Looking around trying to find something to chat with you about... HEY! I have new books to share!
First, I received Myra Wood's Brand New Book Knit in New Directions: A Journey into Creativity when I was at Stitches West in February. I guess you could say I've been fermenting on it. That's true because the more I look at it, the more I love it.
I think some of the most beloved quilts are those that are not constrained in pattern but are set free with color and stitches and fabric textures. I've heard them referred to as Crazy Quilts. I'm not so sure I care for that name, I wish it was something like Intuitive Art Quilts or something.
That's what Myra's book is encouraging us to do: Use your imagination, use the magic of your yarn, it's colors, the fabrics your hands and needles can create and create something that's sure to capture everyone's eye! Photographed by Alexis Xenakis, published by XRX publications, 168 pages, softcover, it's a beautiful and most inspirational book!
Here's the link to purchase it through Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Knit-New-Directions-Journey-Creativity/dp/1933064285/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1400097769&sr=1-1&keywords=Myra+Wood
If you're on Ravelry, check out the individual Patterns: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/knit-in-new-directions
I've also received a book as a prize through the Yarn Thing podcast with Marly Bird (www.marlybird.com) pretty much by accident. I was listening online with my computer and I lost sound. While I was rebooting, I dialed in so I wouldn't miss anything of her interview with Brooke Nico and my number was chosen from the queue. I had knitted one of Brooke's designs before, I appreciated how well thought out and evenly balanced it that pattern was, so I was very excited to hear she had a new book coming out: Lovely Knitted Lace: A Geometric Approach to Gorgeous Wearables. She uses FOUR shapes to create different projects ranging from accessories to garments, and gives you ideas for creating your own unique piece. Published by Larkcrafts.com, a division of Sterling Publishing, soft cover, 128 pages I think it encourages people to think of knitting lace in their own way as well.
Here's the link to purchase it through Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lovely-Knitted-Lace-Geometric-Wearables/dp/145470781X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1400099508&sr=1-1&keywords=Brooke+Nico
And the link to the patterns listed in Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/lovely-knitted-lace-a-geometric-approach-to-gorgeous-wearables
I have signed copies of both book now in my library and I love them. I would recommend both to knitters ready to work beyond their own preconceived boundaries! Happy Knitting....
PS. I will be adding pictures of my copies at some point in the next couple of days!