I feel the need to preface this review with a brief insight into my personality. I’m very goal oriented. I like checking off to do lists, completing challenges, getting all of the achievements in video games (at least until I’ve realized I wasted 30 hours on one achievement and stop), and gaining certificates in whatever arena I can. So when I saw this book had checklists, I immediately fell in love with it.
While you get a lot basics in knitting as a skill from the Start-up Library: Knitting course, I’d say this book is an introduction to knitting culture. It covers fiber types, along with brief visuals on how it’s made. You get an idea of the who’s who, knitting giants and all the stars in the knitting community. It covers looking at local yarn shops and fiber festivals and brief glimpses of knitting as a world wide culture, not just your local knitting group. The book looks at knitting for charity and the different sub-sections of knitting, like brioche and fair isle knitting. And for each section, there’s a type of bucket list of things to explore, people to meet, skills to learn, and experiences to have. What I like most about the book is how welcoming it is. The tone is like an enthusiastic club member welcoming you to your first meeting. The writer wants you to feel at home and wants to provide you with a crash course on the knitting world. It’s truly something I would highly recommend.
There are a few technical sections in the book and people unfamiliar with the book’s true goal may take it as an all-inclusive skill builder. It’s not. This is 100% about the culture of knitting, not the skill of knitting. Also, those who are compulsive completionists may balk at the sheer number of entries on the list. Try to think of it as a jumping off point meant for inspiration, not a comprehensive list that you MUST complete.
I personally would highly recommend buying it if you are a new or intermediate knitter. Veterans may also find useful tidbits in here, but I think a library rental would be best first. For everyone else though, I think it’s a must-have.
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