Journey Blog Tour & Giveaway!

[This giveaway is now closed, thank you to all who entered!]

Thanks for stopping by for the Journey book tour!  You have no idea how excited I am to be participating!  I started knitting in January and I just love the new possibilities it holds for me.  I am so content looking at all the lovely patterns and I love being totally clueless about how it all goes together.

I’m hoping that you’ve heard of Shannon (luvinthmommyhood/very shannon) and Jane’s (Jane Richmond) newest collaboration: Journey.  What a book!  Just like their previous book ISLAND, this one is just as gorgeous.  I’m definitely leaving it on my coffee table for regular daily viewing.  I feel really really lucky to have been given a copy.  I think Shannon and Jane really bring the best out in each other, so lucky to have a great working relationship as well as being friends!

 [and after seeing this I realized I messed up on the ribbing already, time to start over!]

Now, I don’t know much about knitting, but I’m learning something new all the time.  I just keep trying things out and hoping for the best.  I think the instructions are very easy to follow and with the clean layout everything just seems to fall into place.  The gorgeous pictures by Nicholas Kupiak grace the pages of the beginning of the book and the instructions are at the back.  I love having it this way.  You can drool over all the inspiring pictures at the front of the book and when you’re ready, just jump right into the instructions in the back.  No fuss.

If I felt like I could a) pick a yarn color or b) have enough guts to try the Antrorse sweater by Shannon I would have.  So since I chickened out, I cast on the Spate mitts by Jane.  I’m really excited about how they’re looking already with just a few rows in with Quince & Co. in Honey.  Such an interesting color, seems like it changes so much in the light!

And to give you a little more of a tease here’s a little collage of some of the other projects you’ll find:

Clockwise from top left: Spate | Climb | Antrorse | Onward
[All photos by Nicholas Kupiak and used with permission.]

You can purchase a copy of the book here.

Jane and Shannon have generously donated an ebook copy of Journey for one lucky reader!

Ready to enter the e-book giveaway?

  • Just leave me a comment! Please leave your email address in your comment. You can leave it in a format like this if you wish: anna [at] gmail [dot] com, it’s up to you though, if you have your email listed in your blogger profile, that works too!. 
  • One winner will be chosen.
  • Open to anyone, anywhere with an email address.
  • Giveaway ends Wednesday, December 11th

Can’t wait to see  if you’ve won?! Feel free to zip on over to the Marian Rae website (Jane & Shannon’s publishing company) or Ravelry to buy a print copy or ebook version of Journey. The individual pdf patterns are also available for sale on Ravelry.

Thanks Shannon and Jane for having me!  I’m so excited to get further along on my mitts and pick out yarn for my Antrorse!

Check out the other stops on the tour!


186 thoughts on “Journey Blog Tour & Giveaway!

  1. mhchong says:

    Love all the patterns in this book. If I win, my first knit will be Spate then Onward! I could easily see myself knitting everything in this book. I love the socks too (and the boots)! Everything is just perfectly styled!

    mhchong [at] aol [dot] com

  2. Kesha E says:

    Love, Love, Love. Thanks for the chance. I want to knit those mits!! keshaevans[at] keshaevans on ravelry

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi, i would really like to win this ONE time,what a beautiful idea.I would knit a scarf for my mum probably.Thank you for the chance, Zoe

  4. Jess says:

    I love that shade you picked for your mitts. That and Onward are my two favorite patterns in this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. mvink says:

    I love all the patterns in this book! I’d make every single one! Thank you for the chance to win it!
    Ravelry ID: mvink

  6. Jessica says:

    would love this book! monkeyshinersbaby at yahoo dot com

  7. This book makes me wish I could knit! I’d have to recruit my mom to do some knitting for me.

  8. lbhill says:

    I loved Island, and the photos from this book look just as beautiful!

  9. BB says:

    I just love this book. I think I could knit every single thing in it and be happy as a clam!
    bsbatting (at) yahoo (dot) com

  10. MeganW says:

    This book looks soooooooooo lovely!

