Friday, December 28, 2012



Let's talk about someone else's patterns for a bit.

I've been excited about Knit With Me since last summer, when Gudrun  told me all about the idea behind this collection - the notion of a mother and daughter being able to wear the same pieces, and perhaps even knit them together.  I was especially intrigued since my daughter is just a year older than hers, and already knowing Gudrun's design aesthetic, I had a hunch that the collection might be right up my girl's alley.


It is.  
Rubens was requested, knit (by me, not her), and worn before school was even out for vacation.   She's angling for the hooded cardigan on the cover as well, but will have to wait a bit for that one.   Or maybe she'll start knitting....

Knit With Me contains 12 designs: 6 sweaters, 5 accessories and 1 simple “beginner’s” sweater  - all in  Quince and Co's yarns.   The photographs by Carrie Bostick Hoge are charming and beautiful, and show Gudrun, her daughter (also named Maya) and their friends wearing the pieces,  all of which  hit that perfect note for this audience - timeless enough for both a mother or her daughter, simple enough for a beginner or mid level knitter,  but distinct and sophisticated enough to make up a really unique and gorgeous collection.

 
 

      This was Maya's favorite photo, although she imagined her Rubens in pomegranate, with jeans and a sweater, sans chicken.
  
 

 like this. 

 
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I think this is a gorgeous collection with a lovely idea behind it, and was very happy to be asked to participate in the blog tour -- part of which is a book giveaway, so you can knit some of these lovely designs yourselves!  To be entered to win your own copy of Knit With Me, tell me what you plan to drink on New Year's Eve in the comments below.  

Please include either a Ravelry name or email, so I can contact you if you are chosen.   I'll close comments on Sunday morning.  

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In the meantime, here's one festive idea - and it even matches Maya's hat, so let's call it a Rubens.

  
Rubens

You can make this in a larger glass if you like, these just seemed fun at the time. 

splash of vodka  - about 1 oz
 2 parts Ocean Spray sparkling cranberry
1 part ginger ale
lime twist and a little squirt

Enjoy!

128 comments:

Erin_in_Boston said...

I don't yet have plans for New Year's Eve, so I am not sure what the drink of the night will be, but the Rubens looks like a good new one to try.
Thanks for being part of the blog tour and the book giveaway. I love the idea of Gudrun's book and the photos make each project irresistible.

gbellasg3 said...

Hmmm what will I drink maybe a cafe latte or something like that with a shot of Kahlua.

Love this book the patterns and the idea behind it too.

rav name is cdoertel

Jules said...

For New Year's eve, I feel that I will be breaking out the Jameson Irish Whiskey and Ginger Ale and having a tall Big Ginger. Thanks for the giveaway.

Ravelry name is JulesBr.

Laura said...

Not sure what we'll be doing for New Year's Eve yet. Does that count?

ravid: culabrat

Jersey Shore Deb said...

I think I'll stick with traditional Champagne--and maybe a Mimosa the next morning if there's any left over! The book looks lovely.

Tiffanie said...

Hmmmm, New Year's is usually a quiet affair for me--I can't be trusted to actually stay awake until the ball drop! :-P But, I do have a couple of bottles of champagne and some fresh blackberries. Perhaps I'll make a blackberry coulis to mix into the champagne.

Tennie said...

I'm going to a party with an eclectic mix of folks: some Basques, some Italians. So we'll be having 2 basic drinks.

For the Basques, we'll have Kalimotxo:
1 part cola
1 part red wine
Mix and enjoy.

For the Italians, we'll have Bellinis:
1 part peach puree
2 parts Prosecco
a dash of Kir for color

--Tennie on Ravelry

Paula Bannon said...

I would love to have a fuzzy naval on New Years! The patterns in this book are really great. I'd love to try them all.

My rav id is: MissPaulaKnits

Anonymous said...

We don't use alcohol anymore due to illness. We used to really enjoy feasts w/wine and a lovely cocktail. Now we buy a bottle of sparkling apple drink ( it's almost like champagne) and have that as we watch a movie and nosh on goodies.
I would love your knitting book.
Have a Happy New Year!

