Saturday, 28 March 2015

Review: The Knitter's Life List

Title: The Knitter's Life List: To Do, To Know, To Explore, To Make
Author: Gwen W. Steege
Publisher: Storey Publishing LLC
Published: 2011

I have been browsing plenty of knitting books recently, especially since I have been visiting the library in order to study for my upcoming exams in May. There are a surprisingly big selection of knitting books (and crafting, cross-stitch, crocheting and even card-making), although most of them are how-to books or pattern books. After the twentieth book that proclaim to teach you how to cast on and make knit stitches and purl stitches, I want something different.

The Knitter's Life List does have some knitting techniques, but it has so much more! It has information about the different types of yarn, the needles even plenty of history of knitting. It focuses on some designers and knitters, and some towns and villages that have a history of knitting. I learned where Fair Isle came about and the various knitting cultures in the world. The book does have chapters for different types of items (gloves, scarves, socks) but there is not so much focus on patterns and how-to than to provide a multitude of information on it: the history and the modern.

However, some of the information has an American slant, i.e. the venues of Yarn Fests and shops, which is useless to anyone who lives outside of the US, and has no intention of visiting the country! Other than that, I do enjoy the book and am pondering whether to buy it so that I can flip through it whenever I want!

Do you know any informative knitting books like this one? Please let me know so that I can hunt it down and read it!

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