Tuesday, December 3, 2013

JOURNEY :: Blog Tour & Giveaway

The ladies of Marian Rae Publications are at it again. You may remember earlier this year when Shannon Cook and Jane Richmond released their first collaboration, ISLAND.  Well, they've teamed up again and have come out with JOURNEY, which is just as stunning and thoughtful as its predecessor.


Jane mentions in her introduction that she and Shannon have very different design aesthetics. And it's true -- but somehow they've played off each others strengths in this collection and have put together six designs that meld seamlessly into one another. Being a big fan of both designers, I can tell which designs belong to which, but they all work together so well - this is the true nature of collaboration.

Similar to ISLAND, JOURNEY is not just a knitting pattern book. Every detail has been carefully considered to create a wonderful experience and, well, a journey for the reader. The photographs and styling make you want to jump right into the pages and become the explorer in the book.  In fact, I kind of want to take a break right now to just curl up and delve in! But let's take a look at the patterns instead...

First up, cover girl, Onward, a worsted weight shawl in a simple and stunning stitch pattern.



I LOVE the styling in the photo below...


Next up, Swift, a cool slouchy hat. I had hoped to knit one of these up before I wrote this post, but it unfortunately didn't happen. But I'm still going to squeeze in a couple to give as gifts before Christmas...

Spate is a pair of squishy, textured fingerless mitts. These are pure coziness. (I also like how the model is holding a "Renfrew" sign...which I have to take as a little nod to the design in ISLAND.)


Antrorse is a fabulous pullover -- I'm a sucker for a big collar, and this one is perfect.  It ought to be mentioned that this is Shannon's first knitted garment design.  (I know, right?!)

And another garment, Inland, a cardigan with amazing details like the angled pockets and ribbing going up the sides.  Wouldn't you live in this?

And finally, Climb, Jane's take on the classic hiking sock.  Love.
 

I could resist including this photo as well because I'm kind of obsessed with the socks with these boots...

JOURNEY can be purchased in either hard copy or e-book form via Ravelry or the Marian Rae Publications page. Patterns can also be purchased individually through their Ravelry pages (linked above) -- but you truly won't be sorry if you go for the whole deal. I really didn't think Jane and Shannon could outdo themselves after ISLAND...but they may have done it.

AND you may have noticed the word "giveaway" in the title of this post....well, Jane and Shannon have generously offered up a copy of the JOURNEY e-book to one lucky Yarniad reader.  Simply comment on this post telling me a) your favorite pattern from the book, and b) a place to get ahold of you (email, Ravelry ID, etc.) by next Monday, December 9th at 11:59pm Pacific time.  I'll draw a winner next Tuesday.

Good luck, and I hope you enjoy whatever sort of journey you happen to be on this week!


129 comments:

Cassy said...

I'm in love with Antrorse. I've already purchased yarn for it... The whole collection is great though, and it works really well together.

mmherd said...

I love the Spate Mitts!! They look so cozy!

RavID mmherd

Anonymous said...

I really love swift would make a nice gift ( for me!) ma2vt@comcastt.net

Ashley said...

I love love love the hiking socks! Basic, but adorable.

Anonymous said...

My favorite design is the Antrorse sweater. It looks super comfy! Ravelry ID: Petitethings

jenmcox said...

Oh, climb. Those socks. Delightful!

Caitlyn Myers said...

Three way tie between shawl, hat, and mitts? If forced to choose, I think I favor Onward. It's tricky to find textured knits that aren't cabled (much as I love them), so I have a lot of respect for anyone who can create such a dramatic looking design without using any cables.

Ravelry ID: Dreamsong

lbhill said...

I love the shawl, but Antrose is just fabulous!
culabrat on ravelry

Gretcheng said...

Let's see, the hat and which sweater??? Both are stunning and so clever. Thanks for posting about these designers-- Gretcheng on ravelry

Kristen said...

It's hard to pick, but I'd love to knit up a cozy Inland!

Ravelry ID: misskris545

Candace said...

I love this entire collection! I think the pattern I like the most is Climb, but Swift is a pretty close second.

I'm shiver on Ravelry.

Bonnie said...

The Climb socks for sure, they look so cozy!
padgettknitwitATgmail.com

Lucia said...

Spate fingerless mitts are my favourite. They look SO cozy!

Anonymous said...

My favorite is the Spate pattern for fingerless gloves.

joannah621@yahoo.com

Patricia said...

My favorite is the antrose!

rav: pattymatt

Amy said...

My favourite is Onward . .so pretty.
Ravelry:AmyMKnits

Unknown said...

