I ordered this one last week, after a crappy week at work. Image blatantly stolen from amazon, but hosted on wordpress.
I loved the sock workbook, with its discussions on spinning for sock knitting, and the patterns and different toes and heels offered. This seems like a shorter book, but it goes into almost as much detail on how to knit the designed sweaters, and how to design a sweater to fit your own proportions.
The first sweater is a drop-shoulder sweater knit from the bottom to the top or the other way ’round, then the same basic sweater knit side-to-side. The rest of the sweaters in the book build off the basic sweater construction. There’s a side-to-side knit vest, a side-to-side knit v-neck sweater, a small cardigan knit side-to-side with saddle shoulders, a saddle shoulder aran, a ‘winged’ lacy sweater, and more.
The photos are well-lit, the models all look comfortable and warm (no “model poses” with the half-twisted waist). The sweaters all look blocked and lovely, and overall, it’s a great book to explain sweater construction. The back of the book even has MORE sweater pictures, including 2 “friendship sweaters” knit half by one person, half by another.
No, you don’t have to spin to enjoy this book, as it’s a basic sweater book that just happens to have handspun yarn in it. There’s even a compare and contrast of the little girl’s sweater knit in handspun and knit in a variegated commercial yarn. To my eye, the color blends are softer in the handspun sweater than in the commercial yarn. You may like the more contrasting colors or the softer blends, but both of the sweaters are darned cute.
If you happen to be a spinner, the examples of what each sweater was made of, how the yarn was spun, and how the project was planned are rather interesting. If you’re just a knitter who has an interest in color (but not in spinning), it’s a little interesting to see how the sweaters came together with the different colors.
I’ve been drooling over this book since it came via UPS (but it’s not the BIG THING that I got this week), and it will probably be used (and used well) over the coming months.