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.
A simple pair of fingerless mitts with detailed cuffs perfect for everyday wear.
A uniquely constructed cowl that uses short rows to create what looks like stacked columns.
A reverse stockinette beanie/slouchy toque with a cabled panel running up the side.
A great unisex hat to have in your library.
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.
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 On22nd – Canary Knits 24th – Hey Jen Renee 29th – The Yarniad 31st – Knitted BlissF 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