|The bibliophile-comedian browses.|
|Notice the floating quasi-sculptural panels in the background. These are assembled from deconstructed books.|
Oh, and all the books for sale at The Last Bookstore are used and quite reasonably priced.
Naturally, I checked out the Knitting section. This is what I found:
Knit Knit: Profiles and Projects from Knitting's New Wave, by Sabrina Gschwandtner (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2007). (A signed copy, no less!) This is what I read on the plane as I returned to Rhode Island.
What you won't find in Knit Knit are conventional knitting patterns for clothing. You'll find patterns for a giant teddy bear knitted from fiberglass strips, for a large, loose sweater that's knitted into a wall, for a knitted banner that proclaims "I'm So Angry," and for "Mini-Sweater Earrings," to mention only several.
The wearable clothing featured is, to say the least, edgy, and even if you can't see yourself knitting up one of these patterns, they are all, from a design perspective, thought-provoking and inspirational. For me, the book is great not just because it links the featured patterns to their creators, some of whose names will be familiar to you (e.g. Norah Gaughan, Annie Modesitt). It's great because it shows you how designers who are truly original see and think about knitting. People who are artists--no matter what the medium--view life in a way that those who aren't cannot. By gathering and presenting these profiles and patterns, Knit Knit offers an exuberant discourse on creativity, original thinking, and what it means to be an artistic soul.
I hope there's a Knit Knit sequel forthcoming.