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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (October 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603429964
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603429962
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book strives to be a comprehensive guide to all things fiber for chicks with sticks, and guys, too. Steege, a fiberista for more than 50 years who raises her own sheep, gives a tour of how yarn makes it from a sheep's back to the sweater in the closet. Along the way are fascinating and informative side trips through the history of knitting, knitting techniques, and interviews with major knitting designers and teachers. The pictures and illustrations are both beautiful and informative and will inspire many projects. The novice knitter will find everything she needs to know--and more--about the basics, and the experienced knitter will discover new twists to the hobby. The appendix alone is worth the price of the book as it lists every major fiber festival, knitting guru, yarn manufacturer and pattern source mentioned in the book, complete with web addresses and contact information. This is a book the knitter will return to again and again. One can only pity the poor crocheters who must wait for their version.


If you need a knowing friend to help guide you on the who, what, and where of knitting, this is your book. At its core, The Knitter's Life List is a book of possibilities…Steege surveys all the nooks and crannies of the knitting world and presents them in an easy, comprehensive overview—a Frommer's guide to the imaginary land of knitting. It points out all the most important people, places, and things of interest, still leaving lots of back streets for you to explore on your own.
(Beth Brown-Reinsel, instructor, knitwear designer, and author of Knitting Ganseys CraftGossip.com)

Are you in a knitting rut or just want to try something new? The Knitter’s Life List could be just the spark to send the knitting part of your brain into overdrive. This book is full of fun and interesting information. I loved to pick it up at the end of my knitting day, when my hands were tired of knitting, but my brain still in knitting mode.
(Donna Druchunas, author of Successful Lace Knitting, www.sheeptoshawl.com Library Journal)

Take a few of these suggestions every week and before you know it, you’ll have an impressive arsenal under your belt. And that belt will be knitted!
(Linda Cortright, Wild Fibers Magazine Chicago Tribune)

“Knitters looking to explore their favorite craft will enjoy Steege’s adventurous approach.”


The Knitter's Life List will entertain and occupy every level of knitter.”


Need knitting inspiration? This compendium of ideas will whet your yarnivorous appetite.

About the Author

Gwen W. Steege, author of The Knitter’s Life List, has been a fiber fanatic for nearly 50 years, and she hasn’t yet tired of spending late nights with her knitting needles and a good ball of yarn, sometimes spun from the fleece of her own sheep. By day she edits books on knitting and other fiber crafts for Storey Publishing. She lives in western Massachusetts.


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Great for knitters of all abilities.
J. Martin
Whatever it is that makes you pick your needles up again this book will be that inspiration.
Linda Lanese
This book will guide you through everything wonderful and mysterious in the world of fiber.
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88 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Liat2768 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is not a collection of patterns so if that is what you are looking for, look elsewhere. The idea of the book is that it provides checklists for all the varied and fascinating things that there are to explore in the world fo knitting.

There are lists for yarns to experiment with, cables to learn, color knitting to conquer, socks, hats, scarves and so much more. Each list includes techniques and designs that the average knitter may not have tried yet. There are suggestions for designers whose patterns may add a real kick to your knitting and yarns that can make all the difference.

I've been knitting for over two decades and this is the kind of book that can make knitting an exciting challenge all over again. The first section devoted to yarns drew me in hook, line and sinker! Who knew that the different breed of goats and sheep would make a difference in whether the yarn is better for hats or sweaters or even rugs!?

I love that the first chapter also includes a clear list and information on yarn mills and spinners based in the United States. There is also a section on knitting for charity, recycling yarn, visiting fiber festivals and so much more. There are gems scattered throughout this book and it will keep you coming back for more.

