Marshmallow likes to make crafty things with her little paws. She already reviewed a beautiful book about origami for the book bunnies blog. Today she talks about a book about knitting: Kids Knitting: Projects for Kids of All Ages, by Melanie Falick. Sprinkles, who (recently re)started knitting with Marshmallow, is taking notes and asking questions.
Sprinkles: Tell me a bit about this book Marshmallow.
Marshmallow: This is a really good book for bunnies who like knitting or those who don’t know how to do it yet.
S: So is it a book teaching one how to knit?
M: Yes. It starts from telling you what you will need: yarn, straight knitting needles, and scissors. And we have those already! Then it tells you what other tools you might eventually need once you get going and know a bit about what you are doing. We already have some of those too. Like circular needles.
S: Yes, I know you have some circular needles and have already made some projects with them!
S: Then what happens in the book? Do they teach you how to do different stitches?
M: Yes. But before that they tell you about other things. Like finger knitting, dying your own yarn, and rolling yarn into a ball, and so on. Then they start teaching the standard knitting stitches. They begin with teaching the reader how to cast on stitches–
S: That is, putting the number of stitch loops on the knitting needle that you will need to get started.
M: Yes. Then the book teaches the knit stitch, that is the easiest one. And there is even a poem to remember the moves by.
S: Oh, why don’t you share that poem with us then?
Under the fence Catch the sheep Back we come Off we leap
S: That sounds like a good way to remember the moves making the knit stitch!
M: This poem is on page 30. So the book is going really slowly to teach you really well everything you need. Then you learn about binding off–
S: That is, finishing the piece and getting it off your needles.
M: Yes. Then the first project starts. It is a bean bag. You can make it using only the knit stitch and the casting-on / binding-off techniques you already learned.
S: That’s good. So you get to practice along as you are reading and learning.
S: You have already made some of the projects from this book, right Marshmallow?
M: I made the bag for pencils or glasses.
S: Are there some others you are looking forward to working on?
M: I want to try the scarf with pockets.
S: That sounds like it could be fun and useful. What other types of projects are there in the book?
M: There are hats, scarves, backpacks, sweaters, dolls, all sorts of fun things you can make.
S: That sounds great! There seem to be projects that will interest all sorts of bunnies that will be doable for those who know little about knitting.
M: Yes, but also you learn a lot of new techniques along the way. For example you can learn how to use a circular needle or how to do the perl stitch, which I think should be called the tink stitch because it is the reverse of knit stitch.
S: I think that would be a great idea. But looking it up in a dictionary, apparently “tink” already has a knitting meaning: “undo a row of knitting one stitch at a time, in order to correct a mistake”.
M: Oh that makes sense too. Undoing is backwards! That’s kind of cool!
S: Yes, I agree! So before we wrap up, tell me how many other projects there are in the book.
M: There are a lot! Maybe around twenty or so.
S: So this is going to keep you busy for a while longer, right?
S: I think so too. This is a useful book, and young bunnies and perhaps their parents, too, can learn from it. And it is a lot of fun to look at, too, because the pictures are bright as well as instructive. I say we can wrap up this review now. So what would your rating be for it?
M: I rate it 95%. And now I will go and start my new scarf.