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Pints and Purls: Portable Projects for the Social Knitter Paperback – April 8, 2009

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About the Author

Karida Collins runs Neighborhood Fiber Company, a hand-dyed yarn company based in Washington, D.C. She attends fiber arts trade shows across the country, blogs at www.neighborhoodfiberco.com, and is regularly featured on the popular Lime & Violet knitting podcast. Her yarn is sold through major yarn stores with significant online presence.

Libby Bruce is the owner of WonderKnit yarn shop in Columbus, Ohio. She writes, designs, and teaches knitting. She blogs about knitting, drinking, cats, and life at winelips.blogspot.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books; First Edition edition (April 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160061146X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600611469
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #769,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I used to smoke, now I knit. This means that knitting in bars was an absolute necessity. I'm quite adept with the manipulation of yarn, needles and pint at this time.

I was very pleased with the patterns and the clarity of the rating system (clever use of beer bottles to show the difficulty level). The whole book was a well written great read.

I would have enjoyed a few more patterns in the five + range for those of us who make a habit out of supporting our local breweries and pubs.

The photographs are stunning and are set in the kinds of places that I find myself knitting. I was disappointed with the drunken sweater pattern's picture because it doesn't show the intended effect (I think).

Overall, a book worth giving as a gift and most certainly worth adding to your shelf. For those of this with this bent, I'd pair it with "Naughty Needles" and call it a day!
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This is the 1st knitting book that I've actually bothered to READ! Usually, I buy a book for the patterns & could care less about reading anything else in it. I started looking through the patterns, caught a paragraph here & there, & decided to start reading this one! I found it very entertaining & refreshing! It has some very nice patterns that are easy to pick up & take with you, & this was what I was looking for, since I love to knit, but don't get a lot of time to devote to involved or long-term projects. There's a little bit of something for everybody in this book, & some great get-together ideas for friends, as well!
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Great for most levels. I wouldn't call the beginners patterns ''beginner'' simply because I am one, and still struggling with one of the patterns with the 4 bottles displayed. O well...
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While it's a pretty good selection of take-along patterns- meaning not hugely complex and easy to work on while in company- the patterns themselves are not all that exciting.

Many are very useful! but they do not look to me like being fun to kit; they are more intended for ease of knitting.

I do like a couple of the bags- knitted then felted- and some leg warmers.
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This book is really fun to read and has some great projects. Sadly, I have to rate the book poorly. Unfortunately the binding of the book came unglued the first day I had it. Not the authors' fault, but a dissatisfier nonetheless. I made the six-pack caddy and it is great. I started making the wine cozy and found the directions for the bottom of the cozy to be very unclear. I've been knitting for 40 of my 46 years, so I followed my instincts and everything turned out fine. If someone inexperienced follows the directions as written they will probably be in trouble.

Hats off for the concept of the book. Thumbs down on the quality.
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I love this book! In response to another comment its quite refreshing to have a book with drinking in mind. I knit and I drink, it's wonderful to combine the two, and to have so many portable projects. Knitters come in all ages, shapes and sizes so it's a breath of fresh air to have something different on the market. Thank you Ms. Bruce and Ms. Collins.
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I've done a few projects out of this book and have found multiple mistakes in the patterns along the way. Unfortunately I seem to realize that there are mistakes after I've already followed the instructions and then have to undo a bunch of my work to fix it.
I wouldn't recommend a beginner try this book or they'd have a heck of a time trying to figure out where they went wrong.
Cute idea, but they should have done more proofreading.
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Thanks to those who noted many pattern mistakes. I am 3/4 up the Drunken Sweater and the decreases for the short sleeve look awful and not like the picture at all. It didn't seem right from the first, but I labored on thinking it would block out. Everything else fits well and will look cool, but I have to frog back to the first decrease and figure out the correct technique. Can't find any errata. Ravelry, here I come....Pints and Purls: Portable Projects for the Social KnitterUPDATE: I found the designer's website and there was a better picture of the sweater that shows how the short sleeve decreases look. The instructions then became more understandable and are working.
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