So I just received my copy of this FABULOUS book today! I had already perused the e-book which I received when I pre-ordered my copy of the printed version, so I knew what to expect, but there’s something about holding the printed version in my hands that was so much better! It’s a small book, but packed with SO MUCH! Jared Flood’s photography is outstanding, (the gorgeous setting didn’t hurt, I’m sure!), and the models: fantastic, including one of my fave designers, Ysolda.
I love every one of the designs in this book, and would love to make each one, for myself no less! I love that each of the designs is totally knitable even for the average knitter, nothing so overly complex or complicated as to make it intimidating, and yet each with enough interesting stucture or stitches to make it interesting and not just dull, mindless, “TV” knitting (not that there’s anything wrong with that…we all need mindless knitting from time to time!). What I love most about Ms. Johnston’s designs is that they are nearly all knitted in the round. A girl after my own heart! I go out of my way to knit almost exclusively in the round, converting flat knitting patterns into the round no matter how much work and creativity and modifications it may take. I am so terrible at purling, and thus avoid it like the plague, so to have a pattern book where I won’t be having to convert the patterns to fit my style of knitting is so awesome!
And just so you know (if there’s anyone out there reading this), I am in no way affiliated with The Shetland Trader, or any of the other bloggers/designers listed above. I don’t get so much as a pat on the back for my high praise of this book, I just wanted to share my excitement and advise any knitters who may possibly check out this blog to also check out this book. You’ll be glad you did!