Tuesday, 8 October 2013

The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet Volume II

When I went to TNNA last Summer I met lots of people, one of them was Hunter Hammersen. She's a lovely person with a beautiful design aesthetic and her self-published books are extremely deserving of a space on your bookshelf.

She was nice enough to give me a copy of The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet Volume II to give away, if you'd like to enter the prize draw to win a copy leave a comment on this post telling me what your favourite pattern from the book is and I'll pick a winner on 16th October.


The book has 18 patterns, a mix of socks and other accessories, all in beautiful yarns. The patterns are all inspired by vintage prints which are included in the book:


I grew up with some botanical illustrations on the walls, the skill and artistry that went in to these prints is overwhelming, they truly are treasures.

Maybe because it's Autumn and the weather is getting colder, my favorite patterns are these 2 hats:


This is the Delias eucharis hat, that little bit of slouch is perfect and even though this is knitted with a lace patten there is no way this hat isn't going to keep you warm.


I love the photography in this book as much as I love the pattern - the styling and the models are great, I'm a big fan of the happy photo. I think it's a nice juxtaposition to high fashion which quite often seems serious and miserable. As and example of this I show you exhibit A above; the Erasmia pulchella hat. It's an unusual brimless construction, the sample is a beautiful yellow (you know how I feel about yellow) and the model looks like shes having fun!

You can get the book here or the digital version here.

21 comments:

  1. I love the patterns, but those names are killing me. The one I love most (today) is Lycaena virgaureae Sock

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  2. This is lovely, I think my favourite are the delias eucharis socks, also suitably autumnal especially in that colour. Thank you!

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  3. I love all the socks! My favorite is the Delias Eucharis sock, I think.

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  4. I really like the Metopsilus Porcellus Cowl though the whole book is packed with gorgeousness.

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  5. My favorite is Polyommatus argiolus Socks. Very pretty!

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  6. I really like Metopsilus porcellus Socks, they are very pretty.

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  7. I love all of those hats! Holy cow they are awesome! My favorite though is Polyommatus corydon Hat. I want to knit it right now.

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  8. I like the Danima banksiae Mitt :)

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  9. I love the easy-looking socks with a fold-down cuff. The name escapes me right now...

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  10. I love the Polyommatus Argiolus mitts. The fluted shape looks like petals or butterfly wings.

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  11. I love the patterning on the Lycaena virgaureae Shawl . Beautiful.

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  12. I love the Polyommatus argiolus series. So interesting.

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  13. I love this book so much! My favourite is Lycaena virgaureae shawl :)

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  14. The Lycaena virgaureae Shawl is my favourite. Looks so beautifully geometric.

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  15. I love the Lycaena virgaureae Shawl.

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  16. I really like the Lycaena virgaureae Shawl.

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  17. My favorite pattern is the Delias eucharis Sock. I love the Celtic knot type panels.

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  18. I particularly like the Vanessa antiopa socks but all the patterns are lovely.

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  19. Lots of lovely patterns but I would have to go for the Danima Bansiae Mitts - as the weather is getting nippy here now these would be perfect for dog walking - nice long cuffs for warmth but fingerless so you can use a ball thrower without it slipping from your grasp and following the ball (= one very confused dog), clip and unclip leads and the all important grappling with a plastic diodeg. poop bag (sorry if that's too icky for non-dog owners).
    Also I love the butterfly moth theme as I spend way too much time trying to photograph butterflies which have a tendency to fly and moth caterpillars which are way more exciting than the moths they turn into.
    (apologies if this appears more than once - having difficulty getting it to stick with a profile?)

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  20. I really love the polyommatus mits. Such an unusual shape. They're definitely joining my que to cast on :0)

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  21. Have to say I loved her first KCC book, just so I could knit the socks, so I have to say I will need to knit all the socks. Yipee. Anita. anita.cross@ntlworld.com

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