Finishing a sweater, Reading a book…

OK, I am about to drop the biggest pearl of wisdom here… Are you ready???

Seriously! This is the best. book. ever. I learned to knit when I was pretty young, as in so young I don’t remember the actual learning. I sat with my mom, and she taught me. Now, my Mama is probably the best knitter I have met, she is patient, and does beautiful work. She taught me the basic stitches: how to cast on, knit, purl, cast off. She has always said “learn to knit and purl, and then if you can read you can make anything, because it’s all a variation of those 2 stitches.” My Mama is wise… and she’s not afraid to rip out and start over.

Well, a couple of months ago she called me and said in a very excited voice “I just ordered you something… you are going to love it!” A few days later she called to say it had arrived and it was on the bench (that’s where we leave stuff for each other, on her bench in the front entryway). So I drove right over – because I love surprises and she only lives 7 minutes away – and saw this most beautiful book. Finishing School by Deborah Newton: a master class for knitters. It is a godsend for self-taught knitters like me. And for anyone who wants to end up with a beautifully finished project. Her photos, diagrams and instructions are wonderful, and she has written this book with stories of why she does things the way she does.

Seriously, if you have a love for knitting, get this book.

All of this to say… Today I have my book out and am finishing my Toilet Sweater.

My kitty? He is excited about the book, too, can’t you tell?

What are you working on finishing today?

*** This is NOT a paid advertisement, I am in no way affiliated with Deborah Newton (although if she called me up for a cuppa tea, I would totally jump at the chance). I wrote this simply as an expression of my feelings about needing the book… ENJOY!***


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Knitting Without a Net!
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 10:51:24

    I need that book! Thanks!


    • marcaritaville
      Apr 03, 2012 @ 10:58:40

      I gave the link to buy it on Amazon – it is on sale right now. When I was looking the book up, I saw that a couple of her other books are on sale. I may have to buy one, or two. She also includes patterns to some beutiful projects and sweaters in the back of this book. Let me know how you like it!


  2. dhoik
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 11:20:36

    I’m so glad you’re getting some use out of it. I knew you’d love it. Once you’ve mastered the knitting, it’s time to master the finishing!


  3. Cheryl Marie
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 10:09:26

    I had seen this book and was considering getting it – now it’s at the top of my list. I am over budget on my knitting-related purchases this month already, so it may have to wait until next month, but I can’t wait to put my hands on it! Thanks for the review – it’s always helpful to hear what others say!


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