The Scrumptious Collection 3 – Review and Giveaway!

I’m delighted to be part of a blog/podcast tour bringing you a review of The Scrumptious Collection 3!

A gorgeous collection of 13 designs using Fyberspates Scrumptious yarn that comes in a variety of colours and from lace weight to chunky. The designs include 3 sweaters, 2 cardigans and 8 accessories.

If you follow the tour you will likely see these fabulous designs several times over but today I wanted to highlight my favourites. The designs that jumped out at me right away begging to be knit.

The patterns that immediately caught my attention were the Divelish Hat and Mittens by Rachel Coopey. It must be said that I may have a little knitting crush on Coopey’s work and it has gotten to the point where I can spot a Coopey knit before I see her name. I knew right away that these beautiful patterns were Rachel’s and they immediately joined my long list of Coopey designs I must knit.

The Divelish patterns are knit with Scrumptious 4ply, in the colourways Slate and Natural. The Scrumptious base is 45% silk 55% merino so you can imagine how delicious these accessories are to wear.  I actually ordered the same base but in the Cherry colourway to knit the Amberwell Shawl for the first Knit East Swap several years ago. It was fun to try out a silk base for the first time and it blocked like a dream!

You would think that these 2 fair isle designs were a pretty great addition to the collection but Rachel didn’t stop there, she has another 3 designs in the book!

The Lerryn Mittens by Rachel Coopey caught my eye as well. They are knit with Scrumptious DK and would definitely come in handy right now in the deep freeze we are experiencing. I love the combination of different textures used in this design.

 This next one is just cosy!

Larigan by Amanda Crawford

A bulky weight cabled sweater with cowl neck and roomy, extra long sleeves, just what my needles are craving. I love everything about this one, especially the colour! In fact the entire Scrumptious line has such brilliant saturated colours I don’t think you could go wrong choosing any of them. Larigan is one of those sweaters you can dress up or dress down, a must to be eligible to become part of my wardrobe these days.

Lastly I took a shine to this little cardi.

 Rosemorran Cardigan by Belinda Boaden

Such a classic shaped little cardigan with an all over lace pattern that would make a sweet addition to any wardrobe. You could knit Rosemorran with a neutral shade of Scrumptious 4ply for a cardigan that will go with just about anything or add a pop of colour to brighten up your wardrobe. I think maybe one of each is in order but whatever you choose this little cardigan will always be in style.

I have only highlights my favourite designs so if you would like to see the rest of the Collection please make sure to click the link below!

All photography is copyright Jesse Wild

 Click here to view the entire Collection!

The Scrumptious Collection 3 is available in print and digital for £12.00 ($26) through:

Fyberspates ltd

Ravelry download

Retailers: The Scrumptious yarn and pattern range is widely available from shops and online retailers around the world. For an up-to-date list of where to find our products, please click through to: www.tinyurl.com/fyberspatesretailers

The lovely Jeni of Fyberspates has generously offered a copy to give away to one of my readers. To enter please take a look at the Scrumptious yarns and colours,leave a comment below telling me what colour and weight of Scrumptious you would love to try. Comments will stay open until Sunday 26th of January at midnight EST.

If you don’t win this time there are still lots of stops to be made and plenty more chances to win. Check out the tour schedule below.

22nd January 2014- Celtic Cast On and True Brit Knits

24th January 2014- Nic BlackmorePlatinum Knits and Louise Zass-Bangham

26th January 2014- Carol FellerThe Knitgirllls and Ashley Knowlton

28th January 2014- Coopknits and Jen AC

30th January 2014- Stitched TogetherKyoko Nakayoshi and A Playful Day

Thank you to Jeni of Fyberspates for the opportunity to review and giveaway this gorgeous collection!

 

Welsh Country Socks

Pattern: Welsh Country Socks by Nancy Bush from the book Folk Socks

Yarn: Patons Kroy Sock, undyed and Knit Picks Stroll Solids in Ash.

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I have been wanting to knit this pattern for years. In fact Folk Socks was the first sock book I ever bought back in 2006. I’m glad I finally took the time to make them. Simple with just enough colour changing and stranded knitting to keep it interesting.

