Busy week for knitters! Last weekend was the New York Sheep & Wool Festival at Rhinebeck, and this weekend there is Stitches East at the Hartford Convention Center in CT. I missed the first, but am definitely headed up to Hartford for a day of breathing in the fiber fumes at the market.
In the meantime, and for those who like to do a little traveling closer to home, here is a quick browse through the FIT Library stacks on the 5th floor. Many of the “fiber arts” type books are generally in the TT820-TT825 section. Yes, I know there are many exceptions — don’t get me started on the vicissitudes of Library of Congress Classification! — but this is a great place to begin. Anyway, since one of the real pleasures of my job is to buy books for the FIT collection that I’d actually want to read or use myself, here are some recent additions that make me want to reach for the needles. They range from the social/historical to the practical, from fiber to finished design, from clothing and accessories to yarn bombs and cute li’l critters. Check ‘em out and have fun exploring.
The Culture of Knitting — Joanne Turney, 2009
Fiber Gathering: Knit, Crochet, Spin and Dye… Inspired by America’s Festivals — Joanne Seiff, 2009
In the Loop: Knitting Now — Jessica Hemmings, 2010
The Knitted Odd-Bod Bunch: 35 Unique and Quirky Knitted Creatures — Donna Wilson, 2009
The Knitter’s Book of Wool — Clara Parkes, 2009
Knitwear Design Workshop: A Comprehensive Guide to Handknits — Shirley Paden, 2009
Luxe Knits: The Accessories — Laura Zukaite, 2010
Modern Top-down Knitting — Kristina McGowan, 2010
Noro: Meet the Man Behind the Legendary Yarn — Cornelia Hamilton Tuttle, 2009
Norwegian Handknits: Heirloom Designs from Vesterheim Museum — Sue Flanders & Janine Kosel, 2009
Sweater Quest: My Year of Knitting Dangerously — Adrienne Martini, 2010
Urban Knits — Simone Werle, 2011