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This is not the most recent edition of the book, but I don't mind.

(Sort Of) Lara's Library: The Sweater Workshop

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The "fish" sweater.

My co-conspirator in craft, Joyce, mentioned yesterday that she has a difficult time passing up craft supplies when the price is right. I have the same problem.

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Jacqueline gives credit when credit is due. In this case, to Elizabeth Zimmerman. She explains EZ's Key Number system very well in this book.

Of course, nothing is less expensive than free. Which is why I get so excited when my local library has a book I covet.

After Tonya Thomann mentioned the book to me, I went and looked it up. Using the library makes sense to me because I can test-drive the book before I buy it, it saves me shelf space, and I can always find it again. Which is something I can't really say about books that I buy outright, sight unseen.

Jacqueline Fee really explains why the construction of a sweater works the way that it does. Garter stitch is wider than stockinette stitch, for example, so if you want to use garter stitch as a border on a stockinette-stitch sweater, it needs to be made over fewer stitches.

Diagrams are very clear, large, and used liberally. So, the first time twisted knit stitches are mentioned in the text, a little drawing of a twisted stitch being created is next to it.

The version of the book I read had a slightly homemade feeling in the layout, which isn't surprising considering that it was printed in 1983. Most of the photographs are in black and white, but they are photographed very clearly.

Overall, this book has great information for every level of knitter, and really encourages you to "unravel your thinking."

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EZ's key system is explained in the text, and made even more clear in a worksheet format on "The Gauge Page".

The downside to all of this is that I now know two things. 1) This book is totally awesome and 2) It's only $17.97 at KnitPicks right now. (Lastly, if I find another $32.03 of stuff I want there, I would get free shipping.)

I'm probably doomed. Or, at least, my budget is, by about $50.