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Thursday, July 14, 2011
Book Review - It's About Knitting, I Swear
I highly recommend Casting Off by Nicole R. Dickson. I read quite a bit of it while I was working on the last garter rows of my Baby Surprise Jacket that has now taken up residence at the knit shop as a sample.
I especially liked the stitch descriptions at the beginning of each chapter. I tried to find the reference that is noted however do not find it as a book, it is linked to the author's blog, click here to access.
The story takes place on a tiny island off the coast of Ireland. A textile archeologist, Rebecca Moray and her daughter, go there on a grant to write a book focusing on the fisherman's handmade sweaters aka ganseys. She discovers more than just a tale of knitting, but of community and family connections and memories.
This book came to me as a trade paperback in a very sad state of affairs, rescued from a yard sale. When I first opened it, it came apart in pieces. So, I took sections with me to read and then threw away the pages as I completed them. (all you book lovers out there, put away your pitchforks, there was no saving this one). I will buy another copy to pass around because I really think this is a great book.