Sunday, February 10, 2013

Double Alana Dakos Giveaway!


Hi, Knitters,
All photos in today's post are provided by Alana Dakos.

I am back today with another double giveaway! The giveaway today features one of my favorite designers, Alana Dakos. A short while back she released the children's book called, Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf. I pre-ordered my deluxe set immediately. This book is a children's picture book that tells the story of a child wanting to learn to knit and how she does just that. At the back of the book there is a knitting instruction section to teach a child to knit. The story is sweet (it is based on Alana's experiences with her own young daughter) and the illustrations are wonderful. 

Here is the description from the website:
About the Author
Alana Dakos is a mother of two and a hopelessly obsessed knitter. She produces a unique line of knitting patterns under the name of "Never Not Knitting" and is the co-author of the 2011 hit Coastal Knits. As a former knitting instructor, Alana has enjoyed teaching countless children to knit as well as her own six-year-old daughter, who helped her with this story. Check out Alana's pattern line, blog, and knitting podcast at NeverNotKnitting.com
About the Illustrator
Neesha Hudson is a freelance illustrator living with her husband in Atlanta, Georgia. Originally from Maine, she studied at Ringling College of Art and Design, focusing on children's book illustration. She now spends her days caring for her beautiful baby girl and drawing everything from knitting needles to nursery art. Find more of Neesha's illustration work at NeeshaHudson.com

The Deluxe Edition Gift Set includes paper dolls (my favorite thing!), stickers, the hardcover book, and a puzzle. It all comes in a neat and tidy box. The set is high quality and just fun and clever! I love everything about the set.

I'll tell you how to win your own deluxe set for Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf at the end of the post!



That Alana is a speedy one as she has now released another collection called, Botanical Knits, and it is simply lovely. She offers twelve gorgeous designs inspired by trees and foliage. Included are fingerless mitts, mittens, cardigans, sweaters, hats, a scarf, a shawl and socks. As always, each project is thoughtful and meticulously designed, Alana is a master. I especially love the cardigans and sweater and would love to knit them all.

Below are some important links for you about Alana and the Botanical Knits collection:  


Here is Alana's description of Botanical Knits and the details on how you can order:

Botanical Knits: Twelve Designs inspired by trees and foliage incorporates the natural beauty of plant life into twelve garments and accessories. Included in the twelve are four sweaters for every occasion, a stylish cloche, a matching pair of textured socks and mittens, and an elegant leaf-bordered wrap. Each botanically inspired piece offers both charted and written pattern instructions that are easy to follow and fun to knit.
Purchase the ebook today OR pre-order the printed book HERE for $22 plus shipping at BotanicalKnits.com.
The book is scheduled to arrive in May, but everyone who pre-orders the printed version will receive a complimentary e-book to download right away. This will allow you to get started on your favorite projects while you wait for your book to arrive. As an additional “thank you” for pre-ordering the printed version, I will include a NEW, EXTRA botanically inspired pattern along with your book shipment.

These Spring Foliage Mitts are so sweet and fun. I love the leafy motifs throughout the book.


Autumn's End is an allover lace pattern sweater with clever shaping panels tucked into the sides. I am planning on knitting this one up soon. It's just beautiful. 


The Twigs and Willows cardigan is my personal favorite in the book. It is a simple, classic cardigan with a single branch and leaf motif in the yoke. The cardigan is knit in pieces and seamed and the yarn is Shelter by Brooklyn Tweed.

Alana is an incredibly talented knitter, designer and pattern writer. You will love this leaf-inspired book! 

I am excited to be able to offer you a giveaway from Alana. You have a chance to win the book version of either Botanical Knits or Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf - the Deluxe Edition Gift Set. Please leave one comment on this post to enter. You must include either your email address or ravelry id so I can get in touch if you win. I will collect your mailing address so Alana can mail the books directly to the winners. Please only enter once, there is a delay in the posting of the comments so please be patient.

There will be two winners randomly selected, one for each book. Also, in your comment please let me know which book you would like or if you would love either book.

Good luck and let the comments begin!
best, susie

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Naycha said...

I have been waiting on pins and needles for the Botanical Knits book ever since Alana showed a sneak peek on her blog. There is not one item in the collection that I wouldn't love to knit. RavID: Naycha

Jennifer in Ohio said...

