The Knitter's Life List: To Do, To Know, To Explore, To Make

The Knitter's Life List: To Do, To Know, To Explore, To Make

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by Gwen W. Steege
     
 

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Knit a traditional gansey sweater with indigo yarn. Tour a spinning mill. Discover five ways to cast on for socks. Meet your personal knitting hero. The Knitter’s Life List is a richly illustrated compilation of 1,001 experiences and adventures that devout knitters won’t want to miss. You’ll find classic techniques to master, time-honored…  See more details below

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Knit a traditional gansey sweater with indigo yarn. Tour a spinning mill. Discover five ways to cast on for socks. Meet your personal knitting hero. The Knitter’s Life List is a richly illustrated compilation of 1,001 experiences and adventures that devout knitters won’t want to miss. You’ll find classic techniques to master, time-honored patterns to try, unusual yarns to work with, museums to see, books to read, and much more. Get inspired and live the knitting life of your dreams!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Starred Review.

This book strives to be a comprehensive guide to all things fiber for chicks with sticks, and guys, too. Steege (One-Skein Wonders), a fiberista for more than 50 years who raises her own sheep, gives a tour of how yarn makes it from a sheep's back to the sweater in the closet. Along the way are fascinating and informative side trips through the history of knitting, knitting techniques, and interviews with major knitting designers and teachers. The pictures and illustrations are both beautiful and informative and will inspire many projects. The novice knitter will find everything she needs to know-and more-about the basics, and the experienced knitter will discover new twists to the hobby. The appendix alone is worth the price of the book as it lists every major fiber festival, knitting guru, yarn manufacturer and pattern source mentioned in the book, complete with web addresses and contact information. This is a book the knitter will return to again and again. One can only pity the poor crocheters who must wait for their version.
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Knitter's Review
If you need a knowing friend to help guide you on the who, what, and where of knitting, this is your book. At its core, The Knitter's Life List is a book of possibilities…Steege surveys all the nooks and crannies of the knitting world and presents them in an easy, comprehensive overview—a Frommer's guide to the imaginary land of knitting. It points out all the most important people, places, and things of interest, still leaving lots of back streets for you to explore on your own.
— Clara Parkes
Knitty.com
Are you in a knitting rut or just want to try something new? The Knitter’s Life List could be just the spark to send the knitting part of your brain into overdrive. This book is full of fun and interesting information. I loved to pick it up at the end of my knitting day, when my hands were tired of knitting, but my brain still in knitting mode.
— Jillian Moreno
CraftGossip.com
Take a few of these suggestions every week and before you know it, you’ll have an impressive arsenal under your belt. And that belt will be knitted!
Chicago Tribune
The Knitter's Life List will entertain and occupy every level of knitter.”
Knitter's Review - Clara Parkes
If you need a knowing friend to help guide you on the who, what, and where of knitting, this is your book. At its core, The Knitter's Life List is a book of possibilities…Steege surveys all the nooks and crannies of the knitting world and presents them in an easy, comprehensive overview—a Frommer's guide to the imaginary land of knitting. It points out all the most important people, places, and things of interest, still leaving lots of back streets for you to explore on your own.
Knitty.com - Jillian Moreno
Are you in a knitting rut or just want to try something new? The Knitter’s Life List could be just the spark to send the knitting part of your brain into overdrive. This book is full of fun and interesting information. I loved to pick it up at the end of my knitting day, when my hands were tired of knitting, but my brain still in knitting mode.
Your Knitting Life
Need knitting inspiration? This compendium of ideas will whet your yarnivorous appetite.
CraftGossip.com - Beth Brown-Reinsel
If you need a knowing friend to help guide you on the who, what, and where of knitting, this is your book. At its core, The Knitter's Life List is a book of possibilities…Steege surveys all the nooks and crannies of the knitting world and presents them in an easy, comprehensive overview—a Frommer's guide to the imaginary land of knitting. It points out all the most important people, places, and things of interest, still leaving lots of back streets for you to explore on your own.
Chicago Tribune - Linda Cortright
Take a few of these suggestions every week and before you know it, you’ll have an impressive arsenal under your belt. And that belt will be knitted!
From the Publisher
“Knitters looking to explore their favorite craft will enjoy Steege’s adventurous approach.”

The Knitter's Life List will entertain and occupy every level of knitter.”

Need knitting inspiration? This compendium of ideas will whet your yarnivorous appetite.

Library Journal
Developing expertise in knitting involves more than mastering a toolbox of techniques. Using a "things every knitter should do, experience, or learn" format, craft book editor Steege presents a wealth of information about the art of knitting, including articles about knitting history, profiles of and interviews with well-known knitters, explorations of knitting materials both commonplace and rare, and discussions of technique. The information is shared in quick bites; few of the articles are more than a page long, but they serve as jumping-off points for further exploration. Knitters looking to explore their favorite craft will enjoy Steege's adventurous approach.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603427708
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
10/21/2011
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Pages:
320
Sales rank:
856,214
File size:
23 MB
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Beth Brown-Reinsel
The Knitter's Life List reveals a startlingly fresh approach to becoming a well-rounded knitter. Knitting along the depth and breadth within its covers will enrich any knitter's skills and understanding.
Donna Druchunas
What a wonderful book! It makes me want to be a knitting newbie again, just so I can begin exploring the knitting landscape with this book as my travel guide.
Sarah B. Anderson
The Knitter's Life List plumbs the depths of this obsession we call knitting in an irresistible blend of techniques, resources, people and inspiration. Let's hope you can read while you knit because this is a hard book to put down.
Linda Cortright
One more list of things to do? Absolutely! Gwen Steege has created the ultimate magical journey for knitters. Connecting remarkable snippets from knitting history to modern day casts and characters, don't be surprised if all your other lists are suddenly left undone.
Cat Bordhi
Now we have a book that proves something I often say: the horizons of knitting are astonishingly infinite. No matter how long you live, you may never have time to try everything in this alluring compendium of possibilities.

Meet the Author

Gwen W. Steege, author of The Knitter’s Life List, has been a fiber fanatic for nearly 50 years, and she hasn’t yet tired of spending late nights with her knitting needles and a good ball of yarn, sometimes spun from the fleece of her own sheep. By day she edits books on knitting and other fiber crafts for Storey Publishing. She lives in western Massachusetts.

