First, the facts:
Author: Lucinda Guy
Published by: Interweave Press, 2012
Not chapters so much as a listing of patterns
The In-Depth Look:
Like her earlier book, Northern Knits, this book takes its inspiration from the folk traditions of northern countries with strong knitting traditions. Only this time, it’s all about making gifts.
Things to wear like scarves, mittens, socks, slippers, hats–as well as a sweater or two. Also things for your house, like a blanket or a pillow or an (adorable) door stop. Even a doll.
Like before, the knitting techniques are varied–fair isle, twined knitting, lace. It makes for a wide range of possibilities if you’re looking for new techniques to try, or just to have something different to do.
I like this book. The designs are creative and attractive, with folk-style touches to make them special–these aren’t just any old pair of mittens for a holiday gift. They’re fun and reminiscent of the old classics, the old-world kind of styles that you don’t see much anymore and that aren’t exactly daily wear … unless the style is captured in a festive scarf or a hat for those cold winter days. Accessories that can add flair to an outfit. Gifts that are truly special, not just the same-old handknits. Because, sadly, there are people who don’t necessarily gift hand-knitted gifts the respect and admiration they deserve … but these? These patterns would make some really wonderful gifts. (Like that red-and-white twined scarf? If anybody wants to make me one, that would be really great.)
I really rather love this book. I bet you will, too. Be sure to take a look!
This review copy was kindly donated by . Thank you!
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