A couple months ago, Jackson brought a pledge sheet home from school. The kindergarteners were raising money with a Skill-A-Thon and one of the six skills the children would be tested on was tying their shoelaces.

Of course, I knew that Jackson would have to learn how to tie his shoes eventually. But I had no idea how to teach him. So I just kept buying him velcro shoes and putting off the inevitable.

But now there was no more room for procrastinating. Jackson had to learn and he had to learn fast. We had less than one week.

So, I pulled out a pair of shoes and sat Jackson down. But I quickly became one of the countless, frustrated parents attempting to teach a child how to tie their shoes. I mean, “How do I tie my shoes? And how on earth do I teach him?”

Finally, I gave up teaching him the standard method that I use and tried the bunny ear method. But the knots were messy and came undone. I simply concluded that either this was an inferior method or that I was doing it wrong.

I was lost. So, with Jackson in his pajamas and bedtime quickly approaching, Jackson and I threw on our coats and knocked on our neighbor’s door. She is a grade one teacher and I figured I needed some professional help.

But she was out, so I was left on my own. I felt like a parenting failure.

It was getting late, so we gave up for the night.

The next day, before I picked up Jackson from school, I took to the internet to educate myself. After looking at a couple sites, I clicked on to Ian’s Shoelace Site.

There it was. All laid out. Simply and clearly illustrated and explained. Google and Ian “Professor Shoelace” Fieggen saved me!

I was stunned to discover that when I had tried to teach my son the bunny ear method (what is actually called the two loop method,) I was doing something called a Granny Knot!

Who Knew?!? But I was making the incredibly common error which leaves shoelace knots perpetually slipping and coming undone.

Do your shoelaces always come undone? Do your shoelace bows sit vertically instead of across the shoe? If so, you’re probably tying a “Granny Knot“, and one simple change to your technique will result in a balanced knot that sits straight and stays secure. – Ian Fieggen

I quickly phoned my school teacher neighbor, whose door we had knocked on in desperation the night before, and told her that not only did I not need to bring my son over BUT I told her about the Granny Knots!

I felt empowered, enlightened and ready to take on this parenting rite of passage.

With Ian’s Shoelace Site open and guiding us, Jackson and I mastered tying shoelaces. We learned the simple cure for a Granny Knot and how to effectively use the Bunny Ear (Two Loop) method.

But I didn’t want to stop there! I wanted to tell the blogosphere – to let you all know that there is a cure for slipping, messy “Granny Knots” and to tell you about Ian’s Shoelace Site and Ian “Professor Shoelace” Fieggen who changed my shoe tying life!

Now, if you already know how to tie a secure knot and there are no Granny Knots in your life, the Professor still has a wealth of shoe-tying knowledge that you couldn’t even have imagined existed.

Ian Fieggen is the creator of his own knot! The Ian Knot is the world’s fastest knot and with the site’s step by step method, you can soon be tying your shoelaces faster than ever before.

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Ian Fieggen has also written a book called, Laces – 100′s of Ways to Pimp Your Kicks. Indebted to his site and intrigued by his book, I wrote to Ian and he sent me a copy of his book to review and a copy to giveaway to one of you!

Laces goes further than you knew shoelaces could go! With an incredible variety of fascinating and fabulous ways to lace and tie your shoes, this book could keep you and your kids busy for years! You can learn lacing styles such as the Riding Boot used for equestrian and motorcycle boots, the Army used on combat boots, the Hidden, the Shoe Shop, the Corset, the Checkerboard and so many more. And of course, Laces includes numerous knotting methods, including the Standard Knot, the Two-Loop knot, the Ian Knot and several more knots I had never heard of!

review-laces.jpgLaces walks the reader through the innovative and creative methods with step by step instructions and easy-to-follow diagrams. With its unique triple fold design, the book’s cover can be folded over the left page so that you can use the color-coded laces to follow the diagram and instructions on the right page.

All ages will enjoy Laces – whether it is a kindergartner mastering their first knot, a teenager “pimping their kicks” or a parent enlightening themselves about the world of lacing and tying knots.

I never knew there was so much to learn – and Ian “Professor Shoelace” Fieggen is a great teacher!

If you want to win a copy of Ian’s book, Laces, just leave a comment here to enter. We will announce the winner April 19th. This contest is open to US and Canadian shipping addresses.



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1 Jeanette March 28, 2008 at 7:46 pm

You mean there is a reason my bows always lay funny? Who did know? I guess I have some shoe lacing tricks to learn.

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2 Michelle Pendergrass March 28, 2008 at 7:50 pm

We’d love to win a copy!

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3 Jennifer3 March 28, 2008 at 7:54 pm

Sounds interesting! I would like to see this!

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4 Alicia March 28, 2008 at 8:06 pm

Life without velcro-how scary will that be! I totally feel like tying shoelaces is going to be the next potty training. How great would it be to have this book!

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5 Julianne March 28, 2008 at 8:19 pm

Neat!

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6 Phyllis March 28, 2008 at 8:23 pm

Oh my goodness! I love that book and site…I’d love to win a copy. I still have one more child to teach this skill to and this book would sure help.

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7 Mommy Bee March 28, 2008 at 8:27 pm

Who knew!? We haven’t even STARTED learning to tie shoes yet. We’d love to win the book!

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8 Bree March 28, 2008 at 8:30 pm

off to check out the site! I have been trying to teach my daughter and she “kinda” gets it..but this is going to help! Also since she is a lefty, and I am a righty, its all backwards for me.. haha This book looks awesome! enter me please! :)

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9 Ginger March 28, 2008 at 8:46 pm

I so need this book!!
thanks!

