omigosh you guys, i’ve been bitten hard by the knitting bug, and it’s largely because of this book.
a few weeks ago, my friend Shannon asked me if i wanted to join the blog tour for JOURNEY, a beautiful new collection of knitting patterns that she co-wrote with her friend Jane.
i nearly spit out my coffee when i got Shannon’s email invitation to the tour. i mean, did she really want ME, girl who has barely knit a thing in her life, to join a tour of legit knitting blogs?
apparently so! and now i truly couldn’t be more grateful that she encouraged me to participate in this tour, because very shortly after that email came my birthday, and i took the opportunity to finally take that knitting class i’d been talking about for a long time.
my journey into knitting has now begun. like sewing, knitting has undergone a recent resurgence and i just fall in love whenever i see beautiful modern knitwear. i wish i could just KNOW how to do it RIGHT NOW, how to knit these amazing things i see, but i’m learning to slow down and pick it up over time, building my knowledge skill by skill like i’ve done with sewing over the last four years. while i first looked at a basic sewing pattern and saw gibberish, that’s how i feel now with knitting. but i know someday i will get there.
someday, i will knit some Spate mitts for myself. they look so cozy and warm and fun to wear, and they seem to be the least intimidating pattern for me to follow (meaning they take just one skein of yarn and are knit on not-so-tiny needles). a couple more projects under my belt and i think i could tackle this one.
then, i would knit a Swift hat. the lace design is gorgeous and interesting, and the project is still small enough in scope not to be super scary (important for me starting out!) but i know i would learn a lot from it. i don’t really wear hats, so i would likely knit this for one of my sisters or a good friend (or maybe i’d just start wearing hats? i feel like i might be a more selfish knitter than i am a selfish sewer).
once i felt ready for a larger scale project, i would knit an Onward shawl. this is no granny shawl – Shannon’s design is stunningly modern and a treat for the eyes. i think it would be the perfect gift for my mom, or to throw over a fancy dress, or to run errands, or to snuggle up under next to a campfire on a chilly evening…
and then, i would tackle the Climb socks. i’m totally intrigued by handknit socks. people seem to swear by them, become obsessed with them, add them to their collection bit by bit. the retro athletic styling of these is exactly up my alley – if i’m gonna knit me some socks someday, they’d be the Climbs.
once i was feeling very brave, i would tackle either of the two beautiful sweater patterns in JOURNEY – the arrow-detailed pullover Antrorse…
or the i’d-never-take-it-off Inland. i am a constant cardigan-wearer, and if i could knit my own cardigans?! watch out. i think that would make me feel unstoppable.
that is my hypothetical knitting journey through JOURNEY. in the time i’ve had the e-book in my possession, i just keep opening it up and scrolling through the patterns, searching to see which i might have the confidence to try first, hoping i feel ready sooner rather than later, deciding which skills i need to get to where i want to be.
it’s an inspirational book by two inspirational ladies, and i’m glad that for now i have something to aspire to as i learn a new craft.
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the e-book can be purchased on Marian Rae Publications or on Ravelry. a print version will also be available soon! thanks so much for having me, Shannon and Jane!
and now, giveaway time!
do you knit? do you want to learn how to knit? do you know someone who knits? then you need JOURNEY. beautiful projects, stunning photography, it’s just so inspiring.
to enter to win a copy of the e-book, please leave a comment below telling me what crafty skill you are currently working to master – sewing a zipper? baking a souffle? screen printing? knitting? i want to know!
giveaway is open until Monday, December 9 at 8pm Pacific Time. **GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED**
> winner will be selected randomly and notified via email.
> void where prohibited.
*i was provided with a copy of the JOURNEY e-book for free in exchange for this review.
** all photos in this post were taken by Nicholas Kupiak and used with permission.