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Okay, I just spent a couple of hours in my all-time favorite bookstore here in Columbus (I'm here visiting my sister) -- it's this huge bookstore called The Book Loft and they had a pretty decent Knitting Book section, lots of the newer knitting books were out. And you know, I was pretty disappointed.

It seemed to me that all of these books were meant to be coffee-table books with lots of upclose shots of yarn. Yes, yarn is pretty. So very very pretty. MMMM, yarn. Glorious, glorious yarn. However, honestly, show the entire garment if you want to interest me in trying to knit it.

I also saw lots and lots of basic sweaters but done in very expensive yarn. *siiigh* Yeah, just what beginning knitters want -- a sweater that's going to cost them $200 to knit.

I did see a really cool book on knitting gifts for men, Never Knit Your Man a Sweater -- a book that totally plays into the whole "Boyfriend Sweater Curse" but also has some really nice patterns. It starts off simple, "Here, knit him an iPod cover" and then a scarf and on and on, all the way to showing you how to knit a gansey sweater (when the engagement is announced of course). I thought it was a cute and nifty concept and it was totally tongue-in-cheek too.

I think, tho, that I'll stick to knitting magazines and online sources like Knitty for my knitting resources.
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Date:December 23rd, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC)
hehe. There are plenty plenty good books out there. There is also the fine art of learning how to substitute yarns:)

Many of my books are either really good reference books OR books I got for cheap OR books I was given as gifts.
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Date:December 24th, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I own a few basic reference books for knitting and crochet, and a couple books of patterns, but I'm coming to the conclusion that any book of patterns is going to represent a substantial investment that will depreciate in pretty short order as fashions change. (Imagine having dropped $30 on a book of sweater patterns in the '80's...batwings and Cosby patterns, anyone?)

I have fallen in love with Knitty in a hurry. I don't like everything they publish, but I don't need to since it doesn't cost me anything but ink and paper to get the stuff I do like.
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