Ginger

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10 Becky March 28, 2008 at 8:58 pm

Sounds fun. Please enter me. Thanks.

Becky

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11 Tanya Moyer March 28, 2008 at 9:03 pm

What a great book! I have a kindergartener that I need to teach and I’m excited to use this site! The book sounds cool, too! Thanks for offering this!
~Tanya~
the4moyers(at)msn(dot)com

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12 Naomi (Urban Mummy) March 28, 2008 at 9:15 pm

What a cute book! I used to use the shoelace tying analogy with students when I was teaching computer programming and introductions to algorithms. It was always fun!

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13 Colleen March 28, 2008 at 9:15 pm

How cool! Zoe is no where near close to tying shoes… but I already dread the whole process. Thanks for sharing and definitely count me in!

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14 Michelle Potter March 28, 2008 at 9:27 pm

Sounds like an awesome book! Not only do I have several kids who need to learn to tie their shoes (or tie them better), and I’m interested in tying my shoes in different, cute ways.

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15 lace March 28, 2008 at 9:41 pm

This looks like it would be a fun book to have.

I actually use the Ian method when I tie my shoes. It is very fast. A bit tricky to learn at first but it is worth it.

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16 psychmom March 28, 2008 at 9:41 pm

I am now a psychologist, but used to be a kindergarten teacher and have some acquired expertise on the subject. We used a rhyme to teach the kids the traditional method. It goes something like this: “Up and down and around the tree, into the loop and pull” (The tree is one bunny ear and the other lace does the loop).
Hope it works…..
Check out my blog:http://www.psychmom.typepad.com/psychmomreflections

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17 Briana March 28, 2008 at 9:54 pm

That would be so fun! I am currently working with my five year old on this oh-so-important lesson and I am sure it will be great for the two coming up after her. :)

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18 Andrea March 28, 2008 at 9:54 pm

This looks great!!

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19 tnchick March 28, 2008 at 10:18 pm

I’m glad my daughter picked up on it easy… she’s in K and is so proud she can tie shoes. hehe

I’d like to win this – it’d make a great gift for someone in my family

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20 Amira M. March 28, 2008 at 10:21 pm

I wish i had this book when i was learning :)

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21 Mel March 28, 2008 at 10:23 pm

This is on my to-do list! Teach my kindergartener how to tie his shoe. We also have gone velcro to avoid this skill :)

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22 Heidi March 28, 2008 at 10:23 pm

I have yet to teach a child to tie their shoes. Mostly because I didn’t realize that being left-handed posed a large problem when teaching a right-handed child to tie their shoes! I got sooo frustrated, until their dad took over and VOILA! They learned immediately! :)
That book looks really cool! :)

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23 thatgirl March 28, 2008 at 10:30 pm

I have 2 kids yet to learn to tie their shoes, so this would be double-helpful for us!

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24 Jill March 28, 2008 at 10:56 pm

I actually need this myself. I am ashamed to say I still only know how to tie my shoe “bunny ears” style. So, so sad.

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25 Sharon March 28, 2008 at 11:14 pm

Very cool. :)
It’s the first book I’ve seen. I think the closest to it is the Melissa & Dough lacing shoe. I like the book better!

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26 Jimaie March 28, 2008 at 11:28 pm

my 4 yr old is learning to tie his shoes right now and this book sounds SO cool!

i’d love to win!

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27 Cindi March 28, 2008 at 11:29 pm

Hello! This book brings back memories! My cousin Larry lived only two blocks away from me. We were both getting ready to go to kindergarten. Larry was a leftie and could ties his shoes. I sat on our basement steps and tried and tried until I cried! This book sounds wonderful. Please enter me in your drawing. I know a boy who could use it. Thanks,Cindi

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28 Holding It Together March 28, 2008 at 11:40 pm

This looks really neat! I have been dreading teaching my son (who has autism) how to tie shoelaces. Thanks for the info and the giveaway.

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29 danielle March 28, 2008 at 11:45 pm

Oh I need this for myslef & my kiddos.

mcginnisfamily5(at)gmail(dot)com

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30 Alexandra March 29, 2008 at 12:01 am

How neat! My Husband and me have been wondering how to teach our son how to tie his shoelaces. We;d love to win this!

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31 Nell March 29, 2008 at 12:01 am

Of course I’d like to enter to win, but I also wanted to post my praises for a job well done to Mommy and son!

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32 Jill March 29, 2008 at 12:17 am

who knew there could be so many ways to lace your shoes?

This will surely come in handy in the next few years

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33 Kristen M. March 29, 2008 at 12:22 am

I’ve gone to this site too. My daughter was a late learner but she finally figured it out this summer (in time for first grade). I have one more child that will need to learn soon.

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34 Sherry March 29, 2008 at 12:34 am

What a cool book!

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35 melody is slurping life March 29, 2008 at 1:04 am

Where was this information while I spent 4 years trying to teach my son, who lives with Asperger’s Syndrome, how to tie the laces of his shoes. Which BTW he hates even wearing shoes. :)

Enter me, please. I can gift a stressed mom with this one.

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36 Ann March 29, 2008 at 2:02 am

Would love to win this one for my daughter!! Thanks for the great give away.

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37 Noreen March 29, 2008 at 2:54 am

I would love to teach my daughter how to tie her shoes and the other stuff would be fun for me

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38 Amy March 29, 2008 at 4:02 am

OMG, I have a first grader and I have NO idea how to teach him to tie his shoes. Thank you so much!!!

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39 Happy Mama March 29, 2008 at 6:08 am

Sounds like fun Count me in!