  11. KellyLeaSews says:

    I really love everything in this book! I am a beginner still but I feel like I could tackle some of these, so inspiring!! I love the color you chose, it’s beautiful.

  12. DebM says:

    Everything looks like it would be lovely to knit.

  13. Robyn says:

    I would totally love to win that. It looks like an awesome book.

  14. Nilya says:

    This Book Looks so great. Let me Win this, please 😉

  15. Teresa says:

    Didn’t you just post about a cowl you made…I just assumed you were a knitting expert! I’m very, very, very new to trying my hand at knitting. I have started a cowl, but I am just doing a very basic cowl, just a knit stitch and knitting it in the round. We’ll see how it turns out!

  16. amchart says:

    This is such a lovely collection. theharts at windstream dot net

  17. Kristin says:

    I love the shawl and the mitts the best! 🙂

    sewtechnicolor (at) yahoo (dot) com

  18. Anonymous says:

    Inspired collaboration resulting in such lovely patterns. Something for everyone. I see a pair of Climb socks in my future. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Bordergirl on Ravelry

  19. Lucia says:

    I love Spate mitts! I think they’ll look great in Honey.

  20. Anonymous says:

    I love each an every pattern in this book. You are so right, the entire book is a cozy wardrobe, I love this.
    I would start with Climb and forge into the world of sock knitting. I have knit hats, scarves, mits and sweaters, but have not attempted socks. This pattern makes me want to! Plus as a bonus it means I would need to buy new boots to go with my Climb socks.

  21. Phyllis says:

    Awesome book! I’m a new knitter and I would love to win!

  22. This book looks great, love the cardigan. Thanks for the giveaway!
    kellenehunter (at) yahoo (dot) com

  23. Elizabeth says:

    Can’t wait to see your mittens! Good luck! 🙂

  24. Kathryn King says:

    I have been drooling over this book for a while now. Thanks for the giveaway! kathrynking85 (at) gmail (dot) com

  25. Lise says:

    I would love to win this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Lisejackson000 (at) gmail (dot) com

  26. Nick UK says:

    This book looks great, I keep meaning to knit socks and these are lovely.

  27. Sabs says:

    The Antrorse jumper looks beautiful… I only started to knit in June and am loving it too. Would be brilliant to win this, what an inspiration!
    sabinamoolla (at) hotmail (dot) com

  28. I keep hoping to win a copy!!! I love the color you choose to knit with!

  29. I really love the patterns, and the photography is gorgeous!

  30. Mary Maryall says:

    I’m not much into knitting, but I am intrigued by the photos… thanks for the giveaway!
    maryallhandmade (at)gmail(dot)com
    Mary @

  31. Mousy Brown says:

    I’ve spotted this book in a few places now and everytime I’ve seen something new I’d like to try! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy…

    mousy browns house at googlemail dot com 😀

  32. Kathy E. says:

    I love to do hand work like this. It’s just so relaxing. Seeing these photos makes me want to learn to do more sophisticated stitches with knitting. duchick at gmail dot com

  33. Anonymous says:

    Antrorse looks so inviting! I bet you could do it! There is nothing fancy about it. Give it a try! You may be surprised. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Sr_gillies (at) hotmail(dot) com

  34. SeeMaryQuilt says:

    Beautiful book and the patterns look great too! Thanks for the chance!

  35. LauraNic says:

    oh man, I would LOVE to win this!
    Already ordered the yarn for the socks, but don’t have any patterns yet.

  36. DonnaM says:

    Those mitts look wonderful, and the other patterns as well. Thanks for a chance at the giveaway.

  37. Dotted Whale says:

    I love all the paterna but the Mirta are my favorite!!!!! Carufigue (at)

  38. wk says:

    Mitts would be the first on my list! wildkitten(dot)handcrafts(at)gmail(dot)com

  39. Doreen B says:

    Thanks for the chance to win this book. It looks like it holds some amazing patterns

  40. Rebekah says:

    so pretty!

  41. Lindsey says:

    I want to make the antrorse sweater! it’s so pretty!

