Once in a great while I do book reviews if I really like something. Artistic Differences is a collaborative book between Classic Elite Yarns and designer, Talitha Kuomi. I'm always happy when I can find a knitting book where I like all of the patterns, rather than a select few! I can then put the book in my library and refer to it when I need inspiration. There are numerous designs that are both knit-able and make you want to knit them; They are organic but with an edge.
My favorite design is the Forte pullover, as I can imagine it in different sizes and colors. I also know that my 11 year old would steal mine in a heartbeat. I love when garter stitch is used in a unique way. In Forte, top-down raglan shaping is combined with some dropped stitches and a unique garter middle. Yet, it's still simple (making me smack my head and wish I'd thought of it!)
The Tensity bag, with central cables and nice, textured reverse stockinette surrounding them. What attracts me to these is that they have the same construction, knitting wise, but are sewn up differently afterwards, depending on the look you want. Shown in Classic Elite Wynter, on US 10/6mm needles.
It will come as no surprise that the magenta Cade cowl is one of my favorites, probably because I'm such a fan of what I call a "loopy stitch" (and the color magenta, of course.) The loopy stitch is easily executed but adds a nice embellishment, and you can also do it in a different color. There are two different versions included of this lovely cowl, the Rocker and the Boho. One is longer, the other wider. Knitted in Chateau, a baby alpaca and bamboo mix, on US 11 needles. Instant gratification!
In total, there are two sock patterns, four sweaters, a pair of fingerless gloves, a cowl, a hat, and a bag - all of which are shown in different versions, sizes or construction techniques, giving knitters immense value for money, while playing heavily on style and edge. Love it!