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Selbuvotter by Terri Shea
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Apr 11, 2009

it was amazing
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Read in April, 2009

I have recently fallen in love with stranded 2-color knitting, and I ordered this book from the author immediately after I first came across a mention of it.

It's not just a book of pretty mitten and glove patterns, but a meaty history of knitting from Selbu. I had no idea that what I used to think of as simply "Nowegian ski mittens" had such a relatively recent history and could be traced back to just one originating knitter!

The patterns are for knitting reproductions of the mittens and gloves the author selected from the two collections she studied - with, I think, some minor corrections for the ideosyncrasies of the originals. She includes clever techniques for getting glove fingers distributed effectively, and for getting the palm pattern on mittens to continue seamlessly up the inside of the thumb.

I think this book should be on the bookshelf of every knitter with an interest in Nordic stranded knitting, as much for the information as for the fantastic patterns.
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