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  • Will MDK start linking to bookshop.org as well? Some of us have stopped using Amazon.

    • Yes, I second this.

      • I’m with you!

        • Me, too. Support independent bookstores like you support independent yarn shops. Bookshop links support local stores if you want to order onLine.

    • Booksellers actually lose by going with this company if you want to support your local bookshop buy local please many shops can order what you want, offer ship to home or curbside pick up. Disclosure: I am a bookseller.

      • Agreed. I shop at my local indie bookstore (LBS, like LYS) and can pick up at their back store, if I don’t want to go in! You can also request your local library buy a copy. Disclosure: I work in a library, but still buy the books that need to be in my collection!

        • I have knitting books I find I don’t need to have. I wonder whether my local library could accept them to stay in their collection. I live in Philadelphia, PA. I’m going to find out.

    • Hear, hear!

    • Why were my comments on Amazon and other bookstores removed from this conversation?

    • Adding my voice to this request! Amazon doesn’t need our money. If you can get out of the house, shop local bookstores. My local bookshop cheerfully orders books for me. If your budget doesn’t have room in it to buy books, use your library card!

  • Stumbled across Norah’s book just a few days ago and bought it on the spot. After maybe about 40 years, Norah hasn’t lost her touch, and is as innovative as ever. It’s a beautiful book, one of those things I love having on my shelf. As a rather simple-minded knitter, I really love her rectangle designs which are amazingly sophisticated. I can’t wait to start a couple of them. But there are plenty much fancier and more challenging designs for you crazy knitting-acrobatics people. Looking forward to checking out other books on the list, too. Thanks, Commenters, re bookstore.org. Never heard of it before!

    • This is such a wonderful round up of recommendations, thank you!! I have the Norah Gaughan book and adore it, she’s so incredibly clever. Quick question – does anyone know which book the “fine dress with stripes” pictured in the cover images is from? Is it the Raume book?

      • Maybe “Stripes” by Vera Välimäki? Just a guess.

  • Thanks for the recommendations Jillian. I want them all! Nora’s book has been on my list, but today I’m adding Lynn Stein’s. The content sounds fascinating and the cover art is fabulous.

  • P.S. I bought mine from a bookseller. I try to buy local whenever my budget permits. My thinking is that there is a certain amount of hand-in-hand benefit between the two sources. Up to a point online discount sites can feed the impulse to shop all bookstores. Of course, the reduced number of brick and mortar shops prove that discount stores always win. I am wondering if better marketing may be a help. Well-trafficked locations, cafe and gift-item departments, theme weeks, engaging staff, and so on. The world would be a poorer place without bookstores!

  • I checked out an e-copy of Nordic Knitting from our library and was blown away. I’ve been knitting for ever, I think, including color work and I learned so much that I ordered my own copy. It’s full of great tips even if you’ve been knitting for a while -like how to weave in ends in fair isle.
    Such great books here!

    • Good to know because I have too many books that are just so-so

  • Would you please add ratings for the reading level of each in your book reviews? Just like we have in Knitty?

  • Please tell me in which book I can find the pattern for the flat tote bag. Thank you.

    • That pattern is in the Modern Japanese Crochet book, Patricia.

  • Thank you for Icelandic Mittens recommendation! We are traveling to Iceland next month and I am filled with inspiration ;-D

  • Than you for all the wonderful (and diverse) recommendations, Jillian. I have purchased Kristen Drysdale’s Nordic Knitting Primer and second the observation by another commenter that there is lots of useful (even new) information for a longtime colorwork knitter. I haven’t heard of several of these titles and appreciate the introduction. I just went to Cloud Library (which one of my libraries uses) and was able to download the audiobook of “All That She Carried”.

  • I have Norah Gaughan’s new book and it was well worth the money.

    I bought ‘Worsted’ (from a online yarn store) subtitled ‘A Knitwear Collection Curated by Aimee Gille’. It has multiple patterns by well known designers and they are beautiful. All of the designs call for Corrie Worsted by La Bien Aimee, but I’m thinking Atlas might work well. I’m making the Blanket of Joy so I’ll be able to swatch with my leftover colors.

  • Thanks for an amazing list of books to add to our collections! It would be helpful if you could add the title of the book to each page displayed in the photos at the top of the article.

    • The pictures in the gallery correspond to the books in the order they’re listed in the post. Hope that helps!

  • Thank you for including a crochet book, Jillian. Having not crocheted in a while, I recently picked up a hook again and was reflecting on how crochet is so unfairly maligned. Today’s crochet designers are doing spectacular work!

    Kay and Ann, how about a future field guide around a “Knitting loves crochet” type theme? Some of are already bistitchual and I’m sure the rest are bi-curious! You have a loyal and sizable following, it would be a service to everyone. And beautiful and useful too, in memory of William Morris.

    • I second this!

  • I have been reading for as long as I can remember and when you combine books with yarn I’m a goner ( or is it GOMER ) get out of my emergency room

  • 10 great advices. Thank you very much (I’ve just bought almost all of them)

  • I am listening to All that She Carried now. It is wonderful! I highly recommend it.

  • I would love reviews of the books, especially as 2 friends got the Rauma book and found it utterly disappointing. I loved the format of the book reviews Carol gave on her Go Knit In Your Hat blog, perhaps she could write some for MDK? I love what she’s written in here, too.