01 April 2009

Fiber Gathering! Blog contest!

Today, I am honored to be participating in my dear friend Joanne's first blog book tour! Her book, Fiber Gathering, just started shipping last month, and I got my long-awaited copy a couple of weeks ago. Since then, I've been savoring it slowly: the smell of the new printing, the beautiful photos of fiber festivals, the sheep breeds, the food, the yarn, the fleeces.... You see, I've never actually been to any of the festivals in her book. Due to young kids, small budgets and other commitments, I've just never been able to take the time and resources (this year may be different!), but now I'm able to play armchair traveler and live vicariously through her! In all, Joanne visited 11 fiber festivals with her husband the professor and photographer in tow. Looking at the pictures, I can easily imagine I'm there!

The book is organized into geographic areas, and each chapter includes one or two patterns reminiscent of the particular flavor of the featured festival. And I was lucky enough to participate! Since I am a born and raised Californian and have spent a fair amount of time in Oregon, Joanne and I chose the Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, OR for my pattern contribution. As a bonus, I got to share the festival with my dear friend Terri Shea, author of Selbuvotter!

My pattern, the Evergreen lace stole, uses my favorite mohair and silk blend yarn (in this case, Kid Seta) for a lovely and delicate lace pattern that reminds me of the evergreen trees in the Pacific Northwest. It is a relaxing and simple knit and a truly wonderful wrap for cool nights.

The sample was knitted by my friend Vanessa, aka Flamefingers, and when I received the stole, I almost could not part with it! It feels like a big hug. Vanessa did an amazing job, and I think it took her about two or three hours. ;) (ETA: yes, I really am joking! Vanessa is amazing, but cannot yet warp the space/time continuum. She's working on it, though, with her amazing knitting skillz! In reality, it took less than a week; I think it was about 4 days.) :)

The Evergreen pattern was chosen by Joanne's publisher as a free download on the amazon.com site, and is listed as a "bonus pattern" on that site. You can cue Evergreen here on Ravelry.

To celebrate Joanne's book, I'm having a blog contest! So leave me a comment (ETA: by midnight PST April 03) to be entered to win! I'll be drawing a winner randomly, and that person will receive a copy of the Fiber Gathering book!

Thank you for stopping by! Please tune in for the rest of the bloggers in the tour. :)

March 31st: Joanne Seiff, author - Yarn Spinner

April 1st: Kim Guzman, designer - WIPs N’Chains

April 2nd: Rosemary Hill, designer - rosemary-go-round

April 3rd: Donna Druchunas, tech editor - Donna Druchunas’ Blog

April 4th: Cathy Adair-Clark, designer - Catena Expressions

April 5th: Terri Shea, designer - spinningwheel.net

April 6th: Chrissy Gardiner, designer - Knittin’ Mom

April 7th: Jeff Marcus photographer - Yarn Spinner

April 8th: JoLene Treace, designer - JoLene Treace Unraveled

April 9th: Cindy Moore, designer - fitterknitter

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Blogger Brittany said...

The shawl looks gorgeous. 2 or 3 hours? Way to make a girl feel inadequate! ;)

1:57 AM  
Blogger /Karen/ said...

Thank you for sharing the pattern with us! That shawl is so beautiful—so airy and free. I've loved your patterns on Knitty for quite some time, but it's only recently that I've come over to read your blog. I'm enjoying it very much!

3:37 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

gorgeous shawl. I'm working on liquid silver right now (in black) but this is going into the queue!

4:14 AM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

That shawl is gorgeous! I'll be keeping an eye out for this book at the bookstore. It looks really interesting.

4:31 AM  
Blogger SKH said...

Evergreen is so lovely. If everything in the book is that beautiful, I know it's going to end up on my bookshelf one way or another.

5:32 AM  
Blogger Syd said...

The shawl makes me weak in the knees! And I have been waiting for this book with great anticipation, not being able to travel to the festivals has been hard, but this book sounds like you can visit them over and over from your front porch!

5:35 AM  
Anonymous CTJen said...

Wow, that shawl is amazing. I don't believe it when you say that it only took 2 or 3 hours! You must be playing a trick on me. :-)

5:52 AM  
Blogger Linda Meuse said...

I hope you get to go to one soon. My daughter lives in Maryland so I've been able to attend the MS&W festival. It is quite an experience.

5:56 AM  
Blogger troy and christina said...

The shawl is beautiful! I'm off to see if I can still get it from amazon...

6:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the beautiful shawl design publication. Wouldn't it be nice if you could guarntee that we could all knit it in two or three hours? ;-)


6:17 AM  
Blogger heprist said...

WOW...what a lovely shawl. It's definitely going in my queue.

6:49 AM  
Blogger Knit with it said...

The shawl is awesome! Fassstttt knitterrrrr, I'm jealous.

7:45 AM  
Blogger YuLian said...

Wow, I like the shawl. I can't believe it was made in 2 or 3 hours!

8:25 AM  
Anonymous Amy said...

Beautiful work as always. I love the color! I'm looking forward to seeing that book:)


8:51 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

From one Sonomanite to another, what a pleasure to have such talent as yours in our little spot in the world! I have all your shawl patterns and I'm thrilled to be able to add this beauty! Just wish I had "Flamefingers!"

9:48 AM  
Blogger ikkinlala said...

Evergreen is lovely, and this looks like a wonderful book!

9:51 AM  
Blogger janet said...

The shawl is lovely and it looks like an awesome book!

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Elly said...

I was just hearing about this book on the Knitpicks podcast - it sounds great!

10:16 AM  
Blogger Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Oh, how exciting; I would love to win that book! This year will be my second for showing my Shetlands at BSG; I've attended without sheep a couple other times. It's a GREAT venue!

10:17 AM  
Blogger punkin said...

I am an armchair traveler, and I enjoy reading about the things fiber enthusiasts are going in other regions.

Beautiful shawl. Thank you for sharing.

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Evergreen is sooooin my queue.......


10:23 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I can't wait to see Joanne's book - the shawl is simply gorgeous. Does our Ms. Flamefingers give speed knitting lessons?

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Mary Mc said...

Evergreen just might tempt me to try lace work. Beautiful! I've never made it to a fiber festival either. Someday....

10:46 AM  
Blogger Yarnhog said...

What a great book idea! I've never been to a fiber festival, either, and this seems like a wonderful way to check them out.

I love the shawl! It even looks simple enough that I might be able to knit it without the usual lace trauma. :)

10:48 AM  
Blogger Rudee said...

The shawl is gorgeous Romi. It's in my favorite color too. I'm going to go fetch the pattern now.

11:49 AM  
OpenID pianolady said...

I live vicariously through books, magazines, and blogs. As a southern knitter, the summit and conference opportunities are practiacally non-existent, and I love seeing what other knitters are doing and what fabulous new fibers they are using. I appreciate your blog so much...especially Monday's musing. Thanks so much for sharing!

12:04 PM  
Blogger joan said...

That sounds like a wonderful book. Thanks for offering it!

12:47 PM  
Blogger Jean Ashley said...

The shawl is lovely! I'm still intimdiated by lace knitting, but I've amassed a HUGE amount of lace-weight yarn, and I need a project... The book looks amazing too. Thanks for the opportunity and the great pattern!

12:57 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

My heart stopped when you said 3 or 4 hrs! So glad I didn't feel so totally inferior and that I continued to read on. Still, 4 days is phenomenal. I can only dream of that. Gorgeous shawl...and your shawl pins are exquisite, too.

1:48 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

The shawl is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the pattern.

2:10 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

Your Evergreen Shawl looks so much like the feathery branches on the Fir trees outside my living room windows, here in the PNW -- where Spring still doesn't want to show up! The shawl is lovely!

3:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been to 2 festivals, both over 2 hours away. How I long for one closer to me! Your shawl is lovely!

3:54 PM  
Blogger Terri said...

The shawl is so beautiful!

4:09 PM  
Blogger cyndy said...

Congratulations on being part of this great book!! I'm enjoying the tour ;-)

The Evergreen lace stole design is a beauty! (That Vanessa..she sure burns up the needles!)I'm off to cue it up now ;-)

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Mickey said...

Great shawl. This is my year of lace and that looks to be one pattern I will try. Thanks for sharing.

7:12 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Your shawl is very beautiful, and I would so love to win this amazing book - Thanks!

7:30 PM  
Blogger Allison said...

OH! Rosemary! It's beautiful! You have captured the essence of the Northwest for me as well! Cheers!

8:20 PM  
Anonymous Joanne said...

The shawl is goregeous. What a great color. I have some yarn that will work for this pattern (muted forest greens). The book looks intriguing.


9:00 PM  
Blogger Monika said...

Once again you produced a lovely shawl (pattern). Congratulations on being published in, what looks like a wonderful book.

6:07 AM  
Blogger Lindsey said...

wow, what a lovely shawl. i've been to a couple of fiber gatherings and they are great inspiration.

7:18 AM  
Anonymous royalehare said...

WOW!!! Once again you are amazing! I love it. I need your knitter to knit one for me too.......... that's impressive 4 days wow.

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Helen said...

The shawl is beautiful!

3:21 PM  
Anonymous Debby said...

I can't wait to see the book, since I visited my first festival last year and would love to dream about going to more.

4:27 PM  

how pretty

5:15 PM  
Anonymous twinsetellen said...

What a great way to visit the festivals without breaking the yarn budget!

5:50 PM  
Blogger Hope said...

Another gorgeous design! How the hell are you?

6:28 PM  
Anonymous KT said...

Very nice. a good design to evoke the West Coast.

7:12 PM  
Blogger cnuland said...

Beautiful shawl! I've queued in Ravelry

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Lisa in western MA said...

I'll have to add your gorgeous Evergreen shawl to my queue, too. Thanks so much for making it available!

7:49 PM  
Blogger draknitfly said...

WOW what a lovely pattern and talented knitter! I love this one.

10:11 PM  
Blogger Sereknitty said...

Gorgeous shawl! The 'pine' colour is stunning -- thanks for sharing the pattern!

11:31 PM  
Blogger Willow said...

I know I'm too late for the contest, but just wanted to let you know I love the shawl! I'm a born and bred native Oregonian now transplanted to SoCal, but the evergreen shawl really calls to me!

9:00 AM  
Anonymous patty said...

beautiful...it would be a great project for my lace weight alpaca!

3:32 PM  
Anonymous terri said...

Vanessa is a machine! Mwh! Loves you, babe. All is well.

9:59 AM  
Blogger vanessa said...

thanks rosemary :-)

12:01 PM  

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