Too. Many. Great. Choices.

It seems that all my favourite designers have new books coming out these days. With so many amazing options, the hard part isn’t finding fresh new patterns to love. The challenge is figuring out a way to make them fit in my budget. I thought today I’d share with you my favourite new titles as well as my thoughts and plans to incorporate them into my personal library.

I have sung the praises of Jane Richmond many times in the past & I have no doubt I will continue to do so for years to come. Of all the designs I knit up, Jane’s are some of the most used and loved in my wardrobe. Always timeless, always practical, always simple & beautiful, I recommend Jane’s designs for knitters of all skill levels.

What we discovered about Jane from her first book, Island (reviewed by me here), is that she transcends the title of talented knitwear designer. Her book was groundbreaking in that it took a collection of designs and gave them depth and meaning by forever intertwining them with a place, her home of Vancouver Island.  Her new book, Journey, which officially launched at Knit City in Vancouver this past weekend, promises the same layers of inspiration.

Cover journeyThis time collaborating with the talents of her friend and colleague, Shannon Cook, it looks like once again we will be treated to not only beautiful designs, but more breathtaking photography by Nicholas Kupiak. For a sneak peak, you can check out their amazing video preview. Be warned though, it will make you extremely anxious to lay your hands on this book! You can count on the fact that I will be dropping whatever I am doing the moment this is available & placing my order. I have absolutely no doubt it’ll be worth every penny of the $26.95!

Next up is Ysolda Teague’s The Rhinebeck Sweater. This book is a collection spearheaded by Ysolda & offers designs from many big names in the design world, so the hype is thick. Like any collection of sweaters, there are some I love — how do you not love Pumpkin Ale, Jenny at the Fair, and Dutchess? There are also some that aren’t really my style though. One thing to keep in mind is that most of these patterns appear to be pretty involved, so it may not be the most practical purchase for those with a less advanced skill set. I am pretty tempted by my LYS’ offer for 10% off of pre-orders because the cost of the book is a little on the high side, but I still find myself squarely on the fence about this book. Thank goodness I have a couple days left to mull it over before the pre-order offer expires!

Then there is the highly anticipated Botanical Knits 2 due out next year from Alana Dakos. You may remember that I reviewed the original Botanical Knits in May and raved about the beautifully detailed patterns & the superior pattern writing of Dakos. While we await the release of the second book in the series, this wonderful designer has granted us a fabulous gift. She has pre-released the absolutely gorgeous Sprig pattern.Sprig modeled 5Officially part of the Botanical Knits 2 collection, if you purchase this sweater pattern now individually you can apply the “entire cost of the pdf” to the purchase of the new book when it is released. Just save your PayPal receipt & you will have already invested in a lovely new collection for 2014. I think it is an awesome (and effective!) promotion — I picked up my copy of Sprig yesterday. Knit in Quince & Co’s Owl, I think the hardest decision will be in which color to knit it!

Speaking of Quince & Co’s Owl, just in the last hour Knitbot Yoked by Hannah Fettig has been added to the Quince & Co website. The entire collection is knit in Owl & just could not be more beautiful. I have been a pretty huge fan of Hannah Fettig for years and that has only grown with her partnering with the amazing folks at Quince & Co. I have to say this collection may just be my favourite yet! From what I have seen & read, these designs are billed as an excellent first foray into colorwork & will include tips for choosing yarn & colors as well as basic construction information within the book. Video tutorials will also be available online. For under $20, you can’t go wrong!

Finally, the one book in this post I actually have in my possession, the wonderful Clara Parkes’ The Yarn Whisperer.

yw_cover_smallI am savoring this read, so I can’t provide a full review yet. I will tell you that there is very good reason to let the words soak in, to linger on these pages. There is also a reason Parkes is my favourite & most admired figure in the knitting world and this book is a testament to why that is. I can’t wait to tell you more, but for now I’m just going to enjoy.

This is only cracking the surface of some wonderful new titles in the knitting world. Check them out, enjoy, and be inspired!

Many thanks to Jane Richmond, Alana Dakos, and Clara Parkes for permission to use their images.

18 thoughts on “Too. Many. Great. Choices.

    1. Absolutely! You do such great work you make it easy to want to highlight it! While we’re all anxious for the release, too, but we know Journey will be worth the wait!

    1. You’re welcome! I’m telling you, Jane & Shannon are just fantastic – they do such a great job, produce gorgeous patterns, and are super sweet, too! Oh, and PS — If you didn’t see it, there’s a video for the first book, Island, too.

  1. Absolutely agree wholeheartedly about the new Clara Parkes book. It is meant to be savored. I’m still thinking about her essays weeks later. She is such a gifted writer. And her home sounds enchanting. Thanks for all the wonderful information in this post!

  2. love the reviews – and the books make me drool. 🙂 I have just discovered Quince and Co, and love the one yarn, Finch, I have tried. I have to say that were I a “good” sister, I would have discovered it years and years ago, because my sister has been raving about it forever. Now that she has finally dragged me to her LYS and made me try it, I am in love wit it, for everything. 🙂

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