Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Island Blog Tour and Giveaway

Look what I have in my possession: 




That's right.  Not one, but two copies of "ISLAND" a new knitting book from Jane Richmond.  One for me, and one for a lucky reader!

I first "discovered" Jane's work soon after I became involved in the online knitting community.  I rmember following a link to her blog and loving everything I saw.  Everything she knit, everything she designed- her aesthetic was perfect- clean, classic, timeless.  As I scrolled through her blog post, I then came to a post where she had knit my French Press Felted Slippers- I loved her even more :-)

I first saw a glimpse of ISLAND on Shannon Cook's blog, luvinthemommyhood, a few months ago.  ISLAND is a collaborative work between Shannon and Jane, and from what I've seen, these two girls know how to create a gorgeous knitting book. 

When I first saw this new collection pop into my blog stream a few months ago, I was intrigued by the cover photo. 

 "Binoculars!", I thought, "this is intriguing- I have not seen this done before."

And then with each photo I loved the collection a little more.




    Renfrew


     Rathtrevor

The photos are one thing, the designs are another, but I can honestly tell you that you will not have the true "ISLAND" experience until you are holding the book in your hands.  Although I was thrilled when Shannon contacted me about hosting a spot on this blog tour, I didn't realize just how great this book would be.   Upon receiving my package I emailed Jane to tell her how impressed I was. 


She explained that she really wanted the book to read as a coffee table book- all the photos in the front and technical stuff in the back.  The photos are inspired from life on Vancouver Island, and a story is woven in to the photo stream.

 Print copies of ISLAND are now available through Amazon.comAmazon.ca, and Amazon.co.uk.  You can also snag individual patterns (or all of them) through Ravelry

As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, I do have an extra copy of the book to giveaway.  Interested?  Just leave a comment in comments section below (only one per person, please).  Say hello, let Jane know what you like about her book, let us know what your favorite pattern is- whatever!  Giveaway will be open until Sunday, February 10th, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST.  Winner to be announced on Monday.



PS- Like these photos?  Go check out Nicholas Kupiak.  His work is ah-maz-ing!
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197 comments:

  1. I love the drape of that cowl, and those photos are gorgeous! Good luck on the book tour ladies, I bet it will be a fabulous success!

    devin dot joesting at gmail dot com

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  2. Wow....just visited Jane's blog (and bookmarked it!) This book is beautiful with the gorgeous photos and designs...it would be great on my coffee table!

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  3. I love Grace, and would definitely knit one!

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  4. Love Arbutus and Renfrew. Very nice knits. Best of luck with the book!

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  5. Thanks for sharing! All the patterns are beautiful and seem very wearable.

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  6. I love the simplicity of these knits! They're beautiful and they showcase the design elements.

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  7. I love the construction and look of Arbutus. I know it would be my first knit from this beautiful book. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    1. I think Strathcona, knit in a silky yarn, would make a very special gift. I grew up in BC and looking at this collection makes me homesick!

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    2. Honestly, I would knit them all!

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  8. I pretty much love every pattern in the book! Grace and Renfrew are calling the loudest to me right now, but every pattern is lovely! Thanks for the chance to win such a beautiful book! Stephanie (indigodogmt on Ravelry)

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  9. I love the Grace cardi and I would love to flip through the pages of the book. There's something to be said about beautiful knitting books. Coastal Knits comes to mind.

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  10. I am really drawn to the quick knits in this book. With three kids running around, trying to focus on longer term projects just don't work for me right now. I think my favorite is the ribbed cowl Arbutus. GORGEOUS!!!

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  11. Arbutus and Grace catch my eye. Love the photography!

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  12. Would love to knit the Strathcona scarf!

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  13. I'd love to win a copy of ISLAND - I've been stalking it all through this blog tour ;-) Strathcona would be the first thing I'd make, and then probably Grace. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  14. I love the Grace and Renfrew patterns especially! :)

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  15. I love them all! Although maybe Grace and Renfrew are my favs. Thanks for this awesome give-away!

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  16. I love the photography, and Grace is already in my queue! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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  17. I love giveaways! Would LOVE to knit a pair of Rathtrevor

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  18. oooh this looks like a fun book, with lots of choices, Strathcona would be my first choice

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  19. I love the photography. Makes me miss living in Vancouver! Grace and Renfrew are my faves.

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  20. That light, lace scarf is beautiful. Strathcona

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  21. Jane's designs are always so beautiful and trendy, I've been a fan since discovering the online knitting community as well. I simply LOVE Grace, and I can't wait to cast-on! Thank you for such a fabulous giveaway, and best of luck on the Blog Tour!

