5.16.2013

Icelandic Handknits- Blog Tour Stop


I am so happy to be the last stop on the Icelandic Handknits blog tour and to be able to share this beautiful book with all of you.



 Icelandic Handknits is a collection of knitting patterns inspired by handknitted artifacts from the Textile Museum in Iceland. Each piece perfectly represents the rich culture, history, and knitting heritage that Iceland is known for.

In addition to the patterns, the book contains bits of Icelandic history, a comprehensive section explaining the traditional knitting techniques, and stunning photography that makes me want to hop on a plane headed to Iceland... immediately.


Yes. Please.




There is quite a variety of traditional Icelandic patterns available...


But the ones in particular that caught my eye were this amazing hat...


... and the gorgeous floral design on this blanket.


It is a beautiful book indeed. A wonderful look into Iceland and it's knitting culture.

Click HERE to learn more about the author Helene, this book, and Icelandic knitting
(And.. be sure to visit this page to learn about her upcoming tour of the textile museum!)

Icelandic Handknits is available in bookstores worldwide or on Amazon, but
leave a comment below by June 1 to enter to win a copy of your very own! :)

Please remember to include your contact information so that I can get in touch if you have been selected as the winner. Only one comment per person please. 

Drawing Now Closed. Winner is "bowie" on Ravelry. Congratulations! :)

189 comments:

Sheila said...

I would so love to win a copy of this book! I've been admiring it all throughout the blog tour and am #2 on my library's hold list. If it's as amazing as it looks, I'm sure 2 weeks from the library will be inadequate and it will go to the top of my to-buy list.

robin said...

What a gorgeous book! Thanks for the chance to win.

amchart said...

Just beautiful. Rav amchart

Candice said...

Oh my goodness. I don't think I've ever wanted a book so much in my life. It's glorious!

If I'm lucky enough to win *crosses everything* I can be reached at candice.reed@hotmail.com

asdfjkl; said...

Wow, what an inspiration.

Rachelle said...

That is a lovely book, would love to be in with a chance to win.

Gina said...

Would love to see that book. A few friends have visited Iceland this past year and were enthralled.
GinaBina (Rav)

Charlotte said...

when we were living in The Netherlands, Iceland was on my travel wishlist but we never made it there. Someday.

In the meantime I'd love to live vicariously through this book. Thanks for the chance to win,

Katja said...

I really want to go to Iceland and experience their wonderful knitting culture. Thanks for a chance to win this great book!

Belinda said...

That book looks gorgeous! I covet that flower blanket-divine.

Lindr said...

I'd love to visit Iceland. However, that's not likely to happen. I'd settle for this book; the designs are quite lovely.

beth jillette said...

There are some amazing projects in this book. I think I would be a little out of my depth but I would love to win. Beautiful. Would like to try the purse

Wings from the Marsh said...

This looks like such a beautiful, stunning book! Thank you for sharing!

UmmRania said...

Awesome, this is a great giveaway. Thank you!

Ummrania on Rav

kristal135 said...

Oh La Laaa this book looks divine! Winter is making its presence known here in Tasmania Australia, so Icelandic knits looks to be the prefect book for inspiration at the moment! Love the look of the slippers! Will keep my fingers and toes crossed! Kristalberry on rav

docksjo said...

This is beautiful book and I'd love to will a copy.
Ninnilina on Ravelry

Andi said...

Oooh, what a gorgeous looking book! Thanks for the giveaway!

Anditippie @ gmail . Com

Fie said...

I remember being little and getting a jumper when my dad had been to Iceland. I also remember the tragedy when it shrunk because my poor dad didn't take into account that wool and 40c was doesn't mix. Somehow the beauty of this book reminds me of that incident.

Sarah said...

I just attended Helene's lecture here in Copenhagen. Really interesting to see how she incorporates traditional Icelandic patterns into modern designs. I would love to win the book :)

Marillion said...

Wow, what an amazing book! Thanks for sharing - with so many brilliant knitting books on the market I would probably have missed this one.

Marilyn a.k.a. Merry said...

Gorgeous book.
Wahoomerryf on rav

Ühltje said...

The patterns look so gorgeous!

TracyC611 said...

This looks lovely - stunning photography. Thank you for the giveaway.

TracyC611 on Ravelry

Clare said...

Wow - how beautiful is that hat? Gorgeous.

vmarty said...

Oh, Iceland! I really love to visit it sometime! It is beautiful! Rav id: vmarty

Komadyret said...

Always wantet to go to Island, mostly because of their beautiful horses, but now also for the knitting. Interesting book, would love to win ;)

Linda Cobbe said...

