Wednesday, February 01, 2006

A few months ago I'd asked my wonderful Aunt Louise, who lives in Germany, to keep an eye out for any lace knitting magazines or patterns. Today I got a package from her:


I've been in shock since I opened it--these are things that just aren't available here in the states, and if they are they are VERY expensive!

I know you're dying for a closer look, so here you go:


This book is ALL about Lily of the Valley lace patterns and has some really neat designs in it; everything from sweaters to home dec stuff to gloves. It's quite amazing!! It's all in German (although one page, the symbols page, is also in English!) but one of the great things about knitting is that you don't always have to be able to read the pattern in its original language.

This one is quite large--almost 9" x 13", and it's got a 16-page booklet of a TON of amazing tablecloth/doily designs, which are charted out on 3 VERY large fold-outs.


The book on the right is all filet crochet, and it has some really neat curtains in it. One of these days I'll actually make one for my kitchen! My kitchen/eating area has a grape theme, and one of the patterns in there is grapes. Kismet!

The item on the left actually had TWO patterns in it, shown here:


I'm just so excited about all these wonderful patterns!!

I'll probably never make a tablecloth (you know how that kind of statement always comes back to bite you later...) but these patterns are GORGEOUS knitted up using lace- or fingering-weight yarns as shawls.....

9 comments:

EvaLux said...

Hello Kat,
I have the Kunststricken book :) I started one of the tablecloths (it has been ripped... didn't have enough yarn LOL) in handpaintedyarn.com stuff to make a shawl. I just love that book. The only thing I was a bit disappointed with is that there's several of the cloths for which the charts are not in the book. I think the list is on the flap that holds the charts. I made working copies of the charts and I cut out the different charts so that they'd be easier to handle.
I'm happy that you posted what the Maiglockchen book is all about as I'd seen it several times online, but nowhere was there any explanation on its content.
As for those 2 little charts... the one on the right looks like it might be in the Kunststricken book... or maybe it is one of the "missing" charts :)

Cheers Eva

Anonymous said...

Kat,I'm JEALOUS.

At least you know how lucky you are.

HeatherP

beadlizard said...

What an inspiration! Wowza!!! Your aunt is a gem.

ladyck3 said...

Oh Kat, these are magnificent!! I love them!!!

Laurie K

ladyck3 said...

WOW.. Magnificent, Kat.. such a lucky lady... how are you feeling?

Laurie K

LisaK said...

http://www.yarnover.net/patterns/doilies/kunststrik/index.html

A wonderful site you may want to check out.

Kat said...

Oh yes, I definitely know how lucky I am. :-)

Thanks for asking, Laurie, but now I'm feeling worse--the euphoria of discovering all these lovelies in my mailbox has worn off. ;-) At least I have all these beautiful things to distract me though!

-Kat

laurie said...

hoooooleeeeeeeee cow...those are wonderful! :o)

i've actually thumbed thru Maiglockchen (a local knitter has a copy) and was in shock just in that brief look...i can't imagine doing much of anything out of that book!

you are very lucky indeed :o)

Nancy J said...

Just gorgeous books! The Lily of the Valley looks particularly intriguing! What a Sweet aunt you have.