When writing this blog, sometimes I come across grammar questions and ponder whether to take the time to go look up the correct use or just leave the questionable usage as is, leaving a little something for future grammar sticklers to pick apart. An excellent example is the title to today’s post. Can you use two semicolons right in a row like that? I don’t know! Clearly today is not the day I am going to go look it up.
Anyway, I want to tell you about the greatest craft book purchase I have ever made. I have been in the market for a stitch dictionary for awhile. I mean, I can only buy so much yarn before there is no more room to sit in my apartment, so if I want to continue knitting shopping, I have to find a new thing to purchase. You know what I mean? You are reading a blog post about knitting, so I am pretty sure you do. Books have been my knitting drug of choice lately, mostly in the form of pattern collections. The more I get very specific in my wants, though, the more I know I will eventually need to know how to make patterns myself. This is where the need for a stitch dictionary cropped up. It is surprisingly hard to buy a stitch dictionary online – i want to see the inside before I buy! After hearing a review of Vogue Knitting’s The Ultimate Knitting Book on the Knitmore Girls podcast, I had a suspicion I had maybe found my holy grail. It wasn’t until the book arrived that I knew just how much I have needed this book in my life.
I don’t even know where to start singing the praises of this book. It’s the book I wish I had when I was a beginner. It is so thorough and yet so basic at the same time. The yarn basics include everything from twist to fiber content, with techniques covering casting on, binding off, increases, decreases, colorwork, directional knitting, and lace. Sections about designing sweaters and accessories are included, as well as finishing and care of your knitwear. The topics covered are so comprehensive, I can’t think of a technique not included.
The organization of the book is well thought out, with the sections color coded for ease. Illustrations are clear when step by step instructions are needed. Additional support from beautiful photos help round out the visuals. This book is beautiful.
The book is also big. And heavy. It’s more coffee table book than portable missive to throw in your project bag. I can totally see it being a book on display in a crafter’s home rather than being tucked away on a shelf.
I am not going to even bother trying to find any reservations or cons for this review. I have spent hours flipping through the pages since it arrived. Every time I open it, I find a new delightful aspect or nugget of information. If you are looking for a gift for the knitter in your life, look no further. It will definitely be my future go to gift for knitter friends. If you are looking for a gift for yourself, go buy it now!