Knitting Book Review Corner - because Catherine can't stop wasting money on knitting books.
I am all about easy knitting. I have been knitting forever but I have no problem with books/patterns for the "novice knitter," I love cute and mindless patterns. However, I have a major gripe with Easy Knitted Accessories.
Why, in the name of all that is holy, is everything in this book knitted FLAT??? Gloves. With fingers. Knitted flat and then seamed. Is this supposed to be EASIER than in the round? Because it's SO not. It's confusing and crazy. Let's call this book, "Things that should be knitted in the round done flat to humor nervous knitters who spazz and whine that Double Pointed Needles are TOO HAAAARRRRRDDDDD...." If you are one of those people, hear me now: Knitting a pair of gloves in the mind-bending way suggested in this book is WAAAAAY harder than getting the hang of double points. And you have to seam them when you're done, and how fun will THAT be? Really, truly. Learn to use double points, it's the true lazy knitter's way. Start with something like a baby hat, minimal shaping, and you'll be fine with them by the time the hat is done. It's better than knitting a flat hat and seaming it. I'm lazy as sin and never exert myself more than necessary, so if I say it you can trust me.
I did like the bags, especially the intarsia floral bag, but no way is that a "novice" project. Let me get this straight - you're making the novice knitter knit socks flat and sew seams in them (how comfy and attractive will that be) because DPNs are intimidating, but you throw in an intarsia bag with a lining? Charts and bobbins, just thrown willy-nilly into a book designed for the intimidated knitter? Huh?
And because I love bags, the other book: Bags: a knitter's dozen. Not bad, not great. I bought it for the "Fabulous Felted Backpacks" but really fell in love with "Counterpanes to Go." Quirky and cute. And it has the Market Squares felted bag, which is handy because I'd like to make another one of those bags and I have no idea which issue of Knitters had it. So, not entirely a waste of money.
The KFI Cashmerino scarf for Girlchild is my idea of movie-watching easy knitting - mistake rib, soft, silky, pretty, a monkey can do it but it'll look so J. Crew when done. Now she needs that chocolate brown coat from said J. Crew, and she'd be all set for several years of winters.
So much to do this weekend, I am weary just thinking about it. I don't know where the week went but I know it left my house a mess when it passed. Murphy is so filthy and in dire need of a bath, that has to happen today or else. I have a command performance Christmas party to attend tonight. I really, really don't want to go, but I'll go. Bleh. The weather has been filthy, pouring rain and dark (and this is the dry season). I'd rather deal with snow, honestly, at least it looks nice while making people drive like morons.
Time to get off my butt and do something about this grubby house and the filthy little Yorkie. More later, perhaps.