Tuesday, January 22, 2013

ISLAND: Jane Richmond Blog Tour and Giveaway

© Nicholas Kupiak
I've been a Jane Richmond fan for years. Her work is consistently impressive, wonderfully wearable, and fashionable.
Her aesthetic is on display in her new book, ISLAND.

More than just a knitting book, ISLAND is a visual and creative experience showcasing the majestic beauty of Vancouver Island. Filled with designs & fibers that are true to Jane's classic and modern aesthetic, ISLAND not only makes you want to knit, it also inspires you to lose yourself in an adventure of your own.

This really is more than a knitting book.
Flipping through this book will transport you, and put you in the best of moods. It's like a coffee table book; fantastic photography dominates the first half, with the pattern instructions and details following in the back.

And these patterns exhibit that wearable and fashionable Jane Richmond aesthetic .
© Nicholas Kupiak
There's five pieces in total:

Arbutus
A beautiful, one-skein cowl, (check out all the lovely FOs on Ravelry!), this piece plays a great little knitting trick: it appears to be wrapped around in layers, but utilizes short rows to achieve this effect instead.  

Grace
Fingering-weight knits always steal my heart, and Grace is no exception. It's a pretty, simple cardigan, one you can imagine yourself wearing all the time. It has a wide size range, from 30"-50" bust measurements.

Renfrew
This toque is knit from the bottom up, but inside out. Very cool! I love this idea, as it maximizes the use of knit stitch. You also get instructions for a shorter, beanie version and longer, slouchy version with this pattern.

Strathcona
An all-season accessory, this light and airy scarf will be at your side the whole year round.

Rathtrevor
A pair of fingerless mitts that anyone would love, Rathtrevor are sized to fit an average woman's hands. They make a lovely pair with the Strathcona scarf!

Good to Know:
-ISLAND is a beautifully photographed book with five new patterns from Jane Richmond
-you can purchase each of the patterns individually as pdfs on Ravelry
-there are ebook and print versions
-ISLAND is available for purchase online at Ravelry, and on Amazon.com, Amazon.ca and Amazon.co.uk
-you get a selection of adaptable and unique accessory and garment patterns
-listen to this episode of the Pagan Knitter podcast for an interview with Jane about ISLAND
-read details about the book on Jane Richmond's site
-read info about the design process for each pattern here

Giveaway
You can enter to win a signed copy of ISLAND!
Just comment on this post with your favourite pattern from ISLAND to be eligible. And please remember to leave your contact info so I can let you know if you've won!

Contest closes January 29th. Winner announced January 30th.

Follow along with the ISLAND blog tour for more chances to win signed copies of the book!

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

60 comments:

Amy said...

Arbutus is my favorite pattern I think, though all 5 are lovely.

juicyknits said...

I'm stalking this book tour as a chance to get my fingers on a copy of this book. And no changes, Grace is a favourite of mine.

Kai said...

They are all tuning, but my favorites are grace and renfrew...

docksjo said...

My favorite is Renfrew, simple and beautiful.
I'm Ninnilina och ravelry

Monita said...

My absolute favourite is Grace. :-)

Monita on ravelry

kayteau said...

I've been reading your blog for a while, but I too am stalking the book tour. My favorite is Arbutus, mostly because I'm intrigued by the construction technique.

CeltChick said...

Renfrew has caught my eye.
AnnBan on Ravelry.

Lynda F (Wiartonknits) said...

Arbutus is my favorite pattern - I am really into cowls this winter!

Rebecca said...

Ooh, these are lovely!

indigoeddy said...

I like them all, but refrew is my favorite.

Denise MacLeod said...

I love every pattern in this book, and, looking at the bit of photography, I'm impressed!
Saying that, I can't pick just one.
Grace is so beautiful, and I love the clever construction of Arbutus!

Amy said...

I like them ALL but I would cast on for Arbutus first...

Estella said...

I really want to make Grace!

Sheila said...

I really like the Renfrew hat.

lisateapot said...

I love Renfrew, but Arbutus is a must knit for me.
knursekettle on Ravelry

Mary said...

Grace is my favorite...but I'm probably more likely to knit Arbutus first.

Ashleah said...

I really love Strathcona, but I also really like Arbutus.

Lucia said...

