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cathedral cables

I’m in Italy looking for new yarns. They can make cables from anything here:

Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (The Duomo) 

Back to my book list:
5 & 6, The Mary Thomas books are real gems. Want to know how to knit a circle? Mary Thomas tells you at least 3 different ways. Want to know how to incorporate welts or pleats or or other dress making details into your designs? Mary Thomas is your woman. Written in the 1940’s, the techniques described span from those popular in Victorian times to post WWII, but all of it is useful for modern knitting. Her attitude is very funny and relaxed too. I would have liked to have met her.

Astrid and Ruffle owe a debt to MT:

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  1. Kristine Konrad #

    I’m normally a very quiet reader of my blogs (3 kids will do that), but I had to let you know I’m really enjoying your comments on your favorite knitting books, mainly because I have most of them myself and seeing them through someone else’s eyes makes for great reading. I’m also going to have to dig out my MT books because I’ve forgotten how useful they are, so thanks!

    Kris in SF Bay Area

    January 30, 2008
  2. are you in Florence? on vacation or work? I do love Italy, it feels like a second home. (I spent a year learning about myself while studying there in college.)

    My mother gave me her old Mary Thomas Knitting Book at Christmas, but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet. At first glance it looked very basic, but I’ll take another peek!

    January 30, 2008
  3. Jackie Chalmers #

    NO Way ITALY, I was in Florence in September this year (oops last year, already) and fell in love with Italy. Great knits! I am sooo envious, wish I could have stole away in your luggage lol. Enjoy, and I know you will be inspired.

    Jackie : )

    January 30, 2008
  4. Jackie Chalmers #

    P.S. have you checked out Del Vecchio palace, it is wonderful.

    January 30, 2008
  5. Hey! You’re in Italy for your birthday looking for yarn!
    You’re in baroque heaven.

    January 30, 2008
  6. Well, welcome to Italy. ^___^

    January 30, 2008
  7. Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday to you!
    Happy Birthday, dear Norah,
    Happy Birthday to you!!

    (We share the same birthday — I hope your’s is wonderful!!)

    January 30, 2008
  8. (I was too excited to spell things correctly. I meant to say “yours”.)

    January 30, 2008
  9. Beautiful photograph!

    January 30, 2008
  10. Il Duomo! Beautiful!!! Even more so when someone with your eye for detail looks it over!
    I love Mary Thomas!! She even covers Loom Knitting!!! Gotta love that!

    January 30, 2008
  11. Gorgeous, I adore architecture.

    I’m passing on a “You Make My Day” award to you—— because you always do make my day with inspiration and creativity!!! Check the blog today at for the details!


    January 30, 2008
  12. Happy birthday!!

    January 30, 2008
  13. Thank you for the book reviews. I’ve never heard of the Mary Thomas books and love to collect knitting books. I’ll have to grab a set of these.

    January 30, 2008
  14. marcy #

    Enjoy Italy…it’s been 14 years since i was there and I’d love to go back!! I can’t wait to read the MT books. they are one their way to me by the weekend!!

    January 31, 2008
  15. knitch #

    Norah, you always seem to have that gig that gets you to Italy…. hmmmmmm………

    January 31, 2008
  16. Mary Russell #

    Happy Birthday!

    February 1, 2008
  17. omg I see the cables too. Is it too much knitting of them, if you see the calbes everywhere.

    My next challenge will be the polygons.. That’s why your Knitting nature:)

    February 5, 2008

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