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  • knitting1105 1:46 pm on August 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Tudor Roses Comparison 

    About 18 months ago I wrote a review of the new Tudor Roses vs the original Tudor Roses, both by Alice Starmore.  In that review, I commented that I was happy to have both versions, for the color changes, and new shaping of the newest version (2013),

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    and the patterns for men in the original version (1998).

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    A question was recently posed on that blog entry by Christina, of whether I would say that only the new version was needed.  This prompted me to do a comparison of patterns, and to note which ones were in each book, and any changes.

    Looking through and comparing these books has piqued my interest in knitting up one of the patterns, and I must say that it will  probably be from the newer book, as the shaping is more contemporary there, and more to my liking.  There are a couple of sweaters that appear in both books that really appeal to me also.  I enjoy seeing the ones that were reknit being done in a new colorway.  My comparison of the 2 books follows, a simple chart:

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    So my answer to Christina who posed the question, would be that I am happy that I own both books.  If your desire is to have a complete knitting library, and you love color work and more complicated patterns, then Yes to owning both books.  And starting at $20 for the older version on Amazon, I do think that it is worth the investment.

    As a side note, thanks in large part to Ravelry, many knitting books that are out of print have become very pricey, although that changes as books are reissued.  I have a wonderful library that I have amassed over the years, and keep telling my family that if something happens to me, my knitting books are worth more than my Architecture books!  And that statement says a lot, as that is also a wonderful collection.

     
  • knitting1105 10:08 am on June 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Closeout Sale 

    A local yarn shop, Knot Just Knits will be closing their doors in a couple of weeks.  there is nothing I really need, so did not go the first week, when things were 30% off.  I did stop by this week, and at 40% off, got the following items:

    A book by Lucinda Guy, I have 3 of her other books and really love the whimsical nature of some of the kids projects.

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    This cute dress intrigued me:

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    As did these moose mittens:

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    A Piecework magazine is always in order.  This seems to be the only magazine that I am purchasing as of late.  I need to add my magazine collection to the Ravelry database, and then perhaps I would use them more.

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    I also purchased this pack of sock yarn, I am thinking that it will make some lovely Fair Isle mittens.

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    Lace yarn to be used to make a shawl for the Go Red auction next winter.  I think that I will make the Gretta Garbo Shawl by Nancy Bush again for this .  This yarn is a bit finer, so might need to do additional repeats.  It is Findley by Juniper Moon Farm; 50% merino, 50% silk, color Serendipity.  Very soft, and I really liked another wool by Juniper Moon that I knit last Fall.

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    And lastly, there was some dishcloth yarn, that at 40% off seemed to be a good deal.  Might go back at 50% next week and see if any is left.

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    Oh, and Eucalan…

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    • elaine 3:16 pm on June 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Good finds! Sorry to hear of a shop closing though :-/

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    • Diane 5:27 pm on June 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I love my Greta Garbo shawl you made me…the pink will be beautiful. Looks like you found some much needed items afterall!

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    • Erin 11:07 am on June 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      This comment is a little off-topic but on the subject of books… I’m trying to organize a tour of knitting blogs for my novella about magical knitting (Blood Stitches, Kensington, May 2015). I couldn’t find an email address for you, so if you’re interested please send me an email: mail@erinfanning.com. In the meantime, you can find for more information about my writing at: erinfanning.com. Thanks for the consideration!

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  • knitting1105 11:00 am on March 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    The Manly Art of Knitting 

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    The title of this book intrigued me.  It had been out of print for years, so when it was reissued, I wanted a copy.  A cover that has a cowboy sitting on a horse and knitting is just too good to pass up.

    It is a very short book, 64 pages end to end, and not a lot of reading.  The instructions for beginners are amazingly simple and basic, this would definitely be a book that I would recommend to a brand new knitter.  The illustrations are simple and direct, and not a lot of extra stuff that would confuse the new knitter. And I love the full page photos of what your knit stitch, purl, ribbing, etc should look like.  I have read other reviews that pan this book, but I think that they are missing some of the great things.  Is it a book that you would go back to as a reference, probably not, but a non-threatening book for a novice.  This is going with me tonight to knitting for other reviews.

