A while back I received a notice from Knitpicks entitled "The Endless Inspiration of Knitting Books" and I thought that was rather timely. It's the New Year and it has endless possibilities. New books could inspire amazing knitterly things.
Now, I don't actually own all of these books, but I have put some on my Birthday list (32 days and counting....) and hope to add them to my library soon.
1. The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Budd. This is a fabulous book with options for gloves, mitts, hats, socks, sweaters, vests etc, in a multitude of gauges and sizes. Excellent reference book when knitting any of those items. One of the best used books in my library.
2. Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson. To be honest, I've knit only a couple things from this book. What I really love about it is the layout, artistry and photography. It's a truly beautiful book just to look at. And some cute cute ideas. The must knit, much talked about Chevron Scarf is from here. And this adorable little sweater, suitable for boys and girls (and I'm always struggling to find good sweaters for little boys). The felted pot holders - a great stocking stuffer.
3, 4 and 5. The Harmony Guides by Erika Knight. Cables & Arans, Knit & Purl, Lace & Eyelets. Beautiful. I've been wanting to add some stitch dictionaries to by shelf for a while, and these are going to fit just perfectly. They are updated from the 30-year old originals with beautiful pictures to go along with each stitch. Lovely. Perfectly lovely.
If asked what books I would take to a deserted island, it would be these 5. They would give me endless possibilities.
What are your favorite books?