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Confessions of a Knitting Heretic Spiral-bound – April, 2004
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Assuming her readers are intelligent, Annie doesn't dumb down her instructions ... a subtle, refreshing difference that left me totally engaged -- Knitters Review, May 2004
I enjoyed the essays & was happy to see the 'I-Bobble' - at last a good looking knit-side bobble! -- Anna Zilboorg, Author, Knitting for Anarchists
From the Publisher
In it's first 10 weeks it has sold more than 2,000 copies, which is amazing for any knitting book, let alone a self published one.
It is true that the quality of this book is not the glossy, coffee table book standard. The pages are printed in black and white and a few of them could be clearer.
Having said that, I find that many of my customers are returning to purchase extra copies for sisters, friends, cousins - folks they want to sway toward the heretical thought that There Is NO Wrong Way To Knit!
Top Customer Reviews
I'm rather reclusive and knit quietly at home. I have lots of beautifully illustrated books to which I refer if, say, I want to knit a cable. The explanations are technical, precise, well illustrated. The explanation I'm going to remember, however, appears in the black & white pages of Modesitt's book wherein appear little faces on the stitches. Oh. I see, Annie. Knit the wallflower first!
There is no shortage of perfectionists in my family. Perfectionists and proud of it. I, on the other hand, leave a mistake in my knitting on the theory that "Pride goeth before a fall."
Modesitt's essay on valuing one's work yet not being a perfectionist put this conflict into perspective for me beautifully. After reading her book, I got out a Raggedy Ann doll I had made 40 years ago. It's not perfect, but it's pretty good. It certainly shows evidence of having been well loved.
Moreover, Modesitt's ideas came in very handy elsewhere: when visiting a hospitalized friend; when talking to members of a bereavement support group. We are none of us perfect.
I'm in debt to the experienced knitter who said she learned to purl better through reading this book.
If you like beautifully colored images to pop off a glossy page and grab your attention, you may be disappointed initially. It's a book to read quietly and savor. A book to pick up when you wonder about a new technique. A book to ponder.
Any knitter will learn a fascinating technique which blends the best of the two more known styles of knitting, and become a speedy, even, and most importantly, intuitive and creative knitter. The beginner will have sound foundation on which to develop skills, and learn to conquer knitting insecurities which may prevent project development. The intermediate knitter will appreciate Modesitt's contageous enthusiasm, and likely rediscover a passion for knitting that may have faded after doing one too many sweaters or pairs of socks in the same way. The advanced knitter will be find knitting time spent on knitting projects neverbefore dreamed of - an expanded range of hats, jewelry, and even FURNITURE!!!
As Modesitt says, we don't unlearn past knowlege, we build upon it, and whether this book is a basic foundation or one more brick in the wall reaching to the top, it is a strong and solid addition to the construction of a well-rounded knitter.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have been knitting on and off for 50 years. I did not know that my style of knitting was called combination. I just started knitting that way because it made sense to me. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Knittypat1943
Read this cover to cover. I took one of her classes, she is way over the top and doesnt need any caffeine. good readPublished 8 months ago by Kimberly Martin
This book is self published and I did not find it to be of professional standard. I would have requested a refund and sent it back, if not for the cost of overseas postage.Published 15 months ago by Pria Aldridge
For those of us who worry about doing everything perfectly, this book says, if you are comfortable with it, it is ok! Read morePublished on February 22, 2014 by Knit6grammy
Every knitter who gets to the advanced stage should have at least one book by Annie Modesitt on her - or his - shelf. Read morePublished on September 2, 2013 by Rebecca H. Augustine