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Fires the imagination
on 3 October 2006
If you like textures and imaginative shaping in your knitting you will love this book. I haven't entirely made up my mind about this book - I love browsing through it and it gives me loads of ideas, it is just that there is nothing I actually want to grab my needles and knit from it! (yet)
The book is broken up into six sections based on 'nature' shapes/elements - Hexagons, Pentagons, Spirals, Phyllotaxis (think pine cones and pineapples), Fractals and Waves. Each section has several garments featuring or based on these themes. There is a large selection of jumpers, some jackets, cardigans, three skirts (two straighforward tube skirts, enhanced by textural elements. There are also scarves and shawls, hats, tanks, and kids mittens. There are stacks of patterns in this book, and there are some great cable patterns.
There is a beautiful and delicate camisole and skirt which I would love to make except I know I don't have the figure for it, but largely the garments end up a bit on the bulky looking side, due to the cables and bobbles and waves and hexagons on them, which just doesn't appeal to me for an allover look, although I am now inspired to use these elements in other projects.
These patterns generally are for the experienced knitter as some have an unusual construction or else are made up of lots of individually knittes shapes which are then assembled in a fairly complicated manner.
I have only given this 3 stars because I have not knitted anything from this book, so cannot say how good the instructions are or how the finished size/shape turns out, but for inspiration and getting your imagination going this book is a winner. I feel pretty much the same about Loop d Loop, another book I am yet to knit from, but am glad nevertheless to have in my collection.