My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


More Swedish Knitting Books

Wouldn’t you know it? I forget to include the best of the Swedish-language Swedish knitting books when I was talking about books about traditional Swedish knitting yesterday.


This is a fabulous little book — also sent to me by Johanne (hej Johanne!). Lots of great illustrations and charts.


I briefly mentioned Bohus knitting yesterday — I’ve also got a Swedish-language book on Bohus, courtesy of Johanne.


Karen mentioned a few other books on Swedish and Scandivnavian knitting:

The Mitten Book by Inger & Ingrid Gottfridsson.


Knitting in the Nordic Tradition by Vibeke Lind.


And Nordic Knitting by Susanne Pagoldh.

As you can see, I have the first two of those books mentioned. I did own Nordic Knitting by Susanne Pagoldh but I loaned it to someone years ago who never returned it and subsequently disappeared. I’d replace it, but the prices for it that I’ve seen are all pretty high. I’ve managed to live without it for several years, so I think I’ll survive. 😉

As Karen pointed out in her comment, the last two books mentioned are about Nordic knitting, not just Swedish.

I’ve got more. 🙂

The Complete Book of Traditional Scandinavian Knitting by Sheila McGregor has a chapter on Swedish knitting, and lots of charted out motifs.


And of course I have Alice Starmore’s Scandinavian Knitting, which, in my opinion, is not one of her better books. But it has a few nice things in it.


Marjorie asked:
What do you think of “Scandinavian Knitting Designs” by Pauline Chatterton? The book has wonderful charts of all sorts of motifs, but the patterns are not so great (pillows!–not the sort of thing I’d knit). I’ve put the motifs into small projects (gloves).

I haven’t seen that book. But I will soon. I ordered a used copy today from an Amazon third-party seller. Hee hee.

Now I’ve got a number of books on Norwegian knitting, but I’m always on the look-out for books on Swedish Knitting.

This Cracks Me Up

The sign posted on one of two dumpsters (yep, we got two of them now!) parked outside our office suite:


I know what it says, but when I look at it I see “White Trash Only.” Hee hee hee! Yep, I’m childish like that.

In a couple of weeks my office is moving into temporary quarters so our current space can undergo a long-overdue renovation. We are being exhorted to throw away as much stuff as possible. Quite cathartic, that.

Lucy Sez


I know I’m not supposed to be up on the table but I need to keep a look-out for baby chicks.

We’re over $12,000, guys! Have a great weekend!


  1. I love the book show and tell!! Now, if I could find a Japanese translation book for knitting. I have several gorgeous books full of all sorts of knitting patterns in Japanese – and no way to make them. **weeps**

    YAY!! $12,000 rocks!

  2. I could have owned Knitting in the Nordic Tradition in what I’ve paid in library fines by not letting go. I love that book. 🙂

    Thanks for your reviews! They’re greatly appreciated.

  3. cute pic of Lucy, her shadow looks like a crown

  4. that Lucy has a one track mind…how about a nice box of peeps for her? 🙂

  5. It’s not just you. Before I even read your comments re: the dumpster pic, “White Trash…” was how I’d read it, too.

    I think your mind will just put things the way it thinks they’re supposed to be when we see it different than what we expect. It’s why we can read over typos so often w/o noticing them.

  6. Love the book reviews……and the scope….yep, I read it white trash too!….oopsy…….and where are the knitted chicks for Lucy?……anyone?….could be yummy stuffed with catnip!!

  7. That’s one of the cutest photos of Lucy! aawwww

  8. Maybe your Swedish friends can find a couple of newer books for you:
    Anita Gunnars, Vantar mössar sockor och sjalar (ICA, 2001) – a nice collection of designs based on traditional motifs.
    Celia Dackenberg, Sparat: Små stickade kläder från vår barndom (Prisma. 1996) — memories of the author’s childhood and wonderful baby and children’s knitted garment patterns. Celia also wrote Ylle och bläck (wool and ink) – garments designed on handknits worn or described by various Swedish writers. It’s a lot of text and not so much knitting but of interest if one can read Swedish.

  9. I agree–one of Lucy’s most attractive pictures. Even without the chicks!

  10. hi – new commenter – love your norwegian books! I just completed my first colorwork (ez’s mitten) it’s still in progress but now I”m Loving Fair Isle!! I was so afraid at first and now it seems to silly to me that i was. It opens so much opportunities!

    (oh and I so thought it was White Trash too haaha!)

  11. My cats do the same thing and when you catch them they shoot you that, “OMG How did I get here?”

  12. We are doing a move at our office for the same reason – we get to bring one box and our computer. We too are being encouraged to purge – everything we don’t take will be put into “some sort” of storage but they don’t know where.

  13. Pretty Princess Lucy. A very regal shot of her.

    I just looked on and there is a Nordic Knitting book there for $44.50 of course there are copies that cost more too ($50 – $75). I’m not sure if that high or low for that book, but I thought I’d throw that out there.

  14. Hee. I read the sign on the trash as ‘White Trash’ as well. 😉

    A question: How hard is it to use the Swedish language books? Are they just something you look at the pictures in? Or can you (with a Swedish-English dictionary at hand) do some translations for patterns? It’s been at least 15 years since any of my Swedish lessons (growing up in Little Sweden USA with a Swedish 4th grade teacher got us a few of those), but I know of a few knitting patterns written in Swedish that I’d love to try out.

  15. Oooh, a renovation! Maybe they can make it so your office isn’t so cold all the time! Wouldn’t that be novel =)

  16. Have you ever read “Swedish Twined Knitting”? I tried the technique on a pair of mittens just to give it a whirl. It was rather fun! Made for a pair of VERY sturdy mittens, too 😉

  17. Hey, those chicks Carol found are really cute, Wendy. You better hurry and order some! Please give her Royal-cross-eyed-Highness a smooch for me.

  18. I saw “white trash” first, also! The Mitten Book is one of my favorites in my “library”. The patterns are good for all sorts of projects, socks, mittens, sweaters. Poor Lucy, she’s being so patient waiting for her chicks.

  19. I’m totally fascinated with twined knitting myself right now and the embroidery that goes on it. Another blog I read “Dances with Wool” has done some awesome work that got me totally inspired.

  20. Given your lace-knitting expertise I was wondering if you could please help? I’m stuck on a line of knitting instruction which states
    *K3, p2sso, K3* and repeat etc
    How do you pass 2 slipped stitches over if you haven’t already slipped them?
    It’s from a Knitpicks pattern, Sweet Mary Jane (a lace jacket) by Celeste Culpepper, which is no longer listed on their site. And I can’t find an errata page either.
    I can’t make the number of stitches at the beg and end of the row fit into the number of repeats (assuming I’m decreasing by 2st each repeat). The lace repeats have been in multiples of 9.
    I’ve emailed Knitpicks and the blog a creative spirit (only blogger I could find who was knitting this pattern) and can only hope for an answer. But I’m stuck!! It’s so frustrating as the pattern was coming along beautifully and surprisingly fast. Karma.

  21. Wendy,

    Forgive me if you’ve received this question before, but since you’re such an avid Starmore fan, I’m wondering if you have a favorite book that she’s written.


  22. Reading some of the comments and what is Swedish twined knitting? I’m stuck in Canada’s capital awaiting a nice cold winter and I’m looking for ideas for nice warm mittens…Any suggestions?

  23. I have the book “Scandinavian Knitting Designs” by Pauline Chatterton and it’s fabulous. It’s not flashy, but it’s loaded with great charted patterns.