Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by LisaLibrarian
Knittiers in Silicon Valley are coming down from the excitement of Stitches West, a knitting and crochet expo held at the Santa Clara Convention Center the last weekend in February, featuring classes, speakers, fashion shows--and lots and lots of yarn! While the library system doesn't have any yarn to offer, we do have lots of books, old and new, to inspire knitters, and to help them use the yarn they just bought. Here are a few we added this last year that I really liked.
One of my favorites is Knit Swirl, by Sandra McIver, who has created a whole new silhouette. While there are 18 patterns in the book, they all create much the same profile. Lots and lots of knitting, and a beautiful, unique garments at the end.
Of course, I may have to find time to make a few
Super-scary Mochimochi. My daughter saw the book and pointed out the ones that she especially likes. I'm not sure that I'm up for knitting the zombie graveyard, but the little witches on their brooms would be perfect for Halloween--and how can I resist the sarcophicat in his mummy wrappings?
If you've missed out on the joy of knitting, Knitting 101 may be just what you need. It covers all the basics that you'll need to know, with projects to practice the new skills you're learning. Projects become harder as you work through the book. An accompanying DVD lets you see the movements required.