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400 Knitting Stitches

I don’t even know how to start this entry. I am looking around my room at the stacks of books I have to revie and thinking to myself…this blog is about to become a book review blog. Only, not really, because the books are all crafty in nature, and hey, ya gotta get ideas somewhere! Since I have no idea where to start, I’ve picked up the closest book, and it happened to be 400 Knitting Stitches, which I received awhile back from Potter Craft.

400knittingstitchesNow, if you have been reading for more that 2 minutes, you know that I am in love with knitting. I love the colors, I love the fibers, I love the feel of the tools in my hands and I love the textures of knitting. That’s what this book is about–texture. It’s not a book you necessarily sit and read through, although I could while away quite a few minutes (and have) thumbing through it. This is more a book you pick up when you wanna make something and design it yourself. Like, a cabled sweater, for instance. Or some pretty little dishcloths. Or perhaps a block blanket in shades or rose and pink to match your princess bedroom, which is probably what I will end up doing first.

There are chapters in the book with patterns based on simple knit and purl combinations, crossed stitches and cables, slipped stitches, lacy stitches, double stitches, twisted stitches and fancy stitches. There is even a section on different cast-off stitches, so you can get just the look you want for your edges. The paperback copy has flaps on the covers to help you hold your place, but I recommend a stack of post-its beside your coffee cup, because you aren’t going to be able to just mark two of these patterns.

I guess it’s time to crank out some more knitting. We all know I can’t justify going to A.C. Moore for one ball of every pink they have in the store until I work up my current stash. But after that? I really think I need a new blankie!

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