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So I’ve noticed a trend… when I’m actually doing things I should be doing at home (cleaning, etc.), I have less time to blog!  What is up with that? 

My new things this week are new knitting books!  New books in general are exciting to me, but when you make them knitting books, there are hours of entertainment built in – just sitting and staring at the pages, imagining the possibilities…

New knitting books

Knitting Classic Style by Veronik Avery, GlamKnits by Stefanie Japel, and Custom Knits, by Wendy Bernard.  All of them beautiful books, filled with beautiful patterns….

I bought Knitting Classic Style because I wanted a couple of specific patterns in the book (layered skater’s top and the bias shell) – and bonus is all the other fabulous patterns in there!  I love the red sweater on the front (the Aspen Top-Down sweater), the “fake” argyle socks, several of the cardigans, the graphic hoodie… I could go on.  There are also some children’s patterns in there that I probably won’t knit, because they are for girls, and some other patterns that just aren’t my style.  But overall, a great book.

I love Stefanie Japel.  I just love her.  Her designs are what got me back into knitting – she was the first designer I found online that had cool designs (of course, she was the tip of the iceberg for me – I didn’t know how much great stuff was out there!).  Then, if you add the fact that her daughter was born just after my youngest, and I actually was in an expectant mother’s group with her on Ravelry, and I was supposed to be a test knitter for her Petal sweater (except that I knit too slow and was barely finished with a couple rows by the time the rest of her test knitters had finished the sweater)… and the fact that I want to knit everything in her first book, Fitted Knits… well, then, I had to buy her newest book, GlamKits, on principle.  See, I’m not so much a glam girl myself, and I can’t really afford luxury yarns that she features in her book – so I bought the book not thinking that I would actually want to knit up much of what was inside.  Boys howdy – I was wrong.  Beautiful and accessible – I think that most of the patterns would look as fabulous with jeans and messy hair as they do with the satin skirts and wave curls that are featured in the book.  Which is good, because I’m all about jeans and messy hair.

And the jewel of the bunch… Custom Knits.  I’ve read Wendy’s blog since I found it back in the day, and I didn’t really even realize that she was a designer for a long time.  But when she came out with this book, I read around online what I could about it, and bought it more on a whim.  I am so glad I did!  What is awesome about this book is that she basically teaches you how to design your own sweater (hence the name, Custom Knits!).  And with the 20+ patterns that she gives you in the book, she gives multiple ways to modify each one to your tastes.  LOVE. IT.  With some modifications, I want to knit everything in this book.  Everything.

Now – all I need is an unlimited supply of yarn and time to knit up all the new goodness that I’ve found in these books.  Anyone know where I can get some of each?

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