It was only as I started writing the review for the new "Botanical Knits 2" that I realized that I'd never actually reviewed the original, "Botanical Knits," even though it's graced my shelves for almost a year now.
The fact that I'd neglected that comes as a shock because both these books are lovely, filled with sweaters, shawls, mittens, gloves, hats, and socks that I would love to have.
First, the facts: Title: Pick Your Stitch, Build Your Blanket: 80 Knit Stitches, Endless Combinations Author: Doreen L. Marquart Published by: Martingale Press, 2015 Pages: 98 Type: Chapters: Introduction Getting Started The Blocks--80 Stitch Patterns Sampler-type Afghans Single-Pattern Afghans Vertically Patterned Afghans Horizontally Patterned Afghans Knitting Basics Assembly Basics Useful Information Stitch Index The In-Depth [...]
We all love sock yarn, right? I mean, I can’t be the only one with a stash that—let’s face it—is never going to completely turn into socks. It’s just all so pretty and tempting, though, and so we pick up a skein here, a skein there, and next thing you know …
Um, right. Lots of yarn.
So what do you do? Well, this book is a good place to start. Not satisfied with her first book (Sock Yarn Shawls), Jen Lucas is back with more.
To be honest, I hadn't planned on reading every essay in this book before writing this review. I thought I would dip in and read some of them, but then save the rest for later, after getting the review posted in a timely manner ... and then I found myself just sitting at my desk, reading, unable to stop.
The collection from Julia Farwell-Clay gets its name from the Folly Cove Designers, a group, she says, "of mostly women who collaborated to hand print textiles in Gloucester, Massachusetts, beginning in the 1940s."
This is a fabulous reference book. Most people know at least some of the shows and markets available for their own particular niche. They might know about online communities to help spread the word, but nobody knows all of them. (Because, really, is that even possible?) A complete resource that tells you about shows you didn't know about is going to be more than just a little helpful.
Billed as having “23 sophisticated designs,” you know right away that this collection isn’t going to be just standard sweater shapes.
A new book from Kristen TenDyke (author of Finish-Free Knits), this time focusing on handknit sweaters that don’t require you to sew anything together.
Having just come from a trunk show, I can tell you that the designs are just as gorgeous in person as they are in the pages of the book.
The theme here is "folk" and not specifically "Scandinavia," but in effect it's much the same in this collection of lovely patterns.
It's not every knitter who gets to invent an entirely new knitting technique.
I love books filled with great patterns, of course. (God knows I've got shelves full of them.) Because how can you not love collections of beautiful photos of garments just waiting for you to make for yourself? They're inspiring and appealing and great to have around. But ... sometimes you simply want more.
Hold on while I get out my thesaurus. Adorable. Delightful. Darling. Dear. Fun. Endearing. How cute is too cute? Because I have to be clear about one thing here--this book is adorable.
It's so easy to think of lace as "fussy" or something to be pulled out for special occasions.