Island Blog Tour + Giveaway!

My lovely friends Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook recently contacted me to see if I'd be interested in being part of a blog tour for Jane's gorgeous new knitting book, ISLAND. Of course, I jumped at the chance! They sent me the book earlier this month, and let me just say that if you pick up one knitting book this year, ISLAND should be it. These patterns are well-executed, easy to understand, perfect for every knitter ... and once you see them you'll want to knit them all. The photos are breathtaking ... cover to cover. If you're a nerd like me, you'll appreciate the paper quality (the cover is like butter) and the clean graphic design. Here is Jane's collection.





As soon as I had the book in my hands, I cast-on Arbutus in bright yellow Misti Alpaca Tonos Worsted. I love how sculptural this cowl is! It looks so cool when you wear it; I love how the front three tiers lay and move with you as you do your thing. It's one of those pieces that you can throw on and you know it will look good all day long.
The construction is pretty fantastic ... short rows and three tiers that connect in the back. This colorway is called ‘Michelle’s Dress’, named after the First Lady’s Inauguration dress from 2009. It’s a little bit hard to see in my photos, but there are places where the yellow tones turns greenish. So cool.
Next, I knew I had to knit myself a Renfrew. This is quite possibly the best-fitting hat I have ever made. (The pattern has instructions for a regular cap or slouchy hat ... I knitted the slouchy version.)
I used a skein of kelly green Araucania Toconao Solid and I love how it turned out.
 There are subtle color variations in this yarn that look super cool with the reverse stockinette.
This hat flew off the needles in record time, probably because Jane's clever pattern instructs you to knit it inside-out to take advantage of the knit stitch. Slick!
And this awesome band on one side of the hat is made of mock cables. So fantastic to knit. I already have yarn picked out to make a second one.
So, you totally want to get your hands on this book, right? Print copies of ISLAND are available now through Amazon.comAmazon.ca, and Amazon.co.uk. The e-book is available through the ISLAND Ravelry shop

OR. Leave a comment on this post telling me which pattern is your favorite. One lucky winner will receive a print copy of ISLAND. The winner will be chosen on Monday, January 28.

ISLAND is a collection of handknits designed by Jane Richmond and inspired by life on Vancouver Island. This book was a special artistic journey to bring Jane's patterns to life with photography by Nicholas Kupiak, modeling by Kylee Shaw, and graphic design/layout & conception by Shannon Cook & Jane Richmond.  

Follow along as ISLAND makes it's way across the rest of these blog stops...

J A N U A R Y
   8th - Vancouver Yarn
 10th - KD Quilts
 14th - Canadian Living
 17th - Celtic Cast On
22nd - Canary Knits
 24th - Hey Jen Renee
 29th - The Yarniad
 31st - Knitted Bliss

F E B R U A R Y
   5th - French Press Knits
   7th - Truly Myrtle
 12th - Noodlehead
 19th - SweetGeorgia
 21st - A Playful Day

72 comments:

  1. Jane's patterns are all so lovely, it is difficult to choose just one. I think Arbutus is an essential in my wardrobe, can't wait to make it.

    jska510 on ravelry

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  2. Love them all, but Arbutus is a must. Just added the book to my Amazon wish list too :)

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  3. I love the hat pattern the best because I need to knit up some new ones to keep my ears warm! My ears freeze in the winter time.

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  4. Dang! All are pretty, but I'd love to take a crack at Grace.

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  5. Jessie - me too! Grace is gorgeous!!

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  6. Ahhhh! I love how your projects turned out, Jen!! Amazing. I'm dying to snag this book, I think the Renfrew is the ultimate hat. I've got to learn how to do it!

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  7. I would have to say Grace - it looks like a sweet knitted version of a comfy favorite tee!

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  8. Its hard to choose just one. Grace and Renfrew are both gorgeous!

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  9. Arbutus is my favorite! I love the tiers and your yarn choice was perfect.

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  10. I love Grace. I have a thing for sweaters even though I live in the South.

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  11. Grace and Strathcona are my favorites - love the mesh lace design!

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  12. I love the Renfrew hat!!! but they are all so lovely!

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  13. love love love the renfrew hat! thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  14. I'm not sure it's possible to choose a favourite, but I do know that the first thing I'd cast on for is Renfrew. Gorgeous!

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  15. I really like the Renfrow hat! The green that you chose for yours is awesome, too. What a nice collection of patterns. (I am SusanQ on Ravelry.)

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  16. I adore the Arbutus cowl you knit! What a great color on you (and in general). I have to admit too, be because apparently I'm still twelve, the name makes me giggle.

