9.05.2013

Among Stones: Blog Tour and Giveaway!

When Carol Feller asked me to be a stop on her Blog Tour for Among Stones, her latest self published book, I jumped at the chance to join in as I couldn't wait to have an excuse to pour over the book and get to call it work at the same time!
Among Stones
Since I am a knitter, (but you already knew that, right?) the first thing I do when I get a new knitting book is look to see what I want to make!  (Remember my Metropolitan Knits review and my crush on the Washington Square Cardi?)  Well the first thing that jumped out at me was Liathite, a perfectly functional hoodie with shaping which is what I need in a sweater.  It has a bit of negative ease designed into the garment so that it is fitted.... over time I have learned this is a necessity for me to end up with a sweater I love. 
liathe2
I know those cables will keep the knitting interesting, and since it's worked top down I'll be able to try it on as I go to make sure it's working for me!  As I flipped through the pattern in earnest yesterday (and considered my stash yarn) I was struck by the comprehensive schematic for the sweater.  I LOVE a detailed schematic... it is much easier to modify to a pattern when you understand the target measurements.  Go Carol!
Liathite
I am also struck by the details that Carol incorporates in to her designs.... just look at the lace work on the sides of Gabbro.... LOVE.  I definitely don't have time to knit a sweater at this gauge, but if I did this would be in my queue!!!! 
gabbro side detail
Oh, and another project in the book I KNOW you will like?  Check out Serpentinite!  Carol came up with an ingenious way of making an integrated beaded loop with beads that are slipped in between stitches.  The loop helps keep the scarf in place around your neck AND adds a little bling.  You know I like that : )!
serpentinite loop large
All photos taken by Carol's husband, Joseph Feller, what luck to have a partner who is skilled behind the camera! All in all this book with 5 sweaters, 2 shawls, 1 mitten and hat set, AND a pair of socks is a STUNNER... I do hope you will check it out and support an independent knitwear designer!  (Also Carol is really fun to hang out with late night at TNNA... just sayin')

So Carol, being the sweetie she is, has offered a pdf copy of Among Stones to one of you!  All you have to do is leave a comment to be entered to win!  Comments will be open through Monday September9th.  I'll choose a winner on the 10th when I land home from my 2013 PA Knitting Tour : )!

Thanks for asking me to be a part of the tour Carol! 
2nd of September       Anne Hanson                http://knitspot.com/
5th of September       Laura Nelkin               http://nelkindesigns.blogspot.com/
12th of September     Jean Moss       http://www.jeanmosshandknits.co.uk
19th of September     Karen Kelty                http://www.craftsy.com/blog/
4th of October            Ann Kingstone            http://annkingstone.com/blog/
17th of October          Rachel Coopey            http://www.coopknits.co.uk/
21st of October          Woolly Wormhead       http://www.woollywormhead.com/blog/
24th of October          Ruth Garcia-Alcantud  http://www.rockandpurl.com/blog/
28th of October          Aplayfulday                http://aplayfulday.blogspot.co.uk/

83 comments:

  1. What an interesting collection - I'm about to buzz over to have an examine! Looks like my sorts of things, and I love the colours she's used. Stone colours, of course!

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  2. Gabbro is my favorite. Enough that I might try that gauge! I'm bigblueice on ravelry

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  3. I love Gabbro too! Just a beautiful collection.

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  4. Beautiful collection of patterns! Gabbro is gorgeous and Liathite is the type of sweater that I would live in! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  5. Love Carol Feller, love you, have taken two or your crafty classes and am signed up for Carol's.
    would love love love to have her new ebook-gorgeous designs!

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  6. Bonjour,
    I had a workshop with Carol about short rows ; that's why her patterns are so perfectly fitting. It is joy to look at them.
    Elisabeth.

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  7. I might be willing to do the gauge to end up with something as gorgeous as Gabbro, although the entire collection is lovely and tempting!

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  8. I have just checked out the book and I'm loving all of the designs. Looks like a great book to add to my library.

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  9. What a beutiful hoodie! Thanks for hosting the contest.

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  10. I like all the designs but Liathite is my favorite.

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  11. Love Carol's designs, and these don't disappoint!

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  12. Oooooh! Beautiful collection! I really need to try one of Carol's designs!

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  13. Lovely! I want to knit that scarf with the beads!

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  14. All of the designs are so lovely, it would be difficult to choose which one to knit first!

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  15. Another great collection of designs that I will look forward to making.

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  16. Like you, I'm drawn to Liathite. Such a classic cardigan that I could use everyday.

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  17. Beautiful designs! I would love to try any of those!

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  18. Carol is an amazing designer. I love how she hides shaping in cables.

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  19. I love Carol's designs. What a talented Knitter/Designer she is!!

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  20. What a great collection of patterns. I took one of Carol's classes on Craftsy and would love to win this book!

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  21. I love her designs and love her accent, too! :-)

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  22. Just checked out the patterns and Liathite is a real stunner. I also love the button detail on the Basanite Hat & Mitts. Her patterns have enough detail to keep the process of knitting interesting.