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40 Staci March 29, 2008 at 7:04 am

Sounds very cool. I’d love to win a copy.

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41 Lesley March 29, 2008 at 7:07 am

Hi — You don’t have to enter me into the contest, but I sure wish they had this when my sons were growing up. They are now 17 and 22. But I thought my younger son would be going to college and not knowing how to tie his shoes, it took me so long to be able to teach him. :)

Lesley
http://www.pillowasetalk.blogspot.com
(March is sure behaving baaaaa-dly.)

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42 Blessed March 29, 2008 at 7:40 am

this looks like a fun book!

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43 Marcia March 29, 2008 at 7:44 am

I would love this book!! I love any ways to customize anything I can!

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44 Wendy March 29, 2008 at 8:23 am

How fun! This book looks so cool! I can see up tricking out our sneaks already!

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45 Fiddledeedee (It Coulda Been Worse) March 29, 2008 at 8:35 am

This may have just saved me a lot of tears and a possible nervous breakdown. How happy am I. I’m addicted to velcro, but after the kid hits 8 or so, velcro shoes are harder and harder to find. Sob. Sob.

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46 Patti March 29, 2008 at 8:48 am

What fun! Thanks!!!

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47 Steph Elias March 29, 2008 at 8:53 am

What a fantastic book! Very clever.

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48 Karen Gonyea March 29, 2008 at 9:03 am

Great Contest !!

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49 Judy Aschenbrenner March 29, 2008 at 9:24 am

My preteen daughter would go nuts for this!

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50 linda March 29, 2008 at 9:32 am

Looking good.

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51 Carey March 29, 2008 at 9:39 am

Way to go on tying shoes. I taught my daughter how to tie using the drawstrings on a pair of pants she had. We were sitting at an outdoor concert on a bench and she wanted them tied, so thats what we did. She learned how to tie before we even left the concert. I would love to win that book, to learn new ideas.

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52 Alexia March 29, 2008 at 9:41 am

I would love to win a copy – I will eventually have to teach my son how to tie his shoes (I’m really hoping I can pawn it off on his aunt!) and this book would be great for that task!

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53 Bebemiqui March 29, 2008 at 9:44 am

My daughter’s learning how to tie her laces right now. This would be a big help.

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54 Louise Brouillette March 29, 2008 at 9:51 am

I’d love to win…thank you

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55 jennifer bowen March 29, 2008 at 10:10 am

oh how so would i love towin this its so cool it’s the boom realy radacall thanks jenny9675309(A+)y*H**(d@t)c0m

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56 meagneato March 29, 2008 at 10:19 am

I’m trying to teach my daughter right now!

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57 Dawn Weigum March 29, 2008 at 10:21 am

I am currently in the process of teaching my daughter to tie her shoes- with no luck. I personally tie backwards after having “mirrored” my mother as a child. So trying to now teach a child seems impossible. This site is fantastic and we would love the book. Thank you for the contest and for your story!! sweetpeacakesetc (at) yahoo (dot) com

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58 SUSAN VARNEY March 29, 2008 at 10:34 am

love to win

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59 Kari Follett March 29, 2008 at 10:42 am

What a fun thing to win! Perfect for my 4 yr old!

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60 Ellie March 29, 2008 at 11:15 am

What a fun, unique idea! I can see this book being a perfect gift for the person who has everything…

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61 gina March 29, 2008 at 11:15 am

I teach 8th grade student and I would love to share these lace-up ideas with them. They are always coming up with unlaced shoes and this might tie-them up! :-) gina

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62 ampmmom March 29, 2008 at 11:30 am

What a great idea – My kindergartener is asking to learn to tie her shoes, but we have an added problem – I’m left handed and she’s not! The step by step process would be so helpful! :)

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63 Naomi March 29, 2008 at 11:33 am

Wow, that is really amazing. I had no idea laces could be so interesting. My 4 year old daughter is very into knots right now, so this would be great for her!

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64 Annette March 29, 2008 at 11:34 am

Enter me, please.

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65 heather u March 29, 2008 at 11:35 am

what a neat website and book! I’d love to win this!

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66 Suzanne March 29, 2008 at 12:16 pm

I have a 4 year old. We’re going to have to tackle this sometime soon!

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67 Jessica F March 29, 2008 at 12:17 pm

What a wonderful book. We haven’t tackled shoe tying yet…I think potty training needs to be done first, but it is definitely something I am NOT looking forward to! :)

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68 Diana (Holes In My Shiny Veneer) March 29, 2008 at 12:17 pm

This would be so handy for my soon-to-be kindergartener!

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69 peppylady March 29, 2008 at 12:29 pm

I recall teaching my boys to tie there shoes and it wasn’t easy at all.
One of the head start teacher taught this poem to our boys and they got it right off.
It’s about a rabbit coming out hole and going around a tree.

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70 Shilo March 29, 2008 at 12:37 pm

What a great way to help me teach my son to tie his shoes when it comes time.

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71 Heather G March 29, 2008 at 12:39 pm

I would love to win! The timing is perfect in that my 4 year old wants shoes that tie instead of velcro. I told him not till he can tie them!

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72 Anne March 29, 2008 at 12:44 pm

This book seems brilliant and what a wonderful way to teach! We would love this!

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73 Shannon Baas March 29, 2008 at 12:51 pm

This looks like fun.

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74 Lindsie March 29, 2008 at 1:10 pm

This would be so helpful in teaching my daughter how to tie her shoes!

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75 Andrea V March 29, 2008 at 1:46 pm

My son will be needing this soon. Thanks

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76 bhavana March 29, 2008 at 2:16 pm

Enter me please. Thanks!