Great books! I've already faved several of the patterns.

Jennifer (RavID jaf61205)

Amy said...

I would love the Botanical Knits book!! Your blog is grat reading - one of my favorites!

Rav id: areimann

Kathy Wallace said...

I would love to win a copy of Botanical Knits - it's in my cart right now!
sassykrafty on Ravelry

bookagent said...

I have Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf, purchased for my granddaughter and it's wonderful! I would LOVE the Botanical Knits book though, the patterns look beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway.

bookagent said...

I forgot to leave my contact info. Ravid bookagent
email phopkin1@rochester.rr.com

Sorry

Cecile said...

The botanical knits book is lovely. I already knitted the arching leaves socks and love it. Now, I'd love to knit the Twigs and Willows cardigan.

Missy knits said...

I'd be so happy to win either book....but I especially would love to win the Annie and the Swiss Cheese scarf kit. I promised my nephew I would teach him to knit when he turns 8, and that will happen next October!! Thank you for the generous give away. Alana's designs are lovely.

missywks@yahoo.com

Claudine said...

Botanical Knits reminds me of my time in New Zealand. Would love to knit some of those things up! My ravelry id: viola422

Pat said...

My six year old granddaughter Olivia, would love..."Annie and the swiss cheese scarf"...

muffinandme said...

Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf would be my choice, as I intend to buy myself a copy of Botanical Knits this Thursday. Thanks.
Rav ID: muffinmegnme

Hind DP said...

Thank you for a great giveaway. I would love to win a copy of Botanical Knits.
Mamamustknit on Ravelry

Lisa A said...

These are great, thanks for offering them. I'd love to have either book! (rav id: asiljo)

Jo Anne Wetherell-Moriarty said...

I've been eying Botanical Knits since I saw the designs in Ravelry.
Joannewm (Ravelry)

Amy said...

I would love to win either book!

cathy said...

Love her work! I'd love to win the Botanical Knits book. If you need to get in touch with me, I'm yarnstruck on Rav. :)

EL said...

How exciting! They both look like great books. Theknitgirllls did a wonderful review on Botanical knits.
Rav id crankincreations

Doula Mommy said...

I would LOVE the Botanical Knits, it looks lovely.
Thank you so much for the awesome giveaway.
~Jessica (MonkeyButtBabies on Ravelry)

DeliaKnits said...

I would love the swiss cheese book. I hope to someday teach my son to knit

Lisa said...

I would be thrilled to win either book!!! I love Alana's designs!

Lisa (lisa1964 on rav)

Judy said...

I love Alana's sense of style and would love the Botanical Knits book.
Rav id knitster

Candice Parisi said...

Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf please. It will be the first knitting children's book I will have read. It looks so cute. :)

Castandcount on ravelry

Scooter Girl said...

We have no fall (winter OR spring) in Florida but I love to knit things for my northern family. Those mitts look delicious!
Rav name srifemom

Lupie said...

The Knit Girllls pod caster reviewed the Botanical Knits ebook and I new I would be getting it or the printed book because of the amazing patterns. I have always want the children's book for my granddaughter.

Frauntene McLarney said...

Great give away!!! I would treasure either!!!

THanks to you both!

fraun

Linda T said...

The Botanical Knits book is simply gorgeous. Your enthusiasm about both books is appreciated.

Margaret said...

Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf is cute. I think my niece would enjoy it.

Rav Id rickitiki

Kesha E said...

I am very interested in knitting Oak Trial, but either book would be great. Thanks

I am keshaevans on ravelry

Laura said...

I love Alana's designs. I'd enjoy either book, but the Botanical Knits collection is fabulous!

lulu said...

What beautiful patterns. I would love to win either of the books.
knapplaura@verizon.net

MNetzer said...

I bought my daughter Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf for Christmas and love it! I love the patterns in Botanical Knits too.
Rad Id redmelbug

MNetzer said...

I gave my daughter Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf for Christmas and she loved it. I love the patterns in Botanical Knits too.
Rad Id redmelbug

Debbie said...

I would love Botanical Knits!

Debbie4 on Rav

Debbie said...

I would love to win a copy of Botanical Knits! It is definitely on my list of books to have in my library! I love every pattern!

Anonymous said...

