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very appealing but perhaps not worth the cost in the long run
I stumbled across this book at a yarn store, and paged thru. I liked the layout, and the photos are decent except for a blatant lack of variety. The author took the photos herself, using her child as the sole model (save one guy/gal photo. why is that? the girl is nice looking but the photos need much retouching for adolescent skin issues; moreover, it would have been better to have a variety of people, of all ages and shapes). When paying $30 for a book, you expect a little more professionalism in that area. I was disappointed to only see one decent sweater design, when that is what I like to knit the most. Knitted backpacks and pillows are just not my cup of tea and I don't see them in use anywhere---but sweaters, especially cardigans, say "Norwegian" all by themselves. Another curious finding is the yarn choices---Cascade 220 is recommended, but it knits at a much larger gauge. I didn't have time to read all the historical data, but my brain sort of says Norwegian knitting ought to be done not with a soft Peruvian wool, but a sturdy Norwegian wool, like Heilo. Some designs do specify Heilo. Some others specify Falk (a super slippery "fake" Heilo). Perhaps the current sparse collection of Heilo colors, compared to the rich palette of Cascade220, was too compelling to preserve any allegiance to a true Norwegian wool. Basically, this is a nice book, but there are others out there (or coming up) which have many more SWEATERS, so I'm not sure I'll actually purchase this one. There is a book due out soon, The New STranded Colorwork, which has at least 4 sweaters in it that I would love to knit, and it is not priced at $30.00. Do the math.
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Posted September 22, 2009
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