Be warned though. there are no patterns to be had in this book. This is not what it is about. The whole idea is to immerse yourself in the world of knitting, the love of yarn and the challenge of learning something new about a craft you may already be practicing for years or might have just picked up yesterday.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Linda Lanese on October 14, 2011
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Are you one of those knitters that knit for a time and then put your yarns and needles aside for a while until something new or vintage sparks your interest? Is one of your pass times searching the internet for new ideas, fibers and new techniques.
Whatever it is that makes you pick your needles up again this book will be that inspiration. If you watch old movies before people had TV's you may see someone peacefully sitting by the fire knitting something to wear or to give as a gift. The allure is most likely a combination of some or all of these. We as knitters are always looking for the new and stunning knits that we see on the run ways during fashion week. Gwen interviews many well-known knitters and you will come away knowing each and their unique designs.
Some reviewers are calling this book the "Knitters Bucket List" everything in this book is related in some way to knitting. There are eleven chapters in this book and each chapter is dedicated to a certain knit item. This book has a resource list of books, magazines, and websites to help you along your way. These resources will allow you to dream of projects you have never thought of trying. There are lists that you can highlight what you would like to try and an area where you can add to the list. This book offers up a little history of fibers and garments made from these fibers. There is a little on "which came first, the sock or the shoe?" You will learn about famous people in history that were knitters and knitting for causes, like the soldiers that needed socks.
Gwen introduces you to fiber experts and fiber artists who have contributed their talents to this book. Find out the Who's Who in This Community of Knitting Experts. For information about their books and Internet activities' listed in the resource areas.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Deborah on September 25, 2011
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I am always looking for something different in a knitting book because I have so many. This one is different and I love it. The lists are a blast. I have learned quite a few things from the book. It is fun and it gives me new things to explore. I am not a new knitter so I think this book would be appreciated by new and seasoned knitters alike.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. B. on December 27, 2011
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This book was on my CHRISTmas wish list and my daugther surprised me with it. I own close to a hundred knitting books and this is one of the most interesting ones yet!! There is a LOT to read in it for educating yourself and for pure enjoyment. It is NOT a book with patterns in it. So if you want a pattern book this one is NOT for you. If you want a book that will encourage you to learn more about knitting and hundreds of suggestions of how to "grow" as a knitter and be entertained while doing so...then this is for you. I own a few knitting books on techniques and yet this one is so differnet from them. I rate it a TEN. I do highly recommend it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chris Reeske on January 21, 2012
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This was a Christma gift and it has really been fun, since I've been knitting for 40+ years it was great to just go through and see which projects, or techniques or yarn I have already tried. I think the biggest kick I got out of it was when the author suggested you view a "sheep to shawl exhibit" (sherring, carding, spinning, knitting) and I knew I had already done so--thirty years ago. I was in the exhibit as the spinning part.
Although this is not a pattern book of any sort, it does put out a lot of ideas. It's fun to just pick up for a few minutes and in general it's great for keeping you interested in knitting. I think I'm adding Knitter's Life List to my Bucket List.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JR on February 8, 2012
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Have you ever been to an expo or public show held in some cavernous building with the latest-and-greatest products and recommendations for improving or expanding your knowledge of gardening/home improvement/golf/wine/______ (fill in the blank)? I love those things! I find myself dashing from display to display, taking notes, and seeing new stuff. I usually come away from them really energized and full of ideas, ready to try something new. Gwen Steege's Knitter's Life List is a fiber expo in a book (without the yarn fondling and coveting, of course!)

The basic premise of the Life List is that, as a knitter, there is so much more to knitting than just some pointy sticks and some yarn; expanding on that thought, each chapter is devoted to a single topic such as "Gloves and Mittens" or "Sweaters" (of course), and "Fiber Lovers". It's what she's done within each chapter, however, that made it so expo-like for me; each chapter contains some combination of categories like "Meet", "Do/Try", "Go", and "Explore". Each "Meet" article, for example, contains a profile and interview of an author or expert of note that relates to the topic at hand, like Meg Swanson or Kaffe Fassett.

This is not a "How to" book - this is better! This is an idea book. The author provides enough information to actually perform many of the techniques (like knitting backwards or how to save thumb stitches in a mitten), but provides only a basic understanding of some topics that are too big to cover in an "expo" writing style, like dyeing and spinning. I also appreciated the list of knitter's acronyms because I now know that I am a proud STABLE owner (Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy)!
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