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Knits: My Never-Ending
Adventures in Yarn
Wendy D. Johnson
5 sheep (excellent)
knitters will often ask the question - What's the ONE BOOK
I should buy? Well, my answer just changed. WendyKnits is
a great book for the novice knitter because Wendy talks
the novice through the basics and explains things in a breezy,
conversational style that makes you feel like your big sister
or best friend is teaching you. The patterns range from
a square stockinette stitch dishcloth to lovely sweaters
with lacy borders and Wendy's own "recipe" for
a toe-up sock. Her humorous recounting of her adventures
in yarn are hilarious, but very informative to the new knitter.
The new knitter will learn and understand why gauge and
an ample supply of yarn in one dye lot are important and
those of us with more knitting history are likely to see
ourselves in Wendy's anecdotes.
patterns are directed to both the novice and knowledgeable
knitter. She uses a fairly small amount of knitting jargon
so patterns are accessible to all skill levels, although
drawings of techniques would be helpful to the "visual"
learners. Throughout the book is a feeling that Wendy is
telling you "Come on!!! You can do this! It's EASY!"
She even helps you get over the guilt of buying expensive
luxury fibers and having a stash that takes over the living
space in your home. And if you are contemplating lace projects
but feel intimidated by shawl patterns you've seen (like
I am) take a look at the Grape Arbor Shawl - it is lovely
and Wendy has provided both written out directions row by
row and clear charts. This isn't just a terrific knitting
book, it's also a terrific read.
more about and from Wendy, please visit her blog: Wendy
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