Giveaway- Take Care Mohair

Welcome to 2017!  I hope the holidays treated everyone well and much merriment and rest were both experienced!  We're finally getting back to a routine after taking things pretty easy for a couple weeks.  

And is there any better way to kick off a new year than with a yarn giveaway?  I'm glad we agree!

For the past few days, my hands have been wrapped in the coziness of mohair.  WOOL AND THE GANG'S "Take Care Mohair" has been my ideal cold weather companion- warming and comforting me with all consuming cozy fuzziness!  I was so inspired that my nails ended up matching my project :-)

Take Care Mohair is sourced from South Africa, and the yarn is 100% traceable to it's origin, which means that every purchase supports Mohair farming communities and a 200 year old tradition!  To read more about the fiber and the goats it comes from, hop on over the this blogpost.

And thanks to the generosity of the folks over at WOOL AND THE GANG, you can get your hands on two skeins of mohair in the color of your choice!  All you need to do is comment on this post with your favorite color (see all colors here).  Giveaway will be open until Sunday,  January 15, 2017 at 11:59 EST.Winner will be chosen and contacted this weekend- make sure you leave a way to contact you (Rav ID, Instagram name, email, etc), and best of luck!

UPDATE:  Giveaway closed- Congrats to Katie (rnmamaon Ravelry)- you are the winner of two skeins of Take Care Mohair- I hope your daughter loves her new hat!

New Pattern- **Mill Street Mittens**

Over a year ago, I was contacted by Laurie Gonyea of Feel Good Yarn Co. about being a part of their "Year of the Designer".  Every month this year, FGYC has worked in conjunction with a designer to release an exclusive pattern designed for SilverSpunยฎ yarn.   I couldn't be more excited to close out this special year with brand new pattern, designed with two colors of SilverSpunยฎ Sport.  

The Mill Street Mittens are that perfect last minute holiday gift knit!  With a classic wintry feel of the houndstooth pattern, and minimal increases & decreases along the way, the mittens knit up quickly and more mindlessly than you might expect!

SilverSpunยฎ Sport is an American made cotton yarn that is spun with pure silver, which makes it conductive.  It doesn't feel like a typical cotton yarn, as there is a certain amount of elasticity in the fabric it creates, which helps the mittens really 'hug' your hands.

The pattern can be purchased as part of a kit on the Feel Good Yarn Co.'s website (with free shipping for email subscribers!), or as a Ravelry download.   Treat yourself to the comfort of SilverSpunยฎ American cotton this holiday season!

How do you #knitcomfort ?

Since we're on a roll with giveaways here on French Press Knits- how about another one this week?  

This one will be Instagram focused:  I want to see how you #knitcomfort . 

#knitcomfort is a hashtag I've been using for labeling stockings from the Comfort & Joy Collection via social media.  So, by tagging a photo with #knitcomfort via Instagram, you will be entered to win one of 4 copies of "Comfort & Joy"- sound like a plan?!  Contest will be open for the next two weeks- winners will be chosen and contacted via Instagram on 12/20/2016.  So pose your yarn with your cuppa, cozy up the fire, or bokeh that Christmas tree, I'm ready to see how you #knitcomfort!

PS- international entries welcome!

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"Knitting from the North"- Review and Giveaway!

I'm pretty sure that all my savvy blog readers know that I have a sweet spot for colorwork.  Classic designs or bold graphics, knitting with color just gets me excited.  I am constantly inspired by projects I see via Ravelry, Pinterest, and Instagram.  There is a wealth of creativeness and ingenuity in our craft and I love to see what everyone is working on.

For a long while, I have followed Scottish- based Hilary Grant via Instagram.   Hilary sells luxury knit items that feature beautiful colorwork patterns worked in high-grade lambswool yarns spun and dyed in the UK (take a peek at her shop- pure inspiration!).   As I was perusing Amazon a few months back, I found her name printed on a soon-to-be-released book and was nothing less than ecstatic.  I pre-ordered and waited patiently while books were being printed and then finding their way to knitters everywhere!

When my book arrived I couldn't wait to peruse all the projects.  This book is a beaut', let me tell you!  There are nearly 30 projects (including various accessories and garments) and the photography takes you away on a journey to the North- where you can truly see the inspiration behind the knits.

From Knitting from the North by Hilary Grant, ยฉ 2016 by Hilary Grant. ย Photographs by Caro Weiss, ยฉ 2016 by Caro Weiss. Reprinted by arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications, Inc. Boulder, CO. www.roostbooks.com

From Knitting from the North by Hilary Grant, ยฉ 2016 by Hilary Grant.  Photographs by Caro Weiss, ยฉ 2016 by Caro Weiss. Reprinted by arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications, Inc. Boulder, CO. www.roostbooks.com

And the best part?  I have three copies to giveaway and share with readers! I will be giving away two with this post, and one will be added to the grand prize of the Tannenbaum contest (still 2.5 weeks left- hurry, hurry!)!

From Knitting from the North by Hilary Grant, ยฉ 2016 by Hilary Grant. ย Photographs by Caro Weiss, ยฉ 2016 by Caro Weiss. Reprinted by arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications, Inc. Boulder, CO. www.roostbooks.co

From Knitting from the North by Hilary Grant, ยฉ 2016 by Hilary Grant.  Photographs by Caro Weiss, ยฉ 2016 by Caro Weiss. Reprinted by arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications, Inc. Boulder, CO. www.roostbooks.co

Interested in getting your hands on this gorgeous collection?  You can snag a copy from any of these online retailers: 

Knitting from the North on Roostโ€™s Website

Knitting from the North on Amazon

Knitting from the North on Indiebound

Knitting from the North on B&N

From Knitting from the North by Hilary Grant, ยฉ 2016 by Hilary Grant. ย Photographs by Caro Weiss, ยฉ 2016 by Caro Weiss. Reprinted by arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications, Inc. Boulder, CO. www.roostbooks.co

From Knitting from the North by Hilary Grant, ยฉ 2016 by Hilary Grant.  Photographs by Caro Weiss, ยฉ 2016 by Caro Weiss. Reprinted by arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications, Inc. Boulder, CO. www.roostbooks.co

In order to be entered to win one of two copies here, you must be in the US and comment below (make sure you leave your email address or Rav name so I have a way of contacting you if you win).  That's it- say hello, tell a joke- anything!  Can't wait to see your comments and pass these along :-)

(Giveaway open until 11:59 EST Friday, December 2, 2016- winners will be contacted the next day- good luck!).

"Knitting from the North" published in the US by Roost books- hop over to their website to see more of the fabulous books they carry:

Roost Newsletter

Roost Instagram

Roost Facebook

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**CLOSED- Winners have been chosen and contacted.  Thanks s much for your participation!**

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