The only good thing about my favorite bookstore closing in Downtown Indianapolis a couple years ago was my opportunity to scavenge. The store was insane- not really busy, per say, but disheveled. The cookbooks, which were half of why I went, were pretty much gone, except for those crazy expensive ones with no real purpose but to look pretty on a counter. So I went to the other half of my trip’s purpose- KNITTING BOOKS. Admittedly, this section was less full than I expected, but a good two-thirds of the shelves population remained behind. I sat for probably a good hour on the floor with piles of books, sorting through what I already had and what was there, seeing what was worth buying. I bought A LOT of books that day. Seriously. I won’t even give the number because it is a bit ridiculous. All of the books got shelved once I got home. A few made it to my dresser. One is one that I go back to again and again and again. That book is Weekend Knitting, by Melanie Falick.
Weekend Knitting is not just a book of fabulous patterns, but of fabulous ideas to enjoy knitting even when needles aren’t at hand. My favorite example of this is the “Knitting Film Festival” section. This section lists many movies good yarny scenes, such as Chicago, Chicken Run, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and The Wizard of Oz– only to name a few. Honorable Mentions for this category would include the “Gentle Hand Massage” and “A Good Read.”
Choosing my favorite pattern from this book was immensely difficult. The patterns are easy to follow, detailed, and useful. My favorite pattern from the book is actually one I haven’t tried yet, but will be casting on very soon- The Perfect Pie Shawl. The pattern is pretty and delicate looking while still being useful. (Unlike the many lace shawl patterns you find online that look as though a glance at a nail could unravel it.) Honorable Mention patterns would have to be Lace Edged Pillow Cases and The Farmer’s Market Bag.
All in all, this book is a definite must have for all levels of crafters. My best suggestion for you is to buy this book immediately. If you don’t believe me, check it out at your local library first, but it will be VERY hard to send this one back in just two weeks.