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PREORDER 52 Weeks of Socks by Laine Magazine

52 Weeks of Socks is the first hardcover book of Laine Publishing. It contains 52 knitting patterns by 46 designers and is a true encyclopedia of socks. The patterns are beautifully photographed and laid out on 256 pages in the style Laine is known and loved for. This book will only be available in print, it will NOT be available as a digital download.

  • 256 uncoated, high-quality pages
  • Language: English
  • Woven book cover, banner, ribbon place marker
  • Weight: 1100 g / 2.5 lb
  • Dimensions: 27 cm X 21 cm thickness: 2.60 cm
  • Printed in Latvia
  • All pattern specs are available on the Ravelry pattern pages 
  • Official release date: February 14th

The book contains patterns from the following designers:

Heidi Alander // Fiona Alice // Gina Baglia // Ainur Berkimbayeva // Katrine Birkenwasser // Karen Borrel // Sachiko Burgin // Diana Clinch // Verena Cohrs // Valentina Consalvi // Rachel Coopey // Nele Druyts // Marion Em // Lindsey Fowler // Fabienne Gassmann // Lucinda Guy // Dawn Henderson // Anja Heumann // Tiina Huhtaniemi // Caitlin Hunter // Mieka John // Amanda Jones // Joséphine & the seeds // Pauliina Karru // Isabell Kraemer // Tatiana Kulikova // Joji Locatelli // Erika López // Andrea Mowry // Paula Pereira // Rosa Pomar // Elena Potemkina // Amelia Putri // Emily Joy // Rickard // Mona Schmidt // Nataliya Sinelshchikova // Marceline Smith // Minna Sorvala // Helen Stewart // Charlotte Stone // Becky Sørensen // Niina Tanskanen // Natalia Vasilieva // Kristine Vejar // Kajsa Vuorela // Mariya Zyaparova.

Knit Your Own Cat (save on vet bills)

Cat lovers and spinsters rejoice! It’s the highly anticipated follow-up book to Knit Your Own Dog. With easy-to-follow instructions for 16 distinct felines, Knit Your Own Cat is the irresistible guide to knitting the pet you’ve always wanted. Knit Your Own Cat is packed with knitting patterns for 16 different fanciful felines, from a pretty Persian to a sleek Siamese, from a cuddly kitten to a traditional tabby. The cats are surprisingly easy to make: With a few evenings of work, you can have a covetable companion for life. Each cat includes clear, step-by-step instructions for both knitting and assembling the parts. The cats can be knit into various positions such as standing, sitting, crouching, and curled up for a nap. You can add details like collars, bells, and bows. Photographs throughout show the finished cat from various angles, and each cat is accompanied by a description of its real-life temperament and physical characteristics. 

Cats include: Abyssinian, Bengal, Black Cat, Black White, British Shorthair, Burmese, Devon Rex, Kitten, Maine Coon, Orange, Persian, Ragdoll, Siamese, Tabby, Tortoiseshell, and Turkish Van.  

See a slideshow HERE

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Books for Doll & Animal Lovers

Knit Your Own Dog is the irresistible guide to knitting the perfect pup. With patterns for 25 different pedigree pooches, Knit Your Own Dog lets you choose the dog you want, whether it’s a pretty Poodle or a loyal Labrador. Or knit them all for your own little dog park! Each pattern is extremely detailed and includes all of the distinguishing features of each breed, from the startling blue eyes of the Siberian Husky and the long, woolly curls of the Old English Sheepdog to the lolling tongue of the German Shepherd. Accompanying the patterns are a brief description of each breed, as well as expert tips on choosing yarns, stuffing and sewing the dogs, and adding personality to your creation. Breeds include: Afghan Hound, Basset Hound, Border Collie, Cocker Spaniel, Corgi, Dachshund, Dalmatian, English Bulldog, English Bull Terrier, French Bulldog, German Shepherd, Jack Russell, Labrador, Miniature Schnauzer, Old English Sheepdog, Poodle, Portuguese Water Dog, Pug, Red Setter, Rough Collie, Scottish Terrier, Siberian Husky, West Highland Terrier, Whippet, Wire-haired Fox Terrier.

