FO: Antipodes and a giveaway

The weekend seems to have turned into giveaway time!

I don’t mind a bit and I’m sure you won’t either ;)

I recently finished a test knit for Libby of Truly Myrtle.

I told myself I wasn’t going to test much anymore and when Libby asked me I said that I didn’t really have the time to test right now. She sent me back a picture of said test in return……. just in case…..geez she really knows how to twist my arm!!

To be honest I have been wanting to knit a couple of cowl/shawls to wear at work. Something a little more neutral that could go with just about anything….

I had a skein of Softrope bfl sock in my stash that I bought from a friends destash. It wasn’t something I would normally choose, *grey, pink and beige combo* but it turned out to be the perfect skein this time around. *note: it always pays to go out of your comfort zone sometimes*

Pattern: Antipodes by Libby Jonson

Yarn: SofTrope BFL sock in Rapture

Needles: 4mm circs *straights would be fine for this too*

My Rav Project page

The shawl is knit from end to end in one piece.

A simple garter stitch body with the perfect amount of lace to keep things interesting.

The pattern gives instructions on how to make your shawl longer or shorter depending on the amount of yarn you start with. This would be the perfect project if you want to give shawl knitting a go.

SofTrope was lovely to work with, Jessica does soft subtle colours perfectly! I look forward to working with more of her yarns again in the future.

Libby has kindly offered up a copy of the pattern to giveaway to one of my fabulous readers! You must pop over to her blog and read about the dress she is wearing in her Anitpodes pictures.

So the question is where would you wear your Antipodes?

Leave your answer in the comments below to be entered to win a copy. Comments will remain open until wednesday the 19th at midnight est

Good Luck!

What the Heart Wants – Lete’s Knit Giveaway

It’s the weekend and I’m ready to celebrate with another giveaway!

Are you in?

The lovely Justyna from Lete’s Knits recently released a beautiful collection called What the Heart Wants part of the Malabrigo Freelance Project.

I have watched Justyna grow so much as a designer in such a short period of time. I can still remember her first hat and cowl pattern that caught my eye and led me to her blog. I have test knit for her several times and every time I see her latest pattern I’m blown away once again at the beautiful things she comes up with.

It is both a pleasure and honour to be able to share her newest project with you today!

Let’s look at this stunning book shall we?

The ebook contains 4 patterns, 3 garments and a shawl.

Fickle Heart

A beautiful cabled seamless top down hoodie.

This definitely appeals to me. It calls out comfort! Add cables to that and you just had me at hello.

There are so many gorgeous versions of this one already on Ravelry.

They will have you wanting to cast on at once!

Behind My Back

Another top down construction (can you tell top down is Justyna’s thing?) with a beautiful lace back panel.

If you check out the many projects on Ravelry on this one you will see more fitted versions as well as the version with more ease. Each is a different look yet both so pretty. Makes we want to knit one of each!

Breaking The Waves

An airy wrap cardigan that you could dress up or down.

I find this to be true with so many of Justyna’s designs.

I can imagine this one over my favourite little black dress but also with trousers or jeans. We think you will all agree that versatile pieces are the best kinds to add to our wardrobe.

Old Loves, New Flames

A short row shaped shawl with a little bit of everything.

Texture, colour blocking, stripes and a fun edging.

What’s not to love?

You definitely get to play with colour combo’s on this one.

There are so many choices you know you’ll just have to knit this one more than once.

Justyna has kindly offered an ebook for me to giveaway to one of my lucky readers.

To enter please leave a comment telling me which one of these designs you would love to knit. Contest closes Friday October 31st at 12pm EST.

If you don’t win this time you can still purchase the ebook as well as each pattern separately on Ravelry and the What the Heart Wants site.

Good Luck!

** All photography is  © Marcin Duda **

Fyberspates Cumulus Giveaway

I am delighted to be able to guest post on the Fyberspates Blog this week.

I’m chatting about Colour choices and Fyberspates Cumulus yarn.

Cumulus is a lace weight yarn that is comprised of 74% Alpaca and 26% Silk. Think soft,warm and fluffy clouds.

Colourways bottom to top: Bottle green, Pillar box, Magenta, Plum, Ruby Red, Slate, Rust

Photograph: © Fyberspates, used with permission.

Cumulus is available in 12 gorgeous colours ranging from those grey and blue cloud like colours all the way to the deep red and cranberry. I think you will find a colour perfect for any occasion.

Colourways bottom top: water,silver,sea green ,teal, moonlight

Photograph: © Fyberspates, used with permission.

The lovely folks at Fyberspates have offered up a couple of skeins to giveaway to my lovely readers.

To enter tell me what your favourite Cumulus colour is and what you would do with these lovely skeins in the comments below. Comments will close Tuesday Oct 14th at midnight est and I will choose a winner at random on Wednesday the 15th.

Good luck and I can’t wait to hear what you would make with this cosy yarn.

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!

Giveaway: Lucky Penny Baby Collection

 

Today I’m lucky enough to be giving away a copy of the Lucky Penny Baby Collection by Tanis Lavallee of Tanis Fiber Arts to one fabulous reader!

Not only do I get to show off these super cute patterns I also get to share a little Rowan love because clearly we love this wee smiler around these parts. In fact, it might have taken me a longer time than usual to write this post because I couldn’t decide what pictures of Rowan to use. hehehe

The collection includes:

The Schoolboy Vest

I love vests for the simple fact that you don’t have to squeeze chubby baby arms in and out of them. They keep the core of the body warm but still allow lots of movement and a built in air conditioner if you will for those that overheat easily. This vest offers a fun and easy fair isle motif that you be a great first project to try out fair isle.

