5.02.2012

extra treat for the followers with a review

I was excited to be asked recently to participate in a fun blog tour for Bijou Basin Ranch's first ever, newly released collection of patterns: the Complements Collection by Kristin Omdahl. This collection contains 13 knit and crochet patterns all using Bijou Basin Ranch's fine yarns (7 knitting ones & 6 crochet ones).

Kristin, the designer, put together this collection of small to large accessories that require only upto a few skeins of yarn at most. I love that concept - especially for luxury yarns, because the projects won't break the bank, if you know what I mean!

Now, I'm not a crocheter myself, so I can't vouch for the crochet patterns in this collection (outside of me saying that I think they all look very pretty), but I can tell you that there are several knitting patterns in here that I would and hope to knit very soon. Let me show you some of my favorites...

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This shawl, Apple Blossom Knit Shawl, is breathtaking! I don't seem to be the only one who thinks so, because it is the cover page to this whole collection. It's a must knit! It uses two skeins of BBR's Tibetan Dream and a skein of the Bijou Bliss for the bold contrast stripes. Hmmmmm... I think I wanna knit mine outta the Sage and Sky colorways with stripes of Teal like the original, or maybe the Ruby!



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I'd have to say that this cowl, Aster Tiered Knit Cowl, is my second favorite. The ruffles of leaves is so neat! I've never seen that before. So, I need 2 hanks of Lhasa Wilderness for this one... definitely the Steel colorway. Wait, NO! The Goldenrod or Hunter colors would work really well with the leaf theme.



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Diggin' the Gladiolus XOXO Hugs & Kisses Knit Hat & Wristlets too! Nice knit hat for the hubby!



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Oh, and this sweet Lily of the Incas Knit Ribbed Shawlette! So, so pretty!




This collection comes in digital format for $9.95 on Ravelry, which I think is a steal for that many patterns! Or, you can order a printed version of the booklet off of BBR's site for $12.95. Either way you are spending less than a buck per pattern. Not bad, my friends! Honestly, I think the Apple Blossom pattern alone is worth the cost of admission, just sayin'.

The lovely folks over at Bijou Basin have tossed in a free e-book copy of the Complements Collection by Kristin Omdahl for one lucky follower to win! Yay! An extra little treat for the YOTH followers in between the regularly scheduled show! Leave a comment, any (one) comment below and I'll pick a winner randomly on Sunday, 5/6/12 and announce with the Monday giveaway. Enjoy!

-Ve


P.S. Here's the blog tour schedule if you want to follow along and have more chances to win!


5/1 The Yarn Thing Podcast with Marly Bird
5/2 Yarn On The House
5/3 Ellen Gormley
5/4 Shannon Okey

5/7 Carol Sulcoski
5/8 Carol Feller
5/9 Amy Shelton
5/10 Drew Emborsky
5/11 Wendy Bernard

5/14 Annie Modesitt
5/15 Robyn Chachula
5/16 Simona Merchant-Dest
5/17 Stacey Trock
5/18 The Sexy Knitter

5/21 Stephannie Tallent
5/22 Faina Goberstein
5/23 Romi
5/24 Laurie Wheeler

5/28 Rebecca Velasquez

50 comments:

katherinelynn_04 said...

Oh! An extra treat! I sometimes am quite sad that I dislike crochet as much as I do when I see what wonderful patterns are out there(though, admittedly, they're always the SUPER advanced ones!).

Sangeetha said...

nice those crochet patterns look amazing as do the knitting ones

Faith (the Vampire Slayer) said...

I feel like I say this all the time, but "Pretty!"

amchart said...

Beautiful patterns!

TopHat said...

Oh! I haven't had a chance to listen to Marly's podcast this week- thanks for the heads up on this "tour!"
And I hope I win!

Amber said...

It's always great to have patterns design specially for luxury yarns! You know your beautiful yarn will be shown off to it's best then.

Elise said...

Who would not want to win this gorgeous ebook.

Rachelle said...

I love the shawls in that; going to have to try to learn more than basic crochet I think.

Jaime P said...

