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.
Fall and Winter are coming, and so are some great new books!
Since summer is just about over and Fall and Winter are coming ... now seems a good time to point out some great recent books that I haven't had a chance to review.
You can tell this book began as a labor of love. The author tells us right up front that she is "obsessed with innovative knitting techniques" and "adores playing with stitch patterns and constructions that explore the mechanics of knitting."
Amy Christoffers has filled this book with patterns--sweaters, wraps, hats, and the usual assortment of accessories--that look fun to knit but will be easy to throw on and wear for years to come.
This charming book of lace patterns is a self-published creation of the author, Gina House.
The author writes in the introduction, "Throughout my adult life, my love for needles and yarn, and their potential to expand our common ornamental heritage, has been the motivating factor to dig deeper into the technical aspects of knitting. "