I hope this isn't knitting blasphemy to say so, but recently, the book I ordered, Elizabeth Zimmerman's "Knitting Workshop"
came in. It took a while for it to come into the store, so I was anxiously awaiting it, and I was really excited to go look through it, fully anticipating buying it. I bought it specifically for the Stonington Shetland Shawl
. When I got to the bookstore and looked through the book, however, I was very disappointed. I guess I expected it to be more of a pattern book, but it's more of a "how-to" book. I didn't browse the book as long as I wanted to because of time contraints, so maybe I didn't give it a fair chance? I don't know.
I think a lot of times, experiences knitters and designers automatically assume everybody is a seasoned knitter that's knitted tons of garments and knows how it's done without explaining things relatively in-depth. I for one like to knit smaller items and also non-fitted ones--hats, shawls--because they're instant gratification for me, and I don't have to worry about the sizing issue too much on the shawls (hats are a different story as I almost always have to adjust the pattern somewhat to fit my abnormally large head!
Does anybody have this book and can comment on it? Am I missing something? I know that Elizabeth Zimmerman is a HUGE name in knitting, so I feel bad about my impression of her book.