Twist Collective Blog
Book Review: Mother-Daughter Knits
It's taken me a while to come around to sharing my thoughts on Sally Melville's latest book, Mother Daughter Knits: 30 Designs to Flatter and Fit, not because I am reluctant to tell you what I think. On the contrary, I was immediately enthusiastic about this book, and unlike my usual ebullience with such enthusiasms, I sort of sat on it, forgot about it, and then rediscovered it as I was clearing out the pile of things on the desk. Leafing through the book again, I am persuaded that my initial reaction to it will remain my opinion about it for as long as it lives in my book library, which will be (and this is really all you need to know about this book) for as long as I have a library.
There are a few books which every knitter just has to have, like the two by Ann Budd (A Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns and A Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns), The Vogue Knitting Book, maybe a stitch dictionary or two, and a Nancy Bush sock book. Then there are the books that serve as a library of knits, covering every opportunity you may ever have an impulse to knit, like the shawl for a friend's wedding, the riot of colour pullover, or the perfect Baby cardigan, found in such books as The Green Mountain Spinnery Book, the Mason-Dixon Knitting couplet, and the late great Rowan Magazines #8 and 34.
I submit that Mother Daughter Knits is such a book, full of Sally's experience, her advice for customizing patterns for the most flattering results, and a collection of knits that feel fresh, modern, and age appropriate for the whole spectrum of knitters. It is as beautiful a book as we have come to expect from Potter Craft, and with the participation of Melville's knitting daughter Caddie, as current a collection as a knit book is capable. So check it out next time you're at your local bookstore or yarn shop, and even if you don't agree that you need these particular patterns in your library, that the book is diverse and appealing on many levels of skill and taste.
It's August first, and pinch me, but we're one year old today! Thank you so much for being here, for supporting the work of independent designers with your purchases, and spreading the Twist Collective word. Want to celebrate with us? Go buy a pattern (you know you want at least one), and keep us all going for another year!
Lovely cupcake notecards from creativeapples.
Twist report from Tigard Knitting Guild
Marnie MacLean graciously hosted a Twist Collective fashion show last week at the Tigard Knitting Guild in Portland, Oregon. She also posted about the evening on her blog, so if you are interested in how it went, and want to see some lovely pictures of happy knitters wearing beautiful sweaters, you should go there now. Her friend Erica took pictures. Just so you know.
Where in the World Have the Buzz Bags Gone?
Barbara sent us a photo of her Buzz Bag all coloured in. Isn't it darling?
If you haven't done this to yours yet, Allison Green Will, designer of Bernhardt and Jaali, told me she had great success doing hers with just regular felt tip markers. I can't account for how wash fast it would be that way, but if the colour all comes out, you can just do it again! Think you might want one to colour in for yourself? We have about 15 of them left in the shop, so act fast.
Kate and I thought you might get a little kick out of a map, just a graphic representation of where we've sent the Buzz Bags. Just click on this link.View Where in the World are the Buzz Bags? map here.
An Introduction, and a Contest
When I first met Kate, we sat and talked about how we both started knitting and our subsequent forays into the knitting world. I told her the story of the first thing I had made for anyone, a horribly ugly scarf for my dad. Here is the story: (reposted from my blog, www.knitternaut.com):
I’ve been knitting since I was a kid, but like many people I got back into it as an adult. My mom taught me once upon a time, and I laboriously worked at it. When I saw other people knitting I thought I was doing it all strange and backwards, but it turned out that I was just knitting English style in a sea of Continental knitters. After learning that my style was indeed legitimate, I felt a lot better about it and now embrace my yarn throwing technique.