Drive by blogging February 20, 2012 – Posted in: Mondays with Mona

I received a package last week. It was a bit surprising since I did not remember ordering anything. The box gave me and idea that it must be a book – still, no bells ringing.

I opened the package, of course. And wished in return for more than 24 hours in a day so I could commit much more time to reading this:

It looks innocent enough, I know. Let me assure you, the 712 pages are chock-full with everything about knitting you’ll ever – and maybe don’t – want to know.

The spine is more than 2 inches wide, it is a true scientific textbook – for any knitter who is geek enough to want to know pretty much  everything  that has to do with sticks and string. (Knowing me I’ll find something I won’t agree with. Will let you know when I stumble upon just that.)

I do not recommend you should go out and get it, I just wanted to let you know that – if needed – it exists. There are not many illustrations, as I said it is a textbook. Of text, though, there is a LOT.  The first edition was published in 1988, this is an updated version, yet a lot of techniques are named quite differently (the regular Long-Tail Cast-On is called “Knit Half-Hitch Cast-On” for example – I wonder if that is antiquated or if it is indeed the correct technical term?) so reading is a bit tedious at times, which is not to say that I don’t enjoy trying to retain as much as I can of this overload (in a good way) of information. Which, in return, is going to be hopefully helpful to you when at the store in need of advice.

– Mona