Monday, May 07, 2012

Meanwhile, on a yak farm (a GIVEAWAY!)

I have started several blog posts and ran out of steam before I could finish them and hit "publish." Just when I was about to try again, I remembered that I am scheduled to be a stop on a blog tour for a new pattern collection from Kristen Ohhdahl and Bijou Basin. Better yet, there's a giveaway involved!

Bijou Basin Ranch is a Colorado farm raising Tibetan yaks and turning the fiber into lovely yarns and fibers, including a line of knitting yarns. This April, BBR released its first pattern collection:  The Complements Collection by Kristin Ohmdahl.  (You may recognize Kristin from her knit and crochet patterns,books, and appearances on Knitting Daily TV.) The Complements Collections is available as a booklet (order from the BBR website for $12.95) or e-book (you can download it on Ravelry for $9.95). It contains thirteen patterns for accessories--some knit, some crochet.



The cover pattern is called the Apple Blossom Shawl, knit in 2 natural colors of fingering-weight yarn, with a bright handdyed color in a heavier weight as accent.  The booklet contains a second knit shawl pattern, as well as a sweet knit capelet:


Crocheters need not despair, for there is the Camellia Shawl for you:



There are two patterns for "ascots," one knit and one crocheted (photo is of the latter):



For cold weather, knitters will find a unisex hat and wristers set (the only pattern for men; sorry, guys):



while crocheters can make a hat and matching scarf



or a set of wristers.



The ever-popular cowls also make an appearance, again one knit and one crocheted version (knit cowl shown).



With the exception of the cover pattern, all the patterns call for sportweight (Craft Yarn Council Category 2 -- fine) yarn and all are one size.  You'll find charts for the lace patterns and crochet stitches; no schematics since these are accessories. Best of all, each of the patterns uses no more than three skeins of yarn, so they're perfect stashbusters and excellent ways to use luxury fibers like BBF's yak blends.

Now that warmer weather is upon most of the U.S., cute accessory patterns like these are nice portable travel projects, too.  Bijou Basin Ranch was at Maryland Sheep and Wool; will be at Estes in Colorado; and you can find their full schedule of show and festival appearances here -- or visit their website for online ordering. Kristin's website is here; next stop on the blog tour, the talented Carol Feller here, on May 8th.

And now the best part:  THE GIVEAWAY!  Leave a comment to this blog post and Bijou Basin will give away a PDF version of The Complements Collection to one lucky commenter.  Leave your comment no later than midnight, Wednesday, May 9th, and make sure you include an email address in the comment or use a profile with an email attached -- no email, no valid entry -- and I will use a random generator to select a lucky winner. Woo-hoo!



Note: I received a free PDF version of this pattern booklet in order to write this review.


23 comments:

knittygirl said...

The patterns are beautiful! My favorite is the one on the cover!

Cheryl:) said...

I just looked at this book and am in love with the Apple Blossom Shawl. I wanted to get it at MSWF but resisted. The yarn is just luscious!!!

Willietattoos said...

I bought 2 skeins of their yak & bamboo, yesterday. Lovely!
Can't wait to knit with it! Willietattoos.

I am puffinroost@mac.com

Ruby said...

I love the pattern on the cover, but there are so many delish patterns in this book. Count me in.

Rav: MzCruse

Sewfast said...

I love the sweet capelet! Thanks for an opportunity to win these great patterns. mdeeter@hotmail.com

meppybn said...

Love those wristers - too too cute!!
k1w1 (at) olypen (dot) com

Bonnie said...

There are some beautiful patterns in there! Thanks for showing them to us.

Katelyn said...

Thanks for the chance to win and the great review. I can't wait to see all of the patterns in person!

Thanks again,
Kate M

Kassia said...

Looks like a nice collection! :)

Deidre Eyles said...

I can only knit one dish cloth pattern, but the Apple Blossom Shawl has me wanting to learn!! I also love the knit hat and wristlet set. Kristin's patterns are beautiful!
d.eyles2010@gmail.com

collegeknitting said...

Thanks for the great give-away! I would love a copy of this beautiful collection.

Barbara-Kay said...

Very nice collection - I'd love to win it.

MarieAnge said...

Just love the projects in this book!

Thank you for the giveaway :)

Savannagal said...

Bijou Basin has some lovely yarn. It's nice to see patterns using it. Thanks for the giveaway.

Small and Moody said...

The capelet is my favorite! Thanks for a great giveaway!!!

Daisy said...

Lovely!

Northside Knitter said...

What a great collection of patterns for those of us who do both.

Diane in Northern Calif.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful yarns, nice patterns!!

Debi
Madollie@yahoo.com

Carmen Nuland said...

Great patterns - thanks so much for the chance to win!

Amber N (gibbles_n_bits@hotmail.com) said...

I love the designs and the yarn! Kristin Omdahl is one of my favorites!

Monica said...

The patterns are extra nice. Thanks for the opportunity!

sweetpurls@yahoo.com

Lindr said...

Love Bijou Basin and these look like great patterns. Thanks!

Christine said...

Fabulous patterns! Loving that little capelet. :)