Monday, September 1, 2014

Blogging for Books: Knitting Reimagined by Nicky Epstein

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of Blogging for Books.

Here's my copy; it has beautiful color photos inside and out!

I was very excited to receive my very own copy of Knitting Reimagined; I'd seen it in several knitting forums and in the knitting accessories catalogs I receive. I call it yarn porn, but I digress. The book arrived and I couldn't wait to cast on something amazing. Little did I know how terribly disappointed I would be.

I wanted to write a wonderful review for this book but I just can't. The patterns aren't something I'm every likely to make, for any reason. Some of them can be reimagined (hence the title) and made my own, but most of them are things you'd likely only see on knitwear runway models. The photo on the cover is amazingly colorful l and lovely but I would have to completely redesign it to allow for my personal taste (no fur fringe, please) and size (very limited sizes are offered).

There are bright spots, though. The photographs are well done. The book is laid out nicely, with symbols indicating the length of time needed to knit a piece and the level of complexity to the item. Page 17 has a pattern I will likely try out, without the castle motif; the general shape and color of the garment is something I may attempt, though I will have to do the math to figure it out for my size.

I can't complain too much; it's a nice book and looks great on my shelf, next to the yarn. But it's highly unlikely that I will ever crack it open again and knit something out of it. It's just not 'every day wear' friendly. I'll definitely look for other patterns by this author, as I like how the patterns are written, but I will probably never buy a pattern or a book of her patterns in the future.

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