by Jillian Moreno, Amy R Singer, Keri
Comeau, Petra Bockus, Katherine Ganzel, Kate Atherley
SR [Finished chest measurement for sweaters] =
the smallest chest measurement to the largest chest measurement
we could find in the book. There may be only one pattern with
the smallest or largest size, but it's in there. Books are
softcover unless noted otherwise. All prices USD unless noted.
Along with Cat Bordhi, Cookie A has changed the way knitters
think about socks. In this, her first self-published
book, you can really see that she thinks
differently, in a geometrical and architectural
way, about socks.
There are 25 patterns in the
book, some are old favorites but most are
brand new. They are divided into three
sections : Columns, Tessellations and Diagonals,
moving from the very straightforward vertical patterned sock
to socks that increase in visual, though not necessarily
Her patterns are all top down and
have the stitch patterns rendered in charts. Truly wonderful
are the sock diagrams she provides, a schematic(!) for each
sock pattern and a color coded diagram that shows the placement
of pattern on the sock and pattern repeats. More innovation
from Cookie A.
*Each print book has an individual code
on the back cover, which can be used when
the knitter goes to the e-book on Ravlery
and clicks "add
to cart" or "buy it now". Enter
the code where it says "use a coupon code" to receive
the e-book for free along with their print copy.
Eight new patterns from the master of the hip
accessory, Stephen West. Three shawls, three hats and two generously
sized scarves will instantly jump on your needles and almost
as quickly be done.
design genius, along with his unique shaping, is the ability
to create patterns that are quick and satisfying to knit without
having a frumpy ‘quick-and-easy’ look. I’m
always excited to see a new Stephen West pattern.
I enjoy his color combinations and how his
designs lie on the body.
Craft, Work, Knit by Ann Weaver printed book: $25.00
digital download: $18.00
Johnny Rotten, Josef Albers and the Dutch
speed-skating team are a diverse group of
inspirations for a fantastic self-published
book of new patterns by Ann Weaver.
Made up of sweaters (3 for women, 1 man’s and
1 for a baby) and accessories (1 pair of mittens, 1 hat and 3 scarf/shawls)
the technique and design range from traditional colorwork and texture to
unusual mixtures of yarns and colors. Real standouts for me are Ann’s
sweaters -- her shaping and combinations of yarns are unexpected and spectacular.
The layout and photographs are crisp, clean and airy.
The book has
a wonderful feeling of joy. It’s clear that this book has been a
labor of love.
Queen B Bag by Lexie Barnes
Dimensions: 13.5” H x 16” W x 6” D
Comes in Hot Rod [red] or Disco Ball [silver]
Availability: Preorder from lexiebarnes.com
Ships in December in time for holidays
my fellow bag ho*s! May I present to you
the Queen B from Lexie Barnes.
It's made of thick glitter Bomber Vinyl with
the usual Lexie B attention to detail: 15
pockets of varying size, dual-zip zippers with
those little tabs to keep your yarn from snagging
and those fabulous non-slip yet non-hair pulling
Yes, this is same incredibly
durable and incredibly glittery Bomber vinyl
that Lexie used a few years ago when she started
her bag line. The
lining is yellow so you can see all the way
to the bottom to find what you’re digging
This is the bag you want if you are a
sweater knitter. It can hold a sweater plus
more, maybe a sweater and a half. I
could fit 12 200-yd skeins of aran-weight yarn,
plus a book or two, and all of my knitting
paraphernalia, with room to spare. I
could have fit my laptop in there, too.
The bag is about
an inch bigger
all around than a Lady B, but without the taper,
at least 25% bigger [see comparison below].
Even if you have a Lady B, you still want one,
because who wants to be a Lady when you can
be a Queen?