If you are looking for some mindless socks with a few simple changes I would definitely recommend this pattern.

Mods: I started out with 82 sts and decreased down to 64 for the foot. If I were to knit these again I would cast on less stitches for a tighter leg.

I also added the stranded motif to the start of the toe as well as the leg. The original socks in the book were knit this way and I think it really ties everything together nicely.

 I finished knitting these almost 3 weeks ago but am only now getting around to taking pictures of them. I knew there was no way I was going to start a sock KAL with socks still on my needles. I would have been doomed from the get go. I don’t plan on having any languishing UFO’s this year. I’m going to knit and complete everything in a timely manner and not bombard my needles with too many projects. I may even tackle some of my poor sock UFO’s from last year that I just didn’t have the heart to frog.

I  already have a list of sock patterns ready to cast on once my business casual’s are complete so I best get knitting!

ISLAND // Giveaway Winner

Sorry I’m a few day late with the giveaway winner.

It has been one of those weeks! It is -37 here, we have frozen pipes, two flat tires on two different vehicles and the flu on top of that. Ughh I’m hoping next week is a better week for us but enough groaning!

Without further ado…..

The winner of a copy of Jane Richmond’s book Island is…..

Elizabeth S.

Thank you to everyone for entering! It is great to see so much love for Jane’s first book!

Don’t forget to check out the other stops on the tour for another chance to win.

J A N U A R Y

   8th - Vancouver Yarn
 10th - KD Quilts
 14th - Canadian Living
 17th - Celtic Cast On
22nd - Canary Knits
 24th - Hey Jen Renee
 29th - The Yarniad
 31st - Knitted Bliss
F E B R U A R Y
   5th - French Press Knits
   7th - Truly Myrtle
 12th - Noodlehead
 14th - Miso Crafty
 19th - SweetGeorgia
 21st - A Playful Day

ISLAND// Review and Giveaway

I am so delighted today to bring you a review and giveaway of Jane Richmond’s first published book, ISLAND.

The book contains 5 designs, a pair of fingerless mitts, a cowl, a hat, a scarf and a cardigan all in Jane’s modern simplistic style.

 Photography in the book is done by Jane’s brother, Nicholas Kupiak. His partner Kylee Shaw modelled all of the pieces. All photographs in this post are © Nicholas Kupiak.

Jane also worked with Shannon of Luvinthemommyhood to create an aesthetically appealing coffee table book. The first half of the book features Kupiak’s stunning pictures of Jane’s designs in the beautiful nature the Island has to offer, while the remainder of the book contains the written patterns.

Lets have a look at the patterns you will find on the pages of Island.

RATHTREVOR

A simple pair of fingerless mitts with detailed cuffs perfect for everyday wear.

ARBUTUS

A uniquely constructed cowl that uses short rows to create what looks like stacked columns.

RENFREW

A reverse stockinette beanie/slouchy toque with a cabled panel running up the side.

A great unisex hat to have in your library.

STRATHCONA

A fingering weight scarf that really appealed to me.

I’m not usually one for scarves but I love the construction of this one and think it would be a perfect Spring accessory.

Any of these accessories are a great way to use those single skeins of yarn that have been in your stash just waiting for the perfect project.

GRACE

My favourite piece in the collection, Grace, is a raglan cardigan featuring a simple lace motif on the front and back that really turns this cardigan into a gem. Jane’s pattern writing style for garments is probably my favourite to work through. She sets the pattern up as a fill in the blank. You simply choose your size from the table and fill in the correct numbers and you have a pattern written for your exact size. Genius!