  42. Nicole Batch says:

    This book looks lovely. Would not be like all those recipe books where only one recipe gets used. I want to knit the lot!

  43. Those are some lovely patterns!

  44. Karen says:

    I’d love to win this book full of neat patterns!

  45. Carla says:

    This would be sooo lovely

  46. Anonymous says:

    Lovely sweaters! calliekp (at) gmail (dot) com

  47. Anonymous says:

    Oh this book looks….delish! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  48. Oh how pretty…makes me want to pull the knitting needles out again!


  49. Tammy says:

    How fun! I love that shawl. All the projects look lovely!

    My email is in my profile.

  50. Sarah says:

    i am like beyond coveting this book!! sooo lovely!

  51. Jeni says:

    wow, beautiful!
    jeni (dot) goldsmith (at) gmail (dot) com

  52. rootaberger says:

    Haven’t knit in a bit, but this makes me itch to get the needles out. Gorgeous!!

  53. Kim says:

    Wow, super cool giveaway! Thanks for introducing me to this book, another thing for my bday wish list 🙂

  54. Drae says:

    beautiful patterns and beautifully photographed. alcbrooks – at –

  55. Jenn says:

    Just getting comfortable with knitting. Would love a book to inspire and push me to the next level. Thanks for the chance to win!

  56. Cassie says:

    I just love looking at Island and this looks just as pretty! I am still getting brave enough to knit a sweater and some socks, but both antrorse and those climb socks look amazing and I might have to try! PS. how is that quince&co yarn? I have been thinking about getting some…

  57. Sarah AJ says:

    Gorgeous patterns. I’m completely in love with Onward.

  58. bnejedlo14 says:

    Oh my gosh, that blue sweater…so beautiful! Thank you for the chance to win this beautiful book!

  59. Annette says:

    This could definitely stretch my knitting knowledge! Chuters1998 -at-

  60. Elli says:

    These projects look like so much fun, love the fingerless gloves!

  61. GerryART says:

    Ahhhh, those fingerless mitt are just plain GORGEOUS !

    And, who wouldn’t want to knit those sox !!!!
    We are going to have our first snowfall of the season
    And sox. Are Good !

    Just bought you bag pattern posted this week.
    Can just see this pattern sewn using my favorite Fat Quarters
    Great of gifts


  62. KarinO says:

    This book is very nice and my favorite of the pattern is Antrorse!

  63. Lily says:

    I love all the patterns in this book but those fingerless mitts would be my first stop on the knitting train!

  64. This book is so beautiful, I want to knit all of the projects in it! starstofillmydreams(at)gmail(dot)com

  65. The patterns are stunning! How beautiful is that shawl?! Thank you for the chance of winning.

  66. Grace says:

    Everything looks so cozy to me on this cold winter’s day! gracedalgarno{at}gmail[dot]com.

  67. lilyknits says:

    I must make those socks….

  68. I can crochet, sort of, but I really want to learn to knit. So many cool designs.

  69. tamara says:

    You are very talented with your sewing and now knitting. I love the book and would really love to knit those socks!

  70. Brenda says:

    Don’t feel bad—I started knitting back in 1969, and I still have to start everything at least three times!

  71. Dee says:

    I just love all the patterns–so beautiful!

  72. melanie says:

    Own their first book, and must own this one as well!

  73. Nancy says:

    I think you are the first reviewer on the tour to start knitting one of the projects, that’s awesome! I’m one of those ‘knitters’ that has done scarves and dish towels but longs to try clothing, This book looks wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win. nlczerw(at)gmail(dot)com

  74. Karrie S says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  75. Kat says:

    Just found your blog-fun! You picked a great color yarn. Thanks! (katcoons99 at yahoo dot com)

  76. Cathy says:

    I sure would love tho have this book!! kytravelrn at gmail dot com

  77. tansy says:

    I love antrose too! Such a great design! tanya [dot] stuart [at] gmail [dot] com

  78. Tammie B says:

    I am teaching myself to knit because I NEED to make the Barbara cowl from Ravelry!

