Monday, November 7, 2011

Coastal Knits blog tour and giveaway

For the last year I’ve had the immense pleasure of becoming a sample knitter for Hannah Fetig of Knitbot fame. I love knitting Hannah’s designs, as they are always clean, simple and elegant. Plus, her samples always feature yummy yarn that please the fibre snob in me. I’d say the only downside to knitting for Hannah is having to ship the finished garments back to her!

Well, I was thrilled when she told me she was writing a book of patterns with another lovely lady, Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting, and needed me to knit two samples for the book’s trunk show (Bayside and Rocky Coast).

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I was even more thrilled when I received my own copy of Coastal Knits. Inspired by their beautiful coastal surroundings, Hannah and Alana have come up with a collection of patterns that reflect the different shapes and textures around them. Hannah lives on the east coast, and her patterns feature nautical cables, shifting sands, and rippling waves. Alana lives on the west coast, and her designs are organic, leafy and lush. Both of these talented ladies are masters at creating garments that are wearable, classic, but always with a little detail that makes them special. I can honestly say that I would love to knit and wear every single one of these designs.

It’s hard to know what to knit first, but I may start with Alana’s Wildflower Cardigan. Though I’ve been a longtime listener and fan of Alana’s podcast, I’ve never had a chance to knit one of her beautiful designs.

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(photo from Coastal Knits)
Wouldn’t it be divine in the golden Madelinetosh Pashmina seen here? Drooooool.

Coastal Knits not only includes lovely patterns, but amazing eye candy. It features beautiful photography and graphic design, and the quality of the printing is top notch. It’s the kind of book you want to leave laying around so you can be transported into another world (when you desperately need a "Calgon take me away" moment). I loved reading about the places that inspired Hannah and Alana, and also about the local yarns that were used to make many of the garments featured in the book.

Well, wouldn’t you like to have a copy of your very own? Of course you would. Just leave a comment here before Monday, November 14th and I will randomly choose and announce the lucky winner. Good luck!

And you can read other reviews on the Coastal Knits blog tour here.


110 comments:








Sally

said...

I am absolutely smitten by that Wildflower Cardigan!





Alex

said...

Of course I would! I'm obsessed with the Rocky Coast Cardigan! I have lurked on your blog for a long time, so I'm excited to take the plunge and actually comment. Thanks for the offer!





Jodi

said...

Such a beautiful collaboration! The Rocky Coast cardigan is absolutely smashing -- so wearable and cozy in addition to being stylish and fashion-forward.





Bogna

said...

Yes, i'd absolutely love a copy, many thanks for the giveaway.





Morgan

said...

I would love a copy of this book! All of the patterns are amazing! I don't know what I would start with :)





Evelyn

said...

Me, please! Wildflower Cardigan in MadTosh pashima would be heavenly. It's interesting that you mention how clean and clear Hannah's patterns are because a friend just emailed me about that very fact!





ChrisC

said...

Ooh, I'm dying to get my hands on this book, but it's just not in the budget right now! I desperately want to make the Rocky Coast Cardigan -- so cozy! Thanks for the chance to win





Melissah em-ee-el@hotmail.com

said...

I have nothing more intelligent to say, except "me me me me mememememememe!!! Pleeease" :)

Lovely, lovely, book. And you are very lucky to be able to get to sample knit :)





mrs.murray

said...

ohhh, very jealous! i have been admiring many of the books patterns for weeks now. can't wait to see!





Anonymous

said...

What a lovely sweater! Stunning. --Dee sheepish56(at)aol(dot)com





Anonymous

said...

I too am a first time poster but long time lurker. I love your blog! And I love this book! I think my favorite is the Rocky Coast Cardiagn but everthing else in it is a close second!

Nora (nmconnor1@msn.com)





Courtney

said...

So many beautiful patterns!





Francine

said...

So cool that you are test knitting for Knitbot :)

I want this book so badly and I want to knit that exact sweater too! Although I want to knit every single one.

And I love your picture :)





Rebecca

said...

Wildflower and other cardigans in the book have me drooling. :)

knittingwithwords on Ravelry





Christina

said...

So many pretty sweaters! I would love to win a copy.





MicheleStitches

said...

You are fortunate indeed to have the opportunity to knit for such a wonderful designer. I'd love to be the winner of your generous giveaway.





ridgestitch

said...

The patterns in the book are stunning. I'd love to win a copy.... ridgestitch on Rav





Gaile

said...

These patterns are so gorgeous! Would love to knit the Rocky Coast Cardigan and appreciate the opportunity to win the book.





MadMad

said...

Oh, there are so many great patterns in the book! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!





CelticCastOn

said...

Did we ever see your rocky coast??? I don't remember seeing it?
I agree, that Wildflowers cardi is devine in the golden pashmina!





Jennifer Denning

said...

I love the patterns in this book. It is totally on my want list.





Greer

said...

Most of my knitting book purchases are about the eye candy - there's not enough years in a lifetime to knit it all!!!! (I apply the same approach to my cookbook collection...) Coastal Knits looks beautiful x





Jenness

said...

