Thursday, February 15, 2007
Book Review and Giveaway: When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters
(When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters: An Emergency Survival Guide (Paperback) by Marion Edmonds, Ahza Moore.)
I was asked by the publisher to review this book, When Bad Thing Happen to Good Knitters. No matter the level of skill, even the most accomplished knitters will make an error on occasion. So there's nothing to feel bad about! There are solutions!
The book is laid out in four sections:
1. Emergency Prevention: This is sort of an introductory section to knitting. Any new beginning knitter confused about needless size, casting on, binding off, gauges, swatches, tools, will find answers about these here. There is also a section on how to re-gauge your knitting pattern for the yarn you want to use. (I meant to write a post about this, but I think they explain it better).
2. Secret Language of Knitting Patterns: This section helps you to understand knitting patterns, how to choose your size, abbreviations, how to increase, decrease.
3. Good Knitting Gone Wrong: This sections is laid out in question and answer format, it highlights problems such as how to fix dropped stitches, how to fix twisted stitches and more.
4. Don't Let Finishing Finish You Off: This section features the types of finishes you can use, with diagrams on how to do it.
The book is an easy- read, and it explains just about everything you might want to know in simple terms. Mt only complaint is that some unnecessary jargon is used, such as referring to Right Side as "Public Side" and Wrong Side as "Private Side". It is a neatly packaged book to pull out when you need answers. I would mostly recommend this book to new knitters who are still trying to figure out this world of knitting. This should solve the intimidation factor that new knitters face. Experienced knitters might be more inclined to find their answers in the big book of Vogue Knitting.
I taught myself to knit through books and magazines. It can be hard to find all the answers in one book, so I think this one does. I wish I had this book when I started out, then I wouldn't have gone through so much trial and error. Discouraged knitters need to read this book!
To thank you loyal readers, I requested two extra copies to giveaway! To qualify for this random draw, leave ma a comment and tell me your worst knitting nightmare and if you found a solution to solve it. Please include an email address. These comments are moderated, so I will not publish them. Contest closes February 22nd, 2007. I will contact the winners on February 23rd via email.