Friday, September 25, 2015

Introducing: Weekend (and a GIVEAWAY!)

I've been anxiously awaiting the release of WEEKEND: Simple, Modern Knits by Jen Geigley this fall, and I'm so excited to share ithis new book with you today!

It seems like indie publishing is where it's at right now - some of my favorite collections have been self-published (or are slated to be self-published, pending their crowdfunding campaigns). I love that designers are taking it upon themselves to make the projects they want to make and overseeing all aspects of the process to fully realize that creative vision. It's a lot of work from start to finish,  and seeing it turn out so well is always exciting.

For WEEKEND, I was fortunate to play a small role in helping it take shape - I was the tech editor for several of the designs. At the time, the concept of a book seemed really esoteric to me, and seeing the finished result of all of Jen's hard work (and her photographer friends Joelle Blanchard, Geof Fischer and Joey Leaming)  is really incredible.

Aside from that, I am just really excited as a knitter to have an entire book of wearable patterns that can be knit up quickly, just in time for the return of cooler temperatures - most can be made in just one weekend!
Undone
Each project in WEEKEND is knit using bulky and super bulky yarn to create sweaters and accessories that are casual, contemporary and wearable handknits. Jen's goal was to create pieces that can serve as foundation pieces in anyone’s wardrobe - and I say, mission accomplished! The photo styling is crisp, modern, and perfectly shows off each unique aspect of the pattern. As a music lover, I enjoy a lot of the titles of the patterns: Undone, Sliver, Debut, Valhalla - just to name a few.

Floor
I decided to knit the Sliver hat from WEEKEND with a skein of my handspun yarn. It's been a while since I've knit with US 15 needles - this hat practically flew off the needles! In fact, I knit it in just a few hours' time from start to finish. Not bad! With Spinzilla just around the corner (and a HUGE bin of handspun yarn begging to be knit with as it is), I am really excited about using these patterns for more of my handspun yarn. They are a perfect match!


You can visit Jen's website to purchase hard copies of the book (which includes a free e-book copy); WEEKEND is also available as individual pattern downloads and PDF ebook here on Ravelry, or you can snag it on Amazon.

Giveaway Time!
One lucky reader will win a hard copy of WEEKEND: Simple, Modern Knits and a Nova Platina Chunky Interchangeable Set, perfect for knitting projects from the book (it's what I used to make my Sliver hat)!

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post saying which pattern is your favorite from the book. Be sure to also let me know your Ravelry ID or email address so that I can get in touch with you in case you win. For bonus entries, be sure to follow my blog via Bloglovin or follow any of these 3 Instagram accounts:


....then leave a comment here telling me which action you performed. 

I'll randomly select 1 lucky winner to announce next Friday, October 30; please note, this contest is only open to the US and Canada. Many thanks to the nice folks at Knitter's Pride and to Jen Geigley for their generous prize donations!

ETA: Giveaway reopened! Since the first winner didn't claim the prize, I'll be announcing a new winner on Friday, October 30!

82 comments:

  1. So many great patterns but the first I will knit is Minnie. Love the inspiration story with pattern too. Grandmas are great!! (I follow all three accounts on IG!) I'm "deeannebenson" on Rav.

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  2. I'm loving Debut! Cozy drama, what more could you need?

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  3. I follow you via bloglovin.

    Also tktl on Ravelry

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  4. Love them all, but would love to knit Little Earthquakes, Undone and Valhalla.

    Following you on Instagram already, so now following the other two as well.

    Rav ID: hhhfashion

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  5. Love them all, but would love to knit Little Earthquakes, Undone and Valhalla.

    Following you on Instagram already, so now following the other two as well.

    Rav ID: hhhfashion

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  6. I want to make the Minnie, and Floor. Have purchased two patterns already.
    juliairanistan@att.net

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  7. I like Valhalla the best. Rav amchart

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  8. Following by Bloglovin' too! Rav amchart

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  9. My favorite pattern is Sliver.
    Rav id: knittingdancer

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  10. Valhalla is my favorite. It is knitted and waiting for me to seam it. Rav I'd: nicdowell.

    And followed all three instas.

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  11. i really and truly like the sliver best; it simple with a little twist. rav id is yollma

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  12. I think the Feedback Cowl - I follow all 3 instagrams

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  13. i follow @knitterpride on instragram as well

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  14. Oh boy, I'm excited about this collection! I'm really into Valhalla and Minnie! Such a cool giveaway! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Whoopsie! I follow all three on Instagram!

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  15. I looove undone!!! 💙 I follow all the ig accts! :)
    Rav jemappellemichele

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  16. And I follow Jen on IG and now you too!

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  17. I just am learning to knit (as of 3 days ago!) and my first project that I started is one of Jen's older ones- the Gaptastic scarf! So excited to keep learning more and hope to be able to make some more of her projects!

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  18. I really like retrograde, It would make a great gift.
    I'm squiggi on ravelry.
    Google will only let me comment this way.

