A couple weeks ago Mary Lou Egan asked if I'd like to review her new book, Drop-Dead Easy Knits. First and foremost, I was flattered that she was willing to share this with me. She's a real designer!! Her patterns are always lovely. She co-authored this book with Gale Zucker (photographer extraordinaire; I've taken one of her on-line classes!! eep. another brush with fame!) and Kirsten Kapur (oh, Lordy, how many of her patterns have I knit over the years?!?) I've hit the tri-fecta of knitting.
Sight unseen, the one thing that had me just a wee bit hesitant was the title of the book...Drop-Dead EASY Knits. I figured this was going to be another beginner-knits book. Yep, judging a book by it's title....and my (uninformed) interpretation of that title.
I know it sounds really snobbish that I was ready to pooh-pooh an easy knits beginner book, but I've been knitting a very long long long long time and am by no means a beginner. I've knit so long that I've almost come 'full circle'. I can knit just about anything...yep, I've done a Kaffe Fassett. I've knit an Alice Starmore. I've knit huge blankets and I've knit miniature with 00000 needles. Even though I CAN knit that kind of project, it's not the kind of thing I'm usually looking for now. I want something classic, with a great 'drop-dead-gorgeous' look....but mindless. HMMMMMM. I guess you could say....Drop-Dead Easy.
OMG! They wrote a book for ME! As I read the introduction...and then every-single-word-in-this-entire-book-in-a-single-sitting-including-all-the-directions-for-every-single-pattern (and there are a whopping 29 of them)!!!!!!! I felt like I was in the middle of their conversation. They talked about how they need their knitting...during the 'waiting times', the 'traveling times', the 'relaxing/social/bottle-of-wine-with-friends' times.
(And to make this feel even more like 'my book', the idea was conceived in Maine, my favorite place in the world to be, but I guess that's not really a reason to love a book, but I'm counting it.)
In this book you will find baby patterns (Bursting with Joy), patterns to get you through frustrations (Family Entanglements), portable ones (the Waiting Game) and beach knitting (NO Sheep at the Shore....how did they KNOW that I love the beach almost as much as I love Maine?? These people are IN-MY- HEAD!!!)
They have invited some of their designer friends to contribute patterns...with all the same stringent 'requirements'...that they be drop-dead gorgeous, yet easy. Yes. I feel most beginners could manage these patterns because they are meticulously written. But, for the experienced knitter, you can cheerfully blast mindlessly through them because they have added a brilliant 'concentration zone' alert where you should slow down a bit, at least to check the directions. (This is certainly going to save ME a bit of tinking when I'm in my 'smarty-pants-know-it-all' mode. who me?)
I found a few things I want to knit. (Don't you love understatement?)
And then I had a cast-on party...I'm actually still in the middle of it. (see that swans island gold? it's going to grow up to be Kirsten's abide shawl! squeeeee!!!) Care to join me?
Really. I'm serious. If you'd like a chance to win a copy of this amazing book, leave me a comment here. I'll pick a winner next Friday. Want another chance to win??? Follow me on instagram (woolythyme1) and leave a comment there. I'll combine all the entries.