Haugmoen: Ravelry

lollyknits.com said...

I'm just guessing, but probably a cocktail involving gin and some kind of sparkling wine. I do like champagne, but with other things :P

Karen said...

Most likely wine-Riesling...and Champagne at midnight. The book is lovely!

rav name hearts812

lollyknits.com said...

Oh, and myravelry is LollyDesigns

suzenew said...

This patterns in this book are lovely and Maya looks great in her new hat! It would be great to have a copy.

For New Year's Eve, probably a sip of champagne.

Anonymous said...

My favorite drink is a Macallan's straight up. But the Ruben looks very festive and may end up on our menu.

rav id: gailma

meezermeowmy said...

It's been a long time since I've had any Irish Coffee. Our weather today is cold and damp, with all day rain. Makes me crave a hot drink. Yeah, that's the ticket!

Jess said...
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Jess said...

My favorite drink is a margarita, though for New Year's I'll probably imbibe some lovely wine my friend brought back from Germany a couple of weeks ago.
That book sounds amazing!
My ravelry name is fifthlampdown

mhchong said...

Prosecco and plenty of water!! Ha!

mhchong on Ravelry

Meredith MC said...

I'll be drinking champagne most likely. Or a sangria. I love the hat!
I'm mersknits on Ravely.

amchart said...

Champagne!!! Rav amchart

Iria said...

I'll be drinking a delicious red wine during the dinner and some cava afterwards!

Rav: chorima

suburban prep said...

We will be drinking sparkling apple cider. I know real strong!!
I am msgb on Ravelry

Dorothy said...

Possibly red wine but not yet decided upon. I'm MNDorothy on Ravelry. Thank you for the chance!

collegeknitting said...

I probably won't be drinking anything fancy- a nice cold beer is usually enough for me! Thanks for this awesome give-away. I've been drooling over this book for a while!

robin said...

My own homemade latte - jumbo sized (not big drinkers around here) enjoying the company of my SO, dog, & new kitty who just came home today!
Love these patterns by the way - wish I had a daughter... Thanks for the opportunity to win this.
Happy New Year!
robin54 on ravelry

Courtney said...

It's sparkling grape juice for me and the family. Living on the edge;)! Ravid: courtneyrsl

Heather aka Proud Mama said...

My mom has a bottle of cranberry in the fridge especially for this. Love this book and so excited to see the your daughter is a fan too. Rav ID: esmerlda27

knitterlydesigns said...

I love this collection. They are all very wearable.

knitterlydesigns on Rave

Karalee said...

I probably won't be drinking anything on New Year's Eve - but if there were any eggnog in the house that's what I'd have.

thao said...

I'll be drinking some wine that my husband and I purchased on our trip to Italy a few years ago. (thao713 on ravelry)

Ann L. said...

Probably a glass of red wine for me.
A beautiful collection of designs for mothers and daughters.

Ravelry: yarnannie

CathyDB said...

I will be drinking Spumanti at home. We lived in Italy for a couple of years and fell in love with Spumanti. Of course, I'll probably be drinking it around 8 PM and fall asleep by 9!!!!!

Erin said...

These patterns are lovely, though my friends keep having boys, so I'd be knitting for me :)

We're having sukiyaki for dinner on New Year's Eve, so there will definitely be sake - and then champagne (or really, prosecco) to toast the new year!

rav id: ordinerinlee

Anonymous said...

I'll be drinking a hot chocolate on New Year's Eve this year. We have all been hit with the flu in my family so we are keeping it a cosy and quiet evening. Ok...a little Bailey's might make it in the mug.
Rav id: jennlikestoknit

Kathleen said...

Gudrun's projects are amazing! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win this book!

I've been thinking about a good cocktail to make for New Year's Eve. The rubens sound like they would be perfect, although the cosmos we made the other night might work too.

katbetty on Ravelry

Johnston4kids said...

Bailey's over ice for me and bought the sparkling grape juice for the kids (2 of which are daughters who would like this book with me!)
Johnston4kids on rav

reluctantMANGO said...

