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Literary knits: The best of Jane Austen. A book review

Literary knits: The best of Jane Austen. A book review

Do you enjoy knitting and reading? If you are a fan of Jane Austen and an avid knitter, you will love this beautiful book. "The Best of Jane Austen Knits: 27 Regency-Inspired Designs", edited by Amy Clarke Moore is a gorgeous collage of beautiful knitting patterns. Stunning photographs and information about Jane Austen and her time and life provide the reader with a real sense of living history. Of particular interest to yarn and fibre enthusiasts is information on yarns, knitting and dressmaking in Regency England. The book is beautifully styled, with great attention to detail. It truly evokes a time and place when beauty was more important than function.  The...

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Book Recommendations for Knitting Workshops

This winter I had the pleasure and privilege to get to know some of you a bit better through my knitting workshops in Bungendore.  It is absolutely wonderful to meet so many lovely people and to connect through a shared interest in knitting and craft. Thank you all for coming along! I brought along a few books that I find particularly useful both for beginners and for those who are very serious knitters. You have asked me to put together some book recommendation, so here they are:  Elizabeth Zimmerman "Knitting Without Tears" Elisabeth Zimmermann  (1910-1999) is widely credited for reviving knitting...

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Book Review: Vogue Knitting

Book Review: Vogue Knitting

Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book. If you are looking for a knitting book that will have all the techniques you need, information about different types of yarns and fibres, tips on how to finish your project so it looks professional and neat, information on how to care for your knitted garments, instructions on how to change patterns and design your own, then this is the book for you. The diagrams and photos are precise and helpful, the text is clear and well written. The subtitle does not lie - this is the ultimate knitting book for knitters of all levels. ...

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Fibre art and mathematics - a love relationship

It fascinates me how traditional crafts such as knitting and crochet have now become highly useful tools for our understanding of science and mathematics. Knitting actually involves a fair bit of arithmetic, from counting stitches, calculating the gauge of your tension square (that is the number of stitches and rows required to knit a 10cm square for a particular yarn), adapting a pattern to match your gauge, and if you choose to work a pattern with a different yarn than recommended in your pattern, you will need to work out just how many balls of yarn you need for your project. But the relationship goes beyond simple counting and calculations....

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Book review: The Knitter's Book of Yarn

The Knitter's Book of Yarn by Clara Parkes is for all enthusiastic 'yarnies' (yarn aficionados) and anybody else who would like to know more about the material they are working with when you knit, crochet, weave and spin. It is a very informative book that gives the reader a much better understanding of the many different types of material that can be spun into yarn, from protein fibres such as wool, mohair, cashmere, alpaca and angora to cellulose fibres (cotton, linen, hemp), cellulosic fibres (rayon, bamboo, corn) and finally to synthetic fibres (nylon, acrylics). The book discusses production and manufacturing of yarns and...

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