I distinctly recall thinking that this sock was going quickly. I spent the whole first sock thinking how it was just clicking along at record speed and would be done in no time. This is not holding true for sock two.
Now, it is certainly taller than it was. I’m part way through the heel flap and have every reason to suspect it will be finished at some point in the reasonably near future. But it is not astonishing me with its blazing speed.
If one of you could please have stern words with it about catching up with its big brother, that would be great. Maybe if I block the first one it will taunt the second one into shaping up?
My desk chair is positioned squarely in the path of my office’s air conditioning vent. This is neither an accident nor a mistake. I’m one of those people who just runs hot. This tendency sometimes conflicts with my deep and abiding fondness for sweaters.
Apparently I’m not alone in this dilemma, and Julie Turjoman has stepped in to save the day! Her new book, Knits that Breathe is full of sweaters that work beautifully for everyone, but especially for those of us always looking for the nearest ceiling fan. The garments in this book are all carefully designed to be both stylish and cooling. They feature flowing, figure-skimming silhouettes, lovely lace insertions, and clever constructions. There is nothing clingy or heavy or confining here, it’s all feather light, beautifully airy, and eminently wearable.
And it’s not just the design of the garments that helps keep you cool. Each of the yarns has been carefully selected for its special properties. Traditional choices like cotton, flax, bamboo, and silk make an appearance alongside their more exotic cousins like fibers made from soy, milk, and seaweed. The properties of each are outlined in a handy chart so you’ll understand why they were chosen and be able to make appropriate yarn selections for your own projects.
I’d be delighted to find any of these pieces in my closet (if only I had the necessary fortitude to knit sweaters)! If you’d like to add them to your closet, Julie and I can help you out. She’s kindly donated two copies to give away. Since I’ve got two goodies to give away, let’s have two ways to win, shall we?
For the first chance to win, leave a comment on this post telling me which of Julie’s lovely sweaters calls to you the most (you can see them all on ravelry). For the second chance to win, pin the picture in this post to your pinterest boards. To do that, you can either click the pinterest button at the top of the post (it’s red and looks like a p) or you can click on the ‘Pin it’ button that comes up when you hover your mouse over the picture itself. Just be sure you’re pinning the picture from this post. I’ll pick a winner from each, and you’re welcome to enter both ways.
Comments left and pins made between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Tuesday, September 16, 2014 will be entered to win. I’ll pick winners, contact them to get their addresses, and arrange to send the books their way. If you’re leaving a comment, be sure to use a real email address so I can contact you if you’ve won (I won’t do anything with those email addresses besides notify the winner). If you win by pinning, I’ll leave a comment on your pin letting you know you’ve won. If I do get in touch with you, I need to hear back from you within 72 hours or I will pick a new winner and contact them. Sorry, but I can only send prizes to US addresses.
Knitting teaches us the importance of small steps. Do the math. That hat? That sock? That shawl? They all have an alarming number of stitches in them. So many that, if you stop to think about the numbers involved, you may go a bit weak in the knees. So today I am declaring it enough to have started the second of these socks.
Sure, I’d like to be turning the heel or heading into the toe. But those things won’t happen until I start. And start I have. So I’m calling that a step in the right direction and taking my victories where I can find them.
After busting a rather serious move over the last few weeks, I am delighted to announce that the next book went to the printer Monday morning. I’m unreasonably taken with it. It’s full of these.
Which I will, of course, be showing you in (doubtless irritating) detail over the coming weeks. But for now their essential nature will remain shrouded in mystery. Suffice it to say they’re rather fetching. More information when I have it (I’m waiting for confirmation from the printer before I do anything injudicious like announce a firm date on which they’ll be ready, but I’m aiming for Thanksgiving). Until then, just gaze at the pretty.
Now if you’ll excuse me, if I don’t push a vacuum around my office, I’m in danger of losing one of the Kitten Overlords to the dust bunnies. Somehow housekeeping tends to fall by the wayside in the last week or two of book production, and things are a bit…gritty…around here.
- September 5, 2014
- tags: reviews
There’s an art to explaining things in a way that leaves your audience energized and eager to get started. You have to provide enough information to make people feel confident but not so much that they start wondering what they’ve gotten themselves into. In her first book, Everyday Lace: Simple Sophisticated Knitted Garments, Heather Zoppetti does a marvelous job of striking just the right balance as she demystifies lace and shows you all of the lovely ways you can incorporate it into a host of practical, wearable garments.
She starts by providing a lace primer (including sections on tools, charts, lifelines, and blocking). This is a perfect introduction for anyone who might be hesitant to tackle lace. If you’ve been nervous about lace or charts, this will leave you wondering why you’ve waited so long to give them a try.
After making sure you’re on firm footing, she jumps right into the patterns. These range from small (hats and fingerless gloves) to more substantial (pullovers and cardigans). And just as the scale of the projects vary, so too does the amount of lace involved. Some (like the Engleside Cowl-Neck Pullover, my personal favorite) use just a hint of lace as an accent and provide plenty of quiet space to let you relax and catch your breath. Others (like the lovely Conestoga Tunic) are all lace all the time to let you show off your new skills. The mix makes this collection perfect for the beginning lace knitter, but also ensures you won’t run out of projects to tackle as your skills grow!
You can see all the lovely projects on the book’s ravelry page, or get your own copy on amazon. If you’d like to find out more about the book, Heather’s got a scavenger hunt going on (details over here if you’d like to play along). Heather’s question for this stop on the blog tour is How many sock patterns are in Everyday Lace? And my question is Which of my books doesn’t have any sock patterns in it?
The images are from the book, taken by Joe Hancock, and belong to Interweave. They are used with permission.