Living in Texas, I've found that I can knit afghans during only a few winter months. Why? It's often too hot to be working on a large, warm afghan. So when I saw that this book was focused on small blocks that could be joined (in a cold month) to make a large piece, I jumped at it.
Now that I've received the book, I've changed my mind.
Here's my take on "Knitting Block by Block."
1. Nicky Epstein's books are always high quality, and this book is no exception. Excellent binding allows the book to remain open where you're working without damaging the spine. Paper is heavy and pleasing to the touch. Color is, as expected, lavish. In fact, color is one of the best parts of an Epstein volume.
2. Patterns and examples are clear, even for a novice knitter. You can see many different types of blocks and follow one of her examples or create your own unique design.
1. It's a matter of personal taste, but, after reading through the book several times, I realized that I like knitting as a continuous piece of fabric without seams (where they can be avoided). I do not care for unnecessary seams like those shown in her scarves.
2. Again, it's a matter of taste, but, although I'm usually like a child with her nose pressed against a candy store window, screaming "I want one of those," I did not find many patterns that compelled me to whip out my needles.
3. Although I like the look of cord on knit fabric, I have a personal dislike of sewing my knitting together. I do the assembly grudgingly and have no wish to do more. With many of the designs, I'd be sitting for hours doing something I don't care to do.
This is a beautiful book that did not please me as much as Epstein's books usually do. If you enjoy hand sewing, if you enjoy stitching knit pieces together, this will be your book. For me, I'll go back to her classic afghan book.