Sunday, October 14, 2012

Simply Inspirational!

As someone who has knit a LOT in the last few decades, I have to admit, when I look for a new knitting book, I'm not really looking for new patterns or new techniques.


I'm looking for inspiration.

Carol's Latest Brilliance
Carol Sulcoski and her friends have provide a book with exactly that...inspiration.  Inspiration to create, basic patterns to build on and subtle and beautiful colors that make me want to go out and make a garment with needles and yarn.

Sock Yarn Studio: Hats, Garments, and Other Projects Designed for Sock Yarn (which is the full and completely verbose title of Carol's new book) actually prompted me to pull out all of my sock yarn and look at what I had to work with.



Actually, this is about half of my sock yarn stash...I know, I have a problem.

The book has the two most important things in a book that I want...okay, three:
  1. Inspirational garments - garments that might be basic, but are shown in a new way...a way that makes me want to take up the needles and create immediately
  2. Great colorways - Anyone that can put a beige baby sweater in a knitting book and make it look fabulous, knows how to play with color in a way that works.
  3. Excellent photographs - the book is better than porn in terms of how it makes me feel.
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Mostly, I'm amazed at the diversity of offerings this book has and in very interesting colorways and shapings.  If I had to pick one favorite out of all of them, I think it would be Veronik's design of an amazing stole/shawl...brilliant design.




Book Give-Away Contest
Okay, it's not really a contest, but I do have one book to give away to one lucky winner.  All you have to do to enter is post a comment or if you'd prefer, send me an e-mail and mention what your favorite sock yarn is, and why.  I will randomly choose a winner at the end of the month, and that winner will receive a pristine copy of Carol's new book... Good luck to all.

Current Knitting
Since yesterday, I've gotten a combined total of two fingers done on the first glove...including the middle finger, so don't give me any crap.

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