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Knitter's Life List: To Do, To Know, To Explore, To Make 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 97 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I get so mad when I see reviews written here from someone who didn't like the Free Book Friday selection!!! This rating is not to rate B & N but the book itself. Why are you giving a book you know nothing about a poor rating just because you don't like the selection that was provided for Free Book Friday! You won't like everything offered every week! Just get over it and move on. If it makes you so mad, stop looking for free books! It's nice that they offer a book for free every week. THEY DON'T HAVE TO!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this as a gift for an avid knitter in my family and thought it was a great combination of patterns, resources, experiences and inspiration! She was delighted with it! I just wish I could find a similar book for people who sew!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am giving this book a 5 star rating to offset the IDIOTS who gave it one star just because they don't like it as a free friday selection. GROW UP people! The world does NOT revolve around YOU and YOUR interests. AND the author of this book does NOT deserve a bad rating for her book just because you are a spoiled brat throwing a temper tantrum! Please complain on the NOOK facebook page or somewhere else that doesn't mess with the book's rating if you have to complain about not getting your own way.
rae287 More than 1 year ago
What a great find! A lovely book for those who love knitting, and the fact that it is offered for free this Friday is just a wonderful little bonus. Thanks Barnes and Noble for remembering that not all people read exclusively fiction! Love it, and I can't wait to really dig into the book for every little treasure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a crocheter and trying to learn to knit. This book seems to be a wealth of information not only for knitters but crocheters as well. I will be recommending this gem!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you B&N for this book on knitting! This is such a refreshing choice. Pooh on the reviewers who only want fiction, life and reading involve more than just fiction! THANKS AGAIN!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Full of interesting information on yarn and knitting, with lots of new ideas and things to try. Not a pattern book, but a wonderful resource book for many crafts. I noticed that this book was not marked down to free at other book sites, so I think this is a real deal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. A refreshing read! I crochet much more than i knit. Even so i enjoyed this. As a side note to negative reviewers: everyone has different interests. While you might want to read a romance, someone else wants a mystery novel, and someone else enjoys fantasy. So please understand that barnes and noble is just trying to include everybody's interests.
jbaFL More than 1 year ago
I love textiles so this falls into something for reference when looking for something to do. Knitting is so relaxing as well. I have been reporting reviews I have found to be off topic. just because you don't like the freebie of the week is no reason to under rate a book not to your liking. Move on....I don't like every freebie either, but can just go about my business without comment. You can too. be fair to the author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 15 year old granddaughter and I sat together this past weekend pouring over this book, reading, expanding the pictures, and talking about knitting. We both learned so much, enthralled with the beauty of the yarns and projects. I don't consider myself a knitter although I have knitted several afghans for adults and babies and I love to quilt. My granddaughter taught herself to knit from instructions on the internet, using two pencils and some scrap yarn. We agreed that we must break out my needles and buy her some after reading this delightful book. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in textile crafts. Ladyb
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You cannot have your books soley on free Friday. I am a crocheter but I like this book. Thank you. As for the whiners here rating a book for free Friday , that's why I gave it a five star review. Fyi , knitting books can be very very expensive, but the whiners won't know that as they want a kissy harlquin romance. Grow up and just ACT like you know something. Please.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I completely agree with those who complained about the negative reviews, this is not the place for it! It is impossible to please everyone, there are so many genres of books out there and it seems like BN is just trying to give every one a chance. I didnt like the sports books either, but so what, there are often things i do like. And i have been pleasantly by taking a chance on books i normally would never had purchased had they not been free.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! Just Wow. Great book. What a great find on the free friday blog. Delicious reading for a fiber junky. Think I'll get a few hard copies for gifts.
Sir_Callipygian More than 1 year ago
I enjoy the variety of "Free Fridays"books that you offer to us nook owners, and nook app users. Today's knitting book was great fun.  I even shared the book info with another knitter too.   For books like his one, I prefer to look at them on my iPad.  For just plain reading, I prefer to use my original 3G/wifi nook. Kudos B&N!
TMaze More than 1 year ago
Once past the list that begins each chapter this book has a great deal of information.  I found the lists mind numbing primarily because of their lengths, although they do include plenty of ideas. There are nuggets and globs of learning in each chapter: technique, history, personalities. Most valuable is the Appendix which lists resources in print and online. It makes the book a keeper even if you already know how to knit backwards or have knit with pineapple fiber yarn. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are a knitter this book gives so much inspiration it's unasuming from the outside but stuffed to the edges with ideas. This is not a knit by pattern book though it does teach you some knitting. But for the most part his is a dream with it book when you are between projects or your ufo's are haunting you or you just want an excuse for buying a bit of yarn you fell in love with, this book will helpyou find one. I open it up many times you can just read anywhere no need to go from front to back . It also gives a huge amount of resources, websites, books magazines and fellow knitters that have new and old tricks to teach us. I learmed to knit when I was 7 that was 50 years ago and I know a lot about knitting and this book is a real joy for me ! There are some tips and tricks in it and it will encourage you to try new things and gives you a ton of reasons to buy new yarn or to bust through you stash! The ebook has links that take you straight to the talked about sites!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found myself up late at night looking through the lists, information, and ideas. I learned more by going through this book in a few nights, then I by trying to search out things on the internet randomly. I have the eBook version of this book on a tablet, so it was easy to continue my exploration of an idea, an artist, or yarn purchase on the web. This book was an excellent find.
swemar More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. I have been knitting for over 40 years & I learned a lot of new tricks & picked up a lot of fun ideas for future projects. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that has any interest in knitting, weaving, spinning, crocheting.
JEAN-LakeOntarioShore-NY More than 1 year ago
Great Resourse and foundational book for all levels of knitting. Mega knitting information, all explained in an easy, sensible format. Love the basic explainations for all different types of yarns.... Extensive review on wools and all natural fibers, what the are, where thy come from and why you might choose one fiber over another for your knitting. Excellent "how to" for an experienced knitter as well as for a beginner. Thank you for such a valuable knitting guide. Jean- Lake Ontario shore.
prospectorBW More than 1 year ago
Chris liked this book very much was good for both beginners and experts
DiAskew More than 1 year ago
The Knitter's Life List has a lot of suggestions for new knitting skills and tips for using them. It also has lists of references, books, and websites to start you on your way to improving your knitting and trying new ideas. I highly recommend it to any level knitter.
65tdy More than 1 year ago
Great Idea. Makes me interested in Knitting again. I had gotten out of the habit. Thanks loads....Lots of information too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I happened to be thrilled with this selection and am glad to see that I am not alone. I really think it is funny how people can complain about something they get for free.
McPirate More than 1 year ago
Just reported all of you that don't know how to read. I've been wanting to get back into knitting and I am excited to dig into this book!