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America Knits Paperback – April 1, 2005
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Americas leading spinners, weavers and knitters tell their fascinating stories. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Lots of my favorite designers are represented. To name a few: Norah Gaughan, Barbara Walker, Meg Swansen, Kristin Nicholas, Priscilla Gibson-Roberts, Michele Rose-Orne, Nicky Epstein, Nancy Bush, and Lizbeth Upitis. My favorite patterns include:
Mother-Daughter Harvest Fruit Pullovers
Spice Market Wrap
Deborah Newton's Unisex Cabled Raglan Pullover
Colorado Cashmere Wimple (hood/cowl)
There are lots more that I really love, plus the profiles on the designers, of course. I don't mind about the styling being dated on the sweaters. This was 1996, which means it's just about time for the fashions to shift back again. I've already seen a lot of oversized, boxy, wearable-with-leggings-stuff out there.
So, to sum up, for me it was worth adding to my library. If you're a new knitter and would like detailed directions, wait until you're "Intermediate". Remember to check out Ravelry.com for a complete list of projects and photos from this book.
If, on the other hand, you do not already have a copy of Knitting in America, then do buy this book--it is fabulous! The photographs alone will inspire you for years. The stories of the knitters are terrific and the book is also like a travelogue of America. There are great patterns too but most of them are for more experienced knitters.
The book is divided up into regions, such as Southwest, Northwest, etc. and each shows locale-themed knitwear and outdoorsy knitters/spinners doing their thing outside in the fresh air... usually with some sort of pet or livestock in the back/foreground. There are lots of full-page, color, glossy pic sthat are very beautiful. Oh, and what patterns there are are tucked in the back.
Primarily this book is a dialog on various artists around the country and their work. I haven't examined every picture, but it looks like not a single one was taken indoors. And that's the feel for the patterns as well. Lots of sweaters and wraps and jackets and blankets, all brightly colored and intricately designed. No easy stuff in this book, it all appears to be fairly challenging.