I think I'll go classic this year with G&Ts... but if I'm feeling frisky I may go for hard cider with a shot of caramel flavored vodka. I love Gudrun's designs, and though I don't have a daughter I do have five lovely nieces and two sisters-in-law who are knitworthy :)

Lisa Barrett said...

Some Bonny Doon Vineyard dessert wine, Vin de Glaciere Muscat - yum! Thank you for the giveaway,
rav id - barrettlisa

StaceyD said...

Hubby isn't into champagne so we'll be having a local winery's fruit wine. Horton Winery's Chateau le Cabin in likely either blackberry or blueberry. Unless my dry in-laws are visiting. In which case I'm likely to have/need something in a mug and hubby will abstain to be polite.

I'm C-villehokie on Rav.

Anonymous said...

We have a quiet New Years celebration...not sure we will make it to midnight! As for our beverage, probably a diet coke with lemon...just living on the edge!
Johalley rav id

Kelly K. said...

In my house, we'll be toasting the New Year with some sweet ice wine! Here's to a sweet 2013! Cheers!

Rav ID: kellknit

delia said...

Today is my Birthday and I was gifted a bottle of Long Island Wine (Very local to me) and so my husband and I will share a glass on New Years Eve. Maybe some appetizers too...wild and crazy, that's us!!

Ravelry: dsdknits

Anonymous said...

Love Gudrun's designs.Love the idea of a mother daughter book. Don't know if this would persuade my daughter to take up knitting, but I know she'd wear them if I knit them. I think Ruben will be my New Year's drink of choice. Love the color and the ingredients. Thank you for the chance to win and the recipe.Happy New
rav id busymom07755

Anonymous said...

My son wanted gin for Christmas so I got him a bottle of Hendricks so I'm hoping he will visit and share a cocktail. I do love the sound od the Rubens too. Would love the book, no daughters unfortunately, only me, me, me.
Rav name lynnedianne

Anonymous said...

Well, we're going to a semi-traditional French-Canadian sledding party, so I'll be drinking something portable. It'll probably be Sir Perry (a deliciously dry pear cider) and I hanging out around the fire.

Thanks for the giveaway!

cherylmac (ravelry)

Missus Vonkysmeed said...

Well, since I just didn't get to try to do it for Christmas I am planning on making egg nog from scratch. I have never made it before but have high hopes!

MissusVonkysmeed

CardiLover said...

What a coincidence that you and Gudrun both have daughters named Maya and lovely ones at that!

I've got a nice Viognier I've been saving that will likely come out for New Year's Eve. That or some Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar, which has been a recent favorite.

Rav name is RichelleCK

Jodi said...

What a cute hat! I love the concept of this book.

Definitely champagne for New Year's, but also a Moscow Mule or two! We just received some fancy copper mugs.

- caffeinatedyarn

Anonymous said...

Soda! I adore the patterns in this book. Would love a copy :)

Ravelry name: jordynelizabeth

Jodanna said...

I'm working New Years Eve so I'll be drinking coffee.
woodzy on ravelry

Terhi said...

I think I'm going to drink just water and coffee... and coke if I have it.

Oh, that book is full of amazing designs... I'm a fan of both you and Gudrun :)

rav name: mintti

wiggins said...

Ill probably start with a dirty vodka martini, and then it's champagne all the way!
Ravelry sarahwiggin

juicyknits said...

New Year's Eve is traditionally spent with way too much secco. My Rav id is juicyknits.

Tori said...

Happy new year!
We've invited some friends over for tapas on New year's eve, so we'll have red wine with that.
I'm torirot on Ravelry.

lizzi said...

I will probably have a wee dram of malt whisky - the bottle which is open at the moment is Glenlivet.

christine said...

What a lovely book. I'm not sure what I'm doing New Year's Eve but I will probably have red wine!

Ruthcrafts said...

Happy New Year! You've made me think - there'll be wine for dinner, and some sparkling Italian white for midnight, but there might now need to be a gin-and-something in between...

My Ravname: ruthcrafts

Anonymous said...

