Thursday, February 21, 2013

Kelbourne Woolens Vol. 1 & the Springtime Bandit!

When I was asked by the gals at Kelbourne Woolens to review their latest book: Kelbourne Woolens Vol. 1, I absolutely jumped at the chance! Not only do I love their patterns, but the yarn that they distribute from The Fibre Company is simply stunning and a delight to work with. (I even used Terra for my latest Free Pattern on the Jimmy Beans Wool site: Ruby Crest Hat and Mitts.)

What was also neat about this blog tour is that all of the participants were asked to pick our favorite item from the book and create a couple of different outfits or "looks" with it using Polyvore. I love that this format was something new and different for us so we jumped at the opportunity!

Now, it seems particularly fitting that I ended up with the Springtime Bandit pattern. Not only is it one of my favorites but I've knit it twice myself. I'd do it again too. I love the pattern!

A while back (a little over a year ago) I led a KAL at Jimmy Beans for the Springtime Bandit. We had just received the Fibre Co. Terra yarn and I was dying for a chance to work with it. It turned out to be one of the most fun knits I've done to date. Since then, several of the gals at JBW have gone on to knit the pattern as well. You can view our projects on the JBW Project Log.

Kelbourne Woolens Vol. 1 is a brilliant collection of designs from Courtney Kelly and Kate Gagnon Osborn (the gals behind Kellbourne Woolens). Some are older designs while others are much newer and in a sense, it's a greatest hits collection. Vol. 1 brings together 11 of their most popular designs in a fully edited and beautifully photographed book. (It's gorgeous! I got to see it in person at TNNA.)

Look #1

I love the re-worked version of the Springtime Bandit which is in a vibrant shade of magenta. I think it works really well with the outfits I've put together for you on Polyvore. If you are on Polyvore, feel free to check these out in my sets.

The first is a work-day style with a gorgeous belted tunic-length top, dark skinny jeans or leggings, and boots (yes, I am lucky enough to be able to wear jeans to work, but you could swap them for nicer slim pants.) I totally wish I had a leather jacket like this. I have tons of knitted accessories that would look awesome with it!


Look #2


My second "look" is a bit more casual. I pretty much live in jeans, t-shirts, and Toms in the springtime. These cute Toms ballet flats with a striped top, cardigan, a cute hat and of course bandit are a winning weekend look!

Ok, so in full disclosure, I am in love with Polyvore now! It's pretty fun to put together outfits and save items you like for later like those cute boots or that leather jacket for example. It's definitely a new source for me to find fun things to pin on Pinterest. :)

Thanks so much to the Kate and Courtney for allowing us to be a part of their blog tour, it's been fun! Jimmy Beans Wool will be getting Kelbourne Woolens Vol. 1 very soon but in the meantime, you can check out all of the patterns on the Ravelry page. Also, be sure to check out the next stop on the tour tomorrow (2/22) with Rohn Strong.

Happy knitting everyone!
Kristen

5 comments:

  1. I really love the Springtime Bandit as well and particularly the casual version with jeans -- my go to uniform :-) Love it.

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  2. Michele (MistySnow)February 21, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    What a great review! Adding Springtime Bandit to my Ravelry queue!

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  3. Love the Hawthorne.
    Sue Waid
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  4. Oh that leather jacket *is* awesome, and would be perfect for wearing with knit scarves...

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  5. I love polyvore! And this is making me want to knit a shawl...not a typical project for me!

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