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punkmom cleverly suggested that I ask my knitting friends if y'all have any of the books I was ranting about not being able to see online. Here is my current list and if you have opinions on any of these, or if you are local and have a copy that I could look at, please let me know:

Wrap Style: Innovative to Traditional, 24 Inspirational Shawls, Ponchos, and Capelets to Knit and Crochet by Pam Allen, Ann Budd

I like this wrap from it and either don't like or can't tell whether I like (Green Sleeves) the other wraps shown on the Interweave site (here and here). I like this but it's available for free. I want to know if there are any others I like, because I would rather not pay $22 for one pattern.

I find myself wanting to play around with cable and celtic knot stitches so I would also like to have a look at these:

Aran Sweater Design by Janet Szabo

I have these on hold at the library:

220 Aran stitches : includes diamonds, cables, twists, honeycombs, textures, panels, backgrounds

Aran knitting, Alice Starmore

Vogue knitting stitchionary 2. Vol. 2, cables : the ultimate stitch dictionary

Michael Pearson's Traditional knitting : Aran, Fair Isle, and fisher ganseys

Finally, if you have any opinions about the books in my Amazon yarncrafts wishlist I would welcome them. (ObDisclaimer: I am not trolling for gifts; this is just a convenient place to keep track of stuff I want to check out.)


Mar. 26th, 2007 11:27 pm (UTC)
I've got the Vogue Stitchionary Vol 1 (knit and purl). I really really like it. It's nothing like a complete list of stitches - it doesn't include some basics like feather-and-fan. But to be honest, those basics I can find anywhere. What it does have is very clear, detailed photos of a heap of stitches, all done in the same yarn for clear and easy comparison, and the patterns (written out, not charted) for knitting each stitch. And most of the stitches it includes are really interesting. If you're after a book that is a reasonably complete description of stitches you're likely to use, it's probably not the first choice. But if, like me, you're after a book you can browse through when you're thinking "I need a stitch that looks kinda like this for this bit of a pattern I'm making up", it's ideal!

I heartily recommend it, based on the first volume.
Mar. 26th, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC)

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