When I first started knitting in a really serious way (not just as an amateur?) I aquired a couple of books that really inspired me to create knitted items that were modern and beautiful. The first book I picked up was Debbie Stoller’s Stitch and Bitch. This book is an excellent reference book (I still use it regularly enough to keep it handy at all times). It has some great patterns in it too, and I’ve since knit some cool guy patterns from her Son of Stitch and Bitch. The other book I picked up was Joelle Hoverson’s Last Minute Knitted Gifts. While Stitch and Bitch was excellent as a reference book, Last Minute Knitted Gifts was really all about inspiration.
The photography, colours, textures, and fibres are amazing in this book. It really got me inspired to knit with better yarn (I gave up the acrylics) and to knit some really beautiful things. Knitting is really a combination of art and craft and what draws me to it is that it combines beauty and utility. After reading and knitting from Last Minute Knitted Gifts I began to think about knitting in a more artful way. It also made me want to take better pictures of my lovely knitted things.
Well, now there is a sequel to this inspiring book. More Last Minute Knitted Gifts is on the shelves at UY and we couldn’t be more excited! This book is everything the first book was, but more. There are projects small and large:from some adorable little drawer sachets to 3 stunning blankets. There are sweaters, baby items, housewares and more. I’m so excited to keep knitting my way through this book! I’ll be happy to share some of the knitting I’ve already started on from this book soon!