August 15, 2006

Upcoming Knitting Books In September 2006

Yarnplay: Colorful Techniques And Projects for the Creative Knitter by Lisa Shobhana Mason (publication date - September 15, 2006)

Knitting Projects to Make Your Own
*Fashion-forward knitted projects for anyone who loves color
*Rated by skill level, with projects for both beginners and experienced knitters
*Focuses on the use of luxurious natural yarns and experimenting with design and color

With Yarn Play, Lisa Shobhana Mason shares with readers her knitting philosophy: Learn the rules, then break them--improvise. In this engaging guide, knitters will find wearable projects and home d├ęcor projects that they can make their own, by using yarns from their own stash and by rethinking the patterns, combining yarn and scraps to make gorgeous and fashion-forward one-of-a-kind projects."

Andean Inspired Knits: Designs in Luxurious Alpaca by Helen Hamann (publication date - September 1, 2006)

Lush fiber and dazzling design are the focus of this collection of patterns inspired by pre-Columbian textiles from the culturally rich Andes in South America. Adapted for modern knitters, the ambitious designs offer eye-catching patterns, unique silhouettes, and a palette of techniques ranging from intarsia and Fair Isle to embroidery and beading. Skilled knitters will find plenty of contemporary flair in projects such as a boldly striped geometric scarf, a showy lace cardigan with ruffled trim, and a crocheted poncho embellished with beads. Photographs of the stunning Peruvian landscape and stories about the tradition of Andean craft and the vital alpaca enrich this tour of beautiful art from a beautiful country.

Knit Fix: Problem Solving for Knitters by Lisa Kartus (publication date - September 1, 2006)

Dropped and twisted stitches, too-small button holes, and mis-crossed cables are only a few of the knitting dilemmas tackled in this humorous and useful guide. Beginners and seasoned knitters alike are promised that learning from mistakes improves technique and inspires personal style—and that sometimes the best solution is just to let a mistake stand. To head off problems before they start, the sturdy, spiral-bound book explains the correct way to cast on and bind off, decipher charts, choose fibers, calculate yardage, join yarns, work with multicolor designs, and—for more experienced knitters—how to alter a finished piece or customize a pattern.

Knitting Stitches: Over 300 Contemporary and Traditional Stitches by Mary Webb (publication date - September 15, 2006)

A comprehensive stitch-resource for knitters of all ages and levels of experience.

Knitting is the new yoga. Schools hold "knit nights," while needle-clacking cowboys trade stitch secrets on Prairie Home Companion. In Boston, knitting superstar Stephanie Pearl-McPhee arrives to a frenzied crowd at a yarn store. Headlines like "Catherine Zeta-Jones Is Knitting Mad!" herald a newfound celebrity passion for the hobby. The latest statistics from the Craft Yarn Council of America show that 38 million knitters and crocheters participate in this relaxing pastime.

Knitting Stitches is a small-format, portable guide to more than 300 stitch patterns. From the most basic to the more intricate, these traditional and contemporary patterns are demonstrated in clear, colorful illustrations with concise step-by-step instructions. With the stitches grouped by kind cable, bobble and the various others -- locating a specific stitch and determining its degree of difficulty is fast and easy.

This is the perfect reference for discovering the pleasure of creating just the right pattern and texture for a knitting project. The book also includes:

Instruction charts and how to use them
A wide variety of yarns, each photographed
Gallery of stitches
Glossary of symbols and abbreviations
Knit and purl stitches
Cable stitches
Lace and bobble stitches
Twist and other stitches
Working with more than one color.
This comprehensive and handsome guide will be welcomed in any serious knitter's knitting bag.

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