Exactly what part of “Go away, this is my chair” did you not understand?
More TNNA goodies to share, this time it’s the delightful Knit Wear Love: Foolproof Instructions for Knitting your Best-Fitting Sweaters Ever in the Styles you Love to Wear from Amy Herzog.
You know how I always say I’ll never knit a sweater? Now part of that is because of my whole short attention span / that’s an awful lot of fabric issue. But part of it is also because I’ve been scared I’d make one and not love it when it was done. I’m absolutely a product knitter. If I’m knitting something, it’s because I want the finished piece. Can you imagine the heartbreak of making a whole sweater and not absolutely adoring it at the end? It would be too much to bear. But Amy’s bound and determined to keep that from happening. And I’m pretty sure, if you follow her advice, you’re going to be safe from sweater heartbreak!
She starts by helping you figure out which style you’re in the mood for (vintage, sporty, casual, bohemian, modern, romantic, classic, or advant-garde) and talking about the fibers, fabrics, and colors work well with each style. This intro totally sets the tone for the rest of the book, conveying Amy’s absolute confidence that you can do this, you’re in charge of your knitting, and you’re the expert on what you like.
Once you’re excited to begin, she makes sure you’re ready to work by laying out the technical info you need to make a sweater really fit. That includes understanding your measurements, understanding the sweater’s measurements, and knowing where and how to tweak the sweater (on the off chance that your bust, waist, and hip measurements aren’t all exactly the same as the pattern says). If the first section gave you inspiration, this section will give you confidence.
The main section of the book is the patterns. Amy’s taken eight silhouettes (pullover, cardigan, vest, cowlneck, tunic, wrap, tank, and bolero) and offered three adorable variations of each.
And if that’s not enough, each of those 24 patterns is written for three weights of yarn (sport, worsted, and aran) and twelve sizes (to fit a bust of 30-54 inches in two inch increments). It’s all beautifully laid out so your numbers are easy to find. But just to make it even easier, there are also worksheets for each style where you can fill in just your own numbers for exactly the size you’re making. You can either photocopy them from the book or download them from the website (you can see lovely pictures of each of the sweaters there as well). It’s the perfect touch to make the book amazingly easy to use.
If I ever do make the leap and start a sweater, you can bet I’ll have this book (and very likely Amy’s previous book, Knit to Flatter) clutched firmly in hand to make sure all that hard work pays off!
I’ve got a copy of the book to inspire one of you on your own sweater knitting path. Just leave a comment telling me how you feel about knitting sweaters. Is it all you knit? Are you starting your first? Still working up the nerve?
Comments left between now and the end of the day Monday, August 3 will be entered to win a copy of the book. I’ll pick a winner, contact them to get their addresses, and arrange to send yarn their way. 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 I do email 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 ship physical prizes to US addresses.
- July 25, 2015
Sock the second continues his slow but inevitable march toward the sock basket.
We’re nearing my favorite milestone of sock creation, which in my head is called ‘Well and Truly Socklike.’ That’s the point where I feel that if I hold the thing up, even a non-knitter should be able to tell exactly what it is.
I feel like this point comes some time shortly after the gusset decreases happen (because really, what exactly could it be other than a sock at that point?). Though if the questions I’ve gotten from non-knitters are any indication, this isn’t actually as clear as I might like to think it is…
How about you guys? Do you have any private terms for various points in a piece of knitting? My others include ‘So Damn Close To Done You’re An Idiot Not To Just Finish It Already’ and ‘You Should Just Fix That Mistake Before You Waste Any More Time.’ Though those are a bit more subjective than the ‘Socklike’ milestone!
I told you there would be some lacy business coming up, and you know I’m not the type to lead you astray (temptation, yes; astray, no)!
I suppose the pattern on this one may be a tiny bit too small scale to truly scratch the lace itch, but the result totally feels lacy to me. Elle, sample knitter extraordinaire, said it reminds her of chain mail, which I totally get. I sort of love the idea of a little wisp of knitting (and this is a silk/yak blend by Bijou Basin…wispy is exactly the word for it) as armor against the world. I’m pretty sure that’s one of knitting’s superpowers!
- July 20, 2015
- tags: publishing
Do you know anyone who writes books? If so, there’s likely to come a day when a package arrives from their printer. When the package comes, it’s best to just stand quietly by and let them have a moment with it. They’re fairly heavily invested in the stuff in that package, it’s best not to get between them and it.
You get to rub the paper (no one will notice if you sniff it too, that’s totally normal). You get to look at the pictures up close and personal (paper is just different than the screen, and no matter how many times you’ve seen them on the screen, there’s something about seeing them on paper that’s special). You get to waggle it back and forth and see how the light behaves on the paper. It’s really rather ridiculously satisfying.
And somewhere in that stack of pages is the first look at the cover, too. I’m not showing it to you just yet (because of something about not boring you to tears three and a half months before the book comes out), but I promise I spent an alarming amount of time gazing at it, too.
It’s hideously immodest I’m sure, but I really think this one is going to be something special. Now I just need someone to distract me and keep me sane until it gets here!