Gosh, one of my favorite things is surfing online for new books. Amazon is particularly dangerous because you can look at something and have it on its way to your house in less than 5 clicks of a mouse. I seriously added to my knitting library this time.
I ordered Wrapped in Comfort by Alison Jeppson Hyde. She’s a really talented knitter. Her book has patterns for 12 circular shawls (which I haven’t ever done) and 4 scarves. All are really beautiful but I have a few of her beginner shawls in my queue such as the Julia’s Shawl, Bigfoot shawl, and the Concert scarf. All the patterns are accompanied by a personal story. I think that’s cool. I’ve always wondered how designers get their inspiration and you find out what Alison was thinking when she designed these beautiful shawls.
The second book I ordered, Knitting America is more of a coffee table type book detailing the history of knitting in America. I have just barely glanced through it but it has beautiful pictures of historical pieces and includes 20 patterns for items such as 1865 Union Army Socks and a baby soaker from the 1930’s. Knitting was so important to America. It astounds me how many people today think that knitting is the realm of old ladies. In this book everyone knit from little kids to men.
The next one I got is the first book from Crazy Aunt Purl. I plan on saving Drunk, Divorced & Covered in Cat Hair for reading at work while I wait for babies to be born. There are patterns included. Some look really cute like the Devil Baby blanket and the Sexy Shawl.
Of course, I had to throw a classic in there like Knitting Workshop by Elizabeth Zimmermann. I have yet to knit anything from her books and I have 4 of them. I do want to knit the saddle shoulder sweater that she has in the book.
As for knitting, I’m still plugging away at my Icarus. I’m on row 11 of chart 3. So far, (knock on wood) I have had no reason to rip it back. Yeah. My stitch counts are on target this time and the shawl is getting bigger every day. Hopefully, I’ll have it done and be able to block it by the end of the week. Did anyone need blocking wires for this one? I don’t have any but I guess I can start doing my favorite thing. Search the net for a set.