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77 Michelle March 29, 2008 at 2:30 pm

This would be perfect for my daughter! Please count me in!

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78 Karen March 29, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Oh, pick me! pick me! I love knots. I’m usually trying to untangle my way out of them but maby this will give me a fighting chance!

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79 Mama Zen March 29, 2008 at 2:48 pm

What a great idea!

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80 PaperDoll March 29, 2008 at 2:52 pm

We’d love to win! I wish I had known…it took me forever to teach my son!

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81 Mae March 29, 2008 at 3:02 pm

OHH- this sounds fancy and fun!!!

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82 Adrienne Gordon March 29, 2008 at 3:31 pm

my 6 year old needs this, we’ve tried everything.

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83 Cheryl English March 29, 2008 at 3:38 pm

Lacing your shoes with style and class. Gotta Love it. It doesn’t get any better than that. Thanks for the giveaway.

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84 Rachel March 29, 2008 at 3:58 pm

We’d love to win this. Looks perfect for my two boys.

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85 Stacy March 29, 2008 at 4:08 pm

With a soon to be 5 year old in the house and entering kindergarten this fall this book would be great to have in the house!
Glad you finally mastered shoe tying with Jackson!

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86 Rabbit March 29, 2008 at 4:14 pm

This seems like a great book to help kids learn it’s ok to be individual and different. I love it. Thanks for a chance to win the book.

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87 Graham March 29, 2008 at 4:19 pm

Thanks, my kicks need to be turned out. Earn your keep, stupid shoes!

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88 K. Cleaver March 29, 2008 at 4:26 pm

It’s time for my boys to learn to tie their shoes too. It’s getting hard to find velcro shoes in their size! LOL

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89 Kristi March 29, 2008 at 4:45 pm

teaching Noah to tie his shoes is one of the goals for this summer before first grade. this book would help tremendously.

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90 Stretch Mark Mama March 29, 2008 at 5:21 pm

I’m still in Shoelace Denial, with a 6 1/2 year old wearing velcro.

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91 Bailey's Leaf March 29, 2008 at 5:26 pm

You know, I have a 4 year old with tie shoes and a mother-in-law with rheumatoid arthritis who watches her twice a week. The 4 year old and the 63 year old are both unable to tie shoes. I can’t do anything to fix my mother-in-law’s hands, but I can teach the kid to tie her own shoes! After my comment, I’m adding Mr. Ian to the favorites list.

Thank you so much for telling us! :)

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92 Michelle March 29, 2008 at 6:01 pm

This book sounds fabulous. Thanks for the link as well. It will be very helpful.

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93 Shirley Younger March 29, 2008 at 6:14 pm

Love to win – great contest

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94 Michelle March 29, 2008 at 6:28 pm

I need this! I want this! I love this! :)

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95 Denise March 29, 2008 at 6:29 pm

Looks like lots of fun!

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96 Marissa March 29, 2008 at 6:57 pm

Wow, who knew you could do so much with Laces!?! I’d love to have this book to teach my daughter how to tie her shoes and eventually pimp them out in her later years!
Thanks for a fun giveaway,
Marissa :)

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97 Linda Moeller March 29, 2008 at 7:01 pm

Terrific concept!

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98 christopher h March 29, 2008 at 7:02 pm

what a great story!

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99 DARIJA March 29, 2008 at 7:05 pm

What a great way to learn

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100 Ginny March 29, 2008 at 7:51 pm

What a cool book, my kids would have fun with it.

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101 Kristal March 29, 2008 at 7:59 pm

This is perfect for my little girl! I would love to win it. Thank you for this opportunity:)

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102 Laura H. March 29, 2008 at 8:03 pm

How cool! My sister and niece could really use this!

laura_licious101(at)hotmail(dot)com

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103 brandy March 29, 2008 at 8:05 pm

Hah! Intresting book title!

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104 Christy March 29, 2008 at 8:12 pm

My kindergartner keeps getting a minus on her report card because she doesn’t have this skill….maybe this will help.

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105 Melissa March 29, 2008 at 8:14 pm

Cute idea! Would love to have them!

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106 Aisling March 29, 2008 at 8:55 pm

I love to learn new things and share with my granddaughters. How amazing that someone thought to write a book about tying shoelaces!

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107 Nora Scott-Platt March 29, 2008 at 9:24 pm

what a fun book

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108 Michelle Rosborough March 29, 2008 at 9:37 pm

What a cool book

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109 Lisa Rogers March 29, 2008 at 9:48 pm

How fun! And we’re just about ready to start learning this, too.

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110 Cecelia March 29, 2008 at 9:53 pm

Pleassssssssseeeeeeeeee pick me ! You have no idea how much I NEED this !

Blessings,

Cecelia

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111 Jessica Sheets March 29, 2008 at 10:29 pm

Confession: I taught first grade before my daughter was born and never could figure out a way to explain how to tie shoes effectively to my students who hadn’t mastered it. I would always end up doing it myself or have another student do it and then send a reminder letter home to the parents asking them to keep working with their child. It has always bugged me that I’ve been unable to teach this concept. I have a toddler so I need to learn before I have to truly teach it myself!

Enter me, please!:-)

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112 Leah March 29, 2008 at 10:48 pm

I can’t believe there’s a website to teach you to tie your shoe! I taught my son the bunny ear method (because it was easier to teach), and dh wasn’t happy. He taught him the “real way.” :-) Of course, he’s 7 and still has trouble tying his shoes. I’m glad we homeschool, and he doesn’t have to tie them at school. :0

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113 valerie mabrey March 29, 2008 at 11:03 pm

thanks for the contest

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114 Elaine March 30, 2008 at 12:03 am

What fun! My new “two bunny ears”-shoelace-tie-er would love this!

