Friday, 19 August 2011

How instructive!

More knitting updates this evening, but in the meantime, here’s an excellent and unintentionally hilarious online resource I’ve been using recently to get hold of old and out-of-print books. hosts advert-free, free of charge out-of-copyright online e-books. There’s novels, plays, etc, but there is also a particularly good ‘intructional’ section. For anyone who is curious about the history of knitting and other crafts, or just gets a lot of pleasure reading old books, this is perfect. You can download the books in a pdf which allows you to save them on your PC or laptop or print them out. Here’s a couple of the best;

Exercises in Knitting – 1847

The Ladies' Work-Book

So far, so normal. But wait – there’s more. All of these really are titles from manybooks, I can assure you! Have you ever been interested in

The Ranidae;

How to breed, feed and raise the edible frog

No? Me neither. Edible frogs. I suppose all frogs must be ‘edible’ in the same way that straw or snails are edible. Not keen on trying that – how about;

How to Cook Husbands

That’s a rather poorly-named romance from 1898.

And my final, absolute favourite – better than a treatise on the Cauliflower that I found, better than Taxidermy for The Home, better than something about dairy bacteria, is this;

Talks on Manures;

A Series of Familiar and Practical Talks Between the Author and the Deacon, the Doctor, and other Neighbors, on the Whole Subject

Multiple conversations about manure. Not just one, in passing, that happened to turn to manure. He went out and purposely talking about the many aspects of manure with everyone available.

Now isn't that worth a download?

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