I recently received the book "Knitting Reimagined" by Nicky Epstein (I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review)... Wow... I am super afraid of knitting anything other than hats or scarves... basically I'm a sissy, lol... But this book has really got me wanting to go for a sweater...
I wasn't really sure what to think when I received the book... but once I actually started reading it, I was blown away. The patterns are so different from anything I have ever seen before... Nothing about the book is "normal"... each project is full of so much character and abstract construction... that I just want to give them a try...
For those of you who have met me, or have known me forever... You know that I tend to be a little "weird" and that I really don't conform to what others want... I am me... I do what I want... and these sweaters/shawls/shirts do the exact same... They are original :)
These are two of my favorites:
Quintessential Cable Pullover - page 155
Etiquette Unchained Pullover - page 103
But, I think the best part of the book, is right at the beginning... Nicky Epstein, on page 8, has a "How to Use This Book" section...
It breaks down the three things that ever knitter thinks about when starting a new project:
1. Is it hard to make?
2. How long does it take to make it?
3. How much does the yarn cost?
Right under that, there is a little chart with symbols that show you exactly what to look for with each pattern so that you know what skill level you have to have, as well as how much time the project will likely take you... And I know, a ton of books have the same thing... but its the way that they explained that really made me feel like I could make one of these pieces.
I think that if you feel up to it... and you want to give a unique design a shot... pick up the book... see if the library has it... or you can buy it... it runs $29.99... its hardcover and if you use it, is definitely going to be worth it :)
If you decide to get the book... and make one of the lovely pieces, I would absolutely love to see pics of it :)