Monday, October 01, 2007

Knitting Book Reviews

I know-I don't say anything for a week and then I post twice in one day! BUT I just saw these new knitting books and they look really good!

The first book is Knitting New Scarves: 27 Distinctly Modern Designs by Lynne Barr. Now I usually have very little interest in scarf knitting books. They are usually meant for the beginner who is afraid of gauge! Not this book:

There are absolutely no standard beginners' projects in this book - every pattern introduces new and interesting techniques. Many of the techniques are so unique that the book includes full colour photographs of each step, to make the instructions clear. Many require the use of double-pointed needles to get an unconventional result. The scarves in this book have a very structural, architectural quality to them - there are patterns that include pleats, waves, wedges, and triangular shaped corners.

Go to Purl Bee to see pictures inside!

The second book that caught my eye is by Louisa Harding:

Knitting Little Luxuries: Beautiful Accessories to Knit

This book doesn't actually come out until November but I LOVE Louisa Harding! I don't know if this picture will bigify for you but if you look closely the knitting is wonderfully enhanced by embroidery. What a lovely combination. The blurb says:

Learn to pamper friends and loved ones with lavish and fun knitted gifts. Projects are broken down into four different categories by style and include hats, mittens, purses, wraps, tops, sweaters, and socks—all of which are simple to make and require minimal yarn. Tips are provided for embellishing each project with different fabrics, edgings, and stitching patterns, making personalization easy, even for novices. Beautiful photographs and color illustrations detailing how to create each piece, as well as contemporary designs and small, quick projects make this guide a must-have for the gift-giving knitter.

Well, that's all I have to say right now!! 8>))


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