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  17. I just finished a hat and am dying to start another one! The RenFrow hat is definitely the next hat for me!

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  18. I love Grace. Am I right in picking up a Scottish them in the naming of the patterns? I'm intrigued and off to do research because I too am a massive nerd

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  19. My favorite id Renfrew.
    Ninnilina on Ravelry

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  20. Definitely Renfrew! Love simple but beautiful hats!

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  21. I think they all looks great, but I love fingerless mitts, so my favorite is Rathtrevor.

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  22. I have to admit that I have only just started knitting again, so it might be a while before i can take a crack at it, but I am completely head over heels for Grace. It's the perfect sweater! And I've always been one of those people who just jumps into a tough project and learns by doing. What better "first sweater" project?

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  23. be still my yarn loving heart...i need to make Arbutus..and definitely Strathcona...swoon!

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  24. I'm really into cowls right now and need to try new patterns. The Arbutus looks perfect! I need to add one to my collection right now.

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  25. Grace looks beautiful, but I'm not sure my knitting skills are up to that yet, so Arbutus would be my next pick. : )

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  26. Gorgeous!! I love the Arbrutus...such an interesting cowl.

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  27. I would really like to make Grace!

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  28. I really love your green renfrew. I think that would be my first pattern to knit from the collection :)

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  29. Grace!!! Oh I so want to knit one for me. And Renfrew is my next favourite.

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  30. ooh that is a gorgeous book, I think arbutus is my favourite too!!

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  31. I love Grace, but really love them all!

    StaceyKnitsIt ravelry

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  32. That green hat loks awesome! Almost makes me think I could make one too!! Worth a shot!

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  33. I love the Grace cardigan for my long-term project, and the Renfrew for my quick knit.

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  34. Arbutus. But they all would be taken on.

    renegadepugs@yahoo.com

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  36. These are all lovely, but I'd probably start with Strathcona
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

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  37. I love grace! it so pretty

    happycrafter207 (at)aol(dot)com

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  38. LOVE LOVE LOVE Arbutus.... love the yellow!

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  39. The collection looks so fantastic! I know I will be making that hat one way or another!

    cjnordbyATgmailDOTcom

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  40. Tough to choose one, but I think I will go with Arbutus. And I love that you described it as sculptural. Which it is!
    (pick me, pick me!)

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  41. I love Rathtrevor. Perfect for all my 3/4 length sleeves! All of them are beautiful.

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  42. Renfrew is lovely. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  43. I love Arbutus. Thanks for posting your FO, I didn't realize what the shape of the cowl was. Now I definitely want to make one.

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  44. I love Grace! But all of Jane's patterns are so lovely.

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  45. Renfrew is beautiful. Thanks for the give away

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  46. My favorite is Grace. Excted to make it.

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  47. Refrew would be my pick, altho Strathcona is a close second.

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  48. Arbutus looks like an awesome pattern. It looks like it is not your run of a mill cowl.

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  49. I love them all! I'm a sucker for great design, and all of these fit the bill. But I'd probably start with Renfrew. I'm totally coveting your green version of this hat (ha! I'm green with envy.)

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  50. These are all beautiful. My favourite is Rathtrevor - I'm in fingerless mitts phase!

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  51. They're all lovely but Strathcona might have to join my queue.

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  52. The Grace cardi, for sure. Thanks for the chance!

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  53. Renfrew looks really awesome!

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  54. I think a Renfrew hat would be just the thing in some malabrigo or tosh! Thanks for this opportunity!

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  55. I love the Grace cardigan.
    naomil1@verizon.net

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  56. For me it has to be Arbutus - just lovely. And what clever construction with the reverse stockinette - that's my kind of knitting pattern! Thanks Jen and Jane.
    Laura xo

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  57. Love your version of Renfrew...as I'm a green girl! I like the Arbutus and the Strathcona

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  58. I love Grace and a close second is Stratcona. Such a great book, I'd love to give it a good home!

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  59. I am eager to give Arbutus a try!

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  60. The Grace cardi is delicious! Gonna get the pattern on Ravelry if I don't win the book...

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  61. Ack! It's hard to pick a favourite, but I'd like to knit Rathtrevor first!

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  62. Renfrew, definitely. I hate hats that barely cover your ears...this one DOES look plenty big. Knitting something inside out...FUN.
    DEBRA

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  63. I'm smitten with the renfrew hat. It's adorable!

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  64. I really want to knit the hat and the cowl in complementary colors :-)

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  65. I love love love the Renfrew hat! Lovely blog!

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  66. kmelamed@comcast.netJanuary 28, 2013 8:37 AM

    They are all so lovely, but Renfrew might be my favorite!

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