The 15 minute format is perfect for sharing a new book.
This one is Scarves, Shrugs & Shawls: 22 Knitted Designs with Their Special Techniques, by Sarah Hatton, a member of Rowan’s design team. The publisher, St. Martin’s Press, sent me an advance copy; the on-sale date is February 26.
Leafing through it, I wasn’t wowed at first. I asked myself, why aren’t you wowed, Kay? Is your wower busted? Is reduced-wowing yet another one of those tiresome “normal age-related changes” you keep hearing about?
Upon further leafing, I discovered at least two patterns that I want to cast on right away. I also figured out that my issue was with the book’s design, not the knitwear. Knitters are spoiled by beautifully designed knitting books these days; the tried and true mid-shot photo against a blank background just isn’t visually rich enough for “wow.”
On the upside: these are good patterns, a whole wrappy wardrobe of them.
I’m knitting the Bold Stripe Scarf as soon as I can get it cast on. FINALLY, a use for those single balls of Kid Silk Haze that have been slowly compacting themselves into my stash. It’s simple, but effective.
And this Chevron Scarf is the faux Missoni (Miss Phony!) I’ve had in mind for my many Madtosh remnants, left over from Honey Cowls. (Which I’m still knitting.)
My favorite feature of the book, which in my mind makes it well worth owning if you knit a lot of scarves, is the section called “How To Wear.” This is the key to all mysteries when it comes to wearing scarves, shawls & shrugs, including the clever convertible ones with buttons, but also covering different ways to tie them so they don’t dangle haplessly–they look chic. It’s a portable version of the videos they show in Eileen Fisher stores, which I like to think of as “How To Make Your Overpriced Shmatta Look Less Shmattaish.” Judging by the number of times I just tie a square knot and hope for the best, I need this.