- Paperback: 136 pages
- Publisher: Taunton Press (February 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1561588407
- ISBN-13: 978-1561588404
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 60 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,261,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters: Revised, Expanded, and Updated Survival Guide for Every Knitting Emergency Paperback – February 1, 2007
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About the Author
Between them, Marion Edmonds and Ahza Moore have 119 years of knitting experience. As partners in KnittingTogetherNYC, they have made knitting their livelihood, giving private knitting lessons and teaching at SoHo's Purl yarn store. They contributed patterns to Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson and develop patterns for magazines. This is their first book.
Top customer reviews
Nested therein (in no particular order) are many valuable insights and tips and common sense advice gained through years of knitting experience. I suggest you highlight any bit of wisdom you want to remember, otherwise you will never find it again. The authors just jot down everything that occurs to them in what ever order it pops into their heads. Your heads may not work the same way.
What it is NOT is "an emergency survival guide." When "bad things happen" the last thing you want is paragraph after paragraph of badly indexed wit. The authors have not ever heard the phrase "cut to the chase." You do, eventually, find the part that tells you how to pick up a dropped stitch or whatever other emergency you've managed to get yourself into but, in the process, your level of stress has risen rather than diminished.
For my particular (low) level of expertise, I didn't find the text as clear and illuminating as I would have needed. The illustrations, too, are rather unhelpful. They are drawn black-and-white closeups of loops and needles but no sequence is presented. Most are a single closeup of the here-and-now that give you no sense of what happens next or what went wrong.
If the book was called "Helpful Hints from One Knitter to Another" I would have given it 5 stars and an exclamation point. The fact that the title implies that it's a 911 for inexperienced knitters and then turns out not to be particularly helpful for that subgroup of knitters is the reason I took off two stars.