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Mon Tricot Knitting Encyclopedia 1500 Patterns
Mon Tricot Knitting Encyclopedia 1500 Patterns

4.0 out of 5 stars Useful book, 26 Mar. 2015
This is a very good book for its age. There are colour and black and white pictures of the stitches and a few charts, but not everything is charted. The majority of the instructions are written. It has sections on different techniques too, like entrelac and jacquard, which were a bonus. I found some interesting stitches that I had not seen elsewhere, especially in the two-colour section. I think this is a useful addition to my library.


Lace Crochet
Lace Crochet
by Pauline Turner
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Source book, 12 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Lace Crochet (Hardcover)
I bought this book many years ago at the Woolfest yarn festival, from Pauline herself, as I remember. I have found this to be a very useful book for teaching different (though not all) crochet techniques. It's geared towards people more interested in finer crochet, as the title suggests. There is a section on different sorts of motifs, some edgings and a good little section on Irish or Clones lace. It's not a pattern book, it's more of a source or reference book. It's also focuses on the more traditional forms of crochet.


Scottish Gaelic in Twelve Weeks (plus audio CD)
Scottish Gaelic in Twelve Weeks (plus audio CD)
by Roibeard O Maolalaigh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Heavy heavy grammar-orientated approach, 17 Dec. 2014
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Whaaat??? I can not understand why this book is rated so highly by other users. I find it next to impossible to use this book, even though I am an experienced language learner, and have achieved fluency in some languages. Layout and so forth look inviting, but when you get in to the actual learning, it's very difficult to make progress. There is not enough information or exercises for each new piece of language that is being learnt, and the book throws in quite minor points along with the major learning blocks. An example of this is the concept of 'I have only' which is introduced in chapter 1, along with one of the verbs 'to be'. I learnt to ignore these more minor points, and concentrated on the major learning blocks in each lesson. When I got to lesson 3 I was presented with a list of 45 verbal nouns. What am I supposed to do? Memorise them? There was one short translation exercise that tested a few of these. I've since switched to an old copy 2003 of the Teach Yourself series, along with the accompanying CDs, which I find to be more user-friendly. I also have a copy of the Aberdeen course, Progressive Gaelic 1, which again is a much better option for self-learning, even though it is intended as a classroom-based course. I have given this two stars because I still listen to the CDs, which I find can be helpful to reinforce things that I have picked up elsewhere.
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Field Guide to Knitting: How to Identify, Select and Create Virtually Every Stitch (Field Guide To...)
Field Guide to Knitting: How to Identify, Select and Create Virtually Every Stitch (Field Guide To...)
by Jackie Pawlowski
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars very little of value, 21 Feb. 2013
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This is a tiny book, though very thick, which makes it difficult to open the pages, and you have to hold them open with your hand, or break the spine, as it will not lie flat.
The very first stitch in the book, garter stitch I think, is shown the wrong way, with the garter bars running vertically, rather than horizontally - not a good start.
The selection of stitches is very small, though the pictures are clear.
Might suit someone who has a passing interest in stitch variation, but it is no good as a source book for anyone who is even half-way interested in the subject.


Folk Knitting in Estonia: A Garland of Symbolism, Tradition and Technique
Folk Knitting in Estonia: A Garland of Symbolism, Tradition and Technique
by Nancy Bush
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FINE knitting, 21 Feb. 2013
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Just about all the patterns are worked on 2.25mm needles - this is something you need to be aware of, I think.

patterns are very traditional, as you would expect. Author has tried to provide authentic patterns, or stay within the Estonian knitting tradition.

Good opportunities to try new techniques are provided, with instruction.

Too many mitten patterns for my taste - I would convert these into glove patterns, or reduce their number, to replace them with more sock patterns - or how about a little hat or cap?

It really is just socks, mitts and gloves, nothing else.


Color Knitting: The Ultimate Stitch Dictionary from the Editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine (Vogue Knitting Stitchionary): Color Knitting v. 3
Color Knitting: The Ultimate Stitch Dictionary from the Editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine (Vogue Knitting Stitchionary): Color Knitting v. 3
by Vogue Knitting Magazine
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very enticing, 21 Feb. 2013
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I understand that this book is a source book - that's why I got it. I don't expect it to be an instructional book on how to do colour knitting - that's available elsewhere. What I did expect was a number of stimulating colour patterns - maybe some traditional patterns, maybe some new ones.

What there is an over-abundance of in this book, is two or more coloured patterns that seem to come from the 1970s-1980's. Think of all those cheaply-made machine-knitted acrylic sweaters with the geometric patterns on, and you are getting near to what forms the majority of patterns in this book.

There is a tendency towards overall pattern, rather than motif. Patterns seem to be made up at random - anyone can get hold of a piece of graph paper and draw out a design which they then knit up - I didn't see anything of merit in so many of the patterns, and actually quite frustrated by the content of this book - what were they thinking of? and what a wasted opportunity.


A Town Like Alice
A Town Like Alice
VHS

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fab adaptation, 2 Jun. 2012
This review is from: A Town Like Alice (VHS Tape)
I have loved this version of the novel for thirty years - I still have my precious vhs tapes, but am almost too afraid to play them, in case they bite the dust. I would love to be able to buy a DVD of this production. Anyone out there listening?


The Vampire's Warden (Undead in Brown County #1)
The Vampire's Warden (Undead in Brown County #1)

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a let down!, 15 Mar. 2012
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I was looking forward to reading this - there are a lot of positive reviews for this book, but i came away from the novel thinking that some of these readers must have read a different book to the one I did.
there is no character development to speak of, so you never connect with the main characters. It's hard to understand the motivation of some of the characters. There is a character who gets turned into a vampire, then made human, then turned into a vampire again - please! There's a brooding vampire who seems to be imprisoned in a meadow, except that he can come into the heroine's house as well. he doesn't seem to do anything except brood and send impassioned messages to the heroine with his eyes. There are missing mothers and also a sister who has to be protected, and an old journal for the new vampire warden. Implausible plot development, and then - it just ends!
I won't be continuing with the series.


7 Day Afghans
7 Day Afghans
by Rita Weiss
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of variety, 28 Feb. 2012
This review is from: 7 Day Afghans (Hardcover)
This is a nice book with lots of different ideas - there are a lot of different afghan styles here. Most of the yarns used for the photos look like rather cheap acrylics, but the patterns don't give the specific yarn used - they tell you the weight, e.g. worsted, and the amount to buy. 18 oz. of acrylic will go a lot further than 18 oz of wool, so i would definitely buy more than the quantity specified. Yardage is not given. It's an American book, so terms will have to be converted to UK. Some of the patterns are crocheted, rather than knitted.


Teach Yourself Danish Complete Course Package (Book + 2cds) (Teach Yourself Complete Language Courses)
Teach Yourself Danish Complete Course Package (Book + 2cds) (Teach Yourself Complete Language Courses)
by Bente Elsworth
Edition: Audio CD

4.0 out of 5 stars a clearly structured course, 14 Nov. 2011
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This course follows a traditional approach, presenting conversation, grammatical points, vocabulary and exercises in each chapter. Everything is in black and white, and there are a few illustrations. It doesn't disguise the fact that learning a language is hard work and will probably take years to achieve any level of fluency. You do have to be prepared to go slow, and go back over things. You must get the book and CDs if you choose this course. The pronunciation is the biggest barrier to me in learning Danish - I eventually decided to stop worrying about it, and believed that it would come right over time - that helped me to make some progress.


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