If you would like to get your hands on a copy of Island , it is available for purchase through Amazon and digitally through Ravlery as an ebook or individual patterns. When you purchase the hard copy of the book a code is attached to the back cover so you can add the digital pdf’s to your Ravelry library as well.
Jane generously sent me 2 copies of Island, one to review and one to giveaway to one lucky reader. If you would like to try your luck at winning a copy of this beautiful book please leave a comment on this post telling me which design you like the best. I’ll draw a name one week from today Jan 24th 2013.
The Pagan Knitter interviewed Jane in December about the book and some of the places where the pictures were taken.
I was completely taken by one of the last pictures in the book of Kinsol Trestle in Shawnigan. Jane talks a bit about it in the interview and it is definitely somewhere I would love to visit if I ever have the chance to visit the Island.
Thank you so much to Jane and Shannon for letting me be part of the blog tour and being able to share this little gem with all of you.
If luck is not on your side this time check out the remaining stops on the blog tour below for another chance to win.
J A N U A R Y
   8th - Vancouver Yarn
 10th - KD Quilts
 14th - Canadian Living
 17th - Celtic Cast On
22nd - Canary Knits
 24th - Hey Jen Renee
 29th - The Yarniad
 31st - Knitted Bliss
F E B R U A R Y
   5th - French Press Knits
   7th - Truly Myrtle
 12th - Noodlehead
 14th - Miso Crafty
 19th - SweetGeorgia
 21st - A Playful Day

Yarn Along

Joining Ginny today for Yarn Along.

Knitting – I started a test for Elena of Anadiomena Designs. This one is similar to her Wild Vanilla pattern that I knit in the summer but this time with a fun kangaroo pocket that I think T will really love. T is finding most wool itchy at the moment, especially  Berroco Ultra Alpaca, hopefully she will grow out of this, but for now I’m going with Berroco Comfort and hope that it keeps the itchiness at bay. T chose the colour, it was the closest thing she could find to Robin’s Egg Blue, everything is about birds right now. I’ll tell you more about the birds another time.

Reading – T and I have been reading lots of Fancy Nancy. I love these books so much such a delight to read. Nancy has a big vocabulary which is great for my little book worm, she has a wonderful imagination and is filled with creativity. I highly recommend Nancy for your little book worms.

Reading or knitting anything fun today?

Chugga Chug

Its been a while since I’ve picked up a book around here but this week I was in the mood for an audiobook to listen to while I worked on they sleeves of Chalkstone. They are plain stockinette and the perfect companion to an audio book.

I chose The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. I knew nothing about it other than A Playful Day Podcast was reading it with her listeners in her ravelry group. So I downloaded it from my local library and started to listen.

I must admit I wasn’t sure if I was going to continue with it at first…. talking dogs and “The Noise” were all a little weird to begin with but I gave it a fair shot and I’m really starting to get into it.

Apparently it’s a series but I’ve gotta get through number one first!

As I said before I’m working on the sleeves of Chalkstone. I’m a little worried about running out of yarn for this and being a bottom up sweater doesn’t help me out any in figuring out if I have enough. I’ve opted for 3/4  length sleeves and I think I’m really going to like it this way. Once I get the sleeves attached I’ll be able to see if I have the yardage to finish.

Fingers Crossed!

Read any must read books lately??

Yarn Along

Knitting – I’m trying to get some WIP’s finished up because I have so many projects lined up that I want to cast on for. I know if I don’t finish these now they will end up in the pile of unfinished socks I already have on the go. I just have the feet and toes to go and I’m hoping to get a good chunk of that done today. I will hopefully have a new pair of socks by the weekend!

Reading -  My MIL brought this book for me on the Sunday and I instantly knew I would love it. Katie Davis a then 18 year old girl moves from Tennessee  to Uganda for a 1 year term as a kindergarten teacher. What she doesn’t know is how her life would change and how at 21 she would end up starting a non profit organization, adopt 14 ugandan girls and help so many other out along the way.

This book really hits home for me. We have several sponsored children, our first we sponsored when he was only 3 and Moose and I were still dating. He lives in Uganda and because we shared a little of what we have is able to go to school, have nutrious meals, get medical help and education for the community about farming, how to grow crops etc. All things we take for granted every day.

I’m interested to get to the end of the book and have already looked at Katie’s non profit organization Amazima. Check out the website for ways to help and if  you don’t already sponsor a child you should definitely consider it. Living with a little less *something this world needs so terribly to do*  can save a child’s life and give them a chance at a future.

