Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews



Anne Akers Johnson
Novelty Craft Kit
For ages 10 and up
Klutz, 2004   ISBN: 978-1570548611

Often, when we are confronted by a pair of knitting needles, a ball of yarn, and a book about how to knit, we are intimidated and turn away from what could be a wonderful hobby. We are put off because we think that knitting is far too complicated and involved, but it does not need to be this way at all.

These days knitting is no longer something that only grandmothers and aunts enjoy doing. Men, women, girls and even quite young children are joining the every growing numbers of people who are clicking their needles and talking about knitting, purling, and the qualities of the yarn that they are using in their latest project.

In this excellent kit soon-to-be knitters are not only taught the basics in an easy-to-understand format, but they will also have six fun projects to try. The projects will help them practice their new skills and in no time readers will be able to make charming knitted bags, scarves, and hats for themselves and their friends. The kit includes yarn, wooden knitting needles, a crochet hook, a yarn needle, and buttons (for the cell phone pouch and the pocket purse projects). Excellent diagrams make it easy to understand the instructions and numerous color photographs help the knitter see what their project will look like when it is completed. The overall impression is that knitting can be fun; it can provide young people with a wonderful hobby that they will be able enjoy on their own or with others.

This kit won the Oppenheim Platinum Award.