Two Words: SELBU MITTENS

Two Words: SELBU MITTENS

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The reaction has been astounding—who knew that a book about the traditional mitten patterns heralding from the municipality of eight villages and approximately 4,100 people would throw the knitting world into a tailspin? If you haven’t yet heard about this  completely unique book (and number one new kitting release), here’s the deal on SELBU MITTENS by Anne Bårdsgård:

The ultimate compendium for any Norwegian mitten enthusiast, this gorgeous and inspiring resource was produced in conjunction with a one-of-a-kind exhibition of gloves and mittens from Selbu at the Sverresborg Trøndelag Folkemuseum. A thoroughly researched and illustrated account of the rich history of Selbu patterning—instantly recognizable for its dramatic contrasts and intricate motifs—covers the development of the designs themselves, and the essential role these knitted accessories have played in the cultural and economic development of the Selbu region.

Then, dive into pages upon pages of over 500 colorwork charts, organized according to the source of their inspiration, from classic stars, snowflakes, and flowers to elk, spiders, and coffee beans. Complete patterns are included for 35 mittens and gloves from the original museum collection, accompanied by short biographies of the original designers—or choose from an overflowing selection of motifs for palms, thumbs, cuffs, and even patterned edging techniques for joining around the hand, to create endlessly fascinating combinations.

Selbu Mittens“It is rare to find a knitting book this well written and that provides this amount of useful information,” says fiber art blogger Lappone. “And it deserves to be read by knitters all over the world. Just under 300 pages and propped with knowledge it is one of the best books on knitting that I have read.”

SELBU MITTENS is available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

CLICK HERE for more information or to order.

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine equestrian and craft books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.

Visit Us at the Fiber Festival of New England!

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We hope you’re headed to the Fiber Festival of New England this weekend, November 2 and 3, 2019, at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA! Doors are open on Saturday from 9-5 pm and Sunday from 9-3 pm, and TSB will be there.

Come visit our booth at 281 West in the Mallary Complex. You’ll have a chance to browse and buy all our newest knitting, crochet, and weaving books, view sample projects, and sign up to win a $50 gift certificate to shop at the TSB online bookstore!

Don’t miss this chance to turn the pages of our hottest new craft titles:

Traditional Danish Sweaters by Vivian Høxbro

Traditional Danish Sweaters

 

Lace Knitting by Denise Samson

Lace Knitting

 

Selbu Mittens by Anne Bårdsgård

Selbu Mittens

 

Cable Knits from Nordic Lands by Ivar Asplund

Cable Knits from Nordic Lands

More than 200 more New England exhibitors will be showcasing their products, including yarn, clothing, quilts, blankets, rugs, looms, spinning wheels, and more. Workshops on felting, spinning, punch needle, Tunisian crochet, and rug hooking will be held both days.

In addition to being an ideal holiday shopping opportunity, Fiber Festival of New England is a great educational experience for visitors, with the bonus of getting to learn how animals contribute to the fiber industry! Come meet the llamas, alpacas, sheep, and rabbits at the event. Sheep shearing demos will take place all weekend.

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If you can’t make it to West Springfield, please visit our online bookstore for great holiday gift ideas for the fiber artist or yarn lover in your life.

CLICK HERE to shop our bookstore now.

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of quality equestrian and craft books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.

 

Come See TSB at the 2019 VT Sheep & Wool Festival!

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It’s that time of year again! We’re packing up our new books and heading over the hill to the Tunbridge Fairgrounds in scenic Tunbridge, Vermont, for the 31st Annual Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival, this weekend, October 5 and 6, 2019.

This year’s festival features over 70 vendors in an extensive marketplace, an animal barn and heritage sheep breeds exhibit, a fleece show and sale, fiber arts contests, workshops, talks, and demonstrations for farmers and fiber enthusiasts. There are lots of chances for hands-on learning, from sheep herding and shearing, to spinning, knitting, weaving, and rug hooking. And there is plenty of other sustenance and entertainment to be found, with delicious offerings from local food vendors as well as live music throughout the weekend.

Come find us at the TSB booth outside under the Vendor Pavilion overhang, where we’ll have all our NEWEST and BESTSELLING books and FREE handmade stitch markers! Plus, sign up to win a $50.00 gift certificate to shop all our craft titles at www.trafalgarbooks.com.

Can’t wait to see you in Tunbridge!

