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Thursday, December 22, 2011

MORE AND NEWER BOOKS FOR KNITTERS

In my previous post I highlighted some books that I love and own, but that may be out of print and therefore impossible to get except from the library and library books are not lasting gifts (or aren't supposed to be anyway).

Today, as I am sitting trying to call the City of Providence about the error in their tax calculations, I have been browsing my latest "Vogue Knitting" magazine and also spots all over the web. While I still have not connected with the city, I have found three new books that might make great last minute gifts or something you might buy with a gift card.

FIRST: KNIT NORO and its friend KNIT NORO ACCESSORIES




Both of these books happen to be on sale right now at Knit Picks at $10 off the original price. Noro yarn is so much fun to knit with because it makes beautiful patterns without you doing the hard color changing work. These books have some wonderful large and small projects to make with Noro and even more interesting ways of combining their various variegated colorways to make something very exciting and original. They are already on my wish list.

SECOND: NEW ENGLAND KNITS




Yes, I was first attracted to this lovely book because I live in New England; they even have patterns named after two Rhode Island cities, Cranston Coat and Providence Hoodie. Once again, while this is an Interweave publication it is now on sale at Knit Picks, so check out the bargain. These sweaters and accessories are as timeless as a good classic should be, yet also can take their place with the modern trends. I really want to knit the hat with the whales on it.

THIRD: LITTLE RED IN THE CITY




This very interesting book is by knitting designer Ysolda Teague, who I believe is from Scotland. This book caught my eye, not just because of the marvelous designs, but also due to the fact that she has included a lot of information about the sizing of projects. I know I find sizing difficult and take any opportunity to grab some hints and of course, at the same time, get some great patterns. Her lovely designs are definitely worth a look and the book can be found on Amazon.

Merry Christmas Readers.

Friday, December 16, 2011

HOW ABOUT BOOKS AS GIFTS FOR KNITTERS?

Sorry about my absence, but I was away having a grandchild. I'm back now and know that everyone is putting the finishing touches on their gift knitting and considering gifts for their knitting friends.

One year when I was doing an extreme amount of knitting (for me anyway), I received books for Christmas. These were not just books with patterns in them but they were books about the craft of yarn making, it's history and patterns from around the country. I just dug this out recently and don't even know if it is still in print, but this or something similar makes a great gift for the knitter. The book is called "Knitting in America" by Melanie D. Falick.


Another book I received during that same time period, I still find to be excellent, not only in its patterns, but the general discussions of the craft of knitting. This one also is sort of old even though the title is "Knitting the New Classics" by Kristin Nicholas.

Even if these books are not available now (possibly updated versions are available) the point is that there are beautiful so called "tabletop" books out there for gift giving to knitters and all of them have useful information and patterns in them.


BTW, this hat went to the new grandchild, now doing sweater to match. She's growing too fast.


Her name is Autumn.