I love that knitting unites the world and thanks to the world wide web anyone can now learn this beautiful art/craft and also discover wonderful knitting books and patterns from around the globe.
Thank you!

Robin V said...
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magrit said...

Oh, so great !
belimeda[at]gmail[dot]com
Thanks for the chance to win!

Robin V said...

You are right, that photography is stunning. I would love a copy of this book!

RobinV on ravelry

Kathryn said...

This is a very inspiring book! It would be a treasure to own. Thanks for the chance to win!

Kathryn M.

Slip, Knit... Meditate said...

Really would love to win that copy...
Addicted to Lopi yarns...
Iceland...one day I hope to go...with an empty suitcase...and a yarn filled one when I return...and a head full of memories..
One day...one Day....
XXX

siggahth said...

That book looks amazing, would be lovely to win it. :D
My ravelry name is craftmusin

Monica said...

That is indeed beautiful. I love knit books that also show what the inspiration for their patterns was.
I am KNITulescu son ravelry

Julie B said...

What a wonderful book. Great addition to any knitters library. I just hope that it's mine!

okami0731[at]verizon[dot]net

Lidka said...

I love to knit shawls and I thing is fascinating how Helena makes use of old Islandic designs!
lidka@osterby.dk

Black Thumb said...

Beautifu photography! Thank you for the opportunity. Ravelry ID = plex.

L said...

Beautiful book and thank you for the giveaway.
rav:hollyberries

9peasMom said...

I would love to win this!

hawknitr13 said...

what a wonderful addition to my knitting library! thank you for the chance!
^)^ linda
lbquilts on rav

Sarah W. said...

I am soon moving from a mild-winter state (Tennessee) to a much snowier state (Michigan), and I'm dreaming of Icelandic knits.

sparkeespud said...

Wow that is an amazing pattern book!

Linda Rumsey said...

I so want to win this book! The patterns and photography are all stunning!
lindarumsey on Ravelry

Emily said...

It looks like a beautiful book!

troy and christina said...

The book looks gorgeous! Yes indeed, a trip to Iceland would be wonderful.
bowie on Ravelry

Evelyn said...

What a wonderful collection ~ I would love to try my hand at that amazing blanket.

projectstashel on Ravelry

Sheri said...

Would love to win this book.

Craftyslm - Rav. ID

Kathy Wallace said...

Looks like an amazing and gorgeous book!

dentaljennifer said...

Very pretty

Zenitude said...

I've been in love with Iceland and hope to travel there one day soon. I would be so happy to own a copy of this book!
Rav: zenitude
Email: zenitude(at)live(dot)ca

Ellen said...

This looks like a beautiful book. I'd love to win a copy and learn more about Icelandic knitting. Thanks for the giveaway!

Smaet said...

Iceland is number 1 on my to-go list. This looks like such a gorgeous book. Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

Sara said...

That blanket is amazing! I would love to make it.

nanopod.me said...

I am profoundly in love with Iceland. In 2012 I managed to visit and travel/explore the entire island. Ytra Lon and Seyðisfjörður I hope to visit again some day soon.

I brought back p,entry of wool from the Icelandic wool association's store in Reykjavik, and now I need to knit that hat!!!!

<3
Thank you for sharing this incredible book, hope to locate a copy here inToronto!!
Cheers!

ami said...

those cuuuute little slippers! and those slanty-stripe socks! WANT! thanks for sharing this w/ us! just in case you need to contact me to tell me i got uber-lucky, i'm littlegrey on ravelry. :)

glongley said...

I would love to to have this book. I have know so people form there beautiful knitting. Ravely glongley

staceyknitsit said...

So nice! I'd love a chance to win a copy.

JudyAnn said...

Just lovely!

Kat Brown said...

The photography is breathtaking...would love to win this book!

Lynn said...

Would love to win- I love Icelandic knitting!
lynnpwatson(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

Renee Anne said...

It looks like a lovely book....one I'd like to have in my collection (even if its nay just there for th pretties).

Chppie said...

I also really like the hat and noticed the shawl is the same pattern! Thanks for featuring this book. It seems perfect for a little armchair travel & knit. Iceland is so pretty.

Jessica said...

Love the blanket too! Gorgeous photography.. keeping my toes crossed!

Dixie said...

It's a beautiful book! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

marianne40@rav

katherinelynn_04 said...

Even without the gorgeous knits the photography of the region would make this the perfect coffee table book! I really love that blanket. I'm definitely going to have to get my hands on a copy.

katherinelynn04 on rav

Malin said...

