Friday, April 05, 2013

ISLAND :: Review & Giveaway

ISLAND Cover

I have the opportunity to share with you Jane Richmond’s newest collection of patterns in an ebook (or book!) called ISLAND. I have to say that the ebook is really well put together & the patterns are just stunning.

Arbutus

My favourite pattern in this book is the Arbutus Cowl. It’s very cute (my style!) and even the yarn/color is just stunning/a great choice. (I ♥ madelinetosh tosh dk!)

ISLAND Grace Collage ISLAND Rathtrevor CollageISLAND Renfrew ISLAND Strathcona Collage

There are 4 other patterns in the book as well, Strathcona (bottom right), Renfrew (bottom left), Rathtrevor (top right), Grace (top left). The patterns are just amazing, and look at the photography of them… they are gorgeous. The photographer happens to be Jane’s own brother, Nicholas Kupiak.

The book layout is very well though out and put together.  I caught on that the book had one sweater pattern, with 4 accessories to go with it – not sure if this was intentional or not? There’s a pair of fingerless mitts, a hat, a scarf and that fave cowl of mine. How genius! And the stunning photos taken on Vancouver Island, are breathtaking… I can’t express how much I mean this. The entire ebook shows that a lot of work was put into it.

I’ve always been a fan of Jane’s work. While I actually own several of her patterns, I haven’t yet knit any of them… I know, I know… But so many that I do want to make of hers. Jane’s designs come out so fast, that I don’t have enough time to knit them fast enough. (Especially since the current sweater I’m working on, has been in progress since last June, sigh). I’m off to go figure out which of Jane’s patterns I will start next. It will be my next project. (If my husband doesn’t notice that I’ve been neglecting his 2nd Sock…owed from Xmas 2009… oops, shhh!)

If you want to get your hands on a copy of ISLAND, you can get print copies through Amazon.ca, Amazon.com or at your local yarn shop. You can pick-up a copy of the ebook on Ravelry here.

Would you like a chance to WIN your own copy of the ebook? Jane has generously given me a ebook to give away to one of my lucky readers!

** THE RULES **
-The giveaway is open to everyone since it’s a digital file sent to you from Jane herself
- The giveaway ends one week from now, so Friday, April 12th, 2013 at 12:00 midnight EST.
- All comments must include either a valid email address, Ravelry ID, or some way that I can contact you.
- Winner will be chosen via random number generator and will be contacted within 24 hours after giveaway ends/announced on my blog.

** HOW TO ENTER **

Leave a comment telling me which of these 5 patterns you want to knit & tell me what yarn you'd like to knit it in! For an extra entry, tweet about the giveaway, and leave me a secondary comment with the link to your tweet. For another extra entry, follow me on twitter @knitpurlmama & come back and let me know that you follow me (and what your username is!)

All photos in this post are © Nicholas Kupiak.

53 comments:

Sandra said...

the cowl and the sweater are stunningly gorgeous! Just beautiful.

Kerry said...

The cowl is totally my fave too! I love Madelinetosh yarns. We're expecting a shipment of Pashmina soon and I can't wait for it to arrive! I think it would be perfect for the cowl. :-)

Gabriela said...

I absolutely LOVE that cowl! I'm sure I have some madtosh in my stash and if not then it would be the perfect excuse to buy some! ;)

Dawn said...

I love Grace and think it would look fabulous in Hazel Knits Entice!

Monica said...

I have had my eye on Grace and Renfrew ever since this collection came out!!!
I would love to own a copy of this collection!
I am Knitulescu on Ravelry.

Gabriela said...

I tweeted about the giveaway here: https://twitter.com/simplygabriela/status/320355011085340672

moutons said...

Definitely thinking of the Rathtrevor mitts in some Orange Flower Twist sock!

moutons said...

Definitely thinking of the Rathtrevor mitts in some Orange Flower Twist sock!

Nadine said...

This pattern book rocks! :) I would like to say that I would start with the Grace cardigan in creamy-white Rowan 4-ply wool from my stash, but it would be more realistic to start with a pair of the Rathtrevor handwarmers since I already have three other cardigans in my queue! I LOVE cardigans.

Nadine said...

Consider it tweeted, my friend -https://twitter.com/corazenia

Susan said...

I've wanted to knit the cowl for quite a while in some merino/camel DK that I have. And, saw a pair of the mitts up close and in person and need those, as well (same yarn).

Debora said...

I would love knit the Arbutus cowl in either some Madelinetosh or The Plucky Knitter yarn. I'm dimples74 on Ravelry. :-)

Barbara B. Solbrig said...

I love the Strathcona scarf, and I would see about finding some of the Sparrow to make in because I love linen, and haven't worked with theirs!

Anonymous said...

I really love the Arbetus Cowl. I would knit it in Madeline Tosh Light. I have a beautiful shade of green that it would look lovely in. I am Globabynyc on Ravelry.

Stefanie said...

I am in love with the Renfrew hat and want to knit the scarf with some lovely handspun I just picked up. I am ssummerer on ravelry. Thanks for this opportunity!

Lisa said...

Lovely patterns! I love the cowl and I would knit it in handspun.

Yarn Yenta said...

i love the hat!
simple but elegant.

Anonymous said...

love the hat and scarf .. very elegant patterns .. would have to go with a dolce for the hat and a silky bamboo for the scarf .. great contest .. i am krazyknitter66 on Ravelry .. thank you and good luck to al1 :)

bigpuppy1000@yahoo.com said...

so many lovely patterns, and :( so little time to knit them all... but,if I could, the cowl would become my cold weather stand by.