  79. Jess says:

    Your last Honey cowl was the motivation I needed to finally learn how to knit. I want to be able to knit Antrorse by next winter! Jessica dot Diettrich at gmail.

  80. Erin says:

    Truly beautiful projects. Love your blog (and Shannon’s!). Thanks for the chance to win.

  81. Kristie says:

    Oh, I want this book so bad! I have some lovely Tanis Fiber Arts yarn already set aside to knit up an Antrorse sweater once I am done my current one 🙂

  82. Erin says:

    Ahhh! I’ve been coveting this book! I’ve looked at it a million times on Ravelry. I think I would make those gorgeous fingerless gloves first because I don’t have time for a sweater right now – Hope you’re all well and staying warm, Anna!

  83. I love the color of the yarn and would love to have your book.

  84. Margo says:

    I love the patterns in this book! So many great things that look so cozy.

  85. Jennifer says:

    oh, this book looks so gorgeous! thanks for the chance. And i just love Quince & Co. yarn.

  86. Katie says:

    Beautiful patterns! ruru126 (at) Hotmail (dot) com

  87. Wendy says:

    Very excited about this collection of patterns!

  88. This is such a lovely looking book! I’ve been wanting to learn more about knitting and these projects are completely inspiring!

  89. Michelle says:

    I love the socks and the shawl, I am addicted to shawl knitting lately!

  90. mobyknit says:

    This book looks wonderful! I especially like the Antrorse Sweater. I would love to wear that!


  91. Christmas is coming, the latest michael kors bag here, good price quality, introduced to everyone

  92. Angela White says:

    Everything in the book is something that I would knit for myself or others. Beautiful, yet simple. Admittedly, I am not a great knitter, but this book would give me the inspiration to get it right! Thanks for the chance.

  93. Lisi says:

    I would love to win this book! Thanks for the giveaway!


  94. marjo says:

    i would love to try everything from the book.

  95. Good luck with your pretty knitting. The projects in the book look lovely.

  96. Amy says:

    I love the socks pattern.

  97. patti says:

    The patterns in this book are beautiful, I’d love to give some of them a try!

  98. Iris says:

    There are many patterns in the book that look tempting, although I think for a chance I’d knit an ‘onward’ for me, in a nice navy colour. (i’d prefer cream, but this 3 toddlers around I know it just will not last)

  99. Veganrocks says:

    I’m a new reader, but I love the photography and content of your blog! maryellenreimers at gmail dot com

  100. beth lehman says:

    gorgeous… i’ve followed these gals for some time and love their friendship! and this quince color?? it’s gorgeous. elizabethlehman at hotmail

  101. Cathy says:

    Exciting patterns. I`m a new knitter, crocheter a long time. Thank you for the Giveaway.


  102. gpc says:

    I have been amazed at your progress this year, what an inspiration! The book is lovely and I am itching to try those socks! 🙂 gpc490[at]gmail[dot]com

  103. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the giveaway:)

  104. Elsa says:

    What a lovely giveaway! Knitting is the other thing I enjoy right along with sewing!
    Thanks so much for the chance!

  105. Amy says:

    Love all of these patterns! Thanks for the giveaway! Amy @ gasudimack(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

  106. Heather says:

    These patterns are gorgeous. 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!

  107. I love all these designs!

  108. Kristen says:

    Thank you for the giveaway! kmelamed[at]comcast[dot]net

  109. angelina says:

    stoked about that sweater!! imisswaylon at hotmail dot com

  110. Anonymous says:

    Anna, you have wonderful taste! That sweater looks scrumptious… -Anna C.

  111. Wendi says:

    Beautiful book, thanks for the chance.