P.S There are 3 other products in the
new Glitterati collection, including -- wait
for it -- Coco the circular needle case. Go
More Last-Minute Knitted
Gifts by Joelle Hoverson
STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book
This book is the most anticipated sequel this season, and it doesn’t
disappoint. From the chunky elf hat on the cover to the technique section
that uses photographs (very good photographs) instead of drawings this
book is all about style and quality. Just like the first Last Minute Knitted
Gifts, this book divides the patterns into the amount of time it takes
to knit the projects from less than 2 hours to more than 8 hours. The patterns
are wonderful easily giftable to a variety of people, designed in Joelle’s
signature style that is at once modern, yet won’t go out of fashion,
clearly written and knit from yarns that you can’t wait to touch.
The stand outs for me this time around are the baby and kids patterns,
the cover Pointy Elf Hat [would look stunning in handspun yarn], the Baby
Bonnet is a timeless classic, and the Easy Baby Cardigan makes me wish
I new someone having a baby.
Modern Top-Down Knitting: Sweaters,
Dresses, Skirts and Accessories Inspired by the Techniques
of Barbara G. Walker. by Kristina McGowan
STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book
When I heard that this book was coming out, I got giddy. I’m just
starting on my own teach-myself adventure with top-down knitting and any
resources are a cause for excitement. This isn’t the book I was expecting
[I missed the phrase ‘Inspired by’ the first time around and
thought it would be a literal update of the BW book] but it delighted me
all the same.
It is not a teaching book like the original Barbara Walker
book; it is a pattern book, but you will still learn things. There is a
brief overview of top-down knitting, with a special section on one of my
favorite top-down skills – set-in seamless sleeves. The chapter on
finishing will give your knits a final polish. The patterns are casually
modern, clean lines and well-thought-out details, sweaters and dresses
that many shapes of women can wear, complete with customizing tips and
hats to swoon over.
The Stitch Collection: A Box of Portable
Guides to Knit Stitches by Debbie O’Neill
225 stitch patterns divided into 5 categories and 5 separate books: Knit & Purl,
Rib, Lace, Cables, and Specialty.
Being an obsessive swatcher, I
love this idea. As much as I love them and find them indispensible, you
can’t really just toss a Walker Treasury in your knitting bag for
on the go swatching. These books are about 5x7" and 60 pages. All
of the patterns are written out only, no charts.
This collection rates
their stitch patterns for difficulty as well as drape, something I’ve
not seen in other stitch pattern collections.
Jil Eaton’s KNITTING SCHOOL -
the complete guide to becoming a confident
knitter by Jil Eaton Potter Craft
This is the perfect new knitter book. I was so impressed with
the pairing techniques with patterns, marching
through the garter stitch basics and then dancing into the
fun stuff from cables to fair isle to lace. Each project has
several vivid photos and the diagrams are so easy to understand,
impossible to be intimidated.
As an intermediate knitter, the patterns at the beginning
of the book had me unsure whether I would
be likely to knit anything myself. Should
I give it straight to my daughter who is
just learning? Then I turned a few more pages...
and things got adorable. A perfect little shrug, a gorgeous
wrap, a very colourful hat. Jil Eaton of
MinnowKnits has brought together a good collection
of her designs with tips and progressions
to make them accessible for everyone to enjoy.
A great little bag, when you want to take
along the bare minimum. I was comfortably
able to fit a pair of socks in progress,
my wallet, a small notebook and a knitting
kit in my bag with room to spare. My iPhone
4 fit in the outside pocket, in either direction.
The quality is exactly what you expect from
Namaste, bombproof. The nylon is tough and stiff enough to
stuff the bag beyond full if you want, and it stands up by
itself. There are two adjustable straps that come with the
bag, one to wear it as a hip bag and one to wear it as a shoulder
This is a great little bag for days you want to take along
just a bit of knitting.
[Because knitters always want to know: The
socks in progress in the picture are Monkey
knit from Dream In Color Smooshy, in Chinatown
Knitting it Old School: 43
Vintage-Inspired Patterns by Stitchy McYarnpants and Caro
SR= 28-54" for women and 34-56" for men.
