Much to my shock and amazement, I won this book over at the Mason-Dixon Blog this month.
If you are a sock knitter perhaps you've seen Wendy's two previous books, Socks from the Toe Up: Essential Techniques and Patterns from Wendy Knits and Toe-Up Socks for Every Body: Adventurous Lace, Cables, and Colorwork from Wendy Knits.
Her newest book, Wendy Knits Lace: Essential Techniques and Patterns for Irresistible Everyday Laceis a visual feast for the lace lovers eyes. There are twenty patterns in all, everything from scarves, cowls and shawls to socks, gloves and sweaters. All beautifully photographed and oh, the stunning colors.
Did you know that according to some experts, "lace knitting" has patterning on every other row (with a resting row in between )and knitted lace has patterning on every row? Well, that's just one of the tidbits for the novice lace knitter that I've gleaned so far.
And speaking of novice lace knitter (that would be me) she has some wonderful instructions starting with types of cast ons and ways to join yarn and a list of blocking tools for lace knitting . I like the section with illustrated help for fixing your mistakes in lace knitting -- a handy reference I shall refer to again and again and again I'm sure.
As for the patterns, there's a nice combination of easy and more challenging lace and patterns using both straight and circular needles, so something to appeal to everyone.
I know I was swearing off lace just a project or two ago, but Elizabeth's Cowl takes only 140 yards so I think I have found a match for my remaining skein of Handmaiden Sea Three, and another great gift to knit!