When I first started getting into knitting, like really getting into knitting, Kate Oates happened to fall into my path. It was the very beginning of my blog, Yarn On The House, and she became one of my first indie designers that so sweetly said yes to an interview and giveaway. Fast forward to now and we have managed to keep in touch all of these years. Not only on the knitting front, but also watching each others' families grow and be lucky enough to meet in person on a few occasions to drink wine, reminisce and laugh about the good, the bad and the ugly.
Kate is one of those designers that inspired me from the very beginning and she is still as wonderful and talented at producing wearable timeless garments with thoughtful detailing. Her pieces are ones that I would love to have in my closet... all of them. Only mine would be gray or black. You know me!
I am so very proud of my friend, Kate, for taking the leap into self publishing a real life printed book of her very own. Grown, Sophisticated Sweater Designs from the Maker of Tot Toppers, is a beautiful new book that features 10 raglan-style sweaters with minimal finishing, each inspired by an original Tot Toppers design. I hope that I was in some small way a little bug in her ear when she was deciding between digital only and print, because I knew deep down that this project was going to be magnificent and a collection of knitwear that will be in style for many, many years to come. And, I was right. The photography is stellar, the models are adorable, and Kate's genius garment engineering and tasteful design touch make this book, well, perfect.
YOTH was lucky enough to be included in two of her lovely patterns: the Grace Wrapper, a totally sweet and feminine wrap sweater that is perfect for skirts, long flowy tunics or dresses, and the handsome Scholar Cardigan, a very fitting companion for our unisex brand and yarn. The Grace Wrapper uses our soft Big Sister and the Scholar Cardigan was a perfect match for Father, our work horse of a worsted. And, that's only two of the ten great patterns in this book.
The book is available for pre-order here with some goodies to go along with it, or you can order this beauty as an e-book only, if you are a digital lover!
And, today Kate and I are hosting a giveaway for your chance to win a full pre-order package (Grown E-book & your choice of a single Tot Toppers coordinating children's pattern, the print version of Grown and a custom Retromantic Fripperies wooden treat) + a sweater's worth of Father (10 skeins) in our signature color Caviar for a Scholar Cardigan. All you need to do is pop over to Ravelry and go show Kate's new book some love and come back to comment here which of her 10 patterns is your favorite! The giveaway ends October 20th at midnight (Pacific Time), so make sure you leave your comment by then.
Hugs & Stitches!
P.S. I'm headed to Rhinebeck for the very first time. I'll be at the Indie Untangled event inside the Magpie Fibers booth. Be sure to stop by if you are there or just say hello if you see me walking around at the festival. I love meeting my peeps, in real life!