I was in grade school, my mother knit me a sweater that is
featured in the first Stitchy McYarnpants book, The Museum
of Kitschy Stitches, out of a yarn that was
a petroleum product. (See
page 103 to witness the horror of it.) I have to admit
that I did love it and wore it proudly because my mom made
it for ME. When I started knitting and crocheting at
age 12, my mom gave me all her old pattern magazines, yarn
and tools since she could see that I was way more into it than
she ever was. As a result, I spent a lot of years knitting
and crocheting the patterns from those old magazines, or rather,
attempting to make them. I’m quite familiar with
vintage patterns and how they are hard to read, have odd shaping
that doesn’t fit our modern bodies and the yarn called
for is long gone or too hideous to use (acrylic anyone?). But
now, there is nothing to hold you back from
creating any of those classic styles!
book is more fun than should be allowed for
any crafting book. It’s
a collection of new patterns inspired by
vintage knitting and crochet patterns from
the '40s, '50s, '60s
and '70s with a couple of sewing patterns
thrown in for good measure. More than just
a pattern book, it’s something
you will leave on the coffee table for your
friends and family to enjoy. It's chock full of classic
and kitschy clothing, accessories and toys
that are guaranteed to take you back to the
styles you remember from your childhood. The
categories are funny, the photos are entertaining
and the styles are pure vintage. If you have a pair of
go-go boots stashed in your closet and want
the perfect London mod or granny square mini
dress to wear with them, this is the book
for you. If
you always wanted to channel your inner pin-up
girl, there are multiple sweaters to choose
your significant other (or you) is a Trekkie,
you can knit up a sweater that makes you
look like you just left the Academy (but
knit it in red!). There are space alien toys, an
atomic bowling bag, his and hers matching
sweater sets and crocheted hot pants.
The Knitter's Year: 52 Make-in-a-Week
Projects-Quick Gifts and Seasonal Knits by Debbie Bliss
Trafalgar Square Books
With lots and lots of quick projects to knit, this book may
be the answer to that nagging question, ‘what do I knit
when I don’t know what to knit?’.
Taking her cues
from the seasons, Debbie Bliss gives a good
balanced variety of patterns, i.e. it’s not all baby
things. Bags, home goods (sachets, hanger
covers), hats, gloves, scarves, socks --
all simple patterns that take a week or less to make (most
much less) with very satisfying and usable
The Perfect Finish: A No-Nonsense Guide
to Finishing Techniques for Knitters of Every Level by Kara Gott Warner
A comprehensive and precise finishing book that goes well beyond how to
seam your sweater. For every topic this book has clear, close-up photographs
of the process. That alone makes me love it.
The topics include how to
plan for better finishing, blocking and construction including seaming
and weaving in – just like most finishing books. But how about necklines
and collars? Pockets? Hems and facings? Buttonholes and zippers? Those
are make it or break it elements for a garment, they’re in here in
clear detail. The skills are capped with how-tos on fully fashioned increases
and decreases, and short rows, including Japanese short rows.
Socks A La Carte 2: Toes Up!: Pick
and Choose Patterns to Knit Socks Your
Way by Jonelle Raffino and Katherine Cade
North Lights Books
$22.99, board over spiral binding
Continuing with the success of her first sock book, Socks
a La Carte, Jonelle
Raffino and Katherine Cade are now letting toe-up sock knitters in on the
flip book fun.
Both A La Carte books feature a pick and choose method of
sock knitting – choose your toe/heel, leg and cuff and
combine them in infinite varieties. The designs
are shown on flat pages with the written
patterns in flip-book style, allowing you
to see the cuff, leg and toe/heel combination
chosen all on one assembled page. In this
book, all of the stitch patterns are knit
in solid color yarns, much easier to see
than in the first book. A fun sock knitting book that
allows anyone to personalize a sock design
Jillian [woolly knitter]: Smooth
and shapely, I really like how these DPNs
feel in my hands. Like their circular cousins,
they made my stitches more even. I didn’t
have to go up a needles size as recommended,
and I could knit either regular or combination
style and still get true gauge.
