Monday, 25 September 2017
Interweave Knits Holiday 2017: A Review
Interweave Knits has released its Holiday 2017 issue. Let's have a look at it.
Alcova Scarf. How handsome! And the scarf is very attractive too. (Sorry, more than a little deprived here.)
Buckwheat Cowl. An attractive, classic piece.
Cable & Seed Knee Socks. It's hard to go wrong with such classic stitchwork. Though I would like to point out that these socks go nowhere near the model's knees. I suppose the name "calf socks" doesn't have quite the same ring.
Cookie Decorating Set. This is meant to be a play set for a child, and I suppose a child baker might have some fun playing with it. The oven mitts are too cute.
Dickensian Dolls. These are quite a good recreation of Scrooge and the three ghosts from A Christmas Carol. I'm not crazy about the blank faces, though I know perfectly well it is difficult to create likenesses with yarn. The blank face does work in the case of the Ghost of Christmas Past, because it makes him look scary, and he's supposed to be scary.
Entwined Shawl. Very nice!
Fantastic Fox Family. These don't look very much like foxes, but they are undeniably cute and cuddly.
Frost Mittens. These are pretty, and they're lined for extra warmth.
Jacquard Mittens. These are different. I don't know if they quite appeal to me, but they certainly have a lot of textural interest. In this brown yarn they have a certain "woven from straw" look.
New Growth Shawl. A lovely, even elegant, wrap.
Oslo Hat. I don't even like this style of hat, but this one is so well rendered, so nicely detailed and carefully shaped, that it's appealing.
Parallelogram Hat. Nice classic cap.
Powder Puff. This is pretty basic, but like most basic designs it's wearable and useful.
Solstice Hat. Love this one. The fair isle design is beautiful and the slightly offbeat colourway works really well.
Tree Boughs and Trails Hat. I'm really liking the combination of the pine-needle branch-like cabling and the twisting cables.
Two Cables Socks. This is a very handsome pair of classic cabled socks.
Wayworn Cap. Another classic cap.
Winter Sky Mittens. These are cute, but I do wish they had a more graceful shape and fit more snugly around the wrists. Leaving the wrists that open is not going to be too conducive to keeping the wearer's wrists and hands warm in winter.
Winter Snowflake Stocking. Really cute design. I'm liking that the designer didn't just make a classic snowflake pattern stocking, but added some interesting extra touches: the lace at the top, and the cream heel and toe with a decorative line of seed stitch in the main colour and a contrasting colour.
Winter's Chill Cowl. This is a pretty little piece. I'm liking the combination of pale blue, aqua, and white.
Woodland Lace Stole. This a fabulous piece of knitted lacework. It's modelled on traditional Shetland shawls, and indeed, it could pass for one.
Yeti for Bed. This doesn't look much like my idea of a yeti, which are usually depicted as furrier/hairier than this, but I must admit that the idea of dressing a fearsome creature in long undies (complete with a buttoned flap on the rear end) and bunny slippers is a very witty one.