Vilhelmine said...

I'd definitely knit the Grace cardigan! I might use Malabrigo Sock, Wollmeise Twin or Pure, Cascade Heritage as it's easily available, or maybe some locally hand-dyed yarn :)

My Ravelry nick is Vilhelmine, in case I win :)

lucki67 on ravelry said...

Oh the cowl! the cowl!
in some plucky knitter yarn!

Caroline said...

I seriously love all the patterns! I think the cowl is my favourite, but I'm not sure I have yarn for it in my stash right now... So it would be a good opportunity to try madelinetosh! I agree with you, the colour is gorgeous!

wickedstitches said...

I LOVE the Grace cardi...and the hat is a close second for me. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Julie said...

I totally want to knit this cardi, so pick me Dear Random!!
julie1912 on Rav :)

SapphireBlue said...

I would love the Grace pattern!

Hattie Tavares said...

Been wondering where you are! Glad to see you posting again.

That renfrew hat has been on my list of to knit for a while!

katie metzroth said...

I started following you on twitter. I'm @katiemetzroth

katie metzroth said...

I have to agree with you. My fave is the Arbutus Cowl. very classic. and I can't argue with Madeline tosh.....thinking red. :)

katie metzroth said...

I retweeted your giveaway tweet.

Barb said...

Strathcona is cute!

Anonymous said...

I'm jenboh on ravelry. I really love all the patterns so much, but with summer coming I think that Strathcona in cotton or linen would be perfect!

The Wild Rumpus said...

I'm HeatherDB on Ravelry and am actually co-hosting the Grace KAL for the upcoming Mad May event in the Madelinetosh Lovers group. I've got tosh Pashmina already on order and can't wait to get started. It seems like the perfect spring/summer cardi.

Anonymous said...

Grace is simply perfect! Quince & co finch would be my yarn choice.
Johalley on rav

Lisa (JeepGirl) said...

I would knit Grace in something yummy from Mad Tosh!

Rosa said...

I love the cardigan!! Although I'm just learning how to knit that cardigan is right up my alley. My user name on ravelry is rmancuso but, you know where to find me :)

pikkle said...

I love the mitts and the scarf. I don't know what I would use - I'd have to scour the stash, but I'd go with a semi-solid for sure!

(pikkle on Rav)

pikkle said...

I think my first post was nixed.

I love the mitts and the scarfy. I would knit it out of a semi-solid yarn, but I'm not sure which one yet.

Anonymous said...

Pretty! I love the patterns!

I'd do the Arbutus cowl in dk or worsted, in semisolid or even more variegated yarns. I have a merino silk DK in my stash that would be perfect for it.

The renfrew hat, I'd do in either sport, dk, or worsted, most likely semisolid. I have the perfect pairing in my stash - madelinetosh dk, colorway "midnight in manhattan."

The strathcona is also lovely. I'd do that in fingering to sport. Those single skeins that never became socks would be perfect as this, but I could also use some tosh pashmina that I have in, or even some tilli thomas silk that has been sitting in my stash.

(and in case I win -- mintmocha on ravelry) :)

g-girl said...

Grace is gorgeous...so is the cowl. Though I don't know what yarn I'd use!

TACIStudio said...

The cowl is my absolutely favorite and I wouldn't knit it with anything else but Madelinethosh... Lobe the color on the pattern also. Lovely choice. I would love to be entered for a chance to win.

Anonymous said...

I love them all. I'd knit Renfrew in Madelinetosh Vintage.

Glad to see another giveaway for Island; didn't think there would be anymore.

StaceyKnitsIt ravelry

Cassandra said...

I love the mitts, no idea what yarn I'd use though :)

Anonymous said...

I just knit my first sweater, so I'm feeling better prepared to tackle the Grace Cardigan. I'd love to knit that sweater in Mad Tosh, which I've never used.
Rav ID Zaelia-Blue

Tricia said...

I want to make the strathcona! It is so pretty! I adore the colors it's done in, but I have a lot of that color. I'm thinking a mustard!

Anna Graf said...

Arbutus cowl for sure! So different and unique but gorgeous!
Thanks for the chance to win!

Brandy Bishop said...

I'd like to knit the Strathcona. It's not something I'd normally wear- not my style- yet theres' something very modern and very 80's about the design. I'd probably use a Malabrigo yarn- a bruised purple color or blue like the Caribbean waters.

Anonymous said...

I love the arbutus cowl. I knit the honey comb cowl this winter in my fav yarn, Madelinetosh and would knit this cowl in the same yarn, probably in the seaway, or white wash. Thanks Rav ID- Cynjackson

Heather Baylis said...

I would love to win ISLAND, all the designs are beautiful and I would knit up Arbutus first in Madeleine Tosh, for sure...followed by Strathcona in Quince & co. Thank you for the great give away. Cheers
Heather at habaylis@gmail.com

sugarknit on Ravelry said...

Renfrew, with madelinetosh!

Marisa said...

I am jonsing for Grace. What a gorgeous thing!

MaryEllen Reimers said...

I have to knit Renfrew the scarf NOW!! :)

Debbie W said...

I'm loving the Strathcona scarf. The open pattern makes a great scarf for our warmer weather here in So Calif. (I'm stampurr on Ravelry)

Lucia said...

I love Island and I want to knit all the patterns! :) but I'd start with Rathtrevor in madelinetosh tosh dk (I haven't chosen a colour yet...). I never used that yarn and I'd really like to try it because it looks amazing!
Raverly ID: Dawnreads
Oh, and I follow you on twitter (I'm @luciaci).
Thanks for the chance to win!