Yesterday I finished my Diamond Gansey and carefully laid it out to photograph it:
As you can see, my little helper is on the job.
To recap, I knit this from Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton in the “Gravel” colorway, using a U.S. size 5 needle.
Here’s a close-up of the shoulder seam, joined with a three-needle-bind-off:
I may or may not write up the pattern for this at some point.
Now, lookie what I have:
This is a review copy of the newly revised Principles of Knitting by June Hemmons Hiatt, which is scheduled to be released on February 14, 2012.
The revision/reprint has been in the works for a while now, so I am delighted to actually have physical proof of this in my hands.
What can I say about this book? The original edition from 1989 has been out of print for ages and copies of it would sell for insane amount of money.
This edition has been revised and updated. Since I have never seen the original, I can’t tell you how different this version is from that. But I can tell you that this version is pretty darn comprehensive. It’s kind of hard to do a review that covers the whole thing.
I picked a topic — picking up stitches.
There is a whole chapter devoted to this — 23 pages worth. And it includes pretty much everything you need to know about picking up stitches, with lots of very clear illustrations.
And also very clear photos.
I note that an e-book version is being released as well as the hardcopy. I tend not to get knitting e-books, but I think this is one I will get. I think it will be very handy to have all this knowledge readily available via my electronic devices I always have with me. The hardcopy book weighs over 4 pounds so it will stay at home.
Because I am pushy, when the publisher contacted me to offer me a review copy, I asked for two., one for me and one to give away.
Who wants it?
To be entered in the random drawing for a copy of Principles of Knitting, leave a comment on this blog post by noon on Thursday, February 2, 2012. At that time I will use my WordPress plugin app to randomly select a winner.
Leaving a comment on this blog post is the only way to enter. Do not use the “contact me” link directly below the header — that sends me an email. Do not leave a comment on a different blog post — the plugin app will select only from comments on this entry. The link to enter a comment is right below the title of this post, which is “Diamonds and POK.”
“What? It’s my job to help!”