I have a hard time choosing my favorite between Inland and Climb. I need both of them! Rav ID knitinmountains

Tiffany C said...

Spate is amazing, Swift would be next. tiffypyke{at}hotmil{dot}com

Linda Rumsey said...

I love the Spate fingerless mitts as a starter, but all the others look great to knit and wear as well!
lindarumsey on Ravelry

Meghan said...

What lovely patterns! I could knit all of them, but Climb is the most tempting. I'm working on my first pair of socks and now understand why people get addicted to knitting them! megp47 at yahoo dot com

knitbyahenshop said...

I love Climb! Such a fan of classic sock patterns.

Ravelry: knitbyahenshop

Kate said...

I adore Onward, although all the patterns are lovely. I can imagine myself spending the entire winter with it snuggled around my shoulders.

Ravelry: chalimar16

Suzanne said...

Sign me up for Onward and Spate. I love the stitch patterns in both of them. Thanks for encouraging me to take a look at those patterns.

mvink said...

I love all the designs!! So I'll go with the first one I'd knit up. I'd first knit up the onward shawl, next would be spate and swift :-). I would and will knit up all the designs because I truly love them all!! Which is awesome when its a book :-). Thank you for the chance!
Ravelry ID: mvink

Cecile said...

I love the Antrorse sweater. I want to cast it on now!!!

Lise said...

I think Onward is my fave, but I love the socks as well.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Ravelry: LiseJ

Sara said...

Oh my gosh, I can't decide between the shawl and the socks! Rav: bibliophibian

Anonymous said...

All the designs are lovely! One of my favorites is Swift.

StaceyKnitsIt ravelry

Anonymous said...

I love "Climb"...I have actually purchased the yarn for it...not I just need the pattern!

Ravelry: Katking85

MegR said...

My favourite pattern from Journey is Spate! These look warm and stylist and I really love the waffly pattern. Rav ID: mradford

Wendy said...

I love every design, but the Climb socks were what first caught my eye!

Josiphine said...

That Swift hat is beautiful!

My email is writinwater@live.com

VĂ©ro said...

Onward and the Climb socks are my favorite !
Thanks for the opportunity

Tanya said...

Antrorse! I am plotting what yarn I need to make this, it is so gorgeous.

Rav: tbinette

Jess said...

I really like Onward. I go from hot to cold really easily throughout the day, so it's nice to have something cozy yet stylish that I can whip on and off easily. Thanks for the giveaway!

Margo said...

Ohhhh!!! I love Swift and Spate…I just can't choose between the two! But you'd have to take me shopping for the right yarn for both…Hey, that's a great idea!!! Let's go on a yarn-buying field trip!!!

C.C. Almon said...

The Inland is absolutely beautiful!
JavaPurl on Rav

Kristin said...

I love Onward so much!

-Kristin
sewtechnicolor (at) yahoo (dot) com

Anonymous said...

I love Spate. I knit Beacon Hill and I love the stitch pattern!

shantiknits on ravelry

Stephni said...

Onward's texture is wonderful!
Stephni-A

Beth said...

Those mitts! That cardigan! But really the whole collection is gorgeous.

karen said...

The mitts and the shawl are my favorites, I always have a shawl on the needles and this one would be a lovely addition.

Dee said...

I love all the patterns, but I would really like to knit/own Spate. (dena on rav)

Carol said...

The fingerless mitts are just gorgeous!

Ytknits said...

I love the Antrorse sweater!

Linda said...

I love the Spate fingerless mitts. Thanks for the chance to win the eBook.

lmecoll on Ravelry

Camanoah said...

I love all the patterns, but with my yarn budget, I'd love to make the "Climb" socks.
RavID: Camanoah

jessica said...

I love the spate mitts. I'm expectingsam on rav.

Anonymous said...

I'm loving Climb and Inland! I must get those patterns!
RaveID: cadame

slawrenz said...

It is a tough pick between Antrose and Spare totally different items but warm and cozy.

navystripes said...

Love Antrorse and Spate!

rav id: navystripes

Kat said...

Just found your blog from Jane's-love it! All of the patterns seem great--Onward is lovely-would surely cozy up in that.

rav: KatRobbinsVT

adrienne said...

It looks like such a gorgeous book! I have to say, I just love Antrorse - it looks so cozy! Thanks for the generous giveaway.

I'm adriennec on ravelry.

Monica said...

I would love a copy of this book!

peaknits said...

Wow, what gorgeous patterns. The spate mitts are beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration. Also thank you for your kind comments on my blog, made my day! Take care!

