2.25.2013

giveaway #105

The three winners of the Annie Yarns giveaway are:

Catherine, Krys @ Keeping Plus, & amchart

Congratulations! Please contact me at yarnonthehouse@gmail.com to collect your prizes.


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...

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Pattern: Autumn's End
Designer: Alana Dakos
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool
Colorway: Gray
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):


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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:


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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.

Sincerely,

Ve

664 comments:

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Nat said...

I LOVE this collection, I think if you twisted my arm Entangled Vines would be my favorite but I don't see one I wouldn't actually want to knit.

mrsmommy on Rav

Lisa said...

It is truly hard to pick one (or even three), but here goes....Autumn's End, Ivy Trellis Sock and Twigs and Willows are my favorites. I will likely knit at least those and maybe more - how grand would it be to do so with yarn provided by such generous sponsors!!

dove said...

My favs are -
Wrapped in Leaves,
Pressed in Leaves,
Ivy Trellis Socks.

I love to knit shawls and socks, but I am in serious need of a hat for this winter yet. The hat is absolutely gorgeous. This book is right up my alley. I am a graduate of U of MN in Forestry Science. These patterns are great. Thanks to all of you for the generous prizes.

KimS said...

I love them all, but Wrapped in Leaves shawl is my favorite!

Kahulani Make-Up said...

This may or may not be a repeat comment. Sorry in advance I keep trying to enter and it keeps fouling up.
I'm in love with the patterns from Botanical Knits! choosing 3: Wrapped in Leaves Shawlette
Forest Floor Hat
Twigs and Willows Cardigan.
All look lovely!!
Thanks for the generous giveaway!

KRHknitting said...

So pretty! My favorites are the Twin Leaf Loop, Spring Foliage, and Wrapped in Leaves Shall! Thank you!
Kristy
KRHknitting on Ravelry

Anonymous said...

What an amazing give-away. My favourites are Autumn´s End, Trellis Socks, Twin Leaf Cowl. May this lovely yarn-package end up with me in Denmark.
ihg@sol.dk

Floderten said...

I think the Ivy Trellis socks are absolutely gorgeous - though it's hard to choose just one!

OdileAnne said...

This giveaway is a knitter's dream! So my favorite patterns are Autumn's end, Twigs and willows and Oak trail. And now I cross my fingers!

Anonymous said...

Alana's designs are a new discovery to me and they are fabulous! My fav is Autumn's End, but also Wrapped in Vines and Oak Trail. Please please let me win this amazing prize!

Rae Lynne said...

Oh my gosh, what a fantastic giveaway!

I'm just in love with Alana's new book and all the designs, they are so very her.

My top three favorite patterns at the moment are Autumn's End, Buds & Blossoms and Oak Trail, although this list changes depending on when I last looked at the patterns. :)

raelynne01 on Ravelry

Quill said...

I love Autumn's End... although they are ALL lovely...

Anonymous said...

What a grand collection..love the cardigan designs
Twigs and Willows and Entangled Vines. Also would like to knit the hats. Thanks.
Lyn41on Ravelry

HannaF said...

I love Alanna's designs...waiting for my book to arrive.
My three favorites: Oak Trail, Ivy Trellis socks, Twigs and Willows.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to win this amazing pice. I love the twigs and willows cardigan.

Carolyn Bloom said...

I would be thrilled to win such a generous bounty!
My top three (you're right one is too few!) patterns are: Entangled Vines, Pressed Leaves and the Ivy Trellis Mittens.
I love your blog. Thanks so much for another fun giveaway!
eandnsmom@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

My 3 favorite patterns are Buds in Bloom, Twigs and Willow, and Autumns End.
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Anonymous said...

Autumn's End
Ivy Trellis Mittens
Forest Floor

monkalicious on Ravelry

Liz said...

I love them all, but Autumn's End takes the cake for me! What a giveaway!

Marilyn said...

The Wrapped in Leaves, Entangled Vines, and Autumn's End are my favorite patterns in Alana's new book. Thanks for the chance to win!

Susan said...

Hard to only choose top three but the ones I would knit first are Twigs and Willows, Entangled Vines, and Oaktrail. Thanks for the great giveaway!

qtskg said...

Another amazing giveaway. I'd put everything but the pattern I'd knit would be Forest Floor. I'm obsessed with hats.

Catrina Lyttle said...

These are beyond lovely! My faves are: Buds and Blooms, Ivy Trellis socks and pressed leaves. (cmlyttle on ravelry)

Devon said...

This is such a generous giveaway! I'm thinking about knitting a new hat for my friend and trying to decide between Pressed Leaves, Oak Trail and Forest Floor.

Jennifer Karyn said...

I LOVE the pressed leaves baret!!!

Jennifer Karyn said...

I LOVE the pressed leaves baret!!!

Gwen A said...

Pressed Leaves and Fall Foliage make my little heart go pitterpat. :) And there's no way I'd be giving them away (at least, not the first set!). I need to start making things for myself this year - sad when a knitter has nothing hand-knit to wear! And those yarns? I just want to curl up with 'em...

thank you for this awesome giveaway!

gracie41999 on Ravelry

Sherry - SandlapperDreams said...

