We missed New & Noteworthy for March, so I’ve got a heaping helping of goodness for April (nearly May, I know). Settle in and soak up all the great things out there in the wide world of knitting-related stuff. (Also, dear readers, if you have any thing new or noteworthy to suggest to us, please submit via email to [email protected] We hate to miss a thing!)
The New Knitty is Live
Knitty.com’s Spring/Summer issue of free patterns and other great stuff is out. (Amalgam, a skirt/cowl combo by MDK’s own Nell Ziroli, is a dream-come-true garment for Ann, who has been known to turn a cowl into a skirt, or try, anyway.)
6000+ Pullover Possibilities
6000 seems like a lot of pullover possibilities! But we have great faith in Melissa Leapman; she has never steered us wrong. If you can’t find your perfect sweater recipe in here, sweaters may not be your thing.
6000+ Pullover Possibilities: Interchangeable Options for Custom Knitted Sweaters, by Melissa Leapman.
Knitbot fans, rejoice! Hannah Fettig, designer of the ubiquitous and perfect Featherweight Cardigan, applies her vision of simple, wearable, versatile knits to garments with overall texture stitches instead of stockinette.
Texture: Exploring Stitch Patterns in Knitwear, by Hannah Fettig.
Knitting from the North
This book from late 2016 is striking in the simplicity and freshness of its colorwork motifs and shapes, and the beauty of its photography and styling. It deserves a place on the shelf next to your Icelandic and Fair Isle books, where it will perk up the conversation.
Knitting from the North: Original Designs Inspired by Nordic and Fair Isle Knitting Traditions, by Hilary Grant.
The Knit Show With Vickie Howell: Funded!
The Knit Show with Vickie Howell just completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the development of a new online knitting show.
Although the fundraising campaign (or at least phase one) has ended, you can read about the project here (there are fun videos), and you can follow the project’s development on Instagram (@theknitshow) and Facebook. We look forward to seeing the show in October!
Knit Noro: Accessories 2
Noro yarns from Japan are their own kind of wonderful, but it can be a head-scratcher to adapt them to existing patterns, what with the irregular striping, the flashes of neon brights out of nowhere, and the odd bits of flurf and twig. Rejoice, Noro fans! There are 30 new accessory patterns in this brand-new book from Sixth & Spring, which makes lovely books.
(Also, we completely missed this one from nearly a year ago: Noro Silk Garden: The 20th Anniversary Collection. Happy birthday, Silk Garden! You’re our favorite!)
Garter Stitch Revival
“Garter stitch” anything never fails to perk up our ears. We are, after all, the people who started the Instagram hashtag #garterstitchWOW (which is a national treasure). So we are eager to lay eyes on this 2017 collection by Interweave Press.
The Mindfulness in Knitting
Rachel Mathews has long been active and influential in knitting and art, especially in the UK, where she directs the Cast Off knitting club and is proprietor of the shop Prick Your Finger, among many other things. This is her first book since 2005. Craft and calm? Sounds pretty good.
Arne and Carlos!
A new book from Arne and Carlos is always pure fun. Their latest book is barely a month old. The cover is to die for, and perhaps to steal I mean homage. (We would look real cute as knitted birds with glasses, wouldn’t we? Who wouldn’t! It’s the best idea ever.) Their video up top is so soothing; it’s the ultimate in craft and calm.