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Title: Knit the Sky
Author: Lea Redmond
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: 08/11/2015
Synopsis from Goodreads: Look up from your knitting needles and explore with the world around you! That’s the mantra of Lea Redmond, the creative instigator behind Knit the Sky. Challenging herself to capture the changing colors of the sky in her knitting, Redmond loaded up her yarn basket with shades of blue, gray, and white and set out to knit a strip reflecting each day’s shades. In 365 days, she imagines having a one-year weather report in the shape of a scarf. This is just one of 30 adventurous knitting challenges she shares with readers in this whimsical, inspiring collection. These are knitting projects like no other, as the goal is not just to have a finished project but to have a one-of-a-kind piece that tells a story about the knitter’s life experience. Some of the projects invite the knitter to engage with others: friends knitting two scarves at once on the same needles, or a grandmother sharing a “basket of berries” with her grandchildren through matching basketweave-patterned hats. Others encourage contemplation: a knit 1, breathe 1 meditation stitch; creating an heirloom scarf for a yet-to-be descendent; or using a map to a favorite place as the basis for a pattern stitch. Accompanied by basic instructions for all the needed stitches, techniques, and patterns, Knit the Sky is a complete creativity starter kit for any knitter looking for a fresh approach to the craft.
Knit the Sky is a knitting pattern book unlike any other pattern book you’ve ever seen. While you might have thought from the title that it was something along the lines of The Friday Night Knitting Club books, you’d have been wrong.
Knit the Sky by Lea Redmond is a collection of patterns that challenges the knitter to actually stop knitting for a few minutes and take a look at the world around them. I know that I personally often forget to stop and pay attention to the little things in life when I am busy – whether I’m knitting, reading, blogging, or working on my assignments for school. This book challenges knitters to stop focusing on the needles all the time and look around.
Patterns to knit a scarf in colors found in 365 days of looking up at the sky, twin scarves knitted on the same needles at the same time (yes, 2 scarves from 2 balls of yarn – kind of like a twin popsicle on a knitting needle), and many more projects await knitters when they read Knit the Sky. While it would take me far too long to actually go through and collect the materials and knit any of these projects, I can tell you that this book will work well for beginners to experts. All you need is a little determination and a desire to stop and look around you at the world for a bit.
This book gets three stars from me – I expected a bit more story to the book than I actually got – loved the patterns, but would have liked better story components. This book can be purchased as of Aug. 25, 2015 – so be sure to check your local craft stores and online for it then.
I received a copy of this book free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.