This year, I’m not making huge progress on my knitting. I seem to have a lot of big projects on the go, that require many miles of knitting before I sleep, or cursed projects, which require a lot of frogging and reknitting. These get tossed into the knitting basket to “cure” when I get vexed with them, so there are intervals between the knitting. My goal this year is to clean up all these bits and ends, get my needles out of so many works-in-progress (so I don’t have to keep buying duplicates in favorite sizes) and get down to working on one (or two) projects at a time. This should ensure that I finish things up before I get sick of them.
So, I thought today that instead of sharing a knitting project, I’d share some eye candy. (We’ll do Fibre Friday today, instead of tomorrow, because I have a guest blog post tomorrow.) There are a lot of new (or even new to me) awesome knitting books out right now. Here are a few of my recent fave acquisitions:
Tudor Roses by Alice Starmore
This is a truly gorgeous book. It’s hard cover, so the price is a little higher, but it’s totally a keeper. Imagine beautiful sweaters and a history fix, beautifully photographed, all in one volume. Not only are the sweaters lovely (and updated from the original version of the Alice Starmore book of the same title) but they’re named for women of the Tudor court. Each includes a letter written by that woman, and some details of the era or her personal history. This edition first shipped a year ago, but it’s timeless. I love it. You can’t go wrong with an Alice Starmore book, but this one is exceptional. You can see the included patterns on Ravelry, right here.
Knitting off the Axis by Matthew Gnagy
This isn’t a new book, but it’s new to me. I’m fascinated by it. Matthew Gnagy is a tailor and his designs show a tailor’s attention to detail and to possibilities. (He has another book about making 17th century doublets, just in case you’re into historical costume-making.) He turns sweaters to knit in different directions. You can see all the included patterns on Ravelry, right here.
Amy Herzog is a knitting designer who has created a system for ensuring that your knits fit when they’re done. You can read about the strategy in her book Knit to Flatter, or you can join her online resource, CustomFit, which she calls an online custom sweater generator. I’ve seen that she’s teaching classes about this system, but haven’t really delved into it as yet. Given how many sweaters I’ve been reknitting lately, though, it might be a good time investment.
This magazine is from 2013, but I love it so much that I keep going back for another peek. My fave of the lot is the LeStrange (lace) coat, for which I’ve stashed the yarn. (It’s Rowan Fine Art in Raven, the burgundy and purple colourway. Yum!) You can see the included patterns on Ravelry, right here.
Designer Knits by Sarah Hatton and Martin Storey
You can’t go wrong with a knitting book by Martin Storey. This one has some fabulous cabled knits. It was supposedly published in 2013, but took a long time to make its way across the pond. (It still suffers from search-engine failure. Notice the title in the Amazon link, which might be part of the problem.) These are elegant sweaters IMO—you can see all the included patterns on Ravelry right here. Have a look also at Martin Storey’s Aran Knits and Scottish Knits—both of these books have different covers on the US and UK editions, but the interior is exactly the same.
Number 15 and 16 by Norah Gaughan
Norah Gaughan is another designer who does wonderfully interesting things with her garments. She’s just gone independent, but is still designing for Berroco. These links are to her website, where you can buy PDF’s for individual designs. I like my knitting books in print and my LYS isn’t carrying Berroco anymore. I haven’t figured out where to buy these yet, but I want them. 🙂 Number 15 includes winter designs while Number 16 is summer-y. I like the winter knits best.
What knitting books are you looking at these days? Or what’s on your needles?