some time back, julie turjoman contacted me to ask if i would participate in her new book project, brave new knits. last summer we met on a warm august day to chat about knitting, design, and how emerging designers are establishing themselves by using the internet as a communication and business tool.
throughout the fall and winter, julie sent updates on the progress of her book and then this august, the book hit the stores. after a couple of books went AWOL in the mail on their way to me, i finally received my copy this week and now i’ve had a much anticipated chance to see what everyone has been talking about.
graced with beautiful photos by jared flood, this book is chock full of lovely projects by 26 up and coming fiber designers, augmented by thoughtful interviews and writings about the work through julie’s eyes.
see, there’s my friend clara parkes; she contributed some beautiful mitts that i’ll show you in just a bit . . . let’s start at the beginning.
the first half of the book is devoted to sweater designers and the projects they contributed.
included are sweaters of all types—dressy, casual, practical, and unusual. and somehow, i did not snap photos of any sweaters individually to show you, drat! there are several pieces that caught my eye as intriguing though; my favorite being the johnny rotten jacket.
the second half of the book explores accessory projects and i guess unconsciously, that’s where my camera likes to dawdle—over designs that make a splash out of a skein or two of something special. this section is devoted to socks, scarves, shawls, mitts, and other portable sundries.
clara’s gorgeous plum-colored mitts are just one of the projects i drooled over—i love kirsten kapur’s socks, featured on the book’s cover
that are knit with a variety of techniques represented. and ysolda’s shawl is breathtaking
i want one for myself!
and i love norah’s hat
it’s so clever and dramatic, and fun. i don’t know if i could wear it, but i really want to figure out who i could knit it for.
i contributed a neckwarmer, the design inspired by my climbing hydrangea as it came into bud last spring, all of its sleeping branches, which looked dead one day, were covered with green promises of new life the next.
seeing photos of it in the book was like seeing that climber brought to life all over again—it’s so different staged in living color.
this is a beautiful book that will be a useful addition to any knitters library through the upcoming holiday season. the nicest part though, is that it will give back again after the new year, when we might go looking for warm, insightful stories to read as we pass the winter evenings.
thank you julie for a beautiful book!