Thursday, 31 January 2013

Review and Giveaway: ISLAND

 ISLAND collection: Arbutus (far left), Strathcona (center), Renfrew (top right), Rathtrevor (middle right), Grace (bottom right).

I've been a fan of Jane Richmond's designs for a while- her knits have a clean, minimal aesthetic that is very modern and very timeless at the same time, traits that I really admire. When Jane first starting talking about doing a collection on her blog, I was excited to see it- I knew ISLAND would be gorgeous.

The photographs from the book are all beautifully done, and the layout is really inviting. The book feels very thorough and is consistent in the experience of the book, which truly evokes a west coast vibe, true to Jane's Vancouver Island roots. I have a really tough time picking a favourite:
  Arbutus is fascinating in it's construction and looks very wearable, and Grace looks like a perfect raglan cardigan that would go with absolutely everything. I was especially interested to see a table of information for all the sizing measurements and stitch counts for Grace, the sweater. I've never seen a more thorough outline of the specifications for a sweater, which makes is perfect for altering to customize a perfect fit, and if you are beginning to think about sweater design, shows just how much work goes into crafting a well fitting garment.

You should check out all the amazing FOs from these patterns on Ravelry. When you see all the beautiful FOs from this collection it is clear that the knits speak for themselves.

Would you like a chance to win a copy of this beautiful book? I bet you would! Leave a comment (including your Ravelry ID or email, so I can get in touch with you if you win!), comment on Facebook, or tweet about it! You can get extra entries to win if you comment AND facebook/tweet. The winner will be posted Sunday, Feb 3rd.

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moi.jejoues said...

these designs are really beautiful. I like the hat and the cardigan most :) If I win, i'd start the hat right away

mail:
mydonath@googlemail.com

fridica said...

Yes, yes, yes, I've been ogling these designs just today!

fridica on Rav

lounatine said...

All these knits are so beautiful! Hard to choose one favourite.
Thanks for this giveaway!
Id Ravelry : lounatine

jennybookworm said...

I really like her designs - I finally finished my first ever sweater for myself from her 'Ladies classic raglan pullover' pattern and I'd like to try a new one! (jennybookworm on rav.)

Elena said...

All of the designs are beautiful! I really like the cowl. It has such an unusual construction!
Thanks for the giveaway!
Rav Id: essiz

Lauraline said...

Beautiful, thanks for sharing! I love the cowl, and of course I would love to win the book! :)

Helen said...
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Helen said...

Beautiful collection, the cowl is really pretty!

hippadeemo on Rav

Lea said...

Such gorgeous patterns! I love the cardigan.

Rav Id: bananaducky

Angie said...

The designs and photography are beautiful! Please enter me into this giveaway! Thank you!!

Ravelry ID: multicrafty

haley said...

I love all of Jane's designs and can't wait to get my hands on this book

Haleyw at gmail . Com

Suze said...

Lovely!

Maaju said...

Seems like a great book, I'd love the chance to own a copy :)

Ravelry id: bamboonumber1

cbe said...

These look like exactly my style - simple, modern but made by hand. Beautiful!

stephigordon said...

I love this book and would be so happy to win! Thank you for the chance! Stephanie (indigodogmt on Ravelry)

cbe said...

And my Rav id is showbiz! (I didn't realize it wouldn't leave my email address...)

Retha said...

I want to win this book so badly! I'm holding out buying it but I will buy it if I don't win it. All the patterns look awesome and the photography amazing.

maybaby23 on rav

Vikki said...

Lovely book.

www.castlecountrystitchery@blogspot.com

Debbie said...

The design are truly beautiful! I've been knitting so much baby stuff lately, any of these articles would make for a welcome change.
Ravelry ID: bee88

Anonymous said...

Beautiful designs. Thanks for the giveaway!
Rav ID: annarichknits

Taloferia said...
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Taloferia said...

Oh, I would love a chance to win this book! Grace is my favourite design from the group. It looks like a beautiful collection.
taloferia on ravelry

duni said...

i really love the designs of this collection- all are classically wearable. well done!