Hello My Name is Amineko $19.95
Hello My Name is Amineko is a seriously cool book. It is part crochet instructions, part adult picture book, and perfect for any grown up who still wants to play with dolls. The book follows the journey of Amineko the Crochet Cat and his crocheted friends as they eat, sleep, and have lots of fun and adventures. The book comes with complete step-by-step photography and instructions for creating two sizes of Amineko, and personalizing this cute cat with different facial expressions, clothing, and even bedding. Hundreds of color photographs tell the adorable tales, and mischief that Amineko and his friends find themselves in, with complete instructions for knitting adventures of your own.

Knit this Doll! by Nicki Moulton $23.95
Doll lover will covet this book. It starts with a basic, 15 inch doll pattern, but the core of the book is a series of instructions on different options for personalizing your doll. This includes a menues of feet, legs, arms, heads, faces, hands, clothes, and accessories. It also includes a chapter of patterns for other kinds of creatures, including dogs, bears, cats, mermaids, fauns, angel wings and tails. Photographys are excellent and plentiful, and the number of examples are endless. If you make them for a little person, these dolls will become heirlooms. Alternately, if you’re a grown up with a thing for dolls you’ll never get tired of them. On a Canadian tangent, one of the dolls is photographed sporting a Toronto Maple Leafs button. 

Super-cute Crochet shows you how to make 35 gorgeous crochet creatures. The patterns are really easy, so you can make as many as you like, and the creatures will grow quickly on your crochet hook! When you’ve crocheted the bodies, enjoy adding clothes and accessories to make each little cutie a real character. Patterns include:
  • Dolls: a boy and a girl doll, and a baby doll
  • Sundry Cute Animals: kitty, puppy, bunny,  bears, and an alien.
  • Farm Animals: chicken, chicks, eggs (for Easter!), pony, guinea pig, cow, goat, piggy, mice, donkey.
  • Exotic Animals: lion, baby elephant, monkey, panda, koala, emu, alpaca (!), squid/octopus, dolphin, fish, seal.
  • Bugs: bee and spider, snail
  • Holiday Classics: rein deer, snow man, and a fairy (could become an angel).

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New Book – Sock Yarn One Skein Wonders

I’ve been anticipating this book’s arrival for awhile and I’m so glad it is here!  I love the Once-Skein Wonders series (we have the whole series at the store), and using up sock yarn is such a no-brainer. You may know where I’m coming from, sock yarns can be so stunning and slip into a stash so easily – they’re sly little skeins, they are!  This book is completely focused on projects made with sock yarns, all of which use only one skein (yardage depends on the particular brand and yarn).  Projects include scarves, shawls, bags, kids & baby clothes, fingerless gloves & mitts, mitts, gloves, doll clothes, tea cozies, a dog coat, a netbook cover, and homey stuff. 

My favourites …

Little Hanten (343m required)

Twist & Slouch Hat (320m required)

Moso Netbook Sock (211m required)

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New Book! Fresh Fashion Knits

Fresh Fashion Knits: More than 20 Must-Have Designs from Rowan’s Studio Collection
Edited by Kate Buller – $25.99

Fresh from Rowan is a re-publication of some of the favourites from Rowan’s Studio Series of booklets (mainly books 2, 3, 5 and 12). The studio books are all about hand-knit style and fashion and all of these patterns are by Sarah Hatton. The pieces they’ve pulled for this book fall on the side of wearable and the styles are mixed, so there are several things for everyone.  

Patterns include (but are not exclusive to):

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Knitted Wild Animals

15 Adorable, Easy-To-Knit Toys

What can i say, I’m a sucker for toy knits. I can’t help it, they’re just so cute. And you can make little sweaters for them and dress them up like people. All of the patterns are made with the same yarn, they suggest a worsted weight. It looks like they have used acrylic, but I would prefer Cascade 220 Superwash or if you want a yummier knitting experience Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran or Dream in Color Classy.

The projects include an elephant, giraffe, zebra, tiger, lion, crocodile, monkey, snake, hippo, rhino, panda, wharthog (poor, neglect warthog), koala, penguin, and the cliche mascot of Canadian national identity, the moose (he gets a red sweater with a maple leaf).  I think I am smitten with the hippo, giraffe, and monkey.

On a personal note, I especially like this book because it has a pile of jungle animals, and my brother and sister-in-law are decorating their soon to be baby’s nursery in jungle themed sheets. And also because monkeys are funny.  Infact, they are so beloved that the Monkey pattern in this book is available online for FREE! I think I will make one for my niece/nephew in progress and dress it in a sweater. 

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Wool Toys & Friends

Wool Toys & Friends
Step-by-Step Instructions for Needle Felting Fun $24.99

There’s been a  lot of interest in Needle Felting lately and if you are among the throngs you’re going to want to take a look at this book. It has detailed instructions on how to make 15 ADORABLE little felted projects.  Contents include,  the sock monkey on the cover, a mushroom house (like the kind the smurfs occupy), a picture book, finger puppets, matryoshka dolls (the Russian nesting dolls), an elephant pull toy, a Dala horse (a Swedish thing), and a Japanese doll.  There are lots of other projects too.  

The pictures and directions are clear and easy to follow and there are full scale patters at the back of the book for the few projects that require some cut-out pieces. 

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Stitch ‘N Bitch: Superstar Knitting

Go Beyond the Basics $21.95

Finally, the next installment in the Stitch ‘N Bitch series is here! This time Debbie Stoller holds your hand as she takes you through a fun lesson on  the more technical and daunting techniques in knitting.  Part 1starts with colour knitting, moves into cables (which I personally think is easier than colour), then lace, embellishments,  and closes with miscellaneous useful technical stuff. Part 2 is all about designing your own pattern, starting with the basics, them moving into DIY drop shoulder sweater design, then raglan and yoke, set in sleeves, and finally teaches you about finished and estimating the amount of yarn required.

The technical illustrations, as always, are easy to understand and follow, and the little pictures illustrating the techniques as a metaphor are super cute.  I worship Debbie Stoller for her ability to write a technical book that reads like a long letter from your best friend.  Seriously, people who learn with her books have a very fast learning curve, we recommend her first book, Stitch ‘N Bitch, to all or our beginners. 

The patterns are in section 3, conveniently located at the back so it’s easy to find them.  There are some truly fun patterns, my favorites include:
  • Steeks and Stones, a fair isle skully cardigan
  • The Aquatic Life, a cute fair isle pullover with fishies (gotta love fishies!)
  • Skull Isle Socks, fair isle socks with skullies
  • Gretel Tam by Ysolda Teague, a gorgeous cabled beret (I made it a few years ago)
  • Saxon the City, thigh-high stockings with a full celtic motif up the sides
  • Beatrice Gloves, I don’t normally go in for beading, but these are like vintage, blingy Isotoners
  • Dress to Impress, an adorable baby tunic/dress using the very easy slip stitch colour technique
Even if you don’t like the projects, the books is wonderful for the instruction alone (it would make a great gift for someone who wants to move up the skills ladder). 

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New Book – Gifted by Mags Kandis

I don’t recall why this great book is a little late arriving, but it is here – Yay! Gifted joins a growing genre among knitting books – patterns for gift type projects. Like it’s progenitors, Gifted is great because they are full of smallish, fast, patterns that aren’t overly complicated. It’s high on instant gratification and satisfaction, and of course, offers up a series of projects that you’ll want to make for yourself or offer as gifts.  I especially like the assortment of projects, which encompass different kinds of gift giving, including holiday gifts, baby gifts, hostess gifts, gifts for knitters, friendship gifts, mothers’ day gifts. There’s a good number of little felted projects, and most of the patterns are simple and aren’t particularly fussy.  The art direction is also nice with simple and homey – I lifestyle covered in little felted embellishments that you’ll want to climb into and get cozy. The only thing wanting is the lack of projects for manly gifts. Regardless, you’ll get a lot of use out of this book and enjoy it!

Check out the patterns in this book HERE.

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Kate Jacobs Live!

Cool news! Author Kate Jacobs will be joining our Stitch ‘n Bitch us via Skype to talk about her latest book Knit the Season, the third book in the Friday Night Kitting Club series!  

Join us Thursday November 4th at 6pm! Plus, we’ll be giving away an autographed copy of the book!! Also, contact us to reserve an autographed copy for purchase: (416) 653-7849 or info (at) knitomatic (dot) com

You can read the first chapter online. The paperback edition will be on sale Nov 2nd. 

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