One of the things
I love most about the shape it that it
encourages the stitches to stay on the
needles, which doesn’t bother
me when I knit (I tend to knit close to
the tips) and is quite a boon when someone
in my family inadvertently drags off a
sock in progress when they get up from
Amy [non-woolly knitter]: Very
enjoyable DPNs! I like the tips -- just
as pointy as I like when knitting socks
with non-wool yarns. They remind me of
the old [discontinued] Bryspun tips, which
I always loved.
They're comfy to hold in my hands, and
my plant-based sock yarns slide along them
very easily [but not so easily that they're
accidentally falling off]. With metal needles
and non-wool sock yarns, that's always
an issue, but not here.
I found the difference
in gauge [between 2.75mm regular DPNs and
2.75mm Kollage DPNs] to be negligible.
I switched from one to the other in a sock
in progress and couldn't see the difference
in gauge. I look forward to knitting more
socks on these needles.
Norwegian Patterns for Knitting: Classic
Sweaters, Hats, Vests, and Mittens by Mette Handberg
Trafalgar Square Books
Mette Handberg studied the style of knitwear common to the different
parts of Norway and translated them into 20 patterns, mostly sweaters with
some accessories for men women and children.
The colorwork and detail
are true to traditional Norwegian knitting with intricate two-color stitch
patterns. The sweater patterns are presented in word and chart format
with full color photographs and lots of tips and techniques common to Norwegian
Warm Knits, Cool Gifts: Celebrate the
Love of Knitting and Family with more than 35 Charming Designs by Sally Melville and Caddy Melville Ledbetter
SR= For Women 31 – 53", For Men 38 - 57"
Sally and her daughter, Caddy, team up again to provide
patterns that are perfect for holiday gift
giving or wearing during the winter months.
There are patterns for babies, children, men and women.
addition, there are many gift items from
afghans and lace bookmarks to ornaments, including a miniature
Einstein Coat. Interspersed
in the patterns are a lot of great tips
on how to adjust the patterns to just the right fit or how
to use different yarns for a different
effect and even information on how the patterns
Center-Paneled Vest/Sweater is an ingenious
yet simple pullover. I love the a-line shaping
of the body and how it’s longer
on the sides and back than the center front
and the not-quite-a-cowl neck. I think this is a sweater
that will flatter absolutely everyone and
want to knit both the vest AND the sweater. I
also want to make The Cardigan Caddy Wanted.
a very simple cardigan with a faux cable
pattern stitch. It’s
not flashy but, as Caddy says, you’ll wear it every day.
I was also enchanted by Baby’s First Doll knit in eye
popping black and white yarn. I remember very well when
my babies were transfixed by black and white patterns
and shapes and this is an excellent and quick-knitting
A multimedia party for sock lovers! Sockupied is an e-zine for sock knitters
who want more than just new patterns. Flip through quickly and you can
see patterns and features. Take note of all of the arrows on the edges
of images and pages, these all lead to more. Nearly every page, even the
ads, have some extra element to it, from the editor’s letter as a
video to Franklin Habit’s ending animation.
a lot to learn from this magazine, using
video to demonstrate cast-ons in Cast-Ons
for Comfy Socks is great, and even the pages
have tech elements, like 10 Ways to Change
a Sock are designed in way that flows with
the information. Be sure to notice the i
and PDF buttons in the upper right corner
of many pages. We missed them the first time
i tells you what extras are on the page and
the PDF means you can download the article
or pattern as a PDF. Sockupied
is fun and full of useful information.
Knitting Block by Block: 150 Blocks
for Sweaters, Scarves, Bags, Toys, Afghans, and More by Nicky Epstein
In her typically creative way, Nicky Epstein presents 150 square swatches
and teaches you how to use them as building blocks for designing.
cover the knitted gamut from texture to colorwork from appliqué to
intarsia. Each block is presented in a large color photo and then again
smaller, along with direction and charts for knitting. There are 10 projects
using the building block style: a sweater that uses a block as motif, a
bag using a single enlarged block, a scarf using several blocks and more.
