Monday, January 25, 2016

Free Spirit Knits

I love opening cardboard wrapped around books, you never know what you will find when it peels away. Today it reveals Free Spirit Knits by Anne Podlesak.

I could get completely lost in this book. I am not sure of the photo shoot location the book used, but it feels like Colorado Springs and the Garden of the Gods. It feels like places I have roamed and hiked, places I lay whispering poetry to the air. So for me Free Spirit Knits, feels like a kindred spirit, a bit of a home coming. If i could get a glimpse around the corner, just over the shoulder of the model I bet I could glimpse the 'kissing camels' rock formation.

Free Spirit Knits has and amazing colour palette bith earthy and vibrant at the same time. The yarns are the lush wools that call us to cast on, like  Jamieson and Smith, Classic Elite, Brooklyn Tweed, and Green Mountain Spinnery, plus several others including indie dyed yarns.

When you have a house full of knitters like I do, a new book gets scooped up and projects are dreams spoken aloud. My 19 year old of course is enamored with the Snowbowl Hoodie. Its cabled back and detailing on the hood create just enough texture to pull you in with out scaring you off. It is a perfect mid-level cable project.

While filled with amazing sweaters there are several projects suited for traveling. the Tres Flores Shal and the Saguaro Blossom hat are two that will find their way on to my needles.

The balance of the book between floral detail and strong colour patterns are what make this book a volume to bring home. There are projects for gifting, for wrapping your family in and sweaters guys actually will wear every day, even when the knitter is not visiting.

Anne Podlesak has a great eye for colour and design. This book has so much bound into it. Definitely pick this one up

Interweave/F+W; $25.99

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