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The Knitter's Life List: To Do, To Know, To Explore, To Make Paperback – October 21, 2011
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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)!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book! Well written and covers a variety of techniques in regards to knitting. The pictures are clear and concise with current yarns being used to demonstrate examples. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Deb
I bought this used and it is in very good condition and arrived promptly. I hope I live long enough to finish all the wonderful creative projects described within.Published 6 months ago by Nancy Mowbray
I like this! As someone who's been making hats and scarves for years, I'm happy to find this book. It has a fun layout and lots of great suggestions for people who want to try... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tabby
i think i have too many books to get this book, thought it would give new ideas. but all it gave was a question about
why this was written.
Love this book........there are so many ideas and interesting facts in it. Sadly, I will have to buy another copy because I gave mine to my best friend for... Read morePublished 9 months ago by D. P. Noland
This book is great. It kind of serves as a writer's block buster but for knitting.
When I find myself unsure of what type of project to embark on next, I like to use this to... Read more