Fresh Fashion Knits: More than 20 Must-Have
Designs from Rowan's Studio Collection by Sarah Hatton
A greatest hits collection from Rowan’s Studio Collection, the fashion
forward little sister booklet of the BIG Rowan magazine.
in a studio setting with plain backgrounds the sweaters are the stars here.
Layered, chunky, gossamer, asymmetrical, Sarah Hatton manages to catch
elements of what’s hot on fashion’s runways and make it interesting
in knitwear, wearable in knitwear and lasting in knitwear. Many of the
designs in the book are from many seasons ago and still would slot in beautifully
into this season’s sweater wardrobe.
Around the World in Knitted
Socks: 26 Inspired Designs by Stephanie van der
Not for the faint of heart, Around the World in Knitted Socks strives to
present the knitter with a multicultural array of sock
construction techniques. Patterns are based on both traditional
knitted designs and drawn from the art of the culture in which they
are based. Stranded colour work and lace patterns are the dominant
themes in the book.
Patterns are presented in written and chart format and are clear, concise,
and easy to follow. Overall, the photographs capture the beauty of
the socks and I found myself thinking that final product would make
the challenge of creating a pair of these socks worth the effort.
glossary provides detailed directions on the advance techniques
presented in the book thus allowing any knitter with a little
patience and a sense of adventure an opportunity to stretch
their knitting skills.
Stephanie Van Der Linden has created a fabulous
collection of foot-sized knitted treasures that will inspire
and tempt socks knitters as they flip through its pages.
Wrapped in Lace
Margaret Stove's latest book, "Wrapped in Lace - Knitted
Heirloom Designs from Around the World" is a must-have for
any serious lace knitter. I don't think it would be
overstating it to say it's a masterpiece of the genre.
It's a magnificent book to look at - beautifully illustrated
with many stunning photographs and illustrations of both
finished projects, but also techniques and key design
provides a selection of breathtaking patterns,
and a wealth of guidance on the construction
and working of lace. She discusses her own
history and work as a lace knitter, and histories
and typical lace work of a variety of regions
around the world.
The patterns are detailed and very well explained,
making even the most complex of these twelve
works of art remarkably accessible. She provides clear
instructions on all techniques, and a variety
of alternate methods - some for historical
accuracy, some for ease of construction, some
for sheer curiosity value. Any lace book that
has a design that "celebrates the usefulness of charts in
lace knitting" is good by me!
It's not a book for beginners, but for anyone
with some interest and experience with lace,
it's an outstanding collection of designs,
guidance and inspiration. Her technical discussions, glossary
and techniques section at the back are worth
the price, even if you don't work any of the
Knitting at Home: 60 Classics from
Ella Rae Designs by Leanne Prouse
Sixth & Spring Books
I like to think that filling your home with handknitted
things is a human’s way of nesting for the winter,
the opposite of spring cleaning.
With this book, Leanne Prouse give us 60
different ways of feathering our nests. Throws and pillows
may be the obvious items to knit, but patterns like her Floor
Pillow, Garter Stitch Throw and Felted Ottoman are anything
The patterns include, but go beyond, the
usual decorating-your-house patterns and focus on what makes
a home cozy and relaxing with patterns for socks and slippers,
sweaters, knitting for children, mitts and even knitting
for the kitchen.
Vampire Knits: Projects to Keep You Knitting
from Twilight to Dawn by Genevieve Miller
I originally found out about this book while
it was still in its
preproduction phase through the Ravelry group. Since then I have
been dying with anticipation to see the final product. When this came across
the desk in need of a review, I literally pounced on it before anyone else
had a chance to take it from me.
