I’ve been holding out on you! Last month, I got my hands on an advanced copy of New American Knits. I can’t tell you how hard it was to keep that under wraps because the book is fantastic! I’ve been waiting for its release for a long long time! But here it is in the flesh!
I’m so excited for Amy Christoffers on the release of this book! The collection of patterns is absolutely gorgeous and so true to her style. She is so talented and it’s lovely to finally see her work collected here.
I’ve definitely got my eye on a few of the patterns. I actually can’t believe I didn’t already cast on one of these sweaters already. I must be very busy but I have dreams of completing one of these for my Rhinebeck sweater! Too hard to choose! All of Amy’s patterns are so wearable. They’re really classic and stylish, straightforward yet stunning. And, of course, I can see all of the patterns in this book becoming everyday staples in my wardrobe.
The lovely people at Interweave/F+W Media have been nice enough to put a copy of this book in one lucky readers’ hands! Just leave a comment below and I’ll draw a winner on Monday, August 4th. (Sorry, winning copies can only be shipped within the US.) I’m so excited to share this book with you guys!
Which pattern would you love to get on your needles?
I am obsessed with colorwork. I learned to knit when I was in the fourth grade but I didn’t really put my skills to work until I was a freshman in high school when I began to experiment with colorwork. It was so simple for me to draw up pictures and letters and transfer them into simple objects. I was hooked. A lot of significant knits in my life included intarsia and fair isle techniques including my first scarf and I could never forget about these pieces!
I’ve always collected stitch dictionaries. I love the inspiration I find in them. So when Interweave offered to giveaway a copy of Mary Jane Mucklestone’s book 150 Scandinavian Motifs, I was so excited to share! It’s so much more than just a stitch colorwork dictionary! Just flipping through the first few pages I was finding tips that improved my techniques after knitting probably hundreds of fair isle pieces.
Mary Jane was nice enough to do a little interview about herself and the book. I love the way that she thinks of those motifs in a versatile way, just changing colors to make something completely new.
How long have you been knitting?
30 years. I learned when I was four, but really didn’t pick it up in earnest until I was out of college.
What inspires you?
The world around me! People, places, sounds, smells…every wonderful thing!
Having published a few Fair Isle books, what is it about color work that you really love?
There is always something new with color. Color depends upon the world around it. Take a green, partner it with a blue, now place it next to a brilliant red…the green will look different by virtue of it’s interaction with the colors near it. It is always an adventure.
What do you love about the Scandinavian traditions in knitwear?
Well I grew up wishing my mom or grandma knit so that I could have all the cool sweaters many of my class mates had. I love the crisp color contrast and lots of the cheerful stitch patterns. I also love how much fun it is to mix the patterns together, turn them upside down or just take little elements of a motif and sprinkle them all around.
To enter to win, just leave a comment below! Make sure your email address is included so I can contact you if you’ve won. I’ll be drawing a winner next Tuesday. (Sorry, guys, this giveaway is for US addresses only!)
Why do you like colorwork? Or don’t you? I’d love to hear about it!
As we count down the days to Christmas, I have been talking a lot about gifting. Today I’d like to offer the chance for one of you to get a little gift. You deserve it, don’t you? Interweave Press would like to give a copy of Op-Art Socks by Stephanie van der Linden to one lucky reader!
I am a sock lover so obviously I’m really excited for this book. There is a ton of colorwork and a lot of fun construction. As I’ve mentioned before, socks are a really fun place to play around with techniques and motifs and this book is kind of a living embodiment of that idea. The book also includes swatches of all of the colorwork in black and white so you can really get a good idea of what’s going on without the wild colors. So useful!
Enter to win a copy of Op-Art socks by leaving a comment below with your favorite pattern from the book. (US residents only, sorry!) I’ll pick a winner next Monday. Thanks, Interweave!
So, which pattern are you dying to get on your needles?
The samples are shown with contrasting shoulders (Lion Brand Superwash Merino Cashmere and Lion Brand Alpine Wool) and in monotone (Unplanned Peacock Studio Superwash Merino Bulky and Unplanned Peacock Studio Superwash Merino Bulky both in Onyx). Like I’ve said before, it’s super extra fierce! It can be worn punky with a black skirt, fishnets, and boots or just spice up a pair of jeans with cute flats for an easy brunch look. I was inspired by those furry vests that never seem to go out of style, faux fur throws that decorate every Scandinavian-style living room, and diva shoulder details. I paired that with a contrasting, conservative diamond pattern to make straightforward menswear meet bold surprises. Go big or go home!
As far as construction, you couldn’t ask for a breezier knit. The sweater is knit flat in six pieces. The shoulder pads are attached before sleeves are set in. Voila!
I have to thank Allyson for embracing the craziness of this design! I love her wild style and so admire her for making Holla Knits all about patterns that are unconventional and downright fun.
Want to knit this serious sweater yourself? Just leave a comment below to be entered to win a copy of The Crash! A winner will be drawn on Friday 9/27!
ps. Double your odds! Check out Unplanned Peacock‘s blog for another chance to win a copy of the pattern!
I recently got a copy of Melissa Wehrle’s new book Metropolitan Knits. I was really intrigued because the patterns are all inspired by New York, designed by a New York designer. Obviously, I love everything inspired by this city. While I thought the city would be hard to capture in knitwear, Wehrle’s designs are all beautiful and diverse! I love that there are a lot of different textures and shapes. I think she was able to really capture the feel of the city in the garments.