I would love to win this book! malin.hillevi@gmail.com

evianlake said...

I have so many knitting books that I can be pretty jaded about new books - but this one is lovely! I think I would knit just about every pattern in there. Thanks for the chance to win! I'm ShadowAP on Rav.

Savannagal said...

I didn't know about this blog tour. I'm so glad you are on it. Thanks for the opportunity to try and win this wonderful book.

Ulrike Fawns said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. I'be admired her designs in the past and can't wait to check out her latest work.

Jody Wyles said...

What a brilliant book, such a great designer. If I don't win I will have to save my pennies to buy it.

Sursi said...

I always love Icelandic knitting, and I'd love to have this book. It would be lovely to win since I'm on a spending freeze :)

Sursi said...

I love Icelandic knitting and would love to have this book. Winning would be lovely since I'm on a spending freeze :)

BarbAltman said...

What a beautiful book! Would love to win.

Mar said...

I would love to have a copy of this book, thx for the chance to win.

Fen said...

Thanks for writing about this book. I would love to have a copy of my own. (Flongstocking om ravelry)

Meg said...

Yes please! Coveting this book.

Lydia said...

stunning book- lifeandyarn
lydia1986@comcast.net

Jennifer said...

Gorgeous book--thank you for the opportunity!

Guru Nam said...

I really love Helene's work. She has a wonderful doll pattern with lots of clothes and stories to go along with them. She is very inspiring . What a treat to think about the possibility of winning this lovely book

Rob and Erika said...

Oh it looks so fun! I would love it!
Contact, erikavtorres@me.com

Teresa said...

Beautiful book - I'd love to win a copy.

Robyn said...

Oh, I'd love! My husband would love as well, since he thinks he's a Viking but gets his history a bit mixed up....

Katie said...

looks like a beautiful book! And the patterns are an awesome bonus!

Tiffanie said...

I'm fascinated by Icelandic Knitting & especially Lopi sweaters, but lose all motivation when it comes to learning how to steek (OK, it frightens the pants off me).

Thanks for the chance to win.

Ravelry: tmueller128

KnittingViolets said...

What a gorgeous book! Iceland is a beautiful country, and it's reflected in the knitting. Thanks for the giveaway.

Michelle said...

The book is so beautiful, now if only I had the skills to actually replicate any of those pieces. ;)

Judy said...

Beautiful pictures. I can't wait to see it in person.

Kelly J. R. said...

What beautiful scenery! I would love to browse throw the book and knit a few new things.

Kelly
kjramstack at yahoo dot com

Kelli Michel said...

What a gorgeous book! Just from that little sneak peek I can see 5 or 6 projects I would love to make in some beautiful natural colored wool!

Ravelry Name: Knitswithgodiva

Bonnie said...

I've been reading about this book online, and it looks fascinating! Thanks for telling more about it and hosting the giveaway.

katrina said...

I dream of going to Iceland! I love that hat that you pointed out!
katrina.fast@gmail.com

Lily said...

What a wonderful book! I've been to Iceland with my husband for Honeymoon, a gorgeous place - we've so many happy happy memories!

I'm Wullechneuel on ravelry.

Michelle pynoblem said...

So many beautiful projects and pictures of Iceland. I can't wait to look at it!

Suzanne said...

Those are beautiful photos of a book that boasts colorful projects. Thanks for the review.

MegR said...

What a beautiful book, and a great concept for generating patterns! meagan(dot)radford(at)gmail(dot)com.

Gaelle said...

icelandic knitting! I just love it!
WOuld love to win that book, that's for sure!
Have a nice day!
Gaelle (gaellelalonde at gmail dot com)

Stephni said...

I'd love to learn more about Icelandic knitting.

Nancy Peterson said...

What a gorgeous book with so many inspiring structures and colourwork! Would LOVE to own a copy!

florapie said...

I don't have a lot of room for books so don't buy many books, but this is one I would absolutely make space for!

penelope10 said...

This is a beautiful book!

Aga runs said...

I just came from short work related visit to Iceland, nothing will stop me from going there back and exploring that beautiful land. Would be great to win that book, amazing patterns.

Jenny T. said...

Beautiful book! Would really love to win it! RVAJenny on Ravelry :)

Tobie said...

That's a beautiful book. I'd love to travel to Iceland to see the scenery and the knitting.

Tanis Swan said...

wonderful photos and looks amazing. A trip to Iceland is on my bucket list and this just stirred that idea again!

Ashley Frencl said...

