I am so excited to be part of the Blog Tour for Hitch, a wonderful collection of designs inspired by the many films of Alfred Hitchcock and compiled by knitwear designer Stephannie Tallent.
Just for fun, you must listen to the theme song for Alfred Hitchcock Presents while reading my review, at least for nostalgia sake!
I am a true diehard Hitchcock fan and when I saw this collection, I was swept back to the films of Hitchcock that always seemed to have a touch of mystery, intrigue, glamour and even elegance. I think even Mr. Hitchcock would be impressed, not too mention his leading ladies!
So what designs do I call a favorite, or should I say favorites …
I love Miss Fremont by Jaala Spiro, which was inspired by Grace Kelly in Rear Window, my all time favorite movie!
Inspired by Grace Kelly’s Rear Window dress with dramatic flowers radiating from the waist, this shawl flows outward like a circle skirt. With each shawl tier the colors gradually darken, a nod to Hitchcock showing the shadier side of human nature. ~ Jaala Spiro
Courtesy of Nick Murway
I also truly love the Greenwich Village Cardigan designed by Linda Wilgus. This elegant piece truly echoes the classic style of Grace Kelly and I don’t know about you, but I can envision Ms. Kelly wearing this lovely piece with a pencil style skirt and a scarf around her neck.
Of those who have seen the film, who doesn’t remember the awe-inspiring black-and-white dress Grace Kelly’s character Lisa Fremont wears in Rear Window? It was hot the day she wore it, but what if the weather had been different and she would have needed a cardigan to keep warm? Greenwich Village is a fitted cardigan featuring a delicate lace panel down the front and on the sleeves. The cardigan is worked from the top down and is entirely seamless. Knit in a luxury sport weight yarn with beautiful drape, Greenwich Village is just the cardigan to complement your Grace-inspired look. ~ Linda Wilgus
Courtesy of Linda Wilgus
To round up my favorites is the Melanie Shawl designed by Nina Machlin Dayton and inspired by another favorite of mine, The Birds.
Melanie Daniels looks so beautiful and glamorous at the start of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. If she had only had this shawl perhaps the birds would have thought her one of them, and left her alone. The next time you watch The Birds wrap this version of their wings around you. The softness and drape of the shawl replicates their softness, the lines on their wings flowing gently into the feathery tips, the beads sparkling the way the sun glints off their feathers, slightly iridescent, and magical. While the birds in the film may be scary, these beaded lace wings are anything but. ~ Nina Machlin
Courtesy of Anne Dayton
This collection features designs by Dani Berg, Rebecca Blair, Glenna C., Kristen Hanley Cardozo, Brenda Castiel, Rachel Coopey, Jennette Cross, Anna Dalvi, Nina Machlin Dayton, Elizabeth Green Musselman, Becky Herrick, Elanor King, Triona Murphy, Carolyn Noyes, Luise O’Neill, Heather Ordover, Anne Podlesak, Stefanie Pollmeier, Jaala Spiro, Nadya Stallings, Jill Bigelow Suttell, Stephannie Tallent, Katherine Vaughan, Christina Wall, Christina Werge, Linda Wilgus, and Karin Wilmoth.
So with that list of talented women, what’s not to love!
I can tell you that you will be inspired to break out the needles with this wonderful collection of 29 one-of-a-kind designs that come to you in a 175 page book filled with beautiful photographs of the finished pieces, step-by-step written instructions, tips and more.
This book is available in eBook format for $16.95 or a print/digital combination for $29.95. You can purchase direct from Cooperative Press by clicking here or for the digital PDF version only, you can purchase online at Ravelry by clicking here.
For even more knitting enjoyment, be sure to join the Hitch Group that is hosting KALs to go along with this collection.
Be sure to visit the other stops for more information on KALs, giveaways and more !
9/28/2013: Sunset Cat Designs
10/5/2013: Knitting Kninja
10/8/2013: Knit and Travel
10/9/2013: Knit & Knag Designs
10/10/2013: Wooly Wonka Fibers
10/11/2013: Verdant Gryphon
10/15/2013: Impeccable Knits: Shifting Stitches
10/21/2013: Knitwear Designs by Carolyn Noyes
10/22/2013: Peacefully Knitting - Hey that’s me!
10/23/2013: Dark Matter Knits
10/24/2013: Turnknit: Dani Berg Designs
10/25/2013: SweetGeorgia Yarns
10/28/2013: doviejay knits
10/29/2013: Triona Designs
10/30/2013: Tactile Fiber Arts
11/4/2013: A Knitter’s Life
11/6/2013: Yarn On The House
11/12/2013: Hazel Knits
11/22013: A B-ewe-tiful Design
About the editor:
Stephannie Tallent is a movie buff as well as an indie designer. Her first book, California Revival Knits, was published by Cooperative Press in 2012. She lives in Hermosa Beach, California, with her husband Dave, dog Rigel, and cats Obi, Meggie, and Cali. Find her on Ravelry as StephCat and online at www.sunsetcat.com.
Guess what, I am giving away a digital copy of Hitch to one lucky blog reader!
Rules: Just leave a comment letting me know your favorite Hitchcock movie, and what design you would like to knit first. If you have a Twitter ID or Raverly ID, be sure to leave that too. The winner will be chosen by a random number generator with the PDF digital copy sent via email or Ravelry.
This giveaway is open to all and will end on Saturday, November 2nd with the winner announced on Monday, November 4th! The winner will receive their PDF/Digital copy directly from Cooperative Press.
Best of luck!
This giveaway is now closed!