My current work in progress:

Moth Cardigan, designed byAmy Christoffers, knit from Rowan SoftYak DK in the Plain colorway, using U.S. size 3 and 5 needles.

Two Reviews

For you I have
Two reviews.
A review of a book,
and a movie too.

The Movie

The movie first. Friday night the KOARC and I watched the movie “In Bruges,” starring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, and Ralph Fiennes. The main action takes place (not surprisingly) in Bruges, Belgium.

Hitmen Farrell and Gleeson are sent by boss Fiennes to the lovely medieval city of Bruges to cool their heels after a bungled hit. And of course, hijinks ensue.

This film features a lot of graphic violence but a lot of very dark comedy as well, and the story becomes more and more surreal as the plot unfolds. I’m not a fan of blood and gore films, but while this one was, as I said, pretty graphic, it was filmed (dare I say) tastefully, so that while you knew full well what was happening, and in most cases saw it, it was not a sickening gratuitous blood and gore-fest.

Did that make any sense?

If you are a fan of the slightly absurd, are not turned off by hitmen doing what they do best, and want to see Colin Farrell put in an incredible performance, check this one out. It’s available on DVD.

The Book

The other day I received a review copy of Shibori Knits: The Art of Exquisite Felted Knits, by Gina Wilde. This book’s publication date is next week, I believe.

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(Apologies for the seriously sucky photo.)

According to Wikipedia, Shibori is a Japanese term for several methods of dyeing cloth with a pattern by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, or compressing it. Some of these methods are known in the West as tie-dye. Western civilization does not have an exact word equivalent that encompasses all the techniques of shibori.

According to the description of the book on Amazon.com, Shibori Knits highlights the intersection between shibori and knitting, offering 20 patterns that utilize this transformative technique. Internationally acclaimed knitwear designer Gina Wilde guides knitters through three dynamic ways to add shibori to knitting. The first method uses physical resists (marbles or corks) that prevent specific areas of knitting from felting; where there are no resists, the garment does felt, creating unique fabric with bobbles and dimensionality. Another method uses nonfelting fibers as resists—for instance, a silk yarn knit with a wool yarn—to create windowpane effects or even mimic woven strips of fabric when felted. The third method creates ruffles and spirals when the fibers are worked in more than one direction; when felted, the work will shrink differently in the alternate directions. The textures created from each method offer a unique way to redefine felting and bring the beautiful and unexpected world of shibori to the knitter.

There are 20 projects in this book: hats, scarves, wraps, bags, a couple of baby things, sweaters, a belt and hand warmers. All the yarns used in this book are from Alchemy Yarns. When I figured out that the author is co-founder of Alchemy Yarns, that made sense. (See how quickly I grasp things like that?) There is, however, a guide to help you sub different yarns.

Here are a couple of my favorite projects. A hat:

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And a wrap:

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While it is a lovely book, it is not really my “thing.” So I’d rather someone else enjoyed it.

Would you like my review copy? Leave a comment to this blog entry (one comment per person, please) and I’ll randomly pick the recipient Wednesday (August 20) afternoon.

Lucy Sez:

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“I can haz new playhouse.”

Comments

  1. The book looks amazing. I tried shibori at a class a few years ago and would love to combine it with knitting – my obsession!
    Lucy’s paw fluff is really cute. She is quite the lady!

  2. Thanks for giving it away!

  3. I would love to check that book out. The movie sounds pretty good too.

  4. That looks like a very interesting technique. Might as well add something else to the 5-year plan. 🙂

  5. I would love that book — I’m very drawn lately to projects inspired by Oriental style and techniques.

  6. I would love to win it! I promise to put it to really good use. 😀

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  7. Please pick me! I’ve been thinking about this book for a while because it ties my love of knitting to my love of all things Japanese quite nicely!

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  8. Marianne Y says:

    Hi Wendy, I love your new shawl! And, I would be interested in your book. Many thanks, Marianne 🙂

  9. I love the concept of shibori. Would love this book!

    Andis last blog post..I’m Up for WIP Wednesday!

  10. Stephanie says:

    please pick me!!!! I love working with texture and this would give me new ideas to work with.

  11. Lucy looks so cute in her little box! Does she ever play in paper bags from the grocery store?

    Purls last blog post..The guy hat

  12. Please enter me in your book give-away contest. Thanks!

  13. Our cat Mitzi is dying of envy after viewing all that bodacious foot hair tuft.

    I would love to have the book – please put my name in the hat. Thanks!

  14. I love Lucy’s new digs, go girl! Also am fascinated by Shibori and would love, love, love that book. Thanks!

  15. Okay I am a bookwhore. Late at that too! Please enter me!

    Lucy is amazing!

    Annastasias last blog post..That was a bit bizzare.

  16. Looks like a great book 🙂 And of course, who doesn’t love Lucy!

    TheSockKnitters last blog post..Oh dear, deer!

  17. I just added this book to my amazon wish list. I saw some lovely scarves done in this method at the American Craft show in Atlanta earlier this year.

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