In review

Here are 10 titles of knitting, crocheting, dyeing fiber, a child’s book and couple of fiber novels, for you to peruse this summer.
Knitting:
Knitting 24/7  by Veronik Avery 
She has broken the book up into segments of projects that are organized by a.m., p.m. and weekend, defining our wardrobes. These three categories include 30 patterns.

Knitting Nell by Julie Jersild Roth a child’s book. Nell is a tween with a passion for knitting. She is friendly and a good listener besides being a prolific knitter.

Knit Kimono by Vicki Square 18 designs Five rectangles make up the simple shape of the kimono. Finished dimensions are given that you can easily transfer, to crochet these rectangles. The finished items are stylish and fit all body types.

The Stitch Collection by Debbie O’Neil Sterling publication It is a collection of stitches, 5 books in a boxed set. Book 1 covers Knit & Purl, 2 is Rib, 3 is Lace, 4 Cables and 5 is Specialty stitches. The books size is approximately 5 x 8 1/2 inches. Take one or all five of the books with you in your knitting bag.

Toe-Up 2-at-a Time Socks by Melissa Morgan-Oakes For this method you will need 40-inch circular needles. The pictures and her words make this a breeze to learn.

Crochet:
 “Crochet Lace Innovations”.by Doris Chan overs the less popular forms of crochet including broomstick lace (aka: Jiffy-lace, peacocks eye or birdseye), Hairpin lace and Tunisian lace. These alternative crochet techniques are covered in a step-by-step tutorial through words and photos. 

  Around the corner Crochet Borders is Edie Eckman’s latest book. The book was published by Storey in paperback This book contains 150 different crochet borders and trims. Everyone is unique and fun. I enjoyed flipping through all of the detailed frames.Each border walks you through the 90-degree, right angles with instructions as well as charts.

Fiber novels:
World without end by Ken Folett equal to The Pillars of the Earth. Ken Follett wrote these historical fiction novels 18 years apart. The story picks up 200 yrs later in Kingsbridge, England, from 1327 – 1361, during medieval times. The characters are well developed and there are a few plot lines that weave themselves through the 1000+ pages. If you haven’t read Pillars of the Earth don’t let that stop you from reading this book. Get aquainted with the fiber guild of the time.

A Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber The story takes place in Seattle, at a fictious local yarn shop called “A Good Yarn”. The yarn shop is a new venture for Lydia Hoffman, a single 30-year-old woman starting a new chapter in her life. “Maybe because knitting gave me (Lydia) a sense of action, of doing something. I didn’t know what tomorrow held, but with a pair of needles…and a ball of yarn…,I was confident I could handle whatever lay ahead.”

Dyeing fiber:
Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece by Gail Callhan She starts off the book with the materials and set up required to dye fleece and or fiber. Gail stresses this process doesn’t require a lot of space or equipment, and most people will be comfortable working in their kitchen’s.

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