Knit the Sky:
Cultivate Your Creativity with a Playful Way of Knitting

by Lea Redmond

Storey Books, 2015. ISBN 978-1-612-12333-2.
Reviewed by Khadijah A.
Posted on 10/05/2015

Nonfiction: Arts/Crafts

If you are looking for a traditional knitting book with lots of patterns and photographs, then you will want to look elsewhere. If, however, you are looking for ideas to spark your creativity and get you started knitting in a whole new way, then you want this book.

The description of Knit the Sky immediately captured my imagination, appealing to my lifelong dedication to journaling with words. "Record the beauty, emotions, and experiences of everyday life—not in your journal but with your knitting needles!" I am hopeless at "art" journaling, but this? This I could do! What a neat way to combine two of my loves—writing and knitting.

The book itself is lovely, with a textured cover and simple, colorful drawings throughout. It is well organized, with each project introduced in an interesting, engaging manner. Redmond often uses personal stories to inspire the reader, which adds to the personal feeling of the book. Some of the projects immediately got my imagination running, like the Patchwork Postcards, Knit the Sky, Nectar Collector, and Out on a Limb (which I am doing right now!). There are one or two that don't appeal at all to me personally, but I appreciate the ideas and imagination behind them.

I immediately began to see how I could use my knitting in conjunction with my journaling to record my experiences and observations, which I find very exciting. My knitting can enhance and amplify my writing, and my writing can do the same for my knitting! Both my journaling and knitting have been enriched by my new practice.

Redmond does have simple instructions in the back of the book to help get you started with the projects, but don't be afraid to branch out on your own and use your imagination to make each project your own. Just as two people often tell the same story in completely different ways, so your project with tell your unique story.

What are you waiting for? Get started knitting the sky!

Lea Redmond is a collector of curious objects and a maker of unusual experiences. She is always looking for the poem hiding inside things: a salt shaker, a clothes tag, a hand gesture, a cloud. Lea is infinitely intrigued by the way experiences can slip from the ordinary to the extraordinary, and she designs things that hold this possibility. Leafcutter Designs, her creative studio in Berkeley, CA, makes the world more playful and peaceful one little experience at a time. Visit her website.

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