The fall chill is setting in, and Christmas is just around the
corner -- so now’s the time to curl up in front of the fireplace (or maybe just the TV)
with a cup of hot chocolate, a pair of knitting needles, and a big ball of yarn.
Knitting, after all, is cool again -- it’s not just for old ladies
Once you’ve learned the basics, and you’ve mastered basic, boring
scarves (every member of my family and every one of my friends now owns at least one
hand-knit scarf), you’re ready to go out on a limb a bit. In The Joy of Knitting
Companion, Myers, a yarn store owner who’s been knitting since she was eight, gives
all kinds of insight into the craft. In the pages of this book, you’ll find tips on
selecting the perfect yarn for a project, basic patterns for hats, socks, scarves,
mittens, and bags, and a few refreshers of the basics. You’ll also learn how to read
charts and make your projects even more personal -- by designing your own patterns.
The Joy of Knitting Companion (which was written as a kind of
workbook to go along with Myers’ book, The Joy of Knitting -- though it works just
fine on its own) is chock-full of instructions for new stitches and patterns and
suggestions that will even make you excited to knit boring old scarves again. Myers also
includes graphs for designing your own patterns and pages for filling in information
about various yarns, the projects you’ve completed, and more.
This book is
definitely a must-have for any knitter -- every page is full of information that you’ll
want to refer to over and over again.