Last-Minute Jolabokaflod Shopping: Books

By Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne
December 18, 2019

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  • THANK YOU for including my “Socks From the Toe Up” on your bookshelf. I am so flattered and humbled to be in among such exalted company!

    • I just want to say I have your book and it is the BEST. Great information and beautiful patterns.

    • That was one of the first pattern books I bought as a relatively new knitter. (If I remember correctly, I picked it up at the Strand while visiting New York City during spring break my junior year of college.) I’ve knit dozens of pairs of socks from it, and finally jotted down the pattern to my favorite on an index card that I keep in the project bag that lives in my purse. (Never leave home without a sock in progress is a motto that I feel the MDK team can get behind.)

  • The very first book is utterly awesome – must for anyone who wants to experiment with fairisle patterns

  • Might I suggest adding Alter Knit and The Japanese Stitch Bible to the list? I own both and they help me approach knitting in non-traditional ways (compared to the traditions I am used to). Alter Knit oozes funky and fun while The Japanese Stitch Bible shows the enormous range possible from two sticks and a piece of string, with an occasional hook thrown in there for good measure. I might also add: Cast On, Bind Off; Schurch’s Sensational Knitted Socks; Knitting Comfortably; and A Knitter’s Home Companion (that last one is perfect for curling up with on the couch when you are having a bad day). Why yes, I do have a lot of books and those are the ones not on your list that I turn to often.

    • Thank you Debbi! AlterKnit is on the list and I will take your suggestions on board!

  • I just sent the citation to everybody in my addressbook. What a glorious tradition. We will begin in our family on Christmas Eve. Usually we ignore everybody else on Christmas Day while starting our new books.

  • Kids Knit was the very first knitting book I ever purchased!

  • I did not know MDK had a Knitter’s Bookshelf!! Thank you for pointing this out to me 😉 Down the rabbit hole I go!

  • Awesome book collection!

  • Just bought Knitters Home Companion and am enjoying every bit of it. Great stories, patterns, recipes and suggestions for other books to enjoy. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.