Kelley Deal has two lives: as lead guitarist of the band The Breeders, she spends late nights in the recording studio, long hours on the tour bus, and evenings basking in bright stage lights and the roar of the crowd. But she also has a passion for knitting—especially one-of-a-kind bags as unique as her music. Tag along with Kelley as she gives you a privileged backstage pass to her cool rock-n-roll world and her knitted bag obsession.
Knitters of all skill levels will enjoy the invitation, because they’ll get to explore Kelley’s stylish choices of fibers and gear (needles, stitch holders) and get the lowdown on bag-specific features, including frames, straps, and linings. Kelley walks them through all the basics on felting, blocking, joining seams, simple crochet and embroidery embellishments, and 20 fabulous projects, each with its own “remix” variation. They include a retro-chic “Laura Petrie” felted tote bag in a very modern colorblock design; a runway-ready Prada lookalike with a silver and black metallic cord and skeleton key (plus gothic variant with mini handcuffs); and one that even sports drum-head hardware and a bass-guitar string! Since they’re all photographed in the studio, surrounded by instruments and equipment, you’ll feel as if you’re right there, one of the band. Kelley’s personal anecdotes and rock-star stories add to the fun.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My husband gave me this book for Christmas, and I'm grateful as it shows how much thought he put into the gift. I am forever buying new bags, using them for a month and then discarding them as "not quite right."
Immediately upon unwrapping my gift I opened the book, thinking I was just going to glance at a few pages, but instead I ended up reading it straight through.
I find "Bags That Rock" to be well written and entertaining, as well as having a nice variety of patterns to choose from. I've found four bags I definitely plan to make, and every time I browse the book another edges its way into that category.
My only nit is, on most of the patterns although needle size and finished dimensions (after felting) are given, for gauge they say only "exact gauge is not essential for this project." Paging through the patterns to get some idea what gauge Kelley gets from different needle sizes, I only find gauge on patterns that call for two or more lengths of yarn held together throughout. No help!
Maybe in her next book (and I do hope Kelley writes another) she'll amend the above statement to, "although exact gauge is not essential for this project, my gauge using the recommended yarn & needles was ...spi/...rpi."
Congratulations, Kelley Deal, on a superb first publication!