They all looks great!! My favourite is Rathtrevor, I really like fingerless mitts.

(Dawnreads on Ravelry)

zaeliablue said...

I would love to add this book to my collection. I think the Grace sweater is gorgeous. Zaelia-Blue (Ravelry)

Paula Castro said...

I love them all but choose Arbutus!

Lynnsy said...

Love, Love, the renfrew design!

Amanda A said...

Strathcona is my favorite (or at least the first thing I'd like to knit from the book). Thanks for the chance to win!

christine said...

They are all lovely but Renfrew would be first to make on my list.

Sarah_L_N said...

I like the look of Arbutus the best :)

Kate Price said...

I love the strathcona pattern!

katepricey on Rav

C. said...

I like Rathtrevor, great pattern and my favourite place to camp.

Lori said...

I love Jane's patterns and can't wait to knit Grace.
Lori
o2fun2@yahoo.com

Joy said...

Grace is my favourite. I like the raglan sleeves, a bit of lace and fingering weight yarn to keep it light. A lovely pattern.

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Sheila Inose said...

My favourite is Arbutus

Rachel Coker said...

My favorite is Rathtrevor. I love the idea of long fingerless mitts because they are really warm!
ferventknitter on Ravelry

Rebecca Salisbury said...

I realky like Grace and the fact it comes in a range of sizes.

beckybury (Ravelry)

Jessica said...

I can't wait to knit Arbutus; you can never have too many cowls. I love Grace and can't wait to knit that one as well.

jska510 on ravelry

Josiphine said...

Oh my goodness. Arbutus is so beautiful. I must have some stash for it somewhere, right?

Josiphine on Ravelry

Heather Baylis said...

I just love all of Jane's designs but I would love to make the beautiful Strathcona first... Thank you
Heather at habaylis@gmail.com

Bonnie said...

I would love to knit Grace, and the Renfrew hat!

Bonnie

loris4563 said...

I favorite pattern is Grace. Its just lovely. I think I even have the right yarn for it

happycrafter207 on ravelry

Andrea Mowry said...

They are all stunning, but I would say my favorite is renfrew!

I am dreareneeknits on ravelry!

beth w said...

Working on arbutus right now. I bought the book (in print and electronically) and really like all of the patterns. I'm picky about what I knit, but I could see myself knitting everything in this book.

Barb said...

I believe Grace is my favourite. It is so beautiful

thao said...

Strathcona is my favorite!

Na said...

I love the Grace cardigan.
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Tiffanie said...

Grace is my favorite, but Strathcona is making a strong run for the top spot. I'm sooooo over winter and am looking forward to warm weather knits. Strathcona would be perfect1

Bonnie said...

Arbutus is my favorite! It's very cold here, and naturally I'm thinking about knitting a nice, warm cowl.

Jennifer R. said...

"Grace" is my favorite, but the others are just as lovely (as are all of Jane Richmond's designs). I am jaydawnrn on Rav

Kathleen said...

Renfrew is a favorite hat...lots of nice patterns in this book!

Marilyn said...

I think the Renfrew hat is really cute. Thanks for the chance to win!
marilynknits on Ravelry

dendiane said...

Really love the Grace sweater. It's a great pattern!

Hannah said...

Still going back and forth between Grace and Arbutus... Will just have to knit them both!

Kesha E said...

I would love to knit Grace, it is beautiful.

I am Keshaevans on ravelry

Anonymous said...

Grace is my favorite! All are great!

StaceyKnitsIt rav.

mhchong said...

Grace is my favorite! All the patterns are lovely though!

Jane said...

My favorite is Rathtrevor... it is the right season for mitts.1

Connie K. said...

I love Grace!

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Zenitude said...

Grace is my favorite! But Stratcona is a close second!

Missy said...

I am excited to give Arbutus a try!

Meredith MC said...

Like you, I love fingering weight cardis, so grace is my favorite.

Addie Jackson said...

I love the Grace cardigan. The mesh detail is nice and perfect for Spring.

Raverly id: carriejay

Kristin EM said...

I love Renfrew, but all of the patterns are great, such beautiful clean lines.
I'm surlyturtle on ravelry.

Monica said...

Is hard to pick just one as all five are so nice. But, my favorite is Grace! Thanks for the opportunity.

Rav id: mmgrrr