Yep - I bought Men in Knits by Tara Jon Manning for only one reason - this:
I've been in cable withdrawal for some time now and that cardigan looks like just the ticket to bring me out of my doldrums. It's the cardi version of the cover sweater:
I'll be using the Pakucho Cotton I picked up awhile back from Elann:
And I'll be starting as soon as I finish another something or other. (Probably the tree skirt!) The cotton will make it thick & heavy - just what I'm wanting. :)
As for the rest of the book, I enjoyed browsing through it. There are sections in the front to help you decide what style of sweater/vest would be preferred by the male recipient which I thought was very well done. Corporate, Active/Casual, etc. Also charts on getting the perfect fit (so the sweater will actually be worn) and matching the pattern with certain body types. Tall/short, heavy/slim, short neck/long neck, etc.
The patterns are classic and adaptable:
This one would be great for all my Araucania Nature Cotton....another sweater for me, of course!:
I really do think I'll be using more than one pattern from this collection. (There are more lovely cables included!) I still hold out hope that my boys will grow out of their "T-shirt & Hoodie" phase and want something handmade by Mom again. (When they were little I could stick 'em in anything I made. Ahhhhh...those days of total control! Mwhahahahaha!)
In the meantime I'll use a couple of these patterns for myself and dream. ::wink:::
I'd forgotten I'd ordered a subscription to this magazine:
But I'm glad I did! That cover necklace is something I've been thinking about...and I believe I have just the beads AND the time this weekend to do it!