O my god!
A Gathering of Lace arrived yesterday & I *love* this book!! So many projects! And so many projects that I actually want to knit! (Okay, enough gushing.)
Here's the deal. . . the book is 173 pages and filled with pictures. There is a little bit of general knitting info, but the book assumes that you can knit and know a bit about knitting lace. This book isn't about learning to knit lace, it's about lace patterns. And there are some beauties. Of course there are many shawls, but also included are patterns for gloves, sweaters, socks and more! Let me scan a few photo's for you:
Here are the Vanalinn Gloves designed by Nancy Bush. I think these may be the first project I knit up from this book.
And here's Meg Swanson's Super-Spiral Shawl. I've never knit a round shawl and this one looks like it would be fun. I believe there are some bloggers out there working on this one.
If socks are your thing, there are a copule of great patterns including this one by Medrith Glover -- Medrith's Little Lace Socks. These are on my list!
And the Frost Flowers & Leaves shawl by Eugen Beugler just amazes me! I hope to conquer it one day.
I've just touched the surface here. Some other designs I like:
- The Faroese Shawl by Marilyn van Keppel -- it looks so big a cozy.
- A Beginner's Triangle by Any Detjen -- I think this would make an excellent first lace project. It's a simple pattern, but the finished product looks gorgeous.
- Ribbed Lace Pullover by Norah Gaughan -- Gorgeous lace and cablework on the sleeves.
Great designers, great stuff to knit. I'm really glad that they finally brought A Gathering of Lace out in paperback!
A few other things. . .There is a Gathering of Lace Knit Along going on.
And there is a list of correction out there for this book. Here's a link to the pdf file with all the info!
I'm off to look through the stash to see what I could use to knit those gloves!