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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Some Very Collectible Pattern Books

New pattern books at the shop. These are the kinds of books that are so nice to have on the shelf, whether you buy them for yourself or your favorite knitter. Aside from the beautiful designs, they are very inspiring. Published by independent designers (which is also pretty cool), they styling and photography are really something to see.

Whimsical Little Knits 1 and 2 from Ysolda Teauge.

Peaks Island Hood from WLK2, which would be gorgeous in Rowan Kid Classic.

Veyla from WLK2 in The Fibre Company Canopy Fingering. We have a nice stock of this right now.
Smith, the knitted hedgehog, also from WLK2. The same pattern done up at three different gauges yields this little family. I feel these must be knit in tweed yarn in order for true hedgehoginess to be achieved.

Westknits Book Two from Stephen West. (We also have Book One.) So many cool accessories: hats, gloves, shawls, scarves, and other items that fit into several categories. The designs will give you lots of opportunities to play with color in whatever way makes you happiest.

(I'm linking to Ravelry for these because there are no details or photos on the designer's website yet.)

Bandwidth in Tosh Vintage.

Filbert, perfect in Debbie Bliss Glen or Rowan Purelife Renew.

Honegart, perfect for Spud & Chloe Sweater.

Transatlantic in Tosh Pashmina. We plan to restock this as soon as we can, but in the meantime, I'd suggest Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight pure alpaca.

Loxley would be great in Kathmandu Aran, perhaps the softest tweed I've ever used.

The Shetland Trader from Gudrun Johnston. So beautiful. Here are a few of the designs.

Norie in The Fibre Company Savannah DK, which we have in some pretty blues and a sunny yellow.
Shoormal, Shalder, and Solan.

I have several books in my collection that just make me happy, including the two St-Denis books, anything from Helga Isager, the Mason-Dixon Knitting books, Jared Flood's Made in Brooklyn, and the Last Minute Knitted Gifts books. I plan to make a few items from these collections, but I very often pull them out and flip through if I am in need of a little creative injection.

It seems like these new arrivals might have to find a place on the happy shelf, too. What knitting books do you turn to again and again to keep you inspired?

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