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Confessions of a Knitting Heretic Spiral-bound – April, 2004
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A gold mine, chock-full of information presented with style, wit & humor. A great addition to your library! -- Wendyknits Knitting Blog, May 2004
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
This is a self published book. After shopping the idea around to several knitting and craft publishing houses, I found that they felt there was no market for this book.
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!
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A note about other's criticisms--you can't make notes in the margin with glossy paper (glossy paper--yuck!). Spiral binding is easy to keep open and eliminates cracked spine glue from constant use. Also, black and white pictures and old photos are charming, when I want color, I'll find a box of crayons.
So--The book and author are wonderful, I'd like to give them six stars.
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.