Needles & Artifice, Â by the Ladies of Mischief, Cooperative Press, 2012, Â a whopping 236pp.
Pick up this book & you’re in for an absolute treat.
It’s not just the 23 patterns that are so appealing — which range from whimsical & quirky to downright gorgeous — but the story, told in chapters between subsets of corresponding patterns, as well.
Miniature sheep! Â Airships! Â Automatons! What more could a steampunk-loving Adventuress desire?
Well, if you’re asking….
Evocative pics? Check!
Inventive styling? Check!
A variety of garments and accessories? Check!
My favorite patterns are a varied as the Ladies themselves.
The Null Hypothesis scarf — doubleknit in fingering weight yarn — is a scientist’s dreamscape and is the first of the Mad Science patterns. (Note the corvid!) The non-repeating design is depicted over 7 easily read charts.
The Trials and Tribulations Chemise & BloomersÂ set, from the Boudoir chapter, is adorable. Â I’m not usually big on knitted shorts, but these look cute and comfy for around the house. Â The top I’d wear in public. Â Sizing is generous (from a bust of 32 to 54″ for the chemise, and hips on the bloomers from 38 to 54″ (meant to be worn with positive ease)).
I also like the Master and Commander Hat & Cowl set (Airship chaper, of course) — especially the hat! Â My mom loves to wear hats, and I think she’d really like this one (proving that Ladies of Mischief come in all ages).
One last fave from me — the Resilience top. It’s a lovely combination of Brioche rib and beading, to fit bust 28 through 48″, worked in gorgeous Cephalopod Nautilace yarn.
Would you like a chance to win your very own PDF copy? Â Leave a message on this post with your favorite patterns from the book by midnight PST Nov 5th 2012. Â I’ll pick a winner using Random.org.
Note: My review copy was given to me by the author. Â All opinions are my own.