It is hot outside, and the last thing I want to do right now is bundle up in anything, much less a cozy, bulky sweater ... but that doesn't stop me from wanting to knit.
Even though the title says these are for "posh" pups, these are not frou-frou kinds of sweaters. (Well, not all of them.)
This is a nice, slim book (just 64-pages) of slip-stitch scarves, cowls, and shawls.
One thing you can always depend on with Anna Hrachovec is that her books are going to be filled with cuteness and creativity, and this one is no exception.
Judith Durant has made this easy for you. She's painstakingly gone through and documented ninety-nine possible methods of increases and decreases, just for you.
First, the really encouraging thing about this book is that it's clearly labled "Shawl Book One," which implies there's going to be a shawl book two at some point, and maybe a third and a fourth ... all of which is great news, because Kirsten designs some really beautiful shawls.
Forty-six patterns in one book? When you consider that most books seem to range between 12-20 patterns, the fact that this book has nearly 50 is astounding.
What are you to do if you love the look of a fur wrap, or long to hang a moose head on your wall? Well, if you're a knitter ... you make one yourself.
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.
She says in her introduction that she often recommends the 365 Knitting Stitches a Year Perpetual Calendar to the customers of her yarn shop, but that, “a vast number of knitters don’t know how to adapt and use these stitch patterns to actually knit an afghan. "
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.