by Gina House
Spiral Bound Paperback: 60 pages
First Printing: December, 2009
Where to Find: Sleep Eyes Etsy Shop
Gina House is known for her whimsical designs and it was no surprise to me to see her first collection, Dreamscape, come together in such a beautiful package. The haunting Victorian theme throughout the book, complete with enchanting photography, will leave you itching to cast on one of the stunning wraps, scarves or hats before you can say "dream!" The collection of 13 unique, yet classical, accessory patterns (7 past, 6 present) is presented in a 5.5" x 8.5" spiral bound book. The small size and spiral binding make Dreamscape convenient to knit from, as well as to carry in your knitting bag - or your purse when you run off to your LYS in search of that perfect ball of yarn! The patterns are clearly written and the lace charts, which have been placed together at the back of the book, are large and easy to follow.
Almost all of the designs in Dreamscape use just one skein of yarn and many are quick knits - meaning great patterns for stash diving and gift knitting! This also gives us knitters an excuse to buy that uber soft skein of 100% cashmere and knit ourselves a wonderful, self-satisfying item... the Lisha Lace scarf is on my to-knit-for-me list!
As for favorite patterns, the Amanda Hat is definitely one of my top choices. The pattern is very addicting and most knitters will find they simply can not knit just one. This is my first Amanda, knit in 2008...
As mentioned above, I'm looking forward to casting on a Lisha Lace scarf for myself. I also love the alluring style of the Perspehone Beret and the captivating look of Spellbound, a choker that looks fabulous when combined with a piece of vintage jewelry.
Gina's personality really shines throughout Dreamscape... from her well written biography and notes to the models (family and friends) and props she handpicked for the photoshoots. I really enjoyed the short descriptions provided for each pattern at the beginning of the book as well. Gina has also thoughtfully included knitting suggestions, yarn information and 2 pages for you to record your own notes about each of the Dreamscape designs.
If you love knitting accessories, Dreamscape would be a fabulous addition to your knitting book shelf. You'll find yourself reaching for it again and again when the time comes to make those special birthday and holiday gifts.
About the Author: Gina House aka Sleepy Eyes began knitting in 2002 and has been addicted to the craft ever since. When she's not knitting, she spends her time spinning, practicing yoga, reading books, writing in her journal and reading tarrot cards. Gina lives with her husband and 2 sons in New Hampshire. Two of her sock patterns were included in The Joy of Sox, published in the fall of 2009. You can read my review and interview with Gina here.