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November Knits & Giveaway!

I’m a big fan of Kelbourne Woolens. While I adore all their yarns (and used their yummy Savannah in my first book, Knit Local with Kate’s hat design on the cover), I think what I like about them most is Kate and Courtney, the two wonderful and charismatic ladies who run the company. I was lucky enough to get to work with them during my time at Vogue Knitting as the Yarn Editor where I got to know them. I always made a point to stop by and say hello at TNNA and other yarny events  because I genuinely enjoy their company. When they come to the DC area for events at Fibre Space, I try to run down and see them, the same when we visit Philly. What can I say? Two good eggs, those two, both fantastic moms and wonderful knitters.

all images © Interweave

I was super excited when Vintage Modern Knits came out and hightailed it to my LYS to get a copy. When Courtney and Kate decided to do another book, November Knits, I was tickled when they asked me to be part of it. I knew without question that it would be another great read with good patterns. I was in.

Let me introduce you to the Market Jacket. You’ve heard it from me a million times before… I love a good 3/4 sleeved, top-down raglan cardi. I love cables and lace and I love good American yarn. I was happy to receive Green Mountain Spinnery’s (also used in Knit Local) Mountain Mohair, a nice blend of 70% wool and 30% mohair in a beautiful golden color that screamed autumn. My description of the cardi reads: “This cardigan brings back memories of cold autumn and early winter afternoons spent hiking in the White Mountains of New England while I was growing up. I pushed my sleeves so I could grab interesting leaves, rocks, and berries to show my dad. The three-quarter-length sleeves in this coat leave your arms and hands free to explore, while the wool/ mohair blend provides warmth. The cable-and-lace pattern reminds me of the vegetation on the forest floor, and the heathered yarn, with its golds, reds, and oranges, evokes the colors of changing leaves.” I found some awesome wooden buttons on Etsy made from small tree branches from a farm that only harvests from fallen trees to complete the look.

You can find the book on Interweave’s website here or on Amazon here. You’ll no doubt be able to find it at your LYS (local yarn shop) as well.

Now for the fun part! Kate and Courtney sent an extra copy of the book to give away here on the blog. Leave a comment here on this post about what you love most about November. Make sure your Ravelry name is there or your email address. A winner will be chosen on Monday, the 29th.

Happy autumn!

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  1. I do love November-I love that it is getting colder, i love the feel of the air and of course Thanslksgiving. It is also the end of racing season which brings my slower time at work. Thank you for this giveaway! Denise (rav id- kittykatz)

    October 25, 2012
  2. I love the Market Jacket, I would wear that anywhere and everywhere! I also really like the Trefoil Cardigan.
    Rav: zenitude
    zenitude(at)live(dot)ca

    October 25, 2012
  3. Oh, wow! I’ve been looking for a sweater to knit and that just might be the ticket! Gorgeous!

    Snow! That’s why I love November! It’s when the snow starts to stick where I live – with the promise of cross country skiing. Yum!

    Anditippie at gmail dot com

    Thank you!

    October 25, 2012
  4. Penny #

    I love November as I am able to get in so much more knitting! Making 4 sweaters as Christmas gifts so you can imagine how busy I am! I love the market jacket!
    Ravelry: Pennster

    October 25, 2012
  5. Tara Cain #

    Beautiful book–the hard part would be deciding what to make first. I’m a big Kelbourne Woolens fan now, thanks largely to fibre space. Thank you for doing this giveaway! (crossing fingers…)
    Ravelry: TaratheTerrible

    October 25, 2012
  6. Tara C. #

    Beautiful book! The hard part will be deciding what to make. I’m a big Kelbourne Woolens fan, thanks largely to fibre space. Thank you for posting this giveaway (crossing fingers…)
    Ravelry: TaratheTerrible

    October 25, 2012
  7. Missy Boyette #

    What I like most about November? Tie between my birthday, pumpkin pie and an annual Scorpio party that I have with grad school friends.

