Good Reading : March 2005
14 goodreading a good yarn practical book Knitting is such a pleasurable pastime and such a versatile craft. Once learnt you can create so many different things with just a pair of knitting needles and a ball of yarn: things to wear, things to hold other things, things to cover things, things to keep you warm. In Anne Akers Johnson’s new book Knitting she aims to help young potential knitters (anyone over the age of ten) learn to knit a variety of simple items.With each book comes a pack, which contains all the nec - essary equipment – yarn, needles, crochet hook and buttons – to enable you to complete the six projects in the book. All you’ll need is a pair of scissors and a needle and thread. The book simply and clearly explains all the basics from winding your yarn into a ball, the various ways to hold the needles while knitting, casting on, learning the various stitches and, importantly, how to pick up a dropped stitch and how to unravel.The book and the projects in it are clearly targeted at young girls: a skinny scarf, beanie, sunglass case, a purse and a little pocket purse and a great idea, a mobile phone sock! Each project is simple and achievable with clear instructions and diagrams on what to do at each stage. And the result is so satisfying: something to wear, something to show off to your friends and, best of all, something you made yourself!