HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY
In the knitting world, lace offers a romantic flair. Since it’s Valentine’s Day, I’m celebrating by giving away a fantastic book – New Lace Knitting: Designs for Wide Open Spaces by Rosemary (Romi) Hill.
Fans of Romi’s shawl designs will be happy to know that the book contains several delightful shawls, including the “Main Triangle”:
Romi has a real gift for pairing stitch patterns and proportions. Check out her “Hope Valley Flounce” skirt:
Whenever possible I like to work a pattern from a book before I review it, just to see how the instructions are presented. I made the “Virginia City” cowl and was very impressed by Romi’s clear instructions. The gauge really did result in the indicated finished dimensions, which is refreshing! She even includes fantastic directions for blocking and finishing. I’ll devote another post to my finished cowl, but here’s the cowl and and matching cloche photo from the book:
Romi’s attention to detail is fantastic. She includes several beautiful tops in the book, including the “Williwaw Cardigan” with its unusual construction:
Sometimes I’m in the mood to make a smaller project. One of my favorites is the “Silver Birch Slouch”, with its lovely leafy motif:
New Lace Knitting is a book I’ll have on my shelf for years to come. Romi’s designs are beautiful with clear instructions. The book includes a lovely variety of yarns and colors. I know from my own book that it takes a lot of thought and effort to strike just the right balance between types of projects, yarn weights and colors. Romi’s book accomplishes it all.
[Here I am going to interject my pet peeve (listen up, publishers!). Books today are pitifully lacking in indexes. This book is no exception. I would have liked to have seen index entries for types of projects, such as “shawls”, “cardigans” etc. Index entries for yarn weights would be great, too, so if you had stash yarn you wanted to use up, you could just find which projects use them.]
Now, about the giveaway… Wouldn’t it be great to have a Valentine’s Week instead of just one day? In keeping with this sweet notion, you’ll have the whole week to enter your comment to win this book. Leave your comment here on this post by the end of the day on February 21st (midnight Eastern Time). Please include your contact information in your comment so I can let you know if you’re the winner. I’ll be conducting a random drawing to determine the winner. (One comment per person, please, with only one comment and email address per person.)
I can mail this book anywhere in the world as long as there are no postal or delivery restrictions.
New Lace Knitting: Designs for Wide Open Spaces
By Rosemary (Romi) Hill
Errata (definitely check this out if you get the book)
You can see all the designs from the book here.
Romi Hill’s web site Designs by Romi features additional patterns
Please buy this book from your local yarn store! If you absolutely positively can’t get it through your local store, here is the link to its Amazon page.