Christmas season is upon us and I’ve had a few friends ask where to buy my books, Bake Knit Sew and These Islands, but also ask me what books are on my Christmas wish list. I love books and learning new things and trying new patterns, so it is fun to share my enthusiasm for new books on the market as well as my own books. First, links to books that have caught my eye and may align with your interests too, then links to buy my two books.
Pair any of these books with a skein of beautiful yarn or a few knitting tools and you have a winning gift for your favorite knitter. If you need ideas, I have a post about creating the perfect care package for a knitter and it offers some good ideas.
Favorite Knitting Books to Give or Cherish
There are some amazing knitting and craft books out there this year, so I want to share a list of ones you should know about this Christmas. I have the ones marked with *, but others are on my wish list.
Alterknit Stitch Dictionary by Andrea Rangel
Knit Like a Latvian by Ieva Ozolina
Knitting Outside the Box by Bristol Ivy
Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible by Hitomi Shida
Kindred Knits by Susan B. Anderson
Bake Knit Sew: A Recipe and Craft Project Annual by Evin Bail O’Keeffe
Bake Knit Sew showcases a year of creativity in baking, knitting, and sewing. Twelve baking recipes, seven knitting patterns, and five sewing projects are yours to make your own. In this age of mass consumption and branding, there is magic in being able to create something unique and special. Something all your own, from the heart.
Contents: 13 recipes; 7 knitting patterns; 5 sewing projects. 86 pages. Published by Anchor and Bee (November 18, 2014). 10 x 8 x 0.2 inches, 260grams (9.1ounces)
Bake Knit Sew is available for purchase from: AbeBooks.com, Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, BookDepository.com, Barnes & Noble, eBay, ThriftBooks, Powells, Waterstones, and Anchor and Bee (publisher – too late for Christmas delivery). Of course, the fastest way to receive Bake Knit Sew is as an ebook, which is available on Ravelry (ebook PDF) .
These Islands: Knits from Scotland, Britain, and Ireland by Sara Breitenfeldt, Suzanne McEndoo, and Evin Bail O’Keeffe
These Islands includes eight never before published patterns for hats, a cowl, shawls, fingerless gloves, and boot cuffs using locally-processed wool made from the fleece of Irish, Scottish, or British sheep with names. A step away from the mass-produced acrylics and imported wool blends from other continents to focus once again on knitting with local wool. This book explores two sources for wool in Ireland which embrace the slow revolution with ethically-treated sheep, fair-trade wool, and local milling. It is time to allow conscientious small-batch artisan producers to guide us to the very best of what these islands have to offer.
Contents: 8 knitting patterns. Paperback. 62 pages. Published by Anchor and Bee (March 17, 2015). A5, paperback
These Islands is available for purchase from: AbeBooks, Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, BookDepository, Barnes & Noble, eBay, ThriftBooks, Powells, Waterstones, and Anchor and Bee (publisher – too late for Christmas delivery). Of course, the fastest way to receive Bake Knit Sew is as an ebook, which is available on Ravelry (ebook PDF) .
If you already have These Islands, please take a moment to leave a review on Goodreads, Amazon.com, or Amazon.co.uk. It makes a world of difference to a consumer seeking to make an informed purchasing decision.
What knitting books are on your wish list or freshly bought and cherished?