Thursday, 21 March 2013


Is there anything better than a gorgeous stack of perfectly wooly hand knits? These photos take me to my happy place! You probably recognize these knits as being part of Alana Dakos' latest book Botanical Knits. Alana has become quite the expert at designing and curating amazing collections. She's a real inspiration for anyone considering self publishing. She applies the same attention to detail that we're used to seeing in her knitwear designs to her book designs. Every single page is a thing of beauty. 

I don't have a favourite piece in this collection, they're all stunners, but I am particularly drawn to these four: Ivy Trellis socks, Spring Foliage mitts, Twigs and Willows cardigan and the Pressed Leaves beret.   
Maybe their appeal has something to do with the fact that it is officially spring, yet here in Montreal we've just been hit with over a foot of fresh snow! These shades of green and gold give me hope that spring will come!

And of course, I've got to mention that the Ivy Trellis Socks were originally published by me! Yes, they are the socks previously known as Arching Leaves which were featured in the September 2012 TFA Year In Colour Club.

To celebrate spring (which has clearly not yet arrived in Montreal) I'm giving away 1 digital copy of the Botanical knits book along with 1 skein of Yellow Label DK Weight yarn in my new green/gold Sprout colourway. To enter your name into the draw simply leave a comment on this post (be sure to include an e-mail address or Ravelry name so I can get in touch if you're the winner!) 
Good luck! A winner will be announced on Monday, March 25th.