Love the patterns in the group. Especially the shawls!

collegeknitting said...

Love the ebook! Thanks for the great give-away.

Iesadora said...

OOoooOOO I want to try the crochet ones and give the knitting one to my Mom!

Hind DP said...

I agree, the Apple Blossom Shawl is gorgeous!

Michelle said...

I have two skeins of Buffalo Moon that I think would look great in the Gladiolus hat and wristlets!

P.S. Got my yarn and project bag; thanks so much!

Tracey said...

Count me in! The patterns are lovely and would love to win.

Andrea said...

These are some really lovely patterns!

Marlitharn said...

So lovely! And one can never have too many patterns, after all.

sacha said...

So fun! Thank you for this chance!

Sharon Abbott Cowan said...

Truly beautiful patterns and as someone who does both knit and crochet a double treat.

Sharon Abbott Cowan said...

Beautiful patterns and as someone who both knits and crochets a double treat.

LochKnitsMonster said...

You're so good to us. :)

Stranded Things said...

Oh wow, that cowl is really something! I crochet too, although not as much as I knit, so double yay!

Sparkee Spud said...

Those indeed are some cute patterns! I love the hat/mitt set!

kissu said...

This is a really nice giveaway for international readers like me :)

Nadine said...

The designs shown are great. Makes one very curious about the balance of the projects.

Laura said...

Even though I'm a knitter, I like that they showed some love for knitters and crocheters alike in this collection.

Katelyn said...

Thanks for the chance to win! This books looks amazing and I love the work that Kristin does! Thanks for sharing with us!

PenCraft said...

I love that last shawl. Some great designs!

Linda Aasan said...

That's a lot of nice patterns!

Kassia said...

Lovely patterns. I've not tried their yarn before but I'd like to! :)

Debbie said...

I would love to win! Thanks!

Kitten With a Whiplash said...

I like the Tulip Tiered Cowl. I switched from crochet to knitting several years ago, due to hand pain. I wanted a crochet hem facing for a dress I knit recently, and was elated to discover I can crochet without paing again, if only for brief periods, and this would be a great first pattern to celebrate! Thanks for the giveaway.

Kathy said...

Beautiful patterns. I'm not especially drawn to shawls generally speaking, but the Lily of the Incas shawlette is sublime.

sjanova said...

I always wonder if/how shawlettes can be enlarged, since I generally need more warmth than they cover. These are really lovely patterns.

Kathy said...

Such a gorgeous collection! And I'm just learning how to crochet, so having both types of patterns would be fabulous!

Turtle said...

i love her designs, these are just a bonus!

ajz said...

What a beautiful book!

Brenda said...

looks like a great book. Love the cowl!

vasterblue said...

I was able to fondle Bijou Basin Ranch yarns in person at the Michigan Fiber Arts Festival last year and they are sooooo yummy. I love that there are an (almost) equal mix of knit and crochet patterns in the book.

Beth W. said...

Beautiful! I have some of their yarn and it is just beautiful! Thanks for the fun

Meg said...

I love the Lily of the Inca's shawlette - what an interesting edge. There are great patterns in this collection.

Christine Lima said...

Now those are some nice crochet patterns!

stephigordon said...

I love the Lily of the Inca's shawlette - lovely, lovely! Thanks for the chance! Stephanie (indigodogmt on Ravelry)

asteride said...

Thank you for this treat! All the patterns are amazing and I love the shawls.

CarolynEll said...

Love the patterns!

Frankly Beka said...

Spiffy. Looks like fun.

Tish said...

As I both knit and crochet, I am excited about this treat giveaway! I the patterns are wonderful! ^_^

butnostephanie said...

These are such pretty patterns!

Lindr said...

I was lucky enough to visit Bijou Basin Ranch last summer; the yaks are delightful. Working with their yarn is too!

Ref said...

Nice patterns! Maybe now I have to learn crochet? I've been thinking about it for a while.

-Ravnejenta (Rav)

Suzanne said...

Wow! I love the edging on Lily of Incas. I"ll have to go look at this collection. thanks for making me aware of it.