KNITTING: A new book of knitting patterns by Marlie de Swart, a Bolinas resident who owns a fiber collective and shop called Black Mountain Artisans, features the artist’s designs with locally sourced materials.  “Her works are really art pieces,” said her brother Peter. “It seems you would need to be theoretical physicist to knit like that.” A book celebration at her shop will be held on Friday.   David Briggs

Marlie de Swart never relies on patterns when she knits a new sweater, vest or bonnet. Instead, she sketches a rough plan and makes decisions about textures and construction as she goes, letting the piece grow and morph organically, stitch by stitch. It was a bit of a challenge, then, to write her first book, a collection of 25 . . .

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