We here at Knitcircus have long been fans of Alana Dakos's Never Not Knitting Podcast, and featured an interview with her in Knitcircus #13 . She was gracious enough to share a design with us, too, the Roses Are Red Headband. Anyone familiar with Alana's work will recognize the appealing design and her photography style there. :)
While I had heard the fun name "Knitbot" around the blogosphere, Hannah's work was new to me when I received a copy of the book. Her modern take on sweaters complements Alana's style nicely, so this parternship project includes a very knittable collection of designs!
At first, I thought that the idea that two kntters are in different places (in this case, California, Alana, and Maine, Hannah) sounded like a thin reed for a book theme, but they really did it up right, not only naming designs after places they love, but taking see-able inspiration from the places, and writing mini-essays on the locations with photos that make you want to visit. This Wisconsin girl may have felt a tiny twinge of envy for these designers who both live near the ocean!
The self-published, large-format volume contains five sweater patterns, five accessory patterns and lots of pretty graphics and photos. My faves were right in line with the thousands of people on Ravelry who want to knit Hannah's Rocky Coast Cardigan and Alana's Falling Leaves Beret. All in all, a pretty coffee-table book with appealing seaside looks to help while away the snowy months.
And I suppose you're wondering who wins all of those Sweet 16 prizes?! Well, have we got a crop of winners for you today!
Sweet 16 Winners
Malabrigo Worsted in Carnation: PeppermintMochaMama
Malabrigo Worsted in Glazed Carrot:@fancifulcraftin on Twitter
Malabrigo Worsted in Moss:@yarnsalad on Twitter
Madelinetosh DK in Curiosity: goodstuff on Ravelry
Stitch London book and Velvet Hippo Stitch Markers: kittenwithawhiplash
Pollika Knitglobal Precious Sock yarn in Candies and Cranberries: mhchong on Ravelry
Pollika Knitglobal Precious Sock yarn in Dale and Carnival: Teabird on Ravelry
Light Brown Hare yarn and Blackwater Abbey Yarn Lover's Lotion:yarnbasket on Ravelry
Dream in Color Classy: momyerom on Ravelry
What Would Madame DeFarge Knit book and Comfy Stitch Markers: ikkinlala
Thanks so much to everyone who entered for your wonderful comments, and again to all of the companies who donated the mouthwatering prizes!