All of my nieces know how to knit. The cousins have been surrounded by women who knit, sew, craft, and create since their births so it seemed natural that they would pick up some needles sometime. I always figure it is good to bring kids into the fold of creating and being involved in projects at an early part of their lives. When I was working on Kristin Knits, I asked my two oldest nieces - Olivia and Celia - if they might like to knit a project for the book. They were maybe 13 and 14 years old at the time. I knew there was a back-up plan if they didn't finish (my sisters). But knit they did. Here are the Olivia and Celia Mittens from Kristin Knits knit by my nieces.
Two years ago, Olivia began this - her first sweater - from my book Color By Kristin. Brave girl, wouldn't you say?
It has taken her a while but she was determined to finish it Thanksgiving weekend. Olivia also makes pottery and is majoring in Art at university. You can see Olivia's pottery on this post here. On CraftFriday, I helped her with a bit of surgery (the sleeves were too long). I showed her how to cut Fair Isle, pick up stitches and then graft the pieces together. She did it all herself. Here she is with her finished sweater. Once again - pretty amazing for a first sweater - don't you think?
Here are the two girls hamming it up with the wreaths we made out in the snow. I am so proud of them!
Which leads me to the reason behind this post..... I have a new book to share with you by knitwear designer and new author Cirilia Rose. I do not know Cirilia but I have just recently received her new book cleverly titled Magpies, Homebodies and Nomads. This book has been recently published by STC/Melanie Falick Books.
When I received Magpies, Homebodies and Nomads, I was firstly impressed by the cover, the layout and art direction - It is a Melanie Book and they are always guaranteed to be gorgeous. I know how hard Melanie works on all her books and she never disappoints. I have heard of Cirilia because she has worked for Webs, Berroco, and Skacel but I did not know much about her.
As I looked through the book, I was trying to figure out the concept and the back story behind the quirky title. This is a pattern book but it is more than that. It is the story of a young woman's journey into the land of knitting and design. Let me share part of the introduction because I think Cirilia says it best......
"I've divided the projects in this book into 3 sections that I feel are 3 parts of a knitterly personality. We are all Magpies, collecting small amounts of precious yarns and never knowing what to do with them. We are Homebodies, sometimes preferring the quiet of our own perch, but we are also Nomads, venturing into the world to meet friends and gather inspiration." (from page 8 of Magpies, Homebodies and Nomads)
The photography was done by Jared Flood and Cirilia serves as her own model on the pages, along with (I am assuming) more of her handsome friends. The 25 projects are varied - from scarves, to cowls, hats, fingerless mitts, little sweaters and more.
I was on the fence about reviewing this book here because Magpies, Homebodies and Nomads was not written with me in mind, nor who I think my reader is - not that I really know! I'm a 50 and a half decade knitter/designer who doesn't care much anymore about fashion. I've figured out what I like and wear and knit and I am beyond trying to morph into someone I am not for the sake of fashion. But then I started thinking about who this book was written for and decided that this blog was the perfect place to share it.
|The Studio Pullover uses dyed curly wool locks in multi colors to form a heart design|
The Jordaan capelet was inspired by a piece of clothing Cirilia found in Europe.
I love this slouchy, easy to knit coat called Gezell.
These elfish looking booties -- named Heima Slippers -- could also be laced with i-cord.
Another use for curly dyed wool locks - the Marion Collar attached to the skim fitting Isla cardigan. (When I was in my 20's I went through a period of using curly locks and thrifted fur tails and collars.)
I am suggesting Magpies, Homebodies and Nomads to you my dear readers as a perfect gift for the younger person in your life who may be interested in picking up knitting or is just beginning. It is beautifully produced and they will be captivated by the pages. Hopefully it will inspire them to learn and grow as a knitter does - over time - over the decades. It will start them on their lifelong journey and we all know how much fun that can be.
So here is what I have for all of you today. A chance to win Cirilia's Magpies, Homebodies and Nomads donated by the fine folks at STC/Melanie Falick Books.
Here's how you enter.
Answer the following question in the comments.....
Why did you learn to knit? What sucked you in? Was it the color, the fiber, the community and friends?
Contest ends Saturday December 20th at 11:59 p.m.
US Residents only please. As always, leave an easy way to get a hold of you - email, Ravelry or blogger id.
Unfortunately, the book giveaways are only open to US Residents. The reason for this is I ask publishers to donate books and ship the giveaway copies to the winner. Shipping for books to Canada and overseas is extremely expensive because of the weight of the book and the postage charges. In fact, it usually costs more to ship a book than the retail cost of the book. These folks are being nice to me (and my readers) and I think it is unfair for them to incur ridiculous shipping costs. I'm sorry for this if you are an overseas reader but I'm sure you understand my reasoning.