Somewhere I came across her book on knitting and crocheting. The Swedish title sounded really intriguing, like an incantation: Sticka Virka. I liked her stuff so much that I even ordered the book twice. Could I have expressed my interest more explicitly?
The interesting part is that I only saw one picture from the book, the title one, and I knew it was something that I had been waiting for. My liking went even further when I read in the two books that she has never finished a single piece and she has a stack of knitted and crocheted front parts of sweaters still hiding somewhere in her house. Yes, knitting is often very boring to be concluded as a sweater or something reasonable and I also have unfinished parts at home (but I am more practical then her, I often rip them off). And she doesn't like following the pattern, so don't I. (Necessary to say, she definitely is more creative then I am).
One thing I wonder, would she ever wear the clothes that she included in her book? Some of them, why not. It is a pure inspiration, like a certain type of a fashion show that is supposed to blow your mind. It is actually based on one idea that I dare to describe, with all the respect to the artist, as composing different textiles and texture unpredictably, yet logically, following the postmodern sense of mixing old and new ideas, low and high art. Someone said quite perfectly: there is a sense of the ugly made beautiful in this book.
The book doesn't have pattern manuals, which is expected, and the models are people like me or you. That really enhances the feeling that it won't be difficult to follow.My favorites are knitted aprons. And as a bonus to illustrate a similar craziness I am adding here pictures of knitted bibs that I have seen on Flickr (they must be hard to wash...).
The English editions is called Knitprovisation and costs ONE dollar!