Knitting Around the World
Here is another simply splendid knitting book from Estonia, recently translated into English, and now on its way to Schoolhouse Press. Estonian Knitting 2, Socks and Stockings by Anu Pink, is in the same mode as Estonian Knitting 1, Traditions & Techniques: It is a beautifully bound hardcover edition, with quality coated stock; excellent historical information; photo-heavy; precise instructions, charts, photos, and illustrations…and nearly 100 more pages than book 1. A thorough covering of the myriad types of traditional socks and stockings in this country, including a dozen methods to turn a heel; various toe shaping; lovely color charts; scores of unique techniques. It is staggering to imagine the amount of time and skill involved in assembling this beautiful tome. Hardcover, 9x12”, 384pp, $87.00Learn More
$24.9530 Sweaters, Hats, Socks & Mittens Inspired by the Telemark Region This beautiful part of of the country is famous for skiing, and also has given rise to a great deal of the lovely Norwegian color-pattern designs so familiar to knitters. Irene Haugland's 30 patterns spring from 8 major themes which the author plays upon to design her lovely garments for men, woman and children. For instance, Lunde is a design for a woman's peplum sweater, which becomes a girl's dress, plus a boy's and a man's henley-neck pullover, as well as a bobble-topped hat. The author's designs are a combination of classic and contemporary, and the alluring and imaginative charts may also inspire you come up with even more of your own variations. Hardcover. Learn More
In the Footsteps of Sheep: Tales of a Journey Through Scotland, Walking, Spinning, and Knitting Socks captivated us from the first glance at its striking photographs and the author's beguiling prose. In the Footsteps of Sheep details the completion of a mission the author, Debbie Zawinski, a Welsh-born Scot, set for herself: to travel and camp throughout Scotland, find cast off tufts of wool from 10 Scottish sheep breeds, then spin the wool on her spinning stick while walking (or waiting for ferries), and finally design and knit one pair of socks to represent each breed...all the while writing about her adventures and taking plenty of photographs. Debbie has written beautifully about her journey; the hills, shorelines, and bogs explored; the sheep and people she met along the way; weather both foul and fair, and a particularly exciting chapter about the intriguing St Kilda archipelago and its feral Soay and Boreray sheep.
The eleven sock patterns, one at the end of each chapter, are a bonus and, for those of us unable to gather and spin our own fleece (!), all were test-knitted with commercial wools. Ten of the patterns represent the different sheep breeds from which Debbie gathered her fleece, and the eleventh combines fleece from all ten breeds into one sock. The designs are knitted from top to toe with different motifs, among them color-patterns, cables, spirals, stripes, Kilt Hose with top-turnovers, and a pair of baby booties. 192 pages, Softcover. (Note to International Customers: I Knit London is a U.K. source and Gemini Fibres is a Canadian source. You may find lower shipping costs by purchasing through suppliers closer to you.)
From In the Footsteps of Sheep: "Here there are no barbed wire fences, no roads, no gates with stiff spring catches; this is a land of heather, moorland grasses and sphagnum moss. The sheep and I can walk anywhere, uninterrupted. The upper moorlands of a hill top world like this are wastelands for some, fit only for wind turbines, but I feel free in a way I can experience nowhere else."
From Felicity Ford, author of Knitsonik: "In the Footsteps of Sheep arrived this morning and you should know that I actually cried for joy just now when I looked through it. What a thoroughly gorgeous and glorious tome, full of sheep and landscapes and knitting with a deeply embedded sense of place. I shall savour every page."
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$24.95Marianne Isager stuns us, again, with her book Inca Knits. The book's 15 designs are inspired by traditional South American art. Not only are there step by step directions, charts and diagrams for each piece, but also essays describing Isager's inspiration for these lovely garments. Softcover. Learn More
What a wonderful boon for hand-knitters. This astonishing knitter/designer has compiled a wealth of intricate, free-standing Viking symbols and gives detailed instructions for the motifs with plenty of drawings and photographs. THEN she works them into 20 beautifully designed garments. I became an ardent fan of Lavold's with the 1998 publication of her first book, Viking Patterns for Knitting, and now she has surpassed herself in this gorgeous book. 191 pages. Hardcover.Learn More
$26.95Margaret Stove's new book is a dream for lace knitters. Stove inspires us with the elegance of her designs--from a classic shawl so delicate it can be slipped through the center of a wedding ring to her more contemporary works. Stove is a known lace master and incorporates the traditions of lace designing from the Faroe Islands, Shetland Islands, Orenburg and more throughout her works. 12 projects and plenty of technical instruction, including how to repair knitted lace. Softcover. Learn More