Friday, July 13, 2007

This ain't your gramma's knitting

Over the last few years, the popularity of knitting has skyrocketed, especially with non-traditional knitters: people under 30 and men. And as the craft has become a little more trendy, so the books and patterns have become a little more cutting edge (laptop cozies instead of blankets, for instance). We've got a couple of new books that are designed to appeal to younger knitters.
Domiknitrix: whip your knitting into shape by Jennifer Stafford is knitting with a goth edge. The patterns in this book are definitely outside the norm. You could knit yourself a mohawk hat, hats with devil horns, throw pillows that say "Spank Me", and vests with a skull design. The models in the pictures look sexy, not frumpy, and the whole book screams attitude. There are also a lot of practical tips, helpful instructions, and solutions for knitting mistakes. If you know a younger knitter, or are one yourself, you should definitely check out this book.
The other fun knitting book on the shelves is Knitting with balls: a hands-on guide to knitting for the modern man by Michael del Vecchio. It's packed with rugged, manly patterns and ideas that put the 'it' in knitting. No fluffy sweaters and frou-frou scarves here, by golly. You'll find wallets, coffee cup holders, even beer bottle cozies, as well as lots of stylish sweater patterns. (O.K., the argyle pullover vest isn't too manly, but you can just skip that one. Or make it for your dad.) Since yarn is now easily available in a wide range of colors and textures, there are endless possibilities for experimentation. Pink angora is not for everyone.
So put away those bland hobbies and knit yourself a personal statement.

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