Compliments Collection blog tour

by Shannon on May 4, 2012

Bijou Basin Ranch has long been one of my favorite small yarn companies, and I really enjoy working with them in a variety of ways, both as a designer and as a publisher. BBR has just released its first collection of patterns in booklet form, featuring 13 new designs by author/teacher/TV personality/friend Kristin Omdahl. Today we’re a stop on the blog tour for her Complements Collection. Featuring 7 knit and 6 crochet projects that use 3 balls of yarn or less, the booklet is not only excellent value for money whether you’re a knitter or crocheter, but it’s also easy on your yarn budget! (Although, take one look at this page and tell me you’re on a yarn diet…it’s just not possible). The Complements Collection is available in both paperback and digital book form: you can find it here, here or here.

The Amaryllis Knit Hourglass shawlette is probably my favorite pattern in the bunch — it’s just the sort of thing you’d want to wear during a transitional season like, oh…right now (at least in Cleveland! We can’t seem to decide if we want to be 40 or 80 degrees on any given day). Knit in Lhasa Wilderness, which is 75% yak and 25% bamboo, it’s got drape like you wouldn’t believe.

I was fortunate enough to see the pieces from this collection and the booklet itself during Stitches South — if you’re looking for some great springtime accessories, and especially if you both knit and crochet, patterns from The Compliments Collection will garner you quite a few!

GIVEAWAY: We’re giving away a copy of the booklet to one lucky reader! Leave a comment and tell me what your favorite color of Lhasa Wilderness is and why. I’ll pick one comment, so give it your best/funniest shot!

If you don’t win here, visit one of the other blogs on the tour for another chance to win!

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

brenda May 4, 2012 at 6:44 am

I love the Blueberry color – so pretty, and easy to wear.
such a pretty shade of blue, like my granddaughter’s eyes.
(goodstuff on Rav)

Jennifer May 4, 2012 at 7:33 am

“Yes please!” to all of the colors is what I would have to choose. And who wouldn’t want to brag that they are wearing yak and bamboo? Awesome. Johnston4kids on rav. Thanks!

Jennifer May 4, 2012 at 7:33 am

My first thought after I clicked? “ONE COLOR?” They are all beautiful. I’d love to do a colorwork project with 5 of them. For that reason, I say Tannhauser (#21) seems to combine many that I love.

Brenda May 4, 2012 at 7:48 am

All these colors are fabulous. However, my favorite color is there and has a yummy name! I love the Blueberry. It looks luscious!

Dana May 4, 2012 at 8:23 am

I love the Salmonberry, because I’ve been really into orange recently but I dont own anything orange and I don’t know why!

enidb May 4, 2012 at 10:00 am

It’s hard to choose just one color. But I really love Tristan. I don’t know why, but putty colors just do it for me.

Kate M May 4, 2012 at 10:33 am

Thanks for the chance to win. If I have to pick one color I think it would be Amethyst. It is a beautiful shade of purple and makes me think of spring!!!

Carmen May 4, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I like Tannhauser #21. Reminds me of all the great things about fall – there’s still some green around but grass is starting to brown; the leaves are turning yellow and of course, there’s orange pumpkins.

Debbie H May 4, 2012 at 12:12 pm

My fav color is Goldenrod. thanks! gussek on Ravelry

Savannagal May 4, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Cadet is my favorite color, though they are all lovely. Cadet reminds me of my favorite, worn-in blue jeans. I do love Sage too though.

Jennifer May 4, 2012 at 1:51 pm

I love that teal #10! Such a vivid blue!

Suzanne Shattuck May 4, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Definately Regal! Beautiful and rich!

Tomi May 4, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Blueberry – it’s so versatile I can wear it with my denim jeans or dressier outfits as well, but is there really a color I wouldn’t enjoy and wear? I don’t think so!

Michelle May 4, 2012 at 2:06 pm

parsifal! just say it out loud 10 times fast… careful don’t spit on the fiber!

Susan Cottrell May 4, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Parsifal has all the warmth of a medieval tapestry and the thundering impact of a Wagnerian Opera. Gives me shivers of delight!!

sillylittlelady May 4, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Like other commenters have stated, its hard to pick just one color! I love the earthy colors of Tristan, it reminds me of the colors of the yak’s main – a yak-fro if you will 🙂

anne j-z May 4, 2012 at 5:51 pm

I would love to make a shawl in the blush#4-what a beautiful pink!

nannyjean May 4, 2012 at 8:45 pm

I love the purple Amithyst # 14.I can see me making a shawl with that color. The other colors are very pretty too.

Hannah May 5, 2012 at 8:11 am

Tannhauser is what I imagine the inside of my brain looks like. Lots going on at once!

MaryKate May 5, 2012 at 11:09 am

Of the lot (so many lush colors), I’d have to say goldenrod is the winner for me. I’m highly allergic to ragweed and the sight of goldenrod bobbing in a country ditch or vacant field is a sign of doom in real life. Perhaps that’s why I so enjoy its cheery yellow when I know it won’t hinder my ability to breathe. Maybe it’s a nice contrast to the industrial colors of Cleveland I normally see on my way to work (beautiful in its own way, true). Or maybe I just like living dangerously. You be the judge.

Beka Frank May 5, 2012 at 7:27 pm

I’m a fan of Nat Cream #02. Some dyes irritate my sensitive skin, so un-dyed yarn is sure to be comfy. Also, with the Nat Cream I can dye it myself with a dye I know to be safe for my skin.

Marla May 6, 2012 at 11:14 am

Beautiful design and yarn – my fav color would by Amethyst – would love to win.

Barb May 8, 2012 at 11:09 am

Amethyst. Reminds me of lilacs. And I miss lilacs. They aren’t popular where I am in Kansas and working in LA they either don’t exist or I’m to busy working to see them!

NiseyKnits May 8, 2012 at 2:06 pm

That shawlette is so pretty!! Please pick me! 🙂 I love Kristin’s designs!

Barbara S. May 8, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I like the Salmonberry color, though I will admit the name gave a bit of a pause.

Heather May 8, 2012 at 2:15 pm

I love the Hunter color. Reminds me of my son’s eyes. Would make a gorgeous sweater for him!

MarieAnge Brouillard May 8, 2012 at 2:21 pm

#22 Lohengrin! That gentle blend of colours is perfect! Perfect to make the Apple Blossoms shawl! or Camelia!! 🙂

Michelle May 8, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Regal: The color of violets, lilac, lavender, oh and the crown jewels I have stored in my vault!

Monica May 8, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Is not easy to pick just one color…but I would say my absolute favorite is Salmonberry. The name is plain funny and the color lifts my mood. Thanks for the opportunity!

Leslie M. May 8, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Oh my gosh, too many to choose! I think that Hunter and Siegfried are absolutely beautiful (Siegfried looks like it was made to be accompanied by white tigers!), although I really like the natural brown as well! (This is why I am horrible at shopping for yarn… cannot make up my mind to save my life!)

Shannon May 8, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Lohengrin #22 is so gorgeous, it reminds me of Popsicles in summer for some reason…those rocket Popsicles lol ! And then a little fudgesicle…oh gosh yarn as a replacement for delicious food…low cal and satisfying 😉

erin May 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm

I like Parsifal. The combination of colors makes me happy and repeating pasifal, parsifal, parsifal makes me feels like a good witch casting a good spell. Imaginbe what magical happiness I could knit into every stitch?

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