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  22. Vancouver Island. What's not to love! The cardi is my favorite. It looks like a lovely book.

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  23. All the patterns are gorgeous and I love the location photos.

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  24. All of these patterns are fabulous. I have been oggling over them for ages. I absolutely adore Renfrew. But Grace is amazing as well....

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  25. I love the horse and the knitting - Arbutus hat and Grace cardigan! Thanks for a great giveaway!
    Lynn
    LynnIL on ravelry

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  26. What a beautiful book with many patterns that I could queue up! I love the Rathtrevor mitts and the Renfrew hat.

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  27. Each one of the designs look amazing, but I gasped when I saw the back shot of the Grace sweater!

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  28. Grace is gorgeous...I love the design and the name...a beautiful sweater in a beautiful book!

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  29. Wow! Yes, please:)

    I'd love to make that Grace cardigan top! As well as many of the other beautiful patterns.

    blueberrybutterscotch[at]gmail[dot]com

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  30. I'm a big fan of Jane's design. My favorite on this collection is the Grace cardigan. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  31. I would love to make Renfew, though all of these patterns are amazing.

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  32. Amazing, the photography is brilliant. I love Arbutus, such a subtly beautiful pattern.

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  33. I love all the designs but would start with the Grace cardigan.
    naomil1@verizon.net

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  34. The Grace Cardigan looks absolutely gorgeous! Although I do love the other accessories as well. Can't wait to see the book.

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  35. Great pics and I can definitely tell I will want to knit a few of the patterns!

    bean1082@gmail.com

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  36. Thanks for the great review hun! So glad you enjoyed the book! Hugs!

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  37. I love the Arbutus and Rathtrevor patterns. I would love to try all the patterns in this book! Thanks for the great giveaway!!

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  38. beautiful designs, and yes, the photography is amazing. I like the Grace sweater, but I bet I'm swayed by the horses in the background.

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  39. Right up my ally. Beautiful knits and photos. Thank so much for sharing.

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  40. A gorgeous book with beautiful patterns, what more could a knitter want!!

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  41. My favorite pattern is definitely Arbutus!

    Rachel (yarngirl99 on Ravelry)

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  42. The patterns are great and being a BC girl I love the link to Vancouver Island

    catiecat on Ravelry

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  43. The Grace sweater caught my eye--if the book comes to my house, I'll have to put it at the top of my queue. Rave Id: nmujillybean

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  44. Every pattern is great. I would probably start with Renfrew.

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  45. I love all of the patterns but Strathcona is my favorite. I love how all of the designs have a clean, modern styling to them.

    Rav: SmallandMoody

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  46. I love Jane Richmond's classic style. Grace is a lovely cardigan, but I'd probably start with something simple like Renfrew or Arbutus. I could see myself knitting every pattern. I'd love to win this book!

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  47. I've always been a big fan of Jane's hats and renfrew is no exception. The styling and pictures look grea too.

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  48. I currently am waiting for the book to come out and I love the designs. I have two of them from this book in my Ravelry queue and would love love to have a copy! I love all of Janes designs and have knit a few already, not all of them I listed on Ravelry but I love each and every one. I've never won anything before but it doesn't hurt to try!

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  49. I love Arbutus. Thanks for the give away.

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  50. Arbutus is my favorite! Such a beautiful construction. I'm excited to make it!

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  51. I can't wait to knit a Strathcona for my mom's bday gift!

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  52. Oh, I love the whole book and want to cast on for everything straightaway!!

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  53. I love the cowl! Thanks for the opportunity to win this yummy book!

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  54. I am always looking for a cute pair of fingerless mitts. The Rathtrevor pattern is adorable!

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  55. I love the entire book - Think I'd start with the cowl though...

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  56. Love, love, love Rathtrevor.
    Would start them in an instant if I won!

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  57. I love the Arbutus pattern. I would definitely knit that. Very lovely book.

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  58. The cowl is SO clever. WANT this book!

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  59. Hello, Jane - I love your new book. The designs are all lovely, and the photography is amazing. My particular favorite pattern is the Grace cardigan - it has jumped into my Ravelry queue!

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  60. Grace is amazing! so beautiful! It's be awesome to win! :)

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  61. I love this book!!!! Wow, the designs are just beautiful! Please enter me for a chance. thank you!