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    The second half gets into actually knitting something that any cowboy would love, a bed for your dog, saddle blanket, hat, hammock…

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    Especially love this as it reminds me of my beautiful Appaloosa POA, Sissy.  We had such great times riding together.

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    The books ends with a “Problems” section to help you solve those early issues that befuddle new knitters.  I think that the book well worth a read.  Most would probably just want to check it out from the library though.

    A review from ginkopress.com.

    A cult classic, The Manly Art of Knitting was originally published in 1972, but has been out of print for decades. Fougner initially published this book in the hope that it would encourage men to take up knitting and that veterans of the craft would embrace this quirky manual. In this amusing yet practical guide to knitting, Dave Fougner provides step-by-step instructions for beginners and those taking up the needles again. The book contains helpful illustrations and wonderful black and white photographs. You can t help but smile at the shots of calloused hands lovingly knitting blankets for dogs and horses. Chapters include basics, pattern stitches (garter, stockinette, purl, rib, moss, rise, and basket weave), projects, and problems. Fougner proclaims that only a man would knit a hammock with shovel handles for needles and manila rope for yarn. Whether or not this is true, Fougner will show you how it s done.

     
    • Erin 3:20 pm on March 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      What a find! I love the cover and helpful tips, like knitting something for an uncritical friend… your dog. Priceless!

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    • AndreSue 11:40 pm on March 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great book review! I’ve seen the cover a few times online but didn’t know it was a real book! 🙂

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    • Christine 9:55 pm on March 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for the nice review. I was the original publisher. I am glad it is in print again.

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  • knitting1105 4:38 pm on February 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bauerliches Stricken, Knitting book review, Knitting pattern book   

    The Barbara of Bavaria 

    bs123For Christmas, one of the wonderful gifts that I received from my husband was this trio of books.  He purchased them from Schoolhouse Press which imports them.  Having many many books with knitting designs, and wanting to explore more of my own designing, I have been adding to my collection of pattern books and these were on my wish list.

    The title Bauerliches Stricken roughly translates as Farm Country Knitting or Cottage Knitting.  As best as I can tell, they were originally published in 1983, and had been out of print for quite awhile, this reprinted and expanded set is from 2011.  The author, Lisl Fanderl, has been referred to as the Barbara Walker of Bavaria for her cataloguing and publishing these volumes of traditional knitting patterns and designs.

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    Following is the description from the Schoolhouse Press site:

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    The elusive trio of splendid pattern books by Lisl Fanderl, Bäuerliches Stricken 1, 2 and 3, has just been enhanced and reprinted. Frau Fanderl has been referred to as the Barbara Walker of Bavaria, and, indeed the three books are a treasure trove of patterns collected from Bavarian, Austrian and Swiss museums. Each motif is accompanied by a photographs and a chart.

    The new printing has been expanded to include color photographs of jackets, vests, socks, etc. References and folkloristic notes have been added as well to create an essential guidebook and a valuable source of inspiration. In German.

    Bäuerliches Stricken 1: Traditional patterns from the alpine region

    Bäuerliches Stricken 2: Stockings, jackets and vests made from traditional patterns from museums and privately owned

    Bäuerliches Stricken 3: Patterns from townspeople of Bolzano, Innsbruck, Vienna, Laufen, Salzach, Noerdlingen, Eichstaett, as well as from the monestaries of Niederalteich and Frauenchiemsee

    Can’t Read a word of it!

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    But then, that is the beauty of knitting, it is a universal language.  Once you decode the symbols used in the charts, it is all easy from there. And as a bonus this set from Schoolhouse Press comes with a chart symbol translation, so much of the work is done for you.

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    Beautiful drawings and historical photos are scattered throughout the books.  That alone is worth the trek through the volumes.

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    Book # 2 has lots of beautiful patterns for socks, and increases for the calf for knee highs included in large addendum sheets conveniently located in a plastic pocket at the back of the book.