Would love to get this book. Have been looking at it for a while.





Celestial

said...

I have to admit I have a total crush on the Rocky Coast. And how fun that you got to knit the sample!





elisa.b

said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!





fishgirl182

said...

thank you for this giveaway. this is such a beautiful collection of patterns.

twee66(at)gmail(dot)com





Kristen

said...

such as BEAUTIFUL book! i am dying to get my hands on this so i can start knitting away! thanks for the giveaway!
mamaholmes {rav id}





meg

said...

It is a beautiful book, and I would love to win a copy. As a New Englander now stranded in the midwest, I would love to see some ocean again!





Jen

said...

This is a gorgeous book!!

jendada on ravelry





flora

said...

would love a copy of this famed book. lucky you to play with all those beautiful yarns. I would be reluctant to return the finished product too!





Wendy

said...

Oh, my, yes!! I absolutely would love a copy of this book! If that gorgeous cardigan is any indication, it'll be well worth having!!





Margie Oomen

said...

i guess if I won the book I would have no excuse but to knit that lovely sweater.





Carol White

said...

Oooh, pick me! Pick me!





Maureen

said...

So many gorgeous knits. If a knitter won this book, how would she begin to choose a starting project?





shelly

said...

I'd love a copy of this book, the cardigan you pictured is gorgeous!!





feva

said...

the cardi is beautiful :)





nook.

said...

goodness, i have only heard ah-mazing things about this book. drool worthy indeed! i've leafed through it, and i agree with you, i think everything in this book has to be knit. thanks for this opportunity! woot woot!

also, lucky you test knitter you. xo





Little Miss S.

said...

The Wildflover Cardigan is my favourite too, I think, though there is fierce competition to be absolute favourite. It would be amazing for Spring is a crisp green lambs wool.





inglesidebelle

said...

That Wildflower Cardigan is adorable and I'd so like to have my own copy of the book!





Melody

said...

This seems like a good book.

melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com





Orianna

said...

It looks like a lovely book! I especially love the Gnarled Oak cardigan!





radzimire

said...

I would love to win this nice book!





Suse

said...

I grew up by the coast and now live in the hills. I miss seeing the sea every day ...

What a beautiful book. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy!





Greenorchid

said...

What a lovely book, I am new to knitting but would love an opportunity to win the book. I love the simple designs with nature inspired details.





Brittan

said...

what an absolutely wonderful book! and such a thoughtful giveaway :) my knitting skills have been expanding, so it would be a dream to win a book full of so many wonderful projects!!!





maryse

said...

ooh, i love hannah's work and i love the idea of these two very different point of views in the same book. please pick me! ;)





patriceod

said...

What a delicious giveaway!





Anonymous

said...

Salut Nicole!
Have the samples you knitted been photographed for the book? This is too cool!!!

Carmen





Missy knits

said...

This book is on my "how to spend my Christmas bonus" list!! What a fantastic give away. I am completely in love with the ball of yarn in your first photo. Absolutely beautiful--you are going to share details on that,right??





Ellen

said...

The book looks gorgeous! Thanks for having this getaway.
I've lived on both coasts and would love to honor each by knitting the gorgeous designs that Hannah and Alana have in their collection.

ellenronnie on ravelry





Ashley Lynn

said...

Would love love love my own copy! I am currently knitting Hannah's Calligraphy Cardigan and love how it is looking :)





StaceyKnitsIt

said...

I would love to own this book too.
So many wearable designs!





Laura A.

said...

Oh, my goodness! What a beautiful collection of lovely designs. Thanks so much for offering us the chance to win it!
I look forward to seeing what you create...
lshin116 (at) hotmail (dot) com





mhchong

said...

I would love to win this book. I love every design in this book and would love to knit every one! Thanks for the great giveaway!!

mhchong@aol.com





Kamigaeru

said...

This truly is a lovely book... I can't wait to get a copy for my knitting shelf!





Gina

said...

The previews I've seen of this book are gorgeous. I can't wait to get my hands on this one.





lynn

said...

would love the chance to win a copy-thank you for the opportunity





eliza

said...

that is lovely! i'm such a sucker for that straw/old gold color. of course, i think it would also look gorgeous in one of your trademark colors, like a greyish-seafoam.





Estella

said...

Love your "droool" comment about the cardigan. Thanks for hosting a contest for such a lovely book!





Carmen

said...

I have really enjoyed this blog tour and would love to win a copy!





Becca

said...

Would love to be picked for your giveaway! Lovely!





Tracey

said...

Would love to win a copy of this book! I love Hannah and Alana's designs, and to have them in one place, together, well, AWESOME!!!





Roxanne Smith

said...

That Wildflower Cardigan is super cute. I would knit it first as well.





Megan G

said...

I have my fingers crossed for the book! Thanks!





Kristin

said...

I love this book !! It would be awesome to win my very own copy !!





andi

said...

