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Wendy Knits : My Never-Ending Adventures in Yarn Paperback – April 25, 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (April 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452287324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452287327
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,453,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

WENDY D. JOHNSON is a lifelong knitter and creator of one of the most popular knitting blogs online. She has been quoted or featured in many major knitting magazines, and has created designs and taught classes for Knit Happens, the celebrated yarn shop in Alexandria,Virginia.

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Wendy D. Johnson is a lifelong knitter who has since April 2002 maintained a popular knitting blog: WendyKnits.net. Her designs and articles have appeared online and she has been quoted or featured in major knitting magazines.

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74 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne on April 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
Pour yourself a copy of coffee, sit down in your favorite chair, and get ready to spend some delightful time "chatting" with Wendy Johnson, a knitting wonder and a downright warm and friendly individual. That is exactly how I felt when I started reading Wendy's wonderful book during an incredibly hectic week in my life. Even though I had a million deadlines to make, I couldn't put Wendy's book down, so I just kept reading and smiling as each chapter put into beautiful and often times humorous language all I have ever felt about knitting.

This book has it all. It is written in a style reminiscient of Elizabeth Zimmerman's incredible books Knitting in the Round and Knitter's Almanac. Like Zimmerman, Wendy shares her abundant knitting wisdom gained over a lifetime with her readers. Those of you have enjoyed her blog over the years as I have will be pleased to know that most of the book is new material; Wendy does not simply repeat a lot of information from her website. Instead, she gives insight into her background before WendyKnits and gives her readers a behind-the-scenes look at her knitting acitivities and adventures that provided the content for her blog. She also shares a wealth of knitting information including tips about knitting techniques, types of knitting equipment, and discussions of knitting traditional garments. Her tips on Fair Isle knitting in particular are invaluabe and are even expanded a bit from her coverage of it on her blog.

She also provides great patterns for a range of knitters from all levels. Beginners could build their skill-level by starting with her easier projects and then move up to the more sophisticated garments such as her incomparable traditional Swedish two-color garment, Ingrid.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Lois Lain VINE VOICE on February 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
Anyone who's familiar with Wendy Knit's popular blog will know exactly what they're getting from this book. What disappointed me was the quality of the book, and the pattern choices. With the number of gorgeous, full-color knitting books on the store shelves, this one definitely pales in comparison. The photos of the finished objects are in black-and-white, and are so dark they're hard to see any detail. Add to that the fact that the patterns themselves are rather bland and blah, and you may want to think twice before purchasing this book. But if you love Wendy (and who doesn't??) go ahead. Then write to her publisher and tell her you want the next book to include color photos. I'd glady pay a few more bucks for a better-quality book.
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76 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Peg in DC on April 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
She did it! -like the song from My Fair Lady about Professor Higgins - Wendy did it -she did it!

Got Wendy Knits yesterday and read Wendy Knits yesterday - reading it was like eating cheetos - I couldn't stop! - even tired and blearly eyed - I had to keep reading - what...what was going to happen next? I had to find out!

I absolutely LOVED her chapter on knitting socks - from the way she describes how she got interested in knitting socks, how she designs them (the dimensions and specs) to fit a person's foot to the end of the chapter when her friend asked for the pair that Wendy had made for her when... but wait, I don't want to give it away.

I've been reading Wendy's Blog for years, so I knew that Wendy is a real knitting mensch. Now, you get to know that too - she's extremely generous sharing her knowledge and experience with knitting with her readers - you'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll learn from her mistakes. And, most amazingly, Wendy in Wendy Knits captures the adventure, the excitement, the exploration, the discovery and the creation that is knitting! BRAVO Wendy - you did it! Her's is the first knitting book I've read that really is all about that! It's not about the finished object, although there are wonderfully written and clearly charted patterns for scarves, socks, sweaters, shawls and cat toys and cat beds - and good clear B&W photographs of real women (and cats) (and even Wendy!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By starrgirl on September 7, 2006
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I really enjoyed this book and credit it with reviving my interest in knitting. After reading the numerous reviews here, I knew it would be worth the purchase price and I bought it for the toe-up sock pattern. Wendy wrote that section in such a way that I can now take measurements and make socks for anyone and they look good and they fit. The short row toe and heel were a nice discovery for me. I also took her advice on yarn selection (superwash for socks) and needles (Brittany Birch) and have enjoyed those purchases as well. Additionally, I liked the fact that Wendy's book features normal sized women wearing her designs in the book so that I can get a realistic idea of how they will look on the average woman. I appreciate that approach and know that the patterns will reflect the same thoughtfulness. I look forward to knitting more things in the real world with Wendy. I would like to have given this a rating of 4+ stars, which wasn't available since I'm reserving 5 stars for things that one just can't live without. This book is a good solid purchase and you will get a lot out of it if you like to knit.
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