I think it would depend on what age your swap person was. Reading the 1 review the lady seemed quite disappointed it was like S&B. But for some people that's a bonus. It all depends on what she likes to knit.
I'd love a knitting book that gives patterns or suggestions for using odd balls from your stash, Patterns you can knit with one or two balls. That would be the perfect book for me.
My neighbor has handed me a bag of yarn today, most all not used with labels but most have only the 1 ball. Whenever I buy a yarn I like I always but 1 to knit up a swatch to see if I like knitting it, but because of that I do have a lot of odd balls lying around.
From looking at the table of contents, there are some really great looking tops in the book. Since I have never made one, don't know how much I would want the book. But it does have several there I just might want to take the plunge and make my first sweater.
Getting book to add to my knitting library is always a great thing for me and I can always find ideas in it that I can use in other projects even if I don't knit the exact one in the book.
Who knows by sending this book, your swappee could make her first sweater and think of you everytime she wears it.....
I'd want to look at it more closely if I were buying it for myself, but if your swappee is young (or even youngish), she'd probably like it - there are a lot of nice sweaters there. My mother, who is 60 and who lives in Appalachia, would scoff that she couldn't wear those styles, both because they were too young and because they wouldn't fit in where she lives. I like them though. That mohair coat at the beginning looks really soft.
I think it depends on the age of your swappee... but PERSONALLY I knitting/crochet books.. I like lotsa pictures to help me. I have never read a knitting/crochet book that I havent' learned at LEAST ONE new thing. so if he/she likes a reference library it's a GREAT idea... IMHO books are kinda like patterns .. you just can't have too many~!
2 Knit or 2 Crochet~~ I am torn between 2 lovers !
It looks like there are some good patterns in the book, but personally I like books that have a variety of patterns. The sweaters are very pretty, but might be overwhelming for someone who mainly knits smaller projects (like me).
It depends on if she likes to knit things like jumpers... but I'm sure she'll appreciate the thought and enjoy reading the book and looking at the pictures either way! It looks to me though like I would only buy it for someone who definitely does jumpers and tops.
They are really pretty patterns, but I have to agree with everyone else. It depends on your pal's age and what they like to knit. I know several people have sent out questions to there pal... with types of things they knit and what projects they are working on and what they would like to try at some point. I'm intimidated by big project like sweaters so even though I like the book I probably wouldn't get it for a knitter like me.
If you want more ideas...A personal fav. of mine is One skein wonders. Lots of projects you can make with stash yarn or just a single skein.... Great patterns and quick knits.
Good luck I'm sure your pal will like whatever you decide on.