Saturday, November 1, 2014

Tremendous Tempest


Hello, old friends. I'm writing today about Tempest, a lovely new book by Canadian designer, Holli Yeoh. Her creations feature the always stunning Sweet Georgia Yarns - honestly, I have never  seen a Sweet Georgia Yarn color I didn't like. If you're not familiar with Holli and Sweet Georgia, I'm happy to introduce you.

I got to know Holli while designing and building her website earlier this year.  Holli is an incredibly talented designer who is as comfortable creating women's cardigans as baby blankets. Vogue Knitting regularly publishes her innovative twists on the classics. Check out Holli's Ravelry pages to learn more.

As its websites states, Felicia Lo's Sweet Georgia Yarn hand-dyes "knitting yarns and spinning fibres in stunningly saturated colours." Supreme understatement! On steroids! Sweet Georgia Yarns simply sing. I could dig around for a more spectacular way to say it, but in this case, a picture truly speaks a thousands words.



Tempest offers 11 patterns - four sweaters, two wraps, four cowls, one hat and a matching pair of gloves. Holli's patterns are uniformly gorgeous, but the best news for us: all of the sweaters have at least a 60-inch finished bust measurement. Thank you, Holli!

My favorite sweater: Eventide, a lightweight pullover that alternates "bands of sheer and opaque chevrons create contrast and texture in this boxy pullover. Set-in sleeves and seams provide structure for a refined fit. Knit in fine merino and silk, this pullover has a sophisticated air while the easy silhouette makes it equally comfortable in a more casual setting." Holli designed Eventide in Sweet Georgia Merino Silk Fine and Silk Mist.


Another design I really love from Tempest is Haven, a veritable crayon box of a wrap. Holli's description says it all: "This simple project features an ombré fabric created by working with two strands of yarn held together throughout. You work colour changes by first knitting with two strands of the same colour, followed by a strand each of the old colour and a new colour, followed by two strands of the new colour; repeat!" The poncho, which is worked as a large rectangle, includes buttonholes in one of the ribbed selvedges. Fold fold your beautiful triangle in half, button it, and go. Haven uses Sweet Georgia's CashLuxe Fine, a merino, silk, and nylon blend.



To see more of Tempest or to purchase the book, visit the Tempest website.

And to win a free copy of the book, leave a comment here and I'll choose someone at random for the giveaway!




Tempest defines my life as well. It has been one hell of a year.  I appreciate the many prayers and kind words. During my time away, I've been knitting away. I will share my projects and lessons learned in the days to come.


49 comments:

  1. Oh my word...those yummy colors! Would really love this book. Pick me, pick me!! ;o)

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  2. Gorgeous colors and gorgeous sweaters.....heading to the website to check out the rest. (Welcome back Julie!!!)

    Junebug859

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  3. Great to hear about the size range in this book!

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  4. Tempest is so lovely! I saw the trunk show before Knit City 2014 and the yarns were so lovely as well. New to your blog and am enjoying it :)

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    1. emleeread@gmail.com is my contact in case I win!

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  5. Such a stunning collection and colours. Also, so pleased to see you back

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  6. The poncho looks magnificent! i would love to win the book!
    ann@storartat.se is where I live

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  7. I'm glad you're back. I would love to win the book. I love the 2 patterns you showcased.

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  8. I am new to knitting, but picking it up pretty quickly and loving it. Really nice to be able to make custom made things for myself and others, and have them fit well. These knits and yarns are gorgeous! I'd love this book.

    ellaetc@gmail.com

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  9. I am so pleased you're back blogging. You give me the confidence to know I can knit sweaters and cardigans that will fit well and feel good. Welcome back ;-))

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  10. not entering the drawing, but just GLAD you are posting once again! t_a

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  11. Welcome back! That poncho is amazing. And finally a sweater I like that I could wear in California without overheating.

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  12. Glad to see you posting again! Finding your posts (and beautiful sweaters, i covet them all!) is what gave me the confidence to try my hand at making a sweater for myself. ♥

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  13. I love Haven! And the yarn colors are scrumptious!

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  14. Gorgeous yarn! i love the chevron sweater

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  15. Beautiful colors. The poncho is lovely! I've been thinking of you, Julie!

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  16. Haven is a great design, I hope I win!

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  17. That's pure knit love right there! Welcome back, missed you.

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  18. I love the idea of knitting through your troubles. Looking forward to hearing more about your adventures, and thank you for the drawing!

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  19. Wow, that is a gorgeous poncho, and the colors are magnificent! Julie, I am so glad to see you blogging again, we have really missed you and worried about you!

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  20. It's so great to see you back. I can't wait to see what knitting goodies you have been working on. I hope it helped you through the last year. I'm so excited to see your blog is up and running again!!

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  21. I'd love to see your projects, knitting is so good for the soul. Thanks for the chance at winning, I'd love to sit with a cup of tea and flip through it, planning my next project

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  22. What a stunning jersey with the chevrons. Love it

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  23. Beautiful!!! How lovely to see you blogging again. I hope you are well and happy despite the tempest.

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  24. Wow that Eventide sweater is GORGEOUS!

    (Orinskye from Ravelry)

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  25. Beautiful! Many of the patterns are already in my queue :) (JLCherry33 on Rav)

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  26. Oooh! Fabulous designer and yummy yarn! How could you go wrong?! I'm eager to check this book out. Thanks for the heads up and it's good to see you back Jules!

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  27. Absolutely in love with Eventide!! Can't wait to get my hands on this collection!

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  28. What a gorgeous collection! And the yarns are fantastic too.

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  29. I also knit feelings - sounds crazy, but it works. I've been thinking of how to use the ombre technique lately - a sweater seems like too much of a yarn commitment, but a shawl is perfect! And a great way to use up stash yarn.

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  30. Wow, I only THOUGHT I was "done" with ponchos! I definitely want Haven, which looks like a good one for early spring.

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  31. So glad you are back and we'll. I love the wrap in all those colors! Thanks for the give away.

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  32. Love Sweet Georgia yarns -- this new pattern collection rocks! Love that chevron sweater.

    Hope you are well, Julie. Miss you much.

    xo
    Nicki

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  33. Hmm... hope I don't enter this twice.

    It was so great to see a post from you, and what a lovely book to post about. I hope the tempest is behind you for awhile. Seems like it's been a hard year for most everyone I know.

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  34. azknitlady1 (Rav ID) has been having difficulty posting a comment so I'm entering on her behalf.

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  35. I love the watermark cowl.

    wifemummynurse{at}gmail{dot}com

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  36. lovely,,,, looking forward to knitting something from it.
    thanks,
    d

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  37. So glad to see you back!!! And I just LOVE Sweet Georgia colors - and that Haven wrap . . . . Ooooooooooo

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  38. Welcome, welcome, WELCOME back! You've returned sunshine into my knitting days just as that "other" sun has gone int hiding for the winter.

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  39. I'm a big fan of Sweet Georgia - the saturated colours are the best. This pairing with Holli Yeoh is perfect.

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  40. I just found your blog, and I'm a big fan of SweetGeorgia.

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  41. Glad to see you're back! Would love to win a prize to celebrate!

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  42. What a great looking collective!

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  43. Sounds very interesting, when the patterns are plus sized, it will be great to win :).
    Thanks and greetings from Germany;
    Anja
    (My blog is in german only; I can knit things from english patterns, but writing is not so good - very very old scool english ;-) - I am Anyarnja at Ravelry too.)

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