So excited for either of them!!! How beautiful :D
Rav ID: chef-drea

Anonymous said...

What a great giveaway! I love Coastal Knits and would love to win Alana's new books!

Debbie1085 said...

I would love to have one of the books... just surprise me!
Rav: Debbie1085

Laura B said...

The patterns in Botanical Knits are lovely and the whimsy of Annie is delightful!

The Rose Family said...

I love these patterns! Thanks for the chance to win!

rav id: superrosesmom

Savannagal said...

I would love to win the Botanical Knits book. I love the designs! Thank you. Savannagal on Rav.

Jennifer McCann said...

I would be honored to receive either of the two books!! My children have been wanting me to teach them to knit and I don't know where to start!!! Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf would be a perfect way to start them!!! thank you! jamccann on Ravelry and jbiel@optonline.net

dcknitsandbakes said...

I would love either of these books, they look wonderful!

Anonymous said...

What a LOVELY opportunity! I would love either book if I am a fortunate winner. But if forced to choose, I would choose a Swiss Cheese Scarf! And will buy it if I don't win it. Promise!

Patty

Tracy said...

i would absolutely Love to have Botanical Knits. All the patterns look amazing!
Mrstn2006 on RAV

Tracy said...

mrstn2006 on Ravelry
I would love to win the Botanical Knits book!

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I'd love either book - you have the best giveaways!

Denise said...

This is a great giveaway! I would love to win either book. Thanks!
Denise
Rav name Deniknitter

Karey said...

What a great give away!

karclockATgmailDOTcom

Erin said...

Oooh! I would adore the Swiss Cheese book!!
Thank you for offering!
eowyn1220 (at) Comcast (dot) (net)

Emily said...

I would love a copy of the botanical knits. They look like very pretty patterns. Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

I just saw the Swiss Cheese Scarf in the Patternworks catalog and soo wanted it!
Janine from NJ
jguidapo@yahoo.com

amchart said...

I'd love Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf. It looks like the sweetest book ever. My girls would love it. Rav amchart

Marilyn a.k.a. Merry said...

I'd love Botanical Knits.
Wahoomerryf on Rav

Deb said...

Oh both of these posts made me smile .The swiss cheese scarf is such a perfect name:) Brings back so many fond and laughable moments as I learned to knit.

Deb said...

Oh both of these posts made me smile .The swiss cheese scarf is such a perfect name:) Brings back so many fond and laughable moments as I learned to knit.

Karen said...

Dear Susan,
I am flying over to visit my niece in a couple of weeks for the very important occassion of her 5th birthday party. I have been racking my brain about what to bring her & The Swiss Cheese Scarf would be perfect. In fact, I may just have to buy it even if I don't win the giveaway; however, I would be a very grateful recepient.
Love your blog & your adorable patterns, and so does my granddaughter.
Yours,
Kammber (rav id)

Karen said...

Dear Susan,
I'll be flying over in a couple of weeks to visit my niece on the very special occasion of her 5th birthday party. I have been racking my brain to come up with a wonderful gift and I think that The Swiss Cheese Scarf may be perfect. In fact, I may just have to buy it even if I don't win the giveaway; however, I would be a very grateful recepient.
Love your blog & your patterns (as does my granddaughter).
Yours,
kammber (rav id)

Tricia said...

I'd love Botanical Knits because I want to knit every single thing! (But either would be ok). Thank you for the chance!

triciau on Ravelry

I just finished your bunny and am now working on the hippo...ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!

Pam Boulet said...

Thank you for such a generous giveaway! I would love the Botanical Knits book...so many beautiful patterns!
Rav ID: SheepTherapy

Jane said...

I would enjoy either book. Thanks for the fun opportunity. I enjoy your blog and your designs. I have some of your books. My grandchildren have benefited from your creativity. Thanks!!

Natalie said...

Isn't Alana just amazing? I adore her design style and would especially love her Botanicals book. Thanks as always for the great opportunity Susan!
RavID: nittynat

Anonymous said...

I would love the botanical knits book. Rav id whitsknits

Carol S. said...

OH MY!! :)
A whole book devoted to leaves, and things!! And a chance to win it!? Botanical Knits, please! (I'm giggling!)
I'm mom7plus on Ravelry!
Thanks.
-Carol

Maureen said...

