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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Vampire Knits

Winter means knitting and knitting means rummaging through my yarn stash, and seeking out a suitable pattern.
Knitting pattern books can be expensive so I search for free patterns on Internet sites.   Those I most often use are: http://www.knitty.com  and http://www.ravelry.com.    If a book is what I crave, my favorite source for knitting pattern books is the New Brunswick Public Library Service.
I’ve currently borrowed the intriguing title Vampire Knits, Projects to Keep You Knitting from Twilight to Dawn.  Author Genevieve Miller dedicates her book to “knitters and vampire lovers everywhere.”   Vampire Knits, which acknowledges its connection to Stephenie Meyer's “Twilight” series and to other vampire stories, includes more than 25 knitting projects designed to appeal to vampire fans.
From the section called “Protect Me”, this pattern for pulse protectors (otherwise known as scarf and fingerless gloves) vows to “keep your most tempting veins and arteries under wraps.”

This hooded cowl promises protection for the neck from bloodthirsty vampires, while helping one blend into the midnight shadows when worn as a hood.

Each pattern has a vampire theme, includes vampire lore, with an occasional quiz thrown in to test your knowledge about the historical evolution of tales of the un-dead.  You’ll discover clear knitting patterns and solid practical pointers with easy-to-follow diagrams for everything from gloves and scarves, to shawls, sweaters, capes, pillows, totes and jewellery. 
I’ve been fascinated by vampire movies since childhood, years before the current romanticized cult following of all creatures vampire-ish and werewolf-y.  For me, the book is a fun read.
Vampire Knits is available from the New Brunswick Public Library Service.  If you would rather purchase your own copy, you’ll be comforted to know that a portion of the sale proceeds is donated to the Red Cross, “who’ve been helping humans get the blood they need since before Edward Cullen was born.”
Thanks to Genevieve Miller for this sensational knitting pattern book.
Copyright belongs to Genevieve Miller, of course.
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