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Arctic Lace: Knitting Projects and Stories Inspired by Alaska's Native Knitters Paperback – August 29, 2006
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I was so sucked in to reading this book that it went everywhere with me until I was finished. -- Jillian Moreno in Knitty.com Winter 2006
Overall, this book is an excellent resource . . . suited to both the beginner and experienced knitter. -- Janel Laidman, Spindlicity, Winter 2006
[A]t once a history and present-day virtual tour . . . -- Library Journal, December 1, 2006
[T]his book has something for everyone. It is clearly written and accessible to fiber artists of all levels. -- Miriam Felton in Spin-Off, Winter 2006
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This wonderful book is full of tips to practically ensure your success in learning to knit lace even if you've never knit before. One of the best features is that it includes full instructions for making your own lace patterns with a library of lace stitches to use and tips on making your own charts. A variety of easy projects will get you started if you're not feeling adventurous enough to try designing your own yet.
There is a lot of interesting information about the native Alaskan co-op and musk oxen where the luxurious qiviut yarn comes from, as well as pictures (but not patterns) for each village's signature lace pattern. Although the pictures are black and white, it really doesn't detract from the book and the high contrast makes the lace patterns are very visible. This is one of my most treasured knitting books.
I expected regional designs and patterns. This book offers a meager selection of basic patterns with little imagination.
The title has such wonder potential -- conjuring up images of Alaskian elders draped in wonderful creations with stories of their rich lives complete with customs and traditions . . . maybe the author could take a second shot at the book and send us all a copy befitting the title.