Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Book Review When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters

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Call them knitting gurus, call them knitting fairy godmothers, authors Marion Edmonds and Ahza Moore are beloved by knitters all over the country. When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters has sold close to 20,000 copies since 2007, and continues to sell at a clip of about 1,000 per year. It is no wonder too, as Marion and Ahzas great knitting instruction and witty text helps readers out of all sorts of knitting jams. Whether the dilemma is a dropped stitch (or a whole row full of stitches), a forgotten increase, several rows of the wrong pattern sequence, or a too-tight sweater neck, Marion and Ahza provide level-headed advice on what to fix, how to fix it and when you can just fudge it. With 119 years of knitting experience between them, they've seen it all and fixed it all. Now, with this new, expanded and updated edition, theyve got even more good advice, more tips and more knitting solutions (particularly for colour-knitting, which was missing from the first book) for beginners and more experienced knitters alike (the more experienced you are, the more elaborate the mistake!) Also, for the first time, there are six new knitting patterns, so readers can test drive their new-found knitting expertise. Bigger, bolder and better than ever, the revised and expanded edition of When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters is a book for every knitter's yarn bag.

Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Taunton; Revised edition edition (7 Jan 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 162113007X
ISBN-13: 978-1621130079

About the Authors
Marion Edmonds and Ahza Moore have been knitting and teaching together for more than a decade. They are the authors of When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters and partners in KnittingTogetherNYC and ABQ. They give private knitting lessons at many yarn stores, including Purl Soho, NYC and lead workshops in specific knitting techniques around the country, including Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting, an exhibition at the American Craft Museum. They contributed patterns to the best-selling Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson, and now develop original patterns for their own products and classes.

Bringing You Up to Date Introduction to the First Edition
Chapter 1 
Emergency Prevention, or A Stitch in Time 
Chapter 2 
The Secret Language of Knitting Patterns 
Chapter 3 
Good Knitting Gone Wrong 
Chapter 4 
Don’t Let Finishing Finish You Off 
Chapter 5 
Further Adventures in Knitting: Colour, Lace & Cables
Chapter 6 
Apply Yourself: Six Patterns Looking for a Knitter 

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Mosaic Mitts

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Updated Cable Beanie

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 Streamer Scarf

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Pillow of Many Colours

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 Lace Sampler Wrap

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 The Deliberate Drop Stitch Scarf 

Further Reading 
Before We Bind Off 

This book is full of good advice, has lots of tips and many knitting solutions and makes the perfect knitting reference book.
The book will help beginner knitters as well as the experienced knitters on how to properly fix many knitting problems.  Most of the book is written as a series of questions and answers, which is really helpful.  The illustrations are excellent and the directions are very clear.
In this new, revised, expanded and updated edition, there are six new knitting patterns.
This book is the perfect knitting reference book for every knitter's library.

When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters is available from Amazon

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