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Knit the Sky: Cultivate Your Creativity with a Playful Way of Knitting

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  183 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Look up from your knitting needles and explore with the world around you! That's the mantra of Lea Redmond, the creative instigator behind Knit the Sky. Challenging herself to capture the changing colors of the sky in her knitting, Redmond loaded up her yarn basket with shades of blue, gray, and white and set out to knit a strip reflecting each day's shades. In 365 days, s ...more
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published August 11th 2015 by Storey Publishing, LLC
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Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: knitting
This book is utterly charming. It's not your standard knitting pattern book - it's a pattern book that doesn't contain a single photo of a finished object! Instead, it's about approaching knitting in a different, free kind of way. For example, the first project is the eponymous "knit the sky" scarf. You buy seven colours of laceweight yarn is shades of blue, yellow and grey and every day for the course of the year you knit the colour of the sky, combining the two colours that are the most accura ...more
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Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
If you are looking for a traditional knitting book with lots of patterns and photographs, then you will want to look elsewhere. If, however, you are looking for ideas to spark your creativity and get you started knitting in a whole new way, then you want this book.

The description of Knit the Sky immediately captured my imagination, appealing to my lifelong dedication to journaling with words. "Record the beauty, emotions, and experiences of everyday life—not in your journal but with you
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I reviewed this for NetGalley.

I've knitted for over forty-nine years and I have read numerous knitting books during that period so I think I can have an educated opinion.

This book, in my opinion, is really excellent. Not because of complicated patterns (twenty color colorways ala Alice Starmore, or some of the more complex and outre Vogue patterns) or famous designer names, but simply for the unique joy and simplicity of playful and creative knitwear design.

Ms. Redmond's
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgally
I received a copy of this book for review from NetGalley.

I'm an advanced knitter and am always on the lookout for new ideas to challenge me or to add a little whimsy to my projects. Even though the main idea for this book has been around for quite some time, I hoped this book would add a little something extra. Unfortunately, there was just not enough there to keep my attention. The illustrations are beautiful. The patterns seemed overly simplistic and, in some cases, confusing.

Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
I have been knitting and crocheting for years, and it is one of my favorite hobbies. So I was very interested in reviewing a knitting book which seemed to have some new ideas for using knitting as a way to connect with the world and community.

Unfortunately, I found the book fell very flat. Perhaps a more beginning knitter would find something worthwhile here. Instead, I thought concepts in the book a bit gimmicky and not appealing, particularly for somebody who is used to making more
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-improvement
This is the most unusual knitting book I've ever read! The author is truly focused on knitting-as-a-process, rather than as a craft for the production of garments. Her ideas were completely original, such as knitting a scarf over a period of 1 year, with a line or two in the colors reflecting the weather on each particular day. Or knitting while on the subway, changing colors every time you switch from, say, the green line to the red line. I particularly enjoyed her idea of hiding small treasure ...more
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have been a knitter for over four decades, so when I see a book with a knitting reference in the title, I smile.

The entire title is : Knit the Sky: A Playful Way of Knitting. It gives crafters a new way to look at life around them, through their knitting needles. There are a total of 32 creative crafts in this book which will stay with the knitter for a lifetime. There is a day-by-day scarf, made up of the colors of the sky, Or a unique growth chart for a baby which will be finished when they
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is an unconventional pattern book. Instead of offering a picture of a beautiful finished project and then giving steps to achieve said project on your own, this book instead offers ideas for approaching knitting in a creative way. Redmond reminds knitters to draw project inspiration from anything important in life, saying "Anything in life that is special or important can become the perfect seed for one of these knitting projects... Sometimes creativity is tidy; usually it is not." I've had ...more
Ann Goodman
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inspirational, heart-warming & just lovely.

I don't buy books that often but couldn't resist the idea of this book. It did not disappoint and I think it's the type of book to thumb through again & again. I'm not sure I will make all of them but that's not altogether the point . Reading this inspired me and made me smile for ages as I thought through the possibilities. I love the creative process in each project, some will take effort & commitment others can be knitted relatively qui
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: crafts, knitting
A fun book of inspiration for knitters. Redmond offers an array of ways to take knitting beyond the pattern and connect it more directly to daily life, whether that is knitting a few rows each day to track the sky or making a round of your block and knitting the house colors she suggests ways to break out of the pattern and express more creativity. For someone who struggles with creativity this is a nice reminder to have.
Kyra Ferguson
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful ideas

Love the ideas presented in this book. One idea of the family heirloom reminded me of the time I discovered an unfinished cross stitch started by my grandmother in the basement, and I asked my mother to teach me how to cross stitch so I could finish it.
Carolyn Page
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It really is everything the title you feel like knitting a scarf comprised of the colors of the sky of every day for a specified period of time? What about a blanket of your moods? A great book for stash-busting!
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun read and very quick.
Apr 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Neat but Not My Thing

There are definitely some fun and creative ideas for gamifying your knitting, but if you’re a follow-the-rules/pattern person like me, it’s not for you.
Carolyn Munroe
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book! I always saw my knitting as a craft. She has shown me how to make it art!
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
I like the idea, but it's not for me.
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comebackto, crafting
I loved this look at knitting - although not really a pattern book has amazing ideas for more mindful and connected knitting. loved some of these ideas
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-shelf
I've just purchased this book and am delighted by the meaningful and whimsical project ideas included. I love a handmade piece that had a good story attached; this book provides inspiration for several such projects, both small and large. I also enjoyed the bright and beautiful illustrations in the book. (No photos of finished projects - your piece will be uniquely yours!) My only reason for for rather than five stars is that some of the instructions are vague and confusing. The purpose is that ...more
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This review first appeared on my blog:

I can't recall how I first heard about Lea Redmond's Sky Scarf but lots of these projects were popping up on blogs around the time I started knitting. As a nature-lover, the idea of documenting the sky each day - with a different colour yarn - is quite appealing (and may have subconsciously influenced one of my own projects where I chose colours from the Sussex Sky during the course of one autumn day). When I saw that Lea had written a book with 31
Bruce Gargoyle
I received a digital copy of this title from the publisher via Netgalley.

