Coastal Knits blog tour and giveaway

For the last year I’ve had the immense pleasure of becoming a sample knitter for Hannah Fetig of Knitbot fame. I love knitting Hannah’s designs, as they are always clean, simple and elegant. Plus, her samples always feature yummy yarn that please the fibre snob in me. I’d say the only downside to knitting for Hannah is having to ship the finished garments back to her!

Well, I was thrilled when she told me she was writing a book of patterns with another lovely lady, Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting, and needed me to knit two samples for the book’s trunk show (Bayside and Rocky Coast).

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I was even more thrilled when I received my own copy of Coastal Knits. Inspired by their beautiful coastal surroundings, Hannah and Alana have come up with a collection of patterns that reflect the different shapes and textures around them. Hannah lives on the east coast, and her patterns feature nautical cables, shifting sands, and rippling waves. Alana lives on the west coast, and her designs are organic, leafy and lush. Both of these talented ladies are masters at creating garments that are wearable, classic, but always with a little detail that makes them special. I can honestly say that I would love to knit and wear every single one of these designs.

It’s hard to know what to knit first, but I may start with Alana’s Wildflower Cardigan. Though I’ve been a longtime listener and fan of Alana’s podcast, I’ve never had a chance to knit one of her beautiful designs.

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Wouldn’t it be divine in the golden Madelinetosh Pashmina seen here? Drooooool.

Coastal Knits not only includes lovely patterns, but amazing eye candy. It features beautiful photography and graphic design, and the quality of the printing is top notch. It’s the kind of book you want to leave laying around so you can be transported into another world (when you desperately need a "Calgon take me away" moment). I loved reading about the places that inspired Hannah and Alana, and also about the local yarns that were used to make many of the garments featured in the book.

Well, wouldn’t you like to have a copy of your very own? Of course you would. Just leave a comment here before Monday, November 14th and I will randomly choose and announce the lucky winner. Good luck!

And you can read other reviews on the Coastal Knits blog tour here.