Knitting plain stockinette sleeves does not make for exciting photographs.
This is the first sleeve. I’m doggedly knitting along. There is some shaping in it, so that saves it from being terminally boring, thankfully.
Traditional Swedish Knitting
Nancy J. asked:
What books would you recommend as ‘must haves’ in Scandinavian (and particularly Swedish) knitting?
Sadly, there don’t seem to be too many books on Swedish knitting around, particularly ones in English. I do have one that I love: Swedish Sweaters by Britt-Marie Christoffersson. The link takes you to Amazon where there a number of copies available for sale from third-party sellers, some at very good prices.
I bought this book new when it first came out in 1990 and have pored over it many many times since then. It has photos of 27 Swedish sweaters, museum pieces, knitted in the 1800s. The photographs are in color and are excellent and in most cases charts of the design elements are included. The book also contains 14 patterns for designs based on the historical sweaters. There are a couple of them I could see myself making, and while they are not knitted at the extremely fine gauge (some may say ‘insanely fine gauge”) of the original designs, most are knitted with sportweight or finer yarn.
Someday I may actually design a sweater using design elements from this book. Just . . . need . . . more . . . time . . .
I’ve got other books on Swedish knitting as well.
These two were sent to me by my friend Johanne, who lives in Stockholm (hej Johanne!). While the text is a bit beyond my reading comprehension, the illustrations are fabulous! I did use a traditional motif from one of these books as the inspiration for my Ingrid sweater in my book.
I also have this fabulous book on Swedish spinning, send to me by Nicole in Sweden (hey Nicole!) a couple of years ago.
Nicole kindly included English translations of bits of it.
Susan suggested Poems of Color by Wendy Keele (who is not me — heh!) as a good book on Swedish knitting. While I agree it is an excellent book, I don’t include it in my shortlist of tomes on traditional Swedish knits. Bohus knitting is something special — in a class by itself.
That reminds me . . . I do have a Bohus kit marinating in my stash . . .
Jackie at the Knitting Hutch has issued us an invitation. She writes:
I would like to extend an invitation to you and all Wendy Knits blog readers to my Virtual Holiday Open House and ‘Door Prize’ drawing.
Also, if anyone is in the Hollister, CA area on Saturday 11/25 please stop by the open house. There will be refreshments, holiday music and of course plenty of knitting.
The Knitting Hutch
Wish I could stop by in person!
Jackie is one of the prize donors in our Heifer project, by the way. Which reminds me . . . have you checked out the prize page recently? I put some new stuff up today.
This morning the total donations went over $10,000. I am verklempt. Now I’m rooting for $15,000!!!
Paws up, everyone who loves baby chicks!