    LorrieH on Ravelry

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  23. I love this "blog tour" notion! And I really love Gabbro, although that gauge is daunting...
    I would certainly give the book a good home ;)

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  24. Yeah! More Carol Feller designs! "Iced" was my very first sweater and I have been a Carol Feller fan ever since. Love her designs and already have a few patterns from this new collection I would like to make.

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  25. So much knitting, such little time. These pics are great, can't wait to see the patterns!

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  26. Neat. I wouldn't have known about this one otherwise. Thanks!

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  27. beautiful designs
    I am making my first lace shawl with you on my Craftsy class and loving it
    You are making fun after several painful attempts on my own!
    Thank you!!

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  28. My fave is Dacite, the cover jacket! Love the generous sizes.

    GinaBina (rav)

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  29. Huge fan of a carols work, the hard part is choosing! The cover looks like a perfect Fall sweater susnari(Rav)

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  30. I love the beaded scarf

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  31. Beautiful designs! I miss doing cables. This might push me back on the train! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  32. Big big fan of Carol Feller! If I don't win it I'll buy it!

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  33. Wow, looks like an amazing book. I want to take one of Carol's classes over at Craftsy. hope I win. thanks.

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  34. Looks like a FUN collection! Would love the opportunity...

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  35. Beautiful collection looks like lots of interesting knits.

    lotsofhermies on Rav

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  36. love the scarf bling.
    sparky136 on ravelry

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  37. I have been drawn to cables lately. Maybe it's The Gathering. I'm definitely looking at the Liathite!

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  38. I love Carol's designs.

    warbler01 on ravelry

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  39. Awesome!! there are so many excellent patterns.

    jhoops7 on ravelry

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  40. Beautiful collection!

    Cindymen on Ravelry

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  41. Just in time... I am getting the itch to knit a sweater.

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  42. I have so many of her designs in my queue, but have only knitted a couple. I love this new collection. BTW - I love listening to Carol speak; on both her Craftsy classes and at TNNA when I met her in person.

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  43. I love Carol's designs and her Craftsy classes are excellent. I would love to win this book!

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  44. What amazing detail on that lace going down the side!!!! Squeeeeee!!!!! I am thinking I need this book. I simply swooned at the idea of clear schematics.
    Ever yours,
    Silverpaw Dragonsong

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  45. Beautiful selection of patterns. I really like Carol's style and her gentle nurturing teaching. I would love to win a copy of this book!

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  46. Great giveaway! I would love to knit these things.

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  47. Great patterns in this book. I would love to win a copy of this book.

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  48. Gorgeous -- love a book with beautiful pictures and clear, well-thought out patterns.

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  49. Beautiful! I'm enrolled in two of Carol's classes on Craftsy and I really like her designs and her teaching style! So I really hope to win this book!
    Ciao from Italy. Felicia (Ravelry id: Scriccio)

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  50. Beautiful--great patterns that I would love to knit.

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  51. I love Serpentinite - a must knit! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book!

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  52. I love the beads on the scarf, that would be a fun project. I would love to win this book, thank you.

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  53. I like the hoody, too. I usually try to avoid zippers, but this one tempts me.

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  54. Beautiful book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  55. I want to make the scarf. I would love to win this book!

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  56. Thanks for sharing your comments... beautiful book!
    MMahoney on Ravelry

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  57. Look like a great collection. I would love to win it. Thanks!

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  58. Such a beautiful collection. I love all the patterns!

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  59. I really love the scarf. I guess I can't buy the book until after the 10th. I just might WIN it.

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  60. I love Carol Fellers designs and have taken her classes on Craftsy. I agree with the detail and schematic info she includes, so valuable.

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  61. Oooh, I love Serpentinite. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    mamameow on ravelry

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  62. Gorgeous and different. These designs are the perfect excuse to buy new hand candy! Thanks! pinkysuede on Ravelry

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  63. Oooh! Such an awesome looking book. Love those patterns!

    liciniac on Ravelry

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  64. Not only is Carol a talented designer, she's a gifted teacher as I found out last November on a trip to Ireland where she gave knitting lessons to my NY group travelling through Killarney. Makes me want to be more thoughtful a knitter. Thanks!

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  65. I love Gabbro! The lace makes it so feminine.

    schwipknits@gmail.com
    schwip on rav

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  66. What a delightful peek at some beautiful patterns! I like the hooded sweater and that it can be done as a 'family' knit!!
    Wowser - Serpentinite!!! That looks like one that will be fun to knit.

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  67. Ho! I love the fact that you are friends, as I really admire Carol's work and her knowledge.. Beautiful book! Emmasher.

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  68. I love Carol's patterns. I am currently knitting Pecan Crush. Fingers crossed.

    sherryglover1 on RAV

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  69. Gorgeous collection. How exciting!

    tktl on Ravelry

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  70. Love the name of the book. Some family members are visiting Petra. I've asked for a small stone.

    My favourite design is Serpentinte. The ingenuity of the beaded loop intrigues.

    SandyGB on Ravelry

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  71. What a beautiful book, the designs look stunning!

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  72. I love Carol Feller's patterns and I love textured patterns. This book definitely does it for me!

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  73. Carol Feller's textured patterns are beautiful and that makes the book a "must have".

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  74. Love this beaded little thing....
    asteride on Ravelry

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  75. I love the scarf with the beads.

    lmecoll on Ravelry

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