It's no wonder that I like Cirilia Rose's book so much. First, just look at the sweater on that cover! It's a gorgeous shade, one to which I normally gravitate. But beyond her color choices and palette, this is such a fun book to read. Not only is Magpies, Homebodies & Nomads a pattern book, in it, Cirilia offers all kinds of useful advice for us knitters who, although we are definitely NOT all the same, we do share a couple important similarities:
Our love for fiber
Our love to "make"
The tension we feel when putting outfits together featuring what we have made
So not only do we have 25 patterns--many of them timeless and some of them quirky--we also have a lot of attentive commentary on color selection, styling tips and useful info on substituting yarns.
With all of the knitting books out there--have you noticed that it seems like there are millions?--this is one new book that I would highly recommend. Not only for the patterns, but especially for the spirit of the book and the thoughtful way Cirilia Rose approaches her knitting and explains her process.
This is one of my favorite patterns, the Jordaan Cape. (I love capes and ponchos and I'm not afraid to yell it from the mountain tops!)
From what I understand, Cirilia got to assist with the styling in this book. As you can see, she also did some of the modeling. I can tell you from experience, that this is sort of unusual and I'm so happy to see her fantastic results!
The photographs are by Jared Flood, whose eye, if you know him you wouldn't be surprised, is spot on and captures the spirit of Cirilia's creations.
I can give away a copy of this book!
What about you?
In comments leave me one that tells me which of the three overtakes most of your knitting personality and I'll enter you to win a copy of the book. I'm teaching in Chicago at Vogue Knitting Live until Monday, but I'll check in and see how it's all going while I'm there. Shortly after I return, I'll select a winner!
BTW: This book will be out in November and was published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang.