Tuesday, August 21, 2007

How are these Apples?

I am not the type that blames her instruments for faulty workmanship. But look at the difference a quality camera makes!

This is three repeats of the "test" Voyager stole. Details are:

Size: small (co 60)
yarn: 4ply from Nundle Woollen Mills, Gardenia
3 pattern repeats

I really like this pattern. It's not too difficult (in my opinion) but is a step up from beginner lace patterns. Noice.

I am making a full size of the stole as a gift for a friend who is getting married in mid October. And this is the yarn.
2 ply silk/merino from The Knittery in the Denim colourway (blue is her favorite colour). It feels luscious. And I think it will look great in this stole pattern.

UPDATE: bugger just got thrown out of Blogger.

On another knitting related note, I thought I would ask you a question. I am looking to expand my knitting library. I have a great stash of crochet pattern and reference books but only a couple of knitting books (I dont think Jo Sharp mags count do they?).

So the question is, "If there was one knitting book you HAD to have, what would it be?"

Have a ponder on that and feel free to post suggestions!! :)


Five Ferns Fibreholic said...

That's an easy one.....The treasury of knitting patterns by Barbara G. Walker. It's got about a billion stitch patterns and if that isn't enough then there is The second treasury of knitting patterns. These books have been around for about 40 years and are currently being published by schoolhouse press.

amy said...

I agree, a stitch dictionary. I can't pin it down to just one book, though. I think you need some Elizabeth Zimmermann for inspiration, a good stitch dictionary or two, and oh! The Sweater Workshop by Jacqueline Fee, or Knitting from the Top (also by Barbara Walker). The Sweater Workshop helped me quite a bit when I first began knitting--I knit the sampler, and I'm glad I did--and if you are the type who would rather design your own stuff, or alter patterns you like, these books are helpful. I also just bought Knitting in the Old Way by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts. I lean towards books that give me techniques and the know-how to do what I want myself. And you also need a good techniques book. I like Maggie Righetti (Knitting in Plain English) and the new Knitting Answer Book, although it doesn't have everything in it (for instance, how to sew in a zipper!).

Okay, so that's WAY more than one book. Sorry 'bout that.

Georgie said...

What a great question Shaz, I will be watching with interest since my knitting library is also non-existent. Its like cookbooks I think - a couple fo really good technique books will see you a long way, with some trendy ones for new ideas every so often.

I love the voyager pattern, and that silk/merino is just gorgeous....*drool*

SadieandLance said...

If your question was about sewing books, craft books or cooking books I could definitely offer my opinion, but knitting books I'm not so great on. I pretty much look to the internets or you kids for my knitting inspiration and patterns. So my knitting book recommendation is a healthy blog lines!

Rose Red said...

That pattern is lovely - the close up really shows it so well. Love the blue yarn - so purty!

Hmmm, knitting books. I've got heaps (although not many listed above, all of which I'd also recommend though) but I'm not sure I'd say any were "must haves" - except Knitting on the Road - fab sock patterns; Simple Knits for Cherished Babies - fab easy baby knits; Victorian Lace Today - full of gorgeous gorgeous lace and just so purty to look at!

(Have I now overused "purty"? Might have to stop, right?!

Jejune said...

Wunnerful lace!

I'm still developing my knitting library, so don't have a definitive answer for you. But I'm pretty taken so far with "Knit Fix" by Lisa Kartus - easy reference to fix all those little and big problems!

Bells said...

i also have a very limited knitting book library. One of my favourite technique books is Knitting in Plain English by Maggie Righetti (ditto for her Crochet in Plain English). I love Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Z.

That's gonna look soooo gorgeous, Shaz!

Nora said...

Knitting Without Tears by EZ : The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques by Nancie M. Wiseman : Hand-Knit Works by Setsuko Torii (Japanese).