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June Book Club

Andrea Sanchez

It's been a little while since we've had a book club selection but this month's is really special. This is one of those books that you read and you know you must share with someone! As soon as I read this with my students over a year ago, I wanted to gift this book to someone who would be welcoming a new baby. Funny thing is, the next person to welcome a new baby was me! This special book is Sophie's Masterpiece by Eileen Spinelli.

Sophie's Masterpiece is the story of a spider. Sophie is not just any spider, she is an artist. Throughout her life she spins many things for many people, but none of them really appreciate her talents. After many failed attempts she finds a new home (which will be her final home) with a young knitter and soon to be mother. For this young woman Sophie decides to spin something very special: a blanket that will be the last thing she ever makes. 

I don't know how you can read this without being touched by the story. As knitters and crafters, when we make something for someone we, like Sophie, knit into it all our good thoughts, warm wishes, and love for the recipient be they known or unknown. Sophie wove into her masterpiece moonlight, snowflakes, and finally, her heart. 

The story of Sophie is extremely well written. It is lyrical without being overly wordy (great for the younger littles) and tells of love and art in a way that even young children can appreciate. If you're interested in this story and would like to hear it before purchasing, you can watch it being read on Storyline Online.

The Patterns

This book would make a fantastic baby gift. And if you plan to gift it, you must include something knitted, yes? So to accompany this month's book club we have a lovely baby blanket.

This blanket is knit using The Fiber Seed's Sprout DK in the color Silver. The DK weight yarn makes the allover lace stitch a bit more substantial, perfect to hold up to regular use. The blanket is knit in the round, making it easy to modify to be smaller or larger. As written, it will block out to about 34" square. The pattern for this blanket includes both charted and written directions. 

While in the story Sophie creates a blanket for that precious baby, I couldn't help but think Sophie would be a shawl maker as well. And that's why we have the shawl version to this month's pattern! 

This shawl features the same easy lace pattern as the blanket, and the same Garter stitch variation on the border. It is knit in fingering weight yarn: The Fiber Seed's Sprout in the glowing color Goldenrod. This yarn is the same blend as Sprout DK (90% superwash USA merino wool, 10% nylon). 

I am loving how versatile this shawl can be. The lace makes it elegant, while the Garter stitch at the border maintains its ability to be more casual. This shawl will become an essential part of your handmade wardrobe. 

You can purchase the patterns here on Knittin' Little, or head over to Ravelry. Each pattern is availble for $5 or (on Ravelry only) you can check out with both in your cart for $8 - no code needed! Just make sure you purchase both in your cart at the same time.

I hope you are excited to knit these patterns. However, if you're up to waiting just a bit longer, Lindsay from The Fiber Seed will be offering blanket kits later on this month! You can get the pattern and the yarn you need over on her site when it becomes available. Preorders are open now! You will get a code to download the pattern right away! I cannot recommend Sprout more highly. It is one of those perfect DK weight yarns that is so extremely versatile. I'd love to see what color you choose for this project. You can share it on Instagram using tagging me @knittinlittle and using #klbookclub.

Stick around for some activities coming next week! If you participate in the book club this month be sure to share any photos on social media suing #klbookclub.