The book Stitch'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook by Debbie Stoller is sometimes credited as being a big part of the resurgence of knitting that has happened in the 2000's. This funky, punky book has since spawned a sequel and spinoffs for men and crocheters.
Audiobook company Knitting Out Loud takes us back to where it all began with a three-disk, three hour and 19 minute recording of the non-pattern parts of the book.
More Than Just Patterns
If you remember Stitch'N Bitch as being mostly about the patterns, you might be surprised to listen to the audio version, which includes essays about women returning to knitting, knitting tips, knitting history, famous knitters and much more.
Of course there are also tons of techniques, from casting on, knitting, purling and binding off to increasing, decreasing, backstitching and other finishing techniques.
Because the patterns aren't included, it can be a little jarring when she refers to patterns and the page numbers in the printed book, but it's likely most people who get the audiobook will also have a copy of the printed book, or know where they can get access to one if they want to check out the patterns.
Listening to the basic knitting instructions can be a little tedious, and since the book doesn't come with a table of contents it's difficult to know how far you can skip ahead if, say, you don't want to listen to Stoller talk you through purling. Still, this talking you through it portion would be great for beginners who are auditory learners, since you can listen to the parts you want to learn over and over until you're comfortable forming the stitches.
It's great that Debbie Stoller is the one reading this book, because even more of her personality comes through than was seen in the printed book.
Even experienced knitters will get something out of listening to these chapters, whether it's a reminder of how far they've come when they hear Stoller talk about how difficult knitting can be for newbies, or even picking up a new-to-them technique.
An afterword has been added to the audio version talking about the stitch'n bitch phenomenaon, her more recent books, and how cool it is that the love of knitting instilled in her by her grandmother has now been passed down to untold thousands of people around the world.
The bottom line is, this audiobook is a fun way to get reacquainted with the SNB world if you haven't picked up one of the books for a while. If you're one of those people who learns by listening, you'll love the instructions for forming knit and purl stitches, as well as other techniques. More experienced knitters will still find this fun to knit to, and may find themselves going back to the printed book to check out the old patterns, which are still a lot of fun, by the way.
Publication date: October 2007.