Wendy Knits: My Never-Ending Adventures in Yarn
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Wendy Knits: My Never-Ending Adventures in Yarn

3.32 of 5 stars 3.32  ·  rating details  ·  106 ratings  ·  14 reviews
In this warm, wise, and witty memoir, Wendy D. Johnson takes a look at her lifelong obsession with "casting on" as she chronicles her journey from a crudely self-taught, left-handed beginner to one of the world's most prolific knitters-not to mention premier knitting bloggers. From the virtues of learning how to knit the perfect sock, to the compulsive need to stash exquis...more
ebook, 224 pages
Published April 25th 2006 by Penguin Group US
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Nov 12, 2009 Theresa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All knitters from beginning to advanced
Wendy Johnson takes you through her knitting life and her obsessions with knitting and yarn. From her first cast-on and being self-taught to becoming one of the most known names in the knitting blog world. Wendy has included 20 patterns for all knitting levels, as well as many hints and tips throughout the book.

I have followed Wendy Johnson's blog for many years, so I was excited to finally get my hands on this book. It was everything I had expected and more. Wendy's warm and humorous look back...more
The first time I looked at this book, the font annoyed me for some reason, and I didn't bother to look at it further. I finally decided I should go ahead and check it out from the library and see what I think, since I used to enjoy reading her blog.

It's a pleasant enough read, and the patterns would be good basic ones for a new knitter. I was particularly amused by her story about two Swedish girls commenting on her knitting. But the book doesn't grab me enough that I want to get my own copy. Th...more
I probably didn't give this book a fair enough chance. I had checked it out of the library because I thought it was a book of knitting patterns. It does have knitting patterns in it, but it is also the musings of Wendy D. Johnson and how knitting has effected her life. I only read a few pages in the first chapter before I decided that I didn't feel like reading any more. I browsed through the rest of the book and didn't see anything worth knitting. The pictures were in black and white, which is...more
Anyone who's familiar with Wendy Knit's popular blog will know exactly what they're getting from this book. What disappointed me was the quality of the book, and the pattern choices. With the number of gorgeous, full-color knitting books on the store shelves, this one definitely pales in comparison. The photos of the finished objects are in black-and-white, and are so dark they're hard to see any detail. Add to that the fact that the patterns themselves are rather bland and blah, and you may wan...more
I often felt like I'd read parts of this book before—maybe I heard the author interviewed on a podcast and that's why it seemed familiar. Though there are patterns included, this is really just a knitting memoir. I think it would have been better either without the patterns or with them but expanded to include bigger photos (in color, not the black and white that this book has) and detail shots.
Julie M
Jul 04, 2012 Julie M rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: knitters of any level
Recommended to Julie by: HPB
Engagingly written; this woman was blogging and or knit-listing even before the Yarn Harlot. Creative and accomplished knitter with great inspiration to newbies and old-bies alike.
She has some really interesting insights into knitting and using fiber and who should and should not receive our precious knits.She was really funny. I thoroughly enjoyed her book.
Lackluster and predictable knititng essays. Good section on charity knitting that is all about pets, especially cats.
Enjoyed the chit chat between patterns. Fun reading. I might even try to knit one of the patterns...
Finished on October 2, 2008.

I stayed up all night to read, because I was unable to sleep.
Very fun to read--I always like knowing there is someone more obsessed with knitting than I am.
Knit projects - Grape Arbor shawl - Good book for beginners, but pix are in black and white.
Great knitting patterns, fun stories, good book
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