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Winners! And Wool People 6 Is Making Me Crazy

Dear Kay,

Wow wow wow. So many books! Thanks to all for sharing what you’re reading right now. I find all this totally fascinating.

There are five randomly chosen winners in our contest; wish I could be Oprah and give away 360 copies of Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting. Here are the books these folks are reading. Does it get any more ecumenical than this?

JULES M.: I am reading a book called Do-It-Yourself-Therapy, I kid you not. It was a gift from my sister, is she trying to tell me something?


HELENE WILLIAMS: I’ve got a stack of 7 books that I’m reviewing—not sure if they’ll all be read/written about on time! Current title in my hand is Bound in Venice, by Alessandro Marzo Magno—non-fiction about publishing in the 15th and 16th centuries, when Venice was the center of the book world. Hundreds of wonderful tidbits about the people, the time, and the place. Ah, Venice! (But now, a couple of rows on a shawl. . . .)


LISA O: I’m always reading more than one book at a time! Currently it’s Allegiant by Victoria Roth (Divergent Series) and The Yarn Whisperer by Clara Parkes. I’d love to read this new book . . .


KAREN IN MCLEAN: Red Strangers, by Elizabeth Huxley, is in my lap at night. This book is a must read for authors as Huxley has recounted the colonization of Kenya from the perspective of some of the Kikuyu tribe (still in Kenya according to recent travelers), starting with the occasional visit by a trader. Even the tempo of life is captured, much like the slow tempo of Middlemarch, another village’s story. I should feel like I should apologize for rattling on, but no such luck—it is a great book and has been reprinted. Cheers to all.


DIANE: I’m reading The Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Ehrlich, along with Molecular Biology for Dummies (I’m not kidding). A knitting book would make a great triumvirate, don’t ya think?

In knitting news, I am having my regular bout of euphoria over the arrival of a new volume of Brooklyn Tweed’s Wool People. In this Book Six, Jared Flood’s photographs are somehow even more atmospheric than ever.


Go linger with the look book. The Shawangunks have never looked so painterly, so shawangunky. The designers in this issue are a mix of favorites and names new to me. Just when I think I know so much, I find a whole new human designing cool stuff, like Dianna Walla.



I totally bit and bought Carol Feller’s Carpino. And just in time: there’s a batch of Madeline Tosh Sock, colorway Ink, that is sorely overdue for its destiny. Of course, I was a skein short, so as with all stashbusting projects, I had to go buy more.



[Edited to add!] PS So funny: I thought I’d never seen the patterns of Dianna Walla, but the fact is, I’ve already MADE half of one of her patterns, the sublime Pine Bough Cowl. I need to finish this cowl right NOW. It’s so great.

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  1. Oh, the cables. they are everywhere. I, however, find myself falling for Svalbard. Would it be so wrong to abandon a second glove and several Christmas projects to dive into a new project that requires buying yarn, since nothing in my stash is quite right?

  2. Thank you, Ann–you made me Laugh Out Loud. Xo

  3. So. Kay. Do you occasionally head over to Brooklyn and hang with Jared in one of the cool cocktail bars like Clover Club (Ryan makes a mean Corba’s Fang) or Maison Premiere and knit stuff? ’cause that would be fun, i think. Or maybe Jared goes UWS and you pick up Knishes at Zabar’s or catch some jazz at Dizzy’s? Heck, i wish i got to NYC a bit more often…sigh.

  4. Sigh… Wool People… definitely drool worthy. I am very fond of the patterns that come out of Brooklyn Tweed’s publications and designers. Alas, four small children and a yarn stash that needs to be downsized keep me from all the knitting I’d like to do. Someday… Also awaiting the day when they come out with a whole booklet of children’s patterns to drool over.

    • Armchair knitting is every bit as fun as literal knitting, in my opinion. Easier and cheaper, too . . .

  5. oh! That Pine Bough Cowl. Queued.

  6. Well the rest of the post and the link to the pine bough cowl made up for the fact that I didn’t win. Again. Well, almost.

    • I am loving this pine bough cowl SO MUCH. Makes you feel clever but it’s just not that hard.

  7. My queue keeps growing! Sometimes it’s fulfilling just to look at the myriad of cool projects I have to look forward to. Carpino and the pine bough cowl have been moved to the top . . .


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