Sunday, January 03, 2010

Win a copy of Color by Kristin!

Edited on January 6th, 2010: The giveaway contest is closed! Thank you to all who entered and commented on Color by Kristin!

Hi Knitters,
I am excited to finally get the chance to review Kristin Nicholas' new book, Color by Kristin. I know it has already been reviewed in many knitting magazines, on Knitty, and on a variety of blogs. All have been favorable reviews. I don't mind adding to the reviews after the fact because I love it, too. Kristin Nicholas has been in the fiber industry for many years. Along with her vast experiences, which include being the creative director for Classic Elite for 16 years and having her own custom-made yarn line, Julia, which is distributed by Westminster Fibers, Kristin has a wealth of knowledge that only a few select people will ever have. On top of these claims to fame she is also the knitting expert on Knit & Crochet Now, the PBS show that is top-notch. She is wonderful on this show as you can see her fun, no-nonsense take on knitting. It is delightful and sometimes funny but always refreshing. She doesn't take things too seriously. I like that. She tells it like it is.

I first saw a preview of Color by Kristin at TNNA last June where Kristin was also debuting her new sock yarn, Best Foot Forward and some new colors in her yarn line, Julia. Both of these are beautiful yarn lines. I was immediately smitten with her book. I share a love of color and of embroidery with Kristin which makes her work incredibly appealing to me and apparently to others as well.
I want to show you some of my favorite spots in the book. First off, you feel like you are stepping into a little piece of Kristin's life on her New England farm. The photography was all taken on her farm and land. The photos include her home, her daughter and her friends and her animals. You get a sense of how color plays a major role in Kristin's life on a daily basis due to her environment. You can get a feel of her farm life on Getting Stitched on the Farm, which is Kristin's blog and a favorite of mine. If you don't subscribe, you should.

I love the back story on any creative endeavor and Kristin starts the book with a glimpse into her story. The tiny picture on the left is Kristin in the 1970's wearing an outfit she sewed herself. The lower tiny photo is Kristin and her husband, The Farmer. He's the one who stole the New Jersey girl's heart and turned her into a farm-loving fiberista. Aren't we all lucky that happened? The twists and turns in Kristin's life are inspiring. Her journey has not always been an easy one and she has an honesty about the ups-and-downs in her life. She is always positive and uplifting. Kristin is a hard-working woman and her successes and her large, dedicated group of followers are proof of her talent and constant appeal.
This sweater is one of my favorites. It is called the Child's Zip-Up Cardigan. If you have ever feared steeking or putting a zipper in a knitted garment, Kristin's directions will put you at ease. In fact, the entire book is like taking a class with Kristin right at your side, guiding your every step. All of the projects are knit in Kristin's own yarn line, Julia. The colors are rich and saturated. I highly recommend Julia yarn for any project. It is a worsted weight yarn that is a blend of wool, mohair and alpaca. It is nothing short of gorgeous and soft. In fact, I used Julia in Itty-Bitty Toys for the Princess and the Pea Set. It is the best.
The book focuses on fair isle knitting, which is color stranded knitting. It is fun and not as difficult as you may think. I love this technique and Kristin makes it simple for any level of knitter. Don't be intimidated by all of the beautiful colorwork. I am honestly telling you that you can do it! Kristin makes it easy. She has technique guides with clear illustrations, design techniques, embroidery techniques, edging techniques and best of all there is an extended Colorwork Chart Glossary! The glossary includes colorwork charts with repeats from 2 stitches all the way up to 30 stitches. Basically, Kristin is giving you the tools to create her designs but also she is giving you the tools and techniques to create your OWN beautiful colorwork designs. Color by Kristin is a book that will last through time as a great resource for colorwork. It is a book that belongs on every knitter's bookshelf.
Included in the book are patterns for mittens, pillows, sweaters for kids and adults, scarves, jackets, socks, gloves, blankets... They are all gorgeous and bursting with livelihood and color and joy. Kristin's experience as a designer makes her patterns clear as clear can be. It's like she can anticipate just about any question or concern that might pop up. This sets her apart from a newer designer who may assume that people will already know things. Kristin just knows how to make techniques attainable and simple! Her philosophy is anyone can do it!
I am always drawn to kids patterns and mittens and pillows in general. As far as Kristin goes, I love everything she does. The photo above is my favorite shot in the entire book. That is Kristin's daughter on the left, Julia (the namesake of the yarn line) and her friend. They are wearing two different versions of the Best Friends Pullovers. I want to make one of these for The Collector in the worst way. I have a bunch of Julia in a basket in my studio just waiting to be knit up into something fun and this may be it. I just need some time, right? Cute little girls they are!
I told Kristin that I think her next book should be a mitten/glove book! She just laughed when I told her this but it's true. I think she wasn't in the mood quite yet to take on another book project or even hear about one. I was just planting the seed selfishly hoping it would come true someday. She designs really cool mittens and gloves. They are like little pieces of art. On the page above you can see how Kristin uses embroidery to liven up her knitted fabric.
The embroidery absolutely changes and enhances her designs. I LOVE doing embroidery on knitted fabric and this is another one of Kristin's signature design elements. Embroidery on knitted fabric is not difficult to do and the results are always fantastic. It isn't like you have to have any previous embroidery skills to achieve these looks. Kristin uses the most basic embroidery stitches to get major effect. Plus she takes you step by step on how to do it. No worries.

