We’ve added some new titles you should definitely hunt down and check out! Look for them in the Main Stacks on the 5th floor, in the TT 820’s call number range.
Alasdair Post-Quinn, Extreme Double-Knitting: New Adventures in Reversible Color Work (2011)
Gwen Steege, The Knitter’s Life List (2011)
Julie Turjoman, Brave New Knits: 26 Projects and Personalities from the Knitting Blogosphere (2010)
Mandy Moore, Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti (2008)
Margaret Radcliffe, Circular Knitting Workshop (2012)
And on the 4th floor, visit the Reference Stacks to see — Vogue Knitting Knitopedia: The Ultimate A to Z for Knitters (2011). Not a huge coffee-table compendium, this book is a good, basic overview of knitting topics, with brief entries and excellent illustrations. Clearly aimed at today’s knitters, it talks about trending topics like entrelac, covers podcasts, and has brief (one-page) essays by many of today’s big names — the podcasters, authors and teachers you meet at conferences. I do have one gripe with this book. Not to sound crabby, but the text is very tiny and way too light. Who is the audience? Many potential buyers of this book, who might want it as a reference, are of (shall we say) a certain age where readability is more of a factor than price. But that’s enough ranting….
No time to read a book? Our good friend Beth reminds us that the Library now subscribes to Interweave Knits magazine. Look for the latest issue at the Periodicals desk on the 6th floor.
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
Our good friend Paul just alerted us to a wonderful resource for knitting manuals from the late 19th and early 20th century. If you like old pattern books, you have to check out the Richard Rutt Collection at the Winchester School of Art Library. Rutt is a scholar and former bishop who wrote A History of Hand Knitting (1987) and then donated his research collection to the University of Southampton. The books are full text, cover to cover, and are publicly available as downloadable PDFs. A real treasure trove!
What is in the collection? As long as you’re still here reading, allow me to quote from the VADS site:
“A particular distinction and strength of Richard Rutt’s collection is the range and number of nineteenth century knitting books first published in the 1830s. These Victorian knitting manuals may be considered as the precursors to the contemporary knitting pattern and the ‘how-to-knit’ books that are still being published over 180 years later. This collection has now been digitised and each book has been copied from cover to cover by the University of Southampton’s Digitisation Unit and are available online via the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS)”
Oh, and while you’re at it, check out what else VADS has on the site. There are some gorgeous collections of images in textiles and the graphic arts.