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Weaving Shaker Rugs by Mary Elva Congleton Erf

Weaving Shaker Rugs: Traditional Techniques to Create Beautiful Reproduction Rugs and Tapes by Mary Elva Congleton Erf (affiliate link) Erf is an accomplished weaver who has studied Shaker textiles for at least 30 years and has woven many reproduction rugs (and other textiles) which appear in Shaker museums.  Her introduction describes the history of Shaker textile […]

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A Craftsman’s Legacy

I recently discovered A Craftsman’s Legacy on two of my local PBS television stations.  Show host Eric Gorges (which for many episodes, I heard as “gorgeous” and thought, “Oh yes, you are”) travels around the United States, visiting craftspeople in their studios.  He spends a couple days with them, interviewing them and learning the basics of […]

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The Big Book of Granny Squares by Tracey Lord

As you may have noticed if you’ve read this blog for a while, I do not review patterns or pattern books.  The reason for this is twofold.  First, other bloggers and podcasters review many patterns and pattern books.  Second, I don’t personally purchase many patterns or pattern books.  The primary reason for that is my queue […]

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Knitting for Tommy: Keeping the Great War Soldier Warm by Lucinda Gosling

Today is Veterans’ Day in the United States.  November 11 is Armistice Day — the day that fighting ceased in World War I.  The Great War did not formally end until seven months later, with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, but the United States memorialized the cessation of fighting rather than the formal […]

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To Knit or Not to Knit: Helpful and Humorous Hints for the Passionate Knitter by Elvira Woodruff

I like books about knitting.  I do not mean pattern books, which I do love, but aren’t what I am referring to here.  I mostly mean memoirs or essays.  I also read novels that involve knitting, but they aren’t my favorite.  Most of the novels I’ve come across are genre series, a category of books […]

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