Now, here are the most important things I want to mention.

Kristin has her own shop on her blog sidebar. Kristin's shop link is here.

If you are going to order a copy of Color by Kristin, order directly from Kristin. She will even sign the book for you or for someone else if it is a gift. What a treat to own an autographed copy of Color by Kristin. In the shop Kristin also sells 5 of her other books (I have them all and you should, too!), postcards featuring her beautiful photography (I have a couple sets of these and will never send them because I like them too much!), her painted canvas bags (yes, she is an artist, too, and I have a couple of these bags!) and her stitchery kits (I have two of these and one is completed the other is not, it is a gorgeous hand-stitched pillow on my couch!). Every product is divine.

Recently, Kristin has started her own online pattern shop. Now you can purchase individual downloadable patterns directly from Kristin. She has five patterns available as of now and they are wonderful. There are hats and mittens, a pillow, a sweater and hat set and felted bag. Be sure to check those out here!

If you haven't gathered by now let me say it out once and for all, I love Kristin Nicholas' work. I am a major supporter of everything she does. She is just as wonderful in person as she appears to be in any other form. I feel lucky to know her and to be able to say that she truly is a good, talented and smart cookie. She is humble and easy to relate to. I admire her so much. If you haven't listened to Kristin's interviews on Craftsanity or It's a Purl, Man, you must! Kristin is a storyteller and her stories are a good listen. I think she was interviewed on Ready, Set, Knit! with Kathy Elkins pretty recently. Look that one up, too.

I am extra-excited to offer you a chance to win a copy of Color by Kristin. Leave a comment on this post to enter. Say hello and leave your name, a link, something to identify yourself, a ravelry link.... tell me why you love Kristin:) Whatever you'd like. In a few short days I will randomly select two winners. Each winner will receive a copy of Color by Kristin! The winners will need to email me to give me their mailing addresses so I can pass those on to Kristin's publisher to send out the books.

Good luck and let the commenting begin!
best, susie
p.s. Thanks for the love and support of my new hat pattern, Ruche! It's been selling like hot cakes!

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flora said...

I've haven't tried colorwork yet but her designs look so lovely that it would be so much fun to start! Thanks for a another wonderful giveaway!

JennyWrens said...

I'd love to give these a go too! What gorgeous colours, they'd make you smile on a dull day wouldn't they?

craftysbs said...

I love the colors Kristen uses in the patterns in the book and I would love to knit one of the children's sweaters for my granddaughter. What a wonderful giveaway.

MaryLou said...

What a fantastic New Year's gift, Susan! I would love to win this book. The colors and patterns are so vibrant. ---MaryLou

VeganCraftastic said...

Thanks for having this giveaway! What I love about Kristen is that she has her own very unique style and is absolutely fearless when it comes to color.

-Kala on Ravelry

Rhonda Fargnoli said...
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Rhonda Fargnoli said...

Susan,
I have been a big fan of Kristen's work since I love color and have been a painter first, knitter second. Her use of color is amazing and she is a natural at it! She takes risks and creates refreshing but wearable designs! I love the way the book is presented like her own personal journal!
Thank you and I wish you continued success in 2010! Love your work too!

grey like snuffie said...

How fun...love the colors and the whimsy of her designs. It's very nice of you to do this giveaway...always love to find new inspirations for knitting projects. Thanks!

sLee said...

Hi Susan,
One of my knitting resolutions this year to learn colorwork!!

Stacey in Boston

Shirlucky said...

The title is so very apt. Color is what Kristin's lovely knitting is all about I think. Thanks for giving us a chance to win a copy! I can't wait to see the Collector's sweater.

Jodi said...

Beautiful! I'd love to win a copy.

Cassandra said...

I haven't tried any of her patterns yet, but I read her blog and love Julia's outfits all the color, also the farmer and all of his sheep. There life on the farm seem almost like a book too me and then I realize oops this is her life. Hopefully this year I will try one of her patterns.

Cassandra

azknitter said...

Thank you Susan for an awesome opportunity. What a fun way to start off knitting in the New Year ~ a book by Kristen Nicholas! To me Kristen is inspiring, adventurous and not afraid to combine colors for a unique look and design. Her colorwork is beyond gorgeous.

Laurelena said...

What a fantastic book! I am really interested in working more color into my knitting. Thanks for the great review!

Linda (laurelena on ravelry)

Anonymous said...

