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.
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.