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Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of quality equestrian and craft books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.

It’s Christmas in August (No, Really!) with These Two New Knitting Books

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One of the views from the TSB office windows.

It is lovely and green outside our windows at the TSB Vermont offices. The sun is warm, but the nights cool, and crickets sing their sweetest tune. Yes, that’s full-on late August for you—the delicious days between blueberries and blackberries that we wish would linger but know will not.

The first sign of the seasonal change to come is the arrival of our two new books—both designed to light your creative fire as we approach the time of gift-giving. If you’re looking for yarny ways to show you care, we’ve got pages of ideas from three of our biggest names and “bestest” selling Scandinavian authors: Arne & Carlos, and Jorid Linvik.

 

 

 

The Balls Are Back, Better Than Ever

Yep, you heard right, 55 CHRISTMAS BALLS TO KNIT, the book by Norwegian knitting rockstars Arne & Carlos that has sold over 100,000 copies, is now available in paperback. If you don’t know what these balls are about, you’re missing out! “You’ll want to knit a few hundred of these ornaments for the holidays,” said Vogue Knitting.

 

70 Handknit Projects, Bursting with Holiday Cheer!

Jorid Linvik’s BIG BOOK OF KNITTED SOCKS and BIG BOOK OF KNITTED MITTENS are fan-favorites, and now she’s given us a new collection of Scandinavian-inspired ornaments, decorations, and gifts for a joyfully handmade Christmas. “Unique, delightful, interesting, and compelling,” raved KnittingandCrochet.net about her mittens book, and you can be sure the same applies to BIG BOOK OF CHRISTMAS KNITS.

 

55 CHRISTMAS BALLS TO KNIT and JORID LINVIK’S BIG BOOK OF CHRISTMAS KNITS are available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

CLICK HERE for more information or to order.

Did you know TSB offers a generous loyalty program? CLICK HERE to find out more about our Needle Points! 

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Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine equestrian and craft books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.

Free Pattern! Red-White-and Blue Ocean Motif Pillow

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Summer…it’s ON! Fireworks and cookouts and beach time abound. So let’s celebrate all the happy things that come with the sun, and a safe, peaceful Independence Day with friends and family.

In honor of red, white, and blue, TSB is giving away a FREE PATTERN from the marvelous book KNIT YOURSELF IN by Cecilie Kaurin and Linn Bryhn Jacobsen. This Maritime Pillow is designed in the Danish “hen knitting” tradition, which features knitting motifs that tell a story.

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“One of the most exciting and inspiring knitting books I’ve come across in a long time. Every detail about the book is lovely…remarkably colorful, interesting,
eye-catching, and fun!”—KnittingandCrochet.net

To download your FREE PATTERN, CLICK HERE.

KnitYourselfInKNIT YOURSELF IN is available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE. CLICK HERE for more information or to order.

Wishing you a wonderful Fourth of July holiday!

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine equestrian and craft books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.

 

Weaving Refuse: Handwoven Art with a Message Made from the Ocean’s Garbage

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We are all facing the growing crisis of plastic refuse overwhelming our oceans. One TSB author is using her crafting skills to turn garbage into art with an eco-conscious message. Mette Handberg’s books NORWEGIAN PATTERNS FOR KNITTING and SCANDINAVIAN CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS bring the history and artistry of Scandinavian knitting traditions to knitting aficionados everywhere. Recently, however, she has set aside her knitting needles and made her hands busy weaving the garbage found on the beach near her home into striking tapestries.

“Since I came to the magical Norwegian island of Stokkøy (in 1965), which is by the coast of Troendelag, I have been studying everything that brought by the ocean and landed on the beach,” Mette explains. “Years ago it was mostly oil that I found, in big brown lumps, often unbroken light bulbs and glass bottles, probably from Russia, driftwood of all sizes, and many other kinds of waste, likely from boats. In the last 20 years, however, this has all changed, and now it is mostly plastic.

“I have always had a reaction to all kind of unnecessary waste,” she goes on. “It has been too simple for people to just throw things over board and think, ‘That’s that!’ But it does not disappear. It does not go away. It ends up somewhere. This is pollution of the worst kind, and it is changing our globe dramatically.”

We asked Mette to share a little about the kinds of objects she has found and the inspiration behind the tapestries she has created, weaving the found objects together into stories intended to inspire discussion, and hopefully, action.