It’s really fun and exciting to think about New York as an inspiration for knitwear. The people here inspire me the most. I see a pattern or a shape or a color and it gets me thinking. The atmospheres of different neighborhoods give me great ideas, too, but I’m not sure if I’ve ever looked at the architecture and drama of New York with that kind of eye.
And there are so many pieces in this book that I like, I’m having a hard time choosing which one I want to make first. I love the Skyline tunic. It really reminds me of Hearst Tower with that diamond pattern. That’s definitely one of my favorite buildings! But I have really fallen in love with the Bleecker Street cardigan. It looks super comfortable, just what I’d want to wear on a crisp fall day, walking down Bleecker on my way to work!
And you’ll have a hard time choosing, too! Because Interweave has been nice enough to give away a copy of Metropolitan Knits to one lucky reader! Here’s how to enter: Check out the Ravelry page for the Metropolitan Knits book. Leave a comment below with your favorite pattern (and don’t forget to leave your contact info so I can get in touch if you’re the winner). (Only fine print: US only, sorry!) It’s that easy. I’ll be choosing the winner on August 1st!
So, which design is your favorite?
Missing the weekend already? I think I have something that might sweeten this Monday. How about a giveaway from Craftsy!?
I’ve been slowly collecting all of the sewing classes on Craftsy so that I’m prepared to really learn this summer! Craftsy is a great place to take a variety of DIY video courses and workshops and the best part is that they’re all online. I’m always looking for ways to expand my knitting knowledge and Craftsy has a great selection of classes. You can watch them whenever you want, however many times you please! And you don’t have to worry about classes being overbooked or sold out. It’s all on your own terms.
The wonderful people at Craftsy have been nice enough to share a few classes to give to you lovely readers! I am so excited to be able to give away one class to FIVE people! Thanks, Craftsy!
So here’s what you have to do to win. Just go to Craftsy and check out their classes. Cooking, knitting, jewelry – they have it all. Leave a comment here telling me which class you’d like to take. (I’m looking forward to taking the sewing with knits class, myself.) At 12pm EST on April 29th, I’ll pick five winners through random number generator so make sure that you leave your email address in the comments so I know how to get in touch with you if you’re a winner! It’s that simple!
Which Craftsy class do you have your eye on?
ps. Check out this little interview with me on UrbanCraftMag!
Hi, all! I said I was going to announce the Kollabora giveaway winner yesterday. I did not. I had off from work so I spent the whole day packing for our move and repainting the bedroom walls (so we can get our security deposit back). Anyway, being a big fat liar aside, without further ado, the winner of the Kollabora kit is Emma!
In other news, I went to Vogue Knitting Live this weekend. It was a blast. Got to chat with so many knitters, got to introduce myself to so many people that I’ve known through the blog and Twitter but hadn’t met face to face (what a strange feeling that is!). Everyone was just lovely. I touched a lot of yarn. I found some new brands and independent dyer/spinners that I fell for. I said “hi” to a few that I already knew and already love. It was great.
artwork by Jo Hamilton at VKL
In keeping with today’s theme of me being a terrible blogger, I didn’t take any photos of all of the stuff I bought. (I didn’t think I’d buy that much yarn since I didn’t buy A SINGLE THING at Rhinebeck – crazy, I know…maybe I was sick – but being by myself and without the stress of shooting all day, I guess I felt a little more at ease and ready to add to my stash.) Again, guys, I packed up, like, half of my apartment this weekend. I have a really good excuse. But I will post photos as soon as I have some nice light because I bought some really fun yarn that may actually become garments instead of just stash that I like to touch.
Anyways! Congrats to Emma! Enjoy that headband kit! I actually just finished making mine and it’s a really quick, fun project. (The pattern, for those of you who still want to cast on is FREE right here! Did I mention that before? Now you know.) And thank you to Kollabora for supplying the awesome kit!
Were you at VKL? What did you buy? Are you following me on Kollabora?
To kick off 2013, Kollabora asked me to be a part of their Learn to Knit Campaign. They’re encouraging everyone to learn a new skill which is awesome. I’ve taught countless people how to knit over the years and I am fascinated by the way that the craft has been passed down from generation to generation. It’s really incredible that more and more people are learning to knit and building their skills through sites like Kollabora, Youtube, and other blogs. I’m definitely always learning new things from the community on Twitter and the comments you leave me here. It’s just the same as how my mother gave me advice on my projects but on a global scale.
As part of the campaign, Kollabora is hosting a beginner project knit-a-long. All of their patterns have great project kits and detailed instructions including videos. I’m going to be making this headband. I just got my kit in the mail over the weekend and I am very excited to cast on and show you my customized headband.
Want to get in on the knit-a-long? Kollabora has been nice enough to supply a kit for one of you lovely readers! Their kit is adorable and the project is fun and quick, even if you’re an advanced knitter.
In fact, this would be a great gift for an experienced knitter to give to someone that’s curious, maybe a daughter or son or a friend that’s always ogling your knitting. Or you could customize the otherwise simple project to make something unique and exciting for yourself.
To enter to win the kit, leave a comment below telling me about the first thing you ever knit (or if you’ve never knit anything at all, that’s even better) by Friday 1/18 at 12pm EST. (Make sure you include your email or some way I can contact you!) I’ll chose the winner by random number generator and announce the lucky knitter next week.