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Last-Minute Knitted Gifts (Last Minute Gifts) Hardcover – October 1, 2004
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Hoverson was skeptical when her editor asked her to come up with projects that could be knitted in 10 hours or less, but after some research, she was delighted to find numerous simple projects that were "inspiring, challenging, and fun." Following introductory chapters that discuss color, fiber, tools, and patterns, the patterns themselves begin. Divided by the length of time it takes to complete each project (some less than 2 hours!), the book shows off a wide array of gifts. The quickest include angora baby booties, a kerchief scarf, and potholders. If the knitter is able to take a little longer, there's time to make leg warmers, hats, and scarves. Sweaters, knit toys, and a felted yoga bag take only 4 to 6 hours (provided, of course, that the knitter doesn't abandon the project for a year or so). Lush color photographs make every one of these items look like a winner, and the directions are clear and easy to follow. A list of books for further reading is a nice touch. Ilene Cooper
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Anna Williams is a freelance photographer based in New York City. Her work appears frequently in Martha Stewart Living, Oprah Winfrey's O magazine, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Real Simple, In Style, Elle Decor, and other national publications.
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The instructions are clear, however a knitter must check on the publisher's page to see if there are any corrections prior to starting a project - all knitting books are like that.
Where the book lost a point with me is that the author does not describe the type of yarn required, it simply lists the yarn used for the project in the picture. Should you not have access to this specific yarn or find it too expensive, you must first research the yarn, find out the gauge and weight of the yarn and then, you will be able to look for substitute yarn. If you do not have the internet on hand, you are out of luck.
Also note that the difficulty level is not rated, you must read the pattern and then evaluate its potential against your skill.
And last, there are too few real "last minute" projects in my opinion; good thing that the core part of the title is actually "knitted gifts".
Another plus for the book is that it features good information on color selection, fibers and their care, tools, patterns (general information about), finishing techniques and cast-on methods, there is even a chapter on wrapping your gift :)
I think that this book is a great value, it could even make a great gift for a fellow knitter, should you not have time to knit anything after all!