After that beautiful introduction comes the 33 projects. Each section has a little story about the LYS who submitted the project, a pattern with complete explanation, pictures and diagrams and tips to make your knitting better. Knitter's Stash reminded me what I miss when purchasing single patterns online. It is the story each book provides in addition to the patterns. It is the feeling of actually knowing the writer when you have read through the book. It is the love, pride and creativity that comes from a designer putting together many pieces of their heart (thank you Janis Joplin for that beautiful phrase) and giving you the gift of themselves.
When I first opened Knitter's Stash, I discovered the yarn shop honor roll, the 85 LYS who submitted projects to be included in Knitter's Stash.. Unfortunately, only 33 could be chosen. I would have liked to not only see all of the projects but hear the stories about each LYS. In the honor roll, I found several shops I had visited many times with Linda. Ewe-Nique Knits in Royal Oak, MI actually had a project in Knitter's Stash. Crafty Lady in Macomb, The Knitting Room in Birmingham, Earth Guild in Asheville NC, La Lana Wools in Taos NM, Rochelle Imber's Knit, Knit, Knit in West Bloomfield, Threadbender Yarn Shop in Wyoming MI, and The Yarn Shop in Glen Arbor MI. As I read through the 85 shops, I wished I had discovered more. The Constant Companion was submitted by My Yarn Shop in Coos Bay OR.
As I was reading through Knitter's Stash Monday, I reread the tips and was pleased and surprised to see how much a Knitter's Stash improved my knitting. That is what a pattern should do. Over the next few months I will share tips from Knitter's Stash in Knitting: A Love Story. The first you will recognize as something I have incorporated into my knitting techniques. This is from Yarn Haven. "Knit the first three rows of your gage swatch in garter stitch, as well as the first three stitches on either side. It keeps the knitting from rolling and makes it easier to measure your swatch for true gage." For seventeen years, I have been using this technique and until I read this I'd forgotten where I picked it up.
Knitter's Stash is still available for purchase. If you want to reminisce about what knitting books used to be like, pick up a copy and "Take A Walk Down Memory Lane."