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How To Knit In The Woods: 20 Projects for the Great Outdoors Paperback – April, 2008
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About the Author
More About the Author
She is currently working on a number of new publishing projects with her company Cooperative Press, whose books are also available on Amazon!
Okey is the former editor of UK-based monthly knitting magazine Yarn Forward, the current editor of Knit Edge magazine, and also a former columnist for knit.1 magazine. She has appeared on several crafty TV shows, including Knitty Gritty, Uncommon Threads, Crafters Coast To Coast and Knitting Daily TV. She teaches all over the world.
For the latest news on Shannon and her books, check out her Knitgrrl website which includes her teaching and events schedule, as well as information on upcoming projects.
Top Customer Reviews
My main problem with the book is that there seem to be errors I can't find corrections for. There's an errata page on the Knitgrrl website but it only has corrections for a couple of projects. The first thing I tried to knit from this book was the camp towel and I really think the chart is incorrect but can't find anywhere to even ask about it. Also, when I tried to download the entire Tai Shan Hoodie pattern from the errata page it didn't work. Hopefully all the errors will have corrections posted soon but in the mean time it would be very annoying if you were actually in the woods trying to knit a project only to find errors in the pattern.
Anyway, some of the patterns are cute (and I like the use of more eco-friendly yarns) but maybe have a look through it first before you decide if you really need to own a copy.
Aside from the insoles for your shoes (if done slightly larger, they could be felted and made a bit thicker), and the camp stool cover (which would be far more practical done in nylon twine or cord), most of the projects would be better off used/worn around town or at home. A hand-knitted washcloth or towel is great for home, but is not going to dry as quickly or be as lightweight as a microfiber towel. Also, there's a cooler hammock to keep it away from bears by hanging it from a tree branch. Honestly, if you're hauling around a cooler, most likely you'd leave it in the car/RV when not using it.
One item that is really irritating is that the charts for the cabled sweater (which has a very nice pattern) have to be downloaded. Not everyone has internet access. Bonus patterns online are one thing, but the main charts for a book's patterns should always be in the book or with the book in a pattern envelope.
It is an okay book, but borrow from your library first, before buying.