Even at it’s most industrial stage, yarn is beautiful.
Time to finish up my explanations of my 10 useful books list – Useful book #7: Knitting from the Netherlands, Traditional Dutch Fishermen’s Sweaters by Henriette Van Der Klift-Tellegen is a beautiful little gem filled with real Dutch fisherman in their utilitarian and gorgeous pullovers. I learned a lot about both simplicity and detailing from this lovely little volume.
#8, The Vogue Knitting Book is jam packed with all sorts of useful information about casting on and casting off in ways you never imagined – about sewing together and detailing, and designing, and so on and so on. It’s simply a must.
#9 & #10 are more stitch dictionaries. The New Knitting Stitch Library by Leslie Stanfield has a pictorial index of the stitches in the front for quick reference – I love that! It’s also got a lot of nice patterns that I suspect Leslie made up herself, as they can’t be found elsewhere. The Pingouin Stitch Dictionary is an old standby that has undergone many reversions over the years. I have a soft spot for the edition from the mid-seventies, since it was my one of my first knitting books (after Knitting Without Tears, of course).