Such beautiful pictures! All of the patterns look wonderful and really hope to knit some of them. I can be reached at harvestgrl2006@yahoo.com

Dee said...

I would love to go to Iceland and winning this book would help me learn about the country and knitting culture.

PuddleThumper said...

Iceland was incredible and this book looks like it is too!

PuddleThumper on rav

dove said...

This is such a creative exciting format for a book. From not having seen it yet, I cannot be sure, but it would seem that you have incorporated in the book every part of your culture. This is one of the first I have seen. You included cultural aspects that bring us to Iceland and we can view a way of life to us along with the knitting. Knitting is I think the main stay of the book. It is one of the most creative ways to engage us inside your Iceland!

Kathy said...

The cover photo is beautiful and inspiring.

Jenny T said...

Since I doubt I'll ever get to Iceland, it would be nice to have the book.

Angie said...

I find Iceland absolutely fascinating as well.

BettyCrocket on Ravelry

torirot said...

I'm torirot on Ravelry and I love Iceland and knitting.

Elfmary N said...

I'm just a big fan of Helene's works. I'd be so happy to win her book ! And It's also a nice opportunity to discover your universe. Many thanks !
mary.leo@laposte.net

Meriam said...

Looks like an amazing book! Fingers crossed that I win.

knittybarb said...

This is a beautiful book! I would love to win it...
KnittyBarb on Ravelry

Margrét Sigrún Jónsdóttir said...

very beautiful book. it is good book to collect and work from.

Margrét Sigrún Jónsdóttir said...

very beautiful book. it is good book to collect and work from.

Ginny said...

What an amazing book. I love the cover shawl and those socks with the skewed stripes. Wonderful!

Rav id: PenguinSoup

ktjane said...

That book looks gorgeous!

Sabrina said...

Beautiful! Iceland is sounding more and more interesting to me. I'd love to win a copy of this pretty book.

Rav: Bean1082

Holmfridur said...

I would love one

Simpura said...

What a lovely book!
Thanks you for the giveaway

Kathy said...

One thing I love about blog tours is that I find books that I might completely miss on my own. I love these patterns and, whilst Hawaii isn't exactly friendly to winter knits, I can see this being my escape into winter dreams - and to have handknits ready for visiting the family in snowier climes! Thank you!
I'm bigblueice(at)yahoo.com

Twisted Stitches said...

One of my dream vacations! Aurora Borlealis combined with knittingn goodness. Yes please! Moniru on Ravelry.

melosa said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love the patterns and Iceland has long been on my list of places I'd love to visit.

Sylvie said...

I would love this book! I visited Iceland a couple of years ago, and I really want to go back.

Jean Chaney said...

I'd love to learn more about Icelandic knitting from this beautiful book.

Aimee said...

Iceland is on my bucket list of places to visit. It looks so beautiful there.

Terry said...

That blanket is gorgeous! I want to go to Iceland so badly so this book would be great! Would love to win!

Brigi said...

Iceland is very inspiring ! thanks for the opportunity
purlingknitty on Raverly

kelly said...

I have become interested in Icelandic patterns since I saw a program on German TV about the wool culture in Iceland. I didn't know about this book. Thanks for sharing it. I'd love to have the chance to win.

chris m said...

I would love the opportunity to win this gorgeous book. You can reach me at cmajchrzak810@gmail.com. Thank you!

Madeleine said...

What a gorgeous book! I totally need it on my shelf :D

Michelle Campos said...

What a beautiful book, inspirational!
mich_26@live.ca

christine m. said...

Iceland is truly an intriguing place... I would SO love to visit it one day. But until then, a copy of the book would be a nice substitute!

Eva said...

This looks like a stunning book. I had not heard of it before! I would love to have it :)

ravelry:surfchick

washi said...

What an amazing book!

washi.inct@gmail.com

Amy said...

The book looks amazing!

~Amy

Sag520@hotmail.com

Karen Roberts said...

This is such a beautiful giveaway -It's inspiring just looking at the few pictures you've included on your blog... thank you for this lovely opportunity!

Jennifer Cummings said...

Stunning pictures and designs. It inspires me to want to travel to Iceland and knit!

Julie said...

That book looks wonderful! Iceland is a dream destination for me.

I'm jchant on Ravelry.

Rhona said...

What abeautiful looking book - just like all of yours too!!!!

eileen-s said...

This book is on my wishlist! Has it all, travel, knitting history & patterns :-) My three favorite things.

Rae Lynne said...

This book has so many beautiful projects, I'd love to have it in my library. :)

raelynne01 on Rav

Weimzilla said...