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    The new covers differ greatly from the original volumes.  And apparently, have some added features.  While the price is steep, it makes for a really great knitter’s gift.  And there were some used copies available online also for a better price, also used copies of the original sets, although more expensive than the reprints.

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    Now added to my Knitting Library shelf and added to my Ravelry library.  Thanks Honey!

     
    • Erin 7:06 pm on February 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      What a wonderful, thoughtful gift! The old photographs look fascinating.

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  • knitting1105 3:09 pm on October 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Two Nancies 

    After a weekend at Vogue Knitting Live, our local yarn shop Knit Nirvana hosted Nancy Bush and Nancy Marchant on Monday evening for show and tell, wine and book signing.  Nancy and Nancy both showed examples from their books in a mini fashion show.  I forgot to take my camera, so consequently these photos are with my cell phone, I took more of people’s feet than anything else!

    Nancy Bush is the Estonian expert; lace, socks and history.  She is a great teacher I have taken classes from her in the past.  Some of these models I have seen prior, but always so worth seeing again.  These are mostly from her book Knitted Lace of Estonia:

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    Nancy Marchant is the Brioche lady.  I was not familiar with her, or her books, but as I was leaving, the thought came to me that I had knit a Brioche hat, and sure enough it was a Nancy Marchant pattern from the Vogue Hats book. ultimate-hat-book

     

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    Brioche is essentially Fisherman’s rib, but with a pattern attached.  Consequently it is very soft and squishy, warm but light weight, and most importantly reversible.  This was made with 2 very different handspun yarns.  I like the purple side facing the best.

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    Here is Nancy showing one of her lovely scarves.  Apologies again for the very poor photo.

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    She has her first book,  Knitting Brioche that was previously published,

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    and a new hot off the presses one that was at the store.  I gave the copy I had in hand to someone else, always other opportunities.

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    Nancy M also has a Brioche scarf in the upcoming Holiday issue of Vogue.  Applying Brioche to lace knitting.

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    A couple of her scarves were with gradients, which got me to thinking….

     
  • knitting1105 12:20 pm on April 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Shetland Textiles 

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    Shetland Textiles is my newest book, I found this at the Greencastle Fiber Event.  My library already contains many how-to books and knitting pattern books, in fact I purged several earlier this year and gave them to a friend who is a new knitter.  So, now I am delighting in finding books that relate to the history of fiber arts.  Two years ago I purchased Designs and Patterns from Muhu Islands, books like these do not stay in print long, and are great inspiration.

    When I saw this book, I knew that it was for me.  If you love history, a good coffee table book, or understanding fully the heritage that was given to us in the form of knitting and textiles, then this book is a must own.  For a more in-depth review check out Kate Davies synopsis of the book.

    The Shetland Textiles book is chock full of information about the history and current trends in the Shetland fiber industry.  It starts by showing us all the colors and patterns of Shetland sheep:

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    And some amazing inspiration photos, I would really love to visit this island one day.

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    Fair Isle knitting became popular when Prince Edward was spotted wearing this sweater.

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    Some historic tags from yarn and knitwear.  I remember purchasing my first machine-made Shetland Fair Isle sweater in the 1980’s, it was not as soft as the ones that I knit now!

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    The book is bursting with profiles of both contemporary and historic figures and the role that they played in the Shetland sheep and/or fiber industry, and poignant stories of sweaters and fiber arts.  Also covered are the tools of spinning, dying and the production and distribution.

     

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    And the traditions continue with new designers, exploring history and pushing boundaries.  I have yet to read all of this book, but it makes a great evening perusal in the rocking chair when a break from knitting or spinning is needed.

     
  • knitting1105 1:52 pm on March 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Lace in my future 

    Recently, I have added a few knitting books to my fairly expansive knitting book library.  These are the newest lace books. First I purchased The Magic Of Shetland Lace Knitting which had been on my Amazon wish list for a while, and when I placed an order recently decided that it was time to purchase this book. This book is primarily a short review of Shetland knitting, details of lace knitting, and an awesome stitch pattern dictionary.  There are a few projects at the end, I would recommend this book more as a source book. Techniques for designing your own Shetland shawl are incorporated in the book.

