Books for Inspiration and a CONTEST!

I will admit it. I love books. I love books so much that I was a remedial reading teacher before my husband and I had kids. When we moved from St. Louis to Fort Collins three years ago, I got rid of a lot of books. The moving company charges by weight. Guess what weighs a lot? BOOKS! One thing I did not get rid of were my knitting and quilting books. (Because that would just be silly.)

Some books I buy because I want to make some of the patterns in there. Here’s what my knitting and quilting bookcase looks like at home. (Hey – there’s still plenty of room to add more. I might need to go shopping.)


Some books I buy just because when I look through them, I get inspired. I keep a small stack of these books on the shelf right behind my sewing machine table. These are the books that I want to have quick and frequent access to, because I love looking through them. I love the patterns, I love the colors, and reading through them makes me want to knit (or quilt). I don’t want them to get lost in the multitude that sits in the bookcase. Here is what is currently on that little shelf.


Today, I want to share some books with you! I have two books from market – a brand new stitch dictionary from awesome Wendy Bernard – signed!, a book of pretty sweaters from talented Vicki Square, and two of my all-time favorite knitting books by Hunter Hammerson – Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet books, volumes 1 and 2. These are always on my little shelf, because I love reading through them and being inspired by her designs. Hunter sent me these copies, which I will share with you! These books are not just socks – there are mitts, hats and shawls in there as well. (Volume Three comes out later this month. We’ll be featuring Hunter in a Designer Spotlight when her third book is available, so you’ll learn more about her.)


To enter the contest, leave a comment and tell me about a knitting/quilting/sewing book that you would keep on your little shelf, if you had one. (Not a collector of books? Then tell us something else that inspires your creativity.)  You can also tell us which of these four books you’d love to win. I’ll draw names next week and will be sending these books on their way to new homes soon!

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  1. I have The Sock Knitter’s Handbook by Charlene Schurch and Beth Parrott. I would love to win Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet book.

  2. I too have relocated from Ohio to Colorado in April of this year. Due to moving costs being determined by weight I had to donate many of my precious knitting books to Goodwill or my local library……it was a heartbreak but had to be done!
    I would love to receive either ‘Layered Knits’ or ‘Knitters Curiosity Vol I’. Love Colorado!

  3. My go-to books are the Barbara Walker Treasuries. Plug in a stitch pattern to a basic knitting pattern – ta-da! – you’ve got an original.

    I would love to win one of Hunter’s books. Her designs are so inspired.

  4. I love learning new things. I recently took up Tatting to accompany my quilting addiction. I would love any books you’d want to share with me to get me hooked on a new hobby. The stitch dictionary looks very interesting for sure. Thanking you in advance for the opportunity to win some exciting reading material that I can create more things to ad warmth to my life and others.

  5. Confession: I have …. eerrrrr….. HEAPS of books, and HEAPS of knitting books. I especially adore all of my knitting books, and am constantly flipping through them to admire others’ work and find inspiration. All-time favorites are anything by Alice Starmore and Kaffe Fasset, but I’m also especially partial to the socks books of Cookie A and Wendy Johnson. I have Volume 1 of Hunter’s Knitter’s Curisosity Cabinet (and her Silk Road Socks…. lovely!), and would love to have Volume 2. Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. I’ve been collecting for so long, I can’t really say which is the one I go-to the most. Recently, with all the babies in the family I’ve been knitting from Itty Bitty Hats by Susan B. Anderson. I’m also planning on knitting through Knitters Curiosity Cabinet Vol. 2. I’d love to have a chance to win Vol. 1. Thanks!

  7. The books I tend to want to get and keep on my bookshelf are reference books that I can come back to again and again. I’d love to win a copy of Wendy Bernard’s new stitch dictionary, for example.

    -greg, RavId: KnittingDaddy

  8. Right now my must have book is The Knitting Handbook that I keep in the drawer next to my knitting chair and Ott light. Would appreciate any of the books but the sweater book would be a nice addition.

  9. I go to my various stitch dictionaries for inspiration. I always prefer ones that use charts and my book by Lesley Stanfield is the most worn.
    Either Hunter Hammerson book would thrill me.