“I have always gathered interesting objects from the shores—maybe a well-used toy, a nicely shaped root, or whatever. About five or six years ago I thought that maybe some of these found items could be used in a handwoven tapestry, and so I started with my first, which I called ‘Plastic Sea.’ All of the materials were gathered by the shore at Stokkøy—a lot is everyday household waste…too much plastic. Do you remember ‘Kinder Suprise,’ the hollow chocolate eggs with small plastic toys for children inside? They still exist and I’ve used them in my tapestries.”

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“Look carefully at Plastic Vortex and you might see the tale of a whale trapped in it. A diver is about to cut it loose. Ropes and old fish nets are a death trap for lots of kinds of animals, and they suffer a slow and horrible death. Luckily, in my tapestry, someone is able to come to the rescue, and this brave diver is really a hero.”

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“The Japanese artist Hokusai made a fantastic and very well known woodblock print called “The Great Wave,” and this iconic masterpiece has been inspiration for many artists. In my tapestry “Plastic Wave,” instead of a Japanese boat you will find life boats filled up with too many refugees, and they are wearing life jackets, which will be of no help if the boat is sinking. These life jackets will actually drag people down into the deep. After the tsunami on the coast of Japan, entire towns were pulled out into the sea. All kinds of materials ran ashore along the West Coast of North America—a lot of these materials were of course plastic. If this sunami had happened a hundred years ago, it would have looked different. All the unnecessary pieces of our everyday households, which in earlier times would have been degradable, will almost forever be floating around us.”

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“My inspiration just comes to me—it is, in fact, my main job as a textile artist. I went to a weaving school for half a year after I graduated from college. After that I spent three years at art school, and it might be compared with a bachelor degree. I learned a little bit of everything in school, not just tapestry weaving, but it just happened that weaving became my special field.

“All together I have made about 240 tapestries in my career—big and small ones. The technique has changed as the years have passed. To create tapestries you just have to learn the hard way. Nowadays looms seem to have disappeared from art schools, and other schools as well. This profession is dying. Some guardian angels have been giving courses in the profession, but it still seems to be dying. Lucky are the ones who have grandmothers to help them with a loom of some kind!

MakingArtOutofOceanGarbage-trafalgarbooks“One of my tapestries is at Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum [National Museum of Decorative Arts], in Trondheim, Norway. I have participated in a long list of exhibitions, both alone and together with others. The world will see nothing if I don’t exhibit them. But many artists want to exhibit, so there is a lot of competition, and it is enormously hard. Anyway, I will only be one of many who are interested in making this point—it’s a trend nowadays. I hope more and more people will ‘wake up’ and not leave their waste all over! I ask everybody reading this to bring a little garbage bag wherever you go, and gather waste when you find it where it shouldn’t be. Always leave a place as if no one has been there. Use less plastic and only if it seems necessary and you have no other option. Plastic is here to stay; use it wisely.

“I hate fleece!!”

Mette Handberg’s knitting books NORWEGIAN PATTERNS TO KNIT and SCANDINAVIAN CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS are available from the Trafalgar Square Books online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

CLICK HERE for more information or to order.

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine equestrian and craft books, is a small company based on a farm in rural Vermont.

Free Summer Flower Coaster Pattern by Arne & Carlos!

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Lemonade. Iced tea. G&T. Homebrew. ALL your summer drinks deserve to rest their laurels on these floral coasters by Scandinavian knitting and crochet rockstars Arne & Carlos! We’ll toast to their fabulousness and share this pattern from KNIT-AND-CROCHET GARDEN for FREE!

FreeCrochetCoasterACPin-trafalgarbooksWe know…crochet flower power is just what you needed to get over your hump day. So just CLICK HERE to download the pattern and get a move on your happy.

Did you know? In 2010, Arne & Carlos’ first craft book, 55 CHRISTMAS BALLS TO KNIT, became an immediate Norwegian bestseller and consequently went on to become a best-selling book in North America, Europe, and Asia. Today, Arne & Carlos have published 10 books, which are enjoyed by people from all over the world. Their books are available in Norwegian, English, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.

The Scandinavian designers have collaborated with many prestigious international brands, including Urban Outfitters and fashion label Comme des Garçons. Today, they design for and work closely with Rowan, Regia, and Schachenmayr yarns.

Arne & Carlos’ books are available in North America from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

CLICK HERE for more information or to order.

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine equestrian and craft books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.