Remember these? They are Hubby's annual Christmas contribution to my book stash, along with some fiction books, fabulous furry clogs , some cashmere, and a shawl pin. It's clear he knows what I like, since yarn, shoes, and jewelry are other things I stash.
I haven't had a chance to read them all cover to cover, but they've all spent a little time on my nightstand.
"Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn" has a number of patterns I'm excited about and better yet some interesting tips for choosing the right pattern for your yarn.
(braided gem socks by elizabeth ravenwood)
I'm always drawn to, and end up buying, all the gorgeous multi-colored hand dyed sock yarns. I love all the colors. The blends and contrasts. The crazy combinations and surprises. I love them madly, right up until I start knitting them. Then a lot of times all the beautiful color becomes loud, busy, and just plain odd looking.
(herringbone rib sock by kristi schuleler)
In the book Carol Sulcoski explains how to determine what category your yarn fits in to (nearly solids, muted multi, or wild multi) and what types of patterns work best. She also includes some tips on avoiding pooling.
(spot check sock by beth parrott)
I had high hopes for this book and I wasn't disappointed. More then enough patterns I want to knit (21 total) to justify cost and shelf space, and a good bit of information to help me with my own designs and other patterns.
The only other books I've finished reading is "Inspired to Knit: Creating Exquisite Handknits ". I put it on my list knowing that I probably wouldn't be crazy about the patterns (her style is too frilly & flowery for me), but wanting to read and try the design workshops. Unfortunately there wasn't a single pattern I wanted to knit and I felt the first three workshops didn't really say anything I haven't heard before. They encourage you to collect inspiration from your daily life, make inspiration boards, color groupings, and swatches. Standard advice. The last workshop does have some good information on sizing and writing up a schematic as well as a spec sheet to help you get started.
If I had it to do over, I wouldn't buy the book, but if you like her style there are some beautiful and challenging projects, the layout and photography is done well, and her notes and original sketches are interesting.
At first glance Cables Untangled and Arctic Lace look to be books I love and will reference many times. Once I get a chance to fully read them I'll give you a more detailed review.
Not speaking of books.. Today is Jubilee's 13th Birthday! She was diagnosed with cancer over a year ago and I'm so thankful she's still with us.
Happy Birthday Juba!