I say: Knit a guy a pair of proper socks with proper sock yarn and he will be a friend for life. If he's the kind of guy who likes orange, red or purple, then why the heck not use those colors? And men sweat? Who said men sweat?! That's news to me!
Bruce Weinstein, author of Knits Men Want, makes a couple broad statements that I kind of disagree with but I have a feeling we should take his tongue-in-cheek assertions with what I think is his real intent: to be self deprecating among the guys who'd normally be recipients of our knitting. I don't take issue with that at all. In fact, it is sort of endearing. I mean, most knitters won't touch the boyfriend sweater discussion with a 10-foot pole. This guy? He takes the subject head on and runs.
Knits Men Want is a great resource if you're looking for basic, unfussy sweaters (good thing), vests, cardigans, socks (with worsted AND other gauges), watch caps and more. The patterns have instructions for more than one gauge which makes this a go-to book if you plan on knitting, say, three caps in three different yarns and don't want to refer to three separate patterns. Even the sweater patterns are offered in multiple gauges. Plus, the photography is smashing...Jared Flood...What else can I say?
I was completely blown away when I opened up the new book, Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Afghans by Norah Gaughn, Margery Winter and the Berroco Design Team. Ho boy! Not your typical afghan book that you'd find wherever you may find it, *nudge nudge wink wink*. Berroco Comfort is suggested for the afghans in this book, but if you have a stash of yarn and want to use something else, I'm guessing it won't matter. (I will say, however, that the Comfort yarn is versatile and comes in loads of nice colors.) The photography is excellent and there are a handful of afghans that I would knit in a heartbeat if I didn't, on a daily basis, usually sit and knit like a crazy woman who is on a knit book deadline...
I'm going to give away one copy of each of these books. My publisher will also be doing giveaways and I'll direct you there once I explain what I'm going to do here:
HOW TO ENTER MY GIVEAWAY
1. Leave a comment and tell me which book you would prefer
2. Be sure that you have a valid email address listed in your comment
3. I will close comments on Friday, April 30th and separate the comments by what book you prefer, then randomly generate numbers to choose winners. I will contact you via email and get your address.
My publisher is holding sweepstakes for Knits Men Want, it expires on the 30th, so visit soon.
I also discovered that they have a free pattern you can download from Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Afghans. Click on this link and look at the right-side sidebar. Good luck!
COMMENTS CLOSED NOW. WINNERS WILL BE CONTACTED.