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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
Beautiful, fun and creative. The knitting book trifecta.

Lara's Library: Twist and Loop

Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
The photographs in this book stand on their own as works of art.

Annie Modesitt is one of those people who makes me want to be a fly on her studio wall.

Even the design, photographs and typography of Twist and Loop blow me away.

Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
Great drawing and awesome idea. Go ahead and think of the rows of your knitting as mothers and grandmothers. See how much easier it makes it to think about slipped stitches, rows, and repeats of sets (or generations) of rows.

Over the years, Modesitt has written 8 books, and I've read some of them. Others are on my to-read list. They all push the envelope of knitting (and life) in unexpected and often thrilling directions.

I heard a podcast interview on KnitCast with her years ago and it felt like she was speaking just to me and for me. You can play it through the site in the above link.

I felt, when I heard this interview, that if a situation isn't working for you, it might not be your fault. It might just be the situation. Or it might just be for right now. Which sounds fine and normal to me now but blew my mind in February of 2006.

"The more someone understands about something, the less dogmatic they are." - Annie Modesitt

I saw, right away, that there were some situations in my life that just weren't working and, maybe, it was because I wouldn't let myself see a different way of doing things - or see that the "right" way to live might not be the best way for me.

"I think that there are probably wrong ways to do things, but there are probably also many many right ways to do things." - Annie Modesitt

Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
Diagrams in the book are very clear, so if you're scared of jumping into jewelry design, Modesitt will get you over it in a hurry.

Wow, that's all a little deep for what's supposed to be a little book review. It cut me right to my heart, and I decided that I had let fear control parts of my life for far too long.

Anyway, within a month of hearing Modesitt say those words, I was working on starting up my podcast. It took me a little longer to work out my other situations, but within a year I had changed a lot of other things about my life and was ready for even more.

Back to the book:

All of the jewelry in the book is shot with a hand model. This seemed strange to me, at first, but now I think it's a great way of seeing the scale of the different pieces right off the bat. Also, it's a similar feeling to how you first see and experience jewelry in a store - in your hands.

Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
The photos are lush and lovely.

To sum up, Annie Modesitt is:


A Teacher

Knits hats. Hats!

Designs incredible shapes.

Is a heretic and doesn't care who knows it.