Well, I've been busy. Busy, busy, busy! Flair is creeping closer and closer to completion (tomorrow I'll begin a local button search) and Clementine is, well, lonely. And just look at what I have waiting for me to dive into!
Isn't it just beautiful. The red in the middle is one hank of Knit Picks Gloss that I ordered because I still haven't gotten Knitty's Thermal out of my mind. I figure a few rounds on size 3 needles will be sure to convince me one way or another. And btw, the little pink striped bag in the upper left hand corner is from Kaity's Shop. It is a very well-made lined drawstring bag... and is currently home to my Clementine Shawlette.
I don't have much (okay, any) knitting to show you... but I can share another book "review" with you. How about a glimpse at Stephanie Japel's Fitted Knits?
I was hesitant to order this at all because, as the title clearly indicates, it is a selection of "fitted" knits. While I love the way so many of you look in fitted knits, I'm a much better candidate for slightly-loose knits that won't cling to my apparently very proud 5 baby belly. However, curiosity got the best of me and I succumbed. (yeah - big surprise there)
I'll be honest... at first glance, it seemed to be mainly a collection of creative variations of Stephanie's very popular sweaters like Forecast and Simple Knitted Bodice.
But when I pulled it out again later with a little more time, I found quite a variety of other lovely designs that I hadn't caught before. She offers tips on modifying knits to fit just right and most of the designs feature very affordable yarns such as Cascade cottons and wools. Sadly, as I had suspected, most of the designs are too "fitted" for me (not for my taste... just for my figure)...
However, there are a few I'd definitely love to knit with a couple of fitting mods ...
And, I think she's pulled off one of the classiest knitted dresses I've seen...
I would so make this if I had a cute little figure... plus if I had more (okay, any) time, patience, and determination.
All in all, it's a keeper and I think any fan of Stephanie's work will love this book.