New Lovely Books for your Wish List

10/11/2018 · 23 comments

in Craft,Crochet,Knitting

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I really enjoy bringing you new books to look at and perhaps add to your wish list. So this weekend I thought it might be lovely to give you a sneaky peek of three that I have been particularly enjoying. I’m afraid all three will be staying firmly in my yarny library.

Celebrating Rowan

First up, an absolute future classic; Rowan 40 Years – 40 Iconic Hand-knit Designs. For me this book is more than just a pattern book. It is more a ‘moment in time’. A coffee table book to inspire and remember great hand-knits. For many years I have eagerly anticipated the publishing of every new  Rowan Design Magazine. This book, celebrating Rowan’s 40th anniversary and has 40 projects taken from throughout their 40 year archive. There are some designs that I have never seen before and some that have been re-coloured, re-made and re-photographed for today.

Top of my list would be this stunning Bressay Hap Shawl by Sharon Miller. The colours are stunning and so wearable. I would also make Martha by Kim Hargreaves, such a classic elegant cardigan.

I have also seen many many versions of Soumak Wrap by Lisa Richardson, this design always draws me across the room to look at it closely. At £25.00 this is not a cheap and cheerful purchase, but for me a staple for my collection of patterns. Excellent value when you think of how many beautiful designs you can have in one book. Pop it on your Christmas list!

Crocheted Birds

Next up is the delightful, Crocheted Birds by Vanessa Mooncie. Vanessa is such a talented designer and I see her almost like my crochet sister. We both work with GMC publications and when I see her designs they bring me so much joy. You might be aware that in the past few years there has been a trend for knitted or crocheted taxidermy. A lot less brutal than the Victorian version of bird collecting.

Vanessa’s new book has ten gorgeous projects. I was astounded at the brilliance of the Swan, and B has already asked if I could make the Owl. Vanessa not only provides written instruction but also has a number of detailed hand-drawn charts. If you like using schematic drawings to help you crochet, you will find these really helpful.  I think the Robin would be wonderful to make in the run up to Christmas.

Finally I have just got to tell you about the wonderful new book by my friend Christine, Winwick Mum. In my last blog post I told you that it was Christine who had encouraged me to knit socks. I found her book Super Socks so useful in my tentative first steps.

Now she has taken the techniques up to a new level and added in detailed tutorials on colourwork, cabling and lace patterns. The gorgeous rainbow socks on the front cover are a project I saw being designed. They are so so clever and mesmerizing. If you enjoy improving your techniques and want to have your hand held brilliantly through the process, then this is the book for you. You can buy this book here.

If you would like to see me talking about this book and my must-have sock making equipment then pop over to my Instagram account and look at my Stories Highlights.

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As a special treat I would love to give some of my stash of sock-yarn as a celebratory give-away. I will pick at random 4 subscribers who leave a comment in this blog post about why they love  knitting socks or want to learn. Each of the four will receive one ball of Stylecraft Boho Head over Heels yarn and one ball of the All Star Head over Heels. The colours will be picked at random too – this is just a fun give-away which shares the joy of sock making. Give-away closes on Friday Nov 16th at 6am. Good Luck and happy book shopping!

 

 

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