Knitter's Stash: Favorite Patterns from America's Yarn Shops|
edited by Barbara Albright
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How often have you walked into a new yarn shop and fallen in love with a sweater on display, only to learn that it's an original pattern created by the store owner him or herself?
This book taps into the experience and wisdom of yarn shop owners, showcasing some 42 original patterns from 33 shops. The shops are located throughout the United States, from Seattle's Tricoter to Philadelphia's Sophie's Yarns, with many stops along the way.
Under the Covers
The first thing I noticed about the book was the unusual treatment of the shop- and designer-related photographs. Instead of providing lush, full-color images of the shops and their owners, the book offers only small snapshots that vary widely in quality from store to store. Moreover, they are all printed in grey-brown tones rather than full color.
Part of what makes yarn shops so irresistible is their cornucopia of colors and textures. How unfitting, then, to remove all color from the pictures. What's left isn't always that flattering to the subjects or their shops.
Here's where the true meat of the book lies. And what patterns indeed!
Unlike the rather bland shop photographs, the images of the actual garments themselves are exquisite. (This is most likely because these were photoraphed by Interweave while the shop photos, I suspect, were provided by the shops themselves.)
With each pattern, the book also provides a small backgrounder on the designer/shop owner who provided it.
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