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  • Hey, thank you for this! I’ve been wanting to make a BSJ for ages but whenever I head over their site, I always get confused with their descriptions and never know what to buy! — I’m bookmarking your page so I can refer back to it when I feel the need to BSJ and buy the pattern!

    • If you ever are confused about anything Schoolhouse Press, just email or call them. They are very responsive-and friendly!

  • Just love reading your reviews! Might have to get both (maybe 3) books.

  • I made a baby surprise and an adult surprise, and I’ve never really understood it’s popularity except as an interesting experiment. I think the adult jacket is very unflattering, with and awkward sleeve length and bulging out over the hips as it does. It’s an intriguing process but the jacket itself doesn’t really have much style (in my opinion, of course). It’s nice that someone has finally made improvements to it.

    • I have been knitting for over 20 years and have YET to master the BSJ by Zimmerman ….she is on my dart board.
      I must be the idiot…

  • Franklin, your reviews are the best. I now visit here more than ever because of your reviews, which is a mixed blessing, because I will eventually find myself overwhelmed as I acquire more and MORE books.

    That’s okay, though, because with a good review from you, I know it will be money well spent.

    Thank you for your good work.

  • Franklin, thanks for the kick in the butt I needed to actually begin knitting a BSJ. That, coupled with your dazzling prose, puts you on my list of favorite people.
    Plus, there’s Roz ❤️

  • Bought the BSJ book the minute I saw it. So much good information/explanation. I can see myself referencing it often. Appreciate the review. The book certainly deserves some time in the spotlight.

  • I saw the original BSJ knit for Baby Cully when I took his class on the stranded BSJ at Vogue Live in Chicago. There is an amazing detail that I won’t spoil here.

  • Hi Franklin, You are a very brilliant guy. Thank you for this amusing and intelligent review.

  • I have made quite a few surprise jackets and i lovely the new ones.

  • I had been eyeing “The Complete Surprise” for some time but had hesitated for an unknown, bizarre reason. It arrived while I was off at a retreat learning more about color work so the timing could not have been more perfect. Thanks, Franklin, for pushing me over the edge. It looks like a wonderful read that will send me off on a new, long road of interesting color knitting.