Knitted Gifts – cover
I’m conflicted about this 144 page book published by Interweave Press in 2009. It’s definitely a book of patterns – some good, some bad and some that you have to ask – why? There are a few I like, but not sure it’s worth keeping the book. The cover hat and mitts are really nice and a good selling point for the book. I do have many good things to say about Ann Budd and her editing/designing, but what was her contribution to this 37 project book?
In the end, I think I’ll move this one along. I can’t justify it’s space on what I’m hoping will be a much reduced shelf of essential knit and crochet books.
Knitted Gifts – back cover
There are some fantastic designers who contributed to the the book. Then I have to point out two projects on the back cover are in the category that I called “Why?” The knit hobby horse (really!) and the ballet-style slippers (sort of OK).
Easy Ribbed Socks
I thought I’d start off with a project I like.
Lace Scarf by Nancy Bush
Love this project. It might be one that I might even make. Nancy Bush is a real pro at traditional designs.
Felted Oven Mitts
This project is a great way to use up leftover 100% wool or rough wool that you might not want for a wearable.
Fair Isle Napkin Rings
The napkin rings are something that doesn’t seem to be a terrific project. I couldn’t quite figure out the order of the projects. Didn’t seem like the groupings were by easy, intermediate, etc or by quick, more involved, etc. Strange to be sure.
Interweave Press is really good at featuring clear illustrations of techniques. The 6-page glossary is a good addition to the book.
Vogue Knitting Knits for Pets – cover
I have a bunch of the Vogue Knitting On the Go! series books. I looked over this little one and decided that it would be good for the blog and needed to be removed from my shelves. It’s not a bad book, but not relevant to me. Here’s a run down.
Knits for Pets – Back cover
Start with basic how-to’s
Not surprising that VK would have good illustrated how to drawings. I recognize many taken from VK The Ultimate Knitting Book that I worked on many years ago. Nevertheless, good info for starting the book.
Great photos and instructions
As expected, VK produces wonderful images and clear instructions in all their books. I wouldn’t make such an involved project for any doggie, but it’s truly a masterpiece of Fair Isle knitting.
Dog and cat inspired pillows
I did think these might make a wonderful gift for my animal-loving daughter. Really cute.
Dog Bag for doggie on the go
Same daughter has a little dog and said this would make a lovely gift for her. Seems like a lot of work and involves plastic canvas to keep its shape.
I might give this pattern a try before I let the book fly away! I wouldn’t use the novelty yarn, but something a little simpler.
So why let go of this one. For one some of the projects are silly (not shown in this blog): Dog hat that reminds me of the Pussy Hats made for the Women’s March wearing; a couple of dog sweaters that don’t seem to fit well; a dog poncho in orange and purple (really?!); and mutt mittens.
Good try VK, but not for me! Onward with my knitting journey!