- Paperback: 127 pages
- Publisher: Spinningwheel LLC (November 30, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0979312604
- ISBN-13: 978-0979312601
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.5 x 10.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,175,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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SELBUVOTTER: Biography of a Knitting Tradition Paperback – November 30, 2007
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Discover the rich history and traditions of Norway's iconic black-and-white mittens. What started as a dare became an icon of Norwegian knitting and started a snowball of knitting traditions across the North Atlantic. Selbuvotter: Biography of a Knitting Tradition follows the story of these beautiful mittens and gloves, from folk tradition to major regional industry to national symbol, and passes the tradition on with over 30 patterns taken from actual antiques. Every aspect of business today can be found in the story of Selbu knitting. And above it all, thousands of women and men, using spare moments to create spectacular designs that are as fresh today as they were 150 years ago.
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This book is divided into three sections. The first section is about the HISTORY of Selbuvotter knitting. Terri Shea's writing style will take you on a great journey: on a cold winter day you can curl up with a cup of hot cocoa and this great book and find yourself sitting along side the Selvubotter knitters, listening to their tales told to the background of clicking needles inside and howling wind and yes, bombs and marching invaders' boots echoing outside. The second section is TECHNIQUE. Terri does an excellent job of (symbolically speaking) pinning the specimens to a dissection board and performing a mitten autopsy for you: she diagrams and explains the components and mechanics of mitten and glove in a way that is interesting and fun (and made me realize why my own past attempts at knitting these types of projects didn't always turn out so well). The last section is PATTERNS - over 30 of them. Who knew a pair of mittens could say so much, contain so many symbols, and make so many statements about knitter and wearer? "Dancing ants?" Yes, it's in there. Lilies that symbolize purity and the Virgin Mary? That's in there too, on page 101.
If you're looking for Alice Starmore-type color work patterns, you'll need to buy an Alice Starmore book. But if you're looking for something with depth and adventure, that goes beyond the design to the history and symbolism behind it, then this is definitely the book for you.
After that there are plenty of originals Selbu pattern in several sizes, with precise indications. I didn't try any pattern for the moment, but it seems understandable.
Info: the book is in black & white, but patterns too...
For knitters who are on Ravelry knitters social network, you'll find a lot of patterns from this book here: [...]
Most recent customer reviews
The patterns are awesome and it's very easy to knitt by them.