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Magpies, Homebodies, and Nomads: A Modern Knitter’s Guide to Discovering and Exploring Style

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Cirilia Rose is the epitome of the new knitwear designer—young, educated, curious, and excited to share her passion for all ideas knit and purl. Her attitude toward curating her own collection of designs is informed as much by travel, cultural history, and tried-and-true sourcebooks as it is by modern media and technology. In Magpies, Homebodies, and Nomads, Rose takes rea ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by Harry N. Abrams
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Artemisia Hunt
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My new favorite knitting book. This fun, eclectic, quirky take on knitting combines tradition and modernity into a great mix of knitting know-how, style savvy and love of the craft. Did I mention that the patterns included are some of the most interesting and creative ones I've seen in a while? Definitely a great read for any intelligent knitter wanting to up the ante with their knitting practice in a big way. ...more
Feb 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Beautiful photography. Maybe one pattern I'd make, though. Simply not my style! Remember - you can always browse Ravelry if you want to see what patterns exist before making the jump to purchase the book! ...more
Natalyn Houk
Oct 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Is this actually becoming a knitting account? Whoops! Okay, since it’s fall there will be more knitting content, but let’s focus on the bookish side. Cool? Cool.

“Magpies, Homebodies, and Nomads” by Cirilia Rose is the coolest book for all the moods a knitter finds themselves in. I especially love her focus on the spare yarn everyone acquires at the end of a project. -I am looking at you, box of yarn ends and leftovers. You will be used eventually-

I love the variety of patterns this book offers.
Aug 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
It’s the execution of the subtitle that wins my stars, although this may be the first book I’ve read on the concept of “style.” Even though the patterns themselves weren’t really to my taste, I enjoyed reading her perspective on and experience with knitting with style in mind. And you can never go wrong including a list of recommended reads at the end.
Jan 14, 2017 rated it liked it
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I liked the ideas around style and remaking garments and style
Overall the patterns did not inspire me.
May 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017
Ladies and gentlemen, stop looking. We've found it!

The most pretentious fibre craft book ever made.
This is a very middle of the road book. Along with Jared Flood and Stephen West, Cirilia is one of the "trendy" new knitters - kind of like the hipsters of the knitting world (although I don't think there's any way Stephen West could be called a hipster anymore! I not even sure what category could describe him). This book reflects that aesthetic - there's a section on styling and on thrift shopping; both very instagrammy hipster things. So, if you're thinking of becoming a knitwear designer or s ...more
Autumn Shuler
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Beautiful photography, helpful styling tips, and stunning patterns make Magpies, Homebodies, and Nomads worth checking out. I grabbed a copy from my library to see if I liked it and I saw enough patterns that I want to make that I plan on buying a copy.

Though I haven't made any of the patterns, they all appear well written, and there's no argument that the finished objects are show stoppers. Even if you aren't interested in the patterns, Rose offers some great style advice in a fun, down-to-eart
Dec 28, 2014 rated it liked it
An intriguing combination of patterns and essays. The patterns are beautiful, although most are aimed at a much younger demographic than the one I am in. I really enjoyed reading the essays, which focus on ways to develop one's personal style. Definitely worth reading, even if you don't plan to the knit the patterns. My advice: get it from the library first, as I did. ...more
Sep 22, 2015 rated it liked it
I didn't really like any of these. ...more
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: knitting-books
I wanted to make a lot of these patterns!
Brooke Vertin
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
lovely, beautiful, full of great ideas and patterns
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Didn't actually read the book but loved, loved, loved 2 of the patterns. The others are super cute too. ...more
Vanessa Fernandez
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I would give this book five more stars if I could. Brilliant, insightful, and inspiring.
Rose Ann
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Gorgeous projects, beautiful yarns. The projects are beautifully executed and styled.
May 31, 2015 rated it liked it
An okay knitting pattern book, but mostly not to my taste.
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Took a quick look through this one. Some good advice on creating knits you’ll love and finding places to look for inspiration. Really like some of the patterns.
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