* Knitting Books Roundup

Posted on May 18th, 2004 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Review.

Time for a rundown of all the knitting books I’ve been looking through lately. I even broke down and bought one for my mom for a (late) mother’s day gift. I had originally planned to get her Erika Knight’s Simple Knits with a Twist, but once I actually found a copy and looked through it, I wasn’t so enthused. The twist-y ones were sometimes a little too strange, and the less twist-y ones were much like patterns in her other books. From the wall of books at the knitting store, I finally decided on Simple Knits for Sophisticated Living by Barbara Albright. It has a really cute felted purse, some neat trivets, a bathmitt set, and felted mice that I want to make. One funny thing is that I liked a lot of the patterns in it, but, with only a few exceptions, the colors were totally not my taste.

Recent library finds: Weekend Knitting by Melanie Falick, the source of the ubiquitous flower washcloth, as well as tiny sweater egg cosies, a nice simple shawl, a stripy felted zipper bag, and some other nice ones. I love itsy bitsy tiny things, so I’ll almost certainly try a little sweater.

Felted knits by Beverly Galeskas is awesome. I think I’ve checked it out twice now. Purses, mittens, a vest, slippers, a really neat felted rug, coasters, trivets, and a whole section on needle felting. I am definitely going to make the oven mitt.

Knitting for the First Time was a huge disappointment, though. I looked through it at the library and didn’t even bother to check it out. Too much baby stuff. The stuffed pumpkins are a little bit interesting, but that’s about it. Not a good week for “… for the First Time” books here on craftlog.

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