Walking the streets of New York before and after a (very ill-advised) visit to the LYS, where I was welcomed as the prodigal daughter and immediately fessed up to my vicarious shopping spree at the Liberty sales (thanks to Polly’s prodigious drive to acquire yarn for the world), it occurred to me that the crowds of European tourists are getting an overly sweaty image of the natives. Everybody looks like they need a shower, a change of clothes, and a gin and tonic. Especially yours truly. I look so wilted and bedraggled I’m ashamed to give people directions. (People always ask me for directions. They can tell I’m from Nebraska and will not harm them.)
What did I buy?? Well, not having been in a yarn shop in a long, looooooong time (a couple of weeks), I was amazed to find several books I had not seen before. Who is this chick Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton?? She has a Noro book out, which is subtitled ‘Hand Knitting Collection Book Number One’, implying more books are in store. The photos were taken in Sweden. The models’ names are Ulrika, Klara, Affe, Kasper and Vendela! Unfortunately I do not have nearly enough punctuation marks on my keyboard to review this book properly. In addition to gazing dreamily at gorgeous adaptations of Noro yarn in distinctive, feminine garments modeled by big-boned Nordic beauties (my personal favorite line in the instructions is “shown in large on front cover’–when was the last time the cover garment was modeled in a Large?), you ‘will also be able to acquaint yourself with the history of Malsaker Castle in Sweden.’ What more could you want??
I have loved Noro yarns since I first saw them, but I didn’t find many good patterns for the stuff. I sort of wrote Noro off as being for knitters who are creative enough to design or adapt their own patterns. Then Debbie Bliss’ two Noro books came out, and I wanted to knit practically everything in them. This new book is another good addition I think. Due to my tragic wool allergy, I’m going to try to limit myself to the throw, which is a gorgeous, gorgeous thing in Kureyon. It will be interesting to knit because you knit the squares in three pieces from the outside in (got that?). Very Gee’s Bend (that’s an adjective in the MDK stylebook, right?), and a natural progression after experimenting with Log Cabin knitting from Lily Chin’s Urban Knitter book as tweaked by our sister Rowanette, Jill. Jill had the brilliant idea of doing each strip in a different color of Handknit DK Cotton for a baby blanket. Like the Log Cabin pattern, Cornelia T-H’s throw requires a lot of casting off and picking up, which I quite enjoy. (Just thinking about it, I’ll probably knit those squares from the inside out to avoid sewing up the blocks).
I also got the Fall Vogue featuring Darryl Hannah and her scarf obsession (‘I don’t even know how to purl’), full of newsy tidbits. My favorite is the piece on knitting/crochet as a fine art (i.e., not for clothes but for museum walls). There is a woman who knit a tent! (Sadly, sans raglans, honey.)
Other book purchases include a 2000 booklet on throws for the 85 colors of Manos del Uruguay. Not rocket science, but many variations on piecing squares together. The glorious Manos transforms some of these humble projects. If nothing else Lis can get ideas for her squirreled away Manos leftovers!
Still spit-felting away on the last few rows of Kaffe’s tumbling blocks freebie from Rowan. It looks just like the photo on the Rowan site (truly!). Thank you Rowan! Sure would be nice to get the new mag sometime this year (I saw it offered on eBay–harrumph!).
That’s my report. Still stymied on pics. Feel free to insert those helpful links. xox Kay