I knit, but I will say that my knitting is very limited :) I knit hats and wrist-warmers and the occasional mitten or scarf. Nothing like what these women talk about! They talk about knitting while waiting at the doctor's office, while on a plane, while visiting, while waiting on hold, etc. As a matter of fact this book came from an idea that they hatched while they were all knitting around a campfire in Maine!! Wow! I usually knit while watching TV and have knitted in the car, but that's the extent of it.
Their goal through this book is to make available beautiful projects for knitters to make when they don't want their full attention on knitting -- for example -- while chatting -- and as such they have fashioned their patterns to allow the knitter to know when they can knit on autopilot and when they need to give more close attention to the pattern. They label certain sections of patterns "cruise control" and "concentration zone".
Each pattern begins with a little discussion about the finished project (items such as "Star Eyed Julep Throw," "Sharline Boot Toppers," "Bambino Blanket," "Turoa Mitts," and more) ; followed by a chart with difficulty level, sizes, measurements, materials, gauge, and an explanation of special stitches, and the stitch pattern. The following pages expand on the pattern directions as well as give beautiful photographs of the finished products.
I enjoyed reading through this book. The pictures are gorgeous and the directions appear well-written. I think the "drop-dead easy" part of the title might be aimed at those who are fully-experienced knitters, as some of the patterns appeared a little more complicated than those I usually use. It is not really a beginners' book and definitely not a learn-to-knit book. The patterns also call for certain types of yarns which I think are more difficult to find locally and might be a bit more pricey. I'd probably substitute what I can find and hope it turns out as nicely!
I think I would recommend this book--especially for experienced knitters who like to knit while doing anything :)
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