Yarn Along

It’s time for another Yarn Along. I haven’t read a book for a good couple of weeks.

I picked up a couple of books while I was away that I’m excited to read.

This first is Gypsy Boy by Mikey Walsh. A true story for a boy growing  up in a Romany Gypsy family in the 80′s.

I’m sure you have all seen or heard of the tv show “My big fat gypsy wedding” . Growing up in Ireland I grew up hearing about Gypsy’s  a lot but never saw any of them. They would come to the door looking for milk etc. so I guess it’s only natural that I was always curious about them. This will be an interesting read I am sure.

As for Knitting I’m chugging right along on Haslam, I’m been enjoying the simlicity while catching up on my current tv obsession…. more about that later!

Have you read any good books lately??

Yarn Along

Excited to join Yarn Along today and tell you about a book I just couldn’t put down!

I read Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim in two days. I stayed up waaaay too late the first night and then finished it off during nap time the following day.

 Set in the 1800′s on a Cotton Plantation the story is told in the eyes of  Mattie a slave who has to leave her own baby to become a wet nurse for the plantation owners newborn daughter Elizabeth.  First thing in the morning and last thing at night Mattie watches the Quarters, as her family goes about  their day hoping to get a glimpse of her son from the nursery window. While Mattie misses her son, her affection for Elizabeth is growing day by day as is Elizabeth’s for Mattie.

A wonderfully written yet heart wretching story of the lives of slaves and the sacrifices they were forced to make. How, for lack of a better word, “idiotic”  plantation owners were thinking they were doing the slaves a favour……and a  special bond that would change Elizabeth’s life, opened her eyes to many wrong doing’s and would ultimately impact the woman she would become.

Beautifully written, a definite page turner and my favourite book so far this year!

*I must also note this is the author’s FIRST book! Excited to see what’s next for Ibrahim.

KNITTING

I’ve been culling the herd of WIP’s this week. I was feeling a little overwhelmed with how many projects I had on the go and wanted to try and bring it back down to a manageable number before we set off this weekend.

This is a cardigan I started for T in early February.  I didn’t get very far into it before it languished in my basket  as 20 sweaters were all screaming at me to be knit RIGHT NOW!

The pattern is from a baby booklet I got free with a Let’s Knit magazine Moose came home with while we were in Ireland last. There don’t seem to be any pictures of the pattern online so you’ll have to wait a little while longer before you can get a glimpse of it. It is a BABY book but the sizes on this pattern went  up to 2 years. The measurements seemed like it would fit T if I added some overall length so fingers crossed it comes out ok.

I’m kicking myself for not knitting this in the round. If I do knit it again I will definitely take the time to do that because the finishing on this baby is brutal!!! It’s taking just as much time to sew it all up as it did to knit!!

Hopefully it’s worth it!

Yarn Along

As I type T is playing hairdresser…. I’ve got one eye squinted from the pain of the round brush jabbing into my head, I’m being asked to tilt  my head waaay waaay back so she can wash it and then spraying hairspray on top. Boss has his paw on my arm as if to say HELLLOOOO you aren’t touching me while Molly, oh sweet Molly dreams of daddy on her pillow.

I’ve been having a case of startitis as of late. Not that I have cast on a lot but I’ve been thinking about it and winding yarn like a crazy woman. There are just too many things floating around in my head right now and its all my stashes fault!

The potential of each skein is jumping at me left and right and I’m having a hard time settling on one pattern for certain yarns as many ideas are coming to me.

That being said today I’m concentrating on Outlaw. I love this sweater and although I’ve had to make some adjustments along the way it’s all coming together nicely. I joined the sleeves to the body last night will start the patterned yoke this afternoon.

Until this one is done I’m going to try to keep my mind at bay and not cast on too much… maybe just one or two small things…. ugghhh MUST KNIT FASTER!

I’m listening to the second book in the Hunger Games series called Catching Fire. I liked book one but I was left feeling kind of meh and wondering what all the hype was about. Once I started book two I realized I was drawn more to the characters than anything. I’m almost through with book 2, they are quick reads thats for sure, then there will be  one book left in the series.