A Book Worth Mention

A few years ago I got an email from someone I’d never heard of who wondered if I’d be willing to review a book that she was self publishing. She contacted me on Cat Bordhi’s recommendation so I paid attention. The author was Hunter Hammerson and the book was The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet. The book is a delightful collection of socks and small accessories inspired by the curiosity cabinets that became popular in the 1500s for collections of natural treasures, such as fossils, feathers, gemstones, skeletons, and the like. Hunter translated the idea into knitting–a collection of fancy edgings, delicate lace, and captivating stitches–that would make any publisher happy.

Fast-forward three years, and the third volume of this impressive collection has just arrived. The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet, Volume III  contains 18 patterns inspired by vintage marine illustrations.

KCC3 front cover

In addition to the beautiful projects, this book offers a peek into how one designer finds inspiration. Here are a few of the projects:

KCC3 swirl shawl

KCC3 socks 2 KCC3 socks 1  KCC3 fingerless mitts1 KCC brown shawlKCC3 hat

Now, you might be wondering why I’m tell you all this. It just so happens that Hunter sent me two copies of the book — one for me and one for me to share with my readers. Respond to this post — say something nice — and I’ll put your name in the hopper. I’ll draw a winning name Thursday, June 26.