It's no secret that I love working with Fyberspates - both the yarn and the lovely Jeni herself - so I was delighted to be asked to take part in the blog tour for the new Scrumptious Collection.
For the first time since Jeni started to publish pattern collections, I wasn't involved with the technical editing and actual book preparation. That all happened after I went on adoption leave last year. So it was really exciting to finally see the ebook when it landed in my inbox last week.
It seems like a very long time ago (actually it was 20 months ago...), that I sat on Jeni's sofa as we sorted through all of the submissions for Collections 2 & 3. Commissioning a collection is a tricky task, and we had such a wealth of beautiful designs from which to choose. Finding a balance of garments, accessories, yarns, designers, colours and complexity, all whilst only commissioning 13 designs is like a massive logic puzzle. Luckily, it's exactly the sort of thing that I love doing! You have to try to put aside your own preferences and think about the wider knitting market. If it were down to me, everything would be knitted in Jen's Green and there would currently be a massive bias towards socks and hats! I'm not sure that's a collection that would have particularly wide appeal...
Fast-forward a few months, and I helped out on the photo shoot as my last task in the book's journey from idea to publication.
We managed to persuade Jeni to model some of the designs herself for the first time - I absolutely love this picture of her wearing Kyoko's Iwerne Cardigan. Our photographer, Jesse Wild, is completely brilliant at making you feel comfortable in front of the camera - not always an easy task with non-professional models! I've worked with him many times before, at The Knitter and then on my own projects, and he's fantastic!
Our other model was Caroline White, the daughter of a knitting friend, and you would never have guessed that she wasn't a professional model. She had that brilliant knack of adjusting her poses ever so slightly, and always having new ideas of things to do. Caroline was also completely uncomplaining in the face of extreme cold in Lyme Regis last February when we did the outdoor shots. What a star! Above, she is modelling Amanda Crawford's sumptuous Larigan Jumper - knitted in Scrumptious Chunky and perfect for cold February days on the beach!
We also shot on location in Frome - basing ourselves at my great friend Pepita's house (she's moving - what will we do?!). I love my town. There are so many little lanes and nooks for taking great pictures. The photo above is Shepherd's Barton, a lovely little lane just off Catherine Hill. This pretty Rosemorran cardigan in Scrumptious 4ply is by Belinda Boaden - if you haven't read her post about this collection, do head over there right now. Belinda is one of the funniest bloggers I know. Her posts always teach me something and make me giggle, which is a great combination!
These ace Lerryn Mittens were all set to be my first project from the collection, until I realised that I had cast on with Scrumptious Aran instead of Scrumptious DK and they were coming out rather too large. Doh! The design is lovely though, as you would expect from Rachel Coopey. She has contributed 5 of the 13 designs in the collection, and I'd be happy to be casting on any of them. Although, I would of course read the pattern more carefully this time...
I hope you've enjoyed my ramblings about the collection - I'm looking forward to casting something on now. I just need to do a bit of stash diving to find the right yarn and pattern combination...
To buy your copy of The Scrumptious Collection Volume 3, head over to the Fyberspates website (it's had a facelift and is all new and shiny!!), where you can get a print copy for £12, and if you leave your Ravelry username in the comments, Jeni will gift you the ebook as well.
Or you can check out the collection and yarn at your local Fyberspates retailer.
Jeni has kindly donated a copy of the book for one of my lucky blog readers, so to be in with a chance of winning, leave a comment on this post telling me about your most embarrasing knitting mistake. Only 1 entry per person. Jeni is happy to post the book anywhere in the world. No alternative prize is available. Comments will close exactly 2 weeks from time of publishing this blog post. Comments that do not fulfill these criteria may be deleted. Good luck!