If you read Robyn’s blog or the Craft blog, you’ll know by now that Norah Gaughan has a new blog. Isn’t it great timing that, in cleaning out my studio, I discovered I have not one, but TWO copies of her much acclaimed book, Knitting Nature?

You can win my spare copy.

Leave a comment here on my blog telling how you’ve been inspired by nature in your crochet or your knitting. Bonus points for links to pictures! The contest will be open until Monday November 19th at midnight, EST. Make sure your comment or your blog profile includes a method of contact, or your entry will not qualify. Good luck and have fun!

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Knitting Nature Contest

16 thoughts on “Knitting Nature Contest

  • November 14, 2007 at 7:46 am
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    I actually knit a pair of socks inspired by pondweed! They are called the Elodea socks (the scientific name for pondweed) and were published in the most recent issue of Magknits (http://magknits.com/Nov07/patterns/elodea.htm)
    More importantly, they keep my mum’s feet warm!
    dyedinthewoolsterATgooglemail.com

  • November 14, 2007 at 8:51 am
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    =Most recently I’ve been working on two nature-inspired scarves: print o’the wave in tussah silk (captures the sheen of waves on sand) and feather and fan in an indigo-dyed wool/tussah silk blend (captures the crispness of a forest stream). I’ve also been working on a cabled hat in alpaca that’s meant to be like a snowdrift! I’ve been doing a ton of natural dyeing, too, although so much of that was inspired by where I’d been living.

    Photos are at my blog: Scarves and Hat

  • November 14, 2007 at 9:31 am
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    wow, i tried 2ce to post and it was “denying”. It is very generous a book to offer up to us fellow knitters! I have it on my wish list, lol.
    my mom says being conceived at woodstock and then being born on the first earth day under a full moon it is of no suprise i am a granola girl at heart! many life decisions are made inspired by nature, knitting it has to do with the design, the colors and the use of the finished knit product. I love to dye yarn then knit socks that i wear when i am backpacking in the mtn’s. (i also take my knitting to the mtns with me, i knit as hubby fishes) off to lurk more!
    http://turtleslakeknitting.blogspot.com/

  • November 14, 2007 at 12:06 pm
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    The other day, I saw a rainbow. The sky was relatively dark and grey, but when I looked up, there was a small swatch of color, smack in the middle. I couldn’t help smiling.

    So I went home and dyed a skein of yarn in rainbow colors. It’s sooo pretty, and I’m thinking of using it to make something like the lace and leaves scarf (which i just think is absolutely gorgeous!). Not sure if that will actually happen any time soon, especially given the number of things I already want to make, but I’ll link a photo of the skein soon. =)

  • November 14, 2007 at 1:57 pm
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    I have yet to get to the point of design but in the meantime, I have a definite pull toward patterns incorporating nature (makes sense…I’m a wildlife biologist and spend way more time outside than inside so knitting and my gourd art and drawings revolve around the natural world) and so have always been interested in getting this book…my first shawl was the forest canopy shawl just cuz of the leaves. And two designers that I anxiously await new designs from are Ann of Knitspot cuz she is brilliant in linking nature and knitting (just see her latest raven shawl) and Susan of A Few Stitches Short…she has an amazing ability to link pictures with patterns or colors (like the grand canyon etc). Beautiful things she is working on!

    Nature is in not only what I knit, but where I knit; see pic at end of post following this link 🙂
    http://timesweareliving.blogspot.com/2007/05/personalizing-blog.html

    Thanks for the chance to win…I enjoyed finding your blog!

  • November 14, 2007 at 2:59 pm
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    I’m not a designer, and so far I’ve often ended up choosing patterns based on their being easy to follow rather than on how they actually look – I am drawn to the representations of natural things most often, though, and I’m working toward having the skills to make some of the things I’ve seen. I love natural fibres, too.

    One of the main ways that nature has inspired my knitting so far is in colour combinations. I wish I had pictures to share.

  • November 15, 2007 at 8:05 pm
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    I’m a new knitter so right now i mostly dream about the things I want to knit…I day dream most about are fruit and animal colors. For some time now I’ve been feening to knit a square neck Pumpkin and Fig…in other words…Orange (but that nice almost bright just a hint of brown orange) and Brown (but a full BBQ sauce vibrant but not bright rich brown).

    Last fall I set out to buy yarn in a dark reddy/burgundy color and planned to knit the trailing leaf scarf pattern. I couldnt find the exact color so I got this other yarn that had more than just 1 fall color. but then I couldnt do the leaf pattern. So I tried someting knew…and I am so pleased I did. I love the way it clusters the colors…Take a look…

    http://flickr.com/photos/20771230@N08/2036568188/

  • November 17, 2007 at 8:46 am
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    I’m a farm girl, so nature and new life (and, unfortunately, death) is all around me all the time. I get most of my inspiration from that. I mostly work with natural tones (look closely, though, and you’ll see that nature is a lot more colorful than brown, green, and gray!) and natural fibers. My designs are usually inspired by something I see on the farm… the new ducklings on their first swim, the chestnut colt running with its mother, the amazing geometry of a bee hive, etc.

  • November 17, 2007 at 1:06 pm
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    I love to look to nature for color combinations – violet against new green for the first spring violets in the lawn, or grey and pearl-peach for a gentle twilight.

    teabird17 at yahoo dot com

  • November 17, 2007 at 9:15 pm
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    Last year when I was raking leaves and enjoying all the reds, oranges, greens and brown, and the way the leaves all overlapped, I decided to design a sweater that had that spirit. Well this is it – it took a long time to find the right yarn (Silk Garden) and decide how to capture the spirit of the leaves at different angles and directions.

    So go and take a look at the pictures of my finished Ode to Fall jacket at http://elaine-knitting.blogspot.com/

  • November 17, 2007 at 10:29 pm
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    I just realized that although you could leave a comment on my blog, you probably want an e-mail address.

    So if I win (ooh – my birthday is Thanksgiving Day and I want to win) you can contact me at

    elweyu AT hotmail DOT com

  • November 18, 2007 at 5:15 pm
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    I think that knitting brings me closer to nature — working with wool and other natural fibres makes me think of the animals that grew the hairs or spun the silk.

    I also love leaf patterns, and hope to do Icarus for its feather patterns. [allergicmom (at) gmail.com]

  • November 19, 2007 at 4:48 am
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    I think what gets me is all the amazing imagery you get in lace. I’m a little bit of a lace addict.

    brittanytam [at] gmail (dot) com

  • November 19, 2007 at 6:51 pm
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    Yesterday I spent the day handpainting yarns using natural dyes from my friend’s sheep that she had handspun. Nature was everywhere!

    I can be reached at
    dadofra AT hotmail DOT com

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