I was delighted to be asked to be a stop on the Blog Book Tour for Kristi Schueler's book, Nourishing Knits.
I've known Kristi for several years, and she designed a gorgeous shawl for one of the Shakespeare in Lace clubs, so I snapped up a subscription to this eBook of hers, since I already knew I liked her design sense and style.
Nourishing Knits is a collection of 12 knitting patterns and 12 accompanying recipes for all sorts of lovely things. There are a lot of pretty accessories, but Kristi's also thrown in some full-sized garments like the Ciabatta Sweater and the Ginger Vest. My personal favorite is the Ganache Shawl (all photos copyright Kristi Schueler). I think this would be gorgeous in a handspun yarn.
The patterns lend themselves nicely to being worked up in a variety of different yarns that you might have on hand, and several of them are small enough to be perfectly suited to a special skein of handspun. I think both the Bordeaux scarf:
And the Cornucopia Cowl:
would be great in handspun yarns. All of the patterns have detailed yarn gauge/weight information to help figure out what skein of special handspun lurking in your stash would be a perfect match for the patterns.
The accompanying recipes are for all sorts of yummy things like a cranberry-gingerbread cobbler, a great basic almond buttercream, and a knock-your-socks-off black bean chili. Each recipe is themed to one of the knitting patterns.
As you would expect from her other patterns, these are very well-written, thoughtful and detailed. They are accompanied by gorgeous photographs that beautifully illustrate the garments and recipe items. I loved the concept of a cook and knit book. This one is filled with lovely examples of both and I can see myself making a lot of the items in this book. I'm delighted I was asked to share some thoughts on this collection with you!
All for now.......