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Jewelry for Knitters

Lovely handmade jewelry from a California artisan. Our selections can be worn as adornment to hand-crafted sweaters or as closures for shawls, cardigans and ribwarmers.

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DVDs: Knit Along with Elizabeth Zimmermann and Meg Swansen

Knitters have commented for years that they enjoy our DVDs not only for the wealth of information about knitting but also for the companionship the DVDs provide through the conversational and often humorous teaching style of Elizabeth Zimmermann and Meg Swansen.

Elizabeth Zimmermann has been a popular host since her hit PBS series Knitting Workshop aired. Since then, Elizabeth's work has been available on three DVDs:

  • Knitting Around
  • Knitting Workshop
  • Knitting Glossary

    Meg Swansen is a well-known knitting designer, author and teacher. She continues the tradition and the conversational teaching tone in the new DVDs featured below:

  • The Baby Surprise Jacket (EZ's ingenius design)
  • Knitting Lace with Meg Swansen (Three garments)

    and has produced a host of other DVDs corresponding to her book, Handknitting with Meg Swansen.

    DVD cover for EZ's Baby Surprise Jacket



    Elizabeth Zimmermann's Baby Surprise Jacket DVD

    — with Meg Swansen

    One of the most unique & ingenius of all of EZ’s designs, the BSJ was  introduced in 1968, and has grown in popularity ever since.  Meg takes you step by step through the jacket construction, including:long tail cast on, double decreasing / increasing, adding colors, baby buttonholes, casting off in purl, sewing a seam / darning in ends. Includes bonus material for additions to the jacket and discussion of adult version. approx 80 minutes. $18




    Knitting Lace with Meg Swansen

    — with Meg Swansen

    Knit three lovely shawls along with Meg: The Mananita, a lace poncho, knitted in the round from center to crocheted edging, a long graceful reversible Stole with perpendicular border (originally featured in Vogue Knitting), and a small Neck-Scarf version of a traditional Faroese Shawl. Approx 2 hrs. $28


    A Knitter's Journal

    Journal Type:

    Knitter's Journal with Lily or Monarch cover

    A choice of either a a lily or monarch cover on this useful hardcover knitter's journal. Includes drawing pages, 56 lined writing pages, and various sizes of graph paper on which to chart your ideas. The 128 pp includes 17 small drawings of techniques for quick reference, knitting abbreviations and symbols, a needle conversion chart, plus 20 cogent quotes from Elizabeth Zimmermann's five books. Elizabeth's instructions for wearable art socks and the drawing for EPS Yoke and Drop-Shoulder garments are also.

    Smythe Sewn for durability. Photos to left show front/back cover view. $12, or 2 for $20





    Armenian Knitting
    —Meg Swansen and Joyce Williams

    Our newest book, published in October, describes the technique used to create fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli's famous Bowknot sweater. Authors Meg Swansen and Joyce Williams were enchanted to find that the Schiaparelli sweater had not been knitted using Intarsia. A large and exciting window of design possibilities open up when a knitter becomes aware of this technique. Three practice hats teach you the Armenian technique and Joyce and Meg offer 8 contemporary designs resulting from their work in this discipline. The Armenian Knitting book contains Joyce Williams' Knit/Purl and Olive Branch pullovers, and a lovely, long Lily Jacket (based on the Japanese Haori style jackets). Plus, from Meg Swansen, two versions of a Monarch pullover and three vests, among them, a sleek Cossack knit in the beautiful gray and black Icelandic Unspun. Innovative garment shaping details are spotlighted; all techniques are described fully including three choices of how to trap. Additionally, there is a stop press from one of Elsa's knitters regarding the Armenian technique. $24



    Knit Kimono
    —Vicki Square


    Vicki Square's Knit Kimono boasts 18 interesting designs. The authentically shaped body and voluminous sleeves means a lot of knitting—but what a great incentive for all of us obsessed knitters! The resulting garments are as lovely and graceful as you imagine; you will find a number of different styles with both color and texture patterns.Softcover, $24.95

    If the Kimono style interests you, see the book Armenian Knitting (above) in which Joyce Williams presents her Japanese Haori style Lily jacket.


    How Green
    —Piano, bass, drums jazz by Cully Swansen's trio Evidence

    For knitter/jazz fans. Cully follows in the footsteps of Chris Swansen, with his lyrical jazz compositions suited to both the discerning jazz critic and anyone who simply enjoys listening to beautiful music. Cully's tune, How Green, is featured on our Knitting Lace DVD. $15




    Selbuvotter:Biography of a Knitting Tradition
    —Terri Shea

    Terri Shea's lovely new book, Selbuvotter: Biography of a Knitting Tradition, follows the story of Norway's iconic black-and-white mittens from folk tradition to major regional industry to national symbol, and passes the tradition on to us with over 30 patterns taken from actual antiques. $24.95


    Latvian Mittens
    —Lizbeth Upitis

    Extraordinarily beautiful traditional mittens. This expanded reprint includes 44 new mittens; 92 mittens in color, 125 charts. Softcover. $25.00





    Unexpected Knitting
    —Debbie New

    Always at the top of the list, a beautiful and imaginative book by Debbie New. Yes, the designs emanate from an extraordinary mind, but the author has reined herself in and written out detailed and comprehensive instructions for the rest of us. While you read, you may feel your brain creaking as it expands its scope of hand-knitting possibilities. Leap right in at the beginning with Swatchless Knitting and follow the progression through Free Form Knitting, Scribble Lace, Swirl, Sculptural, Virtual, Cellular Automaton, Ouroborus and Labyrinth knitting. $40 See Debbie New's blank notecards with images of knitted objects from Unexpected Knitting.

    Treasury Set



    The Treasury Set: 4 Books by Barbara G. Walker
    A First Treasury of Knitting Patterns, A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns, Charted Knitting Designs, A Fourth Treasury of Knitting Patterns

    As the name implies, there is a treasury of information in these books which are well loved and the most often used volumes in a knitter's library. Each treasury has extensive entries for Knit-Purl combinations, Slip-Stitch, Cables, Lace, Mosaics and more. 4 softcover books, $120 value, with 10% discount $108