Mish Mash 2018 CAL/KAL May Square

**NOTE** Due to an accident involving a cat my new system, which has all the items for Mish Mash on it is currently in the shop. I completely forgot to get those items off the system before turning it over for repairs. Hence why the photo is horrible and things look different. As soon as I get my system back I will update this post to contain the correct photo and make it look the way it should. At that time I will also update the page for the pattern on the site here. Till then you will just have to download the pattern’s pdf from here or Ravelry. **END NOTE**


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Book Review: Alice Starmore’s Glamourie

Title: Alice Starmore’s Glamourie
Author: Alice Starmore

Book Description:

Glamourie is a Scots word meaning a charmed condition in which everything is invested with magical properties and possibilities. In this unique book, Alice Starmore leads us into the realm of glamourie and —like the witches of Gaelic folklore —casts spells with needles and a single thread. Taking her daughter Jade’s supernatural stories as inspiration, she uses the art of hand knitting to bewitch and bedazzle, and illustrates the tales with elaborate costumes and accessories that portray fanciful and extraordinary ideas. 
In creating these costumes, she has powerfully demonstrated the glamourie that can flow from the twin wands of a master magician.
While the first half of this book is an unrestrained flight of fancy, the second half contains full instructions for knitting beautiful garments based upon each costume, all written with Alice Starmore’s trademark accuracy and precision.  
By developing each of these patterns from its associated costume, she has revealed how her mind works and how her imagination led her from the initial inspiration through to the final design.
Alice and Jade Starmore are from the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, and its moody Celtic landscape is the backdrop to the stories, costumes and designs they have created. The final stage of Glamourie was to take their creations back out into that landscape to be photographed. They trekked to special locations, far off the beaten track, and Jade’s spectacular photographs depict both the sweeping panorama and the minute detail of their beloved native isle. Three years in the making, this combination of photography and fable, of highly conceptual design and practical instruction, will enchant not only knitters but also those in the fashion and costume world and readers fascinated by Scottish and Gaelic legends.

My Review

Alice Starmore, what is there to say about this wonderful designer? I am amazed at the costumes she designed & a little sad she didn’t include the patterns for the actual costumes, but the patterns that are in the book live up to her wonderful explanations & designs. I have already seen about six of them that I want to make. My only issue is that I wish she would make some of her sweaters & clothing plus size.

The story that was written to go along with the costumes were well worth the cost of the book itself. It kept you enthralled & well written. I love mythology style writing so I adored it. I read the entire thing in one night cause I could not put it down.

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: Plum Dandy Knits

Title: Plum Dandy Knits
Author: Alicia Plummer, Melissa Schaschwary

Book Description:

Polished knits. Plush yarns. Perfect match.

Sometimes nature’s most beautiful details are the perfect inspiration for creating simple yet luxurious knits. In Plum Dandi Knits, Alicia Plummer and Melissa Schaschwary–designers, friends, and leaders of the much-love Plum Dandi group on Ravelry–bring you 23 projects that reflect and react to the natural world with a sumptuous twist of plush fibers, feminine accents, and stylish comfort.

Lace that mimics soft forest foliage or the numerous tassels of a pine tree. Textured patterns that call to mind a babbling brook or waterfall. Thick wool shawls and sweaters knit in anticipation of blustery cold days ahead. The uncomplicated pieces in this collection, knit in soft, luxe yarns, are soothing complements to slowing down and settling into peaceful moments. Wherever you seek stillness and calm, Plum Dandi Knits will help take you there.

My Review

I don’t normally review knitting books that I have never knit from, but saw this one & thought I would check it out. It has quite a range of knitting items that already have given me several ideas of things to knit. You have leg warmers, cardigans, cowls, socks, shawls, finger-less mitts (you can never have enough of those), headbands, sweaters, scarves, etc. The patterns are easy to understand & the charts are simple to follow. I wouldn’t put these patterns for a complete beginner but I think if you know the basics you would be able to make any of these patterns. The only thing I would have liked to see would have been a few more plus size items, but I am not disappointed in the book in any way.

I would check the book out and read it. I like the patterns, just not the colors she used in them all. But like all good patterns you can change the color of the yarn.

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.