This month's website is by knitting expert Beth Brown-Reinsel. She has some great information, techniques and patterns for all of you interested in knitting traditions and you'll find plenty of useful and interesting stuff about Scandinavian knitting as well as other culture's knitting heritage.
If you love Rowan yarns and the designers who do such great things with them this website (we've picked their news update section) is a great resource for keeping abreast of the action.
Arne and Carlos are currently flavour of the month on the Norwegian knitting scene. They have loads of You Tube videos and also do podcasts and live online Q&A sessions. The video link here refers to the Norwegian horror of dominant colours, nothing to do with the shades you pick but all about creating multi-coloured fabric where all the stitches are the same size and tension to create a beautiful smooth fabric. A tad obsessive but fun to watch and informative too.
Traditional Scandinavian Knitting by Sheila Macgregor (Dover Press) Paperback Edition
An expert on traditional Scandinavian knitting explains the distinctive craft's origins, its various types, and knitting techniques in this classic guide. Sheila McGregor's in-depth treatment ranges from the regional styles of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark to those of the North Atlantic Islands of Faeroe and Iceland. Vibrant patterns for an array of garments include jerseys, gloves and mittens, stockings, and caps.
Illustrated with 191 black-and-white and 20 color pictures, this volume is well known and prized among longtime practitioners of the craft. Its return to print will delight a new generation of knitting enthusiasts.
The Knitters Handbook by Montse Stanley
You may have to hunt for this book second hand (there are always some available on Amazon). The bible for any knitter who likes to turn a page rather than flick a switch, it is a comprehensive, clearly illustrated and absolutely authoritative hardback about all aspects of knitting. A bit old fashioned in its presentation, but what it lacks in glamour it makes up for with substance, For the knitter who wants to learn more!
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