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Cole Corner: Knit away with the help of three new books
February 10, 2013

Does winter weather unleash your desire for hand-knit creations? If so, we have three fun knitting books for you: Sweet Shawlette; Cast On, Bind Off; and Literary Knits.

Sweet Shawlettes by Jean Moss is a photo-laden book with beautiful knitted objects to wear around your neck. Any term you can think of to create and wear the author has included. In addition to shawlettes, there are necklets, collars, chokers, cowls, capelets, jabots and boas. It's not just about scarves anymore! The skill levels are included for each project, so you can find one for certain success.

Cast On, Bind Off: 211 Ways to Begin and End Your Knitting by Cap Sease is a knitting book to help take the mystery out of the way you start and end your projects. There were actually two books on this topic that came out only a month apart. Why did I choose this one? The author includes three very helpful reference charts in the beginning of the book. One is a quick reference cast on chart that relays the purpose and method of each cast on. The second chart does the same, but for bind offs. The third and very helpful chart pairs the cast on with a bind off so you will know when you pick a cast on which bind off will look best when you finish your project. Sound confusing? That is why this book is so helpful.

Literary Knits: 30 Patterns Inspired by Favorite Books by Nikol Lohr was a must-have for a library with a knitting group. The books chosen for knitting projects are classics and include titles and patterns for both adults and children. If you are a book lover who enjoys knitting, this one is for you.

If you are excited about these titles then I hope you will join us at the library for knitting/crochet night. We will be meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in Room 108. In addition to working on our own projects, we will be starting a baby blanket knit-along.

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