Just when you thought there are too many books about scarves on the market, Sheryl Thies’s new book Ocean Breezes: Knitted Scarves Inspired by the Sea definitely throws that idea right out of your head. Sheryl offers you 25 new and different ways to keep your neck warm or just fashionably decorated wherever you live.
I was drawn to this book because for over 25 years I lived in Ocean County NJ. Too many people think NJ is all about traffic, turnpikes and smokestacks, but once you drive away from the clutter of bigger cities you come upon lots of open spaces, green farmlands and the white sand and blue sea of the ocean. Yes, in New Jersey!
Just take a drive over the Barnegat Bay bridge, watch the boats in the bay bobbing serenely on a sunny day, feel the warm breezes engulf you completely as you walk along the boardwalk in Lavallette, or stroll up to the arcades and fun rides on the pier at Seaside Heights. Wherever you go, the ocean is right at your side, its rolling waves, the ebb and flow of crashing thunder or foamy remnants chasing you on the beach just can’t be beat. Stay awhile and relax to nature’s beautiful oceanic symphony.
Many was the day when walking outside I caught the distinct smell of the sea, even though we lived a good 8 miles or so from the coast. That salty, fresh aroma was better than any scented candle could ever be, and would get me thinking about lacy sea foam patterns and nautical knits.
Now, these knit patterns are available all in one place. Patterns that come in all sizes, textures and fibers. Even if you were determined not to knit another scarf, you will have to change your mind with this book. You would expect to find heavy fisherman-type cable patterns, but be surprised when new and interesting patterns greet you on every page. From beginner simple to more complex, if you so desire, there is enough here to keep even the most avid knitter busy for quite some time.
The pictures are beautiful, and the patterns are concise, with all the necessary information you need for each one. They are all easily followed, as well.
Women and men find this book interesting and very relevant to scarf knitting. So, just when you thought you couldn’t endure another scarf pattern, look out! In Ocean Breezes: Scarves Inspired by the Sea you will love what you see!
Take my word for it.