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October 30, 2006

Late to the Party

There are times when I'm late to the party.  Case in point -- the book Knit 2 Together by Tracey Ullman and Mel Clark has been sitting on my LYS's bookshelf for several weeks -- if not months -- and I have all but ignored it.  Ignored it I said!  How could nona have ignored a book full of such innovative and fun designs, a book full of such funny Ullman stories and asides?  As I said, sometimes I'm late to the party.   

Can I tell you something I wish?  I wish the designers who are writing today's fabulous knitting books, such as this one, would also publish a few single patterns.  These patterns would give knitters exposure to the designer's work and -- if the patterns are well designed and written -- encourage the knitter to buy the entire book.  I know a lot of knitters who are willing to spend $6.00 on a pattern, but are less inclined to spend $27.00 on a book.

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Can you show some stuff from the book? And talk about what's so cool in it? I have no LYS, and can't see it in any bookshop here in Birmingham, UK, to see if I would want to get it from Amazon or somewhere else on line. Please? Thanks!

Posted by: Ginny | Oct 31, 2006 1:22:03 AM

From your lips to the publisher's ears! What a great idea!

Posted by: Annie | Oct 31, 2006 3:21:29 AM

I totally agree...fortunately, my library had it so I could peruse it at my leisure. There are about 4-5 great patterns in it that I would pay to have. If they were smart, they would sell the one and lure people into buying the whole book.

Posted by: Estella | Oct 31, 2006 3:21:33 AM

I just got this from the library last week...love it and it's going on my Christmas list! I agree about the single pattern sales, what a good idea.

Posted by: Julie | Oct 31, 2006 5:22:19 AM

They promoed this book on NPR and put one of the patterns for free on their site:


Posted by: mollysusie | Oct 31, 2006 6:51:16 AM

i bought this book after perusing it at barnes and noble and i really like it. i tend to be a little skeptical of the celebrity knitting book, but this one is great.

Posted by: Laura | Oct 31, 2006 7:23:53 AM

Good idea. I'm lucky enough to live across the street from a great library. They even let me renew my books (a lot) hehe.

Posted by: Arleta | Oct 31, 2006 7:46:29 AM

I agree that this is a great book. I've just finished the Luxe Neck Warmer--easy and lovely--a good holiday gift. I also like the Linen Kilt, Rowena Cardigan, and Pimlico Shrug. And I may borrow construction and/or design details from other patterns in this book.

Posted by: Nan | Oct 31, 2006 11:47:21 AM

Thanks for the recommendation. Interestingly, there is a review on Amazon - the reviewer blasts books associated w. knitting, this one esp. - I don't really understand the logic of them. I just may have to pony up some money for this one :)

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