Boy does this book fit right in with my New Year's knitting resolution to experience colorwork! Thanks for a great giveaway - again!

Sandy in NJ
Pecsan114@optonline.net

Laura said...

My daughter's name is also Kristin so that is one of the reasons I like her books. Would love to add this to my collection. Happy New Year Susan!

PghCathy said...

What a way to start the New Year! A great book give-away & a chance to learn something new...colorwork intimidates me. I follow Kristin's blog. I love the way she teaches us about farm life. The things I've learned just by reading her blog. Almost a sheep-to-skein tutorial!

Sally said...

I, too, am a huge fan of Kristin! I've borrowed Color from the library but would love to own my own copy! Thanks for the opportunity!

Ertman-Trowbridge Family said...

Fair Isle knitting is the next technique I hope to master. I have done very, very little (made a potholder or two), but decided over the holidays that it was time to give it a try.

Identify myself . . . Pregnant mama who is more than ready to give birth to her second daughter. Knitting fanatic who is several projects behind and been a follower of the blog (and Spud and Chloe) for quite some time.

Sally said...

I'm a huge Kristin fan and have borrowed Color from the library but would love to own a copy! Thanks for the opportunity!

Heather said...

gorgeous book.....Love your new toy book, was one of Christmas Gifts from my Mom:)

gill said...

what a fabulous book - all those fantastic colours!
gill

Jimberlys said...

Hi Susan,
Yes, I love Kristen also. I have several of her books. When I have had enough knitting (rare, but it happens)I read knitting technique books. I have very much enjoyed Kristen Knits and Colorful Stitchery. Looking forward to this also. Maybe I'll get lucky and win one!!!
Patty

Michael-Lyn said...

I love the amazing colors and patterns! Kristen is truly talented!

~yolanda said...

What a lovely book! I love color. It is indeed the spice of life!

ravelry id-yolandamarie :)

CFCina said...

Haven't purchased her book yet, love her blog and all her colorful goodness!

Happy New Year!
~ Kathy C. (Hillsboro, OR)

Cyndi said...

I would love to have a copy of Kristin's book. Her style is charming and her use of color inspiring. I am cynshep on Ravelry.

Jen G. said...

I have never tried color work before and that is on my list of something new try in knitting for 2010.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Jen G. in MI

Pamela said...

Feeling brave enough to try these techniques....

Pamela said...

Feeling brave enough to try these techniques....

Meriam said...

Love the book! Fingers crossed that I win this time!

The Chase Family said...

I've been dying to dive into more colorwork since I've only done simple things so far. This would be a great way to do so! :) Thanks for the great giveaways. :) - Rae Lynne

oylenshpeegul said...

I'd love to win a copy! I'm oylenshpeegul on Ravelry too!

Anonymous said...

I love color...just scared to knit with it. Colorwork is on my "2010 to-do" list. Okay it was on my 2009 and 2008 lists,too. Hopefully, Kristen's book can help me over the hump in 2010! Happy New Year!

Dawn in IL

P-Tribe said...

Oh my goodness, that looks mouthwatering. The picture of those two little girls in their sweaters inspires me to make something colorful and fun for my three girls.

EJ said...

love her designs and her blog. cant afford to buy the book right now so am thrilled to have a chance maybe to win it.

Marian said...

I love the book! It remembers me of my mum who knitted me a lot of these sort of sweaters in beautiful colors when I was a kid!

Elly said...

I would absolutely LOVE to win this book. I have never tried Fair Isle knitting and would love to learn from this book by Kristin.
I can't wait!
Thank you!
Elly, Chandler AZ
(IknitCupcakes-Ravelry name)

melonkelli said...

Ooh, pretty. I need to add more color to my world. We've recently finished a remodel and our space seems so big and blank.

Kelly-ann said...

I just tried colorwork a couple of months ago and loved it. This book looks very inspiring :)

Matt, Jen, Addison, & Gavin said...

Please Pick Me! Her designs are so much fun! Thanks for doing this giveaway and here is to hoping I get picked. Have a great day and lots-o-knitting!
Jen

Jenn Doll said...

What a great book! I would love to make such colorful fun items! They all look so happy!! Thanks for the chance!

Ann Hiltner said...

Looks like a lovely book. I'd love to give it a try! Thanks Susan.

Ann

Kim R. said...

Please enter me in your wonderful book giveaway - I would love to learn colorwork with the beautiful patterns in this inspirational book!
Thanks,
kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

amy said...

love Color - it's the best way to show great knitting, lots of color!

amyknit40

mardee said...

Would love to receive a copy of this book as I have never tried any of her designs. Thanks for the opportunity

MarDee in Va.....

Cate said...

very nice stuff! I'd love to check it out.

Ms. Knitsalot said...

Her work is very inspiring. I have used some embroidery now on my knit and crochet work because of her ideas. I'd love to add her new book to my collection. It can sit next to Itty Bitty Toys! ;0)

Thanks for the giveaway...

