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  • By Laura
    Oct 15, 2009
    "KNITALY: THE BOOK - an Inspired Knitting Travelogue" Hardly any region in Europe radiates as much tradition and history as the Tuscany region in Italy. Imagine bucolic landscapes, from pastel to blazing colors, think of cities and villages encompassing the very present and future and yet reaching back way into the past. Visualize plates with sumptuous food, from the simple pleasures of a basic yet delicious meal going back to the times of Catherina de' Medici, to today's refined Mediterranean cuisine. Think of Italian fashion and an entire spectrum of styles comes to mind, from richly colored and meticulously crafted medieval robes to the latest sleek and elegant couture, emitting a sense of vitality and making a self-assured statement. Imagine combining this rich background of sensual impressions with a craft that has been a favorite for centuries: knitting. This fusion is what Jane Thornley achieved to portray in her book KNITALY: THE BOOK, sharing with the reader her... More > travel impressions and deep-founded knowledge as a free-range textile designer. Fondly called yarnscaping by the author, her free-range technique, turning and blending yarn and landscape colors into a garment of choice, opens the flood gates to an immense variety of yarns and patterns from which to choose. Jane Thornley masterfully describes the options by presenting eight patterns, each an intoxicating color fusion of a Tuscan countryside. Her patterns are suggestions, not instructions, so they present a liberating path to follow and not a confining and unforgiving chart. And yet, each garment's essential and easy-to-understand information will render results that are at once amazingly beautiful and stunningly attractive. Now whether it be the Painter's Vest, the Medici Coat, a shrug or wrap or scarf - these are all less age-defining garments than most - a distinctive advantage of Jane Thornley's non-patterns. They defy short-lived seasonal fashion, color trends, fancy line dictates, or fitting requirements, they are neither country nor continent-bound, they are perfectly practical, gently forgiving - spots and bulges don't show easily on a generous multi-color wrap, potential knitting errors are blithely integrated in the design. They are wonderfully warming, kindly concealing, utterly unique, fantastically flattering and fun to make. All of her truly uncomplicated patterns are open to a plethora of random variations just because of their appealing simplicity. And each easily translates into the knitter's choice of yarns, a selection gently supported and backed by plenty of help, hints and suggestions, all coming from Jane Thornley's many years of experience in her intuitive fusion of rich visual impressions and the abundant choice of texture and exuberant color of yarns. KNITALY: THE BOOK is a highly creative designer's travelogue, a free-range trail blazer's diary, and a thrill to read for the avid knitter who likes to break the boundaries of everyday knitting while being immersed into Tuscany's culture and history. And last but not least: the book's abundance of excellent, high-fidelity color pictures provides a great source of inspiration. For those who have a penchant for Tuscany and wish to follow an innovative path to astoundingly beautiful, knitted garments, this book is the perfect choice. Average knitting skills are helpful, but even beginners can grow with this book and find delight in their finished projects.< Less
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Product Details

April 26, 2008
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Full color
0.9 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.5 wide x 11 tall
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