I was excited to be asked recently to participate in a fun blog tour for Bijou Basin Ranch's first ever, newly released collection of patterns: the Complements Collection by Kristin Omdahl. This collection contains 13 knit and crochet patterns all using Bijou Basin Ranch's fine yarns (7 knitting ones & 6 crochet ones).
Kristin, the designer, put together this collection of small to large accessories that require only upto a few skeins of yarn at most. I love that concept - especially for luxury yarns, because the projects won't break the bank, if you know what I mean!
Now, I'm not a crocheter myself, so I can't vouch for the crochet patterns in this collection (outside of me saying that I think they all look very pretty), but I can tell you that there are several knitting patterns in here that I would and hope to knit very soon. Let me show you some of my favorites...
This shawl, Apple Blossom Knit Shawl, is breathtaking! I don't seem to be the only one who thinks so, because it is the cover page to this whole collection. It's a must knit! It uses two skeins of BBR's Tibetan Dream and a skein of the Bijou Bliss for the bold contrast stripes. Hmmmmm... I think I wanna knit mine outta the Sage and Sky colorways with stripes of Teal like the original, or maybe the Ruby!
I'd have to say that this cowl, Aster Tiered Knit Cowl, is my second favorite. The ruffles of leaves is so neat! I've never seen that before. So, I need 2 hanks of Lhasa Wilderness for this one... definitely the Steel colorway. Wait, NO! The Goldenrod or Hunter colors would work really well with the leaf theme.
Diggin' the Gladiolus XOXO Hugs & Kisses Knit Hat & Wristlets too! Nice knit hat for the hubby!
Oh, and this sweet Lily of the Incas Knit Ribbed Shawlette! So, so pretty!
This collection comes in digital format for $9.95 on Ravelry, which I think is a steal for that many patterns! Or, you can order a printed version of the booklet off of BBR's site for $12.95. Either way you are spending less than a buck per pattern. Not bad, my friends! Honestly, I think the Apple Blossom pattern alone is worth the cost of admission, just sayin'.
The lovely folks over at Bijou Basin have tossed in a free e-book copy of the Complements Collection by Kristin Omdahl for one lucky follower to win! Yay! An extra little treat for the YOTH followers in between the regularly scheduled show! Leave a comment, any (one) comment below and I'll pick a winner randomly on Sunday, 5/6/12 and announce with the Monday giveaway. Enjoy!
P.S. Here's the blog tour schedule if you want to follow along and have more chances to win!
5/2 Yarn On The House
5/3 Ellen Gormley
5/4 Shannon Okey
5/7 Carol Sulcoski
5/8 Carol Feller
5/9 Amy Shelton
5/10 Drew Emborsky
5/11 Wendy Bernard
5/14 Annie Modesitt
5/15 Robyn Chachula
5/16 Simona Merchant-Dest
5/17 Stacey Trock
5/18 The Sexy Knitter
5/21 Stephannie Tallent
5/22 Faina Goberstein
5/24 Laurie Wheeler
5/28 Rebecca Velasquez