- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Skipstone (April 15, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594850887
- ISBN-13: 978-1594850882
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.3 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,479,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Knit in the Woods: 20 Projects for the Great Outdoors Paperback – April 15, 2008
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"These projects have the campsite in mind -- they're designed with stitches easy to execute by firelight." (Lansing State Journal)
About the Author
Shannon runs her own publishing venture (Cooperative Press) focusing on both digital and print publications, and most recently served as editor in chief of UK-based print knitting magazine Yarn Forward. She also owns and operates Knitgrrl Studio, a teaching space and shop in Lakewood, Ohio. Shannon was formerly a columnist for knit.1 magazine, and a founding co-owner of Stitch Cleveland, a similar space in Lakewood, Ohio. She started Stitch Cooperative, a designer-owned-and-operated pattern publishing co-op, and organizes events such as Cleveland edition of nationally-known indie craft show Bazaar Bizarre. You can check out her fiber- and craft-related videos here on YouTube. Most recently, she’s been writing the expert knitting column for Knitting Today! magazine.
Shannon teaches and speaks nationwide for many different types of audiences: see the events page on her website for her upcoming classes, book tour information and more.
She has written not only the Knitgrrl series, but also two books for Interweave Press (Spin to Knit and Felt Frenzy, the latter co-authored with Heather Brack). Shannon edited and wrote the instructional text for Just Socks and Just Gifts for Potter Craft and Crochet Style at Creative Homeowner.
Her first sewing book, AlterNation (with Alexandra Underhill) was released by North Light Books in 2007, and was followed by The Pillow Book for Chronicle Books in 2008.
How to Knit in the Woods was also published in 2008 by Mountaineers Books. Shannon’s other knitting books include Alt Fiber and the revised 2nd edition of Pam Allen’s Knitting for Dummies. Her most recent book is The Knitgrrl Guide to Professional Knitwear Design. All book news and data can be found at knitgrrl.com.
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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.