I’m sitting on a pile of unprocessed knitting and life experience that is about 3 stories high. Every time I open up the “post to blog” page, I stare dumbly at the screen. Where to start? Where to start? How is this happening to a venerable workhorse with 9 years in blog harness?
Well, a giveaway is always nice. Baby steps. And this is a good one.
Remember The Yarnery in St. Paul? Aka The Singing Yarnshop? Well, a group of designers affiliated with the Yarnery has made their own book, Wearwithall: Knits for Your Life.
The concept is brilliant in its simplicity. Knitters gonna knit. But what they gonna knit? The categories of go-to projects are well known: sweaters, baby knits, socks (SOCKS!), wraps, blankets, cold-weather accessories. We knit these items over and over, yet sometimes still find ourselves at a loss, in a world with thousands of patterns literally at our fingertips, to know which thing to knit. We’re overwhelmed. You know what would be useful? Truly useful? A small book with a fresh, classic example of each of these favorites, each one easily altered to suit our needs, our whims, and most importantly our stashes. If you had a book like that–an old-school book of modern knitwear staples–it would be a truly useful book. So Mary Lou Egan, Theresa Gaffey, Scott Rohr, Shelly Sheehan, and Sarah K. Walker got together and wrote that book.
And to make sure we’d want to look at it, they got Gale Zucker to wrangle the models, wave her silvery light-deflecting saucers around, and snap the photos.
I’ve been knitting a long time. As you know. And I want to knit at least half of the 13 items in this book. Not because they’re the latest in new & shiny, but because they’re very appealing examples of things I always want or need to knit. They are “knits for my life.” A few examples:
This one has my name on it. A huge swath of simple knitting, with color play to keep it interesting, and a 100 percent wearable finished product. It’s May, and half the women in New York still have something stylish wrapped around their necks. This trend is here to stay. Me want more.
This one has my name on it– twice. A classic cardi, with no awkwardnesses of construction or fleetingly faddish fronts draping down to the sidewalk. (Are we done with that yet? Eileen Fisher, I’m looking at you. No?) What I’ve never seen before is that this pattern gives you a choice of 3 yarns that are very different, two of which are (a) in my stash and (2) among my very favorite yarns: Rowan Kid Silk Haze, and Euroflax Originals Sportweight. The pattern gives you options for finishing, and the front bands are neatly mitered. Knitterly, cool. This is going to work out well.
A men’s cardi that a man would, you know, wear. But I think I’d like one too. Jacket-y retro goodness. Chic.
Anyway, I like this book a lot. There is also a very cool pieced blanket involving giant triangles, which I’m dying to figure out how to make without sewing. There are cool socks, hats, scarves & mittens, and modern baby and kid knits. The pattern instructions, on a first reading, seem to be models of brevity and clarity.
We have two copies to give away. To enter, leave a comment to this post by 5 p.m. (New York Time) on Sunday, May 20. I’ll draw the winners at random and announce them on Monday. Which will get me back on the blog again. Baby steps.
Happy weekend, everybody!