So glad to have found your blog! My favorite patterns in this book are Buds and Blooms, Pressed Leaves, and Autumn's End. Scrumptious!

Unknown said...

Fabulous giveaway! My favorite is Autumn's End. Great detail, light and airy. Love it! Would be thrilled to win!
eberlin0127@gmail.com

Pats S said...

Twigs and Willows is stunning and I would love to knit it up for myself.

Lazy Mountain Girl said...

I LOVE this book! I am def. planning on knitting the Oak Trail asap but I am also loving twigs & willows and entangled vines... but lets be serious I love them all!

Celeste F said...

These patterns are beautiful! I study plants which make the all the more interesting to me. My favorite is the Autumn's End Sweater, and the second would be Twigs and Willows. I think I have a new project in mind now!

Rhonda Kroesbergen said...

Wow! What an awesome giveaway! I love the Autumn's End pullover. What a great idea to make the fingerless gloves with the leftover yarn! Happy knitting to the lucky winner!

Juli said...

I love the Ivy Trellis Mittens, Autumns end and the Twigs and Willows Cardigan (but really, all of them are great!).

Julieca on Rav

Gerry Rogers said...

I adore the Autumn's End sweater. It's already been in my queue!

Heston Folks said...

Mmmm....only three? Because seriously, I do plan to knit them all! Top three for now are Autumn's End, Twin Leaf Loop and Oak Trail. Such a beautiful collection. Thanks for the opportunity to win in your giveaway!

knitmish on Ravelry said...

I am glad I don't have to just choose one, that's pretty much impossible! I really love Twigs and Willows, the Wrapped in Leaves shawl, and the Spring Foliage mitts. Gorgeous book!

Charlotte V said...

I have the Botanical Knits book, and I haven't find the perfect yarn yet... so this giveaway is perfect for me ! ;)

My three favs : "Pressed leaves", "Ivy Trellis mittens" and "Autumn's End".

Kiss from France

On Ravelry : CharlotteChaton

Roxanne Smith said...

My favorite is Autumn's End though I really lke them all.
roxanne331smith@hotmail.com

Christine Lima said...

Loving those Ivy Trellis Mittens! Definitely a day for mittens here...

missagnes said...

If I had to choose, I would start with Entangled Vines and follow with Oak Trail for a gorgeous retro style.
Thanks to the sponsors for this fantastic giveaway.
Ravelry ID: missagnes

chris m said...

What a super giveaway! My favorite patterns are Entangled Vines which I have just started and then Twigs and Willows and Autumns End. But everything else is also on my list to knit!!!

christina vosloo said...

Autumn's end, Press leaves hat and Twigs and Willows. A lovely give-away

Morgan Chinoy said...

Loving this collection! Autumns' End is definitely my favorite.

Hannah said...

I love them all! But I think my favorites are Twigs and Willows, Buds and Blooms, and the beautiful Ivy Trellis mittens.

Anonymous said...

It's difficult to choose a favourite.. I love Buds and Blooms cardigan.. So cute!

Tinkerdink said...

Ivy Trellis Socks! I love socks! Buds & Blooms for sure! And the Pressed Leaves Hat!!!

Linda H said...

Twigs and Willows, definitely !

vickyknit said...

My favorites are entangled vines, pressed leaves, and twigs and willows! So hard to choose a favorite.

Judy said...

Only 1 Favorite??? That almost makes me sad, however after flipping a coin I would choose Twine Leaf Loop. All are amazing utilizing natures beauty.

Anonymous said...

Ooh I love that Autumn's End pullover too! It looks lovely! They are all stunning though...choosing one is far too hard! (hannah@philackroyd.karoo.co.uk)

Sarah Bear said...

I love Oak Trail, Spring Foliage, and Twigs & Willows. Gorgeous!

Donnaj said...

Autumn's End is my favourite.

Unknown said...

Love them all, but I think the first 3 I'll knit are the Twin Leaf Loop, Oak Trail cloche, and the Entangled Vines cardigan.

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Kate said...

Entangled Vines, but I love them ALL!

Glen Fandf said...

Beautiful! My favorites are Twigs and Willows, Autumn's End, and the Leaves Wrap (which I'm not remembering the correct name for).

Thanks so so much for hosting this giveaway. :)

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Anonymous said...

Autumns End would be perfect for me to break the barrier and make something to keep.

Anonymous said...

One favourite! Ha! I love them all. If I had to pick 3, they'd be Autumn's End, Pressed Leaves, and Oak Trail. They're all so beautiful, though.

penelope stitch stop said...

I like the following: Autumn's End, Entangled Vines, and Pressed Leaves.

penelope stitch stop said...

I like the following: Autumn's End, Entangled Vines, and Pressed Leaves.

Ana said...

I really do love the Pressed Leaves Beret. Ana
anahuron@gmail.com

Violingirl76 said...

Oak trail and autumn's end are lovely and buds and blooms looks so cozy! Thanks for hosting such an awesome giveaway!!

Anonymous said...

Autumn's End is ONE of my favorites, but it's very hard to choose just one

Gwenn said...

I adore the Oak Trail hat and Twigs and Willows cardi. All of the patterns are incredible however and was very hard to choose!

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