Book Review: Last-Minute Knitted Gifts

May 23rd, 2006 | Comments Off

Cover of Last-Minute Knitted Gifts

Author: Joelle Hoverson & Anna Williams (Photographer)
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori, & Chang
Rating: 4.5 Skeins
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I fell in love with the cute green pouch on the cover, bought the book, and the rest is history. This is a gorgeously laid out book with elegant, eye-catching projects. The yarns are fancy, but the knitting generally stays simple. This book is targeted at new knitters, but I think more experienced knitters may also find themselves inspired by a project or two.

The first thing in this book is a fantastic section on color theory, discussing the basics of color, the relationships between colors, and how to choose colors for a project. The attention that the authors pay to color is apparent throughout the book, from the knitted items’ rich colors to the beautifully composed photographs. There are many other knitting books on the market that could benefit from the authors’ eye for color.

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Book Review: Knit One, Felt Too

March 18th, 2006 | Comments Off

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Author: Kathleen Taylor
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC
Rating: 3.5 Skeins
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I bought this book when I couldn’t find Felted Knits in the bookstore and well, I prefer the other one. That’s not to say that this book is bad, because it’s not.

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Book Review: Felted Knits

March 17th, 2006 | Comments Off

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Author: Beverly Galeskas
Publisher: Interweave Press
Rating: 4 Skeins
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I own this book and Knit One, Felt Too and prefer the projects in this one. Felted Knits contains a nice selection of felted bags, mittens, slippers, household items, and a vest, all of which are cute. The projects have simple, clean designs suitable for beginning knitters and are, for the most part, photographed nicely.

It’s clear that some care was taken with the photographs; they are arranged artistically and you get good looks at what the finished items are supposed to look like. In many cases, you can see the finished item photographed from multiple angles, although you may need to hunt around the book for them.

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