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05-19-2005, 01:44 PM
Hi all.... has anyone bought this book? I have a few of the "Dummie" Books.. mostly for computer programs....and they seem to help in a humorous way lol. I would love to have something with the basics... Suggestions? Thanks! anne :study:
05-19-2005, 04:00 PM
I've been knitting for almost a year (my knitting anniversary is next month) and Knitting for Dummies was the 1st book that I bought. I'm self-taught and I would guess I'm at about the intermediate level of knitting and I will truthfully say that it has been very helpful! Of course, I'm as addicted to buying knitting books as I am to knitting, therefore my knitting 'library' has expanded to around 30 books in all...they are hard to turn away from....such fun... :cheering: :cheering:
All kidding aside...Knitting for Dummies is very well worth the $, very full of beginning skills and on from there
05-19-2005, 05:52 PM
That was one of the first knitting books I bought, and I learned a lot from it, too. I think it is definitely worth it. I am mostly self taught.
Happy shopping. :happydance:
05-19-2005, 06:47 PM
I have this book too, and I love it. I still refer to it often. It has a pretty good stitch library, too, and lots of information on how to design things on your own.
If I had to put a finger on a flaw, it would be that there are few projects...BUT the projects do have many variations, and I think the well-rounded instruction is more important than projects.
05-19-2005, 07:08 PM
I too am pretty much book taught and hitting my 1 year anniversary this month (although i didn't tackle anything serious until February of this year).
I only have two knitting books - Knitting for Dummies and Stitch and Bitch. I bought KFD first and i read and use it all the time. It's a great resource for when i'm confused about patterns or stitches, etc... I agree that it doesn't have inspiring patterns/projects in it so i use it mostly as a resource.
SNB is also a great resource for a beginner AND has a lot of projects that are pretty cool in it. I'm dying to do the skully sweater! And i actually enjoy reading the history bits too.
Basically, both stay in my knitting bag at all times and i use them both. When i'm confused about something, i consult them both and compare the information....... Then i come here and watch Amy's videos!! ;) LOL!
Saying all that, i was perusing the Vogue Knitting book in the bookstore the other day and that's next on my wish list! So many stitches represented in it!! (Too much for a beginner, though, i think!)
Hope that helps,
05-19-2005, 07:23 PM
Thank you all for your replies! :cheering: I am addicted to books as well. Was the director of a library for many years... miss it still and all those books lol. Will have to hit the bookstore this weekend.. Oh the hardship! lol. Have a great evening! :sunny:
05-19-2005, 11:00 PM
:D I just remembered another simply GREAT book is the Knitting Bible...chock full of info
05-20-2005, 07:42 AM
I have a feeling I will be at borders a while after work :) thanks for the suggestions. :sunny:
05-20-2005, 07:45 AM
amazon.com has good prices; knitpicks.com does, too; and if u r interested in joining a crafting book club there's crafterschoice.com
Thought u might want to check online 1st, u often find books at far lesser $ here...just a bit of what I like to call...wisdom....lol
Oh yeah, ebay & overstock.com are also worth the look
05-20-2005, 08:07 AM
i have used amazon quite a bit... love it.. reasonable for the most part. but i guess it is the instant gratification thing today lol... want my books (now!) hehehehe :oops: :sunny:
05-20-2005, 10:20 AM
Just popping in to add my "me too!" to the list. This book is always in my knitting bag. It even shows the different styles of knitting -- Continental vs. English, which I rarely seem to find in most knitting books.
The stitch library is a lot of fun, and you could spend a few weeks using them to make some unique dishcloths.
I still haven't gotten all the way through the book, but it has been great for when I run across something I can't remember and I can't get to Amy's site for the video!! ;)
BUY IT! :happydance:
05-20-2005, 10:32 AM
Yes I think that is a definate when I leave work today.. have to stop at Borders and then on to buy some flowers to plant for my mom. Two of my favorite things! flowers and books. Have a great weekend! :cheering: there are not flower emoticons alas @->-
05-20-2005, 10:57 AM
This is the book that I've found to be the most helpful, and the one I take out of the library the most.
You'd think that I'd buy it already, but I keep telling myself I could spend that money on yarn. :lol:
05-20-2005, 11:03 AM
My daughter is getting into knitting now too... she just had a baby and I keep showing her things I find on the net lol. So I am sure she and I will share any books I purchase. :D I am going to force myself not to go to AC Moore this weekend..have to finish a x-stitch wall hanging before I start another project! I have no self control in the yarn section! :fingerwag:
Stonington, I think I'll stop by the library on the way home and check it out. I work right next to it and never think to look there for knitting books. Thanks for the tip. :thumbsup:
05-20-2005, 11:30 AM
any time. lol.... usually i am on the recieving end here .. nice to contribute even in the smallest of ways :cheering: