Every now and then a knitting book comes along that you know that you'll be referring to often for techniques and inspiration. It promises to be well worn from use over the years. I now have a new book that falls into that category: "Cast On, Bind Off" by Leslie Ann Bestor.
I thought I knew quite a few ways to cast on or bind off stithes, but it appears that I have many more to learn. Each technique is supported with text and excellent step-by-step photographs. I like the size of the book (5.5 x 7 inches) as it fits nicely into my knitting bag. It has a spiral binding so it'll lay flat while I try to manoever a new method.
It's going to be a good reference and will help me decide which cast on I want to use: moebius, stretchy, double-sided, cable, chained or Old Norwegian, for example..... or choosing the best bind off: gathered, sloped, Icelandic or interlock, to name a few. There are 33 cast-ons and 21 bind-offs in the book.
Leslie Ann Bestor has offered a book I didn't know that I needed and now I wonder how I ever got by without it. The small bio on the back cover states that she is a knitting teacher and store manager at WEBS, a store that's on my must-visit list. I found an audio interview with Leslie Ann, click here.
It I start to suffer from start-itis I can blame this book. "I was just trying out a new cast on!"