My Book Reviews
I believe that almost anything can be learned through studying a book and that finding just one good idea or tip makes the price of a book worthwhile. I have also found that the benefits of classes and workshops are greatly enhanced by reinforcing reading either before or after attendance. My personal library is extensive and always growing, so I thought I'd share my comments on some of my knitting references. All opinions contained in my book reviews are entirely my own.
25 Timeless Designs from Interweave
This is one of the best sock knitting books on the market. It's a collection of popular designs from Interweave Knits with some new patterns thrown in. The photography is superb and the pattern instructions are clear and detailed. I love all of the socks in this book and would knit them all if I could find the time. Very highly recommended for any sock knitter!
Knitted Lace of Estonia:
Techniques, Patterns and Traditions
Definitely a coffee table book to marvel over! This book contains interesting background on Estonian knitting and provides detailed patterns for a multitude of pretty scarves and heirloom shawls. The knitting would be challenging but the results priceless. I can't wait to find an excuse to tackle one of the more complex shawls. This book would be a great addition to the library of any experienced knitter.
I'm not a fan of the 2-at-a-time technique for knitting socks. Students often ask about it, so I bought this book and tried it out, but I just don't see the benefits! Sure, your socks both get finished together, but it takes twice as long! The book itself is riddled with errors, both in the instructional sections and in the patterns. Not a great choice as a reference or technique book although some of the sample socks are pretty and the photography is good.