Thanks for always being such an inspiration....your daughter is beautiful....We will be driving on New Year's Eve so our drink of choice will be non alcoholic......Diane (ladydirich on ravelry) Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Well, we usually break open the malt, but maybe this year I'll add a bit of Crabbie's green ginger and make a Whisky Mac for me.

dodiegirl on ravelry.

Boupaoline said...

I love Gudrun's designs!
I'll probably drink some almond milk with cointreau! It might seem odd but it's delicious!

Happy New Year from France!
Pauline

Ginger Jahn said...

Probably just a bit of champagne at home for us this year.

Rav: GingerLee25

Lcubed said...

Santa brought me a bottle of single malt scotch - so that is what I'm having on New Year's Eve :) Happy 2013!!!

AntiquityTravelers said...

Great photos! and I like the idea of doing a project with your daughter ... gives me ideas. Especially as I use up my daughter's kitschy beads!

Agnieszka said...

Great designs! Thanks for a chance:0
I'll probably drink hot wine with honey and spices (cinnamon, ginger, cardamon). bialakura at onet dot pl

Sharripie said...

As I live in Kentucky, my New Year's Eve will definitely have some bourbon in it. And probably a sparkling wine at the turn of the year.

Thanks for giving away a copy of the book - you can find me on Ravelry as Sharripie.

Kathy Wallace said...

I'll be drinking Mimosas!
sassykrafty on Ravelry

Caitlyn Myers said...

I'm not much of a drinker, but recently discovered that I'm really fond of bourbon. (Go figure.) The hubby got me a bottle of the good stuff for Christmas, so I expect to have some of that for New Year's. And hopefully a sweater on the needles, too!

mrsmicrobrew said...

We will probably break out a nice bottle of Clark and Telephone's Belle Glos Pinot, unless my husband decides to make some of his Margs with hand-squeezed fruit.

What a great idea to have patterns that do double-duty. Love them!

mrsmicrobrew on Ravelry

Lilea said...

Well, I was just going with some Pinot or Chardonnay until I read the recipe for the Rubens! Since I may be hanging out with a couple of knitting friends, it seems only right that I turn them on to your creation (and the book)!

Thank you for the generous giveaway! Happy New Year!

Liz said...

Beautiful book! Dad made some ginger infused rum and gin and I want to whip something up with that and a pear liqueur we've got with some ginger ale. Yum.
Lizsto on ravelry

Erin_in_Boston said...

I neglected to give you Ravelry name, 19vesperstreet. Thanks, Erin

Debknits said...
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Debknits said...

We will be snuggling in front of the fire and drinking:
Grandma's Apple Pie 'Ala Mode' Moonshine
makes 21 cups

1/2 gallonapple juice
1/2 gallonapple cider
4cinnamon sticks
1 whole clove
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3 cups 190 proof grain alcohol (such as Everclear®)
2 cups vanilla vodka

1.Bring the apple cider, apple juice, cinnamon stick, whole clove, white sugar, and brown sugar together in a large pot; reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely.
2.Stir the grain alcohol and vanilla vodka into the cooled mixture. Pour into bottles and refrigerate.

dentaljennifer said...

My ravelry name is cavity bug. These are beautiful patterns. On New Years, I am opening the traverse bay cherry wine.

melosa said...

We will be having a very mild new years with the kids,so probably just a Chai Tea. I know crazy, right?! :)

Laura Williams (laurawms) said...

My New Year's cocktail will be a Manhattan. That is the drink that my mother and I share. She will be in California and I in Louisiana. Hopefully we will both toast with that lovely bourbon and sweet vermouth concoction. :)

Happy New Years!
Laura
laurawms (ravelry)

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Drae said...

I can't remember the name but I just clipped a new coctail recipe out of a magazine. If I remember correctly, and handful of fresh herbs, vodka and gin muddled with a splash of something I had never heard of. But, in real life, I'll probably just be sipping champagne.
I'm alcbrooks on RAVELRY

Liz said...

Love this idea for a book, my daughter is 12 so just the right age.


Let's see, New Year's eve: since I'm running a "Frosty Four" New Year's day, probably just one glass of champagne.

I'm lizmom22 on ravelry.

Sue J. said...

