I love crafting…but sometimes, I have to experiment just a little bit!
You’ll forgive me if I have been keeping some things from you? :)
For the past few projects, I have been trying a little of this and a little of that in the form of different cast-ons and bind offs. I got the idea from the new book Cast On Bind Off by Leslie Ann Bestor.
I have to say, if there’s a new knitting book around, chances are, I’m going to get it, lol. But, I generally like to buy books for the photos alone. Don’t judge me, lol! My knitting and I are old acquaintances now. I know what I like to knit and I know how I like to knit it. Even if I come upon something new I’d like to try, I usually don’t look for new tips to help me make it. I wasn’t really sure what I’d really be doing with a book that was about casting on and binding off…Just in case you are a little bit like me…I’ll let you know what I thought about this book.
Hands down, this book was very well planned.
- The inside of the very covers organizes and lists the different types of cast-ons and bind-offs, what they’re good for and where you can flip to them easily. I don’t always like to use the term never, but in this one instance I can safely say that I have never, as in never-ever, seen a book do that. Have you? That seriously wowed me!
- Then, it is also spiral bound so that it opens up flat. It helps that the book is not trying to shut when you’re tied up with reading directions and need both hands to do the doing of the directions at the same time.
- The photos are clear and the directions are precise and very well-written.
- There are even extra tips throughout that tell you how to make the techniques work well for your project.
Impressive! But…did it pass my ultimate test? Yes. It really did. What’s that you say? What’s my test?
The absolute best thing to me is…and if you’ve been here before, you probably have guessed it already…
Yup! I can carry this baby anywhere I want!!
When I first found out about the book, I immediately looked it up to see if I could find a downloadable version. I mean, how many times do I have to tell Amazon to tell the publisher that I want it on my Kindle? I think my account should just have an automatic-request feature for every fiber craft book that comes out, to effect that I will be writing them about that shortly…
Take a look at how clear these pages are.
The illustrations are kind of cute too. :)
All that said, you must understand that I’m also a creature of habit. Yup. I am. I tend to stick to the same cast-ons and bind-offs I learned when I first started knitting. Really. Why would I need more when they work just fine? I did wonder if the book would fit well into my way of doing things. Well, I have to admit, these past few projects have given me a few more tips to put in my knitting arsenal that actually aren’t such a bad idea to have around. Take for instance those dishcloths I make for my mil. Well, usually. ;) I have always had a slight distaste for the fact that the long tail cast-on never matched the traditional bind off. Do you know which one does? The chained cast-on completely matches the traditional bind-off!
It’s perfect! The chained cast on requires the use of a crochet hook. And all the strictly knitters said, “Ugh”, lol. It took all of about an extra minute, so it really wasn’t so bad. And if it completely matches the other edge, it really is worth it. Dishcloths are such a tiny project. But I just like it when the edges match so much better! Wish I’d known that tip sooner…Gonna have to try that on my mil.
Another issue I’ve always had is the edging of my lace pieces not really being as stretchy as I’d like. It’s always been hit or miss. Take a look at the cast-on here.
That’s my version of loose, lol!
But now, check out this bind off.
This bind off is called a lace bind off. Look at how perfectly relaxed that is. Isn’t that nice? :)
And the socks!
Well, actually, the first time I tried the Old Norwegian cast-on was with the socks I made for the hubby. But, I really only did that because it was in the pattern. I’ve had a chance to commit it to memory making my own socks. And, it really is better than the long tail cast-on for a stretchy cuff.
Hmm..I really think I could use this book!
Meh. You learn something new everyday. :)
If you want to learn a bit more about this book, there is a tour going on currently where you can read about how knitting bloggers have used it for their projects.
Stop by and say hello!
There’s also a giveaway per blog where readers have a chance to win a free copy of this book. If you’re interested, leave a comment here by July 28th and I’ll enter your name into a drawing for the giveaway to take place next weekend.
Good luck! :)