The year long wait was worth it
and Vampire Knits does not disappoint. Fans of the genre, young and
old, will find something to be excited about. Whether it's the Bella
inspired Mittens, the Blood Bottle Cozies, or what has proved to be the
favourite with my friends, the Tourniquet Scarf, this wide range of projects
will appeal to knitters of all levels. Not to leave out fans of werewolves,
there are even a few patterns dedicated to the furry shape-shifters.
photographs give the book a very romantic
feel while clearly showing off the final
projects. This combination provides
the knitter with a well-composed, easy-to-read
book which will be a welcome addition into the life of any
knitter who loves their vampires
as much as they love their knitting.
Little Knitted Creatures: 26 Amigurumi
Designs by Amy Gaines
Amy Gaines, she of complete adorableness on Etsy, shares
some of her secrets of cute with us in her
26 squee-worthy animals, fish,
birds and other pocket sized friends will charm you into knitting
them. The Wren Twins stole a little bit of my heart, and the
entire collection of Forest Friends made me giggle with their
The photos are clear and bright, the instructions
are easy to follow and the patterns quick,
which all adds up to an almost-instantaneous
Sock Yarn One-Skein
Wonders: 101 Patterns That Go Way Beyond Socks! by Judith Durant
I have over 50 skeins of sock yarn in my stash, and I keep
buying it, even though I don’t knit that many pairs
of socks. How about you? I bet there’s an excess of
sock yarn in your knitting life too.
For the latest installment
in her One-Skein series, Judith Durant is going
to help us all with our sock yarn stash with
101 patterns that use only sock yarn. No,
101 sock patterns. There are socks, and they
are interesting and lovely knits, like
the Vidia Socks. There are beautiful shawls
and scarves, with unusual twists, like the
shaping in the Gambit Scarf, and the Petal
Shawlette. There are mitts and gloves, neckwarmers,
knits for babies and kids, hats and knits
for your home. A couple more of my favorites
are the Tosh Purse and Chevron Lace Fingerless
As with the rest of the books in this series this
disappoint for depth and breadth of pattern
Knitting Daily Workshop Classic to Creative
Knit Cables with Kathy Zimmerman by Kathy Zimmerman
Run Time: 66 min 51 sec
Though the introduction section of the video seems stilted and Kathy
Zimmerman initially appears very uncomfortable in front of the camera,
it turns out to be surprisingly informative and well presented overall.
dvd is divided into multiple sections that include the basics of simple
cabling and needed tools, two more advanced patterns, and a “fix
it” section. The beginner section is very easy to follow
along with and dismisses the myth that cabling is scary and difficult.
Zimmerman also includes how to properly read charts and handy tips
to make the process more accessible to the most novice knitter. The “fix
it” section is great for anyone who has cabled and presents simple
solutions to common cabling problems.
In every section Zimmerman
is very clear with her directions and adds many helpful tips that
even the most experience knitter may find useful. However, this
dvd is clearly designed with a new cable knitter in mind and a more
experienced knitter may find it less useful overall.
Knitwit by Katie Boyette
Sellers Publishing Inc.
I find myself completely charmed by this book. Katie Boyette
has created a gangly group of misfits that distinguish themselves
from other knitted toys by not trying to be cute or whimsical.
Instead they are stuffed with personality and mischief.
Best of all is the layout of the book. Everything is so
clear and neatly organized. As openly sub-titled on the front,
the patterns are at many different skill levels. Beginners
may get a little lost with the sheer amount of counting,
increases, and decreases in the majority of the patterns.
To balance this though, there are lots of great pictures
and size-as templates for all extra pieces.
Vampire panda, evil robot, pirate alien- whatever I cast
on first will most likely be filched by my children as soon
as it’s done. Maybe I need to start with ninjas to
guard the rest.
Nordic Knits: 29 Stylish Small Projects by Martin
St. Martin’s Griffin
With the classic design sense that he is
known for, Martin Storey gives us 29 accessory
projects inspired by the patterns of Scandinavia:
texture, lace, colorwork. The
most time-consuming and complex projects
are a pair of colorwork vests. The rest
-- pillows, bags, hats, scarves and mittens
-- while not rated easy are straightforward,
often with just a touch of texture or colorwork,
perfect for a first colorwork project or for
a more experienced knitter to fly through.