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    After showing this book to a knitting friend, she recommended A Legacy of Shetland Lace, written by the Shetland Guild of Spinners, Knitters, Weavers and Dyers.  This is the polar opposite from the previous, as it is basically a book of lace patterns. Nothing is screaming out to me to knit at the moment, but I will come back to this at some point in the future.  Here is a really great review of this book by Kate Davies.

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    Lovely Knitted Lace is a brand new book by Brooke Nico, which has 16 beautiful projects using the 4 basic shapes of triangles, rectangles, circles, and squares.  Last Fall I took a class from Brooke at Vogue Knitting Live and fell in love with some of the samples from this book, in particular the Camellia Dolman (which is featured on the cover).  This one definitely has my name on it, I really want to make it with handspun, but may not be able to wait for the spinning as the yardage is large.  The concept of lace knitting some uniquely shaped garments really intrigues me.

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  • knitting1105 1:20 pm on January 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    2 Roses 

    Tudor Roses, I have both.  The first by Alice Starmore  (1998) has become an icon in the knitting book world, and commanding many times over the original $24 price tag.  I have yet to knit anything from this, although it is definitely on my upcoming list to knit a Starmore sweater.  All of the sweaters  were inspired by members of the Tudor Dynasty, each comes with a brief bio of the person, and the necessary charts, etc for those who wish to actually knit them up rather than just drooling through the pages.

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    A couple of selections from the original book:

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    So when a new version of this book was issued (2013), I was not sure that it was necessary. How wrong could I be.  This was an early Christmas present to myself, and well worth the current price of about $27 (list is $40).  As described in the review: Part fashion, part photography, part English history, and all knitting.  There are a few new patterns, and many reknit in a different color way, so they look totally different.  Most important is the quality of this book, it is a lovely cloth covered hardcover, and has the look and feel of a beautiful coffee table book.

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    All of the photography is totally new, not set in scenes, but rather studio shots.  Each sweater is on a different model, ones that Starmore chose to reflect her vision of the woman for whom the sweater is thus named.  There are a few new patterns not found in the original book, at the expense of the Tudor men. Katherine was a color change, whereas Anne got a whole new look.

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    Here are some side by side comparisons of an original pattern to the new. The subtle color differences of the blue version here are more appealing to me.

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    The accessories in this book are really interesting, made specifically for the book.

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    No men in the new version, for that you need to look for the original.

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    A new version of Aran Knitting was also published recently, but I think that it is a Dover edition.  Still, are there patterns there that I would need?  How many duplicate book copies are truly necessary?!!!

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    • LaurenS 8:40 pm on January 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I’m really disappointed in the new version. I thought they would be reprinting the old one.

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      • knitting1105 12:24 pm on January 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry that you don’t like the new one. Many of the patterns were repeated. Having both, if I had to choose one, it would be the new version. It is so beautiful, and the colors are more contemporary. Maybe you can watch for the old one to surface at a good price.

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      • Christina 1:20 am on August 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Hello
        So I don’t need the first copy is I get the copy of 2013, right? The 2013 have all of the patterns from the first book and some plus patterns? I’m not sure if I should hunt them bought 🙂

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        • knitting1105 1:11 pm on August 8, 2015 Permalink

          Your comment got me to pulling out both books and thinking. Will be doing a blog post about this.

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  • knitting1105 1:40 pm on December 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Christmas Wishes 

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    In addition to Ethan making it home safely from Japan, we had a wonderful time at home with our own little family.  Dan and I did not have extensive Christmas lists, but it was fun to surprise the kids (adults) with gifts.  Most of what they asked for was very practical.

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    As always, my list included knitting and spinning related items.  My husband has finally realized that those are the things I want the most, and I have reciprocated with months of reading and listening material for him.  Top of my list were St. Blaise combs, and he came through like a champ with help from Susan’s Fiber Shop!

