On Knitting and Purling

March 24th, 2007 | 5 Comments

I believe that understanding the structure of knitted fabric and knowing how to read your knitting are skills that separate beginning knitters from non-beginning knitters. It’s not there isn’t any merit in mostly-procedural knitting, because there is. But I think this an important line between being bound to a pattern and being confident in your own ability to make your knitting do what you want.

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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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