I’m not going to lie to you, I can’t knit to save my life. Poor Vickie has tried to teach me more than once and even though it looks fun, I have just never had the patience to learn. I can crochet you a very basic scarf, but that is about as far as my skills in needle crafting go. This does not mean however that I can’t look through books like Pretty in Punk: 25 Punk, Rock, and Goth Knitting Projects by Alyce Benevides and Jaqueline Milles and not appreciate it. Right off the bat the cover with the girl in her knitted British Flag Mohawk hat caught my eye, as did a lot of things in the book.
First up I want to say that I love the photography. It reminds me of a cross between David LaChapelle and Pierre et Gilles, two of my favorite photographers. I love a craft book with highly stylized pictures. As for projects there are several cute ones that make me want to pick up the needles and give it another go. There are several variations on the mohawk theme on the cover my favorite being the Anarchist Courier Bag. It is a large knitted purse with a silhouette of a person with a mohawk, but the hair part is fringy yarn to give the bag some depth. There are a few Bum Patches and Bum Flaps the flap is like a wee little blanket that covers your butt and is worn over a skirt or pants. They would have to make it Afghan size for me, but I digress. The Bum Patch is my favorite of the two, it is a knitted piece that covers one pocket of your jeans. The picture in the book depicts an old Route 66 road sign. I might wear something like that. The obligatory wrist warmer/fingerless elbow length glove department is also covered in Pretty in Punk. The variation I like the best is the Death or Glory with the Skull and Crossbones because again there is spiky yarn representing the skulls mohawk. There are also plenty of patterns for tops, hats, wrist and neck warmers. For the edgy knitters out there looking for some new inspiration this book is something to look into.
Or you could just win a copy right here. Not only will you win a copy of Pretty in Punk: 25 Punk, Rock, and Goth Knitting Projects but you will also win two balls of yarn from the Vickie Howell Collection. Not just any yarn, the hot pink color named Mafiosa after the Austin Craft Mafia (there is also a wonderful aqua named Jen after me!). Anywhoodle as you know I don’t knit I make jewelry, mother mosaics and my sister paints. Everybody does a little something different and I want to know what it is. What kinds of crafts tickle your fancy? Do you love basket weaving, potato stamping or macramé? Leave me a comment here and your email if you do not have a blogger account and I will pick one winner tomorrow to get the book and two balls of yarn.
In other non-contest related news I feel like I am running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I leave for Vancouver on Tuesday to film She’s Crafty and am trying to get about a million and one loose ends tied up before them. Jewelry to make, instructions for projects to write, orders to fill, packing to be done, passports to find. I am also feeling a little sad that I am not in New York this weekend for the Renegade Craft Fair. It is the first time that I have not gone. I wrote a little blurb about it over on the Stitch blog if you are interested.