The Ohio Knitting Mills Knitting Book:
26 Patterns Celebrating Four Decades of American Sweater
Style by Steven Tatar
From the 1940s through the 1970s, the Ohio
Knitting Mill provided knitwear to most of the department
stores in the US. This unusual and exceptional
book is equal parts fashion history and pattern
26 of the best selling patterns are shown in
their original style and color, and also modeled
in current yarns and colors, complete with
easy-to-follow patterns. The book includes
historical sketches, photographs of the working mill and essays
on the history and running of the mill. The sweater patterns
are classic to their time periods, but without (much) kitsch,
they are mod and modern, like stumbling on the perfect vintage
stash. Good knitting and good reading.
Country Weekend Socks: 25 Classic Patterns
to Knit by Madeline Weston
St. Martin’s Griffin
Glorious sock patterns for intermediate and
advanced sock knitters. Color knitters will
be especially happy -- half of the patterns
in this book are devoted to all manner of color
sock knitting, including argyle. The rest of
the socks are a good assortment of lace and
texture, many inspired by traditional British Isles knitting.
The variety happily goes beyond texture and
color for these patterns. There are socks knit
top down and toe up, socks that range in height
from ankle to over the knee, and gauges that
range from 5.5 to 8 sts to
Gentle Art of Plying (DVD) by Judith McKenzie
$34.95 , DVD
Disc 1 - 58 Minutes
Disc 2 - 47 Minutes
I used love plying only because it went so fast, but now
I love plying because I can see how integral
it is to the design and function of any yarn I make. Throughout
these DVDs Judith McKenzie discusses yarn structure in great
detail for both knitting and weaving (there
is more information about knitting, but the weaving information
is meaty) from the basics of how to ply, to the whys of the
varied number of plies. When Judith gives you a why for something
teaching it’s not a ‘because I say so’ why
like many teachers, but a why built on
the depth and breadth of her spinning, knitting and weaving
experiences. Do you know how to easily join a broken thread
while plying? How the way you knits takes out wither single
or ply twist? When and how you want to block your yarn?
How to evaluate your singles before you
ply? Which whorls to use for plying if you’re spinning
woolen or worsted? Do you want to learn how to design a perfect
yarn what what you want to knit or weave? In these DVDs Judith
says, “It’s your yarn, you get to choose”,
and she teaches you how.
Popular Wheel Mechanics (DVD) by Judith McKenzie
$34.95 , DVD
Disc 1: 64 minutes
Disc 2: 60 minutes
When Judith McKenzie teaches she opens her brain
and her heart, teaching on a DVD is no
exception. She takes the very basic mechanics of spinning
wheels and transforms them into a fascinating lesson on how
to control and spin the exact yarn you’d like. Like
her classes in person she weaves stories and much extra information
throughout her teaching. When she talks about the parts of
wheels, she discusses how to sit while you spin to minimize
shoulder pain. When she discusses whorls (pulleys) and bobbins
learn that the size of you your drive band
effects the pull on of your wheel. Using a variety of wheels,
and including the WooLee Winder, she breaks down all the
parts of a spinning wheel and a variety of drive systems
to make you a better educated and more skilled spinner.
The only possible downside to this DVD
is that it will leave you wanting to buy more wheels, but
you’ll know all of the mechanical reasons.
Respect the Spindle: The Video by Abby Franquemont
Length: 60 minutes
A wonderful and thorough DVD to get a new spindle spinner
started , full of useful information and personal stories. I
must point out that this is not a DVD version of her book
of the same name. If I were to relate it to the book, I would
say, it goes into great detail on the chapter Starting to
Spin. That said it is a fantastic introduction to spinning – the
how and why spinning works, how to get started with the park
and draft method, drafting , joins, plying and finishing
yarns. She talks about the differences of top and bottom
whorl spindles and shows her method for winding on more yarn
than I though humanly possible on a spindle. It would be
hard for a new spindle spinner to not learn to spin from
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Reprint: Aran Knitting by Alice Starmore
Like the knitting and book dork I am, I sat
with the old edition and new edition of Aran
Knitting and compared them page by page.
