Wednesday, 4 March 2009

glam knits

In the introduction to Glam Knits, Stephanie Japel defines glam as, well, pretty much anything. It's in the yarn, it varies from person to person - whatever. The only thing that I found glam about this book was the styling, which is gorgeous and indeed glamorous - 1940s-style sirens with coiffed hair, porcelain complexions and serious eyeliner.

The only pattern that I liked though was the Romantic Bell-sleeved Cardi, a sweet little number in cashmere with a picot edging and. But the others?
Well, to be perfectly honest most of them are just dreadful - take the Trapeze Jacket in a bulky variegated thick-and-thin yarn with a lace pattern on the hems and sleeves that all but disappears into the mix. In short, a really unsuccessful pairing of pattern and yarn. Not glamorous. And as for the mustard-coloured dress on the cover ... sorry, ugh.

There is indeed a good range of garments - from simple accessories to full length coats with tunics, sweaters, shrugs and dresses in between - and a good range of yarns - super bulky through to 4 ply/fingering weight although, as per my previous complaint, I really can't see how anything knit in super bulky yarn could be glamorous. There is a tweed coat, a shrug and some lace that I think are ok but wouldn't be interested in knitting.

I could look at the book all day and dream of buying some liquid eyeliner but glam? No, lame.

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