  112. Lynn Chouw says:

    The book looks great! I really love the warm color of your mitts! lynn[dot]chouw[at]gmail[dot]com

  113. Zabelle says:

    I would love to win this book. zabelleetlabete[at]gmail[dot]com

  114. Anonymous says:

    I am currently in a Christmas knitting frenzy. I will be so ready for some new patterns when I’m finished with Christmas gifts! 🙂 Hartman_jm [at] Hotmail [dot] com

  115. I’ve loved several of these patterns since I first saw them on Shannons blog, I would love to win a copy.

  116. Metka says:

    i would love to make something from this book. metka(dot)cemazar(at)gmail(dot)com

  117. WOW what a wonderful pattern book. I think I am interested in knitting most of them if not all.

    msgb245 at gmail dot com

  118. What a beautiful book!
    hardingkatiemarie at gmail

  119. i would love to have this book, i want to make the shawl and the hat the most!

    mysticalguacamole at gmail dot com

  120. This is very great timing! I just started learning how to knit. I’ll be drooling and getting all sorts of encouragement along the way. I’d love to win this book. I posted my wee post on my knitting experience so far. I’d love to make a shawl someday……

    carli the quilter at gmail dot com

  121. Meg says:

    Oooooh! I love all these patterns! Be still my heart.

  122. Carmen N says:

    There are a lot of gorgeous patterns in this book! Thanks for the chance to win!

  123. Lily Razz says:

    What a wonderful giveaway! I definitely would love to participate! lilyrazz [at] hotmail [dot] nl

  124. Fantastic patterns! Thanks for the giveaway

  125. Anonymous says:

    I’d love to try my luck. I love knitting and this looks like such a beautiful book!

  126. Anonymous says:

    Would love to win!

    jdgough at hotmail dot com

  127. Rebekah B. says:

    Fabulous giveaway! LOVE this book. LOVE knitting. Would LOVE to win a copy! Thanks!

  128. 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.

  129. Simply Sarah says:

    Christmas is coming, the latest michael kors bag here, good price quality, introduced to everyone

  130. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the lovely giveaway. Such a nice book! Would love to win!

  131. Lee says:

    I am loving the Climb Socks!

  132. zenitude says:

    I love this collection! I’ve enjoyed their ISLAND collection so much I know I would knit most of this one too! My fav is Onward with the socks being a close second.

  133. Chez Roo says:

    Lovely bok! Thanks for the chance to win!

  134. Anonymous says:

    Oh, it all looks so cozy. I’ll definitely be knitting Inland. wollmausknitting [at] gmail [dot] com

  135. Amber says:

    I love this. Your choice of yarn is lovely. I’d love to win this book, but am glad you help guide us to the locations on where and how to purchase it for ourselves if we don’t win the giveaway. 🙂
    dawdler101 [at] gmail [dot] com.

  136. Amy says:

    This book looks lovely, and your yarn choice…delicious! Aesprouse at gmail dot com

  137. Sarah says:

    I am love that you just jumped right into knitting. I love the colour of your yarn.
    I would love to knit up any of the patterns, but first on my list in Swift. I plan on buying the book when I can get it on – the shipping is just ridiculous through ravelry. 🙁

    slphiggins [at] gmail [dot] com

  138. LeslieWms says:

    This is so timely. I decided to forego resolutions for 2014 and focus on something new I want to learn. I know how to knit — but I’m a beginner. In the new year I’m going to learn how to knit very well … and for Christmas 2014 I’m giving knitted gifts. I would love this book. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy … and best wishes in your efforts to knit better. Merry Christmas!


  139. Ileen says:

    Socks are on my to-do list! Thanks and keep cozy. ijbm at lancorp dot net

  140. MaryAnnB says:

    I am in love with knitting since teaching myself almost two years ago with my first project being the infamous Honey Cowl. Another blogger was doing one as a break from sewing, so I figured, why not? I have since discovered the beautiful yarns available from Quince (just did another order!) and the wonderful patterns available thru many creative designers! This book is on my wish list and would LOVE to win it! Thank you so much for the give away and for your very inspiring blog!

  141. F. K. says:

    Those ‘Climb’ socks are adorable!

  142. All the patterns are wonderful earthy and exciting! I would love to knit Antrorse, what a great sweater!

  143. MaryAnnB says:

    oops my email

  144. kbzelazny says:

    I too am a new knitter, so I can learn from every new project! Thanks, these look gorgeous!