-duniknits on rav

Stefanie said...

These designs are all really beautiful in their simplicity. I especially like the cardigan, I've been looking for a nice pattern for one for some time! Thanks for the giveaway!

Ravelry ID: TrixieTerrible

tree0252 said...

Oh I would love to knit some of these designs!

Ravelry id: knityogagirl

CeltChick said...

Well, I've been eyeing the Renfrew hat -- but every time I see the cowl, Arbutus, it looks more interesting! Maybe it's "growing" on me? AnnBan on Ravelry.

palmerck said...

These are all beautiful - I want to knit all 6!

My email is palmerck10@gmail.com

kim said...

This looks like such a beautiful book- I, too am a fan of Jane's designs. I think the cardigan is so lovely.
Rav ID: kimidawn24

Kelly J. R. said...

What a beautiful set of patterns!

kjramstack at yahoo dot com

suburban prep said...

How wonderful these are.
They would be such an array of new patterns to keep me busy.
msgb245 at gmail dot com

Gennie Catastrophe said...

I love the cardigan too! Really, almost all of Jane Richmond's designs are absolutely amazing.

GennieCatastrophe on Rav

Gemfirefly said...

Oh, the designs are beautiful, but that cardigan is perfect! I would love to knit that.

Gemfirefly on ravelry

motan said...

What a sweet little collection!
motan on Rav

Jen said...

Yes please! StormCoast on Rav.

Jersey Shore Deb said...

Looks like a lovely collection! I'd love to win. I adore the cardigan.
JerseyShoreDeb on Rav

Melanie said...

Beautiful!

Thank you for the opportunity

nina said...

This is such a beautiful book! I'd probably knit the Arbutus first - it looks so cozy with some great texture. Thanks for the review!

Jo Anne W-M said...

These are all lovely patterns. Love the cardigan and the cowl too.
joannewm from Ravelry

Grace said...

Lovely!

gracepf @ rav

Kathy Wallace said...

I've had my eye on this book since the previews were out! I'd love to knit every single pattern in it!
sassykrafty on Ravelry

Klaartje Coolen said...

I looked the book up for more pics, really cool! I think if I don't win it, I'm going to buy it ;)

rav: Klarie

Rebecca said...

These are lovely! I like the scarf and the cardigan best.

rkrentzwee at gmail dot com

LittleWit said...

I love the Grace sweater. It's lovely. :)

n said...

wow they all are amazing!

i love the cowl best. the cardigan is a close second!

Emma said...

Those are some really cool patterns in that book. I also like that she has made it easy to customize if you need. I'd love to own it!

nemmanem on ravelry

Amy J said...

Beautiful patterns! Love the small details.

txtaurus on ravelry

Unknown said...

Gorgeous designs.

Cecile said...

I really like the Renfrew hat (my favorite hats have to be slouchy with cables, so this one is perfect!).
Thanks for the review and giveaway.
CecileinIndiana on Ravelry

Amy said...

My favorite is Arbutus!

skpound said...

beautiful! I'm very new to knitting and love the cowl and scarf that are shown. I hope I win! I knit my first cowl just past weekend!

skapow on ravelry

sarahelana said...

I'm obsessed!! I want the cowl right now!!

sarahelana on Rav

Judi said...

i love everything in this book - would love to win it!!

Rav ID: Judigo

Anonymous said...

I would cast on the hat first -- I saw on Jane's blog that she knit one in Malabrigo Rio in the Ravelry Red colorway and it looks amazing!

Rav ID: ride2fly

Terry said...

Love these designs, they are simple and beautiful. Would love the book so I could knit them all.

Jennifer in Ohio said...

I love Jane's patterns, too. This new collection is amazing.

TcuFrogRN said...
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TcuFrogRN said...

These are very clean and nice just my type of patterns!

ravelry id tcufrogrn

Anonymous said...