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115 dawn March 30, 2008 at 12:19 am

Sounds like a great book.

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116 Sheila March 30, 2008 at 1:04 am

Ok, I have three right now who will need this and two parents who probably need it more to get it done right! We would LOVE to win!!!!!
Thanks for the contest!

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117 After a cup of coffee March 30, 2008 at 1:14 am

How cute! We are still going to velcro route, too, so this would really come in handy!

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118 Suzanne Bastien-Adams March 30, 2008 at 1:20 am

This is really cool. I’d love to win this and do some neat things for all my kids with their shoes!

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119 Krystal D. March 30, 2008 at 1:35 am

cool book

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120 JenO March 30, 2008 at 1:44 am

Very cool book, I teach middle school and could see my homeroom kids having a blast paging thru this and trying things out! (the baby is due in 2 months, so she is a LONG ways off from tying her own shoes! ;)

nifferjeno at gmail dot com

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121 Laura Ch. March 30, 2008 at 9:49 am

This looks like hours and hours of entertainment! Love it.

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122 Tangie C March 30, 2008 at 10:07 am

I sure wish we had found that site when teaching my kids to tie their shoes! My youngest is only 1, so when it’s time for him to tie his shoes, I’ll be wiser!!!!

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123 TheAngelForever
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March 30, 2008 at 10:20 am

This book looks fabulous. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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124 Michael Capp March 30, 2008 at 10:50 am

I want to win!

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125 donetta March 30, 2008 at 11:36 am

What a cool find. My son has a big problem tying laces. My daughter was taught by another child.

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126 Julia Magrath March 30, 2008 at 1:02 pm

What a great book!

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127 Pauline Mendes March 30, 2008 at 2:08 pm

You know my son is 7 and still refuses to learn this. I think it’s high time we broke down and forced it. It’s so easy not to these days with light up, velcro enclosed sneakers so easily available.

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128 Suzy :) March 30, 2008 at 2:16 pm

I wrap my lace around twice to keep it from coming undone, but I’m going to try the Ian knot to teach my 5yo… :D

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129 Jennebug86 March 30, 2008 at 2:27 pm

I need to check this out….I have to double knot my daughter’s shoes because they won’t stay tied. She’s 2 and is really getting interested in how laces work. It would be awesome to have a copy of this book. Thanks for sharing!

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130 Vickie Couturier March 30, 2008 at 2:40 pm

please count me in too,thank you

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131 Ilissa H. March 30, 2008 at 5:32 pm

This is a great tool for helping kids to learn to tie their shoes! I would love to win! Count me in.

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132 Lisa Fosses March 30, 2008 at 6:03 pm

That would be perfect for my daughter

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133 lisa March 30, 2008 at 8:37 pm

how awesome thanks

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134 yolanda March 30, 2008 at 8:37 pm

what a wonderful way to learn to tie up laces. Please enter me in contest. thanks

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135 dolly March 30, 2008 at 8:43 pm

i’d love to learn how to pimp my kicks! i tried to learn how to do cool lacing as a runner, to leave more room for the toe box, now i just want to have fun with my shoes and my son’s shoes. thanks for the giveaway chance!

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136 Jessie R. March 30, 2008 at 9:42 pm

This sounds very helpful! Thanks!

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137 Krista March 31, 2008 at 12:45 am

I would love to win a copy of this book!

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138 Valerie Mitchell March 31, 2008 at 12:47 am

fabulous!

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139 Leslie- LaMamaNaturale' March 31, 2008 at 3:16 am

What a great tool this would be! I love the title of the book! Too cute. I can totally remember learning to tye my shoes the “granny knot” style!

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140 Huguette March 31, 2008 at 6:09 am

Great idea!

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141 Kari Follett March 31, 2008 at 7:12 am

Looks fun!

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142 Rebecca Snodgrass March 31, 2008 at 9:08 am

Too cool

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143 claire March 31, 2008 at 9:45 am

What a fun book-my daughter would love it!

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144 Sheila March 31, 2008 at 10:35 am

My daughter would really benefit from this book – she has such a hard time with her laces!

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145 Holly March 31, 2008 at 12:50 pm

wow! sounds fun and enlightening!

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146 Danielle S March 31, 2008 at 1:32 pm

lacing is something we need to work on too! count us in!

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147 stampedwithgrace March 31, 2008 at 2:04 pm

what a fun book!

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148 Barbara Fox March 31, 2008 at 2:08 pm

Enter me please.

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149 Jai March 31, 2008 at 2:45 pm

Would love to win this book. My oldest son knew how to tie his shoes before he started having seizures, but since that time he lost the skill. He stopped having seizures after 4 years and we are now starting the process ALL OVER AAGIN and I need some help!!! I have two others that will need to learn in a few years!

I will visit the site too!

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150 Kelley March 31, 2008 at 3:02 pm

thank you for that great site! I need to start working on that with my son as well.

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151 ktjrdn March 31, 2008 at 3:08 pm

I was doing it wrong all the time. Cool. I\’d love to win this book

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152 Betsy March 31, 2008 at 3:09 pm

We could use this!

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153 Martha March 31, 2008 at 4:21 pm

My grandson gets so frustrated trying o tie his laces- this would really help.

Martha
ki4ggs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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154 Mary March 31, 2008 at 4:30 pm

great giveaway, thanks!

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155 Jay Fenster March 31, 2008 at 4:37 pm

neat!

