A good while back I received an e-mail - asking me to review a book. I don't normally get these sorts of e-mails, but it was a technique book so I was intrigued and said sure - send me a book. So they sent me a copy of Leslie Ann Bestor's Cast On Bind Off.
First off - I just want to say that I think that using spiral binding on a technique book is nothing short of genius. I have a fair few stitch dictionaries. And some of them are looking pretty worn out because I turn to them so frequently. I think this cute little book will stand up to my abuse!
And I'm pleased to say that I will actually use this one. Not only does she offer a nice long list of different beginnings and ends, she also gives you the why. As in why you would want to use this cast-on or bind-off. Or why not. Sometimes I think the "why-nots" are even more important!
Each and every cast-on has an amazing amount of pictures - pictures of how it looks from different angles and wonderfully detailed how-to photographs.
I actually got to meet the author, Leslie Ann Bestor, at TNNA and she was lovely. A smart girl would have taken her book and had Leslie Ann sign it and gotten a cute picture of her, but hey, it was my first TNNA and I forgot a lot of things. Like say my hairdryer. Ahem.
I was quite shocked to find there were a number of techniques in this book that I had never heard of, much less attempted, so I feel I can safely say that it would be useful to novices and experienced knitters alike! After I received the book and realized how much I wanted to keep it for my very own self, I had to scramble back to the e-mail because I was pretty sure I was expected to give it away. But huzzah! This is not the case. I am having a giveaway but they will send it to you and I get to keep my copy. Which is good for you because I might have licked it. Ok, not really. But anyhow...
If you comment on this entry by end of day on July 12th, I will choose a very lucky winner on Friday to get their own copy of Leslie Ann Bestor's Cast On Bind Off. So comment away. Tell me something amusing. Go!
And if you want to read more about this amazing little book visit the other stops on the blog tour:
7/9 Picnic Knits
7/10 Knit and Tonic
7/12 Rambling Designs
7/13 Rambling Designs (pt. 2: Leslie Ann guest post)
7/14 Neo Knits
7/15 Knit & Nosh
7/16 Knitting at Large
7/17 Rebecca Danger
7/18 Lapdog Creations
7/19 Nutmeg Knitter
7/21 Weekend Knitter
7/23 It's a Purl, Man
7/24 Whip Up
7/27 Knitting Daily
7/29 Hugs for Your Head
7/30 The Knit Girllls