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    In the class with Deb Robson last summer we used these combs, and everyone raved about them.  Some cashmere in my stash is waiting to be processed, will wash that up today and demonstrate the process to Dan.  It is a good thing that these come with a storage system to protect the tines, as they are very sharp.

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    Also on my list were 2 books from Annemor Sundbo, Setesdal Sweaters, and Everyday Knitting.  These have been coveted by me for some time, and I was very happy to have received them.  The diminutive size of the books surprised me a bit, but the size beguiles the content.  These will take some time to read through, I love Fair Isle knitting, and these add to my library nicely.  I will review these at a later date.

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    A review from Knitters Bookshelf:

    Annemor Sundbø, a native of Setesdal in Norway, has created a fascinating history of a region, a garment, the makers, and the details that place these sweaters in the pantheon of traditional folk garments. Opening the pages of her book is like stepping back in time, with local characters and events of a bygone era. In fact, her photographs of people, places, and advertising are joy to pour over — you’ll find yourself dreaming about these sweaters, so vivid is her presentation of the life behind the design.

    Sundbø not only gives us the history of the “Louse Coat,” but she ends the book with detailed instructions on for the characteristically embroidered plackets and cuffs and a long section of patterns from the historic sweaters throughout the book. If you are an experienced knitter, you will have no trouble converting these patterns into sweaters.

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    And another review from Knitter’s Bookshelf of  Everyday Knitting.

    Everyday Knitting is a treasure trove of knitting patterns and cultural history. The author unravels the fascinating history of traditional Norwegian knitting, a story that sprang to life as she explored the storage bins of a wool recycling factory (which she had just purchased in what must have been one of the more amusing real estate transactions in Norwegian history. She was a weaving teacher and had wanted some experience in a full-scale woolen mill — the owner said he’d happily provide the training if she would buy the mill first!)

    The mill produced batting from recycled wool obtained by shredding old woolen knit garments. As Annemor went through her new holdings, she realized how much history was being lost in those shredding machines and how very important it was to recapture some of it.

    The result was this wonderful, beautiful book which has everything a knitter, garment designer or cultural historian could every want. There are patterns that go back to the beginnings of Norwegian knitting and beyond; a thorough discussion of all stages of knitting in Norway; there are photographs of some rescued knit treasures — amazing socks, gloves, caps, sweaters; old photos showing these sweaters in daily life; instructions and advice on how to go about recreating these masterpieces of beauty and practicality, or using the motifs and patterns to create something new with something old.

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    Of course, there is always some new Architecture book to add to my collection.  Barry Byrne was a contemporary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s, and carried the “Prairie School” theme out much longer than he.  This book was just published this year.  Much like knitting books, the market is smaller, and books do not stay in print long, thus gaining in value.  Must get them while you can!

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    Every knitter should also have one of these, forgot to add it to my list, perhaps next year!!

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  • knitting1105 7:28 pm on October 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Here and there 

    My focus does not seem to be on any one thing lately.  I am busy cleaning up the basement in anticipation of some new Flor tiles coming, special ones for my knitting room too!  While it does take my time away from knitting and spinning, in the long run the organization is already helping me to keep on target and catalog all unfinished work and fiber.  I am waiting to unveil my knitting/crafting room next week when most things are in place.

    This is a project that I was working on with handspun, as suggested by Mrs. Peterson.  Any ideas what it will become? I used up some of my handspun from my earlier spinning days.  It seems to have knit up fairly evenly.

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    And I am still working away on a pair of CookieA socks, almost to the heel on the 2nd one.

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    Lastly, the real, in the flesh, copy of Stephanie van der Linden’s book Op-Art Socks came in the mail.  I was in love with the book just form the eBook version, but I always like to place my hands on and explore a real book.  I find them so much more inspiring, and it is easier to flip back and forth and do side by side comparisons with other books.  Can’t wait to start on a pair of socks from this collection.  Even if you do not like knitting 2-color pattern socks, there are plenty of single color sock patterns to choose from.  I think a must have book for any sock knitter.

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