BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY || BOTANICAL KNITS

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

eye candy alert! eye candy alert!  it's been a while since i did a book review and boy am i happy to have the awesomely talented alana dakos's new book "botanical knits" on the blog today!  i'm a big fan of alana's work and her podcast (never not knitting) and her new publication botanical knits does not disappoint!  filled with stunning photography, gorgeous illustrations & fresh graphic design this book just makes you want to curl up at home and knit till you can't knit anymore.


botanical knits is inspired by alana's love of leaves and she has incorporated it into a stunning collection of hand knits that fits so perfectly with her beautiful aesthetic.  true to her style and signature look botanical knits is filled with 12 patterns ranging from sweaters & cardigans, to shawls, socks and mitts.  and let's not forget the hats! some of my fave projects alana designs are her hats.  this collection features 3 hat patterns all of which are awesome!  i have already cast on for my fave - forest floor and i'm loving it!


alana's patterns are well written, clear and easy to follow and the layout of the book is truly inspiring.  i really enjoyed the special touches that the graphic designer - Mary Joy Gumayagay, added to the book.  in particular her table of contents and yarn pages just made me clap with excitement (shown above). they are fresh, unique and fit the vibe of the book perfectly.  i also enjoyed how she tied in the "botanical" aspect of the theme and really reflected the vibe of specimens.  i thoroughly enjoyed it!  alongside Neesha Hudson's soft and endearing illustrations and the breathtaking photography by Carlee Tatum this book is sure to be a new fave for anyone's collection.  i can't wait to make more of the projects!


what do you think? are you ready to go on a wee walk through the woods?  let's go get inspired by the leaves shall we?  and maybe at the end of it you might win a copy of botanical knits of your own??? hehehe....click below to read more, drool over pics with me and to enter the giveaway!

11 comments:

  1. I really love the Twigs and Willow cardigan. I think that would be my first choice. Although the Pressed Leaves hat would be a close second. Or maybe both at the same time?? :)

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  2. Oh what an exciting give away. I have been drooling over these patterns on Ravelry since I saw them posted. I love Alana's Autumn's end, but honestly I want to knit every one of her patterns. Oh and those resource pages are fantastic! I so love that you clapped in excitement :)

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  3. I love all the patterns (love the leaves!) but Ivy Trellis socks are my fave.

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  4. It's a tough choice but, I'm going with Autumn's End.

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  5. Have been swooning for Oak Trail since seeing it in your Downton KAL. Also loving Autums End, amongst everything else! :)

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  6. Autumn's End uses my absolute favorite stitch pattern ever!

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  7. Wow! All are so lovely! I just adore Oak Trail. Thank you for hosting!

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  8. Gorgeous patterns - love the cedar leaf shawl the best. Definitely giving this book a looksee! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Just to be sure ladies you have to click the "click here to read more" to go and enter the giveaway.

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  10. Love them all but I would knit Entangled Vines first. Thanks!!

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  11. I checked out the site came back here and then my middle son (Mackenzie) came to my bedroom and distracted me with some nonsense (he is supposed to be in bed!) and I think the pattern name is Twin Leaf loop?! It's the cowl. I am on a cowl kick... Need to make one! They are all great though! So hard to choose.

    Robyn
    Knitpurlmama at gmail dot com

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