by Wendy D. Johnson
Wendy D. Johnson is one of the luminaries of the knitting world. Her blog has more than 3 million visitors per month, a testament to the power of her prose. Wendy Knits: My Never-Ending Adventures in Yarn is her eagerly awaited first book which combines Wendy's reflections on a life lived with yarn as well as twenty of her knitting patterns.
Wendy's writing is conversational, and you feel like she's sitting next to you telling her stories. The patterns are interspersed throughout the book beginning with the simplest projects (a dishcloth) and culminating in a steeked Scandinavian pullover.
Regular readers of her blog may find some of the content familiar but here readers receive more than just glimpses into Wendy's knitting life. For example, her chapter on "knitting for charity" explains how Wendy began the charity "Knit-alongs," a feature of her blog, and why she is a passionate supporter of pet rescue organizations. Her passion for the cause is evident and I suspect that many a catnip mouse will be knit after reading Wendy Knits.
A knitter can easily knit their way through this book, and beginning knitters will find projects that increase gradually in difficulty; however, the strength of this book is the insight it provides into the creative process of an incredibly prolific knitter.
The only complaint about Wendy Knits is that the book has been produced in black and white. Color photos would have really enhanced the value of this book and made the projects even more appealing.
Reviewed by Janelle Martin
Janelle is an addicted reader and a book reviewer for Armchair Interviews. A passionate knitter in what remains of her free time, she wonders, "Why can't we knit at work?". Her blog can be viewed at http://antheras.blogspot.com