Knit Local by Tanis Gray
Published: October 4th 2011 by Sixth&Spring Book
Knit Local is a really fun book. I went nuts while I was flipping through it. There's a wide range of patterns, including sweaters and large pieces of clothing, scarfs, hats, mittens, shawls, wraps, cowls, socks, kids clothing, and even some pillows. I liked the patterns, but I'm a small projects girl, and I don't make sweaters or large items, and there were a lot of larger more complicated patterns. I would have liked more small projects – but that's just my personal preference. Because it is so broad, I think it would be hard to find a target audience that would like every single pattern. I liked most of them, but about half of them I'll never knit.
Artistically, this book is beautiful. Each new feature includes a story about the small yarn company, information about them, their location, website, and yarns, and a pattern with their yarn. The layout and structure is just as beautiful as the photographs, and makes the book really easy to read and look through.
I love local yarn companies and shops. I love supporting local businesses, mostly because I know our economy runs on them more than we think we do. I've worked at three small businesses over the past five years, and I've loved every second of it. This book not only has great patterns, but there are connections to buy local yarns.
Recommendation: Intermediate/advanced knitters. There are a few crochet patterns, but not an even distribution of knit and crochet.