The most valuable resource for a new knitter...and sometimes even a longtime knitter...is a best friend that knows more about knitting than you.
Debbie Bliss - My New BFFThere is a new knitting guide out, by a very successful and talented knitwear designer and yarn manufacturer, Debbie Bliss. And it's very good.
The Knitters Book of Knowledge by Debbie Bliss, I predict, will become the new standout guide for knitters and should be a required resource in every knitters' library.
- Extensive tips and techniques many knitters want
- Authored by one of the foremost experts on knitting
- Tons of graphics, visuals and diagrams to help describe techniques
- Clear and appealing layout is consistent throughout the book
- Well-organized sections in a sequence that is logical and well thought out
- Extensive Table of Contents and Index, making finding specific techniques very easy
- Inexpensive - Hardback copy on Amazon (here in the U.S.) is only $18.35
- As with any comprehensive knitting guide, it's geared toward many audiences, so complex techniques are intermingled with beginner's instructions.
- Missing some important techniques (or difficult to find in index), especially finishing techniques like sewing up, weaving in ends, joining a new ball of yarn, etc.
I've only been browsing through the book for a little over a day, so my critique is limited, but overall, I'm highly impressed with Ms. Bliss' latest masterpiece and highly recommend getting it...either for yourself, or for your best friend that knits.
I finished the crochet cotton bag...at least the bag part of it, but it photographs badly, so I'll wait to present it on the blog after it's lined, sewn up a bit and has some structure.
However, I have also done some additional work on the niece blanket.
It's turning out to be a beautifully soft and warm blanket, but it's also starting to get more and more unwieldy as I have to keep flopping it over and over to knit back and forth.