Lovely new knitting books

I have two current favorite knitting books:

Green Gables Knits

“Inspired by the beloved children’s classic, Anne of Green Gables, this collection of eight patterns includes knits for ages 12 to adult and includes garments and accessories for teens, women, and men. Each pattern is accompanied by quotes from the novel alongside a selection of L. M. Montgomery’s personal photographs from Prince Edward Island. This work is published in collaboration with The Heirs of L. M. Montgomery, Inc.”

I love that Joanna Johnson went straight to the source and connected with the L. M. Montgomery family. I’ve been to Prince Edward Island to the lovely house that the book was inspired by, and walked through the haunted woods (which sadly don’t look so haunted in the summer of course!) you can even take a carriage ride along the property. They have an amazing gift shop there, and I  hope this book is sitting in stacks next to the many other books they have in the shop.

The Diana hat reminds me of Raspberry Cordial which is just kind of perfect, and Anne with an E has a very lovely cardigan. Joanna’s books introduced me to Brown Sheep yarn which is just really quiet lovely for knitted garments, and often used by her, its a very affordable yarn and has a lovely heather and natural texture. The “Patterns for kindred sports” is just perfect and the style of the book is spot on.


Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary 

“Stitch dictionaries are to knitters what Webster’s is to a writer. Within the pages of these inspiring reference books are the endless variations of knit and purl stitches that produce the fabrics of all knitting. But in the Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary, designer Wendy Bernard does something no other author has done before— she presents instructions for working 150 popular stitch patterns four different ways: top down, bottom up, back and forth, and in the round.”

This is basically a huge time-saver and something I’ve wanted for ages. A delightful book from the lovely Wendy Bernard, and I of course had to cast on for something straight away (with some lovely Bugga I acquired at Maryland Sheep & Wool last month). I am betting many knitting-authors are thinking “Why didn’t I think of this first!” so terribly clever and useful. There are also a few lovely patterns to accompany the book like a little extra treat or desert.

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