  10. I would keep Glorious Color by Kaffe Fassett because that’s the book that inspired me to learn to knit in 1991. The book I’d love to win is the Wendy Bernard stitch dictionary, but all of them sound interesting.

  11. I think I look more to magazines for inspiration. Yeah, that’s it…that’s why I have more than 10 years worth of magazines accumulating in my craft rooms!

    And I like Wendy Bernard’s stitch dictionary…if I am so lucky as to win.

    Thanks for sponsoring a CONTEST!

  12. I can’t pick just one. But, I think I really love the series of magazines from Interweave knits: Jane Austen knits. I look at those magazines over and over and over. I would love to have the book Light and Layered. I am very into those type of knits right now. 🙂

  13. I agree one can never have too many books. My bookshelf is full of quilting, knitting and tatting books which I use for inspiration, reference, and projects. I would love to have another Vicki Square book. I have her “knit komono too” book. Even though I am primarily a sock knitter, one day I will knit one of her sweaters.

  14. As an experienced knitter, I am always really excited to learn new things. Just when you think you have seen and done it all, something new comes along you’ve never heard of before! I bought Cast On Bind Off about a year ago, and boy am I glad I did! I use it on a regular basis. It never seems to go BACK to my knitter book shelf. It is worn, torn and spilled on, but you can tell I use it – a lot. I would love to win the Stitch Dictionary book, to go along with my Cast On Bind Off book. Then I’ll be ready for (almost) anything!

  15. My favorite book for inspiration and consolation when I need something to cheer me up is:
    Heidi Fossnes, Håndplagg til bunader og folkedrakter [Handcoverings for Folk Costumes and Clothing]. Oslo: N.W. Damm, 2003. The book has about 100 patterns for mittens based on originals in Norwegian museums. I’ve knitted a few of the designs – some on 1.25mm needles. It was an expensive book but it has given me endless pleasure over the years.
    If I win a book, my choice would be Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet 2. I’ve already knitted every sock pattern in the first volume!

  16. I have a lot of knitting books and I love them all, particularly Barbara Walker’s Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns. I would love to win Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet, volume 1.

  17. My knitting cabinet would always have any of Charlene Sturch’s sock books. They are my “go to” books for patterned socks. I would love a copy of Wendy’s Stitch Dictionary–with a good stitch dictionary, you can get some very creative ideas!

  18. My budget for books is tight, so I tend to invest in stitch books and knitting technique guides. I keep boards on Pinterest for inspiration and add ideas to my favorites list on Ravelry. I’d love either Wendy Bernard’s Up, Down, All-Around or Hunter Hammerson’s latest Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet.

  19. I love books too! I collect both reading and knitting books for patterns and inspiration. One of my favourites is The book of socks by Clara Parkes. Actually I love all of her books, but his one particularly spoke to me because I love knitting socks and I’m always looking for different yarns and patterns to knit.

  20. I don’t have a lot of knitting books because I have found Ravelry to be a good source of patterns I do have The Principals of Knitting – revised & updated version – for help with stitches, etc. I’d love to win one of the Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet books as they look really fun. Thanks for having a contest!

  21. Any book is a friend of mine. I love knitting books, socks and lace. And cookbooks. I rarely cook from them. I read them like the prose they are and try to figure out how I managed to pick up another 10 pounds.

  22. I love books in general, fiction, non- fiction, card making, knitting, coffee table books, and then there’s magazines, oh my…you get the idea. My IPAD has helped with my problem of needing more bookshelves, but there are just some books one must have a hard copy off!! One is The Principles of Knitting, by June Hemmons Hiatt. Another one is Lilly Chin’s Knitting Tips and Tricks. I’d love another book to add to my collection!!!;)

  23. I’m in the process of packing to move to CO this month and we are *tearfully* shedding books. But not a single knitting book has been cut so far.
    Just finished Stephanie’s Knitting Rules (my Mother’s Day present). It def made the “keep” cut.
    Would love to win any of the 4 books.

  24. I’m still a relative newbie knitter (especially in that I like to try new things), so I rely on my Vogue Knitting book a lot to help me through any quandaries that arise.

    I’m a big fan of reference books, so I’d love the Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary.

