If you’re one of my more regular blog readers, you’ve probably already seen my various posts about my designs and the process of designing for Knitting In the Sun: 32 Projects For Warm Weather by Kristi Porter, knitting designer, teacher, tech editor and an all-around talent. I still promise to reveal more details about my experiences later, but today in this blog tour stop, I want to talk about the other wonderful things in this book…
What’s that saying that we hear all the time? “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”
Well, judge, judge away! You definitely should judge this book by its cover. You will not be disappointed. The content and photos inside the book are just as inspiring and beautiful as the cover photo, which is modeled by one of Kristi’s daughters. Knitting in the Sun is well-organized and the many layering pieces are not just for warm weather, they are also appropriate and suitable as transitional pieces for any climate and season.
The book is organized into six chapters: Accessories, Sleeveless, Short Sleeves, Long Sleeves, Cardigans and Odds & Ends. Many of the patterns have a simple, classic and relaxed style, with enough details to make them interesting and unique, but not too much to make them overly fussy. The photography is excellent and fresh, and the models look very natural and do not contort in weird poses. Furthermore, I love that the models are more like everyday women. In fact, this past weekend I had the pleasure of seeing some of the models in person when I went to Kristi’s book party in La Jolla. They were healthy-looking real people, unlike the rail-thin models typical of the fashion industry.
As if the patterns and photos are not drool-worthy enough, there’s also a bonus! What, you ask? You can print charts from the patterns in the book from the publisher’s website. How convenient and sublime is that!? You won’t have to worry about dragging your book to your copy center, messing up the binding of your book, and you avoid getting any wonky or distorted copies (which always happen to me, especially near the spine).
As I stated when Marnie MacLean, who designed Aviara, interviewed me, I’m trying to practice some good self-discipline and finish up my long list of knitting to-dos, but there are several patterns that are calling my name. It’s especially true now that I’ve seen them all in person. Seriously, no matter how gorgeously photographed they are, photos still don’t do the garments the same justice as being able to see and touch them in person. Namely, the 3 that I like most are, in no particular order, Cinnamon Bay by Carol Feller, Coronado by Kristi, and Anacapa by Kendra Nitta.
Cinnamon Bay is a clever take on a pinwheel blanket. It features a simple fan and feather lace edging and a drawstring that allows you to convert the blanket into a bag. I think that Cinnamon Bay would make a nice gift for expecting parents, and I have a good friend that I think would totally appreciate it as a gift.
Coronado just screams comfy to me. I think that the best feature of this wrap-style cardigan is its giant shawl collar. The eyelet rib creates slimming vertical lines, and I think it would be a superb cardigan to wrap myself in without me looking preggars, especially since I am, ahem, rather buxom on top. I have some Mission Falls and Karaoke in my stash that might work for Coronado, but it would look luscious in some Noblesse that I’ve been coveting, wouldn’t it?
As if the cover photo was not inspirational enough, I cannot express how much more beautiful and interesting Anacapa is in person. Lately, I’ve been having a love affair with textures and cables, and I may just have to engage in a tryst with Anacapa.
Maybe I could squeeze in an extra project afterall…
Next up on the Knitting in the Sun blog tour is Amy O’Neill Houck. Please visit her blog in the next few days to see what she has in store for you.
left: With Kristi at her book party at her LYS, Knitting in La Jolla on 5/16/09; right: posing next to Yehliu at the book party. (I would’ve taken more photos, but I was too distracted and having too much fun meeting new people. 🙂 )