This landed in my mailbox last week:
(The book, not the kitty.)
This is a review copy of Knitting Ephemera: A Compendium of Articles, Useful and Otherwise, for the Edification and Amusement of the Handknitter by Carol J. Sulcoski. Published by Sixth&Spring Books, it is due out on February 17, 2016.
What is “ephemra?” The dictionary definition:
- anything short-lived or ephemeral.
- ephemera, items designed to be useful or important for only a short time, especially pamphlets, notices, tickets, etc.
So . . . did you ever wonder how WEBS managed to snag the domain yarn.com? This book has the answer. Do you need to put your hands on a list of celebrity knitters from Hollywood’s Golden Age? This book’s got it. Why is an afghan called an afghan? The answer lies within the covers of this handy volume.
I am in awe. I cannot begin to comprehend how Carol researched this book, let alone wrote it. It is crammed full of trivia, lists, definitions, tips, historical references, et cetera, et cetera. I would also like to applaud the individual who did the page layouts.
I have been spending a lot of time reading through Knitting Ephemera. You could start at the beginning and just read your way through. (Easy to do: this nice hardcover book is a neat little size, 8″ x 5″, so you can pop it in your bag and take it with you, and it has a ribbon bookmark built in to the binding so you can easily mark your place.) You can also open it at random and start reading and become instantly immersed.
So on February 17, run don’t walk to your nearest book seller and grab a copy of this book as soon as it hits the shelves. You might want to buy two copies so you can give one to the knitter on your gift list.
“Prior to the 17th century, the merino industry was so important in Spain that exporting a merino sheep was an offense punishable by death.”