Knitting Vintage Socks – Nancy Bush

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NANCY BUSH
KNITTING VINTAGE SOCKS

Everything old is new again, and this collection of vintage sock patterns mines Weldon’s Practical Needlework, a compilation of newsletters published more than 100 years ago, for some of the best. Twenty-four classic patterns are updated here for modern knitters with the inclusion of gauges, contemporary yarns, modern methods, and modern sizes. Filled with fascinating household and historic tidbits from the era, along with little-known tips such as an unconventional way to shape a heel, this historical and gracefully written book evokes a more genteel time while presenting a bevy of colorful socks not seen for nearly a hundred years. After an introduction to a few techniques from the original Weldon’s, the patterns begin with an 1887 pair of Gentleman’s Shooting Stockings with Fluted Pattern and end with a pair of Ladies’ Silk Stockings with Clocks from 1914. Intended for knitters of all levels, this walk down memory lane revives some very classic patterns that may have been gone but are not forgotten.

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Robert Belke
Arts & Crafts Inspirations: 21 Simple Projects Adapted from Classic American Designs

Arts & Crafts continues to be one of the enduring American furniture designs, and for good reason. The classic, clean lines are at home in just about any interior and offer comfort and functionality that is unbeatable. If you enjoy Arts & Crafts style, these inspired adaptations will bring style and comfort to your home.

Arts & Crafts Inspirations includes:

A unique, illustrated step-by-step presentation.
Twenty-one designs for every room in your house.
Measured drawings with simple instructions.
Seating, storage, tables and more!

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Better Homes and Gardens
Do It Yourself: DIY Ideas

For more than 75 years Better Homes and Gardens has been one of America’s most trusted sources for information on home decorating. Do It Yourself, a popular BHG special interest publication, puts a youthful, crafty spin on DIY decor. With refreshing ideas, clear directions, and beautiful photographs, this book will inspire DIY enthusiasts of all skill levels to spruce up their spaces—in a weekend or less.

The 200+ fun, approachable home improvement projects in this book give readers achievable, stylish, and affordable ways to transform their living spaces. Projects run the gamut from quick and easy ideas that can be completed in an hour or two to more involved and time-consuming improvements, but all can be accomplished in a weekend or less.

Projects cover every room of the home: kitchens, bathrooms, dining rooms, living rooms, bedrooms, home offices, hobby rooms, and storage spaces, as well as outdoor living areas
Includes both “hard” projects, such as tiling a backsplash, and “soft” projects, like embellishing a pillow or making over a piece of furniture
Chapters focus on walls and floors, lighting, window treatments, decorative accents, storage, furniture, and more
Concise step-by-step instructions are accompanied by full-color photos and/or illustrations
For DIYers who aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and try something new, DIY Ideas provides all the inspiration and instruction needed to create the home of their dreams.

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Susan B. Anderson
Spud and Chloe at the Farm

A knit-and-read book: 13 farm-centric projects for the perfect homespun toys, with a bonus story.

A mother hen and her chicks (and their adorable knitted eggshells), three little piglets, and a black lamb full of good intentions are just some of the appealing projects in Spud and Chloë at the Farm, the latest innovative work from author and world-class knitter Susan B.Anderson. The projects in this book follow Spud, a feisty pet sheep, and Chloë, his perky owner, as they travel to a farm and meet the inhabitants of the barnyard, including a brown cow, some mice, a dog, and a barn cat. To continue the theme, and set the stage for loads of interactive play, the book also offers instructions for making an assortment of farm props, such as a picket fence, bales of hay, dainty baskets, and even a three-sided foldable barn.

Meanwhile, witty full-color cartoons (presented one per spread throughout the text of the book) tell the story of Spud and Chloë’s visit to the farm, which starts with an invitation from Spud’s cousin Little Lamb. Featuring charming full-color photographs of the knitted toys, this book is a must-have for knitters and their loved ones.

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Lynne Barr
Knitting New Scarves: 27 Distinctly Modern Designs

Lynne Barr beckons all levels of knitters back to their humble beginnings and shows them 27 modern designs, each created using a new technique or a new take on a traditional one.

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