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Stitch 'n Bitch

I think I have found one of the greatest knitting books ever. It’s called Stitch 'n Bitch by Debbi Stoller. The book was written for beginner knitters but in terms beginner knitters can understand. There are pictures for everything including techniques, what the stitches look like when done right, what they will look like if done wrong and pictures of all the mending and binding techniques. Debbi Stoller was raised by a long generation of knitters but it wasn’t until she was an adult that the love of knitting truly clicked for her and in a world of feminism, she felt it was time to bring knitting back.

Debbie Stoller grew up in the 70’s when women were fed up with their traditional roles. Being nothing more than a housewife was a waste of women’s talents. No more knitting, sewing, cooking and cleaning for women; it was time for a revolution. Debbie Stoller even went off to school and earned herself a PhD from Yale in the psychology of women. To further her cause, she is the co-founder, co-publisher, and editor-in-chief of the feminist magazine BUST and the co-author of The BUST Guide to the New Girl Order and now the founder of the NYC Stitch ‘n Bitch group in 2000.

Included in the Knitter’s Handbook is 40 patterns that were collected from other women all over the country that have joined the Stitch ‘n Bitch revolution. For each pattern, it lets you know what techniques you need to know before you dive in and where you can reference them in the book. Also, you get to learn about the women behind the pattern and what got them started in the very old and very wonderful craft of knitting. There are patterns for everyone in this book and if it wasn’t for this book I probably would have thrown in the towel completely on the intarsia technique!

Those of you out there that are interested in finding a Stitch ‘n Bitch group near you drop by the Stitch ‘n Bitch website and see what’s going on in your area. If there isn’t a group near your home you can take the helpful steps on the site to get your girlfriends together and create your own Stitch ‘n Bitch group and register it on the site so others can find you and join too.