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  • These are GREAT suggestions!!! Thank you so much!!

  • Thanks for the recommendations! So many good reads. I let out a squeal at the stitch dictionary, though. It’s just what I have been looking for! I quickly clicked the link to buy it for myself using the Christmas gift card from my sweet enabling husband!

  • Well. I already bought Patty’s book. But now I am yearning for at least four more from your list, Jillian. I want Salt and Timber for the title alone. Just seeing it on my shelf would make me smile. Thank you for this list, Jillian. The knitting section in my local bookstores has become dishearteningly meager. Maybe there will be a printed physical-book renaissance?

    • I felt exactly the same way! I already have Patty’s book but wanted at LEAST four of the others!

  • Thanks so much for these recommendations! Along the top bar of this article there are photos from inside the various books. There’s a vintage photo of a woman in a skirt wearing a Fair Isle-type sweater. Which of these books includes this photo and instruction on color work? Thanks very much!

    • My guess it is the Lopapeysa Sweater book since it looks like an Icelandic sweater and the book explores the history of this sweater and Icelandic knitting.

    • The photos of the books go in order from Patty Lyons book to the last one in the article. Hope this helps.

  • I haven’t been knitting much due to arthritic hands but I’ve been longing to knit a Badger for my grandson so I’ll have to give Wild and Wooly Knitted Animals a try. Thanks for the recommendation

  • I have the fabulous book by Patty Lyons. And I want all the others. What an inspiring list.

  • Love the book suggestions, what is the title of the book that showed a photo of patchwork lavender sachets…?

    • The books in the gallery are in the same order as in the post. That’s an open-book shot of Embroidery by Arounna Khounnoraj.

      • Thank you!

  • I’d preordered Patty’s book when she first announced it & it’s well worth the wait. Highly recommend it to everyone.

  • Thanks for this interesting list. I’m taking the book trip to Iceland!

  • Clare Hunter’s first book, Threads of Life, was one of the best books I’ve ever listened to. I’m looking forward to this new one, Embroidering Her Truth, as soon as its in my Libby app. Thanks for this great list!

  • Thank you for these wonderful suggestions!

  • I love the patterns in Contrasts! The book itself is equally beautiful, with lovely photos and an attractive layout that uses dark paper for some of the chart pages. Ironically this means that there isn’t a lot of contrast between the color of the ink and the page for some charts. If you buy a hard copy and find this to be a problem, you can contact Laine to get pdfs that can be printed on white paper. (Or you could just get the eBook, but I’m happy to have such an attractive book in my knitting library!)

  • The problem is that I want them all. How to chose?

  • It is lovely to see the two books for children here. I’m going to recommend them to my daughter who doesn’t knit but loves children’s books. I think that my grandchildren would love these. I must say though that I am a New Zealander and I have never met a guy named Chuck in NZ. Not to say that there aren’t any.