Recently, I checked out a knitting book from the library, and I am COMPLETELY in love with this book! I'm definitely going to have to purchase my own copy, because it's one I know I will come back to again and again and again.
The book is called Unexpected Knitting, by Debbie New, and it is a feast in so many ways. The photographs are stunning and beautiful, but even better - it is full of the most incredible IDEAS. She discusses a variety of knitting design techniques, then for each one has a specific example of something to make using that technique. The techniques are:
- Free form knitting
- Scribble lace knitting
- Swirl knitting
- Virtual Knitting
- Cellular Automaton Knitting
- Ouroborus Knitting
- Labyrinth Knitting
I like some of her subheadings, too...
- For those who like to jump right in
- Learning to love your mistakes
- An elegant muddle
- The Better Mousetrap Sock and other sculptures
- "Knitting" the impossible
- Self-generating patterns
- Playing with mitered rings
- Long space-filling strips
To cap it off, there's an Appendix with all the basic techniques you will need.
Let's just say if I were stranded on a desert island and I could only have one knitting book with me, this would be it!