Catherine, Krys @ Keeping Plus, & amchart
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I'm truly ecstatic and honored to be hosting a Botanical Knits giveaway today! By now you just have to know that I'm an Alana Dakos of NeverNotKnitting fanatic/devotee/enthusiast, possibly could be called a NNK maniac! Alana's newest collection is beyond breathtaking. Words can't describe what the twelve Botanical Knits patterns do to my little knitting heart. I stalk the patterns on Ravelry regularly, along with so many others, I'm sure!
I've been lucky enough to knit two of the pieces in the collection already: I test/sample knit the Pressed Leaves beret last year & when Alana started posting the pictures of the collection on Rav, I begged for an advance copy of the Autumn's End sweater to knit for Jasmine and to feature on the blog during the giveaway! I'm thrilled with how the Autumn's End turned out...
Pattern: Autumn's End
Designer: Alana Dakos
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool
My Rav project page here
Modeled by: Jasmine, my DD
This pullover is just perfect! I intentionally knit this sweater smaller than the smallest size with some mods (all listed in my pattern notes) on purpose. I was trying to perfect the changes that I wanted to make for my larger size, and I'm really happy I did. Jasmine loves her sweater and has worn it several times already. The pattern is beautifully written, easy to work from, and kept my attention the entire time. I knit this thing in 5 days flat - granted it was a really small version of the sweater.
I ended up choosing to use some Silky Wool from my stash for this project (which I think worked very well for this earthy leaf design), but I'm really itching to knit this sweater for myself out of the original yarn Alana chose for the book, Berroco's Ultra Alpaca Light. The UAL is such a gorgeous yarn and has such a beautiful palette of colors to chose from. Now, if only I could pick just one!
I don't need to tell you that I want to knit all of the projects in this book. So, I'm just going to post a little collage of the projects in the order I plan to conquer this endeavor (starting from bottom left corner and following to the right and up the side):
Alana says, "Knitters can order the printed copy for $22 + shipping. As a special thank you for preordering the printed copy, they will get the e-book for free immediately so that they can start on their projects. The printed book will ship mid-May. They will also receive an exclusive extra botanically inspired garment pattern with the copy of their printed book as a thank you from me for preordering. OR They can just order the e-book by itself for $18. This is a great option for those knitters who live internationally and do not want to pay the high cost of shipping. After the pre-order period ends in May.. the book will be available EITHER in print for $22 or e-book for $18. There will be no digital and print bundle offered."
So, you better jump on the band wagon! Now onto the good stuff... I have so many prizes for you this time! Alana is offering THREE PDF copies for three very lucky winners! Yup, that's the entire e-book for THREE lovely followers who comment below. Along with that, I have an array of yarn prizes:
That bucket is stuffed full of yarn from some of our wonderful sponsors for the three e-book winners! Here's what's in there:
TWELVE skeins of Berroco Ultra Alpaca in the yummy Candied Yam Mix color. That's enough to knit either the largest size of Autumn's End, or you could knit a smaller size and use the remaining skeins for some Spring Foliage fingerless mitts!
FOUR skeins of Classic Elite Yarns Magnolia in a luscious color called Terra Cota. That's just enough yarn to knit yourself a Wrapped In Leaves shawl.
ONE skein of Miss Babs Cosmic Hand-painted Sock Yarn in a stunning color named Biker Chick. You can either knit yourself a pair of Ivy Trellis Socks or the Ivy Trellis Mittens.
Then there's ONE skein of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino DK in the Magnolia Leaf colorway for a beautiful Pressed Leaves of your very own.
And, finally a squishy lovable skein of Blue Sky Alpacas Suri Merino in the earthy Harvest color to knit up a Forest Floor hat.
BUT, that's not all! We had such a huge response from sponsors about this giveaway that there's another "bucket full" of yarn that I sent along to Alana who will be hosting an additional giveaway on her NeverNotKnitting blog later this week, which will include: enough Brooklyn Tweed Shelter to knit a Twigs and Willows, more Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light in another color, more Classic Elite Yarns Magnolia, more Miss Babs Cosmic Hand-painted Sock Yarn, and additional yarn from the book's projects. Between the both of us, I think we got the whole book covered!! Be sure to check Alana's blog for more details in a few days.
Thank you to all the fantastic sponsors and Alana for putting together a giveaway to remember on YOTH!
I would like you to do the following if you would like to be entered into this week's giveaway:
1. Read over the rules if you have not done so already.
2. Leave a comment on this blog post by the end of Sunday, 3/10/13. Which pattern is your favorite in the Botanical Knits collection? Alright, I'm kidding, you can list your top three, since there's no way you could pick just one!
I'll randomly pick the winners in 2 weeks and post the results along with the new giveaway, so be sure to check back. Good luck everyone.