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  62. I am loving the patterns more and more as I see them pop up all of blogland. I really love Grace!!!

    brookeali(at)hotmail.com

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  63. The detailing on the Renfrew hat is gorgeous! Most people don't start a pattern at the ribbing and extend it up--very fun!

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  64. What lovely patterns! I wouldn't know where to start. Thank you.

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  65. Thank you for enlightening me of these beautiful patterns. I love all of the patterns, but my absolute favorite is Grace.

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  66. What a great book. I'm excited to be added to this giveaway. The patterns are crisp, classic, and modern. I love them all.

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  67. Ah those gloves... that scarf! I think I may have to buy this for all the knitters I know... Thanks for the chance to win it for myself!

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  68. oh me please!!! I actually caught a glimpse of this when I was in the city last week and it's so lovely. I wanted to knit that hat right away!!! But reality chimed in, so I didn't stock up on yarn and book just yet. :)

    Cheryl

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  69. I love all the patterns but for a start I choose Arbutus. I hope this giveaway is worldwide :)

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  70. Would knit Renfrew and Strathcona right away, and Grace is lovely as well....

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  71. This whole thing looks scrumptious! I think I need a Renfrew... ;-)

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  72. Love the Grace cardigan. Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful book!

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  73. They are all beautiful, but I really like Grace

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  74. What a lovely collection.....think I would like to cast on Grace...so classic. Thanks,
    lyn41 on Ravelry

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  75. I love love the simplicity of it all!

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  76. Love the Grace sweater...haven't attempted to knit one yet but this one is calling my name! Beautiful pictures,too! I'm going to check out Jane't blog.

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  77. I am beyond in love with this book and every pattern in it! Thanks for the giveaway! (What more is there to say? :)

    Ravelry: hopem2

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  78. at first, I was all about that cardigan...and then it was the cowl...and now it's the lacy scarf. (and next week I guess it will be the hat and the mitts!) thanks for hosting the giveaway! (ravelry: mere)

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  79. I love the Grace cardigan and the Renfrew hat! Please, please, please pick me! :-)

    Ravelry: Zaelia-Blue

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  80. I've been following this book around the BLOG TOUR. Love it. Would love to own it!
    Ravelry: morelikejune

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  81. Grace is beautiful. It would showcase a softly variegated yarn really well. Please pick me.

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  82. Beautiful photos! My favorite is a tie between Strathcona and Renfrew. I think they need to come and live with me soon. ;)

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  83. Such a lovely book. I like the beautiful photography!

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  84. Rathtrevor is beautiful! I would love a copy

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  85. Love them all but would probably start with Arbutus

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  86. Love all pictures - amazing. I think Grace is my favourite pattern.
    (dcwally@hotmail)

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  87. I would love this book.... the photos and the patterns .... oh so nice!!

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  88. Just added Jane's blog to my reader. All the patterns are beautiful, but that Arbutus is my favorite, I think! Such a great giveaway, thanks!

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  89. Those photos are gorgeous! I think I've seen a few of those patterns pop up in the "Top 20" pattern section on Ravelry!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  90. I love everything about these! Renfrew and Rathtrevor are my favorites :)

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  91. Love all of the patterns! Jane Richmonds patterns are always written so well!

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  92. I love Jane's book....I would love to make Grace...never made a sweater just for me! Thank you

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  93. The photos are beautiful! Makes me want to pick up the needles again...

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  94. Ooh! The color of that cowl, adore!

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  95. I love the whole collection. And Grace has me practically drooling.

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  96. Looks like a book I need to add to my collection! Fingers crossed that I win it... :)

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  97. Oh my, that's some gorgeous knitting. I can see several hats in Christmas stockings next year. I love Strathcona too! Just beautiful....

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  98. I want, want, want this book. It is impossible to choose a favorite, I like them ALL.

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  99. The first pattern I would love to knit is Strathcona! But I think I would up knitting all the patterns in this book! I absolutely love it! Thank you for the giveaway!

    wingsfromthemarsh on Ravelry

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  100. Grace is beautiful. Love the simplicity of the patterns.

    OlofDrofn on ravelry or on my blog knittingwitholof.com

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  101. I love Grace. I really like the colour palette of yarn that Jane chose. hotcheese on ravelry

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  102. I think Arbutus is my favourite, but all the patterns are pretty great! (SarahVV on Rav)

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  103. Love the idea that it's a coffee table book. Wish it were on my coffee table so I could make that cardigan.

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  104. I <3 Arbutus! (headspace on Rav)

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  105. I've been eyeing this book ever since I heard about it originally on luvinthemommyhood blog! So excited that it's finally out. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. Jane's patterns never disappoint.

