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Topic: Handknit Holidays, by Melanie Falick  (Read 2391 times)
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jlcotton
« on: October 26, 2005 07:37:06 AM »

Hey guys,

I've searched around and no one seems to have commented on this book. I looked through it at the bookstore the other day and loved some of the patterns (the thigh high knit stockings for example).

Has anyone checked this book out or made anything from it?

-Stella
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erincatherine
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2005 07:59:39 AM »

I recently quit my (over 50+ hours a week) job to concentrate full time on applying to grad school until Jan 1st.  Part of my "spending lifestyle" change includes no knitting-related paraphernalia....(no clothes, no going out to eat, no new toys for the dog/cat....it is a bummer, i tell you. I see a part time job in my near future).
BUT I had to return some yarn to knit-picks and they have the book for about $18....so I got it in the exchange and justified it b/c I already spent the money pre-joblessness.  I have yet to receive it, but both my friend and I saw it at Borders and it is one of the few new books this season that caught our attention.  A lot of the pieces seem practical (artistic and functional), yet different from your normal every day gifty stuff, and the layout of the book is beautiful.  If you think it is something you will like, I say go for it. both Amazon and Knitpicks have it for under $20 (unless your LYS or bookstore has it, than support them instead.....luckily I did not have that moral dilemma). Even if you make just one gift out of it for the holidays, I say it is worth it.  Nothing you can buy will match the quality and meaning of a hand-made gift.  (You could also check Amazon for reviews. If there are a couple, sometimes thay are helpful).
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« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2005 12:31:09 PM »

I just spent a few hours at the bookstore checking out knitting books for future purchase--am not spending money on any right now, and i agree, this book has some really nice things to make--for gifts or whatever--I almost didn't even grab it to look at because I didn't really like Weekend Knits, and just thought that this book would be even more useless.
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« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2005 02:03:53 PM »

I totally want to eat this book. I love that it is so festive and cozy without being tacky. I don't know that there's anything in particular that I'd make from it but if I had it I would totally look through it every single day. What I can't understand is why some of these books only exist in hardcover. Grr. Weekend Knits has been out for a while now, but still doesn't seem to be available in softcover (which I could afford a bit better). I do like the holiday book better than Weekend Knits though!
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« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2005 05:08:39 PM »

I've looked through this book.  I can't spend that much money on a book right now (I'm working part time only) but I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have it and it's the editor's choice for Crafter's Choice this time too..I hope I get a full time job SOON.  I really liked Weekend Knits...just can't afford to knit a lot from it except the fingerless gloves.
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« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2005 05:16:02 PM »

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What I can't understand is why some of these books only exist in hardcover.

Honestly?  Because as long as people still buy them in hardcover, there's no incentive for publishers to issue them in a less-expensive paperback format.  (I try hard not to let on that I work in the book industry, but sometimes I can't help myself.)  Seriously.  This is also the reason why it took two years or however long it was for The Da Vinci Code to come out in paperback: people were still buying the hardcover.

I bought the book because some of the projects caught my eye.  Not having made anything from it yet, I can't comment definitively on it, but just leafing through it again once I got it home, it seemed like the instructions were sometimes a bit more complicated than they needed to be.  Not enough to keep me from trying the projects, but enough that I suspect I'm going to be spending more time than normal staring at the directions, trying to figure out what the hell the designer is trying to say.
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« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2005 05:30:08 PM »

the instructions in Weekend knitting were a little more difficult than need be, I thought. 
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erincatherine
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2005 04:51:21 PM »

I can't spend that much money on a book right now (I'm working part time only) but I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have it and it's the editor's choice for Crafter's Choice this time too..I hope I get a full time job SOON. 
-am not spending money on any right now,

This has nothing to do with Holiday Handknits, but I had to comment on how I feel the camaraderie among you fellow knitters AND budgeters (possibly a made-up word).  what a dilemma! But I do believe we all deserve a little loveliness here and there, so keep working, keep saving, but don't forget to give yourself a little yarn-love now and then.  We could all have far-worse hobbies/obsessions....and good luck with jobs! (I went to two interviews, a follow up to an interview and made a cold contact about a job -- all just today!!! time to knit!!!!) It will happen.....
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box of purls
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2005 05:07:41 PM »

I can't spend that much money on a book right now (I'm working part time only) but I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have it and it's the editor's choice for Crafter's Choice this time too..I hope I get a full time job SOON. 
-am not spending money on any right now,

This has nothing to do with Holiday Handknits, but I had to comment on how I feel the camaraderie among you fellow knitters AND budgeters (possibly a made-up word).  what a dilemma! But I do believe we all deserve a little loveliness here and there, so keep working, keep saving, but don't forget to give yourself a little yarn-love now and then.  We could all have far-worse hobbies/obsessions....and good luck with jobs! (I went to two interviews, a follow up to an interview and made a cold contact about a job -- all just today!!! time to knit!!!!) It will happen.....
k

yes, I feel a little better know i'm not the only one having trouble finding a job.  I try to treat myself when I can...if I don't I'll just get more and more frustrated and want to give up and all.  Good luck with hearing back on interviews.  I haven't heard anything yet, but maybe soon...I hope.  :-/
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« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2005 03:15:27 PM »

I received the book as a birthday gift last week, and I'm knitting something from it right now. (It's for a swap, so I don't want to be specific!) Last night even my boyfriend was oohing and ahhing over the book! I agree that sometimes the directions are *slightly* more complicated and wordy than need be. But it all seems to work out in the end. And I think my swap partner will like the results!  Grin
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