|The original knitting bookshelf|
When I first started knitting, I had a few books - which then grew to a few more. This became a shelf, above, which then outgrew itself.
So, I moved everything on to a bookshelf in the spare room. However, because there was space on the shelf - I felt the need to fill it. There was the reduced shelf in the shop when I went to see my sister, there was the shop that closed down, there was the book on my wish list being sold at a vastly reduced price (£15 down to £3), there were Christmas presents......
|Books bought in Ledbury - all on the reduced shelf of the bookshop|
I made a list of all the books I bought in 2017 - and there were around 26; certainly more than one a month. That doesn't include supplements sent with magazines.
|The bookshelf, as it may have looked at the end of last year|
So, this year - I set myself a challenge to curb my book buying habits, which I've totally fallen apart at, before realising how ridiculous I was being. I've already mentioned the book Icelandic Handknits, bought when I went to Unravel. It may be years before I knit any of the patterns in the book, but I've had great joy in reading about the history of handknitting in Iceland, and I know it's there when I want to go back to it. The same is true of Victorian Lace Today It may well be some time before I knit any of the projects in it, but I'm looking forward to reading about the history of Victorian lace knitting, and expanding my knitting knowledge.
This morning, I piled up all the books I've bought so far this year - and they nearly reached my knee. That's nearly-a-knee's worth of patterns, and history and techniques and gorgeous photos. That's nearly-a-knee's worth of other people's ideas and solutions, which could easily give me inspiration for mine.
|The bookshelf as it is today|
Yes, I have knitting books on my Kindle too - but I'm old fashioned enough to want the paper and glue version to hold on to, and flick through. At least three of these books have been signed, so not only am I collecting a knitting library, I've got a personal record of creative people that I admire. Oh, and if you've ever tried reading a cable chart from a Kindle, you may also understand the love of paper!
|Cable Chart from The Knitters Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmerman|
When I was a teenage, my mother forbade me having a clothing allowance, as I'd spend it all on books. I think this is highly influential in my avoidance of clothes shopping as an adult, and possibly why these four arrived this morning.....
|Books bought from Brityarn - before it all closes down|
So, what's in your knitting library ?