Oh gosh, I've had a terrible cold since before Christmas. I think that means I'm sticking to water. And possibly not even making it to midnight :(

Evelyn said...

Well, as someone who doesn't drink any alcohol, I know I'll be enjoying something hot and rich!

projectstashEL on Ravelry

Lydia said...

champagne for sure.

nook. said...
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nook. said...

what an absolutely beautiful collection! and i love the style! as for what i plan to drink on new years? well i'm headed to a ball.. so something fancy ;) i'll probably start my night with a g&t or some lovely oyster bay. i've also just recently discovered that i really LOVE scotch. but only the really expensive ones. haha. thanks for the opportunity!
I'm gundyknitter on ravelry.

slmiller8 said...

To be honest, I haven't given New Years any thought; just got home from celebrating Christmas with my family. A glass of wine is probably as good as it will get.

toomanyufos on rav

Anonymous said...

It will be a glass of wine for me, at the most, and a do not know what kind of wine for our friends will bring any. They will bring their knitting, too :-)
Thanks for telling about the book, I might finish something in time to wear it with my daughter (now 8 years) when she will be old enough for it.
I am wieberike on Ravelry...

Anonymous said...

I've been wanting to try this!!
Iced Orange Cake
1.5 oz SMIRNOFF Iced Cake
0.5 oz lemon juice
0.5 oz simple syrup
1 tablespoon orange marmalade

sexylegs on Ravelry

Savannagal said...

I haven't yet decided, and it's a bigger decision now than it was years ago. I used to be able to drink all night, back in the day. I could try different drinks all night long. But now I can drink maybe 2 cocktails before I either fall asleep, or wake up the next day with a headache. I'll probably have at least one lemon drop martini. I'm not sure what my other drink will be.

dclulu on ravelry said...

New Year's Eve? I'll probably be sleeping! Ah, life with two small kids.

Gwen A said...

if I'm feeling better (please, oh please - this cold is kicking my you-know-what) there will be Bailey's. On the rocks. Just because. :)

And that looks like an amazing book! I'd love to win it!

gracie41999 on Ravelry

Marje Murray said...

I am in Paris with my three daughters, two of whom are studying abroad this year, and we will be drinking champagne on New Year's Eve! We even went to Champagne to buy it! This may be the first time I have stayed up until midnight for a decade!

Rav name is marjemurray.

Anonymous said...

For New Year's Eve a pitcher of Cosmo's. The juice of one FL grown Persian lime; 5 jiggers of Grey Goose Vodka; 12 jiggers of Ocean Spray cranberry juice; sugar or splenda to taste; shake or stir w ice. Strain into festive Cosmo glasses. Enjoy--Happy New Year!!! DEEDEN ON RAV

Melissa said...

I think we will be home for New Year's Eve with our new baby. Bailey's on ice cream might be my drink/dessert of choice. melmcmen on rav

OrangeBeauty said...

We'll be drinking champagne with a splash of Chambourde. It's our traditional New Year's Eve drink! We'll be curled up in our little Alaskan cabin, ringing in the New Year quietly, also a favorite tradition! Happy New Year to you.

rachelb said...

will most likely be going to bed early and not drinking on New Years Eve - my son has school on New Year's Day! If he didn't I'd probably have a Belgian Wheat beer - my rav name is hockeyrachel

Jamie said...

I'll be drinking champagne, of course! Is there really any other drink for ringing in a new year?

Rav ID: Wittknitter2011

Lolly said...

I plan to drink my own special mix of vodka, ginger ale, and a secret liqueur. :)

sewstylish said...

adult egg nog after dinner out at a new Thai place followed by knitting of course;)

Anonymous said...

Since I will be home nursing my DH after his rotator cuff surgery, I think I will have to stick to a couple glasses of Reisling, although if I make it to the market before then I just might try one of those Reubens.:)
ScarletFever

Windybrook Spinner said...

I really love this collection. For New Year's we'll be at my uncle's, so I don't know for sure what we'll be drinking, but my aunt usually makes her delicious winter punch--lime-based and kid-friendly.

windybrookspinne on ravelry

Karin said...

