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Jul 13, 2010I moved into my aunt and uncle's attic seven winters ago, graduated from college but without a job. No friends except my five-month-old cousin (who was good company, but still!). I had never lived in Minnesota before, but I had heard that the winters were long, cold, and dark. I decided to take up a hobby. Given my newfound nordic surroundings, I thought knitting was just the thing.
Mar 14, 2007not your grandma's knitting book!
Dec 12, 2008This book opened my eyes to so many possibilities in knitting! Having grown up in the 70's with garish acrylic yarn afgans on the back of the couch of not only our home but every home I went to and every home on tv... to open this book and see what people thought up? Awesome! It's hipster knitting at it's best- because it's not Hipster SNOTTY!
Feb 02, 2013This book is a lot hipper than I am. While normally I could take or leave that kind of attitude, the book is genuinely helpful. There's an earnestness in its hipness. (It almost reads like "Take Back the KNIT!")
Feb 13, 2012When people see you knitting in public (or when they come to your house) they often ask you to teach them. I hope that doesn't sound like bragging, but to clarify, people don't ask me to teach them to knit because I'm such an amazing superlative knitter, I think it's because they realise on some level that it's actually not too difficult a skill once you pick it up. I've given some super-basic knitting lessons to a looooot of people.
Nov 28, 2007This book has more potential than it lives up to. It was the first knitting book I ever bought and I relied heavily on its instructions for how to knit/purl. As a result I can knit, but my purl is backwards (not a knit, not a purl, something peculiar - but effective as far as I'm concerned). I've since found better instructions on the internet.
Mar 19, 2012Great resource for the beginning knitter.
Feb 17, 2015It's a great book, and I've finished ages ago. But it is a constant reference book that I go back to all the time. So it's kind of a forever browsing kind of book :)
Jan 05, 2014I loved the writing style of this book....very creative! Being a brand new knitter a little over 2 years ago, this book has been a great go-to when I've needed to look up how to do certain techniques. It's a keeper!
May 06, 2011I love this book! I've made five of the patterns in it, and they all came out beautifully. The illustrations are very clear and ideal for the beginning knitter. Plus, Debbie Stoller is just funny and awesome (read BUST!) If you're just starting out and you can only buy one knitting book, buy this one.
Feb 16, 2009This book was on my "Currently Reading" list for a whole year. It definitely helped me learn to knit, but I got stuck with projects that were more complicated than a basic scarf. I'm going to take a class to expand my skills and then pick up the book again and tackle some of the cool projects in it. Bottom line is that when it comes to something like knitting, you can only learn so much from a book. That being said, this is a great place to start.
May 17, 2010Very easy and fun to read. I know some people have trouble learning to knit from a book, but I found SnB to be very accessible; Deb Stoller really gives you all the basic tools you need to go off and start knitting. Her writing style is laid-back and humorous while still being informative -- and I loved all of her little illustrations. I was 18 when I learned how to knit, and it was nice to have a book that wasn't geared toward old ladies with old lady patterns. (No offense to any old ladies Very easy and fun to read. I know some people have trouble learning to knit from a book, but I found SnB to be very accessible; Deb Stoller really gives you all the basic tools you need to go off and start knitting. Her writing style is laid-back and humorous while still being informative -- and I loved all of her little illustrations. I was 18 when I learned how to knit, and it was nice to have a book that wasn't geared toward old ladies with old lady patterns. (No offense to any old ladies reading this.)
Apr 23, 2014Well, what can I say - I learned to knit from this book (with perhaps a few You Tube videos where watching someone's fingers was needed) so it must have been a success.
Oct 21, 2017Good read. loved the history she includes and all the great information. can't wait to try some of the projects!
Jan 30, 2016Very good info, clear instructions, and great for teaching yourself as a beginning knitter - however the patterns they provide is very out dated and nothing I would actually wear
Oct 05, 2011Slightly more helpful in getting me going with knitting; in particular, picked up good technique for holding yarn while working. Only made one pattern, and that was a basic ribbed scarf. Wouldn't mind trying some other things if I pick up my own copy.
Sep 14, 2011I'm so inspired after visiting Hill Country Weavers in Austin (http://www.hillcountryweavers.com/main/) and talking with knitting buddies Kristen and Chaiti!
Dec 30, 2009This was the first real knitting how-to + projects book I ever purchased. I actually bought it before I had taken any knitting classes in the hope that I would be able to teach myself. Ultimately, that little plan didn't work out. I also attempted a pattern from this book as one of my first non-supervised projects: a felted bag. Despite my vast lack of knowledge and expertise, the bag turned out pretty well, but I ended up donating it to Goodwill.
Jan 04, 2009I was looking to learn how to knit and was recommended this book as a learning manual by both a friend and a reliable knitting store in my neighborhood. And so I enthusiastically purchased it.
Jul 12, 2011I haven't followed any of the patterns yet, but I love this book without them. The author has a PhD in psychology of women and is the founder of a feminist magazine called BUST, which also happens to be very cool. Along with some of her own family history, which I thoroughly enjoyed, she gives a short history of knitting. Who knew that Egyptians knitted blue and white socks in 1000 A.D.?! I also loved the American Red Cross poster from WWI asking women to "Knit Your Bit" because "Our Boys Need I haven't followed any of the patterns yet, but I love this book without them. The author has a PhD in psychology of women and is the founder of a feminist magazine called BUST, which also happens to be very cool. Along with some of her own family history, which I thoroughly enjoyed, she gives a short history of knitting. Who knew that Egyptians knitted blue and white socks in 1000 A.D.?! I also loved the American Red Cross poster from WWI asking women to "Knit Your Bit" because "Our Boys Need Sox" and apparently they did so right alongside injured soldiers who knit for their comrades to continue their service while recovering in the hospital (which might be useful information for PTSD research). Plus there is lots of info about fiber, tools, organization, stitches, casting, binding, technique, diagrams, fun word play and even knitting rhymes. Most importantly, this book makes me want to knit, which I suppose is the point. ...more
Apr 24, 2014I am always just missing things. I was born a generation late for the womenâ€™s lib movement. I completely missed Brat Pack movies; I was a mere 5-year-old when St. Elmoâ€™s Fire came out and just watched it for the first time a few weeks ago. I found Stitch â€˜N Bitch ten years after its first printing.
Aug 19, 2015This book is so fun! I picked it up on a whim and bought it right away after flipping through the color photos of the projects it contains. I couldn't pass up the hat with kitty ears!
Feb 18, 2018I used this book in combination with YouTube videos in my journey to knitting, and I am happy with the results! The book is easy to follow and hilarious. This â€œbitchâ€ was in stitches. Eh? Knitting pun? Okay, never mind. Great book, though!
Aug 09, 2018The book itself was not any help to me personally. I was not even able to learn how to cast on or do a knit stitch from this book, although I did spend hours trying to decipher it.
Jul 16, 2017Not a good book in general. The design is low-budget black and white.
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