Leiana said...

beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! this book looks gorgeous, creative and inspired!

zuliblu said...

I am so in love with her work and bright colors. I so need a challenge for 2010 and I think this book would give me that!
cheers-Julie

Ms. Knitsalot said...

I'd love to win a copy of Kristin's new book to add to my shelf. It can sit next to Itty Bitty Toys. ;0)

I have been inspired to add some embroidery work to a few of my knit and crochet projects.

Thanks for the giveaway...

Cory P said...

The book looks so special----full of exciting new projects for 2010!!
Thanks for introducing us to your friends......The yarn is so bright and what fun to see it grow into something.

Cory P

P.S. I am in the process of making a penquin for my sweet g-baby

Britni :) said...

Your review has made me look at this book differently. I have picked it up before and glanced through it, but now I would love a chance to really look at it. The fair isle directions and embroidery has me very interested! I can't wait to try both!

Carisa said...

Oh I hope you pick me! Looks like a great book--I have no idea how to do colorwork like this and would love to learn.

Arlene said...

Wow, I love all the color and pattern work. What inspiration.

Maggie said...

I would love to win one of her books! Her sense of color is amazing!

Sherrie said...

Oh, how I would love to win this book. I find how people put colors together very interesting. Thanks for the chance.

Mary said...

I really want to learn fair isle and it sounds like this will be the best book to learn from! The pics from the book look amazing!!

Jill said...

The patterns look beautiful! My mother-n-law just taught me over Christmas how to knit with more than one color and I'd love to make the pull-up cardigan for my daughter.

jrpetitt@uwalumni.com

knitterbeader said...

I'm going to start my first "color-work" soon (a Ravelry 2010 challenge). I follow Kristin's blog and am in awe of her colors and designs. This book would get me going!!! Thank you for offering it.

Cindy said...

I love anything to do with color. It's like painting with yarn. From the examples you've shown of some of the pages, I love the way Kristen works and find it inspirational.
fitterknitter on Ravely
www.fitterknitter.com
fitterknitter.livejournal.com

Alli said...

I haven't done any colorwork yet but would love to learn how!

Molly said...

Hi Susan, Happy New year!

I would love a chance to win Color by Kristin.

Thanks,

Molly in GA

lv2knit said...

I want to win because the book is a winner!!

Erin said...

This book looks great! Thanks for the giveaway.

-texangryphon on ravelry

Anne said...

This book looks fabulous! I've admired colorwork from faraway, but your review has inspired me to check out this book and try my hand at fair isle!

Lora said...

I would love a copy of this book.I need a little more color in my life.

Nicole said...

I love her designs...so vivid and bright!

Nicole said...

I love her desings- vivid and bright!

LBB said...

I'm a devoted fan of Kristin! My mom taught me to knit as a child but when I re-learned as an adult it was Kristin's book, Knitting for Baby, that walked me through all the steps for my first baby blanket. Thanks for the generous giveaway!

Linda said...

Kristen's book looks like a wonderful book! Her colors look fantastic together. She really has an eye for it. I would love to learn more about embroidering on knit items.
Linda G in Maine

Laura said...

I've just started learning color work techniques. I would love this book!!

dBallard said...

Hi Susan, Thank you for the excellent review. I love to follow your blog and Kristin's. The way she puts color and design together is fabulous--so inspiring. I just started color work this last fall and would love to do more, so her book would be such a gift. Thanks

Lucy said...

Thank you for sharing the book, Susan.

I'm completely new to the amazing world of knitting and it is great that you refer a new knitter to other designers and sources, so we get to expand our knowledge.

Thank you again!

L.C.

Jen said...

I am taking a color knitting class starting next Saturday and I'd love to have this book with patterns to knit after I finish the class.

Doula Mommy said...

This book looks wonderful! You are always so generous and thoughtful!
-Jessica (monkeybuttbabies on Ravelry)

Carol said...

I follow Kristin's blog faithfully. I enjoy hearing about her farm life and how it enhances her creativity. My own knitting is rather plain. I'd love to be more creative. Her book would be a major inspiration! Thanks for the opportunity to have it.

JFibers said...

I love Kristin's work as well. My daily blog reads include yours, hers, and Betz White's... all my favorites for different reasons. Would love to win a free copy of her book. I've wanted to try the embroidery techniques that she uses but haven't yet. Thanks for the chance to win!

Bridget said...

I think Kristin is so talented, but mostly from reading her blog, I like her because she seems like someone "normal" - you know, the type of person who, if you met her, would sit down and have a cup of tea, laugh, and knit!

Please enter me in the giveaway!

My e-mail is thekittyknitterATverizonDOTcom.

SaraDenise said...

Wow - beautiful stuff. Makes me want to try color work right now. (Ravelry ID: SaraDenise)

countrychicken said...

