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Wood (Crazy Lace) aims to liberate knitters in her latest book, which celebrates creative knitting—though despite a section in the introduction entitled "What Is Creative Knitting?" this reviewer is not entirely sure what it actually is. Based on the designs, however, readers will discover what it isn't: single-color, tailored, sedate garments and accessories. Wood's toolbox of techniques includes modular knitting, in which pieces are knitted individually and seamed together (or, if you dislike seaming, picked up and knit from a finished edge); strip knitting, in which the modular pieces are long strips attached with i-cord or seamed together; quilt block knitting, in which individual components (similar to quilt blocks) are seamed together to form a garment; and creative short rows, which make use of the properties of short-row knitting to simulate undulating waves in a garment. Wood's techniques lend themselves most to boldly colored, improvisational, boxy garments where the shaping is provided by the placement of the panels, rather than by traditional means. If that isn't your taste, this book won't be either. VERDICT Knitters who enjoy garments similar to those featured in Knitter's Magazine, as well as knitters with an interest in exploring improvisational and hybrid techniques, will be drawn to Wood's funky, functional knitwear.