I was in the library a few weeks ago and I came across a knitting book I hadn't seen or heard of before. It is called Knitting New Scarves and it was written by Lynne Barr. When I picked it up to page through it, I figured I'd see the same old rehash of the usual scarves, but I was really quite surprised and shocked by what I saw here. Instead of knitting in the traditional way, Barr presents some interesting new techniques that push the boundary of knitting. I brought the book home for a closer look and was further inspired after having time to really check these techniques out.
First of all, many of the scarves aren't knit using two needles and more than often are three dimensional as a result. Variety and unusual forms are the norm in this book and some of the scarves look like they would be a lot of fun to make.
I especially like the technique section at the back of the book that illustrates the steps involved in many of the projects. This is definitely a well illustrated book with many photos to help you work your way through these scarves.
I haven't started any scarves from the book yet, but I think I'll be playing with some of the techniques and perhaps tweaking them for use in my own designs. It's a pleasure to see something really new in knitting after all these years. Take a look at these scarves and find a little inspiration of your own!