Saturday, September 14, 2013

Lit Knits - A Review and Giveaway

I first met Audry Nicklin at the Local Designers Night at Nine Rubies almost two years ago now. A self-described aspiring designer at the time, she talked about her goals and asked if I had any advice regarding the industry. At the time I was struck by her drive and also how sweet she was. She gave me her card and, when I got home that night, I checked out her designs -- fun, adorable knits, all with a great sense of whimsy.  Soon after our meeting, she burst onto "the scene" with her brilliant and stunning Celestarium, a circular shawl that maps out the night sky as seen from the North Pole, then followed up with the equally beautiful Southern Skies.  And now, this talented designer is about to publish her first book.

All photos copyright Audry Nicklin.

Lit Knits is a collection of 10 patterns inspired by classic works of literature such as The Secret Garden, Anne of Green Gables, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and more. There is a great range of projects, from mitts to a shawl to a hat to the cabled men's sweater seen on the cover. And Audry includes perfectly concise notes on blocking, how to choose size, and how to handle differences in gauge. The photography is beautiful and the props (including horses!) absolutely perfect to set the scene for Audry's designs. True to Audry's design aesthetic, the pieces are whimsical and true to the books that inspired them, without being costumey at all. And her attention to detail is fantastic -- even the cable patterns have been given inspired names!

Now let's look inside, shall we?  Some of my favorite designs include...

Down the Rabbit Hole, inspired by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, with an adorable rabbit motif on the front...


...and a pocketwatch on one of the palms!

 

Brinker, inspired by Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge. I love the shaggy pom pom and the simple and clever "Skaters to your Marks" cable pattern.

Sail to Treasure Island, inspired by the book by Robert Louis Stevenson. It looks like just an awesome blanket...but in true Audry fashion, the cable pattern is actually a map of Treasure Island.

And the Robin Hoodie, inspired by Howard Pyle's book from 1883. A great, masculine knit. (And, having just watched The Two Towers the other night, I feel like this elven hoodie would be right at home in another literary work as well.)


Lit Knits is scheduled to ship in mid-November and is available to pre-order until September 25th (that's just a week and a half away, so get a move on!). And if you do pre-order, you will immediately receive a complimentary copy of the e-book.  (After the 25th, the e-book will only be available as a separate purchase.)

And, if you'd like to enter to win a free copy of the e-book, Audry has generously offered to send it off to one lucky reader of The Yarniad! As usual, leave me a comment here letting me know which design from Lit Knits is your favorite any time before 11:59pm next Friday (the 20th). Please also include a way to get ahold of you should you win (Ravelry ID, email address, blog URL, etc.).  I'll wake up and promptly draw a winner next Saturday morning.  Good luck!

To see more about Lit Knits, check it out on Audry's website, here, or on Ravelry here.

And stay tuned....next Thursday is my birthday, and I may or may not have a special promotion going on to celebrate...

49 comments:

LauraM said...

I love Robin Hoodie, great sweater!

Josiphine said...

OH MY GOODNESS HOW CAN I CHOOSE ONE?! Those are all just...*lost for words*

Maybe that Treasure Island blanket. That's really beautiful.

Rachelle said...

I love the Behind the Garden Wall socks; especially the wee key on the sole.

D Louise said...

The Robin Hoodie makes my fingers twitch. Looking for the perfect green yarn.

Anonymous said...

I can totally see the robin hoodie as a Faramir sweater
Davoli82 on Ravelry

Sylvie said...

The Robin Hoodie is my favorite. I actually thought "Faramir" when I first saw it too.

Nuna Knits said...

I really love Behind the Garden Wall. Those ivy leaves are just right!

In case I win, I'm LoonyNuna on Ravelry.

Tiffany C said...

What a great idea for a book - lovely designs!tiffypyke{at}hotmail{dot}com

meredithwood said...

The bunny mittens slay me! I'm meredithwood on Ravelry.

Kitten With a Whiplash said...

I must have the Robin Hoodie. I've been wanting to knit myself a hoodie for quite a while, but all the men's patterns are too bland. The cables on this are wonderful! Thanks for a wonderful giveaway.

Ginny said...

Ohhh I would love to knit that Treasure Island shawl!

Caroline aka FiberTribe on Rav said...

Lovely! I'd jump on the robin hoodie. thanks!

UmmRania said...

the treasure island shawl/blanket hands down soooo beautiful! thanks

Ummrania on Rav

Linda Rumsey said...

