Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Book Review: Arans & Celtics

I recently borrowed Arans & Celtics from the library, the latest in the XRX Best of Knitter's magazine series. I noticed a few gems that were missing but maybe they're holding those patterns back for a volume 2.

There was one standout pattern I almost missed because I was so disturbed and distracted by a bobbly sweater ("Bobbled Braids") and quickly turned the page. (Anything with bobble in the name is a good clue there are way too many of the beasties cluttering up the design.) I noticed the small picture of the "Refined Aran" rear view and backed up a page to see the full page photograph. It's a winner all right, and I'm not normally impressed by vests. I love the gauge (7 sts/in) and the cables are both delicate and intricate without being too busy. If I were to knit anything from this book "Refined Aran" would be my first choice. The "Irish Moss" cardigan is also lovely.

Would I buy the book? At $19.95 it isn't a bad price but I have so many projects lined up I can't justify buying it right now. I'm thankful my library has it and for now that's good enough for me.


http://lifesastitch.typepad.com said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog. I buy my beads in Fairhaven at the Bead Bazaar - 1001 Harris Avenue. The trip is always worth while since the Wool Station has moved to their new quarters with a new used bookstore next door. And then there's Village Books and the Colophon Cafe...nedless to say I like to shop there.
Hope you keep reading, Li

Jessica said...

I just found your blog. I've been seriously thinking about the Leaf Lace Shawl. And then yesterday I met Evelyn Clark!
Your knitting looks wonderful. Are you making up that cobweb lace pattern or did I miss what pattern you're using? The color is really lovely.
Also loved your favorite movie list. You got me with "Flirting" and "Lone Star." :)