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Books/Fiber/Knitting/Philosophy: The Joy of Knitting

Filed under: Folkcat's Craft Library — folkcat at 1:05 pm on Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Title: The Joy of Knitting
Author: Myers, Lisa R.
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Copyright: 2001

Additional Categories: Books/Fiber/Knitting/Patterns

The Joy of Knitting was one of the first of a “new age” of knitting books I acquired several years ago. This is a small volume, in a nice hardcover edition.

Although there is a small, illustrated section at the back with “knitting basics”, this is not a “learn how to knit” book. Rather, many chapters choose some aspect of modern life, and talk about how knitting relates to it. A project that ties in with the chapter is then offered.

For instance, “Knitting in the Community” talks about forming or joining a knitting group. The project given is the “Collaborative Baby Blanket”, where each participant knits separate squares that are joined together to make one finished product.

Other chapters focus on some aspect of knitting itself, and encourage exploration of technique, texture, and color. Experimentation is highly recommended by the author, and she gives guidelines for how to go about it.

I’d suggest this book for anyone who has been knitting a long time, and is feeling in a rut – or for a new knitter who is curious about the vast possibilities of their new craft. It would also make a great gift, if you have a needle-pumper in your life to buy for.

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