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The Knitter's Life List: To Do, To…

The Knitter's Life List: To Do, To Know, To Explore, To Make (2011)

by Gwen W. Steege

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I get the idea - setting milestones for yourself - but I don't see the value in using someone else's knitting bucket list. Why not just make your own list? This is especially true with regard to the author's personal taste in patterns and yarns - why follow her design preferences instead of making your own list? ( )
  akswede | Oct 14, 2013 |
This is a sampler platter of the knitting world. Each chapter focuses on an aspect of knitting, starting with yarn and general know-how, moving through different kinds of projects (sweaters, socks, hats, etc.), and concluding with a chapter on other fiber crafts such as weaving, spinning, and crocheting. Each chapter is loaded with suggestions on activities to try, brief articles on well-known (and not so well-known) personalities in the knitting world, and all sorts of lists: books to read, movies to watch, places to travel, retreats, fiber festivals, and so on. This is a book designed to rev up your enthusiasm for knitting, whether you're new to knitting and need an introduction to all these things, or are a seasoned knitter and are looking for a change. There are no patterns in this book nor much in the way of detailed instructions for techniques, but the last pages of the book are loaded with references to other books for further help. I generally enjoyed reading the book, but there's a fine line between "encouragement" and "pressure," and sometimes the book slid into the latter, giving me an impression of "You will be creative and original, darn it!" Still, I'm glad I read it—I'm just not going to keep it. ( )
  Silvernfire | May 25, 2013 |
I didn't try any of the knitting patterns, so I can't comment on how reliable they are. Some of the patterns did look interesting, though.

The author/editors seem to be trying for a crossover of some kind with this book. Rather than just a knitting pattern book, it also has features highlighting various things--unusual yarns, people who knit, etc. Some of the features were just not interesting to me, particularly the pages that just talked about a specific person who knits. I mean, I'm sure they're great people and everything, but why are they in this book?

Also, this author shouldn't try to be funny. It came off kind of...strange. ( )
  Krumbs | Mar 31, 2013 |
Review first published on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com/2012/01/knitters-life-list.html

The Knitter's Life List, as the quote above suggests, is designed to help readers discover different aspects of the world of knitting. It is not a how-to book in that it does not have specific patterns. It is more a who's who and a what's what in the world of knitting. Individuals who have had and continue to influence the craft of knitting. Types of projects - sweaters, socks, scarves/shawls, hats, gloves/mittens, bags, kids knits, and home decor. Yarns. Techniques. References to classic patterns. Places. Traditions.

For a non-knitter, this book may hold cultural interest. Perhaps, not to be read end to end. But to be skimmed through, looking at the illustrations. The individuals and the history of knitting and the traditions from around the world are interesting in and of themselves. Even if you never intend to knit a stitch.

For an avid knitter, the book is a gold mine of information. Perhaps, to be read end to end. Perhaps, to be used as a reference. The information is probably all available elsewhere. This book pulls it together in a nice, neat package. It's probably not all inclusive either because no book can truly be. But it's a lot to keep a knitter busy for a long time just trying some of the things referenced. Take what you enjoy, and leave the rest for another knitter. ( )
  njmom3 | Jan 1, 2012 |
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Knitters looking to explore their favorite craft will enjoy Steege's adventurous approach.
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The Knitter’s Life List is a richly illustrated road map to more than 1,000 must-have experiences guaranteed to get any knitter’s needles clicking faster. Veteran knitter Gwen W. Steege has canvassed the knitting community to create this inspiring compilation, which includes amazing yarns to try; classic techniques to master; ground-breaking designers to know about; most-loved patterns to knit; knitting-related museums, movies, and books to enjoy; and much more. These are the experiences and events no knitter will want to miss.

Novices and masters alike can read about qiviut from the musk ox — and then check it off their list once they’ve made something with that luxury fiber. They'll explore classic sweater designs and visit the yarn-friendliest cities. They’ll discover brave folks who delight in yarn-bombing; master intarsia; and even try spinning, weaving, dyeing, embroidery, and crochet.

With all of this irresistible content to devour, knitters will keep coming back for more challenges to take on — and check off from The Knitter’s Life List!
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Presents an introduction to knitting, discussing the basics of yarn selection, techniques, design, and stitch variations that can be implemented for scarves, shawls, hats, gloves, and socks, with tips from expert knitters.

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