submitted by cullmann on August 25, 2012, 11:06 am
I have looked at a lot of knitting books and patterns and found myself surprised to enjoy Hoverson's books as much as I do, given their titles, which sound like something that would be appealing to a less serious knitter. Her patterns are clever and well designed and I flagged so many of them that I want to make that I think I will have to go buy my own copy. I also appreciated that she included an appendix on wrapping gifts using leftover yarn, buttons, and other little things you will have around the house.
While really none of these patterns are anything spectacular in terms of design, the formatting of the book makes it a good one to have on-hand in a situation where you might need a quick gift for someone. It's broken up into sections based on approximately how long each project will take. It also provides some nice ideas for gift-wrapping and tags. My one major gripe is that, like many knitting books, this one doesn't include a weight for the type of yarn used. That's usually not hard to figure out by looking at the picture, but it would be nice if they included it. It's good to know the specific yarn in the picture, but what if that yarn isn't being made anymore (as so often happens)? It'd be nice if we didn't have to look up the yarn somewhere to get a comparable alternative. Still, a good book to have around for those last-minute soiree invites!