book review

Book Review: Fall with SweetGeorgia Yarns

I'm probably somewhat biased as I share this review of the latest offering of garments and accessories from SweetGeorgia Yarns because I'm lucky enough to have my own design in the collection this time around, but all that aside - this pack of perfection is just that: Perfect!

Seduced by Sweaters

Because I'm all about wanting to knit ALL THE SWEATERS right now, I have to share my absolute favorite from the collection. And how psyched am I that I can actually knit and wear something this wooly now that I live in a place with an actual winter? SO EXCITED! The Galatea by Tabetha Hedrick is my bag, baby! The worsted weight in Cocoa is classic, and would knit up nice and cozy. I think I'll make on in every color, right?! And I feel like this style would be amazing on a huge range of body types. That collar?! Come. On!

Image used with permission from SweetGeorgia Yarns

Image used with permission from SweetGeorgia Yarns

There are 3 other sweaters in this collection, both in solids and variegated, with and without cables. Speaking of cables... check this out! The Amara by Linda Marveng? It's MARV-elous! See what I did there? 

Image used with permission from SweetGeorgia Yarns

Image used with permission from SweetGeorgia Yarns

Wrap Yourself in Luxury

There are, of course, shawls, and scarves and cowls, oh my! The one that steals the show, for me, as a brioche-aholic, is Adamelo by Kristen TenDyke. Not only is the color perfect for fall, but the scale of it is just cuddle-worthy. Seriously - don't you just want to be wherever this model is wearing exactly what she's wearing? Me, me! I do! 

Image used with permission from SweetGeorgia Yarns

Image used with permission from SweetGeorgia Yarns

Oh, and I forgot to mention the mitts! These cutie patooties look so ridiculously soft. They pretty much scream to be wrapped around a coffee mug, or holding the next great novel: Vignette fingerless mitts by Meg Roke. Just wow. They colors are pretty dreamy, too! Apricot and silver? I can't even!

Image used with permission from SweetGeorgia Yarns

Image used with permission from SweetGeorgia Yarns

Top it all off!

Ok, and I totally saved the best for last. As I said, I'm 100% biased in sharing this but I'm so excited to see this beanie come to fruition. The Dapple hat (by ME!) features a new colorway, Hemlock, in the Superwash Sport based and is pretty much my favorite hat ever. It's simplicity lets the yarn shine, but is so comfortable I never want to take it off! 

Image used with permission from SweetGeorgia Yarns

Image used with permission from SweetGeorgia Yarns

What a collection, right? I hope I have time to cast on all the things this fall. To see more of the collection, check out SweetGeorgia Yarns post, http://sweetgeorgiayarns.com/2016/09/fall-with-sweetgeorgia-vol-2/

How about a prize?!

Since you stopped by to check out this amazing collection, leave a comment below, along with your Ravelry user name, telling me which pattern from the collection (either those I included in my post or found on SweetGeorgia's page, is your favorite. I'll randomly choose one lucky winner on Monday, September 19th and that knitter will receive a copy of their favorite pattern via Ravelry!!! Sounds like a pretty good way to start off your fall knitting doesn't it? 

Thank you for stopping by! Happy FALL knitting!!! 

Book Review: Spring with SweetGeorgia, Vol 1

Soft blooms quietly pushing up through the deep, damp earth into the sun... tiny buds, lined with gentle green, tease from the tree limbs... the advent of spring seems to sneak in, ever so subtle, into sunnier, warmer days. And then suddenly, it is no longer a cold, bleak winter, but a season wrought with renewal, excitement, and change. 

Having just relocated from southern California to the Pacific Northwest I can't find a better sentiment than the above to welcome the spring knits! I have spent the last 10 years living in eternal summer, where plants grow and bloom year round and am now finding myself watching my garden, daily, to see what new things will sprout, planted by the previous owner. It's a new kind of magic, to me. 

With the spring, and new growth, comes a renewal of our outlook on our knitting. The need to knit bulky knits is passing and so enters the season of lightweight knits using bright pops of color and softer neutrals. And the Spring with SweetGeorgia, Vol 1, is just the ticket to knit your way to happy with some perfect-for-spring (or summer!) designs. 

I'm probably somewhat biased since the cover design is knit in one of my favorite colors of all time AND has leaves on it, but I think what's inside this little gem of a book is well worth the review!

The Spring with SweetGeorgia, Vol 1, contains 10 new designs - a mixture of garments and accessories and for the first time, will be released as a complete eBook ($30 CDN) OR you can purchase the patterns individually for $8/$9 CDN. How exciting is that? So pick your favs, or make ALL of them your favorite and knit them all!

My all-time favorite in this collection has to be Lagom by Brandy Velten. Not only is it knit in garter, my favorite way to knit shawls, but it features a gradient set, Party of Five, in teals. Be still my heart! I've been eyeing their Party of Five skein sets for a while and now know exactly what to do with it!

Next up would be Finsbury by Natalai Vasilieva - more leaves! And it includes instructions for my favorite type of provisional cast-on so that this darling cowl is truly seamless. 

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And last but not least on my Must Make list is Taevas by Mone Drager. It is ridiculously lacy and I'm all about that. I would definitely have to choose my accessories carefully because I tend to talk with my hands and would inevitably end up with a ring caught in the lace but if I'm wearing something as beautiful is this, who needs accessories?! Wedding rings be damned! Just kidding... almost! 

The book has a plethora of other gorgeous accessories and garments which can't be discounted - they're all amazing. I'm just on a major shawl/cowl kick these days. Here are the other designs in the book that deserve a round of "oohs":

 

Head on over to Ravelry to purchase Spring with SweetGeorgia, Vol 1, and get that summer knitting bug in check!