Sunday, September 7, 2008

The books we love

Our replacement program, which was put together on about 50 hours' notice, featured various guild members showing off their knitting creations and the books that inspired them. The initial idea for the program came from Ellen and was refined by Debra. And it was a surprisingly good program.

Linda W. spoke about Katia and other books that she enjoys as sources for knitting children's clothing. As we guild members all know, Linda W. has the best-dressed grandchildren in the Atlanta Metro Area. Linda F. knit a kilim pillow (top photo) based on ideas she got from a kilim rug coffee table book. Linda F. also designs her own garments, and recommends Designing Knitwear as a good resource. Ellen was a total stitch as she talked about Knitting Lace Triangles and Victorian Lace Today. The magic of blocking couldn't turn the red lace triangle scarf into a shawl. (photo left) Elyse gives Victorian Lace Today a thumbs up and also recommends Knitting Little Luxuries. Elizabeth loves both The Opinionated Knitter and Mason-Dixon Knitting. It is amazing how Elizabeth Zimmermann's Baby Surprise Jacket pattern can still set a room full of knitters buzzing. Our Librarian, Lois, recommends Beyond Wool by Candace Eisner Strick for its good pattern support and information about natural fibers such as angora, mohair, and qiviut. Debra showed off her Mardi Gras cardigan from a very early (read: out-of-print, expensive, impossible to find) Alice Starmore book. (photo right) Debra also sang the praises of Alice Starmore's Book of Fair Isle Knitting. Arlene showed off her Malabrigo squares from 365 Knitting Stitches a Year. Those are part of a knit-along and will eventually become an afghan. And Jolie showed a couple sculptural scarves from Knitting New Scarves. That constituted a nice range of knitting interests. And Diana (coral top in photos) did a lovely job as "Vanna," helping to display the knitted items so that the whole room could see and enjoy.

More photos will be available in the members' section of the Atlanta Knitting Guild website.

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