Beadwrangler Magazine Review
Knitter's
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Winter 1998 Issue

Recently I pulled out my knitting needles to see if I could go back to knitting and add those techniques to my crochet. Unfortunately, working with the needles still bothers my wrists so I will forego knitting but I can enjoy the magazines and their great ideas. First I found Knitter's Angels by Gerdine Crawford-Strong on page 14 and they are delightful. I will make my own version via crocheting. Not only are the angels knitted, but they are holding tiny knitted pieces in their hands. There are several pages dedicated to The Canada Knitters Next Door and examples of their work, past and present. There is even a how-to for a Canadian Tea-Time Treat by Lyn Youll. There are several more projects in this section. Versatile Duos offer a variety of hats by Nick Epstein and there are several more hat projects that follow. Pentagon Power by Anna Zilboorg is a 5 sectioned hat that offers color and shaping. The graph, one hat section, for the hat can be used by astute beaders for loom weaving on the loom with beads or fiber. Turn the graph upside down and it becomes a pendant necklace. There are hats for kids, mini mittens, bookmarks and reversible ties. Then, The Happy Hippo is next by Stephanie Gildersleeve with instructions. I want the hippo; she is chunky, pink, has a skirt on and just lovable. Next is Dress Up Drama by Deborah Allen Fleming which is a selection of luscious purses of many exquisite fibers. The "E" and "F" purse examples have wonderful bumpy fiber on the purses and around the edges. It looks like lovely vegetation growing, perhaps a bunch of Spring flowers. Elegance To Go by Judi Alweil has two more purses, one a fold over purse and another with a frame. There are pages and pages of projects, too many to list, but I did find Treasure Keepers by Deborah Levine exciting with mini purses of Celtic, Maze and other patterns; Sugar-Plum Shawl by Edie Eckman which is a yummy purple, lavender and blue combination; and Guatemala Majesty by Barbara Venishnick which is a coat type jacket and has a nice graph showing the hood which could be converted to loom weaving to make great beaded wings. There are several projects for gloves and socks, then articles on yarns and where they come from, needle product reviews and book reviews. On page 130 is Knitter's School, A Review which offers abbreviations, metrics, a review of stitches and is very helpful if you have not knitted in a while. Last is a Knitter's Online page with information you can get over the Internet; try http://www.xrx-inc.com . I thoroughly enjoyed this magazine and all that it offers.