    October 25, 2012
  8. linda gaylord #

    to me,november is a time to unpack all the heavy sweaters from the box in the bottom of the closet,bury my face in them,breathe deeply of all their sheepy,yarny goodness.if i made them,start plotting the next knit.if i rescued them from the thrift store or a friend’s trash bin,enjoy the memories of how i gave them new life as a cherished knit.your pattern inspires envy in a relative beginner of a sweater knitter like me.seriously considering it as a future project,to remind me of november forever…(ravelry id:grannysticks)

    October 25, 2012
  9. kimber #

    Besides loving being able to bundle up in cozy knits and sweatshirts November has all the best stuff going on. We get to spend time with family, we focus on each other and making the holidays a fun time. Ever since I was a little girl I’ve loved when the days get dark early because its and excuse to have the fireplace going, and it makes and ordinary trip out for the most mundane Magical with twinkling lights and all the bustling people in the shops. living in New England I get to feel like I’m stepping into a Rockwell painting just going out to the town store for milk. So, it certainly is wonderful to do my part by knitting comfy and gorgeous things to wear- being a knitter is the best of both the crafty and the fashion worlds.
    Rav: kimberknit04

    October 25, 2012
  10. My favorite thing about November — it’s a tie between Thanksgiving and sweater knitting!

    October 25, 2012
  11. Susan D. Smith #

    I’m a winter-holic and November is one of my favorite transition months. Where I leave in the foothills of the Adirondacks, November has a unique feel and aroma to it that you find walking through woods, along footpaths and as you enter a home with a woodstove. It’s begun to snow and it’s all still new and white and wonderful. My favorite time of year begins in November, as I sit beside the wood stove to spin or on my couch in front of the wood stove with my other half and 3 cats. It’s cozy and warm and safe…

    Ravelry: shlomadina
    Email: sdsmith@ntcnet.com

    October 25, 2012
  12. cindy #

    🙂

    I’d love to win a copy Tanis!
    fireant01 on rav.

    October 25, 2012
  13. sjanova #

    Wonder if that cardi would work for my sister in NH who doesn’t “need” anything warm, she claims. Hmmm.

    October 25, 2012
  14. Marsha C. #

    The best thing about November has to be Thanksgiving… and knitting!
    Would love to win this book. Love your sweater pattern!

    October 25, 2012
  15. November? I love Thanksgiving–reflecting on the blessings in my life. I also love that November means that Christmas is right around the corner. 🙂

    Beautiful sweater!

    Melissa (rav: eeyore747)

    October 25, 2012
  16. Maureen #

    There are a few things about November that are important to me that I love. The first is the fact that my anniversary (#14) will be on November 14. I also love Thanksgiving and all the food and the family gathering. I also love the college football games and the cooler weather.

    October 25, 2012
  17. FloraPoste #

    I love November because it’s my birthday month and I always feel justified in buying yarn for myself as a treat!

    October 25, 2012
  18. Linda #

    I’d love to win this as I love the Market jacket plus several of the other patterns!

    October 25, 2012
  19. I want to make the Market Jacket in the worst way. I am enamoured by that jacket. I just love it. I’d love to win the book so my answer to your question…cool fall days, rustling leaves, hiking with no mosquitoes, being bustled up in warm knits, hot chocolate and warm cider, Thanksgiving. Life is good.

    October 25, 2012
  20. Gail French #

    The Market Jacket is definately brewing as one of the projects for this fall. I love November because it’s the beginning of knitting season. With the anticipation of that first snow my fingers cannot move fast enough creating warm items to wear.

    Gail (Rav: GSHF)

    October 25, 2012
  21. Marjorie #

    I thing I love best about November is Thanksgiving….I enjoy knitting year ’round but I really like to grow my sweater collection by knitting in the fall and winter.