Anonymous said...

Antrorose is calling my name! My rav ID is stellasmum

Silvia M. said...

I am loving Spate, the fingerless mittens!

Lyn said...

They're all great patterns. I think my fav are Onward and Climb. My Rav ID is BritKnittingMama

Meg said...

Oooh, how lovely! I'm fawning over the Spate mitts-- they look so warm and smooshy, and I love the turned-down cuff at the top. I'm sunshineravioli on Ravelry.

Anonymous said...

I think Antrorse is gorgeous!
nidhikansal on rav

Anonymous said...

I love the socks!

Mmlt on Rav

mhchong said...

The photos make me want to knit socks. It would be my first.

Ravelry ID: mhchong

Rachelle said...

I love the Climb sock, so practical
sewsable on Rav

Leticia said...

MUST knit Spate! Wonderful.

HappyStar on Rav.

Ella Wong said...

I'm in love with the simple, classic socks! Thanks for the giveaway.

Katalin said...

I would begin with Spate.
cseburaska on Rav

Kucki68 said...

Difficult, but in the end Onwards is my favorite. I am Kucki68 on Ravelery.

Amy Calkins said...

I have to pick a favorite?! Too hard. I guess the first one I'd knit would be Swift, but I'd have to make several, so one could be for me in the end?

indigoeddy said...

Very hard choice. I would have to say swift, but they all are wonderful. Hutch on ravelry.

MrsZuvers said...

Antrorse. It looks so cute and cozy.
Rav: Mrszuvers

melanie said...

Love all the designs, but the first I would knit would be the hat, Swift.
qtpieknitter on rav

Anonymous said...

so hard to choose...i would knit spate first so i guess i'll call that the favorite...

rav id: redflowerknit

Gloria said...

Spate and Swift. And I have just the yarn fora slouchy hat like Swift, which my daughter has been begging for. Thanks for sharing. I'm gloriaal on ravelry.

Audry said...

I've been on such a sock kick lately, so I'd have to say Climb is my current favorite. Although I could see myself knitting all of the patterns.

bear-ears on rav

allyson said...

I'm dying to cast on Spate, the fingerless mitts. My my my favorite pattern is Climb -- the picture of the boots with the socks makes me want a pair (of both) right this minute! :)

adworkin on Rav

Debbie said...

My favorite is the Spate Mitts. Thanks!
gussek on Ravelry

janine said...

I have to admit I love Climb. The socks would look really cute with my hiking boots. My rav name is janineny2001.

Liz said...

I have the perfect yarn for Antrorse! What a beautiful collection.
Rav ID: lizsto

adodds said...

I love how unusual the Antrorse sweater is. looks super comfy. Also really like the Camp worsted weight socks.

josephine said...

My favorite would be Onward!

knitstamatic said...

I'm torn between swift and spate. Guess I'll just have to knit both!
Rav: Knitstamatic

Anonymous said...

It's a difficult choice, but I love the Climb socks.

Bordergirl on Ravelry

zenasmillet said...

I'm in love with Onward, and also see an Anthorse and Spate in my near future.
Rav id = zenasmillet

Judy11 said...

The Inland cardigan looks soo very cozy :)

Anonymous said...

Antrorse is a fabulous pullover
Backtobasics on ravelry

Carla said...

Antrorse. And Climb. Yes, the whole ensemble (boots too!) is perfect!

cjnordbyATgmailDOTcom

Anonymous said...

I think they all look good but the cables in spate make it my favorite.

tww2005 rav id

Elizabeth said...

I'm torn between the socks and the gloves!

Kesha E said...

I must knit the mitts. Thanks for the chance. I am keshaevans on ravelry and keshaevans[at]outlook.com.

Anonymous said...

Antrorse looks so cozy! It will be mine!!
RavID: violingirl76

Anonymous said...

I can't decide between Inland and Climb. I love them both!

Pamdknits on Ravelry

Grace said...

I love the coziness of the Onward shawl, although I suspect my toes would appreciate those comfy socks too!

Anonymous said...

Spate! I love the Renfrew pattern so the combo in the picture is such a statement.
Acmcgowan = ravelry name - Thanks!

Heather said...

My favorite pattern is the pullover sweater, but since I'm a beginner, I'd start with the hat. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

jules mcnubbin (buttmuffin) said...

i want to make the Onward shawl! its gorgeous!

mysticalguacamole at gmail dot com

Danbury Quilter said...