Beautiful collection of patterns.....I would love to knit Grace...have some TFA sock yarn just waiting for the right project.
Thanks and happy knitting.
Lyn. lyn41( ravelry)

Jen said...

Stathcona is so gorgeous and I'd pick that same colour! jfunk5 (ravelry)

Mimi F said...

Love the arbutus!

christine said...

I would love to make Renfrew...looks great. duncanch on ravelry

J Caddick said...
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Mary said...

I love every design in the book. my favorite is the cardigan...and that cowl!

josie said...

I can't wait to get my hands on all these patterns! Thanks for the giveaway :)

zaeliablue said...

The more I see these patterns the more I want to knit every one of them. Renfrew would be the first on the needles, then Grace! Ravelry - Zaelia-Blue

Amanda A said...

I love Grace, and I think I would cast on for Strathcona straight away. It looks like the perfect accessory.

RavId: AmandaLynA

Anonymous said...

The book has some gorgeous designs in it! I'd love to win a copy :) (SarahVV on Rav)

Jessica said...

I love all of them and Jane's patterns are so easy to follow. I think I will make Arbutus first, but I adore Grace.

jska510 on rav

Sabrina said...

Wow! I just love the cardigan and hat! Thanks for the giveaway :D

bean1082@gmail.com

Lina said...

These are great designs! Would love to win the book, of course! :)

Pauline H said...

Oh yes, I would love a copy of these lovely patterns!

Jodi said...

Ooh, I'd love a copy! The Grace cardigan looks perfect -- very wearable and classic, but with just enough interest from the stitch pattern at the top.

Vivianne said...

I would love to have this book as a "knitting preview" for my summer trip to Vancouver !
viviknit@gmail.com

Rachel Coker said...

All of these are so beautiful! I think the mitts are my favorite.
ravID: ferventknitter

Barb said...

Thank you for giving away this great book. I love Grace! and would have to start one soon if i won.
Raverlry ID -brabb

Na said...

I love this collection, particularly the grace cardigan.
naomil1@verizon.net

Sarah said...

I'm from an island not far from Jane's and have long wanted to work up a collection inspired by home -- tickled that Jane has done so in the mean time! All of these look very wearable, and we're all about that in the Pacific Northwest.

Naycha said...

Beautiful collection. I'd knit/wear any of these designs.

Thanks for the opportunity!! I'll be FBing and Pinning!

RavID: Naycha

Helen said...

I would love a copy of this book. Mel at the Singlehandedknits podcast has raved about this book!

LakeviewChica on rav.

collegeknitting said...

I would love to win a copy! Thanks so much for such an awesome give-away.

YarnOnTheHouse said...

I don't enter many giveaways, but this is one that I would love to win! :)

lisateapot said...

Everyone of the patterns is gorgeous and I'm eager to knit them all! I would cast on for arbutus first, I'm intrigued by its construction.
(knursekettle on ravelry)

Connie K. said...

Lovely designs and a lovely book. I would love a copy!

greyowl (ravelry id)

Karine said...

Awesome designs! I just love that hat!

email: karinelarose@gmail.com
RavID: taffywduck

Yuliana said...

Love the book. Thanks for the giveaway.
RavID:anakcumiilang

Barbara Prime said...

I love the cardigan too! I would knit it in a stormy grey-blue, just likes the skies on the west coast.

AngelaH said...

Oh, how I love love love Island. I can't wait to knit Arbutus, and Renfrew is the hat of my dreams. Honestly, ever time I see one of Jane's patterns I just swoon.

Rav. ID: ahickman

Ginny said...

I am venea on Ravelry - and oh boy I'd love to get my hands on a copy of this! The author's been doing book signing tours of the yarn stores in my area and I haven't been able to go to any of them. :(

Lisa Olson said...

Beautiful designs!

Ravelry ID - sunflower722

knitterlydesigns said...

I love this collection. Very wearable.

knitterlydesigns @ Ravelry

Rachel said...

