Botanical Knits Blog Tour! {and a chance to win!}

When the talented Alana Dakos, the design maven behind Never Not Knitting, contacted us in the summer regarding design support we knew that good things wouldn't be far behind. Boy, were we right!  Her new book, Botanical Knits, is truly a gem.  Alana's eye for design in the natural world shines forth in this stunning collection of 4 sweaters and 7 accessories. Available in print May 2013, and as an ebook now, we were lucky enough to get a sneak peek - and a head start on our Fall knitting!

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The ebook version is filled with links to other websites, a feature that we love. In the pattern notes you can click links to the yarn, the pattern page in Ravelry and more.  Additionally, in the table of contents you can click on the project name and be jumped ahead to the pattern, or click the page number to be skipped ahead to that page.

Botanical Knits has two projects featuring The Fibre Company yarns, a garment and an accessory. Entangled Vines is a seasonally transitional cardigan with half-sleeves and a great leaf and cable detail along the length of the arm. Knit in Organik, a single-ply blend of organic merino wool, alpaca and silk, in the color loam, this versatile cardigan is a great layering piece. Constructed as a top-down raglan, it'll be a fun and easy knit as well! The leaf detailing along the sleeve is charted and written out line-by-line in the pattern, and we love how the leaves get smaller as they wind their way down the arm, such lovely design elements.

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The Twin Leaf Loop is an accessory featuring our most popular Fibre Company yarn of the moment, and our newest yarn, Tundra, a blend of alpaca, merino in a bulky two-ply construction. Shown in the color mink, the Twin Leaf Loop is a long cowl which can be worn doubled and close to the neck, or worn loose and long as a casual scarf.  Knit on US size 11 and just 240 yards of yarn, the scarf  is a beautiful and quick knit quick knit.

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Botanical Knits will be available for purchase in May 2013, but is available for pre-order at botanicalknits.com. As a special thank you for preordering the printed version of the book you will receive the ebook version immediately! This special offer is only available until the print book is released, so get it while the getting is good!

As we poured through the book together we all chose projects that we would like to knit.

Maura chose the Twigs and Willow Cardigan using Canopy Worsted in chiclet tree, a fitting yarn for a leaf-inspired cardigan!

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Courtney chose the Autumns End Pullover in Road to China Light in the color aquamarine.

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Finally, Kate chose the Forest Floor hat using Acadia in the color moraine.

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As an added bonus, we'll be giving away two skeins of Tundra to a lucky reader!   Let us know which Botanical Knits project you'll be making {bonus points if you tell us which Fibre Company yarn you'd like to use!} Comments will be open until 12 noon EST on Tuesday March 12th. One comment per person please!