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The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting: Stitches, Techniques, and Projects for Lighter-Than-Air Shawls & More
The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting: Stitches, Techniques, and Projects for Lighter-Than-Air Shawls & More
by Elizabeth Lovick
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.49

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The magic is revealed, 15 Oct 2013
This is a well-thought out book for those who want an adventure into lace knitting. The sampler of hexagons, pictured in purple as one of the items on the front cover, certainly made me go "wow", and want to knit it.

There are some pages where the photography of the lace stiches has not done them justice. For example, the photos on page 53 are as clear as a bell, on page 54 distinctly out of focus. The page on picking up stitches from edges has excellent "after" photos" but none "before". I do rather feel that the author put in a lot of work and then the publishers restricted the number of pages she could have. This is a pity. I am puzzled over the inconsistency of some patterns having both charts and written instructions, while others don't. The projects at the end are not as inspiring as one would hope, but I did enjoy the short explanation of names under each pattern.

I would have liked more on the history of Shetland lace, to explain the "magic" of the title, why it became so successful, and a small map showing trade routes. Many atlases curtail the sea, making the islands look just off the Northern edge of Scotland. In reality the sea voyage is many hours. It was the fishing industry that opened up the communications of these otherwise remote islands, and ought to have been mentioned.

These are only little niggles about a long-awaited title from a very talented knitter. I am learning a lot from this book, and really pleased to have it, and to recommend it.

Icelandic Handknits: 25 Heirloom Techniques and Projects
Icelandic Handknits: 25 Heirloom Techniques and Projects
by Helene Magnusson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Magnusson, 29 May 2013
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Helene's second knitting book is as much a tour de force as her first. More than just a collection of patterns, she has shown once again the value of thorough original research. Patterns are provided to cover the body from top to toe, for all ages, including the pattern for the all-important yet humble insole which provided the basis for her first book.

None is difficult, as garter stitch is widely used again. The side bar forays into recipes and historical snippets provide the right setting for knitting within Icelandic life, and record them for posterity. The techniques show the importance of obtaining the right wool, and the reference section helps out with this.

I would happily have paid twice as much for this wonderful work!Icelandic Handknits: 25 Heirloom Techniques and Projects

Knitting Around the World: A Multistranded History of a Time-Honored Tradition
Knitting Around the World: A Multistranded History of a Time-Honored Tradition
by Lela Nargi
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 19.54

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre text, good pix, 3 Jan 2012
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A rather flippant style of writing from the very first sentence, and zipping about all over the place. It is mostly a compilation of all the books I have already got. Lots of typos in such things as book titles (eg Richard Rutt, right once, wrong once). Bits missing out of patterns - what is the use of quoting multi colours in a shoe insert pattern then not giving instructions or a chart for them? And calling them mittens halfway along?

The pix of the earliest socks is wonderful though - I can work out the pattern from that.

Prym Knitting loom M
Prym Knitting loom M
Offered by Handarbeits-Studio-24
Price: 14.03

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Writing Needlework History"? - I don't think so!, 16 Oct 2011
This review is from: Prym Knitting loom M
In three sizes corresponding to small, medium and large shoes, this is, of course a glorified French knitter bobbin or Knitting Nancy. I picked the large size, with 36 pegs. The loom is in an oval shape, and the pegs are numbered. Intriguingly, the yarn is not just placed across each peg and knit but wound e-wrap fashion. This results in what I call a Bavarian twisted stitch (Prym are a German firm). For thinner yarns, one loop is knitted over two wrappings. On the leg, the stitches tighten up to give a mock rib effect. It is halfway between tricky and impossible to correct a stitch if you accidentally take all loops off the peg at the same time, as the loops immediately untwist. Also, the needle used is quite sharp and could split many yarns. The heel is formed by short-row shaping, no heel flap or gusset, plus the instructions allow for a left and right sock (why?).

Instructions are in seven languages. The claim that "Previously unthinkable, this tool is now writing needlework history" and the promise that "usual wool consumption is reduced by almost half", nearly had me in hysterics. It's a wonderful curiosity, but I ain't chucking out my Victorian sock machine or even my double pointed needles just yet!
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