! I would love to make these for my nephews!! As I’m buried in medical bills at the moment winning a copy would be so helpful!!

  9. I love the idea of the book; The ingenuity and humor of knitters never cease to impress me! Why YES I need a good moustache. As a matter of fact, I think my husband and dog do too! =)

  10. How incredibly entertaining! I love the concept. I want to make these, put them in a jewel-studded cigarette case, and offer them to my friends. Too fun.

  11. So silly but fun! There isn’t enough time in the day to work on all of knitspot’s beautiful patterns so no mustaches for me!

  12. Such a silly but fun idea for a book! And a great way to use up those leftover yarn bits, since I bet most of these could be knit from scraps.

  13. I personally have many friends who I know would *love* if I knit them their own mustache. This book is awesome!

  14. I so need this – I’ll make disguises for my kids so when they do something they shouldn’t, perhaps they’ll do better at not getting caught… lol.

  15. What a hoot! I don’t know how my family would respond to gifts of their very own mustaches (actually, I do…several of my sisters would love them), but I would love to try it on the others. The three year-old grandson would love it!

  16. I knit my kids finger mustaches two years ago as stocking stuffers. It was a kick, they had a blast. I know they would love something from this book. Things like this make those holiday pictures so special!

  17. Ahahaha! My husband has a handlebar mustache. It would be amazing if I could knit one to match it. 🙂

  18. What a clever idea! I can think of several friends and family for whom these would make great gifts! Kudos to the author.

  19. Moustaches are HOT at the middle school I teach in! I would LOVE to get my hands on this book, if only to score a few more “cool teacher” points! Or to outfit an Orchestra class for their next performance of some moustache-themed song…

  20. I don’t know what it is with the moustache thing but it has taken the world by storm! My daughter and her friends have moustache earrings and necklaces and my daughter bought lip balm and the container is in the shape of a moustache. The girls are always pretending to have a moustache and putting their fingers above their top lip. And in true Australian form they have a nick name for a moustache, a Muzzie. So when I told my daughter about this book she asked me to buy it. So Yes please a copy of this book would be much appreciated by a classroom full of eleven year old girls.

  21. What fun! Definitely need a copy of this book to make some of these for friends and family!

  22. Oh man – one of my favorite friends is obsessed with mustaches! I would love a copy of this book so I could knit her one of everything!

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