Wednesday, August 17, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: Vogue Knitting Knitopedia

It took 5 years for Trisha Malcolm, the Editorial Director of Vogue Knitting and her crew to put together this comprehensive volume of all possible knitting terms, techniques, fibers, history points, and people of the industry.

As any encyclopedia this knit-oriented work is very easy to navigate since it is done in alphabetical order. What I like about this book that it is not your dry A to Z dictionary of knitting terms. It is sprinkled with personalized essays on different topics by people who are well-known and work very closely with yarn, design, and more. Some of the names you will recognize there are Meg Swansen, Kristin Nicholas, Debbie Bliss, Clara Parkes, Nicky Epstein, Shirley Paden, and many others.

There are 240 pages of all kinds of information including now-days necessities of the internet presence. Knitting blogs, Ravelry, online magazines (I am sorry to say that Twist Collective is not included for some reason), museums, and more.

You can be a novice or a full-blown experienced knitter or designer and you will still find this book helpful.

Here are some images (a bit fuzzy, sorry) that give you some inside peak of Knitopedia.

You never know when you need to search for a certain term or technique, but it is great to know we have a book that has the most if not all of it in one place. I am so grateful for this book and I am sure many of you feel the same.

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