  145. Kristen says:

    i love this book! i already bought the yarn to knit inland so ill be casting that on once all of my christmas knitting and commission knitting is done.

  146. Anonymous says:

    I love the look of the gloves. Thanks for the giveaway. I can not knit but the book contents look beautiful.

  147. Tanya says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I don’t even know which pattern I’d start with – I want to knit them all!
    tmbinette (at) gmail (dot) com

  148. This book has a lot of great patterns in it.
    knittingdancer (at) gmail (dot) com

  149. Colleen says:

    This book looks wonderful! Love the designs!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  150. I love all of these patterns! Thanks for the great giveaway.

  151. Kate says:

    I love all the patterns – especially the socks!

  152. Peaches1003 says:

    Wow! If you have only been knitting for 12 months, then I am inspired to give it a crack. So far I am limited to scarves!

  153. Jessica says:

    I was taught to knit when I was young,but haven’t done it in years, this would be a cool way to relearn!
    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

  154. lea says:

    I love Jane’s patterns.
    lboche at me dot com

  155. Anna says:

    it looks an amazing pattern collection, I want to knit everything!

  156. Me encantaria poder tener un patron suyo para tejer este invierno…gracias

  157. julieo says:

    This book looks great, I want to try and make the shawl or the mitts or the socks……….or all of them.

  158. Pattij says:

    I’ve been looking for some great projects!!! Looks wonderful!
    Evin5 at aol dot com

  159. Ophelia says:

    I’d love to win this book of knitting patterns. They are so pretty!

  160. Carla says:

    What a beautiful book! And what a beautiful blog you have too!

  161. Domini says:

    Ohhhh pick me! Pick me!

  162. Kate says:

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  163. Anonymous says:

    Looks like a great book! emilyandchad(at)comcast(dot)net

  164. Bogna says:

    All the knits look right up my alley. thanks for the giveaway. bogworks7(at)gmail(dot)com

  165. Kylie P. says:

    I love the patterns in ISLAND and this looks even better. Would love to win a copy
    mealyandi (at) gmail (dot) com

  166. Bonnie says:

    I would start with Climb and then try all of them!

  167. Kristan says:

    I would love to win this! I am thinking I will at least buy it if I don’t win. I’m just starting to get into knitting and it’s super hard for me. I’m determined though, and I’ve got some very encouraging knitting pals, so hopefully this is something I can figure out! Thanks for the chance to win, Anna!

  168. Laurel says:

    So fun to see you knitting! I’m going to have to throw my name in the hat because this book looks awesome and totally has gotten me psyched about knitting again. I already asked my husband for some yarn to knit Antrorse but I think I’d like to knit all of these patterns! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!!

  169. ~ Kim ~ says:

    I love that shawl. Wow, if I made that I would be soooo happy. Thanks Anna!

  170. Kendra says:

    Such a gorgeous book. It’s gotten so chilly I just want to wrap up in all of it!

  171. Corri says:

    Such a pretty book! Thanks for the chance!!

  172. Hind DP says:

    Beautiful pattern book, would love to win a copy! Thank you!
    Rav Id mamamustknit

  173. Anonymous says:

    you’ve chosen a great colour for your mitts!

  174. Joanna says:

    Ooo nice, the sweater is gorgeous indeed!
    Here is my email address:

  175. Kerstin says:

    I love the sweater!


  176. Lisa says:

    I love the patterns in this book… Lol, I want to make the socks, the hat, and the scarf… To name a few! Thank you for the chance to win 🙂

  177. oooooh I would do a happy dance if I won this!

  178. Cassy says:

    I love this book! I especially like that you could be covered from head to toe with the things in the book if you so choose…

  179. Ali says:

    I’m a new (very) knitter, those are some fantastic patterns!

  180. Katie says:

    Like you, I just started knitting this year. I discovered your blog from Shannon’s website and enjoy it. The book looks beautiful and so do the patterns! Katie Katie_n_hughes(at)hotmail(dot)com

  181. Esther says:

    Beautiful patterns! I would love to win a copy!

  182. Mika says:

    Thanks so much for the opportunity!!

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