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Gorgeous pics, very poor instructions
on 5 September 2014
Firstly, beware - this is the self-same book known elsewhere as Noni Flowers, do not double-purchase. If it were for illustrations alone, this review would be five-star. The flowers are ravishingly gorgeous to look at, but alas, not so much to knit. The problem lies in the method. For one, huge, thing, American knitters seem to be fond of knitting in the round in a way that British knitters are not. The skilled British knitter can and will make anything of any shape on two needles, and much more quickly. (Yes, of course, there are times when double-pointed is the way to go, but not for everything.) The instructions do state in one sentence at the beginning that almost everything can actually be done on two needles, but then you have to pick your way through the needlessly complicated instructions to see where to start
I am no novice - I have been knitting for a long, long time, and knitting flowers for years. You do not need to knit everything in one go and get lost with the instructions. It is perfectly possible, and quite easy, to prepare all or some of the components separately and then sew them together. The author seems to have found the use of a sewing needle as a revelation rather than an obvious tool. Each and every flower in this book could have been described and explained in a vastly more obvious way, and constructed in a fraction of the time it would take to try to figure out what this author is getting at. She is clearly a wonderful artist in her knitting, but she cannot explain process in a sensible way. Incidentally, there is is no such thing as an i-cord people - it's a plain old CORD. There is a) nothjng remotely new about it and b) you can do it perfectly well on two needles by simply replacing the stitches on the R.H. needle, swapping sides and pulling the yarn tight - it's just as fast.
I was very disapointed in this as a working book. If you want to pay the money to enjoy what Bellows has created, then do so. If you want to make your own flowers which can be rendered just as lovely with the right use of yarns, embroidery etc., then there are much better books available.