Knitter in the Know
Recommended by Anne Heidemann, the head of the Children's Library at the Canton Public Library.
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Debbie Stoller (editor of BUST magazine) has become the poster girl for the new Generation of knitters with this book and the follow-ups Stitch N Bitch Nation and The Happy Hooker: Stitch N Bitch Crochet. In this, her first book on crafting, Stoller provides a broad range of knitting how-tos, from the basics of casting on and binding off to harder-to-find advice on finding or starting a knitting group of ones own. A hip look and feel complement the irreverent tone of what has become my favorite knitting book of all time.
For many new knitters, the idea of balancing five double-pointed needles in order to form an uninterrupted tube for a sock is intimidating. Cat Bordhis technique for using two circular needles takes only a moment to learn and really works! This technique inspired me to try knitting my first sock, which went much faster than I expected and turned out great.
A common problem for many knitters is known as SABLE: Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy, or having so much yarn youll never be able to knit it all. Often much of this consists of single skeins in one color or type - not enough to complete an entire project. Leigh Radford offers a host of ideas for using these singleton skeins, ranging from household storage items to baby accessories to stylish handbags. These patterns are also the perfect way to test-drive a new type of yarn or for those luxury yarns that, for larger projects, might be too costly.
There are many, many, many knitting patterns available for childrens items, most of them either so nauseatingly cutesy or old-fashioned-craftsy that kids arent too keen on being seen in them. Lucinda Guys designs are fun, stylish and most importantly, have kid-appeal. The book itself is fun to read and features delightful illustrations.
This book has been recommended to me more than any other on the topic of knitting. It offers detailed patterns in multiple sizes and - even better - multiple gauges. One sometimes picks out a pattern and then purchases the recommended yarn to make the project, but more often, I find myself searching through my stash for a yarn of similar gauge and fiber, often with mixed results. The patterns in this book make it easy to match a yarn with a pattern with virtually guaranteed success.