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156 Shannon H March 31, 2008 at 6:44 pm

Enter me please, it sounds cool!

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157 Sylvia March 31, 2008 at 7:29 pm

Count me in.

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158 Kristie Noguera March 31, 2008 at 9:07 pm

What a fun book.

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159 Jill Miller March 31, 2008 at 9:19 pm

Wow — how fun! Count me in!

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160 TJ March 31, 2008 at 9:55 pm

I love the many different ways to lace shoes and would love to learn about each one.
Being a math nerd, I would also like to learn the formulas for how to find the lengths of shoelaces to be used for each shoe.

:D

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161 Kathy Davis March 31, 2008 at 10:10 pm

Great Book would love it for my Jaydan

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162 Heather March 31, 2008 at 10:42 pm

Huh. What an interesting site. Who knew?

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163 anne s. March 31, 2008 at 11:10 pm

wow- what a cool book…i would love to win this.

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164 Janel March 31, 2008 at 11:23 pm

My daughter is 7 and we are still having issues with shoelaces! I would love this book.
thanks for the website tip.

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165 Staci April 1, 2008 at 5:58 am

I am also trying to teach my son (almost 5) to tie his shoes. I don’t have a clue how to do it. Thanks for the tip. I’m going to check out the site right now!

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166 carmen April 1, 2008 at 7:25 am

wow!!! I love the idea! I’ve already thought about learning first then teach some children in hospital that i visit!.. hmm… will I need Ian’s permission to do that?!

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167 Julie Donahue April 1, 2008 at 9:22 am

WoW! Where was this book last year? My (then) 3rd grader had so much trouble tying his shoes. Now (as a 4th grader) he still can’t get them tight enough most days. (There are some OT issues). I have an almost 5 year old and an almost 3 year old who need to learn soon.

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168 Amy April 1, 2008 at 10:40 am

What a great book! I would love this for my kids. Please include me in your drawing.
Thanks
~Amy

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169 Lisa O April 1, 2008 at 2:24 pm

Who knew??? Looks like a lot of fun for kids. Thanks for the chance to win this clever book.

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170 Jennifer Marcelle Smith April 1, 2008 at 5:45 pm

We still cant tie our shoes on his own!!

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171 Luis Reyes April 1, 2008 at 11:43 pm

So, after 40 years, now I find out that there’s a better way to tie my shoes. Good thing my grandchildren will get this book.

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172 Timothy Sternberg April 2, 2008 at 8:54 am

You mean there is a reason my bows always lay funny?

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173 Karen Womack April 2, 2008 at 9:24 am

I,have a grandchild with ADD. I, tried all summer to teach her to tie her shoes,and she has the attention span of half a second.She’s in k-garten now,and I’m at my wits end.I also have her sister to teach this year.PLEASE HELP,I NEED TO WIN IAN’S BOOK!

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174 Jyl April 2, 2008 at 9:39 am

Being left-handed is even harder to learn, my mom had to find someone left-handed to teach me. Then I had right-handed kids and have had to find someone else to teach them. My son still has issues with tying his shoes and when I try to help it just makes it worse…we are still buying velcro or zip-up.

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175 Serenity April 2, 2008 at 12:34 pm

Apparently, I need help! Save me from slippery knots!

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176 jan koontz April 2, 2008 at 5:33 pm

just to cool

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177 Gabriel April 2, 2008 at 6:42 pm

The Ian Knot is pretty useful.

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178 Patti S April 2, 2008 at 11:04 pm

i have 4 3yo grandsons..this would come in handy

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179 Anne April 3, 2008 at 12:39 am

Really there just needs to be a mommy-kid co-op…you know, where we all trade kids to teach them the things that require a lot of patience. I swear…I could teach YOUR kid how to tie shoes..and I don’t even know you or your kid…but one of my own girls…I won’t be sucessful without a lot of tears first. My girls might cry too. I’d love the book.

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180 Suzie April 3, 2008 at 3:17 am

Wow, I had no idea. I just checked my tennis shoes and one of them was sideways. I’ve learned something today!

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181 Sarah April 3, 2008 at 10:29 am

enter me!

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182 Kathy Conley April 3, 2008 at 2:36 pm

Fantastic gift!

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183 Jean April 3, 2008 at 3:45 pm

OOOOh! How fun!

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184 Joanna April 3, 2008 at 5:08 pm

My 8 year old would love to learn how to do funky things to her laces, and this would be great for my toddler working on her tying.

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185 Soloman Miller April 3, 2008 at 6:19 pm

I would love to win this book. Awesome!

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186 Tanyetta April 4, 2008 at 2:53 am

count me in please.

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187 Becky April 4, 2008 at 5:17 am

They can’t wear flip-flops to school for their whole lives?? I might be in trouble then??? Count me in!!!

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188 Cheryl Free April 4, 2008 at 8:26 am

I would love to learn some new ways to tie my shoelaces :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

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189 kristie April 4, 2008 at 12:34 pm

haha awesome!!! id love to have this.. you know.. for the umm kids

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190 Linda SS April 4, 2008 at 1:12 pm

How fun is this? Thanks for the chance to win:)

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191 kirstin April 4, 2008 at 1:22 pm

I am left handed and never got passed the bunny ears myself – to this day, that is the way I ty my shoes. Now I have to teach my (left handed) kids how to tie their shoes – I need all the help I can get and would love to win the book!

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192 jonna April 4, 2008 at 5:28 pm

I taught first grade and I would have loved to have this in my classroom~~:)

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193 Rachael April 4, 2008 at 6:25 pm

Looks interesting…I want to win!