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  19. I really enjoy knitting scarves. Floor is my favorite ( I think)

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  20. I follow on Bloglovin. Ravelry: mommar6

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  21. I follow you on Instagram. Ravelry: mommar6

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  22. Wow! My daughter woul love every single pattern in this book but her favorite would be Undone! Thanks for the generous giveaway! Sylviemom on Rav

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  23. You are already on my Inoreader! Sylviemom on Rav

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  24. I forgot to mention I'm Stickchicky on Ravelry and I'd love to knit that cozy looking pullover you pictured on your blog post!

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  25. Floor looks super nice! Already follow you @stefaniegrrr on Instagram! :) NorCalNapTime on Rav

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  26. Undone has to be my favorite. Can't wait to cast on. Follow you on instagram.
    Biscottibeth on rav

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  27. Undone has to be my favorite. Can't wait to cast on. Follow you on instagram.
    Biscottibeth on rav

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  28. Floor is my favorite - love that nubbly texture. I'm Knotanother1 on Ravelry. Just started following you and knitters pride on Instagram also. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  29. My favorite pattern is Floor.
    Lmecoll on ravelry

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  30. I followed @knitterpride on Instagram.
    Lmecoll on Instagram and Rav

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  31. I followed @jengeigley on Instagram
    Lmecoll on Instagram and Revelry

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  32. I follow @stefaniegrrr on Instagram.
    Lmecoll on Instagram and Revelry

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  33. I would knit Minnie first. Perfect for the cold weather that will be here in VT only too soon.
    Sumac on Ravelry

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  34. I follow you on Instagram and I get your emails. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  35. My favorite pattern is Undone--it looks perfect for a chilly fall evening. My Ravelry screen name is Suzieknittingmama

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  36. I love the Feedback cowl!

    Rav ID is caughtbythebees

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  37. I would like to try the Undone pullover - looks like something that would be so comfortable to wear this winter.

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  38. Awesome! That Feedback cowl needs to happen!

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  39. I follow knitterspride on instagram!

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  40. I love Vallahalla! Following all 3 on Insta and my rav id is Nettie717. What a lovely prize to win!

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  41. Love the sweater...perfect for Chicago weather!!! (asheleyvn on Raverly)

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  42. They all look so warm and cozy but the beauty and simplicity of Distortion calls my name this time of year.
    Swingcat123 on rav
    I follow @stefaniegrrr on Instagram

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  43. I love your grey off the shoulder sweater with the zipper sides !

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  44. Hi! Glad to have found your blog--what an awesome giveaway! I'm advilhauer@gmail.com and the first I'd knit is Valhalla. I subscribed to your blog and followed knitter's pride on instagram. Thanks!

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  45. Debut is definitely going to be on my needles after the 2nd of October! Great patterns...thanks for the giveaway!
    I also follow all 3 on IG

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  46. Floor is my favorite. I'm helenlam on rav

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  47. I like the Little Earthquakes pattern.
    (dancinglawn on ravelry)

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  48. This looks amazing!
    Evilsquirrel on rav

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  49. This looks amazing!
    Evilsquirrel on rav

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  50. Undone.....so comfy looking! cgluffey on Ravelry

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  51. I'm loving undone! I think I would do this one first

    Evilsquirrel on rav

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  52. I'm loving undone! I think I would do this one first

    Evilsquirrel on rav

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  53. I'm loving undone! I think I would do this one first

    Evilsquirrel on rav

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  54. I love the look of Debut.

    Subscribed to your blog via email

    Rav ID: Croaganey

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  55. I love Minnie! I follow knitters pride. I sure hope I win! Thanks so much

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  56. rav id:webpixies myfav has to be "Debut" the sleeves of it are awesome and it just looks so cuddly

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  57. Second chance to win , hurray! I still love Valhalla and Minnie. After working on a sweater for the husband (still a wip) I'm craving something quick! The weekend is definitely on my wish list!
    I follow all 3 on the instagrams (scribsfarm), my Rav id is knithard

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  58. I'm sure all the patterns are great but I ADORE the Undone sweater. Perfect for windy days in Chicago! I follow all 3 accounts on Instagram (hooklineneedle). Email is hooklineneedle@hotmail.com. cardiaccorinne on ravelry

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  59. Minnie looks like a fun, warm pattern. I've discovered how quick bulky knits are too! Finished my Rhinebeck vest in a matter of days! I follow you and knitterspride on Instagram and I'm yarngiraffe on Ravelry and gmail :)

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  60. Arghhh, how did I miss this the first time around? It all fits so well, great patterns for big yarn, my big stash of big yarn, plus my favorite brand of needles in a big yarn sized set I don't have (yet, oh please oh please oh please). I'd choose the Little Earthquakes pattern to celebrate the Earthquake Swarm we're experiencing right now in the SF Bay Area - over 200 low magnitude quakes in the last couple weeks. KittenWhiplash on Rav.

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  61. Oooooh! It's gotta be the Debut cardi or the Little Earthquakes cowl! I'm jaclynsalem on Ravelry and jaclynsalem@gmail.com.

    Additional entries:
    -Followed you on bloglovin
    -I already follow you!
    -Started following @jengeigly and @knitterpride!

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  62. I think the floor scarf would be great in Chicago's winters. Thanks.

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  63. i would really like to make the sliver hat. I entered above my ravelry id: yollma

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