    Great contest — it’s fun to see what books other knitters like!

  25. I got into EPP last year. We don’t have a lot of space so we don’t keep a lot of books upstairs, ours mainly live in the basement, while the kids have a bookshelf at the top of the stairs for their books. Anyway, due to limited space I don’t have my books on display, except for a book I got for Christmas, Hexa Go-Go, I find it so beautiful and inspirational. I’d like to do all the projects in it!

  26. My favorite knitting books are my Cookie A books. I have only made one of the patterns, but they are just so pretty that I couldn’t bear to part with them.

  27. One of my favorite books is Toe Up Two at a Time Socks. I think I’d like the curiosity books, but would be happy with any of them. They all look amazing!

  28. I have two of Susan B Anderson’s books, signed by her, that would be keepers! Shortly after I started knitting, I took a class with her. She was very gracious to a new knitter like me!

  29. I keep collecting knitting books, although I keep telling myself I won’t!!! The books are so beautiful and I read them over and over. I would love to have Wendy Bernard’s stitch dictionary. Thank you Sheri for all you do for us at the Loopy Ewe!!

  30. Although I have many books, I most often find inspiration from colors and textures – that particular blue of the sky I can never quite find in a yarn, the ridges in a tree’s bark, the criss-cross lines on a seashell, the bumpy texture of brick, etc. I love finding stitches and patterns, whether knitted or crocheted (I don’t sew, and I’ve never mastered embroidery), that remind me of such things.

    Thank you so much for offering this contest! I would love to win Up, Down, All Around.

  31. I love books. For inspiration, I keep Botanical Knits by Alana Dakos. I love the patterns and the beauty of the book layout.

  32. I don’t think I could live without any of the (many) knitting books I already have … I would love to have any one of these books to add to my collection, although I really do love Hunter’s patterns! 🙂

  33. Love stitch dictionaries for inspiration! Would love to win that one! Also anything from Alice Starmore is inspiration for things I doubt I’ll ever have the skill or patience to knit!

  34. For inspiration, I could not live without the commemorative edition of Knitter’s Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmerman. Her writing and knitting “recipes” have spoken to me since I first cast on. The commemorative edition includes the introduction by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee that puts into words far better than I ever could, the influence EZ has. I would love to win any of the books but since I have to choose one, I would like the stitch dictionary.

  35. My favorite book is I think called the kniitters book of socks. Its handy if I forget how many stitches I need for a heel turn or something.

  36. I would love to get a Japanese stitch dictionary for my small table. It would join other reference books. I have light and layered, would love any of the other books.

  37. I love the Victorian Lace Today book. The shawls and the photography are beautiful. When I look through it, it makes me want to knit all of the shawls in it.

    I love books also. I have so many that I haven’t even read yet. Someday. I really need to figure out how to read and knit at the same time! 🙂

  38. I’ve heard a lot about the Knitters Curiousity Cabinet books and I’d love to check out Wendy Bernard’s new book!

  39. Wow, I love Hunter’s patterns and the inspiration behind them. I also find inspiration in Clara Parkes books which are full of information.

  40. I can’t say that I have one go-to book. I go to them all a lot. I would love the Curiosity Cabinet books or Wendy Bernard’s book.

  41. Books are wonderful. Sometimes I think I might have too much yarn and fiber, but I never think I have too many books. My at-hand inspiration books are Cookie A/s Sock, Knit, Love; Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitter’s Almanac; Clara Parkes’ The Knitter’s Book of Wool; and I cycle through the various Rowan Knitting collections – they always have something gorgeous/intricate/outrageous/flattering.

  42. Clara Parkes’ “Knitter’s Book of…” books and Barbara Walker stitch dictionaries would definitely be on my inspiration shelf. I definitely think I want to add Wendy Bernard’s new stitch dictionary, too!

  43. My knitting book by my bed side is Joy of knitting. Just some short blurbs to make me smile before going to sleep.
    And if that is your whole knitting and quilting book collection — you should see mine! And I give some away periodically.
    My book choice would be the light layers book, it looks like there are some fun knitting in there.

  44. I don’t buy many books now that I can look at Ravelry. But I would love to have a book of knitting patterns or maybe a stitch dictionary.

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