My favorite pattern is the beautiful shawl! Thank you for the giveaway.

amyd14_1999@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Would love to win! Thanks!

jdgough@hotmail.com

Heather Baylis said...

Thank you for this wonderful giveaway I love the entire collection in this book! First up would be the socks! I am loving the socks in the work boots look! Next up would be the hat...then I would start the fabulous pull over sweater Antrorse...habaylis@gmail.com

Sheila said...

I just love the Climb socks - so simple and classic.

Rebekah B. said...

So many great projects, it's hard to choose where I'd start. Probably with the mitts, that way I'd actually finish them and then it would motivate me to try something else. Amazing. Thanks!

zenitude said...

I've knit just about every pattern in the ISLAND collection and I can see myself doing the same with this new collection of pattern. My favorite is the Onward shawl. I would love a worsted weight shawl.
Rav: zenitude

Kristen said...

My favorite (really just one?!) is inland. I actually bought the yarn for the cardigan while on thanksgiving vacation. I was in an lys and there was a huge bag of yarn sale..i quickly pulled up rav, searched the weight of yarn and yardage and up popped inland!
mamaholmes on ravelry

Ileen said...

I really like shawls and socks right now. Probably watching too much Downton Abbey and Lark Rise. It is a warm & cozy time of year

Anne (aka sandinmysocks on Ravelry) said...

I love the Antrorse Sweater, just the right accents in just the right places!

Anna said...

I would love to win an ebook it looks like such a great publication. I love the look of inland but would probably knit spate (instant gratification knitting!) or onward first (i love a good shawl with a textured pattern). (my rav id is onepinkplum)

Ana said...

Swift and Climb are the 2 favorites. This book is beautiful...would love to win it!

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I love the textures in the Onward Shawl.

Deborah A said...

I love all the patterns in this book, the ladies did an excellent job. First up for me wold be SWIFT. I love this hat and think it is doable for me. We are also in a deep freeze so pretty cozy hats are in order around here these days. Happy Knitting!!!

wickedstitches said...

I want to make everything, but I would probably make Swift first. Love that pattern!
Rav ID: hotcheese

Claudia Bugh said...

What a cute pattern book!!! Love all the designs but I'm with you... those socks are super cute :)

I'm been thinking about you Hilary because my Glacerie Shawl is off the needles and I freaking love it!!!! I'm backed up on projects (I'm a lazy blogger these days) so it will be a few months before I run the post but I am thrilled with it :) Thank you for an amazing design ~

Anonymous said...

Realistically, I'd be more likely to finish up a hat or mitts, but Inland looks just delicious, especially on a chilly day like today!!! :). --Bookaholic13 on Ravelry

Kate said...

I'd start with Climb, and then work my way through all of the patterns!
KateMisbehavin on Ravelry

Tori said...

I absolutely love Swift. It's perfect!
Rav ID: lilwestie

Carol said...

These patterns are beautiful! My favorite is the Onward shawl. I can see myself wrapped in its loveliness.
I'm dogstar911 in Ravelry. Thanks.

Carmen N said...

My favorite is the Climb socks. Thanks for the giveaway! (asimplehomestd)

Anonymous said...

I so want a pair of spate and onward! Crossing fingers...id ravelry is honeysugar
Thank you!

Barbara said...

Socks are my current passion so Climb is at the top of my list. Thank you for participating the giveaway.

barbarapurls on Ravelry

Christine said...

I love all the patterns! I think I would start with the Onward Shawl.

Sheigla Averill said...

The Spate fingerless mitts are my favorite, but they're all very knittable.

Ravelry: silentGstitch

Beverly Davis said...

I love the comfy cardigan, Inland. Ravelry IDb bdgrammy

Diane said...

Trying to decide between the shawl and the cardigan!
Rav ID ddknitter

Nolita said...

Hard to pick just one but Onward on the cover just knocks me out. Thanks much for the giveaway!

mosiern on Ravelry

Anonymous said...

I love antrorse! It looks so cozy!
SarahG
RavID: violingirl76

angelbis said...

I love spate and climb! I have to admit that I have a slight obsession with socks that look like that AND I love the boots...

tansy said...

I love Antrose! It's definitely being added to the queue.

Skye said...

Although I love them all,, Onward calls to me. Just the right thing for a cool summer night all the way through to winter, becoming part of the layers that will keep me warm. SkyefraserATme.com

Kendra said...

Antrorse is so lovely and looks fun to knit and so cozy to wear. They are all so fabulous though!

UberOrange on Rav :)

Van said...

Ooh! I love the mitts. Great designs!

Hind DP said...

I love the texture on the Spate mittens.