December 15 – Ode to June

Original Principles of KnittingBack in 1988 mom saw an advertisement in the back of a knitting magazine for the Principles of Knitting. This was back in the lo-tech days, so she mailed in an order and anxiously awaited its arrival.
When it arrived, she read every single page. Most people wouldn’t call a knitting reference book a “page turner”, but for mom it was.
Mom was already an accomplished knitter, but this book held the answers to many of the questions she had yet to find anyone who could answer. Mom quickly went from an amazing knitter to an expert.
She is one of the greatest assets our shop has to offer. You will have a hard time finding anyone with her level of expertise.
Knitting wasn’t terribly popular in the early 90’s, so the book went out of print. Later when knitters rediscovered this book, it was selling on eBay in excess of $400 and was one of the most sought after out of print books of any kind.
Principles of Knitting
So why did it take so long to reprint this book? All of the original printing plates for the book were destroyed by the publisher. June Hemmons Hiatt had to completely rewrite the book from scratch, including new illustrations. This is a huge book so it was quite an endeavor.
After many delays, the book was finally earlier this year. And yes, mom read every single page. Keep in mind there are over 700 pages in this book! She can give you a full synopsis of what is different between the two books.
If you are looking to “up your game”, this is the book for you. And to help you in that endeavor we are giving away a copy of The Principles of Knitting today.
How to win? Simply post a comment to today’s post sharing what new technique you’d like to learn in the new year. One lucky winner will be selected at random.
We have several copies in stock – a perfect Christmas gift for you!
Congratulations to pindy4176.  You are the winner!


  • 61st lat knitter

    15.12.2012 at 00:11 Reply

    I’d like to learn all about Thrumming! I’ve got the raw exotic fleece on hand, have the combs and cards, now … how to turn it into thrums and then … on to Mittens (yes, with a capital M!). Can’t have warm enough mittens when it is -58 degrees!

    • Beth

      15.12.2012 at 01:57 Reply

      I plan on learning how to do increases and decreases in double knitting.

    • klcowan

      15.12.2012 at 16:13 Reply

      I want to learn to joint pieces nicely and the beginnings of fair isle knitting.

  • stacyawebb

    15.12.2012 at 07:03 Reply

    Two goals are to complete a pair of socks and to embark on the journey of intarsia. Or really, what would be the best, is to commit to a year of technique classes with the expert 😉 Skill and lovely company-bonus!

  • Meli40

    15.12.2012 at 08:03 Reply

    I really don’t know what I NEED to learn. I THOUGHT I had the basic skills down until I started going to knitting on Tuesdays. I have already learned more basic skills in three weeks than I have learned in 10 years of knitting. Sherry is amazing! Not only is she knowledgable but she is extremely patient. I am currently working on a pattern that mentions grafting. I need to learn what that means. I have recently learned how to read a chart. I am sure that I need more practice and direction with charts. I guess that I am ignorant of all the tricks and techniques with knitting. So learning ANYTHING new is a bonus!

  • hthrldwg

    15.12.2012 at 08:06 Reply

    I’m still novice, so I’d like to expand a LOT of my skills this year. Your wonderful mom helped me learn how to cast-on, not I’d like to learn to knit on DPN, and make some mittens and socks!

  • mbkinser

    15.12.2012 at 08:12 Reply

    I need this book because I doubt Meme is willing to move into my knitting nest & be available 24/7 for all my knitting dilemmas or questions.

    • okieannie

      15.12.2012 at 08:21 Reply

      Maybe we could make Meme an offer she couldn’t refuse! Just saying……..

  • onionringsandsoda

    15.12.2012 at 08:26 Reply

    I am not a good knitter… for an entire year I was knitting through the back loop and had no clue I was doing anything wrong. I don’t knit much because I am not kind of afraid I am doing everything wrong. A book like this would probably help me knit more, period! Though, I would love to learn Fair Isle knitting.

  • Ashley

    15.12.2012 at 08:37 Reply

    I’d love to learn fair isle, but I’m still scared of intarsia- so I should probably learn that one, too. And magic loop. In my Christmas knitting, I’m finding two at a time anything would be a seriously helpful skill to learn. Is that a technique? Okay, fun’s over- I’ve got to get back to my one at a time knitting…

  • mschoir01

    15.12.2012 at 09:00 Reply

    Entrelac. And two color brioche.

  • pharris824

    15.12.2012 at 09:35 Reply

    I did one fair isle hat at a SWAK class, and one day I’d love to learn intarsia. I know Keely is the Queen of Intarsia, so I’d be learning from the best!!

  • pharris824

    15.12.2012 at 09:35 Reply

    P.S. Meant to say that I loved the fair isle and would like to do more!

  • jilliknits

    15.12.2012 at 09:41 Reply

    It’s my bathroom book!!!

  • pindy4176

    15.12.2012 at 10:09 Reply

    I want to learn short rows. I hear they are used in socks, which I’d like to try making; and I know they are helpful in fitting certain Ample Areas. 😉

    • keely

      16.12.2012 at 08:37 Reply

      Congratulations! You are the winner. You can pick up your book next time you’re in.

      • pindy4176

        16.12.2012 at 09:05 Reply

        Oh, my gosh, I’m so excited! Thank you, Keely!!

  • debbie

    15.12.2012 at 10:19 Reply

    I still want to make a cabled hooded sweater. Not really involved.

  • jmccoy

    15.12.2012 at 10:22 Reply

    I am very intrigued by intarsia and would love to be able to do this someday, but I’m a pretty unskilled knitter (working on my first top-down sweater right now!). I better try working on some more basic skills like making a successful button hole or knitting with more than one color yarn! 🙂

  • Patricia Riden

    15.12.2012 at 10:31 Reply

    I would love to feel really confident about making seams. I know, I took the class and learned SO much, but when you don’t actually practice the skill, it gets lost somewhere!

  • lollie

    15.12.2012 at 11:11 Reply

    I would love to have this book so I can learn new technics in knitting.

  • SarahB

    15.12.2012 at 16:28 Reply

    I’m just beginning to learn entrelac and I want learn a “two socks at once” method. I have lots of requests for socks!

  • Betty

    16.12.2012 at 21:24 Reply

    I know this is after the fact, but I second the recommendation for this book. It is a fantastic reference book!

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