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Great book - but spare us the homilies
on 15 April 2005
I bought this book on the strength of the cover illustration and a customer's review, not knowing anything about modular knitting.
This is a great idea, where you can forget about changing needles for different thicknesses of yarn, etc, basically breaking all the rules so that you can concentrate on being creative with colour and texture.
The book is beautifully illustrated, with lots of very colourful and complex-looking designs, which the author assures us are actually very simple, once the basic module technique is learned.
The garments, mostly jackets and waistcoats, do look fantastic, and very, very unusual. I have a sneaky suspicion that putting it all together might not be quite the child's play that the author claims, but this is still a beautiful book, especially for those knitters who want to go beyond convention and turn knitting into more of an art form.
There is plenty of sound practical advice, but I could have done without the little quasi - mystical phrases such as 'Stay curious. Curiosity generates a special creative energy that causes you to vibrate at a different frequency.' Per-lease!
But if you can get past this, and the fact that you won't be able to get any of the beautiful yarns, and the instructions are all written for the US market...
American designers seem much more prepared to share their working secrets with us - something I have noticed in other areas of art and craft. I'm not knocking British designers, but they do seem to jealously guard their techniques and ideas. So I'm prepared to put up with a few things that annoy me, just to get my hands on books that show me new ideas and beautiful designs.
The fact that I have given the book 5 stars despite a few quibbles, is an indication of how visually inspiring it is. Even if you can't get your head round the actual pattern instructions, I would still certainly buy it for the design ideas and originality.