Thursday, November 8, 2012

November Knits

Kate Gagnon Osborn and Courtney Kelley's new book, November Knits, hit my desk this week. Boy, is it pretty! Interweave did a nice job with the styling.


The premise behind the book is Fall. November is when we really kick into Autumn. It's when we turn to our knits for warmth and comfort. The holidays are just around the corner and all seems right in the world.

They've divided the book into three sections. The first is called Farm Hands. The knits here are hardworking and practical. Even a little rugged. If I had to pick a favorite section, this would be it. This is my favorite pattern from the whole book. It's called Market Jacket and my friend Tanis Gray is the designer.


The second section is called Ivy League. Think New England. Think football games and crisp walks in the woods while the trees are changing color. These are Walden Pond socks and they were created by Elinor Brown. When I first saw them I thought they'd be pretty hard, but I took a closer look and found out it's just a ten stitch repeat that I'd have memorized in no time. They are definitely doable. They are knit from our Shepherd Sock yarn in 58ns Kerfuffle and 13ns Aqua.


Last up is Southern Comfort. The designs here are soft and feminine. They touch the part of your soul that yearns for biscuits and homemade jam. This beauty is Bluebonnet Scarf from Laura Nelkin.


 I know I've been threatening it for a long time, but I am going to make a beaded something on of these days. Maybe this is the one. Laura's class on Craftsy looks like it'd make quick work of learning how.

Kate and Courtney were nice enough to send a copy for us to give away. Why don't you tell me what color combination you'd use for your Walden Pond socks? I'll pick a lucky winner from the comments on Monday at noon CDT. Ciao kids!


69 comments:

Savannagal said...

I think I'd choose Chocolate and Berry. Or maybe I'd try Chocolate and a variegated yarn. I've never tried that before, but have seen many garment versions that turned out terrific. Thanks.

Sheila said...

I'd go for Periwinkle and Douglas Fir.

Bonnie said...

That's a difficult decision. I might use Dobson and Pine, but Violet is so pretty....

amchart said...

Blackberry and Carrot for my friend who loves purple and orange!

Rachael said...

Carol Green and Pewter!

docksjo said...

I really like the blue and brown ones, But perhaps warm Yellow and Brown or a rich red. it's a beautiful book and is has been on my wish list sense it came out.

Anonymous said...

What a great book! Thank you for the chance to win! I think I might choose Blackberry and Butterscotch for the socks.

DRW said...

I don't think "Anonymous" will work! Let's try again. I would probably choose Blackberry and Butterscotch for those snappy looking socks!

Deniknits

Chantelle said...

Nice Book. I'm thinking Natural creamy white and natural dark brown for the socks.

Rebecca said...

Walden Pond Socks need to knit in colors that are in the leaves there in the fall. I should know what they are, I grew up only a couple miles from there! I would use Pine and Butterscotch or Pine and Courage.

margie said...

A difficult choice but I think I'd use Grand Street Ink and Growth.

Rose said...

I would like Pond Blue with Navy Pier to remind me of a pond but in the Windy City :-)

Carol said...

I think I'd make Turquoise and the Bean to make these socks.

Anonymous said...

I would use Maple Grove or Ascot with Chocolate.
Kay L

Connie said...

I'd use cranberry and pine and give them for a Christmas present (and make a pair for myself!)

Stephanie said...

I'm not used to putting colors together. I haven't learned how to knit with colors more than stripes yet but I think that the Rusty Bucket and Dobson would work together well.

Becky Dawes said...

I'd go with cranberry and denim!

Anisa said...

Ooo! I think I would use Dobson with Cookie's Deep Dark Secret, or maybe Grand Street Ink.

Olof Drofn Eggertsdottir said...

I would make them exactly like they are in the photo. They are beautiful!

http://www.knittingwitholof.com

cindymen said...

Dusk and Firefly!

justthreadtwiddling said...

I love the colors in the photo. Besides, who could resist a name like kerfuffle.

danadoodle said...

Definitely green and orange. Walden pond in the Fall is beautiful!

Elizabeth Soule said...

This book has such beautiful patterns. I would choose Avondale and Kerfuffle for sure.

B said...

Love the book and the socks! A deep purple and burnt orange would be my colors.

Sandi Blanc (The Blue Ewe) said...

I would love a pair in a taupe and black...my new favourites

zed said...

