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on 10 September 2010
I was really disappointed in this book. I have heard so many good things about Debbie Bliss' baby designs, and as I rarely knit for babies I just wanted one good resource book. I hoped this would be it, but I could hardly find anything I would like to knit.
Lots of patterns in heavy yarns which I think would be too thick for a baby, and sleeve designs which I also think would be awkward.
But the worst thing was the photography. OK, I'm a photographer myself, so I am picky, but lots of the more modern knitting books have wonderful photography. For me it is crucial that one can at least see what the garment is meant to look like - in this book, about half of them you really can't see important details. Lots of the shots are unsharp - I know it's fashionable to use slow shutter speeds to convey movement, and shallow depth of field to give "atmosphere", but there could be just one purely illustrative, sharp, well composed shot for each pattern. And for most, that one is missing!
Next time I fancy a Debbie Bliss I'll look for it in a bookshop rather than buying it online!