I love that cardigan! I would be super excited to win this! Love your blog, and you daughter is so cute!!

Rachel

juicyknits said...

I love this collection. But most of all, that Grace cardi. Juicyknits on Ravelry.

Jeanne said...

What a lovely book! kreaturekat on Rav.

Shirley said...

Each time I see photos of this collection I find another pattern I want to cast on. This time it's Grace.

Kim said...

I too am such a huge fan of Jane Richmond's designs. I already have several of her patterns in my queue, and I would LOVE to have a copy of the book to be able to knit these babies as well. I think Arbutus and Grace are my favorites. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

BeanerShnump on rav.

Annie said...

I think I might have to knit myself a Grace cardigan!
rav id: nassau

Rowie said...

I have been drooling over this pattern collection ever since I saw the first pictures! Everything is so beautiful and simple and wearable! Plus, it's fun to know that the designer is so close to my home, which makes the design inspirations and names really speak to me. Must make all of these!!!

rav ID ravenousrowie

Jennifer Sadler said...

Gorgeous - I fell in love with that cardigan as soon as I saw it!

angiepants!! said...

Jane has such wonderful designs, I love that Arbutus pattern! I hope I win this book :)

Thanks for the opportunity!

rav: angielovesmaps
angielovesmaps@gmail.com

kelly-ann (on ravelry) said...

I just love the patterns for the cowl and hat - so pretty!

Mumuktu said...

It truly is a beautiful knitting book. The photos really show off the projects. I'd love this book for myself! :)

Rav ID: Mumuktu

veewee said...

I think the cardigan is my favorite - I always find it hard to find cardigans I like, but this one seems just right!

foetle on Rav

Susan said...

I love Renfrew, but I might have to pick Arbutos or Strathcona. Who am I kidding...all of these are fabulous. I'm also in love with the cardigan.

Kate Price said...

I just love the Grace cardigan

katepricey on Rav

sconelady said...

So many nice patterns...so little time

Kim said...

The collection looks lovely, wearable, and knitable!

Anonymous said...

Love the hat. The designs are beautiful.

deblyn153 on RAV

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! I would love to win a copy!

jillypox on Rav

Jane said...

Such a gorgeous collection. I love that cardigan pattern the best.

Paula Castro said...

I love them all and would love to be the lucky winner! My Ravelry ID is: Pacas

wickedstitches said...

I love love the hat and cardigan the most, I already have yarn for both :) Fingers crossed!
hotcheese on Ravelry

Rebekah said...

oh yes, please! the designs are beautiful!

rebekah[.]diehl[@]gmail[.]com

Kassia said...

Pick me please!! :)

9crafty11 said...

These definitely are modern & lovely designs!!! I love eyelets in my patterns!!!
Rav Id: 9crafty11

Laura said...

These designs are beautiful. I look at them often!

Ravelry ID: lauramcc

WildflowerWool said...

Lovely designs! She is such a talented designer. I would love to win!!

melosa said...

OMG, I love this whole collection! Beautiful!

Rav ID: melosa

Jessica said...

These look wonderful! This collection looks like a lot of thought went into it.

Serenova on Ravelry

Barbara B said...

I'll start with Arbutus ... all of the designs are so beautiful!

mail:
b-bernard@nga.gov

Sarah said...

I'm a big fan of Jane's designs too. Even if I don't win it, I think I'll be treating myself to this collection!

Rav ID: SarahStockinette

Cindy said...

I love Jane's designs so please enter me in the contest.

My Ravelry is Knitcoach

Lisa said...

How beautiful! I'd love to have any one of these on my needles right now.
lmoya42@gmail.com

Renee said...
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Renee said...

Beautiful designs! I love the colors and yarns used in the pictures too. Love that cowl!
Ravely renees3

Amanda said...

Love LOVE that cardigan!

capitalcrafter on Rav.

Puddytat purr said...

Ooooh I'd love to win this! Posted on twitter & Facebook too!

gaskellreader said...

love these designs! ravelry id: lindsaylu4

C. said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

Anonymous said...

