Like it does in Northern California, the weather abruptly changed from a heat wave to it really feeling like Fall. We’ve started to use the extra blanket again (ok, I know that compared to other places our weather is positively balmy, but we’re wusses.), I’ve dug out my slippers that look like giant puppies, my breakfast is switching to hot oatmeal instead of cold cereal, the cat starts wanting to sleep inside (in the middle of the path to the kitchen, nonetheless) and I can’t stop dreaming about new warm knits.
So I was doubly exciting about receiving both these new books (well, new to me, as regards the Nordic Knitting one) in the mail the other day. I think I’ve mentioned before how much I love books about knitting history– nothing makes me happier than a really good juicy one– meaning lots of text. Photos are important of course, but I really like to read. Plus it had been a while since I’d come across any new-to-me books, although, to be fair, I hadn’t really been looking, since I can get a little carried away and I wanted to conserve the pennies. This book, however, was within my budget and looked awesome. It is awesome. Written by Susanne Pagoldh and published by Interweave Press, “Nordic Knitting: Thirty-One Patterns In The Scandinavian Tradition” has patterns, yes, but even better: lots of information. Information about knitting traditions in Denmark, The Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Aland, and Finland. I’ll be re-reading this one for sure.
I loved Gudrun Johnston‘s first Shetland Trader book (I couldn’t find a direct link to the book itself in Ravelry), so I was excited to see the preview photos of Book Two. Although digital is more convenient for knitting from, I will always and forever love the physicality of books, and purchasing the physical book also got me the digital patterns– seriously, choose that option; it’s a steal.
My favorites are the Hermaness Hats– that preview pattern was what drew me in in the first place. (photographs belong to Kathy Cadigan and Gudrun Johnston)
Actually, Sandwick might be my favorite. (no surprise there, gradients!)
The garments are beautiful too, but these are the two patterns that realistically I am the most likely to knit and wear. Especially Sandwick.
First, though, once I finish my Boxy (I’m on the sleeves, there is light at the end of the tunnel!), I think an Owls pullover in some brown Cascade Ecological Wool that I’ve had forever is in order. After all this stockinette in size 4s, size 10s are going to be bliss! Plus I’m cold and I want something I can knit relatively quickly.