I would love that book. I follow her blog - love her knitting, her farm.

Judy @ daily yarns said...

What an awesome giveaway! I have her other book Kristin Knits and just love it. I've been waiting to get this one.

Cindy M said...

This book looks fab!! Perfect to add color to this cold dull winter. I'm CindyML4 on Ravelry

Gretchen said...

I'd love to win a copy of this book. I'm kind of a novice knitter, so I could use the ideas and guidance :)!

Gretchen N.

Becky said...

This book looks fabulous! I love Kristin's blog and her use of color in her work.

lindagerig said...

all her things are so colorful. lindagerig@sbcglobal.net

Arrowfeather said...

Great way to brighten a dreary winters day! Beautiful colors and designs.

paws said...

Looks like a great book to have! Count me in.

Sarah G said...

What beautiful designs -- what a wonderful book! Thanks for this great giveaway opportunity.

Charles said...

I've been away from the computer for a week - up at the lake celebrating Christmas with my wonderful kids! Taught my two daughter-in-laws to knit - a special privilege. Hope I'm not too late to enter the contest, as I love Kristin's wok and her name...

Beth said...

Oh, my! I love Kristin. I read her blog faithfully and have been so inspired by her way with color. I have Kristin Knits but not this new book. Would LOVE to win it! Thanks for sharing.

Jane's Designs said...

I'm not into begging, but PlEase, PleAse pick me.

But if I am not selected I will try to act like a grownup and not throw a tantrum. Thank you for the chance at winning this oh so cool book.

Anonymous said...

Her designs all look so fun, I love how everything's photographed around her home!

Ashley
(AshnBill on Ravelry)

Inspired Tokens said...

Oh my ...what can I say about Kristen Nicholas? Only that I think she is the greatest, most talented, most glorious, colorful knitter around! I adore her work and can only dream of being so talented!

She is one amazing knitter and designer! Have I mentioned I love her work? Well, of course I have!

What a way to start the New Year! A new book by Kristen Nicholas! I hope I win!

inspiredtokens on Ravelry

Kerry said...

Wow! I love her use of color too! I can totally see me knitting the best friend sweaters for my daughter and her best friend. Amazing designs!

Lauren Ashley said...

Omg how gorgeous! I would love to win a copy. I just started learning color work. That would inspire me to really try hard!

grammynan said...

I have been dying for this book. Kristin's blog is so honest and open and the little glimpses into her home have made me want to make chair cushions using ideas from her book. Thanks, Susan, again for the opportunities to win a giveaway.

Sherri said...

Oh My Gosh! Those patterns are beautiful! The colours are so vibrant ... ooooooo
What a way to start off the new year with the chance to win an awesome and inspiring book!

Ruth said...

Hi Susan,

I would love a copy of "Color by Kristin"! Her knits are beautiful and can't help you feel happy!

Ruth
Tulsa,OK

sbknit said...

Wow, what beautiful work! I am a newbie to colorwork and would love a chance to get this book! Thanks for another great giveaway!

Kekumukula said...

You have given such wonderful insight into Kristin and her work. It was so interesting to read about her in this post. My curiosity is piqued and I'm going to check out her sites now!

Emily said...

What a glorious book! Thank you for the introduction Susan! If I don't win one, I'll just have to buy one- I adore colorwork.

Laura said...

I love Kristin's blog and have followed it for quite some time! I can sense that things have not always been easy for her but she is an amazing woman and has incredible spirit, a get it done attitude, looks for ways to enrich her life and her family's such as her knitting weekends. How I would love to do something like that with her! However i would also love to own a copy of her book and would love to be entered into the give-a-way!

By the way my husband was listening to me and bought two of your books for me this Birthday and Christmas - Itty Bitty Nursery and Itty Bitty Toys! I'm so excited to start some projects as we have two new grandchildren joining our family in 2010!
Laura T

MaddyMazeStudio said...

I love her sense of color. Winning the book would be wonderful. Thank you for giving them away!

LenaL said...

Oh, the book looks marvelous! What a treasure it would be to have a copy of it.

I'm LenaL at Ravelry, as well as on my blog.

Hope you will have a wonderful new year, looks forward to continue to follow your blog.

Wooly Knits n Bits said...

Hello Susan,
I am also an avid lover of color! Kristen's designs are fabulous. I would love to have a copy of her book so that I could get going a a few of her projects...the child's sweater would be my first! Thanks for introducing her to me!
WoolyKnitsNBits

Addicted to Knitting said...

Love all the beautiful designs and vibrant colors Kristen uses ....Stunning... kpoz on Ravelry

diann said...

You and Kristin are two of my "go to girls" for inspiration. The book looks awesome!

Elizabeth (pixiewear) said...

Oh, I would love to win this book! Thank you for the chance to win. I've been simultaneously intimidated by and drawn to fair isle, but haven't gotten up the nerve to try it yet. Maybe this book is the key!

Anonymous said...