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  106. I love the mitts on the cover and the Grace sweater. So many pretty things....

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  107. Wow...this book looks amazing! I am loving the Grace sweater. So much. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  108. I love the styling of these photos, and especially the hat featured! Would love to see what other great things are in this book!

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  109. I love the photography in the book, from what I can see! I'd love to have it on my coffee table and flip through the beautiful pages, and make the Strathcona, and more. :)

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  110. I agree with everyone who said that they love the Grace sweater. I think I'm going to have to make one!

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  111. I love Renfrew, simple and stylish.

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  112. What not to love in this collection??? I would cast on immediately an Arbutus and I think I have already cast on a Grace (in my imagination...)

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  113. I love this book. I want to make Grace and Renfrew. LOVE this collection

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  115. Jeez.. How could I choose one pattern, all of them are so gorgeous ! If I really had to choose one (only one) it would definitely be the Grace sweater..
    Thank you for this nice initiative!

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  116. Oh my goodness! I love all of these designs!

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  117. I love her designs as well! So classy and pretty but also well thought out and well written. I like them ALL!

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  118. I recently made Jane's Christopher hat pattern, and it was wonderfully written. From the book, my favorites are Grace & Arbutus…would love to win a copy! Thanks so much for the giveaway (to everyone involved!).

    Beanershnump on rav.

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  119. I love Grace and Renfrew. The patterns appear classic and like pieces you'd really want to have in your wardrobe, and the book sounds gorgeous! I love to own knitting books rather than just download patterns in PDF. It's so much fun to flip through them, work from them, and to be inspired...which this one seems to be packed full of! :)

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  120. Everything I have seen and heard about this book is beautiful!! I would love to win a copy, and knit all of the patterns!
    sricker on Ravelry

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  121. I cannot wait to see this book in real life! Way to go Shannon and Jane! Love Arbutus.

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  122. I'm sending my daughter off to the university in the fall, so I've been making lists of hand knits that she will need. So many of the things in this book are just what I had in mind. I hope I win!!

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  123. Totally digging these patterns - beautiful photos too! I'm in love with the cowl!

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  124. I've only recently discovered Jane Richmond's designs but I've queued several of them on Ravelry. The designs are gorgeous and Jane is truly talented. I would love to have a copy of the book.

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  125. Wow, these photos are beautiful!

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  127. I've seen so much about this book already and just checked out Jane Richmond's blog. She looks just as fun and amazing as the designs in her book! I would love to have a copy of the book! I love how spring the sweaters look.

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  128. Who is this Jane Richmond you speak of? I thought to myself. Ummm. Turns out several of her patterns had already found their way into my Rav fav pile. She's gooooood.

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  129. I love the detail on the marled olive sweater! I am excited to check out this book!

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  130. I just love Grace. But the whole look of the book is gorgeous!
    lizsto on ravelry

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  131. I love the airy modern look of Strathcona!

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  132. I am so very in love with the aesthetic and basic design of everything she does. I am also planning my own Grace.

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  133. Love the Strathcona- perfect for summer!

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  134. I have had Arbutus in my queue on Ravelry for a week or so now. Since I first spied it in featured section. What color? I love Vancouver and now so want to take a long look at all the photos and patterns. Marni - triple7tahoe in Ravelry.

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  135. Knitting and Vancouver Island what could be better?
    Renfrew and Arbutus are calling out to me.

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  136. I love the Renfrew hat. I love slouchy hats.

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  137. It's beautiful...visual communication! Knitting is such a personal art. When I knit something it's a gift of self; my concern, planning and time. The photo framing, colors and subjects of ISLAND captures well that intimate, personal aspect for me. Thanks for sharing inspiring stuff! Erin

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  138. I'm going to have to have the Renfrew Hat. And about a half dozen more, for various "hatters" I know! The photos are lovely.

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  139. I love this book, the patterns are just so pretty (and the photos!). Grace is a must have.

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  140. Hard to decide which pattern I like the most. I really like Arbutus, Grace and Renfrew. Would love to win a copy of this book.

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  141. I love the mitts on the cover!

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  142. Those pictures are indeed amazing! Love the clean lines - they just go with everything! Thanks for offering the book, what a lovely thing to have on my table :)

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  143. I had to get a jump start & already downloaded "Rathtrevor". I love it and all of the other new patterns as well! Bravo on such a lovely book, it would be a pleasure to own a copy!

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  144. Love the projects and yarn in the book!!

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  145. I love the idea of a knitting coffee table book!

