I know, it’s Saturday! We’re meant to be Knitting to This!
But there are NEW BOOKS, Ann. I cannot let the New & Noteworthy pass without noting them.
I’ll be brief, as I know you have knitting and TV to get to, and it might even be nice outside.
Everybody’s favorite bespectacled Nordic charmers (whom we are proud to include among our colleagues on the Knit Stars teaching staff this year), Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison, have shown us the fun in all sorts of knitting techniques and items including balls, dolls, birds, slippers, sweaters, scarves, mittens, and more. Their latest book is literally a greatest hits album, including 70 designs from their past books, plus 15 new designs. If you missed their darling Field Guide to Knitted Birds, for example, this is your chance to sample a few species before committing to the full aviary of 40.
Arne & Carlos Favorite Designs: Greatest Hits and New Inspirations (Trafalgar Square, April 24, 2018.)
Summer garments pose a challenge for knitwear design. Knitted fabrics naturally want to cover up, not reveal, or even ventilate, the body. In Angela Hahn’s impeccable collection of sleeveless tanks and tunics, the styling accentuates the slim line of these summery garments. This may give the wrong impression: the sizing runs from XS to XL and in some cases to 3X, and the shapes are simple and elegant. What drew me in are the interesting construction details, especially for clever, eye-catching necklines that look fun to knit. I love the apron-style back of Bellingham (and the photos on Ravelry show the shape to be looser (aka more Kay-friendly) than the ones in the book). If you’re looking for lightweight tops to knit up quickly for Summer 2018, this is the book.
Knitted Tanks & Tunics: 21 Crisp, Cool Designs for Sleeveless Tops, by Angela Hahn (Stackpole, April 1, 2018).
Sound the Noro klaxon! As a decades-long fan of the Japanese yarn Noro Kureyon, I know that even a single new pattern that plays with its magical color changes is an event. A collection of 30 designs is big news. I haven’t gotten my hands on a copy of this book yet, but I want to make the cover blanket just for the fun of picking up all those stitches.
Noro Kureyon: The 30th Anniversary Collection (Sixth & Spring, April 3, 2018).
It’s not a knitting book, but beloved illustrator and writer Maira Kalman is a knitter and member of my sewing circle, and furthermore: CAKE! Here, Maira teams up with food writer Barbara Scott-Goodman, who provides the recipes, which are for CAKE.
In conclusion: CAKE.
Cake, by Maira Kalman, with recipes by Barbara Scott-Goodman (Penguin Press, April 10, 2018).
Love (and CAKE),