Wednesday, 21 March 2018
Review: Inspired Shawls: 15 Creative Patterns for Year-Round Knitting by Laura Zukaite
My review of Inspired Shawls: 15 Creative Patterns for Year-Round Knitting by Laura Zukaite (also known as Liz's four rules for a knock-out knitting book.)
1. Don't skimp on the pictures! Take them outside, for starters, and do it somewhere gorgeous and simple.
2. Feel with your eyes. Make sure the textures come to life. I want to feel gossamer laces between my fingers, caress the delightfully full and smooth touch of silk and the sturdy crunch of wool simply by looking.
3. Balance the pictures with a well composed layout. Keep it simple (my eyes aren't as young as they used to be.) Guide me with a grand font, keep me turning the pages, and reassure me nothing has been left out.
4. Make sure it's something I'd trash that wooden bowl thing on the coffee table for. If I'd leave it in the centre of the table for everyone who came through my door to see because I want them all to know about it, you've put together something special.
5. (I know, right!) Make me want to put confidence in my craft and pick up "real yarn" to realize everything the book has inspired in me.
I have to say, Inspired Shawls hits all the marks for me. The beach looks so much like the coast of Vancouver Island just north of my home! I've had as much fun browsing the pages as I have poking around the various yarn-makers websites (so I know where to by skeins from Art Yarns here in town.)
I'm very please with this book! Thank you to the publisher. I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.