How great to be able to test knit these amazing patterns. I would love to win a copy of this beautiful book!





moraartstudio.blogspot.com/

said...

Love the patterns in this book!





evergreenknits

said...

Yay yay, I hadn't heard about their book until reading about it on your blog, but now you have me excited!

How lucky that you get to test-knit for them! And here's wishing maybe luck will come my way with a book .... :)





Linda

said...

I would love to win this book. The patterns are all stunning. Thanks for the chance





michele

said...

i didn't realize (or had forgotten) that you test knit the Rocky Coast sweater - that's such a gorgeous sweater.





Jen

said...

I'm so excited to see this book. Thank you for hosting a giveaway!





cmflame

said...

Rocky Coast is a beautiful sweater. Might have to become my first hand knit sweater...





Debra

said...

The sweaters in this book are just gorgeous!





knittaroo

said...

This is such a beautiful book! I love the Rocky Coast Cardigan, it's simple and elegant and very flattering.





Paola

said...

I follow Alana's podcast and the Featherweight Cardigan is on my queue, so of course and I've been eyeing the book ever since I first heard about it. I especially like the Water's Edge cardigan and the Sand and Sea shawlette. Thank you for the giveaway!





The Sitting Tree

said...

I'm drooling over the beautiful golden cardigan!





Pattycakes

said...

My mom and I have been drooling over the rustling leaves beret! But can't afford the book! Thanks for the chance to win it and pass it on to my mom :) of course I'd borrow it ;)





Geninne

said...

I love everything you like so sign me up :)





Meghan

said...

It's a really lovely collection. Nice that you had a part in it!





leFiligree

said...

nothing better for a long winter than a great knitting book! thx!!





Martha

said...

Thanks for the chance to win this book. Gorgeous patterns!





Karen

said...

I would love to win a copy of that lovely book. I find your blog so inspiring and soothing at the same time and your photos are amazing. Karen X





nestra

said...

I would love to get my hands on that book!





Tara

said...

I am a new reader and up until this moment have been a bit of a lurker. Well, this giveaway is the perfect way to come out of my shell. I enjoy visiting this space. Your photos and words create a perfectly calm space.





Anonymous

said...

Drool and Double Drool!! This sweater is lucious....





issyock

said...

Drool and Double Drool!! This sweater is lucious....





Natasha

said...

The book looks so beautiful, thank-you for the opportunity to win it!





rockbridge

said...

Beyond all the lovely patterns inside, the book itself is gorgeous. I just want to flip the pages, and flip the pages, and make tea and flip the pages...





suburban prep

said...

What a fantastic book. I love the Rocky Coast sweater in particular but I love most the entire book.
msgb245 at gmail dot com





Ellen Bloom

said...

The projects in this book look DIVINE!





Lisa

said...

I love the sweaters in this book - can't wait to get my hands on the book so that I can knit them!





ikkinlala

said...

This looks like a gorgeous book!





Dea

said...

What a wonderful idea...I too would love a chance to win this book!





Rendell

said...

Nicole, I've just found you through Resurrection Fern, your photos were beautiful so I clicked on over and discovered your knitting talent...I'm just reawakening my knitting skills(?) and would love to own this lovely new book.





Brenda

said...

I would love to win this book. The patterns look fabulous!





Angela

said...

I would love a chance to knit one of these designs!





helenlam

said...

Beautiful book... these are two of my favorite designers!





QuilterPattiO

said...

I've check this book out at lys and love it. By the way your retreat over the weekend sounds lovely. To really get away from everything would be grand! PattiO





Lyudmila

said...

I like cardigan!
lusizova at gmail.com





Ty

said...

beautiful designs, beautiful book!
tyna





meredith MC

said...

I can't wait to get my hands on this book. Maybe I'll win it! Thanks for the chance.
mermcoelho@hotmail.com





Jennifer

said...

Oh,another fabulous collaboration. The talent in the knitting world these days is extraordinary.





Gillian Dixon

said...

I'd love the chance to win this book, s'il vous plait!





Lee

said...

The book looks wonderful! thank you for the a lovely giveaway.





Blonde

said...

Love the patterns, any one of them would make a great present for my mother or my daughter.They are timeless!





Christine

said...

What a beautiful book! I especially love the Rocky Coast cardigan. I would love the chance to win this lovely book (if you are accepting uk entries).
cmccorriston@hotmail.co.uk





Ashley

said...

I'm so inspired by this book! The photography, the feel of the book and the details in the patters have given me a new passion to continue on my new knitting hobby! I can't wait to make the rocky coast sweater as my first adult sized sweater!! Thanks for the opportunity to win this book so I can perhaps splurge on some Madeline tosh vintage!!!;)





affiknity

said...

I am in love with Wildflower cardigan. I love the simplicity and the elegance of this cardigan.

bloreknitter at gmail dot com





Elizabeth

said...

Looks like a beautiful book





Barclay Hurley

said...

As has become a well known Fetig Hannah post.It very interesting weave knit BOT samples. I love knitting Hannah's design, because they are always clean, simple and elegant.

Knit