|Swatching for Antrorse|
Grace was the youngest knitter in attendance at the retreat, but that didn't matter. Her warmth and exuberance lit us up; she had us in "Depends" moments of hysterical laughter more times than could be counted. One evening, she shared with a few of us that a couple of the knitters in her Knit Night group had just finished up a collection of patterns (she test knits for them). In fact, the sweater she was wearing was one of the test knits. If you are familiar with the blog LoveIntheMommyHood or the names Shannon Cook or Jane Richmond, then you might register the slight swoon factor that followed!
|Grace's Antrorse, sleeve detail|
|Onward, photo taken from Ravelry pattern page.|
|Swift, photo taken from Ravelry pattern page|
|Climb, a pair of socks Photo taken from Ravelry pattern page|
|Spate, fingerless mitts Photo taken from Ravelry pattern page|
I urge you consider buying this book but if you only like a few patterns, know that you can order just one or two patterns on there own. I need to confess that I am no longer stung by the sticker price of pay-for patterns. Please venture into this pool with me; consider the efforts that go into translating a design into directions that are well written and logical, consider the styling and photography required to create an inviting image that lures you in. Pattern prices might seem steep, considering the many patterns that are available, but I ask you to support these independent designers with your dollars. Encourage them to continue on this path of design by adding their patterns and books to your library.
If you are inclined to cast on, I want to share that there is a Journey KAL. Go to Shannon's forum thread for details. The contest ends on February 26, there will be prizes. Go to the blog to read more. Use the hashtag #JourneyKAL on your project page.