Brave New Knits: 26 Projects and Personalities from the Knitting Blogosphere (英語) ペーパーバック – 2010/8/31
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Hip young knitters know the Internet is the freshest source for knitting information, inspiration, and materials. Many follow knitting's creative bloggers obsessively. In "Brave New Knits", "Interweave" magazine contributor Julie Turjoman has gathered a talented group of the most popular bloggers, each of whom shares a new pattern created just for this book. Contributors include Clara Parkes of "Knitter's Review", Stefanie Japel of "Glampyre Knits", Jared Flood of "Brooklyn Tweed", and many more. Each blogger's pattern is accompanied by a profile explaining how they developed their signature styles and their thoughts on knitting's vibrant online community. With 26 exclusive, previously unpublished patterns and an extensive resource section, "Brave New Knits" provides today's generation of knitters with their own insider's guide to their favourite personalities and gorgeous patterns from newer bloggers.
An accomplished knitter for more than 20 years, Julie Turjoman's original hand-knit designs have been published in Interweave Knits and Twist Collective magazines, as well as the book Vampire Knits (Potter Craft, 2010). She writes and designs in the San Francisco Bay area, in a room filled with yarn.
The garment section has a bio of each designer included. The patterns are varied and many are quite beautiful. I especially like the Tulip Peasant Blouse designed by Conie Chang Chinchio of Physicknits; Silke Jacket designed by Shannon Okey of Knitgrrl; Delysia Camisole designed by Jordana Paige; Koukla Cardigan designed by Hilary Smith Callis of The Yarniad; The Origami Shrug designed by Melissa Wehrle of Newknits. I am excited to know that I can access each of the designers on their blog or website. This way I'm able to see a lot more of the work they are doing.
In the Accessory section I fell in love with the Lace Flower Pin designed by Kate Coyle. The woodsmoke Scarf is perfect for my Alaskan winters and is designed by Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed. I can't wait to knit the Hydrangea Neckwarmer designed by Ann Hanson, Knitspot. The old hippie in me loves the Sockstravaganza designed by Kirsten Kapur, Through the Loops. The socks are perfect to wear with Birkenstocks or sandals. Ruth P. of Wormhead has designed a grat hat that is cabled and covers the ears. The Lubov Scarf by designer Kathy Veeza, Grumperina knocked my socks off (no pun intended. I am a lace fanatic and this is a project I'll love knitting.
All in all, this is a wonderful book. If you haven't yet checked out Ravelry, go to [...] and see what an amazing community of knitters awaits you from around the world. This is a book designed to connect knitters on the web. It is also a book with beautiful projects.
But, (knew it was coming didn't you) the pattern is poorly written, and there is no errata to address the problems. I've searched everywhere. Jared Flood is a wonderful designer but I would have expected more from him. Ysolda Teague also one of my favorotes but same deal, pattern is flawed and even her published errata is sketchy. I wish I had not bought the book. It should not have been sent to print if you have to search (in vain) for a way to finish some of the patterns. I will probably not buy another book by Julie Turjoman.
Photos are black and white, and after casting on Ysolda Teague's Orchid Thief Shawl, I realized the chart was so small I could barely make out any of the symbols. After wincing through Charts 1&2, I was relieved to find some errata with Charts 3 & 4 reprinted on Ysoda's blog. However, because everything is in B&W, I didn't realize there were color-coded pattern repeats and had to rip back several rows. :(
Other than that, I was an excellent read. Though I highly recommend purchasing the actual physical book if you plan on knitting any of the patterns.