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Review: First Frost

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The theme here is "folk" and not specifically "Scandinavia," but in effect it's much the same in this collection of lovely patterns.

Review: Twigg Stitch

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It's not every knitter who gets to invent an entirely new knitting technique.

Review: Knowledgeable Knitter

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I love books filled with great patterns, of course. (God knows I've got shelves full of them.) Because how can you not love collections of beautiful photos of garments just waiting for you to make for yourself? They're inspiring and appealing and great to have around. But ... sometimes you simply want more.

Review: Gramma Nancy’s Animal Hats

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Hold on while I get out my thesaurus. Adorable. Delightful. Darling. Dear. Fun. Endearing. How cute is too cute? Because I have to be clear about one thing here--this book is adorable.

Review: Everyday Lace

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It's so easy to think of lace as "fussy" or something to be pulled out for special occasions.

Upcoming Books 2014

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Fall and Winter are coming, and so are some great new books!

New Books, 2014

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Since summer is just about over and Fall and Winter are coming ... now seems a good time to point out some great recent books that I haven't had a chance to review.

Review: Knockout Knits

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You can tell this book began as a labor of love. The author tells us right up front that she is "obsessed with innovative knitting techniques" and "adores playing with stitch patterns and constructions that explore the mechanics of knitting."

Review: New American Knits

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Amy Christoffers has filled this book with patterns--sweaters, wraps, hats, and the usual assortment of accessories--that look fun to knit but will be easy to throw on and wear for years to come.

Review: Wonderlace

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This charming book of lace patterns is a self-published creation of the author, Gina House.

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The author writes in the introduction, "Throughout my adult life, my love for needles and yarn, and their potential to expand our common ornamental heritage, has been the motivating factor to dig deeper into the technical aspects of knitting. "

Review: New Vintage Lace

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The author writes, "This book is about embracing knitting tradition without being bound by it. ... For New Vintage Lace, I set out to reinterpret kunststricken for contemporary appeal. Although I take pleasure in knitting doilies and tablecloths, I wanted the projects in this book to attract a wider audience. "

Comfort Afghans E-book

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Did you know the Comfort Knitting & Crochet Afghans by Norah Gaughan, Margery Winter, and the Berroco Design Team is now available as an ebook? I reviewed the original paper edition here, and still consider this one of the nicest collection of afghans I've seen in a while. While we're at it the Comfort Knitting [...]

Review: Knitting Reimagined

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First, the facts: Title: Knitting Reimagined: An Innovative Approach to Structure and Shape with 25 Breathtaking Projects Author: Nicky Epstein Published by: Potter Craft, 2014 Pages: 175 Type: Patterns Chapters: 1. Directions 2. Cool Construction 3. Woven Weaves 4. Stitch Impact The In-Depth Look: One of the things I love best about Nicky Epstein's books [...]