    October 25, 2012
  22. Dawn K #

    I already have the book. Just had to tell how much I like the jacket. I see owls in the cables and I think I will just have to cast on for this sweater soon.
    Ravelry ID Nibbleknitter

    October 25, 2012
  23. LOVE the market jacket. I only do 3/4 or no sleeves as I am always too hot and love having my arms free. This heading to the top of the queue! Merci! Susan knitCHKknits on rav

    October 25, 2012
  24. maureen ,murray #

    I love november for apples, pumpkins squashes and clear cool nights a relief from the heat of summer- most of all because I am anticipating snow wonderful snow and skiing. I would love a copy of this book the sweater is exactly the sort of pattern i love to knit and i just got a present of some yummy wool to make this in

    October 25, 2012
  25. Donna #

    For me I love November because it is late spring here and usually more settled weather and close to the finish of the year.

    October 25, 2012
  26. I love November (fall) for football season where I can sit and watch games with my family and knit and knit and knit!

    October 25, 2012
  27. As the owner of a seasonal business (fall is crazy time!) I enjoy the extra sleep, and knitting time of Nov. Ps….the Market Jacket is the prettiest pattern I’ve seen in a very long time!
    Rav: ayearandaday

    October 25, 2012
  28. Margie #

    I love November because that is truly the beginning of sweater weather. The Market Jacket is perfect, with it’s three-quarter sleeves and lace and cable panels. I also think the color of the sample is PERFECT!
    Ravelery ID: amalya

    October 25, 2012
  29. Leanne #

    What a great book. Thanks for sharing.

    October 25, 2012
  30. Lisa #

    November: Family at Thanksgiving, apple pies, pumpkins, blowing fallen leaves, coppery leaves remain on oak trees, knitwear everyday. I love November! Thank you for this very generous opportunity! Lisa RAV:llmcguire

    October 25, 2012
  31. Kelly K. #

    The best things about November are the beautiful colors of the trees, the slightly brisk air that calls for a wooly sweater and a hot cup of latte in your hands. Mmmm…..

    Rav ID: kellknit

    October 25, 2012
  32. Janine #

    I love November because I can actually wear those hand knits that I’ve been making. Your Market Jacket is something I would really like to make.

    October 25, 2012
  33. November is actually my favorite month of the whole year. The crisp weather, Christmas knitting, and baking pumpkin into everything just make me all warm and fuzzy. An added bonus, I can now wear all of those knitted socks I spent all summer making!
    Ravelry ID: xMeePx

    October 25, 2012
  34. I love the fall. It means that Christmas is almost here! That book looks like so much fun!

    October 25, 2012
  35. Lee #

    I love the using the fireplace and feeling toasty in November.

    mamagiff on ravelry

    October 25, 2012
  36. Sharon M #

    November brings a slower pace, since there is less outdoors work to do, but you still get some nice days to finish up that yard work or tidying the garden. It also means more knitting time.

    October 25, 2012
  37. Sarah #

    Beautiful pattern! My two favorite things about November: my birthday! and the cooling weather that lets me drink tea and hot chocolate more often. 🙂

    October 25, 2012
  38. Rachel Kimboko #

    Tanis,

    November is my birthday month, so LOVE it…but I also associate it with the not-yet-bitter snap of the cold winter air before the first snow falls. My fondest birthday memory is of tramping about in a freshly fallen snow with my favorite uncle and some cousins on the day after Thanksgiving.

    Since I’ve had a chance to look at the and I love a lot of the patterns; I’m sure I’ll love it whether it’s a gift or a purchase.

    October 25, 2012
  39. Jennifer #

    November–Thanksgiving, cooler weather,sweaters–all good things about November.

    October 25, 2012
  40. Myong #

    The best thing about November is the weather… cool, crisp air, and that means I get to pull out my handknits and leather boots. Also, my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, is in November. Time to be with family, and that is always a good thing. 🙂

    October 25, 2012
  41. Barb Thompson #

    A gorgeous book and a gorgeous pattern. I’d love to win!
    Barb T.

    October 26, 2012
  42. Since I am in the house more during November, I have a little more knitting time and I always enjoy Thanksgiving with my family.
    I love the patterns in this book. Great giveaway!!

