Knitting a Kiss in Every Stitch by Nicky Epstein
I’m on to a really easy book this week. Knitting a Kiss in Every Stitch: Creating Gifts for the People You Love by Nicky Epstein is a combo of gift-giving designs and charity projects. Nicky has her own imprint (who knew?), a division of Sixth&Spring Books was published in 2009. It’s beautifully photographed as I would expect from Sixth&Spring. There are clear chapters and of course, easy-to-follow instructions.
I’ve already listed on Amazon so it’s a thumbs down on this book. I’ll give you my rational for a decision on this little gem.
Knitting a Kiss in Every Stitch – back cover
Meow Kitty Cap
This design is just what you’d expect from Nicky. She does whimsical projects to the max! I do love it, but not sure I would every make it.
Baby’s First Hat
I think this first project is a winner. It is a design I might make, but not enough for me to keep the book.
Here’s another project I like, but again I don’t think it’s worth taking up space on my bookshelf.
A Charitable Gift Afghan
I like this idea of this project, but not one that I would make.
Guide to Giving
Charity giving guide – this section makes the book really worthwhile. Some of the info may be a little outdated, but it is an excellent appendix of where to go when looking for places to give knitted or crocheted charity items.
One mystery that I haven’t been able to figure out about this book. Some of the copies of the book are listed on Amazon for really high prices. Out-of-Print? Nicky Epstein fans? First Editions? I’m not sure why the listed copies are worth big bucks.
I will end by saying that charity knitting and crochet is so important and I admire anyone who promotes it. Well done Ms. Epstein!
Knit Lit edited by Linda Roghaar & Molly Wolf
I haven’t been hiding, I’ve been engrossed in this little paperback book called Knit Lit, Sweaters and Their Stories …And Other Writing About Knitting. I’ve had this book for a long time – it was published in 2002. It’s a subtle little book and was easy to overlook. This is a compact book with no pictures or illustrations – just stories!
I loved this book and glad that I read it. The back cover says: Touching tales, hilarious stories, moving recollections, memories of companions. Yes, all these are covered.
The book is cleverly broken down into 4 parts with various headings in each part. The editing was really good. The writers were a mix of those who are well known in the knitting world and brilliant people who should be more known.
What did I love? I loved the knitting disaster section – burned knitting and road kill knitting. You have to read these to appreciate the writing.
I could have cried over the story call The Baby Blanket about a young woman having a baby that she gave up for adoption and many years later meets her son.
“The Peaceable Fleece in Foreign Parts” has 6 stories of knitting with a global slant.
The back has a wonderful section of all the contributors and their “creds”. I found that it was most interesting to read the story and then read about the writer made my reading experience more interesting.
I’m not giving this a thumbs down, but having read the book it’s not going back on my shelf. Bye-bye Knit Lit!