Thursday, November 25, 2010

Book Review: Arctic Lace by Donna Druchunas

Arctic Lace is a well-crafted, informative book. Far more than a knitting book it is a book of discovery. In it, we are introduced not only to work in lace but to the rich northern culture.
Traveling "north" is a treat that due to the expenses incurred not all may enjoy. Yet while reading Artic Lace I felt I was there. Donna takes us with her to Alaska--we meet the people, hear their stories, experiences their culture.
One of the stories Donna shares is of the Oomingmak Musk Ox Producer's Co-operative. As a rural woman, I know how hard it can be to make a living. The story of the co-op speaks of ingenuity, perseverance, and dedication.
Donna also introduces us to the gentle creatures whose luxurious fibre every knitter longs to knit.
Then in the final chapters, Donna's thoughts turn to lace. A knitter inexperienced with working in lace may be apprehensive. Donna addresses your concerns and puts them to rest. She outlines steps to ensure your experience is rewarding. Her lace-knitting workshop in words and pictures is clear and concise. The patterns included offer hours of knitting enjoyment for knitters of all skill levels.
I highly recommend Artic Lace to both those who dream of arctic travel and to those who like to or long to knit lace.

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