While waiting for the kettle to boil and the toast to pop up in the morning, Cookie A.’s Knit. Sock. Love., currently available to pre-order on Amazon. Cookie and I started designing at almost the same time, our first patterns were published in the Fall and Winter 05 issues of Knitty, and it has been wonderful to see her career grow alongside mine. Socks aren’t exactly my favourite thing to knit, I knit more when I rode the bus to university, but I certainly understand the appeal of patterns like Cookie’s. Each one is a tiny, perfectly manageable, chance to try out things that you might not do on a larger garment. The book, of course, is absolutely beautiful, so very inspiring. And I did knit those socks, admittedly they’re sport weight and plain stocking stitch and Sarah knit one of the feet while in the car back from Rhinebeck. New plan to acquire a drawer full of handknit socks – always have one available for knitter friends who don’t have a handy project to work on.
While eating dinner, Stitch ‘n Bitch Superstar Knitting (don’t prop the book against your glass while eating, the first attempt at this photo went rather wrong!) I also feel like I’ve grown up alongside the Stitch n Bitch series, it wasn’t so very long before that that I figured out from the first book that I was twisting all my purl stitches and discovered such wonders as mirrored decreases. That book taught me the things I didn’t know I needed to know and made it seem like patterns could be designed by normal people, I remember poring over the little profiles of the designers and carefully looking them all up online. I love that many of those people are now friends and I was delighted when Debbie asked if she could put one of my patterns, Gretel, an old favourite, in the latest book. I moved on from that first book to learning from other sources, but I know how happy I’d have been if this book of more advanced techniques and patterns had been available too. Even now, I’m sure there’s something I didn’t know I didn’t know within these pages.
Curled up on the sofa thinking that I should really go to bed, The Ohio Knitting Mills Knitting Book. Can you imagine being given a tour of an out of business knitting mill and discovering the treasure of an archive of unworn garments? That’s what happened to sculptor Steven Tatar and this book tells the story of that mill and the garments it produced alongside patterns inspired by them.