I have been drooling over the previews of Botanical Knits!! I would love to knit Buds and Blooms for my daughter. Love the collar. Would soooo love to win this!!!

Maureen said...

Was so excited about Botanical Knits forgot to leave my Rav ID Acornknitster

Samantha W said...

I love that she has such a focus and passion for teaching children this wonderful art. There is something so rewarding from making something handmade and I'm glad this is getting passed to future generations. That being said I would love to have her Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf book as me and my little girl would have hours of fun with this (but either prize would be lovely). Many thanks again for showcasing such a talented knitter and having such a great giveaway.

Samantha

RavID:SamRW

Emily said...

I would love either book, but I think my kiddos would prefer Annie!

Emily (rav: chainoffools)

jenbrook96 said...

I would love to be entered into your give-away. I also ordered the "Annie" deluxe set as soon as it came out, so I would love to win Botanical Knits. Thank you for the opportunity.

jenbrook96 on Ravelry

Sherry Van Helvoirt said...

Sherry (sherryvh on Ravelry)

Read your blog for the first time today. Love it! Please enter me for a chance to win either of the books. Thank You!!!!

Jennifer F. said...

Thanks so much! I would love the Botanical Knits book! I'm gardenknittr on ravelry.

Jennifer F. said...

I would love to win the Botanical Knits book. Thanks so much!
gardenknittr on ravelry

pippirose said...

I would love to win Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf.
:o)
pippirose59 at gmail dot com

megan said...

I would love Annie and the Swiss Cheese scarf. My 4 1/2 year old daughter desperately wants t knit like Mom!

RAV ID: mehacker

Dori Kershner said...

I have been excited to get Annie & The Swiss Cheese Scarf! My daughter is 5 and I am just getting ready to teach her to knit. What a great contest! I am florydori on ravelry.

Dori Kershner said...

I have been excited to get Annie & The Swiss Cheese Scarf! My daughter is 5 and I am just getting ready to teach her to knit. What a great contest! I am florydori on ravelry.

Dori Kershner said...

I hope this doesn't post twice...I signed in on google and looked like my comment was lost...
Great contest! I would love to get Annie & The Swiss Cheese scarf for my 5 year old--she would love it! i am florydori on ravelry.

Michaela said...

I love Alana and her patterns! Either book would be great. Thank you!!

Rav-id: mamamichie

Anonymous said...

I'd be delighted to win either one. :) bookaholic13

tjf said...

Alana has beautiful designs! I would love either book.

Tricia
thefankells@mesanetworks.net

shobi said...

Great giveaways! I would love to win Botanical Knits, Alana Dakos' designs are gorgeous! shobi on rav

Kea said...

would love either book. Thanks for the great book giveaway.

Kea (ravid)

Anonymous said...

Would love either book. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Kea (ravid)

Marg said...

Beautiful books. I would love either one. I am Marg08 on Rav.

wellsheidi said...

I would love Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf. My granddaughter would love it!

Maryanne & Duke said...

Alana is a great designer, and I just love books where you want to knit every pattern!

Jane Kelley said...

I'd love to win either of these. My Ravelry ID janiegirl96

Pam D'Esopo said...

Wow, both books look so inspiring and creative!
Thanks for the info. PamD (pamelajd on ravelry)

Erika Simmonds said...

I would love to win the Botanical Knits book.

erika(at)simmonds(dot)com

Emily Potato said...

My preference is for the Botanical Knits book, but would love either! Rav ID: emilypotato

margo momma said...

annie and the cheese scarf! i'm always knitting so it would be lovely to read this book to my babes!
rav id: gourmetfaerie

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Anonymous said...

Wonderful books thanks for the opportunity to win them!

Cheryl at ddcaj0472@aim.com

Susan aka paintermom said...

I would love the Botanical Knits book! Love the designs.

Drae said...

I like both books! Botanical for me or Anna for my neice. alcbrooks on Ravelry

MissingRib2 said...

Whew...both books are fantastic! If I won I'd pick Botanical Knits. I love knitting trees and foliage...I am on Raverly as MissingRib2.

Callie LaPoint said...

Oooh - lovin' the Botanical Knits! CallieP on Ravlery! Happy Fat Tuesday!

Callie LaPoint said...

