I had a notification earlier this week that a book I had reserved was awaiting collection at our local library. Nothing unusual in that at all, we’re very frequent frequenters (!) of our library and with 3 home-educated children the reservation requests are plentiful! Expecting another pile of ‘Beast Quest’ books, a much longed for ‘Tin Tin’ or an obscure book on Sea Otters or the weaponry of the ancient Aztecs (9, 6 & 3 year old boys have peculiar reading habits 😉 ) I popped in earlier today only to find this waiting for me…
It’s Barbara Walker‘s ‘Treasury of Knitting Patterns’. First published in 1968 – and this does indeed appear to be an original edition!
It’s such a well used – and yet almost perfectly preserved – copy. It’s just a delight to thumb through. The flyleaf is inscribed, “Dedicated to the creative knitters of the past and the creative knitters of the future”.
And what a treasury it is! Page after page of swatches, carefully photographed, just a few in colour and the instructions for each with relevant info on ‘multiples’ etc.
Endless possibilities, hours of browsing to be enjoyed. It’s a good job it’s an ‘extended loan’ so I get to keep it for 6 weeks! It’s so encouraging that it’s still such a popular book that I’d forgotten I’d reserved it, the wait has been so long.
The chapters cover ribbing, colour-change patterns, lace, cables and so much more. I would love to own a copy of this but I just checked out everyone’s favourite bookseller and it’s seemingly out of print with used copies going for a pretty penny! I’ll just have to make the most of this borrowed treasure and trust that the library realise what a gem they are custodians of…
It even smells of 40 years of knitters… Very slightly musty with a hint of Lily of the Valley 😉