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Never Too Old to Knit: Beautiful Basics for Baby Boomers [Spiral-bound]

Karin Strom
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Book Description

Sept. 28 2006
With more people than ever interested in knitting, there have been many volumes to teach newcomers the basics and reeducate the lapsed. But none has targeted the mature audience…until now. Designed with larger type for easy readability, with a stay-open hidden spiral for ease of use, and with 30 projects designed by over-50-year-olds for their peers, Never Too Old to Knit will reach this eager, untapped market. It includes a discussion—with medical statements from experts—of knitting’s many health and stress-relief benefits; the therapeutic advantages range from increased mental and creative stimulation to an improved social life as knitters gather together to work and chat. Clearly illustrated instructions present all the basics, from casting on to completing simple garments, so both novice and returning knitters can start stitching immediately. And because more-advanced techniques are covered too, the book becomes a valuable reference as skills improve. The appealing—and portable—projects all feature beautiful colors and textures, yet none are very difficult to complete.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this Book, even more than I thought! Feb. 5 2013
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
I think that this book is great....now let me also say that I am a beginner knitter.
Originally I bought it because I wanted the pattern for the Basketweave Baby Blanket that I saw on Pinterest. I was very pleased when the book arrived that it has clear and concise directions and beautiful pictures. Some of the patterns are not what I would want to knit but are still nice.
The most surprising thing was the basic knitting instructions including pictures of the stitches and some alternate ways to do some techniques.
Overall I think this is a really good book.
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81 of 88 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A better title woud be: Never Too Old to Learn to Knit! Oct. 31 2006
By Susan W. Swartz - Published on Amazon.com
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After looking forward to this book for months, I was very disappointed in it for several reasons:

1. None of the reviews mentioned the fact that the book is sponsored by (and, hence, all the yarns in it are made by) Lion Brand Yarns. That fact alone would have made me think twice before buying it.

2. The book is not designed for baby boomers who already know how to knit (and have, perhaps, knit for many years)...but is aimed at baby boomers who have never tried knitting and have wondered about it because of the new "knitting craze." Thus it could definitely be classified as a beginner's knitting book. I had wrongly interpreted the reviews to imply that the book contained classic designs that would look good on aging baby boomers.

3. Because the book is aimed at "aging" baby boomers, I found the tone of the writing and, especially, the design of the book to be condescending. Key words are printed in a large font and different color (i.e., "Visit your local YARN SHOP...") and many of the descriptions are sort of "cutesy" in a tone that is insulting to but often used with seniors.

4. Half of the book contains knitting instruction. The other half contains 18 typical Lion Brand-style patterns. All of them are easy to knit, ranging from a plain scarf and shawl to several simple sweaters to 1 pair of socks to the typical grandmother knitting: an afghan, baby booties and baby blanket. Perhaps the projects would look better in more expensive yarns besides Lion Brand.

On the plus side, the spiral design allows the book to lie flat and all the photos are very large and clear, as is the typeface. Easy on the aging eyes, you know.

However, the book is not as I imagined, nor as the cover photo led me to believe. I had envisioned a book full of Eileen Fisher-style garments designed to fashion a good-looking wardrobe for the baby boomer who already knew how to knit. This is not that book.
43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected...and then again, it was somewhat MORE than I expected! Nov. 12 2006
By Katherine A. Otto - Published on Amazon.com
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Like some of the other reviewers of this book, I was expecting a slew of Chico-type patterns for Baby Boomers. In that way, this book disappoints because it contains less patterns than I had hoped for, and they are definitely for beginners. However, some of them are classic and would be fun to make.

Where this book exceeded my expectations is the first half, which is a tutorial on the why's and how's of knitting. Great info, large pictures explaining different stitches - it is a very easy to read book with great illustrations for the beginner knitter.

I am currently teaching my 83-year-old mother as well as a Baby Boomer friend how to knit, and I am going to buy additional copies of this book for them. I think it's a great get-started book!
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lighten Up Ladies July 9 2008
By Myra S. Rustin - Published on Amazon.com
I have just returned to knitting after entirely too long and unlike the reviews I have read here (most of which made me a bit ill...)I loved this book! So you don't like Lion Brand yarn? Well, since you are all so bloody clever, why don't you just substitute something you consider worthy of your lofty taste(s) and let the rest of us feel grateful for a group of excellent patterns and good-natured, well researched information. I returned to knitting for the simple joy of the process, not to make myself feel better, smarter or above anyone else. This book warmly welcomed me back and gave me some excellent material to remind me of how much I simply love to knit! If those of you who hated the book so much and thought it was so inappropriately named simply stopped to read the title, you might not have been so highly insulted by a genuine effort welcome and embrace those of us who are older, calmer and considerably less eager to judge and criticize. You just don't get, and boy, am I glad I don't knit with you tightly wound kvetches.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I like the patterns but... June 21 2007
By MLStratton - Published on Amazon.com
This book is aimed at the new or occasional hand-knitter. I consider myself both so I really liked the basic instructions in the front of the book. The classic patterns are just what I was looking for and I'm pleased with them. However. The editor may rest assured that at the ripe old age of 51, this baby boomer isn't suffering from isolation (I wish) or severe memory loss. She needs to check the age range of baby boomers in relation to her comments on aging. Those condescending comments are more suited to a 90 year-old, not a baby boomer. And even at that age, quite insulting.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Knitting Book Dec 28 2009
By Beachbug - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this because I had seen a very nice, simple sweater pattern in it as I was browsing through it in a sewing store. Once it arrived and I began reading it in earnest, I was pleasantly surprised at the well-written instructions as well as the attractive patterns that can be found in the back of the book. I have been knitting for 40 years and learned some new and interesting tricks from this book. It is written in a light-hearted, relaxed manner that makes one feel like grabbing the needles and trying any project without fear. My younger daughter is a beginning knitter and also loved the instructions which she felt were easy to understand.
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