Synopses & Reviews
The Knitters Life List is a richly illustrated road map to more than 1,000 must-have experiences guaranteed to get any knitters needles clicking faster. Veteran knitter Gwen W. Steege has canvassed the knitting community to create this inspiring compilation, which includes amazing yarns to try; classic techniques to master; ground-breaking designers to know about; most-loved patterns to knit; knitting-related museums, movies, and books to enjoy; and much more. These are the experiences and events no knitter will want to miss.
Novices and masters alike can read about qiviut from the musk ox — and then check it off their list once theyve made something with that luxury fiber. They'll explore classic sweater designs and visit the yarn-friendliest cities. Theyll discover brave folks who delight in yarn-bombing; master intarsia; and even try spinning, weaving, dyeing, embroidery, and crochet.
With all of this irresistible content to devour, knitters will keep coming back for more challenges to take on — and check off from The Knitters Life List!
This book strives to be a comprehensive guide to all things fiber for chicks with sticks, and guys, too. Steege, a fiberista for more than 50 years who raises her own sheep, gives a tour of how yarn makes it from a sheep's back to the sweater in the closet. Along the way are fascinating and informative side trips through the history of knitting, knitting techniques, and interviews with major knitting designers and teachers. The pictures and illustrations are both beautiful and informative and will inspire many projects. The novice knitter will find everything she needs to know--and more--about the basics, and the experienced knitter will discover new twists to the hobby. The appendix alone is worth the price of the book as it lists every major fiber festival, knitting guru, yarn manufacturer and pattern source mentioned in the book, complete with web addresses and contact information. This is a book the knitter will return to again and again. One can only pity the poor crocheters who must wait for their version.
If you need a knowing friend to help guide you on the who, what, and where of knitting, this is your book. At its core, The Knitter's Life List is a book of possibilities…Steege surveys all the nooks and crannies of the knitting world and presents them in an easy, comprehensive overview—a Frommer's guide to the imaginary land of knitting. It points out all the most important people, places, and things of interest, still leaving lots of back streets for you to explore on your own. Beth Brown-Reinsel, instructor, knitwear designer, and author of Knitting Ganseys
Are you in a knitting rut or just want to try something new? The Knitters Life List could be just the spark to send the knitting part of your brain into overdrive. This book is full of fun and interesting information. I loved to pick it up at the end of my knitting day, when my hands were tired of knitting, but my brain still in knitting mode. CraftGossip.com
Take a few of these suggestions every week and before you know it, you’ll have an impressive arsenal under your belt. And that belt will be knitted! Jillian Moreno - Knitty.com
Now we have a book that proves something I often say: the horizons of knitting are astonishingly infinite. No matter how long you live, you may never have time to try everything in this alluring compendium of possibilities. CraftGossip.com
The Knitter's Life List reveals a startlingly fresh approach to becoming a well-rounded knitter. Knitting along the depth and breadth within its covers will enrich any knitter's skills and understanding. Cat Bordhi, knitting designer, publisher, teacher, speaker, author
What a wonderful book! It makes me want to be a knitting newbie again, just so I can begin exploring the knitting landscape with this book as my travel guide. Beth Brown-Reinsel, instructor, knitwear designer, and author of Knitting Ganseys
One more list of things to do? Absolutely! Gwen Steege has created the ultimate magical journey for knitters. Connecting remarkable snippets from knitting history to modern day casts and characters, don't be surprised if all your other lists are suddenly left undone. Donna Druchunas, author of Successful Lace Knitting, www.sheeptoshawl.com
The Knitter's Life List plumbs the depths of this obsession we call knitting in an irresistible blend of techniques, resources, people and inspiration. Let's hope you can read while you knit because this is a hard book to put down. Linda Cortright, Wild Fibers Magazine
“Knitters looking to explore their favorite craft will enjoy Steege’s adventurous approach.” Sarah B. Anderson, self-taught spinner, instructor, and writer
“The Knitter's Life List will entertain and occupy every level of knitter.”
Need knitting inspiration? This compendium of ideas will whet your yarnivorous appetite.
Take a few of these suggestions every week and before you know it, youll have an impressive arsenal under your belt. And that belt will be knitted! Donna Druchunas, author of Successful Lace Knitting, www.sheeptoshawl.com - Library Journal
“Knitters looking to explore their favorite craft will enjoy Steeges adventurous approach.” Linda Cortright, Wild Fibers Magazine - Chicago Tribune
Knit a traditional gansey sweater with indigo yarn. Tour a spinning mill. Discover five ways to cast on for socks. Meet your personal knitting hero. The Knitter s Life List is a richly illustrated compilation of 1,001 experiences and adventures that devout knitters won t want to miss. You ll find classic techniques to master, time-honored patterns to try, unusual yarns to work with, museums to see, books to read, and much more. Get inspired and live the knitting life of your dreams "
About the Author
Gwen W. Steege has been an editor at Storey Publishing for more than 20 years and a fiber lover for more than twice that time. She has edited more than two dozen knitting and crochet books, and has contributed designs to several of these. Her passion for fiber includes not only to knitting, but also handspinning, hand-dyeing, and weaving. She cares for a small flock of sheep in northwestern Massachusetts, which will keep her in fleece for many years to come.
Table of Contents
An Invitation to the Trip of a Lifetime
1 The Yarn Life List
2 The Know-How Life List
3 The Sweaters Life List
4 The Socks Life List
5 The Scarves & Shawls Life List
6 The Hats Life List
7 The Gloves & Mittens Life List
8 The Bags Life List
9 The Kids-Knit Life List
10 The Home Dec Life List
11 The Fiber-Lover's Life List