My friend has a party every year. I am sure there will be all sorts of wine, etc but champagne is best.

Amy Freyman said...

We will just be getting back from visiting my family in NY so will likely enjoy a bottle of Gewurtztraminer from a Finger Lakes winery
Afreyman on Ravelry

Amy Freyman said...

But the Rubens and the Iced Orange Cake sound awfully yummy so may have to try them as well!

Amy J said...

Poinsettas (champagne and cranberry juice...trying to stay in the "theme" this season :)on New Year's Eve.

txtaurus on ravelry

Teraissa McGovern said...

champagne on a deck overlooking town and watching fireworks!

Anonymous said...

I'll be making Royale Bleu Champagne Cocktails ( so delicious and so beautiful - midnight blue !) before heading over to the dance party and fireworks here in Central Park, NYC with my twin daughters and favorite knitting companions. Happy New Year to all!!

Royale Bleu
Ingredients for 1 person
• 120 ml Champagne
• 20 ml CuraƧao bleu
• 1 slice of kiwi

Julie AKA FreckledGirl on ravelry

Anonymous said...

It's going to be gin! Usually gin and tonic but I got a gin cocktail book for Christmas so I may be a bit more daring!
Emma1969 on ravelry

Ange Moore said...

With three young children we will be at home for New Years but I look forward to cracking a bottle of bubbly to celebrate the end of 2012 and the possibilities of 2013!

dendiane said...

Don't know exactly what I'm going to do for NY's eve yet but I do have a new bottle of merlot that is calling my name and I might pick up a bottle of champagne to ring in the New Year. Love the designs!

Amy said...

What a beautiful collection! Champagne is our drink of choice for New Year's.

Rosa Wippich said...

On New Year's Eve I plan to drink Prosecco. I am Italian and I want to honor that and have bubbly as well!

Happy New Year!!!

Rosa
Bellarosa (on Ravelry)
rosawippich@aol.com

janine said...

I will have Champagne - I think we already have a bottle put away. I love this collection - that hat is just darling. My Rav name is janineny2001.

Anonymous said...

I'm italian and I'll be drinking Recioto (Valpolicella doc Wine.
Best wishes for a wonderful New Year to all!

My username on raverly is MariaTeresa

Jeri said...

I'll probably have a glass of wine on New Year's Eve though you tempt me to add some cranberry juice and ginger ale to the grocery list.

natalie said...

Maybe we will crack open the Cranberry apple wine from a fairly local winery. Ravelry id farmnatalie

Knittergirl said...

Prekids it would have been a Bonny Doon ice wine, now it will probably be sparkling cider!

On rav I'm knittergirl1.

Lyn said...

Think we will have some champagne or a wine spritzer with a special dinner. Thanks and Happy New Year.
Lyn41 on Ravelry

K said...

katecknits will be drinking spiced pear cider and rum. warm. cause it's going to be cold outside!

camby said...

I saw a drink on Pinterest that looked really cool. I might have to try it. It's simply Sprite poured over cotton candy in a glass. It looks very pretty!

Linda said...

A margarita sounds good. A new year is sounding like a good thing right about now

Amy Blake-Baldwin said...

I love these patterns!

My husband and I will be enjoying New Year's Eve at The Haven in Jamaica Plain, and I'll either have their Dark and Stormy or their Braveheart. I could see enjoying some Scottish beers as well. :)

I am aimless on Ravelry ...

zenasmillet said...

Such a beautiful collection! My favorite is the Brock sweater.
= zenasmillet rav id

K McMahon said...

I can't drink alcohol due to medications I take, so I'll probably have a glass of egg nog with some nutmeg sprinkled on top! Ravelry ID: SheepDreamery

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

Kahlua and egg nog. Don't knock it if you haven't tried it. It's super delicious!
wahoomerryf on Ravelry

vasterblue said...

Champagne over a syrupy hibiscus flower. Rav ID - vasterblue

meppybn said...

Bubbles, of course!!!!
meppybn on Ravelry

Cherie M in Estes Park said...

Your daughter looks perfect in pomegranate Puffin!
cherielynne538 on Ravelry