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Knitting with Balls

Knitting with BallsKnitting with Balls: A Hands-On Guide to Knitting for the Modern Man
del Vecchio

Submitter: Found this on our shelves last year.  We still have three active copies and one was even checked out in 2016!  LOL!

Holly: This book isn’t awful at all – it’s awesome! I’m posting it because it’s funny. My library totally needs this, and it would probably circulate here. I can see how it’s not for every library, but I think our crafting patrons have a sense of humor that can handle the title. Love it. Submitter didn’t provide pictures of the insides of the book, so I can’t vouch for it’s usefulness, but I do like the idea.

Men, Dogs, and Knitting

Men Who Knit cover“Men Who Knit & the Dogs Who Love Them: 30 Great-Great Looking Designs for Man & His Best Friend”
Modessit and Emborsky

Submitter: This book appeals to a worldwide audience of maybe five people: namely dudes who are into knitting matching man/dog Rasta hats.

Thankfully there are tons of full-page pictures featuring inexplicably euphoric men posing next to dogs that look itchy, confused, and more than a little annoyed.

In the introduction, the author writes, “I love men – and I adore dogs, too.” And that giving a dog one of these sweaters “generally results in an orgy of tail wagging, so be warned!” She concludes with, “Happy knitting, all you cool men out there!”

I think this book should have been called, “Men Who Knit & the Dogs Who Hate Them : 30 Wardrobe Fails for ‘Man’ and his Dejected Bondservant.”

Holly: Men who knit are dead sexy, but this is an odd collection of pictures and patterns. It’s almost like adding a dog makes it more manly to be knitting; like dudes can’t just knit sweaters and hats for themselves because they want to. The matchy-matchy man and dog bit feels like a gimmick. Knit on, fellas. With or without your dog.


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