Mary's Library

Friday, March 03, 2006

Knitting A Screen Door

I’m thinking about knitting a screen door. The screen in the door on the back porch is in ill health; it’s torn and pulling away from the wood and needs to be replaced. And I happened on a pattern for a screen door recently in a book called ALTERKNITS: Imaginative Projects and Creativity Exercises (2005), by Leigh Radford.

The book has patterns for a necklace knit from silver wire, a chair cushion, a bulletin board, paper lanterns, and a rug knit from old T-shirts, meeting and exceeding the expectations raised by its title. The book also has some charming hats, scarves, and sweaters if you don’t want to get too creative.

I found my copy of that book at my local Spokane yarn store, A Grand Yarn, where I also found LAST MINUTE KNITTED GIFTS (2004), By Joelle Hoverson. The patterns in Hoverson’s book are organized by how long it takes to knit them: less than two hours, two to four hours, etc. I bought this book because I was so taken with the cashmere draw-string pouch on the cover, but it has useful patterns for a floor cushion, stuffed animals, a tea cozy, and miniature Christmas tree ornaments. The hats and scarves are excellent also.


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