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Astounding Knits!: 101 Spectacular Knitted Creations and Daring Feats Paperback – 21 Apr 2011
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"I think you'll be as astounded as I am, whether you're a knitter or not!" --Nifty Knits
"This book will entertain and inspire in equal measure - it's heaps of fun."
--The Knitter, Issue 33, June 2011
I'm enjoying it so much... It is full of all sorts of knitted wonders.
--Frayed At The Edge, June 16, 2011
A fascinating read
--The Knitter, Issue 34, July 11, 2011
This should do well to dispel any ideas that people may have of knitting ever being boring --Knitting Magazine
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Their are miniature knits that can fit on the head of a pin. In Dallas, some knitter knit a yellow road line that is .36 miles long. There is a story about the largest knitting project ever undertaken: "nearly 100,000 squares huge, using countless yards of yarn, all as part of a 2007 campaign to raise awareness of the 1.1 billion people worldwide who do not have access to drinking water." There is a gingerbread house knit in life size. There are knitted buildings with "all the makings of a lifelike miniature city." "Wondering what to do with ten months of your time and 12 miles of yarn? How about knitting a car? How about knitting the car to end all cars - a Ferrari Testarossa with a bit of the F355 thrown in for good measure?" Someone knit a cozy for a REAL motorcycle. There is a knitted seder and a knitted sushi dinner. Someone knit a skeleton of the human body. Someone else knit lungs.
I think you get the idea. This is a book of 101 unusual, astounding projects that have all been knit. It's amazing to me that someone could even come up with the idea to make half of these things. It's bound to get looks of amazement and huge belly laughs when you look at it. All is all, it's a one of a kind piece.
The book illustrates the incredible creativity of artists who knit, as well as the amazing range of possibilities that exist for creating knitted objects and garments. There are only a few patterns, although these include instructions for a penguin sweater (used in zoos), and an "origami" crane for peace. This is a must-have book for any serious knitter/artist, as a source of inspiration and of information on what's already been done. It is also a great gift for any moderately dedicated knitter, as pure, delightful, entertainment.
For another recent book on knitting oddball stuff (things like urban light pole and bicycle rack covers) that includes some patterns and technical how-to info, check out Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti.