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Did I mention that I'm excited?

Lara's Library: History on Two Needles

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I don't think we see enough Ancient Egypt in knitting books.
Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
Annie's colorwork is lovely - and very clearly charted.

I took a break from Lara's Library because I was working on an outside project. That project isn't complete, but I feel it has reached a point where I can let myself breathe a bit and read a little more. I might not be able to keep up the once-a-week pace, but I will try.

I'm ashamed that I didn't write about History on Two Needles before I put Lara's Library on hold. Any reader of this blog knows that I adore Annie Modesitt. We have chatted a few times on the podcast, most recently on show 164.

I love Annie because she doesn't just walk to the beat of her own drum. She made a unique drum, all her own, and wants to teach you how to make one, too. Her work is whimsical, technically savvy, very fun to knit and even more fun to wear.

History on Two Needles was a real passion project for her. She merged knitting/crochet designs with her interest in art history and shared a ton of vacation/inspiration photos as part of this book. It is worth every single shiny penny.

Available from Cooperative Press, print editions come with a digital version, or you can buy the digital version, alone.

I bought the digital version, but it was only because the print edition wasn't shipping yet. I would love to have both.

The 17 patterns all look great, but my favorite part of the book is reading about Annie's inspirations for designs. They range from a striding statuette from Ancient Egypt to a portrait of James VI of Scotland (the only child of Mary, Queen of Scots). By the way, the design sparked by James' portrait? Annie used his velvet breeches as the starting point for a skirt design. So smart, and so wonderful.

Overall, a great read, with a lot of fun patterns, as well.