Like The Queen
Whatever happens to strike my fancy, but surely some sort of fiber content.


Some nice choices there! I like buying, and reading, books too as a peek at my Ravelry library will attest to. It's such a pity that the shipping is so expensive these days - makes it special when I do buy, though.

Enjoy those you receive for your Birthday!

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Sunday, September 12, 2010  

Hitting the books at Schoolhouse Press

Warning - Long Post

It's September, and along with it being TheBirthdayMonth!!! it's back to school for vast numbers of folk and it feels like it should be back to school for many of the rest of us. Only over the past year or two have I begun to loose that urge to buy New Notebooks and Pencils, a fresh box of crayons and new shoes. And I've only begun to loose it – it's not all the way gone yet.

But with the change in routines, and this year, with the advent of crisp days (after a summer of unimaginable heat and drought) my knitting juju has surged to the forefront. First came the stash winnowing, the upstairs bedroom stash winnowing, that is. Then came the familiar and oh so pleasurable longing to get to know my knitting library again. Like reuniting with classmates after a summer spent at Camp Far-Away, opening up these old friends was joy filled, intriguing, and stimulating. I rarely knit something in a book or magazine but I will use elements of other people's work in something I've adapted or even created myself. I have a fairly substantial library divided into three sections:

  • Techniques and stitch patterns,
  • Strictly Pattern Books, and
  • lordy – 4 feet of back issues of knitting magazines.

Whenever I need to prime the pump of my imagination, I've got the supplies. An afternoon spent perusing these treasures will have me soaring with creativity.

I've never kept a wish list of books I want to buy – trusting to serendipity to reveal to me ThatWhichMustBeBought, but a chance comment on KR prompted me to peek into the book list at Schoolhouse Press and Oh My. So many opportunities to indulge! And so, perhaps I shall list these objects of desire and ponder out loud about them.

Starting from the top – with New Titles:

Knit One Knit All (January) Elizabeth Zimmermann's garter stitch designs
Well. Oh. Dear me. Meg promises that there are EZ geometric miracles that we've never seen before. These will not just be new interpretations of her already revealed masterpieces. This will be a Must Own – although I am not a big fan of garter stitch. Not because I don't adore how it looks. I think it's gorgeous. But it is slow. Not as slow as seed stitch, which, as a combination knitter, isn't all that slow. But it is slow. The rows are just so short compared to the stitches that to knit garter stitch in anything smaller than worsted weight yarn takes forEVER. Ah well. I shall buy this for the library and later, if I must own it, I shall.

Diagonal Knitting by Katherine Cobey

Oh. Well. There is nothing more to say except that it will be delivered to me as a slightly late birthday gift from me to me. It won't be out till October but I can wait. I have a lust and longing and passion to explore diagonal knitting more deeply. I have already got the yarn I intend to knit into a diagonal sweater with plain sleeves. This was an irresistible no-brainer.

Spinning Around: spinning, dyeing & knitting the classics by Jeannine Bakriges
There were a couple of buzzwords in that title that got me itching to turn the pages: Spinning, knitting classics – yeah – I'd really love to have a look at this book, but I will probaby resist purchasing it. Mostly because I have a LOT of solid material about classical knitting and shaping. But I will look through it. My mind is quite capable of being changed, given the right stimulus.

The Complete book of Traditional Knitting by Rae Compton.
As above – I probably could resist this, but again – there is a tempting statement in the description “classic knitting books are being reprinted in such great number”. Goes in the curious about pile.

Norwegian Patterns for Knitting – Mette Handberg
oh. well. I am a complete sucker for norwegian knitting – I so seriously heart stranded colorwork, be it Norwegian, Faroese, Shetland, Turkish, Peruvian or my own home grown designs. I just drool at the thought of lavish all over stranded patterns. But, I peeked at some inner pages on Amazon dot com and wasn't sure there were enough patterns that I ached to own to justify buying it. I'll look through it at some autumnal woolish gathering and decide then. I already own a LOT of stranded colorwork knitting patterns – including Alice Starmore's Fair Isle Knitting. I don't own a LOT of bookshelves.

Portuguese Style of Knitting – Andrea Wong
The cover photo is of designs in knit and purl stitches a la Gansey knitting. I am alwayslooking for ideas, patterns and stimulation about simple knit and purl designs. This may have to come live here in VA with me, but I will have to look through it first. Many a cover photo lured me in to a disappointing purchase.

EZ's Tomten Jacket – gang at Schoolhouse Press
I want, first, to have a look at all the EZ/MS books I have easy access to. If one of their hardback books has an adult Tomten Jacket knit in something smaller than 3.5 stitches per inch I will pass on this. But that option to knit this for any size in any yarn is a great temptation and if I don't' have that information elsewhere, I will buy it.

Omas Srickgeheimnisse – Erika Eichenseer et al
Okay – these are the Bait Words in the description: “Not new, but back in stock after a long lapse! This wonderful book contains some spectacular and unique stitch patterns for both lace and texture; some of which I had never seen before” HA! If MS hasn't seen these stitches ... they must be unique. Who cares about how tricky the charts are. New stitches! I mean – New Stitches. Yeah.

The Haapsalu Shawl - from Estonia
Well now. I have already put in a birthday present request for Knitted Lace of Estonia to the sort of friend who will actually buy me what I asked for. I am not sure I need this shawl book – but I certainly want to look it over.

Twisted-Stitch Knitting — Maria Erlbacher
I love twisted stitches and I do always think of Austria and Switzerland and Tyrolean elves on mountainsides when I see them. And Meg & Amy Detjen have worked to make the material in this book American Friendly. Very tempting.

Sweater 101: How to Plan Sweaters that Fit —Cheryl Brunette
Glorious knitting and magnificent patternwork aside, fit is, in fact, the most important part of knitting a garment. If I look like a lumbering troll in a garment I will never wear it. I notice that people are willing to cut an unflattering garment a lot of slack if it's handknit – especially if it is elaborately hand knit. I will not. No amount of artistry is enough to make me display myself unflatteringly. I've seen Cheryl Brunette's video on finishing and I am completely confident that she can teach me things I don't know but need to. In fact, I believe there is a Perfect Angel Baby Darling Only Son who would like to buy his mama a birthday present. I think an email is in order.

Flawless Knit Repair —Rena Crocket
If you wear clothes you must mend them. If MS recommends this I'm pretty sure I could use it. It's also very inexpensive. This might ought to be (don't you love colloquialisms?) in the library.
Whew. Well. This thing is already almost 3 full pages of lust-inspiring chatter about knitting books – I believe I will stop here – although I have not even touched the Arans, Guerenseys and Fair Isle section, nor the Norwegian nor Lace sections and I know there is at least one lace book I must own – which I will use to close this long blog post.

Knitting Lace —Susanna Lewis
I've read through this book, which I had to borrow from a distant library. I knew then I had to own it. It will have to go on the Christmas Wish List. And oh dear – now that I've opened up the lace book section of SHP's catalog... oh la! Too many books! Too many books! But I will stop here because the coffee has perked and I think it's time for me to put the credit card down and back away from the computer.

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