By Jillian Moreno
Before you pee
your pants in joy, this is not a new book from Melanie Falick, deity of knitting.
But you may be excited, none the
less, to hear it is a paperback reissue of Knitting in America. Especially
if your copy is as well thumbed
and loved up as mine is.
For those of you
living under a knitting rock for the past
nine(!) years, Knitting in America
(now America Knits) is a knitting
road trip across the US that profiles
37 knitters, designers, fiber producers
and other assorted knit folk and features
a pattern from each. Really good
French: Circle Bag
Constructed from naturally dyed
wool felt, embroidered with Blue
Sky Alpaca and embellished with
a scattering of Swarovski crystals
I would describe this bag as succulent.
It begs to be petted, exclaimed over,
swung boldly as you walk and twisted and
tilted so the crystals catch the light.
It's also a super knitting bag. It will
hold a magazine or magazine-sized pattern
without folding and your latest accessory-to-tank-top-sized
project. There are ingenious button-in
insert pockets soon to be available --
one each for knitting, baby & work.
Available at Knitwhits
For your favorite feline, Knitwhits
has developed a kit of three felted
I can't stop giggling over these
toys and I can't stop ringing their
I borrowed a cat to test one and his
vote was a definite two paws up. This
usually demure cat sort of lost his doo-doo,
there was great flinging, running, pouncing
As with all Knitwhit kits, there is enough
yarn to make all toys pictured on the
kit, and the directions are smooth and
These would also make hilarious holiday
tree ornaments and are not intended for
by Andrea and Gayle
Well, hello, intarsia,
I've heard you were making a comeback.
If you could assure
me that all of the next generation
of intarsia patterns would be as
well thought out and appealing as
the mostly accessory patterns in
this book, I'd be out buying bobbins.
The patterns are divided
into design themes -- circles and dots,
flowers, squares and stripes, and kids
and holidays. The intarsia designs are
feminine but not fussy, and their color
palette is earthy and modern.
The Shackelton sisters
also own Tara designs, a line of knitwear
produced, for the past 14 years, in partnership
with Association of Craft Producers, a
non-profit women's fiber coop in Nepal.
Knitting Way: A Guide to Spiritual
Linda Skolnik and Janice MacDaniels
Linda Skolnick knows
knitting. She started Patternworks, the
one of the first great mail-order yarn
companies, and owned it from 1979-2002.
Upon her retirement,
she and her friend Janice MacDaniels began
discussing the greater meaning of crafts
and knitting -- the peace, solace and
prayerfulness that can be found in our
Much more than
the new yoga, this books speaks
about knitting as a spiritual path
for your life.
Roberts and Kate Haxell
& Company Publishing
The good thing about
having 700,000 beginning knitting books
on the market is that new releases keep
Simple yet cool
projects? Check. The designers are
British? Cool knitwear designing
is in their genetic code. Easy to
follow instructions? Check. Clear
illustrations of techniques? Check,
as part of the two technique chapter
What else? This is where
this book stands out. Instead of illustrations
within patterns, they use photographs
to take the knitter step by step through
the project. This is what a yarn over
looks like, this is how your piece should
look after the fifth repeat, etc. Very
smart for the beginning knitter. The inside
flaps of the cover are printed with technique
reminder illustrations. Handy.
Martingale & Company Publishing
This book is by a Rowan
designer and was developed, designed,
photographed by Rowan. 30+ designs by
Sarah Dallas inspired by family trips
to the seaside. Sweaters, blankets, gloves,
mittens, hats, pillows, all in a clean
modern style and grouped and photographed
It's Rowan...you know
you want it.
For all of you
searching for gorgeous and funky
crochet patterns look no further
than Stitch Diva Patterns.
For flower junkies,
she has a 12-flower pattern. For experienced
crocheters, check out the amazing Baroque
Ladies Jacket. Stitch Diva does knitting
patterns too, all with the same flair
as her crochet: part fashion, part art.
of patterns includes shawls, hats,
pillows, ponchos, capes, scarves
and hats all presented with clear
and concise directions. The patterns
are printed in color on heavy slick
card stock, making the patterns
as easy to use as the finished products
are to wear.
by Bonnie Franz
$20 us for one year
$5 us for a single issue
Did you hear that color
knitting, [you know -- fair isle and stranded
types of knitting] are the next thing?
Stranded Newsletter is a good place
color knitting by traveling the globe.
Each issue is devoted to a single country.
A brief history of knitting in that country
is given and all patterns are derived
from or inspired by knitting in that country.
Along with the patterns
in each issue -- at least one sweater
and several accessories at varying levels
of expertise (there are six patterns in
the current summer issue) -- there is
a single technique lesson, yarn and book
reviews, and an essay by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.
(semi-concealed spiral bound)
best knitting gear isn't designed
for knitting at all.
That's the case
with these swell journals from Pop
The journals are
beyond fab design-wise and the interior
layout is a knitters dream with
both a spot to sketch & space