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  146. This book looks incredible; totally inspiring! I'm from Vancouver Island and am already hoping Jane will consider a sequel... Maybe Sooke, Cowichan Bay and Qualicum? ;)
    Would love to knit all the patterns and I'd start with Renfrew. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  147. What a beautiful book! I LOVE the idea of a knitting book reading as a coffee table book and plan to knit a few of these whether given the book or not. My favourite so far is "Grace."

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  148. Seriously, the photography is beautiful, and just shows off those designs. I keep changing my mind on which project is my favorite!

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  149. Would be a great book to have. From your blog a few I want to do! Theresa foy

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  150. Love love love Jane's patterns, I'd start with Grace!

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  151. Everytime I see that cardigan, my heart swoons more!

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  152. oooh how lovely, I went to a school called Strathcona, so that one certainly caught my eye! I love simple, classic patterns, what a treasure this book would be!

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  153. All the patterns in this book look so amazing. I love the simple details that make it look so much more complicated. Jane's patterns are always very easy to follow and I've always been thrilled with the results.

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  154. Great patterns and beautiful photos, I love it!!

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  155. The book is great. Like your other patterns you've commented on -- Greta purse and the French Press slippers. I have to "almost" granddaughters that I've made little shrugs for Valentine's Day. Thanks so much for the pattern for the tiny little purse on craft rings. I have plenty of yarn left for those and I KNOW Isis and Josephine will love them!

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  156. So many pretty patterns, it would be hard to choose one. I would love to try the Grace cardigan.

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  157. Great patterns to choose from, thanks for the giveaway opportunity!
    RLake (ravelry id)

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  158. These patterns are gorgeous - they look light. I love the back on that sweater and the hat both looks great and looks like it'll keep me warm!!

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  159. I really want to knit up Renfrew in a deep red :-) But seriously, this is a book that I could knit every single pattern -- those don't come along very often!

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  160. My favourite is Grace - I love the colour and the retro design as it is said on ravelry...

    Hanni

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  161. Lovely collection of patterns! I really like the Grace cardi.

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  162. All of Jane's pattern are beautiful and classic. I'm looking forward to knitting up a Renfrew or two! MissKris545 on Ravelry

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  163. I love the texture and drape if the Arbutus cowl ... and that great yoke detail in Grace. It would be hard to choose what to knit first.

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

    StaceyKnitsIt ravelry

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  165. My favorite pattern is Renfrew. It's the perfect hat.

    -tmr714 on Ravelry

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  166. I love the look of the Grace cardigan. Thanks for the giveaway!

    ellabobella on Rav

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  167. These are lovely patterns! I especially like Renfrew

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  168. Thank you for hosting!! I love Jane's patterns--The Grace in particular is just beautiful!

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  169. Oh! the grace sweater is lovely! I would be curious to see what the front looks like. Can I have the book to take a sneak peak? ;)

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  170. Beautiful book - all of the patterns look awesome!

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  171. I love all the pictures in the book and I can see myself making many of them.

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  172. All of the patterns and pictures look wonderful! How would you be able to narrow it down?

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  173. Hi Jane! I also find your patterns to be both timeless and gorgeous. And since I read knitting pattern books as easily as I read a novel, I love that you wanted to design the book for maximum "coffee-table-ness." As a knitter and photographer, I can't begin to tell you how lovely you book is, and thank you for it :)

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  174. Hi - I love Grace! Definitely reading Janes' blog. Her style is perfect for me. Thank you for giving all of us a chance to win the book.

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  175. Hi. The photography in this book is beautiful. I would love to try making the Renfrew hat.

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  176. Janine (rav name janineny2001)February 9, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    I think my favorite pattern in this book is Arbutus. I have had the chance to visit Vancouver Island twice and it is just a lovely place.

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  177. What do I love about this book? The pattens, the colours, the yarn, the photography. I haven't seen the book in real life so there may be more - I'd love the chance to find out. Glad you didn't make me choose a favourite pattern because I love them all.

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  178. After reading your review I purchased the book on Amazon. It arrived on Friday. What a beautiful book. I enjoyed her tribute to the folks who helped her with the book...her good friend and family. I love the book-so would my daughter in law, who would be the winner if my comment is picked. Thanks!!!!

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  179. I have always loved Jane's designs and these new ones don't disappoint. I want to knit all of them, but most especially arbutus and rathtrevor.

    davidandamandahill@gmail.com

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  181. The book looks stunning! Would love to win a copy!

    Cheryl @ ddcaj0472@aim.com

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