Ten Second Synopsis:
A different kind of craft book where the focus is on the process, not the final product.

The greatest thing about this book is that you can replace the word “Knit” in the title with any crafty word you please and you can still get an enormous amount from the book. For in Knit the Sky, it’s the process, not the finished product, which is the important thing. Mad Martha doesn’t
penny shima glanz
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've attempted to write this review for over a year. Each time I read through my notes and look through Redmond's book again, I find myself down the rabbit hole of planning projects and the review never gets written. I'm now looking for ideas and inspiration for a year-long creative project. It's my third year of the #yearofmaking project, and I'm looking for something a bit new and different from what I've focused on. I find myself turning frequently to this title for inspiration and also other ...more
Maria Elmvang
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, crafts, 2015, arc
I received this ebook from Netgalley in return for an honest review.

This is not your usual book of knitting patterns. Instead it is a book of ideas. Ideas of how to turn everyday events into knitting projects, and begin seeing both those events and your knitting in a new light.

"Knit the Sky" lists 31 project ideas as well as inspiration on how to invent your own project. It does list 12 basic patterns to help you get started with the projects, but also encoura
Ruth Ann
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: craft
Lea’s intent for the projects in her book is not just the end product. She wants you to use your knitting to connect with people, places, and nature in creative ways. For example, the Knit the Sky project directs you to connect with nature by taking the time to observe your sky throughout the day. You decide on two colors from five different yarn colors to knit the sky color for that day. A lot of people don’t spend much time out-of-doors and complain that it is too hot, too cold, too rainy or ...more
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: knitting
This is a book for people who are willing to get knitting inspiration from the world around them. The title comes from Redmond's first project idea: use white, blue, and gray yarns to knit a scarf the color of the sky, adding a row a day for a year. Or knit a cowl that mirrors the houses on your block, with a stripe the color of each house and a gray stripe to mark where you turn the corners. You can adjust another of Redmond's cowls to show what the phase of the moon is on the day you wear it.< ...more
Reading Cat
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Found this in the new book shelf at the local library. It's one of those books that's a wonderful read that makes you want to grab your needles and order yarn--the sky, the mood ring cowl, wristers for each season--so many lovely ideas. The illustrations are charming. There are no pictures of finished projects and the directions are for very easy/breezy projects--the cowl is a ribbed scarf grafted together to form a loop, the scarf is a simple scarf, etc.

The fun ideas come in making a code for
Haley Mathiot
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: knitting
Knit the sky was whimsical and exciting. The book is quite different from the traditional knitting book, in that it doesn’t give step-by-step instructions, specific patterns, or have photos. Instead, it has colorful watercolor illustrations and beautiful inspiring text that paints a picture in the mind and leads the knitter to the place the writer wants them to be. The idea of giving inspiration for a project but not a specific pattern was challenging and new to say the least… but it worked for ...more
Apr 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lea Redmond opens up such a fun and original way of knitting in this creative book. Instead of following a pattern, knit the experiences and colors of your life. The process creates a story in itself and when you are done you will have not only a priceless finished object, but a memento that will bring a smile to your face each time you use it. These pieces can mark momentous occasions and visually represent the fabric of our lives. Knit a scarf in the colors of the sky you see each day, knit a ...more
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
a fascinating book on creativity and knitting. knit the sky; knit your neighborhood, choosing colors from the colors of the houses; knit postcard-size samples as you travel with yarn purchased en route; choose colors according to the random gumballs or M&Ms you get; knit parallel scarves with a friend; knit when you can't sleep, maybe knit in the dark!; knit at the ballgame, changing colors according to who's at bat, or has the ball, knitting a bobble when something special happens; knit a m ...more
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I saw this book on the shelf at the library, and I'm so glad I picked it up and brought it home. I always enjoy looking through knitting books to find new patterns, but this particular book is so different. It's wonderful and freeing! There are lots of ideas about how to express your emotions and experiences in your knitting. I love the idea of “knitting the sky” into a scarf: using seven balls of lace weight yarn in the colors of the sky (white, grays and blues), you use 2 strands of yarn each ...more
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
We've all seen the scarves that are knit one row per day with the color determined by the day's high (or low, or median, or average) temperature. Redmond has brought us a whole book full of similar delightful ideas. From an all-day knitting tribute to the sun's journey across the sky to group projects to honor a friend's birthday, there are many great ideas here. Not all ideas will appeal to all knitters, and even the concept of encouraging knitters to knit their own experiences rather than a de ...more
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Lea Redmond is always looking for the poem hiding inside things. She is infinitely intrigued by the way experiences slip from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Leafcutter Designs, her creative studio in Berkeley, CA, makes the world more playful and peaceful one little experience at a time.