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Knitting Ain’t Just For Grannies

August 19, 2010

I’m still astounded by the amount of people that tease me about knitting and call me “Grandma”.  {Side note:  Doing said activity will invoke a strong desire to stab said person in the eye with my granny needle.  Just sayin’….}  And one little blog post about the trendiness as well as the timelessness of knitting and the modern patterns available will create less than a scuff mark on the stereotype but hey, a girl’s gotta try.

And to prove my point that said people are narrow-sighted, I’m including some of my very own book recommendations for the trendy and classic art of knitting.

First up:

Boutique Knits


 Book Description:

Named one of the Best Knitting Books of 2009 by

Encouraging knitters to think beyond traditional patterns, this guide offers ways to construct and embellish work with smart and quirky personal touches that combine imaginative trims with hardware accents. Covering a wide variety of knitting techniques such as felting, intarsia, Fair Isle, lacework, and cables, the unique examples in this resource include buckles and bolts to close an intricately cabled belt, a chain handle to finish a felted bag, and grommets to complete a half-felted handbag. This collection of modern, stylish patterns will inspire beginning and intermediate knitters with its uncommon techniques and materials, dressing up quick and easy projects with head-turning flair.

What I love about this book is the modern yet retro looks.  This is a book that will get much use from me.

Next up:

Sensual Knits


Book Description:

Modern knitters are simply in love with luxury yarns—and the stylish items they can make from these opulent, irresistibly touchable materials. Sensual Knits feeds their hunger for fashionable projects made specifically with the finest merinos, alpacas, silks, cashmeres, and angoras. Beautiful models display the clothing, and every exquisitely photographed garment provides a stunning example of how classic can also be very sexy. A textured jacket features a nipped waist that hugs a woman’s curves, a bishop-sleeved sweater has a daringly plunging neckline, and there are camisoles, silky negligees, and evening dresses too. And be assured: these pieces will look great for years to come, not just for a single season. Any advanced beginner who has mastered the basics can handle these patterns.

I love the classic but modern shapes of the garments and have every intention of making the jacket on the cover.  But… you know what they say about best laid plans…

And finally:

Vampire Knits – Release date: 9/18/10


Book Description:

Surrender to the allure of knits inspired by the immortals we all love to fear. If you adore Twilight, True Blood, or The Vampire Diaries, this collection of 28 imaginative and beautiful projects is sure to captivate. 
   • Black capes are so 1897, instead get stylish with the dead sexy Sidhe Shrug.
   • Unleash your inner shapeshifter with the Werewolf Hat.
   • Keep warm while holding hands with your vampire by wearing these Bellisima Mittens.
   • Around humans? Use the Blood Bottle Cozies to disguise your beverage.
Whether you are wondering the Carpathian Mountains or the bayous of Louisiana, these smoldering projects—for knitters of all levels—will keep you well protected, no matter what you attract.

I’m not much of a vampire fan… Don’t get me wrong; I love vampire stories and I’m a HUGE fan of  Twilight and True Blood but the vampires themselves tend to be self-centered and egotistical or far too emo for me.  In my opinion anyway…  Which leads me with a total lack of desire to emulate a vampire BUT if the rest of the knits in this upcoming book are as cute as that little hoodie appears to be, I’m in.

The book will be released on September 18th and you can pre-order it through Amazon by clicking on the cover image above.

Here’s to the magical, fantastical world of sticks and wool ’cause its oh-so-cool!  {Perhaps I need a nap…}

One Comment leave one →
  1. heather p permalink
    August 19, 2010 6:40 pm

    Whoever said you were a granny was obviously not looking at you or your work. Love that hat. Now that is fresh.

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