Such whimsical designs, but the standout knit for me are the Behind The Garden Wall socks. The key is such a great idea!
lindarumsey on Ravelry

Teresa Gregorio said...

These are all beautiful! Coincidentally, I'll be doing an Indie Designer profile of her work next week. I have to say I was particularly charmed by The Secret Garden sock pattern. So clever to put the colourwork key on the bottom of the foot. I really hope I win! I love this book :) @canarysanctuary

mobyknit said...

I love the Robin Hoodie. It's gorgeous!

I'm vernalequinox on Ravelry.

Kate said...

I'm in love with the rabbit mittens. And the watch! Too dear.

I'm chalimar16 on Ravelry.

Judy11 said...

The Avonlea would be my favorite item and the first one I would knit. Would love to win a copy. Rav ID Judy11

gloria.alvarez@mac.com said...

I like Avonlea and the Wanderer cowl. Pick me, please--and thanks for sharing!

Tori said...

I absolutely love the Down the Rabbit Hole mittens. Those would be the best to keep me warm during cold Upper Michigan winters, and fun for musing on long walks in the snow.
Rav ID: lilwestie

Niki said...

What a great idea for a book! I love the Sail to Treasure blanket...so clever!

9crafty11 said...

It's a beautiful book indeed, & the one that really stood out to me is the Sail To Treasure Blanket....that would be a great addition to any couch!!!

Caitlin said...

I would love to make the Robin Hoodie, but I think the first thing that I would have to cast on would be the Behind the Garden Wall socks. The Secret Garden was my favorite story as a child, and those socks are a perfect interpretation of the story.

NanaJen said...

Sail to Treasure Island, the Robin Hoodie, and Avonlea are my favorites. What a truly fabulous collection! jaydawnrn on Ravelry

Kathy said...

I love Avonlea as much as I've always loved Anne. Thank you for hosting. I'm bigblueice on Ravelry.

MrsZuvers said...

The robin hoodie. It's just so unique.

Meghan said...

I love the Treasure Island! But Robin Hoodie and Deep Sea Wanderer are also calling my name!

Sunnyknitter said...

Robin Hoodie and Treasure Island, but my favorite has to be Avonlea since I'm a huge Anne of Green Gables fan!

Jess said...

I LOVE those Alice in Wonderland mitts. The checkered pattern is perfect. Thanks! (thecraftyroach[at]gmail[dot]com)

kittywilson said...

Looooove Robin Hoodie!

Happy birthday!

asteride said...

Sail to Treasure Island is my favorite.
asteride on Ravelry

Rav ID: Humaha said...

Brinker is a wonderful hat. I love the story it tells.

Anonymous said...

RavID:lkristy

Not the popular favourite, I expect, but the one I want to cast on most is Behind the Garden Wall. I love those socks.

Sheila said...

I really like the Robin Hoodie

Anonymous said...

I love the Robin Hoodie
tktl on Ravelry

teaspoonofmel said...

The Down the Rabbit Hole mittens are so cute!

Rhea said...

Ooo, Sail to Treasure Island looks gorgeous. Ravelry ID is rkohlman. Thanks for the chance to win.

Maureen said...

Love the Robin Hoodie!

Hind DP said...

My favorite is the Robin Hoodie, but all the other patterns are beautiful too.

knitbyahenshop said...

I love the Behind The Garden Wall socks—the key detail is so perfect!

MCKGJK said...

Robin hoodie is hands down my favourite.

Anonymous said...

Motor Madness in honor of Mr. Toad and all the books we have read through school so far... and future adventures.

Ravelry ID: acmcgowan

ikkinlala said...

I love the Robin Hoodie, but am probably more likely to actually knit the Behind the Garden Wall socks.

ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

Kate said...

I love the Avonlea shawl!

katiejo on ravelry

Connie Crill said...

I love these stories! I can't decide between Avonlea and Behind the Garden Wall! Wow!

I'm Candlefun on Ravelry.

JOAN ROBINSON said...

So hard to choose! The Avonlea shawl, the Treasure Island Blanket, the Robin Hoodie- all of them make me want to abandon my current project to knit one of them! jaybird01

Amy Calkins said...

Behind the garden wall socks - love love love socks!

Michelle Nielsen Ott said...

I like the Deep Sea Wanderer. ravelry: michelle523

BB said...

I love the Anne of Green Gables shawl and the Secret Garden socks, that key on the bottom slays me!

bbatting on Ravelry.