3.17.2010

Book Review: Nature's Wrapture

This week, I have an actual book to review! It's Nature's Wrapture by Sheryl Thies.This book contains 20 patterns all named after various things found in nature. It starts out with a few pages on how natures inspires creativity. I really like that part of the book. I think that it is so true. I will say I don't always see that connection in my knitting, but I sure do when it comes to my yarn dyeing.

So, after the pages on creativity and some explanation gauge and level of difficulty, the book dives right into the patterns. The patterns cover a wide range of wraps, including scarves, wraps shawls and ponchos.

Of the twenty patterns in the book, there were three that caught my eye, Bumblebees, Fall Colors (that's the wrap on the cover, seen above) and Milky Way.

After the patterns, there is a short section on techniques, which is standard for most knitting books.

Overall, I thought it was a nice book. Would I truly knit anything out of it? Probably not. While I think that these patterns are all simple, classic looks that will never really go out of style, I just really don't think that this book it totally where shawl/wrap knitting is right now. I mean with things like Ishbel, Traveling Woman, Milkweed taking Ravelry/the knitters by storm, I feel like the designs in this book are just so-so in comparison to them. I do appreciate the tone of the book and linking the knitting designs to nature, it's just the patterns aren't really the kind I am into right now.

So, would I recommend the book? Yes, if you like those simple, classic sort of wraps and shawls and things. If you are like me and can't stop knitting all these new shawlette patterns that are coming out on Ravelry, then maybe not so much.

Think you might like this book? Well, just leave me a comment with your Ravelry name, or blog, or email or some way for me to contact you and you will be entered into a random drawing for this book. I will be drawing the name on Monday, March 22nd at 5pm.

Think you might like to buy this book? You can get it on Amazon for $16.49.

So, ready any good knitting books lately?

Note: I received this book as a review copy for Martingale & Company. I did not receive any additional compensation for this review. For more information, please see my disclosure policy here. Also, I am an Amazon associate, so I would receive a small percentage from any sales generated by following my links.

33 comments:

  1. If these are easy patterns, then count me in for the contest! I'm just working on my first shawl now so it could be good for me haha :o)

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  2. I'm in :) From the pics on Amazon there are some nice looking shawl patterns in it. Thanks for the contest!

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  3. I would love, love this shawl book as a gift for a buddy. If I don't win will purchase. Thanks! knitterofhats on Rav

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  4. I love knitting shawls as gifts and much as I love delicate lace designs, sometimes the simple patterns are best to show off variegated/handpainted yarns.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    I am "Nupur" on Ravelry.

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  5. As I have only knit 2 shawls, this book would be welcome. I like the idea of pairing nature and knitting. Thanks for the many faved baby knits on Rav; I am knitting for 3 babies and find myself looking at your recommendations quite often. I am histoknitter on Rav.

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  6. InJuneau11:47:00 AM

    Hm, I could use some easy patterns to start with if I'm ever going to knit shawls. Maybe it's the book for me. I love the colors of the one on the front.

    (InJuneau on Ravelry)

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  7. That looks like a wonderful book for a "newbie" shawl knitter - and being "older" I tend to go with the "classic" ideas...

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  8. Thanks for the contest. I can never get enough books :)
    knitmit on ravelry

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  9. I've been wanting to start some shawls, this would give me the excuse to! Thanks for the awesome contest!

    sadiekate on ravelry

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  10. I've only heard good things about this book - would be interested in seeing it myself
    Lizbert on Ravelry

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  11. looks like a wonderful collection of wraps!

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  12. looks like an interesting book - I'm in.
    squiggi on ravelry

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  13. Vickyknits4:34:00 PM

    Looks like an interesting book. Thank you for the contest!
    I'm Vickyknits on Ravelry

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  14. sometimes I like a simple pattern, so enter me in the contest sparky136 on Ralvery

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  15. hi, i have read on this book before and have had it in my wishlist, looks so good!

    happy wearing o the green!

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  16. I would love this book I like simple shawls and wraps. I have not done any lace knitting, yet. Maybe one day soon.

    Knittingdancer on Ravelry

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  17. Looks like a neat book! Please enter me!

    PBnJsFiber on Rav

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  18. What an interesting book. I'm getting back into shawls. Thank you for hosting!
    monkalicious on Rav

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  19. atthebreakofnoon1:50:00 AM

    it sounds like an interesting book, and if i don't like the patterns it would make a nice gift with a skein of yarn to along with it. thanks for the contest.
    i'm atthebreakofnoon on ravelry

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  20. I would love to win this! Love nature and knitting and I'd love to combine the two. ;)

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  21. I NEED to knit a lace shawl for summer. I am so addicted to socks that someone needs to give me a kick and get me into different projects. Haha... good luck with that.

    ravelry id.. Fair780

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  22. If you can judge a book by its cover, this book will be great! mysticmoon on rav

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  23. It looks like a nice book! I'm wendymc on ravelry

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  24. I really enjoyed a previous book by this author/designer, so I'd be quite interested in having the book.
    How nice of you to give it!!
    I'm nolaboard on Rav

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  25. I love the sounds of this book! I'm going to Amazon to see if they have pics of the shawls included.

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  26. Anonymous8:05:00 AM

    Sounds like a great book! I'd love to win. :)
    StaceyKnitsIt ravelry

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  27. I'm still new to shawl knitting so I think I might like to try some of these patterns. Thanks for the review, and contest!

    jenniem on Ravelry

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  28. Awesome review! Thank you for the opportunity to win the book. My Ravelry name is KristiRose.

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  29. Thanks for having this giveaway, looks like a great book!

    kala on Ravelry

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  30. Simple knitting is always good, and my house is freezing so shawls are great!

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  31. What a neat idea for a book.

    I'd like to win it.

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  32. Ooh...I love wraps and shawls! Sign me up, please. And thanks for a great contest!

    Rav name: carrieg777

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