You know, I just joined Crafter’s Choice book club, a clear sign of capitulation. I am giving up all pretense of being selective about what I add to my fiber arts library. Four books for a dollar? Sure! I have to buy two more of ’em? I’m doing it anyway, why not?
My new membership in Crafter’s Choice gave me the exquisite experience of receiving my very own copy of Teva Durham’s Loop-d-Loop, with an invoice that read “Amount due: $0.” Even though I knew that wasn’t exactly true, the whole thing felt like Christmas.
Now. Loop-d-Loop is blowing my mind the way Debbie New’s Unexpected Knitting blew my mind. Anyone who is still lacking this book needs to either join the Crafter’s Choice Book Club, get it from the library, or make a special trip to the LYS. A book like this is a rare, delicious thing.
(Very sorry not to have images for the following. There’s a slide show at Loop-d-Loop.com if you want to get a feel for the innovative genius at work here.)
My three favorites:
Cabled Riding Jacket Totally foxy. All that shaping transforms the sometimes-frumpy Aran pullover into a totally caliente sweater. I was reading in Harper’s Bazaar (don’t ask how I ended up with it) (the new issue with Ashley Olsen on the cover with her lips looking like they always do, mooshed together like somebody making a duckface) about Azzedine Alaia (provide your own umlaut), “Alaia has the ability to weave sexiness into the structure of his clothes, no matter how concealed the look is.” Eggzackly.
The collar is beautiful, and the whole thing looks like a futuristic antique. At Disneyworld’s Futurama there’s a diorama of people wearing Teva Durham sweaters. “By 2070, all handknit sweaters will look like this.”
Fair Isle Short-row Pullover You knew I’d like this one. It’s like Alice Starmore (whom Teva politely cites) kind of lost track of things. Some of the rows of Fair Isle patterning make it all the way across, some simply shrink to nothing. Hilarious/brilliant sweater, though I was relieved to see that she had done the thing in separate pieces. If she’d done it in the round, I think she would have spontaneously combusted.
Slinky Tree Bark Rib Tunic This one is on the cover of the book. Such a sly, subtle sweater. The ribbing travels up the front in a meandering way. To me, this is as lovely as can be.
I have lots more to say, but I reckon I’ll have to save it for our Long-Term Strategic Planning Retreat. Or maybe Oprah will do this book once she finishes up with the Summer of Faulkner. (When I hear the phrase “Summer of Faulkner” I’m seeing a literary Woodstock with 100,000 mud-covered English teachers swaying in the rain.) Aw hell, Oprah’s going to be busy with the sound and the fury for a while. Let’s have our own book group. What you think about Loop-d-Loop?