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Books with double the fun!

I love my job! I have the pleasure of finding books at Knit Picks.  Today is double exciting because we have new books to share and it's book sale time! With 40% off it's hard to resist!  Here are some knitting, crocheting and tatting books that have caught my eye!

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Knit Free-Sole Socks by Anna Zilboorg
Podcast Episode 223: Getting Out of Your Knitting Comfort Zone

This week, Kelley expresses her gratitude for knitting and how it adapts to whatever you need it to be in your life. Whether you are looking for comfort, a distraction or a challenge, you can turn to knitting no matter where life takes you. In recent years, Kelley has found knitting as a comfort in her life and in this episode, she shares how she is ready to get out of her knitting comfort zone in order to search out new challenges and take on new techniques. Hear more about Kelley's knitting goals in addition to which techniques she is looking forward to trying out. Next, Kelley reviews a DVD from Anna Zilboorg in which she shows how to work her ingenious technique for socks that allows worn soles to be reknitted as often as needed in addition to a few other books to help inspire your own knitting goals. Finally, Kelley catches you up on her currents WIPs and what she has planned for her upcoming projects. Reviewed Books & DVDs: Knit Free-Sole Socks by Anna Zilboorg (DVD) 150 Scandinavian Motifs by Mary Jane Mucklestone Knitting Counterpanes by Mary Walker Phillips 3 easy ways to listen...

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The Light Basics Collection is Truly Timeless

Oh how I LOVE Kerin's new Light Basics collection. I can very clearly remember the minute we unpacked all of the knit samples in the office. As each garment came out we all reached out to touch the beautiful, springy fabric of each garment. I definitely gave the Light Basics Pullover an extra squeeze and even a little hug to with a big grin on my face because that Capretta (as I've said before) just knits up into SUCH A GORGEOUS fabric! Each piece in this collection is designed to be a simple, easy to knit and timeless addition to your wardrobe.

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Podcast Episode 220 – Books Galore

In this week's podcast, Kelley reports from Canada to chat about one of her favorite topics: books! If you need a dose of inspiration for those last few days of our epic book sale (40% off, how can you resist!?) or are simply looking to try a new technique, Kelley is more than happy to spark your curiosity as she shares a few of her most recent favorite titles along with in-depth reviews and project highlights. Finally, Kelley catches you up with projects that are on her needles. Reviewed Books: Classic Knits by DK Publishing The Art of Seamless Knitting by Simona Merchant-Dest & Faina Goberstein Light & Layered Knits by Vicki Square Metropolitan Knits by Melissa Wehrle 3 easy ways to listen...

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Reversible Basics

Every once in a while there are still overcast mornings and chilly evenings this far into the summer months. I'm always packing a light sweater or shawl in my bag that I've either taken off after things warm up a bit or because I'm ready to pop one on during dinner or in a frigid movie theater. Quenna Lee's Reversible Basics is a whole collection of knits perfect for layering even in July! Each garment features a delightfully simple silhouette with sweet details.

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Simple Crocheting by Erika Knight

A calming neutral color palette, stunning photography and gorgeously simple projects - I'm not sure which of these qualities drew me to this book first, but I instantly knew that Simple Crocheting by Erika Knight needed to have a home on my bookshelf asap. Highlighting the wide range of finished fabrics and textures, you'll find everything from chic accessories like fingerless mitts, shawls, and jewerly to home decor and even a cardigan.

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Book review of Knitting Hats & Mittens from Around the World

As knitters we are so lucky to enjoy a craft that has cultural influences from so many different parts of the world. And because people depended on knit items for their survival in colder climates. Ingenuity and necessity have been the catalysts for knit styles and techniques that we are familiar to us today.In Knitting Hats and Mittens from Around the World, Donna Druchunas has gathered a fascinating collection of accessories designed by a variety of designers and inspired by our global knitting heritage.

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The Sock Knitter’s Handbook

I love books that are already spiralbound if nothing else because I don’t have to make a trip to Kinkos to have it spiral bound. I guess spiral binding is a sign of my respect for a book in some sort of weird way that I really don’t want to examine too closely.     The Sock Knitter’s Handbook by Charlene Schurch and Beth Parrott is one of those kind of knitting books. Not a pattern book but it will definitely get you heading towards your sock yarn stash whether you are just beginning to explore the pleasures of knitting socks or you’ve got a few dozen in your sock drawer. 

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Knitting Scarves from Around the World

Every knitter appreciates our craft’s heritage but exploring all of those traditions is certainly daunting. On the other hand, just reading the history of sweaters like ganseys, Fair Isle, Norwegian, Cowichan and other fiber reflections of culture somehow doesn’t seem like quite enough. Thanks to Kari Cornell, you can use what I think is a brilliant way to blend samplers, utilitarians items and heritage into completely approachable projects - scarves!Sometimes I am blown away by the way such a simple concept can be so brilliant! Think about it, scarves have been providing warmth, comfort, or decoration to both men and women almost as long as human civilization has existed. So says Donna Druchunas at the very beginning of her introduction to Knitting Scarves from Around the World. Then she goes on to appeal to my love of knitting history focusing on head and neck coverings. All the way back to 2900 B.C. and all around the world including Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, Rome on up through seventeenth century Croatian soldiers, King Charles II of England and the aeronautical scarves of Amelia Earhart, Howard Hughes and WWI’s “Red Baron”.

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