Monday, March 12, 2007

Used book stores rule

We have a great set of used book stores in the Cincinnati area called Half Price books.. its a small chain. And you know when you go in, you're not going to get out without spending some money. And Saturday was no exception.

They had a decent selection of knitting books, but I have a soft spot for older knitting books. I found this set:



It's the Complete Book of Tradition Knitting by Rae Compton, The Complete Book of Traditional Aran Knitting by Shelagh Hollingworth, and the Complete Book of Traditional Fair Isle Knitting by Sheila McGregor. They date from the early 80s.. but they are wonderful books. They are packed with pictures, history, stitch patterns, traditional techniques, and traditional patterns. They were each $5-$6. The Traditional Knitting one gives the history of knitting, and then visits each country and what type of knitting was important for it.

And I also found this:



It's the Handknitter's Handbook by Montse Stanley. I can see this becoming my new knitting bible. It has everything I ever need to know about knitting.. every cast on I have ever wondered about, steeking, colorwork, blocking, seaming, etc. It's jammed packed with a ton of stuff. For $6. A great find.

And my Danica scarf is slowly rounding homeplate.. I'm about halfway through the last ball of yarn. Hopefully Ill be posting a FO pic soon!

2 comments:

Babs said...

Lucky find! I managed to find both the Fair Isle and the Traditional books, but not the Aran one. Brief word of warning about the handbook: I've heard that it does contain mistakes and bad ideas, so, whatever. Be cautious!

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