Just home from knit nite. I brought five new books with me. One was Lorna Miser’s The Knitter’s Guide to Hand-dyed and Variegated Yarn that I told you about here. Another was The Complete Photo Guide to Knitting by Margaret Hubert that I told you about here. The third was a Christmas present that I haven’t taken a picture of, so I’ll tell you about it later. And the last two were from TNNA. Let’s pretend that you went to knit nite with me; you can see the two new books (and go back to the other two linked books, if you’d like).

At TNNA, there were book signings every hour, and the books were free. Two came home with me. This is Rosemary Drysdale’s Entrelac: The Essential Guide to Interlace Knitting. As you know, I’m completely entranced with entrelac lately, so I was thrilled to get this book. Actually, Lorajean (Knitted Wit) picked it up for me, because I was already on my way home during this book signing. Thanks, LJ!

entrelac book

This is a gorgeous book. Drysdale constructs her entrelac a little differently than I do; she starts her base triangles on the purl side, and has right side and wrong side rectangles. I work everything from the right side, and so I call mine left and right leaning rectangles. I don’t think it matters. If you don’t already do entrelac, it’s a good place to start. If you already do entrelac, the rest of the book is a treat. She goes through several different things you can do to spice up your entrelac,

entrelac book3

including texture, lace, cables, colorwork, beads, embroidery…all lovely. And the photography in this book is gorgeous. Here’s a little embellishment.

entrelac book4

I saw these fruit caps at TNNA; they are really cute!

fruit caps

There are several patterns in the book too, incuding a felted bag, scarves, a poncho, a cardigan, the fruit caps. I love this book.

The other book is Nicky Epstein’s Knitting Block By Block.

nicky 1

She accidentally signed the book in the back, upside down, so she signed it again in the front. It was worth a giggle!


You can use these blocks for anything: a blanket, sweaters, scarves, hats. There are blocks of cables

nicky cables


nicky color

other embellishments. The i-cord here is sewn on to a plain block. There are so many ways to use this technique.

nicky embellish

I love this blanket.


And there are patterns, too. Another beautiful, inspirational book by Nicky Epstein.

What else am I reading? Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua! This book has gotten a lot of attention recently since an excerpt appeared in the Wall Street Journal.


My in-laws sent this to me. Are they trying to tell me something? I actually think it’s rather tongue in cheek; some of the things she says are so over the top that I can’t imagine saying them for real. (“Why not A+?” has been a joke for many years in our house.) I had theTeen read the chapter on Suzuki piano, and he just smiled. We did Suzuki piano for nine years, and it was pretty wonderful.

Oh, at knit nite I was knitting with this. I’ll show you what, when I’m further along.


It’s unseasonably warm here (about 55 degrees fahrenheit), and the tulips think it’s spring. (I like they way they’ve pierced the dead leaves that I never got around to raking. That’s violent growth!)


The hostas think it’s spring, too.


I think they’re all going to have a rude awakening.

What’s happening in your neck of the woods?

14 responses to “Books!

  1. You and I have similar taste in books! I got these for Christmas (without autographs, of course!) It’s been unbelievably warm here too…but hubby is taking me to the valley tomorrow then Portland for a weekend to celebrate our 16th anniversary! He even offers to drive me to all the knitting places I want to go (if I want to LOL)

  2. Ah, spring? What a tease. We are under snow and cold air for weeks straight. But that’s ok because we enjoy sledding and ice skating! I’m curious about your take on the Tiger Mom. I’ve only heard a little bit about it but I’m always interested in various parenting approaches.

  3. S T U N N I N G blocks (i’m looking at YOU, i-cord embellishment), plus i didn’t realize you could do all of those things with entrelac. it really is time to get my hands off the keyboard and on to the needles. it’s getting pretty mild here, but i’d prefer the winter to hold out for a bit – more time for knitting indoors than weeding outside.

  4. Snow day!

    Of course, change in my routine really throws me off at work; I’m sure tomorrow I’ll get next to nothing done. I slept in a bit, did some crafting, now am trying to decide between knitting and an online training.

    Wait, I can do both at the same time!

  5. That was a great entry! I felt like I was there at knit night.

  6. peacefulknitter

    That entrelac book is amazing; I had no idea of its different applications! I have crocus and daffodils coming up, too. I guess someone forgot to tell Oregon it’s still January.

    • I’ve been putting lace into some of my squares, but never thought of multiple colors in the same block. That might be just too many ends to weave, but it looks great.

  7. Ooooooooooooo…lovely projects from your new books. I love those little beaded embellishments! So sweet.

    What’s happening here — downright CRAZY weather. Cold one day, warm the next. Tornadoes, torrential rain — wind and I mean 65 mph. gusts. Just plain CRAZY!

  8. I am totally intimidated by Entrelac. Don’t you have to knit backwards or something?! I love those little hats, though. And I *have* to check out that Nicky Epstein book!

  9. It’s amazing how just across from town from you, okay there are small hills in between too, but nothing like that is happening here.

    The Tiger mom was on NPR talking about her book. Apparently its causing a bit of an uproar because they don’t realize its a bit of tongue in cheek.

    Pretty purples from Knit Picks, can’t wait to see what they become!

  10. What a fun post! The books look great. I love all things Lorna’s. She is a color genius. I can’t wait to get my hands on her book.

    I have no idea what entrelac is, but I love the way it looks. One of these days I’ll figure it out.

    I’m also reading the Tiger mom book, and I’m really liking it. It’s making me very sad that I didn’t do Suzuki with my kids. I didn’t really know what it was. I’ve always been a believer in tough love, so I’m not as unsympathetic to her as some people. The latest studies are finding that kids who learn resilience as children are more emotionally stable as adults. Makes sense to me. What are you thinking of the book?

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