Here are the basics: all of the patterns are
knit in yarns that are currently available
from Starmore's own shop, Virtual
Yarns, the patterns that were reknit
and rephotographed have more sizes, all of the juicy goodness of history,
how to design, and stitch patterns are still there, there is a new preface
by Alice Starmore, and THERE IS A NEW SWEATER PATTERN.
In time to celebrate Elizabeth Zimmermann's 100th birthday,
her Knitter's Almanac is now hardback, bigger
with color color photographs on glossy paper.
The new stuff: reknits of some of the garments,
a reproduction of an Andrew Wyeth painting in
which the sitter is wearing the Maltese Fisherman's
Hat, the February Lady sweater pattern and an
introduction by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee that made
me laugh and a preface by Meg Swanson that made
This collection of 40 mitten and glove
patterns from the pages of Vogue Knitting will
make you happy that cold days are coming. Accessories
sometimes get lost in the sweater shuffle when
a new magazine comes out, but this book puts
a huge variety of mittens and gloves in the
limelight. There are quick to knit fingerless
mitts and intricate fine-gauged gloves. For
me, it was the mittens that got my attention
-- thick and chunky cables, and several with
Militzer Bryant and Barry
Martingale & Company
$24.99, hardcover over spiral binding
With a set of your measurements and this book you can make
a completely customized sweater that fits and is absolutely
your style. Laura Bryant and Barry Klein invite you to choose
from a variety of elements that make a sweater – gauge,
sweater type, length, neckline, etc then using your measurements
help you create a line-by-line pattern for your garment.
is a reprint of the hugely popular and out of print, A
Knitter's Template: Easy Steps to Great-Fitting Garments, with
several great additions: a spiral lay-flat binding, and lots
of answers to FAQ from their last edition throughout the book.
Within the first five minutes of the DVD that accompanies
her book Knitted Lace of Estonia, you know why Nancy Bush
has devoted a good part of her knitting life to the knitting
of Estonia, passion. She loves the people and knitting
of Estonia, she glows with it on this DVD. The passion
comes across in the lessons she teaches here: a short history
of Estonian knitting, Estonian lace techniques – including
the elusive nupp, edgings both traditional and modern and
three blocking techniques. Even though some of this material
is covered in the book in illustrations, nothing compares
to watching someone, especially an expert demonstrate it
In this package the book is the same as the original
publication, the DVD is an addition.
I’m lucky enough to have taken a couple of classes
with Judith MacKenzie, and they are as wonderful as the rumors
say. When the Intentional Spinner came out I read
it, studied it, spun from it. I thought it was great. I had
a weird feeling like there was the tiniest thing missing and
couldn’t quite put my finger on it. As soon as started
the DVD that comes packaged with the book – I knew what
that was, her voice. When she teaches she talks, low and slow.
She can be demonstrating one thing with her hands, and all
the while telling you something different of interest and
importance. This DVD captures that experience.
The DVD gets right to the meat – Judith’s foolproof
way to ply. The same information is in the book as a photo
essay, but watching Judith’s hands and listening to
her calm voice makes it really stick in your brain. She
also extends the teaching of plying, cabled yarns, novelty
yarns and an in-depth section on controlling diameter. It
would be impossible not learn something wonderful from a woman
who says, “The wheel is a magic extension of our power
in the world”
In this package, the book is the same as the original publication;
the DVD is an addition.
This book should come with a warning label.
WARNING: If you have the slightest inclination
to learn to weave this book will push you over the edge. Any
knitter with a rigid heddle loom and this book could find
themselves weaving though their stash in no time. This book
gives knitters what a lot of weaving books don’t – variety
in pattern and texture on a rigid heddle loom. Say goodbye
to plain old plain weave and hello to finger manipulated,
pick up and even double weaves.