Gschwandtner also interviewed knitters who incorporate knitting garments as a form of political activism, and a group of knitted graffiti artists – who would have thought? While the inspiration and motivation of these artists to take knitting forward into bizarre, cutting edge applications seems beyond the comprehension of a work-a-day knitter like myself, Gschwandtner does her best to illuminate the purpose and passion of both a general artsy/political ethos, as well as the individual artist’s purposes for their work.
The complete text of KnitKnit is read aloud by the author herself, but the book itself is abridged in that the photographs of the artists, their work, and the pattern they contributed to the work are not included, neither are the knitting patterns themselves. If you’ve always wanted to knit a fiberglass teddy-bear you’ll have to pick up a copy of the print version. This is the only Knitting Out Loud title I’ve listened to where I felt the lack of a visual component. Listening to the stories of each knitter and their unusual projects led to an intense desire to view their work. A purchaser’s only page with a select sampling of photographs -- a mini book portfolio -- would be a great addition to the audio book.
Adventurous knitters will be inspired to take their unique style and vision further than ever before as they listen to the stories of success, studios, book deals and design lines. Those of us who are a bit more pedestrian in our knitting aspirations will appreciate Gschwandtner's insight into the unusual and the odd in the modern knitting scene. If nothing else this offbeat survey of the knitting fringe will leave you thinking, “Huh, who’d have ever imagined?”
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