Ooh, lovin' the Botanical Knit!
CallieP on Ravelry

Happy Fat Tuesday and thanks for your great ideas!
Callie

Anonymous said...

I love Alana's patterns and would love the Botanical Knits book. I am mmlt on Ravelry.

Jennifer said...

I have been waiting and waiting for Botanical Knits to arrive. I recently knit up her seedling had and oak grove Mitts. I would love either though!

Jen
JenLMcD@gmail.com

Kim said...

I would love to have the Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf to use in teaching my granddaughter to knit. Such fun!

Kimberly said...

I would love to have either book to add to my collection:)

Rav ID howellk

JodiJM said...

My seven year old daughter would love the book about Annie and the swiss cheese scarf! She has just learned to do garter stitch.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the chance to win! I teach children at my local elementary school to knit and it would be fun to share the book with the kids.
Jenn
(jennlikestoknit -Rav ID)

Connie K. said...

Lovely giveaway! I would love to win Botanical Knits - I really want to knit the Entangled Vines
sweater for me!

greyowl (ravelry id)

Megan C. said...

Love Alana's stuff, and having been following her for a couple years now. Would like either book, since I have a son who wants to learn to knit but also love and want the new collection (I'm buying it anyway!)

Fishmum on Ravelry

Anonymous said...

I love listening to Alana's podcasts and it would be great to own one of her books.
Botanical knits would be my 1st choice. Many thanks
Ravelry id. Roisinn

kelly said...

Thank you for giveaway opportunity!
Fell in love w/fingerless mitt photo from botanical knits!

Rav = kmhs

nanaof11 said...

I can relate to her from the perspective that I too, am always knitting. I feel like something is wrong if I am not knitting something. I would love and cherish either of these books.

Joni Velthouse - Nanaof11

nanaof11 said...

I can really relate to Alana because I am almost never not knitting. If I am not knitting I feel like something is wrong. I would love and cherish one of her books.

Libba said...

Oh, I would really like to win Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf. My granddaughter, who is about to turn six, is showing interest in knitting. We are going to visit her in just a few weeks. It would be such a treat to take Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf with me!!

Libba
rav id = retiredtoknit
email = lhicks520@yahoo.com

Helen said...

I would love a copy of Botanical Knits. Thank you.


I am LakeviewChica on rav.

Annette said...

I absolutely fall in love, when I saw the Twigs and Willow cardigan on ravelry yesterday. So I would be happy with thd Botanical Knits book.

Thank you, Susan

Sojus on ravelry

beffuh said...

They both look like pretty cool options. :) Because I'm selfish, I'm going to say the Botanical Knits book--but I might have to buy the Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf for my niece!

Rav
flo 251

abbie said...

Thanks for the giveaway, I'd love the Botanical Knits book. Rav ID abbien

Francie said...

I would love a copy of Alana's new Botanical Knits Book.

Thanks for the chance to win!

Francie
francieos Rav ID

hippadeemo said...

I have loved the patterns in botanical knits since I saw the pictures appear on Ravelry, I'd love a copy of the book :)
Hippadeemo (rav id)

Anonymous said...

I'm drooling over that lacy leaf sweater!

bookworm0226 on rav

Christine said...

I love botanical knit themes! Leaves are my favorite and you are showing me plenty. My Rav handle is ChristineKNITvada

mountain girl said...

I would love the Deluxe Gift Set...it looks wonderful! Thank you!

mialucero@gmail.com

Domestic Diva said...

Lovely! Thanks for the chance. I like the swiss cheese scarf book.

lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

PAt Holland said...

Susan, Love your shrug pattern on nobleknits. Any chance I can knit it for an 8 yr. old ? Thanks pathol1@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

would love the Botanical Knits Book - lovely giveaway


Poohtum on Ravelry

Karen Steenberg said...

Botanical knits looks so cool, so Manu lovely designs to knit.

Karen Steenberg said...

Btw i sm simoom on Ravelry

Brenda said...

Hello! I'd love to win Botanical Knits! I already own Annie and the swiss cheese scarf.

Thanks.
(Goodstuff on Rav)

Anonymous said...

Botanical knits is very tempting, strikkekaren on ravelry

Sandy C. said...

This is the best book of patterns I have seen for a while. Of course, I am a gardener/knitter so anything plant related goes to my heart. Would love to win either one of these.

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