cathedral cables

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

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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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17 Comments

  1. 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

  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!

  3. 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 : )

  4. 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!!)

  5. 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!

  6. 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!!

  7. 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🙂

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