I admit it. I am a western girl through and through, and I have never been to Maine. For some reason, though, it has always fascinated me. The east coast feels older; more steeped in tradition, and there is a decidedly different quality to the air. I have been to the Atlantic in other states, but I have always wanted to see Maine, where Hannah Fettig lives. Is it because I love lobster? I can't say why that state pulls me. But I can say that I loved every moment of going through Coastal Knits.
Alana Dakos and Hannah Fettig wrote this lovely little book of patterns based on their bi-coastal friendship. Alana in Southern California and Hannah in Maine have put together a collection that perfectly evokes their respective corners of the world. By now, many of you have seen and queued projects from the book, especially the popular Rocky Coast Cardigan by Hannah. But being the contrarian that I am, I'm not going to talk about that one, or any of the specific projects. Honestly? It was too difficult to choose amongst them!
I want you to see some of the book: a truly beautiful little work that makes you want to jump into the pages and take a walk along the shore, through the trees, and then back across the meadow, before you settle down with a cup of cocoa around a bonfire on the beach. I think there are clams involved too. If there aren't there should be!
The book begins with a description of the the two designers' friendship and a little background on what led them to put this collection together. They talk about their homes and inspirations, and the local yarns used in the book. Being a west coast gal myself, it was fun to see the California yarn page, and recognize Tactile Fiber Arts. And then on the Maine page? There's String Theory! One of my very favorites.
The projects, photography and design all came together for me, to make me feel as though I were there. I love the fact that, in addition to the great projects, the whole book is so well done, so evocative, and such a great realization of the underlying idea.
I can't write this without showing you the Maine page.
See what I mean? So, now. Leave me a comment by Sunday October 23, 12 midnight PST, and I will enter you to win a copy of the book! You know you want one. :)
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