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Son of Book Mini-Reviews

This might be the last one of these for awhile. My expenses are going to go up an incredible amount (just got a new car), and so I'll have less money to spend on knitting references that are fun to read but might never be actually used....

Son of Stitch 'n Bitch (45 Projects to Knit & Crochet for MEN) by Debbie Stoller

Overall Impression: Fun, but doesn't fit my current tastes

First Attempt at Lace

I decided to try my hands at lace, and make a shawl as a Mother's Day gift. While there was problem after problem with making it (starting with not realizing the yarn I mail ordered was variegated rather than solid), I think it turned out well in the end.

Even though the pattern is "beginner lace," there was a lot of blood (Knit Picks options are sharp!), sweat (well, I live in Arizona, it is to be expected), and profanity (I'm a man, I don't cry) that went into the making of it. Despite all that, it was still enjoyable to work on a different kind of knitting. I want to make another shawl, but I'd rather not have a time limit when I do. This one was fairly stressful, as I felt that I had to work on it even when I really wasn't in the mood.

The technical stuff (very Knit Picks-y):

Yarn: Knit Picks "Shimmer" (30% silk, 70% baby alpaca) in shade "Turquoise Splendor"

Pattern: Knit Picks Triangle Cover Shawl (not a free pattern, but inexpensive)

Needles Knit Picks Options, US #5, 40" cable.

Well, off to work on a Father's Day gift now....

Book Mini-reviews

I've been buying a lot of knitting books recently in an effort to improve my knowledge and skills. Some have been good, while others have been disappointing. I figured I'd write up a few opinions on my most recent acquisitions.

The Knitting Answer Book by Margaret Radcliffe

Overall impression: Very limited audience

This books claims to have "Solutions to Every Problem You'll Ever Face" and "Answers to Every Question You'll Ever Ask." These are big claims, and unsurprisingly the book fails to deliver.

There is good information in the book, but most of it is very basic stuff. Even with only a couple months knitting experience, there is not much I can learn from it. The book in written in a question and answer format which is very readable, but makes it less useful as a reference.

All in all, it strikes me as this book is useful for three kinds of knitters: First, those that are just learning and don't know much beyond the basic knit and purl. Second, knitters that only do a project once in awhile, and need something to prod their memory about how things work. Finally, it strikes me as being useful for knitters that are going to teach a class, to remind themselves about some of the basics that are so second nature to them that they don't even think to explain them.