My sister-in-law, Charlie, is passionate about knitting. Her creations are always snugly and drenched in beautiful colors. Here you see a beautiful blanket that Charlie made for my daughter Alex though I mostly use it for those cool spring nights when I need something to cover my legs.
Charlie made this scarf several years ago and the color still works with just about anything that I wear. The shape has held up very well even after several tugs from my daughters and me carelessly wrapping it a little too tightly around my neck.
Charlie is not only my sister-in-law, she's also my knitting instructor. She's given me these books for inspiration:
Hollywood Knits Style by Suss Cousins reads like a fashion magazine. Every page is filled with wonderful photographs of soft and supple, warm colored knits. Cousins presents knitting as incentive for social gatherings and pairs different menus with various knitting events. For instance, for a mother-daughter knitting occasion, try serving Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce.
Funky Chunky Knitted Accessories by Jan Eaton is a playful guide to transforming your simple knits into high fashion.