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Exquisite, but not for the faint hearted
on 23 November 2010
Margaret Stove has researched knitted lace from all over the world and documents the very best traditions and techniques. She has designed some truly astonishing shawls and I stand in awe at her work.
There are no basic knitting instructions (this book is definitely not aimed at a beginner or intermediate knitter). The charts are huge. Some of the techniques are fascinating and may not have been written about anywhere else. There is a section on repairing damaged knitted lace which would be invaluable if (heaven forbid) a piece of work had a hole torn or worn.
The shawls in this book are so fine and so sophisticated I for one stand little hope of ever knitting one! (having said that, the "Rosebud Faroese" shawl looks promising for a first project, but I'll still approach it with caution, a good light and lots of patience)
The "Rata" scarf is an oblong knitted in one piece following Shetland tradition with a lovely edging and may well become my second project.
The "filmy fern shawl" is not only incredibly beautiful but it uses an ingenious method of knitting all the pointed edging continuously and then working from edges to centre. I think you should allow yourself a couple of years if you plan to tackle this, but start it well before retirement or your eyes may give out!
I was very pleased to see that details are provided of a UK supplier for the very fine yarns used in these shawls.
All in all, beautiful, delicate, intricate, airy, and ambitious! One for any good collection