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194 Christy H. April 4, 2008 at 7:02 pm

Please enter me.

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195 Cynthia April 4, 2008 at 10:32 pm

I can still remember tying my shoes for the first time (30 something years later!) I was so proud of myself, I thought I was the smartest kid on the street. Now I could look like the smartest teacher in the school with each pair of shoes laced in a different pattern…need more shoes

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196 Kim M April 5, 2008 at 2:25 pm

I love it!

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197 stacey moore April 5, 2008 at 8:54 pm

ella really needs this!! thanks

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198 Amanda K April 6, 2008 at 2:21 am

I can’t wait to read this!

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199 Jen April 7, 2008 at 2:09 am

This book looks so fun! I found Ian’s site because my eleven year old hates to tie his shoes and wanted slip on’s. We compromised and I got him a shoe with laces and now he has many kewl ideas to play with and coordinate his outfits.

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200 randy anderson April 7, 2008 at 2:58 pm

sounds interesting ill have to buy it

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201 Anikka April 7, 2008 at 8:17 pm

Apparently I’ve spent my whole life mastering the “Granny knot” in other words I’ve been tying my shoes the wrong way. I’m laughing my head off at myself right now. Now that I’ve “mastered” the correct way I need some new tricks to “pimp my kicks”

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202 Carol Drury April 8, 2008 at 10:39 am

what a great prize!!!!!

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203 lisa April 8, 2008 at 1:07 pm

love to win this

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204 Shelly April 8, 2008 at 1:41 pm

What a fun book – thanks!

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205 Mary April 8, 2008 at 2:10 pm

I would love to win a copy of this book. It looks like a great prize. With 4 kids this will come in handy!!!

Thanks!!

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206 Vicki Wurgler April 8, 2008 at 4:05 pm

this looks so fun – I think the kids would enjoy this

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207 Tina April 8, 2008 at 8:06 pm

What a neat idea! I would love this!

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208 Miranda Allen April 8, 2008 at 10:46 pm

Please enter me thanks

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209 Renata April 9, 2008 at 10:47 am

What are the other 5 skills?
And please enter me for the drawing.

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210 Caryn Bailey April 10, 2008 at 2:09 am

What a fun book!

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211 Joy April 10, 2008 at 8:13 am

velcro has become a staple ~ I would love to go back to laces!!! WOW, what a concept!

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212 Spencer April 10, 2008 at 3:56 pm

I’ve been lacing my shoes according to Ian’s guides for over a year now! Regular lacing just won’t do anymore. And now there’s a book too! It’s all very exciting.

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213 Kurt April 11, 2008 at 10:15 am

My kids’ shoelaces are always coming undone, so this looks like it could be a big help.

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214 Heather April 11, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Gosh I really need that book!

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215 Donna Coughlin April 12, 2008 at 7:59 pm

Sounds fun. Please enter me. Thanks

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216 Samantha Pruitt April 13, 2008 at 7:12 am

this is soooo cool! i would love this!

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217 Jamie Carlone April 13, 2008 at 1:00 pm

I would like to enter in to win a copy of this book.

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218 Sylvia Porter April 14, 2008 at 2:19 am

i’d love this!

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219 Timothy Selig April 14, 2008 at 4:20 am

luvto read this

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220 Susan April 14, 2008 at 10:19 am

My daughter learned to tie her shoes almost 10 years ago but she would love this book now -all the different techniques!

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221 Fruitbearer April 14, 2008 at 11:38 am

Please count me in. Thanks!

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222 Kathy Scott April 14, 2008 at 3:53 pm

Looks good. Thanks for the chance.

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223 Anita Yancey April 15, 2008 at 3:32 pm

Very nice book.

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224 Tina Rath April 15, 2008 at 5:30 pm

This would be great for my little ones.

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225 Bobbye F April 15, 2008 at 7:34 pm

I never knew anything like this was around. Such a brilliant idea!

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226 Linn April 15, 2008 at 11:25 pm

I stumbled on this guy’s site after reading a Wired.com blog. This is very cool. I’m and older dad and am going to have some fun with my kids and their sneakers! I’m even going to try some different ways of lacing on my dress shoes. I never knew you could have so much fun with shoe laces. All these years and I’ve been doing only one method. No more!

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227 Rebekah T April 16, 2008 at 3:33 am

Please enter me to win this! Thanks.

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228 Anthony Hedden April 16, 2008 at 10:57 am

enter me

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229 Melissa April 16, 2008 at 11:14 am

Cute, cute, cute!

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230 Marsha April 16, 2008 at 12:14 pm

I’m afraid I have to admit I’m a Velcro Mom. My kindergartner hasn’t had to master this skill yet, but I know the day is fast approaching. Thank you for all the wonderful information! This sounds like a wonderful book.

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231 Carolyn April 16, 2008 at 3:48 pm

Need new laces and these are “way cool”!! ;-) Thanks.

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232 Tiffany G April 16, 2008 at 7:36 pm

Great book..my 6 year old need this:)

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233 Nancy Southwick April 16, 2008 at 10:16 pm

I work with special needs children and have made my own two colored laces to teach them to tie their shoes. How great would it be to have a copy of this book to use instead! It looks wonderful and full of fun. I have a very creative daughter who laces her shoes in all kinds of crazy ways. She would love this book too! Thanks.

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234 C Duran April 17, 2008 at 12:39 am

Neat book!

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235 April Kimbrell April 17, 2008 at 9:42 am

Please enter me… this looks like a very interesting book

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236 Carissa April 17, 2008 at 9:50 am

Now I know why my laces don’t stay tied.