Her colors are just so bright. Would love to try one of her swweaters or the sock and mittens. What a great give away.
Sherrille

LizzieK8 said...

I don't know Kristin, but I think, from your delighted ravings, I'd like to meet her!

Dawn in NL said...

Susan,
Happy New Year. I would love to be included in your draw. I am DawninNL in Ravelry

All the best,
Dawn

Erin said...

Oh, I hope I'm one of the lucky winners! - I just love her color choices - her designs - it is so my Nikki (my 7 yr. old dd) - just finished my first color work piece and really enjoyed it - am looking forward to more...

Kathleen said...

I would love to try some of those beautiful sweaters...and January ONE is my birthday!

Laura said...

Hi Susan,

Not only are you a very talented woman, you generously support others on their path. It is always a joy to receive and read your blog.

This book looks amazing. As one who tends to shy away from using multiple colors in knitting, I realize it is because I lack the confidence to do so. "Color" is a must have!

LOL!

Best to you in 2010!
Laura

babyboxermom said...

I saw Kristin's trunk show at String of Purls in Omaha, NE - gorgeous stuff! Whoever wins will be blessed indeed!!!

Laura said...

I'd love to get this! Gorgeous!

Elise said...

I love your blog and Stitched on the Farm too. You both have inspired me be adventurous in knitting even with the simplest projects. I would love a copy of Kristen's book. I'm cashmeredreamer on ravelry.

Anonymous said...

I also love this book. I would like to do the pillows and learn how to do colorwork...this is an area I have not done yet.
Good Luck to me.....
raverly: missellen

Ellen Perry

annemarie said...

What a great sounding book - would love to call it my own.

Kristin said...

I'm building my knitting book library and this would be such a great addition. Thanks!

kristinfitzgerald on ravelry

myartfullife.wordpress.com said...

Hello Susan,
I've been reading Kristin's and your blogs for a long while and love them both. Drooling might be more like it. Not to mention, adding more projects to my Ravelry queue. My grandmother taught me to knit when I was 5, and in fact, a fascination with color and texture figures into my teen girl memoir currently in the works. I would love to participate in the "Win a copy of Color ..." post-a-thon. Of course, I'm hoping one of your book tours brings you to New England. The closest shop with Spud & Chloe is over an hour away, but a field trip is on the calendar. Hello to The Collector!

Missy said...

I have been toying with the idea of trying colorwork and this looks like the perfect way to get started!

Love your blog,

Missy T.

thesewingroomandmore said...

What a wonderful book! I would love to learn Kristin's techniques!

PAK said...

I love Kristin's use of colors and designs. Thanks for showing us her work. She's very talented.
Pat in NC

PAK said...

I love Kristin's use of color and design. She's very talented. Thanks for showing us.
Pat in NC

Anonymous said...

Who wouldn't want this book!:)
Thanks for the giveaway.
deni

Chris said...

I have never really tried colorwork, though I've been encouraged to try it by my much-more-adventurous sister. I am, however, a colorista...a trained interior designer who lives & breathes color!!!

balsam said...

Happy New Year Susan.

Thanks for highlighting this book. I would love to tackle one of her gorgeous pillows.

Karen said...

Kristin's blog is one of my favorites also. I have been coveting this book since my first glance of it online. It is still not in bookstores in Canada - but you can order it - which I will be doing as soon as I recover from Christmas. One of my favorite things from the books are the slippers - they are like pimped up slippers your Grandma would have made (remember Phentex?) Thanks for a chance to win this beautiful book.

Jenny B said...

This book looks awesome. I'd love to make the pillows...they are so cute.

Jessie Johnson said...

I absolutely LOVE bright intense colors, and no one does those better than Kristin! Count me in for the chance to win this wonderful book.

Julia Wittenhagen said...

I love all of the color combinations in this book. They are just lovely.

My ralvery name is colorfulknitting.

jill Pickle said...

Kristen's book looks so inspiring! She is truley a talented artist and knitter! Thanks for the giveaway!

Jill Pickle

Caryn said...

looks like a fun, creative book to add to the library.

Anonymous said...

I've been looking for pillow patterns and these look awesome. Mary

The Cheeseheads said...

I love color--the more, the better! I haven't tried intarsia but would love to learn.

Thanks!

Betz White said...

That book makes my mouth water! I am totally buying it if I don't win! When you showed off her book, Kristin Knits" way back whenever, I bought it right away. I love love the way she uses color!

I love that shot of her daughter with the other little girl. It looks like it was straight out of an Olily catalog but way better! :)

Judy said...

I am inspired by Kristin's knitting and embroidery, would love to have her book and try some of her designs.

Anonymous said...

What incredibly beautiful photos of awesome projects. How could anyone resist these beauties?

SusanG said...

I'm a colorwork phobic - but love the look! Maybe Kristen's book would help nme get over the fear and dive right in!
Thanks for the opportunity - you are always so generous with your contests/giveaways.

