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Fitted Knits: 25  Projects For The Fashionable Knitter
Fitted Knits: 25 Projects For The Fashionable Knitter
by Stefanie Japel
Edition: Paperback

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars too chunky for neat shaping, 10 Nov. 2007
The beautiful cover and recommendation of top-down knitting led me to order this book, but the patterns were not the neatly shaped ones I had expected. The yarn was too thick for this, many of the designs looked clumsy, and much shaping was achieved just by changing stitch. Also the necklines were often simple, I'd have liked instructions for carefully shaped or even collared garments. Disappointing.


Andean Inspired Knits: Designs in Luxurious Alpaca
Andean Inspired Knits: Designs in Luxurious Alpaca
by Helen Hamann
Edition: Paperback

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars poor reviews don't get published, 29 Oct. 2006
i twice wrote unfavourable reviews of this book, carefully explaining why - neither was published, so now you know - silence ie no reviews is far from golden. I am sure I folloowed the guidelines


Knits for Babies and Toddlers
Knits for Babies and Toddlers
by Fiona McTague
Edition: Hardcover

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pleasures of Knitting, 4 Sept. 2002
Fiona McTague gives such careful and exact instructions that I was able to enjoy making the large lacy shawl - something otherwise I would have not dared. ( Although it was easier to knit the border, sew it on almost to the end, and so easily get it exactly the right length, than to use the method suggested.) I appreciated her care in giving precise techniques at the beginning - I like to know exactly which method the designer finds appropriate.
Her designs are very attractive and charmingly illustrated. What I have made has been rapturously received (the pleasures of grandmotherhood). It appears that today's mothers find some of the coats oldfashioned and impractical even though I find them completely adorable but perhaps that is just my daughter's reaction, and she has a son - no matter , there are beautiful boys' desgins too! She was thrilled with the aran style pullis and I like details such as ties for the bootees.
I look forward to more and am grateful to Fiona McTague for this lovely, lively book.


Easy Knits: Over 25 simple designs for babies, children and adults
Easy Knits: Over 25 simple designs for babies, children and adults
by Debbie Bliss
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No Ease, No Bliss, 4 Sept. 2002
Debbie Bliss is strongly promoted by Rowan, which led me to believe this would be an excellent choice. However I found the instructions sparse, sloppy, and even inaccurate (p.10, one is told to knit, but the row should be purl; p 46, the collar as given is not wide enough to hide the joining seam; p.26, the 'corner' of the border is unnecessarily complex); the designs careless (p.8, button and bow get in each other's way) not well fitting (these bootees are too wide on the leg, and cannot be tightened as the bows are only decorative) and not thorough (3 sizes for the jacket may be given, but only one for the matching bootees).
Only someone experienced could work out ways of altering these designs to improve them. Very disappointing.


The New Buddhism
The New Buddhism
by David Brazier
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars new insight on old issues, 4 Sept. 2002
This review is from: The New Buddhism (Paperback)
David Brazier gives the clearest review I have ever read on various interpretations of Buddhism that have arisen in the course of its long history of tolerance and adaptibility. Alone for his discussions on the interpretations of 'Enlightenment' available to us, this work is a stunner - changing one's view of what meditation is for, and therefor, what one's life may be for.
His passion for an actively compassionate way of life is soundly based in his brief history and exposition of Buddha's teaching - I would add that Buddha's own example of leaving a luxury life for one of search and then of active teaching, supports Brazier's interpretation securely.
The book is a little disturbed by Brazier's long descriptions of what this might lead to right now, but no matter - this is an important philosophical and practical guide to Buddhism as it can be practised today, everywhere.


Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart: A Buddhist Perspective On Wholeness
Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart: A Buddhist Perspective On Wholeness
by Mark Epstein
Edition: Paperback

38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars therapy and meditation especially for depressed or alienated, 15 Jun. 2001
Mark Epstein with examples from his own life and experience with his patients (he is a New York psychotherapist)gives a helpful guide to anyone seeking to understand themselves and to practise meditation in the Buddhist tradition. Very much a therapist open to his patients, Epstein tells of his own difficulties in finding out who he is and why he felt alienated and unworthy, and takes the reader clearly and carefully through a thought process which is readable and logical, supporting his argument with real-life stories and theoretical background from his teachers and mentors, who include Winnicott, Ram Dass and Joseph Goldstein. This is a convincing co-ordination of Buddhist and current Western psychology at a relatively simple and certainly helpful level.


In the Lap of the Buddha
In the Lap of the Buddha
by Gavin Harrison
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Among the very best of "self-help" books by an authentic voi, 2 Aug. 2000
Gavin Harrison writes encouragingly for anyone overcoming difficulties in life - and you don't have to be as unfortunate as he was, abused as a child and now a sufferer of HIV - to have similar distress and difficulty in enjoying your life. He uses his experiences without morbid self-revelation to give an encouraging, extremely practical, guide to anyone wishing to life their life happily, meditatively, and lovingly. As he was well on with his search before his illness struck, his is a deep response to all life may offer, not a quick, "Help, do this & get me better" appeal. One of the best, and thank you, Gavin Harrison


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