Love he designs.I would love to own this book. thank you for the giveaway!! rav id busymom07755

Dee said...

These designs are beautiful!

Karalee said...

I'd love to win - the patterns are gorgeous!

ksh on Rav

Bibliophiliac said...

I also love Jane's designs and have been wanting a copy of her book since it came out.

Thanks for the great giveaway. :)

RavelryID: Jmwa

aBillion said...

Strathcona looks interesting. I've been into scarves on the bias lately.

abillion on Ravelry!

mhchong said...

Love all the patterns in this book. Jane has such a classic style. I'd start with Strathcona, but the Grace cardigan is on my radar too.
mhchong@aol.com

Anonymous said...

It's just beautiful, I'd like to knit all.
Thanks for your blog
rav Id : sagasy

Jen said...

Thanks for introducing me to Jane's patterns and the giveaway! Her designs are classic, and I like her aesthetic: photos with whitespace to showcase her designs. Lovely.
Rav ID: jenmazzy

UmmRania said...

beautiful designs. thanks you for the giveaway.

Ravelry- ummrania

Bonnie said...

I love love Grace and Renfrew!

Claire said...

Oh, I just love all of these, especially the Grace sweater!!! Thank you for the chance to win this lovely book! :)

Rav ID: modernmedievalist

Nikkole said...
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Nikkole said...

I love all of these designs!

NikNak08 on Ravelry :)

Anonymous said...

I'd ove to have that collection! Grace has been sitting in my queue for a while now.

blomman on Ravelry

Kamigaeru said...

Time and time again, my eye is drawn to Renfrew and my hands want to make one!

(Kamigaeru on Rav)

Julia said...

The designs are lovely!

ulca on Rav

Angeleena said...

Ooooooh!! Me me me!! Love these designs! Isn't Strathcona amazing? Such a simple design but so beautiful! I would love to win this one!!

angeleena on rav

pi.pa.po. said...

Lovely designs! I would like to knit a few of them ;-)

Thanks for the giveaway, Claudia

ferdinanda on ravelry

Ella said...

Thanks for the giveaway! ellabobella on Rav

Anonymous said...

I've admired Jane's designs for a long time even if I haven't knitted any of them yet. I'd love to win!

-Ravnejenta on Ravelry

Monica said...

I already have a few of Jane's designs, and this particular collection looks amazing. I would love to own this book!
I am schaetzchen on ravelry

Laura said...

This is a great! discovery!! I love her simplicity!.. Yes.. please enter me in this contest!

laurabal25@gmail.com

Mary Knits said...

Please enter me in this contest. The book looks awesome.

Small and Moody said...

These designs are so pretty! I really would love to knit all of them!

Rav ID: SmallandMoody

Heather in Montreal (hmcclure@sympatico.ca) said...

I am loving that Arbutus cowl, really pretty

Stitched Together said...

These are really beautifully elegant designs. I'm Stitched-Together on Ravelry.

PGTlegal said...

Wow, they look beautiful. Here is to hoping that PurlTopia is the lucky Ravelry ID!

Barb said...

beautiful patterns! Thanks for the chance.

ginad said...

I too live on Vancouver Island so really appreciate how Jane interprets our beautiful island into gorgeous knitwear! Thanks for this opportunity to win this book.
Ravelry ID: triknittyacres

Jane P said...

I love that sweater - and I am always happy when I get a sweater pattern with a good schematic!

Janalukas on Rav

Debbie said...

Very pretty! I would love to win. Thanks
gussek on Ravelry

Maid In England said...

Oh wow! These designs are gorgeous!

Rav ID: maidinengland

Zenitude said...

I would live to cast on right away for the Stratcona! What a beautiful collection!

Estela said...

I like the gloves best.

Ravelry ID: spanishbom

mvink said...

I love everything Jane designs! They are always so gorgeous! It's very hard to pick a favourite....everything is just beautiful!!
Thank you for offering this giveaway!

Ravelry id: mvink

Alicia said...

The designs are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing and offering an amazing book!

Rav ID: shopanpdx

LauraH said...

Some great designs! I always like her patterns! Thanks for the giveaway!

Jules said...

Just what I needed, more patterns for my queue! Beautiful, all of them!

Julie
Rav ID: JulesBr

Sarah said...

I have a crush on the renfrew hat right now. I'd even buy quality yarn to knit it in :)

Anonymous said...

I love it, esp the green hat! My Rav ID is AnnaHj.

Cadame said...

I love all the patterns. I need to knit Renfrew and Rathtrevor!!
-Crystal
Rav ID: cadame

veronicamade said...

This book looks awesome! I'd knit Arbutus. I'm really into cowls right now. Thanks for the chance to win.
Ravelry ID: veronicamade

Anonymous said...

Beautiful patterns! I would love to win this book :) Thank you for the giveaway :)

rav: Phoebe25

Anonymous said...

Love all of Jane's designs! Thanks for the giveaway.
WoollyMomma on Rav :)

Hope M. said...

Oh my goodness I love all of those patterns! This book will soon be in my library no matter what. Thanks for the giveaway!

Ravelry: hopem2

Mangoskein said...

Thanks for the giveaway. My favorite is Grace

karitive on Rav

Danielle Z said...

I love Grace!

laniamore on Ravelry

Heather said...

Arbutus intrigues, but Grace is beautiful too. They're all gorgeous.

Heather said...

Whoops! Forgot my rav id. Helios7

whatzitknitz said...

Love the sweater and I think this will be a sweater year for me so that is what I would knit first.
my name on ravelry is mjm

Maria i Falkenberg said...

Lovely garments!I would love to knit them all.

Swedishgrandma on Ravelry

caallas said...

The pictures/patterns look awesome. Would love to win this. Is it in the stores yet?

Lete said...

That collection looks so beautiful!

my rav ID: Lete

Anonymous said...

Like them all, but love the slouchy hat.

hunakai on Ravelry

Paula said...

I would love to knit all these designs. The hat and cowl are at the top of my queue! bufo13 on ravelry

Mrs.Witt said...

I wonder if I have enough needles to cast on everything all at once?

WittKnitter2011 on Rav

Anonymous said...

Yes!!
I really want to win this. New inspiration for knitting is always desired!

Mirjam

mirjamthiessen@gmail.com

Pam said...

Yes, of course I'd love a copy of this book!

and on Ravelry, I'm Pam.

FlannelJammies said...

I would love to win this book! Love all of Jane Richmond's designs!

ravID: FlannelJammies

Cher in Victoria said...

I would love to qin this book, I am just learning to knit but some look doable for a beginner.
Cher in Victoria

Anonymous said...

I want to go to this amazing Island! =)

I'm Hattisto in Ravelry.

Alexandra Tallen said...

I want to make the cardigan and scarf . . . soon.
alext on Ravelry

Elena said...

Love these designs, especially the cardigan.

Rav ID Eskyria

Susan said...

beautiful book and beautiful designs! thanks for sharing!

rav id: parrothd63119

jill said...

Now that would brighten a February!
fidknits on Ravelry.

jill said...

Now that would brighten a February!
fidknits on Ravelry

Anonymous said...

Lovely book. Thank you for the giveaway.

BLEknits on Rav.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful book full of projects! Thanks for the giveaway!
Lee (mamagiff on Ravelry)

Estella said...

I really love this book! Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Love the patterns in ISLAND. Especially like the hat and cardi. I have been following Jane Richmond's blog for a while now and like the simplicity of her designs.

yukimom@yahoo.ca

zzi said...

I love Arbutus! Only one skein of yarn required - so I could splurge and buy a great one. I would start with this pattern if I win.

zzi on ravelry.

Anonymous said...

I love Arbutus! Only one skein of yarn required - so I could splurge and buy a great one. I would start with this pattern if I win.

zzi on ravelry.

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