Welcome Friends (and Knitters!) ,
I am so pleased to bring you a new (hopefully weekly!) post of Friday Finds (or Friday Favorites on occasion!). This week, I am sharing a new book with you, Sherlock Knits.
I am a HUGE fan of Joanna Johnson. We have all of her Phoebe books (and I even knit a Phoebe Mouse that is well loved around here!), the Freddie Books (the Baby Envelope that I knit for my baby is still one of my favorite baby knits of all times!), and I will definitely make a Freddie if I ever find that thing called "time", Henry, which is my littlest current fave, and of course, her Green Gables Knit is my personal favorite, because, ANNE! I was so excited to see that she was releasing a new book, and even more thrilled when she sent me a review copy in the mail. This one does not disappoint, particularly if you are a fan of Sherlock, and I can imagine you can find something that you like even if you don't particularly care for Sherlock.
What makes this book even sweeter is the illustrations! Joanna's daughter Laurel did the illustrations for the book and they are amazing! (So much that it makes me wonder if she wants to illustrate other knit books....particularly one that features a mermaid, lol!), Each pattern features a relevant illustration to the element from which the pattern was taken, along with an accompanying quote from a Sherlock book. And don't gloss over the illustrated schematics! They are adorable! I'm trying to decide if I am ok with them not having all the measurements on them, or if I actually prefer this clean, crisp way of doing them, but I do know that I LOVE the way they are drawn, and I'd love to have my schematics look like that. (How about you? How much information do you want on your schematics?)
There are 10 patterns in this book: A sweater, tea cozy, scarf, shawl, socks, vest, casebook (tablet) cozy, fingerless gloves, hat, and a cowl. Truly something for everyone! I love the Speckled Band Shawl because it mixes speckled yarn with a gradient set, that combination gets me every time!
I also love The Woman, an elegant pair of lacy fingerless mitts and Copper Beaches Cowl. They are both stunning pieces that aren't your average fingerless mitts, or cowl, definitely bringing something new to your knits (and thus making your wardrobe stellar). I had to pull out yarn to make Mary's Socks, though. I, ahem, might have an abundance of sock yarn, and find that socks are rather easy to knit while running errands, or sitting through meetings, so I always have socks.
If you are a Sherlock fan, or are just looking for a new knitting book, I encourage you to check out Sherlock Knits. It's an absolutely lovely book, the photographs and illustrations are phenomenal and you get an incredible variety of knitting patterns. I'd love to hear what you think about it!
Until next time,