Lori said...

I love the other books by Kristen that I have. I would love to add this one to my collection.
Lori in Texas

Laura said...

I LOVE color, and Kristin's book would be an excellent addition to my library for inspiration AND technique! www.nelkindesigns.com

Alison said...

Such a wonderful review of such a talented designer/author and special person! I have long loved and admired Kristin's work and those sentiments have grown exponentially since I stumbled upon her blog a few years past. She is truly an exceptional woman with a huge talent, a keen mind and a generous heart. Love the regular doses of positive energy that her words send out into the universe. And the book...sadly not under the tree this year (I had been waiting to buy it, thinking that my abundant hints would take root)...anyway it's time to take matters into my own hands, if I don't win, I'm off to her blog to buy a signed copy!
Thanks for offering this giveaway and, as ever, thanks for your own dose of good vibes...love it!

sheila said...

What a great giveaway. I would love to learn to do colorwork like this with confidence.

Martyso said...

Looks pretty cool. First time visiting but not the last.

Karey said...

I love the book and would be so excited to win it!

Anonymous said...

I love color. It is my favorite part of knitting. Taking, picking, working with color. Happy New Year and thanks for taking the time to always share with us! sweetpeaquilts@yahoo.com

Linda said...

I have a 7-year-old daughter who would love the things in this book. Thank you for sharing!

Sara in WI said...

I love Kristin's work and have made several of her projects. Her "Julia" yarn is just so yummy, too! Actually, I put you, Susan, in the same category of innovative designers! Have a great day! (See you next week!)

taffyyarn said...

I love color... and on these gloomy, cold, winter days, a book like that could fire up some inspiration!

Me said...

I have been lusting over this book for about one month!! If I dont win I will have to go out and buy it!!

Sarah Dedmon said...

Yay! I adore her work, I have Kristin Knits and gobble up the color she works with there, this book so much more I'm sure. I can't wait to make one of her pillows, that's what I'm most excited for.

bookagent said...

I'm inspired to give color work a try. I'll check out Kristen's blog today and start getting to know her.

Rhonda said...

I'm intimidated by colorwork - this book is inspiration for me to dive in!
Rhonda
(Ravelry - Rhondito)

Missy said...

Looks like a great book! The colors are inspiring.

Katie said...

I just made my first colorwork scarf and I was so frustrated. I never wanted to do it again. Hopefully this book will help make this New Year's goal more attainable. Thanks Susan!

SingleMomKnits said...

Kristin's work is beautiful and makes colorwork seem a little less scary. Oh, and I bought myself Itty Bitty Toys as a Christmas present. Can't wait to start on the giraffe. -L

Anonymous said...

I need a pattern for mittens or gloves for my daughter who is going to cold London for a semester. These look perfect.

iknithats said...

I need a new pattern for gloves. This is perfect.

Hannah said...

I think her knits are so fresh! I love the bright contrasting colors and happy designs. Knitting up a pair of gloves or a kiddy sweater would be fun! Thanks for sharing.

HannahShields on Ravelry
Hayden, Idaho

shannon said...

Wow what a beautiful book! Would love to win.

Bonnie said...

I have always wanted to try colorwork, but thought it was too difficult. Sounds like this book makes it understandable and easier to do. Would love to try it in the new year. Bonnie in Iowa

Carla said...

I have been waiting to pour over the pages of this book! Would love to win a copy! Happy New Year - Carla

Heather L. said...

Very exciting!!! I love Kristin's blog and books.

As for a link, here is a picture of me in a hat I created for a new year's eve party -- a giant felted flower. Felted flowers are my little hobby.
http://blackberryrambles.blogspot.com/2010/01/happy-new-year.html

Jenny Baron said...

These pictures are enough to persuade someone who thought they'd never be able to do colorwork. I'll have to get this book now. Thank you!
Jenny(tiedyedmomma on ravelry)

Melia said...

I am almost done with Kristin's Norwegian Inspired Mittens. They are so fun to knit - and she really gave me the courage to try Fair Isle a year ago. It is so much easier than it looks and I get so much satisfaction out of the colorwork. I would love to own a copy of her new book. Thanks for the opportunity!

Melia

Knitschmidt said...

What a gorgeous book! Thank you, Susan and Kristin!

Anonymous said...

Love the pictures you have shown from this book - would love to expand my knitting skills and would love this book!

Lisa (from below zero in Omaha)

Jane said...

I just want to knit....everything Kristin designs. Beautiful photos, beautiful designs. I love it!! Jane

Jane said...

I just want to knit ..all items designed by Kristin. Thank you, Susan.Jane

Amy Jo said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I have always loved Kristin's patterns and only have one of her books.

Lisa said...

I cannot fathom being able to accomplish fair isle but perhaps Kristin would be the one to get me past the mental blocks!

