5.23.2013

Book Review: Free-Spirit Shawls

Interweave/F+W Media; $24.95

I have the pleasure of telling you about a fantastic book by Lisa Shroyer, editor of Knitscene magazine. The book is Free-Spirit Shawls, a collection of knit shawls in various shapes and sizes.  I am so excited that Interweave sent me this book to review because I am in love with shawls, and I've been improving my knitting skills, and there are some beautiful projects in this book!

You should also be excited that they sent it to me, because I get to give away a FREE copy of it to one lucky reader!  Details on that in a minute.

Hands down my favorite project in the book is Rhoeas, by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark.  I will make this shawl!

Photo by Joe Hancock

My other favorites are Cimarron by Alexis Winslow, Framework, which is also by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark, Lindsay (the shawl on the cover) by Tabetha Hedrick, and Glen Lennox by Kate Gagnon Osborn.  I'm actually planning to cast-on Glen Lennox to take with me on a trip soon as my project to work on while travelling.  I'm using some very luscious Plymouth Baby Alpaca Worsted in #100 natural that Mr. AC got me for our anniversary this year.  It will be glorious to wear!  This will also be my first knit project with a cable.  Lets hope it goes well!

Have you seen the book?  Which projects are your favorites?  Have you started any?

There are so many great shawls in this book, but that isn't all that's great about it.  There is a section about how to wear your shawl, so that you can try out other ideas besides the traditional.  There are sections that discuss different shawl shapes and types of construction, which is great for me since I hope to get into knit design someday.  There is also a "Techniques" section in the back with some explanations about cast-ons and bind-offs that will be really helpful to me, being that I am still pretty new to knitting.

Really, if you love knitting and wearing shawls, you won't want to miss out on this fabulous book!  I am so glad that it is in my crafting library!

Now, for the chance to add it to your crafting library, for FREE, courtesy of Interweave/F+W Media.  You can enter the drawing by leaving a comment here on my blog or by tweeting a link to the blog post @BananaMoonStdio so that I can see it.  You can earn one entry for a blog comment and one for a tweet, for a total of up to 2 entries per person.  In one week I'll draw a random winner and announce it here, on Twitter, and on my Facebook page -- on Thurs. May 30th .  Good luck!

Happy Stitching!

April

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