The Frosted Alpine Hat

A nice complimentary hat for the School boy Vest. Ear flaps and a chin strap are definitely the best way to keep a hat on babies as well as give them an extra shield against the cold. These two would make a fabulous gift set.

The R&R Hoodie

Hoodie’s are just so versatile especially when they feature a zip. Great to use as a jacket on the cooler summer evenings and then carry it right on through the Fall and Winter as a sweater. I love clothing with multiple uses.

 and The Keyfit Blanket.

A perfectly fun and cheery blanket!

A great project to complete a nursery or give as a baby shower gift. I love bright fun colours and this blanket would have definitely fit the bill for T’s room when she was little. I love that it’s not gender oriented like everything seems to be these days. Tanis offers some fun palette’s that are perfect for this knit. It would also be a great way to use up stash and create your own colour scheme.

This collection was a labour of love for Tanis. Knit throughout Rowan’s first year she has truly tested and perfected every knit This is by no means a collection solely for boys. Every pattern is completely unisex and would be a great addition to any babies wardrobe.

It just so happens that I started a girly version of the Schoolboy Vest as soon as the patterns were released. *my battery charger died so you will have to suffer with an instagram shot until the new one arrives* I needed something mindless to knit on that I didn’t have to think about and this fit the bill exactly. These shades of purple have been staring at me from the two boxes of worsted scraps I have been contemplating using for a project. They definitely belong together.

There are so many possibilities with these little knits I can just imagine turning both boxes of scraps into scores of Schoolboy Vests using ALL the colours!

 Tanis also just released a free hat pattern the Trench Hat that features a great scallop chart that she used on other versions of the Schoolboy Vest and R&R hoodie.

There will be scallops in my future for sure!

*How cute is this kid???*

To be entered in the giveaway for the Lucky Penny Baby Collection please leave a comment below telling me which pattern you would knit and what colour combo’s you love. I will randomly draw a winner on April 22nd at 9am Atlantic.

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!

 

Her Saffron Lair

*Thank you to all who entered into the Journey giveaway. I enjoyed reading all of your journey memories! The winner is Amy J. Can you please email or contact me on Rav. The email I sent bounced right back.*

While you were all writing about your journey’s my little family was travelling across the U.S.A. to San Diego for a much needed break. On the way I was able to hand deliver a special gift to someone I met at Knit East.

I arrived at the Portland Knitting Group’s get together rather frazzled. I only had written directions with me and managed to get myself lost in the dark by myself….. I only stayed long enough to give Lucia her gift and get directions on how to get back to my hotel from the lovely Portland ladies. Let it be known I got lost again on the way home… the next day we bought a GPS!

Pattern: His Golden Lair by Kourtney Robinson

Yarn: Madelinetosh DK Twist in Saffron

Needles: 5mm

Rav Project Page

Lucia, for reasons I won’t get into, deserved a fabulous knit shawl. I asked her to choose a couple of patterns that she liked that I could choose from and to tell me her favourite colours. Out of the three that she chose His Golden Lair stood out to me right away. It is a pattern I had been eyeing for quite some time but hadn’t had the chance to knit yet.

 With the pattern down I only had a yarn and colour to choose…. usually the most difficult part of the process for me. When she told me she liked Fall colours a burnt orange came to mind, I toyed with the idea of red but I just couldn’t get the burnt orange out of my head. Now I only had to track down a yarn in the right weight and brand that I wanted. That proved to be a little more difficult but in the end I found just what I was looking for.

 This was my first time working with Madelinetosh DK Twist and won’t be my last. The base is nice and springy and provides wonderful stitch definition it make those cables pop.

I ended up knitting this shawl twice! The first time I started out with the suggested 4.5mm needles. I thought the cable portion was coming out very small but continued on because it looked to be only about 1/3 of the pattern. By the time I got to the last few lace rows I knew there was no way it was going to block out to the size I was hoping for so I ripped and reknit on 5mm’s. The second time was a charm and blocked out a couple of inches larger than called for in the design, perfect!

Hopefully through all the kerfuffle on getting it there it was still well received. Next time I will be more prepared with my gps and maybe be able to stay a while and knit.

I think I may just have enough left over to make myself a hat but I have a few things to finish before I cast on.

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

Business Casual KAL

Well that was pretty much unanimous and I am very excited with the choice.

We will be casting on for Business Casual by Tanis Lavallee. I’ve been wanting to knit these since Tanis posted this as a free pattern.

© Tanis Lavallee

This is a great unisex pattern so if you don’t want to knit these for yourself I’m sure there is someone who will love them. Early christmas or birthday gift perhaps?

We’ll be casting on 4th February 2013 and casting off 25th March 2013 so you will have 8 weeks to complete the socks if you want to be entered in for the prize.

What is the prize you may ask??

Well the lovely Tanis is generously donating a skein of her Blue Label Fingering Weight in the Atlantic colourway as seen in the pictures. *swoon*

© Tanis Lavallee

I’m doing things a bit differently this time as far as sign ups go.

If you want to join the KAL please enter your info in the link below.

LINK TO JOIN KAL

I found it hard to keep track of everyone last time so hopefully this will make my life easier.

Head on over and download your copy of Business Casual. I’d love to hear what yarn you are going to knit yours with!

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