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A Gathering of Lace


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Meg Swansen learned to knit at her mother's knee - a knee that happened to belong to British-born designer Elizabeth Zimmermann, a leading figure in handknitting since the mid-1950s. Now, as the owner of Schoolhouse Press, Meg wears many (knitted) hats: she publishes knitting books, runs a mail order business, writes the semi-annual Wool Gathering, has produced nearly 20 instructional videos, and presided over Knitting Camp. Meg lives in an old school house in Wisconsin.


Summer 06

Where others focus on history and tradition, Meg Swansen pulls us into the present with [this book]. Here she has assembled the work of thirty-four lace knitters. Some of the patterns are clearly traditional, while others utilize more contemporary forms and silhouettes. You'll find everything from shawls and sweaters to pillows and hats, as well as vests, gloves, socks and more - but all with a lace element.

* Interweave Knits *

Nov 06

The art of lace knitting is very much like bread making; the more air you get into the mixture the better! Many knitters are put off by its intricacy but those who have discovered the technique become quickly addicted. This sensational collection of lace knitting projects has been compiled by Meg Swansen and will satisfy even the most prolific of lace knitters.

There are 42 projects embracing the art of lace knitting from 34 knitters who share their patterns and secrets. Choose from an array of items that encompass all requirements. For traditionalists there are Shetland lace shawls and others that are breathtaking and as fine as cobwebs. For smaller knits there are dolls' clothes, socks and gloves as well as an amazing hat. As for garments you will be hard pressed to decide between the collection of pullovers, cardigans, jackets and waistcoats. Enthusiastic beginners are also well catered for with simple lace patterns that are the perfect springboard to the dozens of other designs. For the uninitiated, these lace patterns are presented as charts that give a visual representation of the final piece. There are helpful hints, explanations and diagrams for all the techniques and introductory notes. The book is wonderfully presented and makes an inspirational read. It is the perfect 'coffee-table' book and is irresistible for dipping into, if only to wonder at the effects that can be achieved.

* Knit Today *

Mar 06

..The patterns are gathered from various countries and knitters, covering items from socks, hats, doll's dresses, shawls to throws. Instructions are in chart form with helpful notes to each pattern...I had a good chuckle reading the personal comments by the contributors; they are very helpful giving many useful tips, dodges and downright cheats! 'Purists who demand that patterns fit exactly within the boundaries should be marooned.' Nevertheless the finished articles are exquisite using some simple and many intricate designs. Beautifully photographed, it is worth the price if you are a knitter, or borrowing just to look at if not a knitter - you may be tempted to take up the needles again.

* The Lace Guild *

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