Get Your Knit On

Posted Jun 12, 2015

Tomorrow is World Wide Knit in Public Day so knitters (and crocheters as well as other handicrafters) are welcome to come on over the Shorewood PUBLIC Library to show us your stuff.  If you need an idea, we’ve got plenty of books on display, and if you’ve forgotten your supplies, we have a basket with the basics ready for you to use.  Our #FridayReads offer just a taste of what we have:  

A Life in Stitches: Knitting My Way Through Love, Loss, and Laughter: 20 Pieces by Rachael Herron

There’s the first sweater fiasco and the yellow afghan break up, but behind each piece of handiwork Rachael Herron has a story.  As a romance novelist by day and a 911 dispatcher at night, Herron has encountered her fair share of stories.  Throughout the twenty essays, each based on either something that Herron knit or a gift that was knit for her, A Life in Stitches offers honest, funny, and heart-warming personal truths and revelations.  Whether you’ve already picked up a set of knitting needles or not, this book will inspire both knitters and non-knitters alike.

The Knitter’s Book of Yarn: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using, and Enjoying Yarn by Clara Parkes

First, there’s the different types of fibers—protein, cellulose, cellulosic, and synthetic.  Then, there are many types of yarn—two, three, four-ply yarn, textured yarn, brushed yarn, chenille yarn, and  more.  With so many options how do crafters decide which yarn to use?  Well, Clara Parkes, publisher for, has done the leg work for you.  After countless interviews and visits with manufacturers, importers, dye shops, and sheep farms, Parkes compiled the ultimate guide to yarn including fiber foundations, characteristics, qualities, effects, and substitutions.  From making yarn to fun, creative projects, The Knitter’s Book of Yarn will help you figure out the best fiber for the job.

Teach Yourself Knitting by Sally Walton

Perfect for those looking to self-teach themselves how to knit, Teach Yourself Knitting does just that.  Starting out with the history of knitting, Walton moves into choosing the right equipment and then basic techniques like holing the needles and making the first stitch.  With color photos, diagrams, and simple, easy-to-complete patterns, this books covers almost everything including borders, buttonholes, and pompoms.  Not only great for beginners, Teach Yourself Knitting provides projects for more advanced crafters like scarves, beach bags, and pillows.  So whether you’re looking to just get started or to improve your skill, this book will be worth referring to.  And, there’s a sheep on the cover.    

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