Friday, February 05, 2010

My Wish List

Lately I have been ogling some knitting books that I can't afford and I think might really only be coffee table books but I am not sure...
(Got me to thinking about ogle too. Not our friend Kim but the word ogle:

Pronunciation [oh-guhl] verb, o-gled, o-gling, noun
–verb (used with object)
1. to look at amorously, flirtatiously, or impertinently.
2. to eye; look or stare at.
–verb (used without object)
3. to look amorously, flirtatiously, or impertinently.

4. to look or stare.
5. an amorous, flirtatious, or impertinent glance or stare.

1670–80; appar. < D, freq. (see -le ) of oogen to make eyes at, deriv. of oog eye (cf. LG oegeln, G √§ugeln)

Well I have certainly been eyeing these books but I don't know about the amorous part....

Norwegian Handknits: Heirloom Designs from Vesterheim Museum

Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, Iowa, is one of the premiere centers for Norwegian-American heritage in the United States. As such, it houses one of the country’s most extensive collections of the textiles and handknits that have woven ties between Norwegian communities in America and the Old World, between today’s culture and a rich past. This book collects thirty patterns for handknits from Vesterheim—folk mittens, socks, scarves, hats, wristers, handbags, knapsacks, and sweaters—all inspired by traditional knits housed in the museum. With an introduction reflecting on the history of Norwegian-style knitting and the stories behind the handknits that inspired the patterns, the book is at once a practical guide, a repository of cultural history, and a lovely look at one of the rich traditions knit into the American fabric. I have not seen this book but it sure looks intriguing.

Or Swedish Knits:

Classic and Modern Designs in the Scandinavian Tradition

Booklist says: Knitting fanatics (and, yes, Scandinavian residents) Hammerskog and Wincent impart their vast know-how to those stitchers both with and without experience. What's more, their how-tos act as a foundational resource, providing anyone the basic building blocks of the craft, from the actual knit and purl routine and types of yarn to more than 50 pictured/swatched stitches (cable, lace, edgings, and the like). . . . Yet another reason to fall in love with Scandinavia.

Or this beauty-The Haapsalu Shawl by Siiri Reimann & Aime Edasi

The blurb on the book says it's
A glorious, coffee-table size book of knitted lace, Estonia and a binding love between the two. Not a simple pattern book, and certainly not a project book, but a time capsule into a far off world where the soul of a people is captured in the hands that guide the needles to create the indigenous patterns of a rich heritage. The photography capturing this world is rich and the drawings and charts make the techniques and patterns close to a hands-on learning experience.

Again I haven't actually seen this book but it sure makes me want too...

Talk to you sooner rather than later,

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world. - Buddha

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