Men With Beards Wearing Knitted Swimsuits

Today I reacquired (can’t remember whom I leant it to, so had to buy it again) the world grooviest knitting book. Everybody’s Knitting by Kirsten Hofstatter. It is filled not so much with patterns as stories of how to knit things (simply and confidence buildingly told). The skirts, dresses and hats are named for their designers or recipients (Kirsten’s Peasant Jacket, Grete’s Slipover) The photos of bohemians shearing sheep, breastfeeding tank topped babies and, yes, laughingly posing in the aforementioned swimsuits, are a defences down welcome to a happy, fair isle commune. It manages to be both a practical guide and an eccentric inspiration.

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