Lovely book!

stephigordon said...

I love the photos in this book - it looks like a true delight to page through and find the perfect project to knit. Thank you for the chance to win! Stephanie (indigodogmt on Rav)

Ytknits said...

Beautiful book...great give-away!

Sheralynn said...

What an absolutely delightful book!!

Teri said...

Absolutely gorgeous photos and patterns!

Rav ID tmr714

Paula said...

What a gorgeous book! With all my friends going to Iceland, I would love the book so I can vicariously join them!

Tamra said...

What a gorgeous book!

ginad said...

The patterns are beautiful. Thanks for the opportunity to win this wonderful book! Ravelry name - triknittyacres

Lucy L said...

The book looks lovely, I would love to win it.

PrettySimpleLife said...

This book looks incredible! =D I love the history and culture of knitting in iceland, and would love to be able to travel there one day. =) I would love to be able to work through this book! It looks amazing, and I love that it also has some history in it as well. =)

email:

dianaann89@gmail.com

Catherine said...

What a truly gorgeous book creation! I would love to win this. Ravelry name - gfriend.

Julie said...

Wow! This is great! I am currently planning a trip to Iceland and June 1st is my birthday. I would love to win a copy of this book.

Kim said...

Beautiful photographs!
ThisnThatFarm on Ravelry

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Celaina said...

I so want to win this book. By the way Botanical Knits is a beautiful book.

Gracey is not my name.... said...

It does look like a beautiful book

jocieness25 said...

This book looks beautiful! Iceland do you have space for one more inhabitant?! Thanks for a chance to win this :)

Ravelry name: Jocieness

Andrea PGN said...

I love all things Islandic. Why does it have to be so far from me?

I'm andreapgn on Ravelry.

welshcob said...

I would love a copy of this book to be a companion to my Shetland knitting ones! Please count me in. welshcob on ravelry.

Rooibos said...

Wow, Iceland looks beautiful, and the hat is just amazing. Thanks for the chance to win.

CeltChick said...

Yep, gotta have that hat! Hmm, wonder if our library has a copy yet? AnnBan on Ravelry

Ref said...

Would love to win this. It's a beautiful book and it would be a good consolation when I go to Iceland in June without getting close to any yarn stores that's open!

Ravnejenta on Raveley

asteride said...

What a great book! And the blanket is so beautiful.
Thank you as always for your generosity,
asteride on Ravelry

Lazy Mountain Girl said...

mmmm that hat is gorgeous!
lazymountaingirl@gmail.com

D. said...

I've been dreaming of Iceland for quite a while now, and the moment I'm cancer free THAT is where I'm going!

Asta said...

I have some Icelandic friends who wear some beautiful handknits. I'd love to be able to knit some authentic Icelandic ones too. The book looks wonderful. Thanks for the possibility of winning.
astalabianca@hotmail.com

Cherry Blossom Days said...

Gorgeous book. Inspired by the pics of Iceland and the knits . Hoping I'm lucky enough to win it. Xx

Deanna said...

The book looks stylish! Would love to own!

KnittyMcPurly said...

Beautiful! What a neat book!

Knitty McPurly on ravelry. :)

chattykathy said...

Looks to be a very informative book with wonderful pictures. Iceland is on my "bucket list" so this would be a great book to have. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this book!

Grandmatutu said...

Beautiful! RAV: grandmatutu

mamiejeannette said...

un livre superbe ! vivement sa traduction française

TrishKnits said...
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TrishKnits said...

Reposting my comment with contact info: This beautiful book is definitely on my "must have" list and I would totally love to win a copy. Thanks for another great giveaway. TrishKnits on Ravelry.

Nuttygal said...

What a beautiful book!!!! Love it

Catherine said...

Beautiful. Makes me want to plan a trip to Iceland.

Erika said...

Looks like such a great book. Would definitely love to have it in my book shelf!

Erika (elikae on ravelry)

Ambra said...

I love the look of the book and would absolutely be thrilled to win it. brynhildurb at Ravelry

Katalin said...

Very inspiring! I'm cseburaska on Rav

Mandarine's said...

I would LOVE to win a copy of this book <3

misa said...

I would love to win this book, so gorgeous !

Deborah Winn said...

What a beautiful book! dwinn64@hotmail.com

Deborah Winn said...

This is a very beautiful book! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of it. dwinn64@hotmail.com

Teresa said...

"Icelandic Handknits" looks like a beautiful book and a wonderful addition to any knitting library. I think it would find a very good home in my library.

troy and christina said...

WOO HOO! Thank you!
-christina
"bowie"