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Knitting Nature: 39 Designs Inspired by Patterns in Nature Hardcover – June 1, 2006
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Thayer Allyson Gowdy is a photographer based in Northern California whose work has appeared in the magazines Real Simple, Health, and Country Living, and in the books NEST: Home for Two, Spiritual Bathing, and Healthy Homes, among others.
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I was afraid this book may be a shill for Berroco Yarns (Ms. Gaughan is the design director for the company). However, the designs incorporate yarns from different companies to stunning results. The techniques may be too difficult for a novice knitter; however, the instructions are so clear that anybody, including a novice, can knit projects from this book. Ms. Gaughan used a lot of textured knit stitches, such as cables, in her designs; thus, her designs remind me a lot of Elisabeth Lavold's or Cornelia Tuttle-Hamilton's.
Get this book; the photography is beautiful and the stylings are minimalist but eye-catching. I can't wait to start knitting the mind-boggling star fish shawl. Thank you again to Ms. Gaughan for bringing us knitters this wonderful book.
Drawbacks are a) the lists of errata I've seen online, so check your patterns carefully before you start on them, and b) the photography. The photos themselves are truly beautiful, with stunning scenery, but many don't show the garments' necklines or sides, and it's difficult to tell how they were constructed. It often looked as though the models were too small for the clothes! Given the size of models these days, I'm not really surprised, but it doesn't really show how flattering they are. A quick search online shows pictures of what people have made from the book, and they often look more attractive when shown on a 'real' person.
Because of this, I wouldn't recommend the book to beginner knitters who aren't sure of how to choose a good size. However, intermediate or adventurous knitters looking for something different from the usual sweaters and shawls should definitely check this out.
This is a wonderful book, I don't know any knitter who wouldn't find something to make from it!
When I opened it for the first time, the book literally took my breath away. The designs are stunning and each design is so beautiful photographed, I kept paging through it again and again. "Knitting Nature" delivers page after page of beautiful designs that will make your fingers tingle to cast on. The look and feel of the book is first rate. Turns out Norah, in addition to being a talented knitter, is a math wiz and in "Knitting Nature" she takes you through her design journey using shapes and theories taken from Nature. The commentary of her design process is fancinating to read. I can't wait for the book tour because I would love to learn more about her approach to design.
The test of any knitting book is the quality of the instructions. The designs in "Knitting Nature" seemed a little daunting at first but as I read through the pattern instructions, I began to feel a little more confident because the instruction are clear, concise and easy to read. I can't wait to try my first project. I should mention that some of the recommended yarns are on the pricey side. For those of you who are looking for more than just another simple pattern book - who want to be inspired; this is the book to buy.
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Another Nature Knit Book. Norah has created some really refreshing knit patterns. I love the designs.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book isn't what I thought it would be. The patterns are just plain ugly. The colors they chose for their pictures are hideous.Published on June 11, 2013 by Bonnie
This book was sent as a gift to an experienced knitter who is a member of a Saturday knitting club. The recipient was looking for a resource book of fresh styles and ideas which... Read morePublished on February 1, 2011 by invisible
I hardly know how to rate this book. So I'm compromising between its best & worst features. If it weren't for the errors in it, I might have made it a 4. Read morePublished on June 1, 2010 by vigb
This is an interesting book. Some of the garments are a little "out there", looking like stuff you'd only see on a fashion runway, and not something anyone would choose to wear in... Read morePublished on December 4, 2009 by Gemma
This is a great book to have in your collection. Norah Gaughan has some very interesting patterns and there is something for everyone.Published on August 4, 2009 by Sue Harris
Norah Gaughan never fails to satisfy. Innovative, pretty and challenging. I've made two skirts from this book. I get compliments whenever I wear one. Read morePublished on January 19, 2009 by Mary E. Russell