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Today’s book review is a review of The Knitters Book of Yarn: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using, and Enjoying Yarn by Clara Parkes.  I bought this book when it first came out last fall and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the entire book.  I was very new to knitting when I bought this book but I wanted to be able to substitute yarns without having it mess up the pattern and this book taught me exactly that.  I would suggest this book for any level of knitter who wants to know what different fibers act like when you knit them and what types of knitting they are good for.  Even if you know this information the patterns in the back of the book are worth buying the book for.  All of them are amazing and almost all of the yarns suggested are from small yarn companies.  I would give this book a 5 out of 5. 

As far as my knitting goes I will have photos of my progress on my Hex Coat that I started on Friday and photos of progress on my self striping sock and possibly my other projects (depending on how much I get done today) tomorrow. 

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My book review thsi week is going to be on Getting Started Knitting Socks by Ann Budd.  I used this book to learn how to knit socks a couple months ago.  When I started knitting socks I had only been knitting for a couple months so I didn’t understand quite a bit of the knitting language.  I loved this book because it had great pictures of every step along the way of knitting socks and everything is clearly explained so that even a new knitter who doesn’t really  know all of the terminology used in knitting can use it to learn how to knit socks.  I went into knitting socks thinking that it was going to be really hard and that I was going to have to rip them out a million times trying to get them right, however because of how clear the book was in all the directions I don’t believe I even had to rip them out once.  The only thing that came out wrong on the socks once they were done was that they were to big.  One of the other great things about this book is that it lists a whole bunch of stitch patterns that you can plug into the leg of the sock instead of just a plain rib so that if you are bored with a plain rib but don’t want to do a completely differant pattern you can just plug in a differant leg pattern.  The book also has a number of fairly simple sock patterns in it other than the basic sock that you can move onto once you have gotten the hang of the basic sock.  I believe that there is a knee sock pattern, a basic lace sock pattern, a striped sock pattern, and a basic cabled sock pattern although I don’t have the book right in front of me so I can’t be sure. 

Book Rating:5 out of 5

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I am going to start reviewing books every Monday. I will be reviewing all kinds of books from fiction to nonfiction to pattern and knitting books. Hopefully you all will find it interesting.
The first book I am going to review is Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science  by Atul Gawande. 

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This book is a nonfiction book which is pretty much a compilation of essays written by a surgeon about the imperfections of modern medicine.  I loved this book because it made you think about how even doctors and medicine aren’t as perfect as some people think. One of the main things it focuses on in each essay is different things in medicine that will never be perfect no matter how many treatments are discovered or how much research is done.  Most of the essays were written about things that happened while the author was an intern or a resident and discuss how the imperfections he learned about over those years effected him.  Overall it was a great book and I would reccomend it to anyone who wants to read something that will make you think about the world and human’s as a species.

I would give this book 4 stars out of 5 stars.

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