I'm leaning toward Douglas Fir and Sweetwater Creek or Cookie's Deep Dark Secret and Sweetwater Creek...or perhaps both!

knitterlydesigns said...

I am really on a neutral kick lately, so I may pick a tonal dark gray and a creamy light yellow.

Brenda said...

I'd love Periwinkle and Douglas Fir. But the aqua is pretty too!

(Goodstuff on Rav)

Jane said...

I would use cranberry and cedar for the socks. The Market Jacket also looks great.

canithinki said...

Today I'd pick Waistcoat and Sage, but by next week I'd probably change my mind.

wenhkc said...

Thanks for the generous giveaway. Pink and black.

Janine said...

I would use Natural and Grand Street Ink. Great pattern and I love Lorna's Laces.

Lizard said...

I'd probably knit those socks in Echo + Waistcoat, but it's so hard to say without seeing the colors in person.

eastofeden said...

Lovely! Old Rose & Chocolate

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MelissaN said...

Pewter and Waistcoat! Looks like a challenging project!

TracyK said...

Violet and Douglas Fir for me. Two of my faves that I think would be lovely together in this particular pattern.

Anonymous said...

Grandstree & cummerbund would add a bit of surprise & pop!
Rav ID johalley

Kathy said...

I really like a yellow with a brown or gray.

Sarah said...

Grand Street Ink & Douglas Fir would make a classic colour combo . . .

jaxknits said...

I'll be more specific...mint & pink blossom

a2z said...

Royal purple and grass green. I don't have the colorway names handy but those are my choice. Something a bit brighter than Blackwatch.

Slip, Knit... Meditate said...

I would go for a nice green and purple...because it will always remind me of a stunning looking elderly grey haired woman who I saw in the Modern Art Museum in Mönchengladbach...she wore a green dress and a purple coat..mind you...it is almost 30 years ago, but I still see her vividly..some images never go away..

MindiF said...

Pewter and Patina - gorgeous!!

Jersey Shore Deb said...

I think Kerfuffle and Grapevine would be a cool combination. But then, all of the colors are so gorgeous, it's hard to choose. Would love to win this book--I'm an admirer of Kate and Courtney and these patterns look wonderful.

LaurenS said...

Pewter and Carrot - one of my favorite combos!

jcoz1701 said...

I like Aqua and a nice charcoal grey would be great!

Emily said...

Avondale and Dobson would be lovely together I think. Those are awesome socks!

Karina B. said...

Blackberry & Grand Street Ink. Looks like a great book, thanks for offering it!

Laura from beautiful West Michigan said...

I would love to win the book! Thanks for sharing!

Meg said...

I'd use Firefly and the new color Waistcoat for a really dynamic duo!

Musclemom said...

Winter is a bit gloomy, so I like to use happy colours for socks in the winter. In this case, I would use Aqua and Carrot.

Heather T. Handicrafter said...

I'd make it with Ascot and Dobson, awesome combo.

xMeePx said...

I would use Waistcoat and Dobson!

Christie said...

Pond Blue and The Bean!

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I would choose Pond Blue and Natural for my Waldon Pond socks.

Judy Whitehead said...

Chagrin and Pine. Definitely a holiday color combo, but not totally traditional in hue.

LynnIL said...

Farwell and natural would be a great combination. Thanks for a chance!

Maureen Moran said...

Pink blossom and The Skyway.

Julie said...

I'm thinking Grand Street Ink and Lilac. I like that contrast

Susan Mezzatesta said...

Pewter with Mine Shaft would be wonderful for socks!

Tamar said...

I think I'd go Navy Pier and The Bean, not only because it would look great, but I love my city, and celebrating it in sock colors would be just the best! I'd call them my "Downtown" socks.

Marie said...

Harvest and Pewter. Mmmmm.

Carmen Nuland said...

I'd choose Avondale and Kerfuffle

neknitsandbeads said...

Being allergic to wool, I went stash diving for colors. I have a light blue and brown in my stash. It would look beautiful!

mary said...

think as i love autumn and walden is in new england I would mimic the gold and orangy red of the trees.

tess said...

Brick and Chocolate - wouldn't taste good together but I think they'd look very nice.

Sara said...

I think I'd knit chocolate and dobson. Or maybe blackberry & grapevine for my DD. I really like the book. I looked at the patterns on ravelry. Yummy.

Lorna's Laces said...

And....we have a winner. Congrats to Elizabeth. Keep an eye out for you book!