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237 Elizabeth M. April 17, 2008 at 11:11 am

This looks like so much fun! My kids still tie their laces with bunny ears because that’s how they were taught and everyone laughs at them. I think it’s hilarious!

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238 Paula Harmon April 17, 2008 at 11:41 am

We borrowed a book from our library that is something like this, (not nearly as nice) and my son wants to keep it, so it would be way cool if I won this prize for him.

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239 Mya Brooks April 17, 2008 at 12:34 pm

Please?

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240 Angie P. April 17, 2008 at 12:54 pm

Looks like a fun book. My daughter would love it.

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241 Denise D April 17, 2008 at 3:02 pm

Just came from Ian’s wonderful site! Wish I’d had this info as a child-I had an awful time learning how to tie my shoes. I had my husband teach our daughters. I think this book is a must-have!

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242 Sydney Mathis April 17, 2008 at 4:17 pm

How fun! My daughters would sure get a kick out of this book, and perhaps, I could convince my son to tie his shoes a different, more effective way. Great find!!!

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243 Steve Scott April 17, 2008 at 4:29 pm

My kids would love it. Thanks

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244 stacy b April 17, 2008 at 5:09 pm

The boys would think that these were soooooo neat!!!

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245 jo-anne April 17, 2008 at 6:06 pm

Would love the book for my grandchildren – looks like we would all enjoy it.

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246 jules April 17, 2008 at 8:45 pm

hello!!I teach 6 little first grade boys who have not been told about velcro…so need this book

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247 Kelly T. April 17, 2008 at 9:26 pm

I would love to win this for Holt. He needs to learn to tie his shoes. Thanks for the giveaway.

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248 hetal gandhi April 17, 2008 at 9:31 pm

would love to have one

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249 kiyana April 17, 2008 at 11:12 pm

This is cool! My kids will love this!

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250 Lara Aleff April 17, 2008 at 11:48 pm

This is such a great way to teach kids to tie their shoes!

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251 Brittany Rebello April 18, 2008 at 12:37 am

Please enter me!

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252 vanessa hunter April 18, 2008 at 1:09 am

My little fashionista would love this!

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253 Janet April 18, 2008 at 1:22 am

ty 4 the great contest

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254 claudette flanigan April 18, 2008 at 8:22 am

what a great idea…wish I thought of it! :) Please enter me in your great contest!

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255 kathy pease April 18, 2008 at 8:28 am

please enter me :)

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256 Pamela White April 18, 2008 at 8:32 am

I want to learn a better way to keep my shoes laced.

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257 Brooke April 18, 2008 at 8:33 am

Please pick me!!

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258 Timothy Sternberg April 18, 2008 at 9:06 am

We’d love to win a copy!

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259 Tonya Woods April 18, 2008 at 9:13 am

My two girls would love this book.

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260 Alana Alicea April 18, 2008 at 1:08 pm

I would love to win!!

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261 chris swanson April 18, 2008 at 1:23 pm

WOW both my kids do not know how to tie shoe laces. I have been trying for a while to teach them. Please enter me. Thanks

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262 Michelle H. April 18, 2008 at 1:29 pm

I would love to win this for my young toddlers.

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263 Susanne Troop April 18, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Wow…way cool book!

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264 william causey April 18, 2008 at 2:42 pm

please count this grandpa in

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265 ~ Aliesa ~ April 18, 2008 at 3:04 pm

~ Great Book! ~

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266 dorothy April 18, 2008 at 3:15 pm

what a cool book

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267 Veronica Garrett April 18, 2008 at 3:21 pm

I would love to win this very interesting book.

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268 Ed Nemmers April 18, 2008 at 4:53 pm

Sweet prize!

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269 * * HeLeN * * April 18, 2008 at 5:06 pm

** Need new laces, these are “way cool”! **

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270 Vicki Weisshaar April 18, 2008 at 5:57 pm

Wow! How different and cool.

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271 Sean April 18, 2008 at 6:43 pm

I just bought a new pair of Puma drift cats and would love to find new ways to pimp them out with some sweet strings. I wish I could win Ians book “Laces”.

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272 ~ * MiC * ~ April 18, 2008 at 6:52 pm

** Regular lacing just won’t do anymore! It’s all very exciting. **

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273 sarah woods April 18, 2008 at 7:51 pm

isn’t this the great part of being an adult!!!! I Never knew I knew so little!!!!! Best of luck to all who enter. Many Thanks

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274 Taryn S April 18, 2008 at 8:43 pm

I would love to win

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275 Amy Pedersen April 18, 2008 at 10:07 pm

PICK ME

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276 Suanne Giddings April 18, 2008 at 10:15 pm

What a great book and site! I actually need this for my mother! I always have to stop in the aisle at various stores and re-tie her shoes for her because they have come undone. How funny is that??? Thanks for the chance to win!

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277 Donna Kozar April 18, 2008 at 10:19 pm

It looks cool.

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278 theodore esteghamat April 18, 2008 at 10:29 pm

cool book.

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279 Rickey Moham Jr. April 18, 2008 at 11:04 pm

WIN WIN WIN!!!

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280 Lily Kwan April 18, 2008 at 11:53 pm

Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!

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281 Heather C April 18, 2008 at 11:56 pm

Ooo, I’d love to win this for my daughter!

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282 Stacey April 19, 2008 at 12:06 am

Looks like a great book. Is there one that will encourage my 6 year old not to believe that it is cool to just walk on his laces for the sake of convenience/laziness? :)

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283 SARAH April 19, 2008 at 12:13 am

GREAT BOOK! WISH I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT OF THESE IDEAS EARLIER.

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