Thanks for the generous giveaway,

Lisa Barrett
Three oaks, MI

nancy said...

You've sold me! I have to have a copy of this book- the children's sweaters are so sweet. I'm not sure if I'm ready for a project like this, but you almost have me convinced I could do it.

deb said...

I love how Kristin has taken an " old art" and created a line of clothing that is magnificently trendy and artsy! My daughter is 25 and just engaged the world of knitting and this is the kind of book that stimulates the minds of the young. Bravo Kristin. Thanks Susan for introducing her to us.

cathcart said...

Just seeing the pictures from Kristin's book on your blog makes me want to pick up my needles and start knitting some colorwork immediately! The designs are simply gorgeous. What a wonderful giveaway. Thanks Susan!

MarieAngel said...

Holy colour batman! I agree with previous commentators, if this doesn't get me to try colorwork, then I'll never do colorwork!
The preview of this book really makes me want to give it a go though.
I have nephews and nieces who would just look absolutely darling in any of those designs.
Thank you for giving us the lowdown on such an interesting book.

Christi said...

Her book looks great...I haven't tried colorwork, but am getting ready to take a class at our local yarn store. This would make a great book for me to work on. Thank you for the chance to WIN!!

Christi said...

I would love to have this book...I am taking a colorwork class at our local yarn store this month! Thank you for the chance to WIN :0)

Christi

Anonymous said...

Hurray for color knitting! I have been trying my hand at it of late--an argyle dog sweater to be exact!

Kate--ravelry id--
pinkpenguingirl

Trisha said...

I would love a copy of Kristin's book. One of my new year goals is to try fair isle this year. Her book would be perfect for that. I love her style and all the bright fun knits this book has to offer.

Anonymous said...

I would love to knit some of these! I'll try to start preparing Christmas gifts a little earlier this year... they would just be perfect!
Am I allowed to take part from Switzerland?
Best regards
Sabine

PumpkinFreckles said...

Isn't her stuff great! Thanks for the give away.

mythsnmagic said...

I just love Kristen's work, and her blog! Thanks for the review, and offering the book!

Drawn2Life said...

Color is the most expressive element for an artist and yarnworker. I can't wait to see what Kristin has artfully designed in her new book! I always love seeing YOUR handiwork Susan, and love how you work with color as well! Thanks for keeping up two wonderful blogs for us to stay inspired! -Jennifer from http://www.yarnworksbyjennifer.com/ and http://www.ravelry.com/designers/jennifer-edwards

jjj said...

Kristen should put you on the payroll! You have convinced me that this book should be in my library! I want you to know that i have a new blackberry and the first bookmark I added was for your blog! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Kathrin said...

Wow, this book looks great! If I win one I will definitely re-start knitting! And I need some new legwarmers anyway :-)
Thanks for your review!

Best wishes
Kathrin

Janet C said...

Thank you for another great giveaway Susan. I love Kristen's books and would love to start knitting some fair isle patterns. Janet C.

dana said...

i haven't done colorwork in years! this book has great color combinations as well as great pattern juxtapostions.

Helen said...

Happy New Year! I love Getting Stitched On A Farm! Thanks for the giveaway.
On another topic I just purchased some Spud and Chloe yarn! I can handle wait to knit it up!

JaneElizabeth said...

I love her blog and projects! It would be great to own one of her books.

Linda in Milwaukee said...

Thanks for the great review of Kristin's book. Her color sense is fabulous and I'd love to knit these patterns, especially for my 5 year old daughter.

Thanks for the giveaway and your always inspiring blog posts!

Ellen Bishop said...

I love knitting with lots of color and can't wait to see this book!!! Happy Knitting in 2010!!!

Cheryl said...

Colour! Colour! Colour!
Just what we need. Beautiful eye candy to ring in the New Year. Even more pleasing would be to be knitting these colourful patterns.
Please count me in for a chance to win.
Thank you
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL
Anna4 on Ravelry

Kanani said...

WOW, yet another wonderful giveaway! Thank you Susan, for the opportunity to win this great book! It looks fantastic, plus a lot of great techniques even for beginners.

~Kanani
Central Coast, California

Sharon F the madknitter said...

My sisters' described me as a monotone person until I started following Kristin Nichols. Her blog is inspiring, her books are enticing and, I love, peaking into her life and home. Color wheels are now my best friend thanks to Kristin

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a fun book. I would love to win a copy. I have a 7 year old daughter and I'm sure I could find something in there to knit for her:o)
Kelly O.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to try Kristin's gloves! I'm a novice at working with lots of colors, but would love to try!

Wendy, Seattle

Christine said...

I luuurrrrvvvve Kristin's stuff! the colors are fab and the whimsicalness of her patterns are superb.

I would love to win this book.

gardnwest AT aol DOT com

Luciana said...

What a lovely give away! I fell in love with Kristin's work ever since I came across her boot toppers on Interweave knits. It would be a real treat to win this book!

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