Monday, November 07, 2011

Finishing Book Review - by Mary Glendinning

I don't know about you, but I am a bookaholic.  I can't get my hands on enough books and I am always anxious to see the newest knitting, spinning, weaving book on the market.  Some books are fun and interesting to read and others become classics.  This is one of those books.  It is called "Finishing School - a master class for knitters" by Deborah Newton.

This is not only a beautiful book, the photography is great with lots of examples, it is also very comprehensive in the finishing techniques it covers.

Newton begins the book with "Finishing 101".  What I like about this chapter is that she shows the knitter why it is important to think about finishing even before you start knitting.  She covers all the basics from how to choose a project to swatching to finishing touches.  Chapter 2 discusses blocking basics, why to block or not to block, and various blocking methods.  Chapter 3 discusses the ever important seaming techniques, how and when to use them, including sleeve caps and vertical seams.  Chapter 4 discusses various types of edgings and trims, and how to bind off to give you that professional look.  Chapter 5 covers buttons, zippers and pockets and gives you lots of options to give your piece an individual look.  Finally, Chapter 6 talks about alterations to finished sweaters.

Each chapter contains various workshops so you can see pictures of actual techniques in progress.   This will be a book that you will refer to again and again.  Please let me know how you enjoy this book.

To make it easy for you to order just click on the Amazon sidebar on the left and scroll for the book title, then click and order!

Mary Glendinning

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