Firstly, my apologies for the massive break in blogging! I finally finished university last week and the run up to that was hectic to say the least! Since then I have been at work and this is the first chance I have had to blog but I promise it was worth waiting for!
Author: Bruce Weinstein
Genre: non-fiction, crafts, hobbies, knitting
First Published: 2012
Pages: 56 (advance ebook version)
Now, if you are like me and come from a family inundated with male members, you will know what a nightmare they are to buy for! Having my dad, boyfriend and 17 year old brother to accommodate can make holidays a headache! Men are difficult enough to buy for but to make gifts for, well, that just raises a whole load of problems! Trying to find something to make for men is difficult enough, but finding something that they will like/use/appreciate is near enough impossible! With father’s day just around the corner and my pledge to make my Christmas presents has meant that I have been on the hunt for men-approved gifts to make, but for knitters, Bruce Weinstein has done all of the hard work for you!
Being a knitter himself, Bruce also faced the issue of finding patterns that were really suitable for men, but being a man, he has the advantage of knowing what men really want. Bruce has complied ten timeless projects that any man would love to receive and will actually wear! Everything down to the perfect men’s fit has been designed specially by Bruce.
The book features projects ranging from the jumpers and cardigans that you would expect to socks, mittens and a scarf. Some of my personal favourites include the Baseball Jersey and the Basic Cardigan Two Ways (pictured below) which gives you the option of creating the basic cardigan with either a button or a zip fastening.
The instructions for knitting the items are clear and easy to understand. As a novice knitter, I would be tempted to start out with some of the smaller projects such as the scarf or hat, but once I had completed these I would feel confident enough to attempt the larger project, and the simplistic style of the projects would make them good starting points for knitters who wanted to try knitting a jumper for the first time, or a relatively quick project for a more advanced knitter.
Each project is introduced by an anecdote from Bruce during his time as a knitter, which are often hilarious and many feature wives desperately attempting to create pieces that show how much love and care has gone into the projects, only for them to be grossly undervalued by the husbands. Bruce explains that, to men, clothes hold a different meaning. While women spend hours choosing clothes and thinking about how they look, men are more interested in wearing whatever they lay their hands on. To a man, the value of the yarn means nothing, so he will happily see to the state of the garden in that cashmere jumper you spent hours slaving over. As well as a knitting book, Knits Men Want offers a fascinating insight into the minds of men and how they think. Bruce draws up a table comparing the thoughts of men and women, and offers tips on everything from getting the right fit to what colours you should be using.
Personal, entertaining and informative, Knits Men Want offers something unlike any other knitting book around. The stories Bruce tells will leave you laughing out loud, as well as cringing guiltily as you realise you are just as bad at committing the same crimes when it comes to knitting for men. However, it is safe to say that, with Bruce at your side, knitting clothing for men that they will actually wear will never be a headache again! Father’s day sorted then!
If you would like to hear more about what inspired Bruce to create this book and how he first discovered a love for knitting, you can hear it in his own words in this interesting video about the book.
I received this book as a free Advanced E-Reader Copy from NetGalley thanks to Open Road Publishing who asked me to review this title. This book is available to buy now.
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