    October 26, 2012
  43. India #

    What I love about November: woodsmoke in the evening air; bright stars on a clear, cold night; stark gray tree skeletons against the sky; cozy Sundays with something savory in the oven or stew pot, apple pie cooling on the counter, football on TV in the living room, everybody home; and lots of opportunities to wear and play with wool!

    October 26, 2012
  44. Debe DeAngelo #

    What I love most about November – finally sweater+ weather in NC!, falling leaves, cool/crisp nights on the patio, pickling, pie making, soup making and, of course, more knitting! This new book looks amazing and I’d love to have a copy! Thanks for offering it. seaturtle68@me.com

    October 26, 2012
  45. Knittingdancer on Ravelry #

    The thing I love most about November is enjoying Thanksgiving lunch with all of the family.

    October 26, 2012
  46. Rose #

    I love November for the crisp air, finally being able to light the oven and roast a chicken with winter squash, and smelling the burning logs from fireplaces. Your sweater is gorgeous. Thank you for a superb giveaway.

    October 26, 2012
  47. I love November when the air is crisp and there is a sweater project grazing my lap.

    October 26, 2012
  48. KarenJ #

    I want!! The Market Jacket is wonderful! If the rest of the book is as good it will be a real keeper. I miss the November mostly means shilly and damp and laundry that won’t dry. (The upside is that today, five days before the start of November I went down to the ocean and some people were in swimming!)

    October 26, 2012
  49. Kate #

    Autumn is my favorite season, but where I am in California, we don’t get much (temp usually drops from the 80s to the 60s the last week in October). November actually finally feels like the weather for which I’ve been waiting so long! The air and light are perfect to take my road bike out for day-long rides along the coast.
    I ran out and bought the book immediately because I couldn’t wait on the Market Jacket! (Making it out of Peace Fleece, because most of my handknit winter wardrobe is already in Mountain Mohair.) I do think my mom needs her own copy, though… 😉

    October 26, 2012
  50. I’m in love with all these sweaters! I do hope that I win and thank you for hosting. I’m bigblueice on ravelry!

    October 27, 2012
  51. What a Beautiful book full of awesome knits! Have to make the Market Jacket. I really need to win this ~so am crossing fingers and toes 🙂 Thanks so much for the pattern you shared of the Eastern Market tote ~ am working on my second one 🙂 Will show it on my blog next week ( made mods to make it seamless ~ will post about it ) . Your blog is awesome :).
    happy fall weekend , crystal

    October 27, 2012
  52. Kari #

    Wow! Love the Market Jacket. November means persimmons, pumpkins and sweater weather. Thanks for the giveaway.

    ravelry id: karitive

    October 28, 2012
  53. Is it too late to enter? I would love, love, love to get my hands on this book.

    ravelry id: lizziederksen

    October 29, 2012
  54. Faith #

    Love, love, love this sweater! November means family coming home again-how I love the feeling of a “full” house.

    Rav name: faithm

    October 29, 2012
  55. Cheryl #

    The leaves turning brown, red, and orange.
    Please count me in for a chance to win.
    Thank you

    October 31, 2012
  56. Curls11 #

    November makes me think of crisp days, blue skies, falling leaves and times with family

    November 8, 2012
  57. karen #

    November to me means calm before the storm. It is a time to take in the beauty of it all before the Christmas rush. The cover of the book reminds me of a November I spen in Ireland last year. Thanks for this great give a way!!

    November 27, 2012
  58. Lorinda #

    I love the changing of the weather in November. It is finally cool enough for wearing soft, warm sweaters. The skys are much grayer with a “nip” in the air, perfect for nice walks under the trees as the leaves blow around our feet.The beautiful, earthy tones of autumn are everywhere. It is a calming, comforting time of year. In my family, we start November with birthday celebrations and then begin winding November up with Thanksgiving. November is a time of family get-togethers, love and sharing, and being grateful that we have each other in our lives.
    E-mail: sbees5@aol.com. Ravelry Id.: Nemo15

    May 23, 2014

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