Joanna Johnson and her team at Slate Falls Press have never failed to enchant me with their previous publications: Phoebe’s Sweater, Phoebe’s Birthday, and Freddie’s Blanket. It comes as no surprise, then, they my heart wept with joy, delight, and memories when I read through their newest book: Green Gables Knits: Patterns for Kindred Spirits.

Green Gables Knits, © Joanna Johnson Slate Falls Press

Many of us, I am sure, fondly recall the beautiful writings of Lucy Maud Montgomery in her stories of Anne of Green Gables. The rich smell of Mayflowers with their “white stars of sweetness”, the warming simplicity of the Cuthberts home, and the kindred spirit of Diana … I can recall those memories as if they were my own. Author and designer Joanna Johnson has been able to capture the essence of all that is Avonlea with eight delightful knitting projects.

The designs included in the collection are Annie’s Carpet Bag, Matthew’s Vest, Marilla’s Apron, Diana’s Hat, Rachel’s Table Runner, Miss Stacy’s Shawl, Anne’s Sweater, and Gilbert’s Scarf. Each piece offers up touches of texture, color, and interest, while remaining subtly simple and fun to work. There is literally something for everyone, whether you favor colorwork, lace, or cables. Johnson has lovingly and thoughtfully brought Green Gables to life in every image. She even includes photos and quotes from the archives of Lucy Montgomery’s life and home.

If you were ever a fan of Anne of Green Gables, you will be as enchanted as I am with this book.

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14 thoughts on “Green Gable Knits

  • December 2, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Love the bag on the cover! It would hold EVERYTHING!!

  • December 2, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Anne Shirley – of course!

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  • December 2, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Oh my. Now I have to go read it again and pick a favorite? However shall I choose? 🙂

  • December 2, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Anne. With an “e”.

  • December 2, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    I love Gilbert. Every girl wants to find her Gilbert.

  • December 2, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    I love all of the characters, but Matthew holds a special place in my heart. My fifteen month old granddaughter is named Avonlea after the series.

  • December 3, 2013 at 2:13 am

    I love Matthew, he reminds me of my Grandpa. I love when he bought Anne puff sleeves.

  • December 3, 2013 at 3:56 am

    I love this book and the whole series. I have to say Anne is my favorite with her view of life and and her love of life and of course the kindred spirits she finds along the way.

  • December 3, 2013 at 4:22 am

    Anne is my favorite character. How could she not be? 🙂

  • December 3, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    I love Diana :). Her and Anne were definitely meant to be best friends!

  • December 4, 2013 at 3:47 am

    I love Gilbert! He is wonderful! 🙂

  • December 4, 2013 at 4:01 am

    I’ll have to read them again, I’ll say Anne for today. I’m going to read them soon to my daughter! 🙂

  • December 4, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    I guess my favorite character would be Matthew. I love how he was always quiet until it was something very important to him. Then once he made up his mind he wouldn’t budge until he got his way. He didn’t play that card very often, and picked his moments well.

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