This Christmas, the two favorite men in my life, my Dad & my Fiance, updated my stash of knitting books. My Dad went straight to my Amazon wish list and got me the three books on the right.
Knitting America details the history of sticks and yarn on our homeland, along with photographic eye-candy and 20 patterns too! I'll be reading it to sleep for many a night. Afterward, it'll grace my coffee table.
Cat Bordhi's New Pathways for Sock Knitters is more than a sock pattern book - it's a sock ARCHITECTURE book that borders on revolutionary. It shall inspire my next sock project - maybe EVERY sock project.
Nicky Epstein's Knitting Beyond the Edge, like the first two in her series, has beautifully photographed knitting swatches of unique designs to get the creative juices flowing. Though it contains some strange neck ruffle patterns, I can see how applying them on something else will be fabulous, like on purses, home decor, or girly baby sweaters. My favorite chapter is 'Closures' which has the most gorgeous button bands ever.
My fiance did a little research to find me the two books on the left. America's Knitting Book by Gertrude Taylor is a nice 1968 vintage encyclopedia of knitting techniques. Though I've only glanced through it, it looks like it has a little of everything, from learning how to knit, to designing stitch patterns and sleeve caps.
Last and definitely not least, behold the golden tome of many knitters - The Principles of Knitting by June Hiatt! This out-of-print book can set you back a couple hundred bucks for a decent copy, so it's only for the truly dedicated. Luckily our local library carries it, so I've had it on loan for over two years. I only had to mentioned once to him that I wish I could afford my own copy, so for Christmas, not only did he find me a MINT copy...
...it's also SIGNED by the author herself! OK, it's not addressed to me, but still!
For his handmade gift, I designed and knit him a top-down cabled hat in a bouncy smooth merino, Emmanuella by Goddess Yarns. After he donned it, I found a few improvements to make, so I'm going to rip the edge and rework it.
From building me a knitting machine workstation to giving me one of the most expensive books ever, my fiance is a knitter's dream come true. I shall knit for him as long as we both shall live!