Monday, January 8, 2007

I'm No Expert

The weekend went and my knitting didn't. I thought I'd give my sometimes achy fingers and wrist a rest on Saturday. The rest of me was feeling poorly on Sunday, so the B & B Jacket for Grown-Ups did not get it's just desserts. I did get the border started.

This might be a good time to tell you I'm no expert knitter, if you haven't figured that out already. The knitting blogs I read have such wonderful projects completed and pictured, and so many! These knitters know what they're doing and are fast and prolific. I'm fastidious and procrastinating. The new me, the blogging me, will get the job done eventually. I still aim to meet my Thursday deadline for the jacket even if I do have an appointment tomorrow and a day in New York on Wednesday. I work best under time constraints.

Since I am really a plodding-along 'Advanced Beginner' or 'Intermediate' knitter who will take on any knitting challenge, including 'Advanced' and 'Expert' I thought I'd share with you the books that have been most helpful to me in my knitting journey:

Knitter's Handbook - Montse Stanley
The first knitting reference book I purchased in recent history. It was the only one available the day I went to JoAnn Fabrics in Hyannis, MA with a 40% off coupon. The book is "A comprehensive guide to the principles and techniques of handknitting"--really!

Knitter's Companion - Vicki Square
I needed a smaller reference book to carry in my knitting tote. It's a flip book with concise explanations and clear drawings. Loaded with information!

Learn to Knit Socks - Edie Eckman
An easy-peasy lesson on knitting socks. Calls for DK weight yarn and US 3 needles so your first sock doesn't take a lifetime to complete. Ya gotta love it.

Folk Socks - Nancy Bush
A great history on knitting socks and stockings and instructions for knitting a variety of heels and toes along with some very wonderful sock patterns.

The Knitting Experience Book 1: The Knit Stitch - Sally Melville
The book that made me a Bona Fide Knitter! I got more knitting instruction out of this book than any other and I have many. This book's concentration on KNIT was just what I needed and in the quantity I needed.

Those are just my favorites. I am not claiming that they are the best. I have no affiliation yada yada (NAYY).

Time to knit or cut bait,
Bona Fide Knitter

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