Anyone who knows me at all will not be at all surprised that the top of the list here for me is Ysolda Teague, in fact I have already blogged about my love of her designs here. The latest offering from Ysolda is her absolutely fabulous and much anticipated book Little Red In The City. Yes this book contains some lovley knitting patterns but it also contains a plethora of really useful information. You know how so often books are jam packed with information that you feel should be useful but you never really use? Well this book isn't like that at all. I pre-ordered my copy of Little Red and waiting almost patiently for it to arrive in the post. I am sad to say I haven't had as much time to read it as I would have liked but it goes through everything you need to know about making a garment that actually fits! You know maybe take some of the guess work out of it and avoid the weeks of knitting only to end up with something that looks like an expensive sack or you can hardly squeeze into? There is also information on yarn choice and substitution and various knitting techniques. I can see this becoming my 'go to' knitting reference book. All that said we musn't forget the patterns and I have definite plans to knit Cria at some stage and probably some of the others as well.
One of my most recent designer discoveries on Ravelry is the very talented young designer Lily Kate France of Joli House. Her designs are fresh, fun and funky and I can't wait to knit Wray which would have to be my favorite so far.
Finally on this list is Hannah Fettig of Knitbot. I love the simplicity of Hannah's designs and the drape and shape she can get from the yarn. I recently finished one of her designs, the Whisper Cardigan, and I know I will be knitting more in the future. In fact the book that she has just released in conjunction with Alana Dakos who I mentioned yesterday may well be on my christmas list as well. A couple of my fav designs from Coastal Knits are Rocky Coast Cardigan by Hannah and Gnarled Oak Cardigan by Alana.
|My Whisper Cardigan|
|Rocky Coast Cardigan|
|Gnarled Oak Cardigan|
So what is at the top of your "I really want to knit for me" list? Let me know and be sure to check back tomorrow for a giveaway along this recent theme of mine.