A couple of weeks ago, I checked a book out of the library for reading in my downtime. It just looked like an interesting book, so I thought I’d try to read it when I had a chance. It’s called Twined Knitting, and it’s by Brigitta Dandanell and Ulla Danielsson. I’m finally getting a look at it now, and it’s amazing! I looked it up on Amazon in the hopes of purchasing a copy, and sadly, it’s out of print and starts at $57.95. I suppose the book is famous in the annals of knitting history and I’m only now coming to it, but I have come to it.
It would be a shame to let this book fall by the wayside. Here’s what I’m going to do. I may not have the best camera, I may not be the best photographer, but I’m going to renew the book, Xerox some of the charts and pictures, and I’m going to start learning twined knitting, which I will update on here with picture of my progress and tutorials as well. Since I’m going to be learning, I’ll be making a lot of mistakes, but at the very least I can pass on some of the information in this wonderful book. Knitty has a nice tutorial to get anyone started with twined knitting, so that seems like a good place to start, and then we’ll take it from there. Really, in many ways the twined knitting is the least of it. It’s more that this book contains so many charts and patterns the likes of which I’ve never seen, and I need to be able to try them out.
I’ll also be transcribing some of the information here about the history of knitting in Sweden. I’m already amazed by the wealth of information in this book, and I’ve barely cracked the surface, so to speak. Wowza.