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Knitting Knee-Highs Book Review

4 May

Knitting Knee-Highs: Sock Styles from Classic to Contemporary by Barb Brown

If you love to knit socks then this is the book for you! Barb Brown has put a lot of thought into this book and the layout of it is excellent. There are twenty patterns included, ranging from Fair Isle, cabled, lace and ribbed. Everyone of them has wonderful detail. Don’t let the title of the book fool you; you don’t have to be a lover of knee-high socks. Most patterns have an ankle length variation. There are also a few leg warmer patterns included. Each pair of socks is also pictured in a number of color combinations that allows the reader to see what their chosen color scheme may look like (if it is featured!).

It is not often that I come across a knitting book and want to knit all the patterns; I have found that in this book though. There are no socks here that I would not want to knit! My personal favorites are Celeigh, Flora, Counterpane and Stalking.

The patterns themselves are laid out in written form and each one has a chart to go with it. As an added bonus in this book, there is a “Getting Started” section, that includes detailed information on how to convert knee-high patterns into other sock styles, tips for custom fitting and very detailed information on the knee-high formula. If I had one criticism of this book it would be that there is no information with the patterns as to whether they are for the beginner, intermediate or advanced knitter. My recommendation is that if you are new to knitting then you are probably not ready for this book yet. I would say that the patterns are for knitters for intermediate to advanced knitting skills. Most of the patterns also need knowledge of two-colored yarn knitting.

If you get this book, I really don’t think you’ll be disappointed!

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22 May

I love making things and watching the creativity come together. Sometimes from the beginning you know how it’s going to end up, but generally it’s only when you get close to the end that you really get to see what you have made within all it’s glory. There’s comes a satisfaction from making things yourself, be it cooking a meal or baking, knitting, art, music, decorating, whatever. I get the same satisfaction when I grow things in the garden too. We had a great time growing vegetables in our garden last year. We haven’t planted any this year due to our in limbo circumstances.

Its nice to know where that creation comes from. A little bit of His has been imparted in me.

Of course, sometime you have to scrap what you are doing and start again!

Mitts and Capelet

4 Dec

Here are a couple of recently finished projects:

This is Anthropologie-Inspired Capelet by Julia Allen. I made it using The Fibre Company’s Savannah DK, which is an organic blend of merino, cotton, linen and soya fiber. It looks very cute on. Note to self – if I use this yarn again wash before wearing or I’ll end up with dye stains on my white t-shirt again.

These are Victoria Mitts by Louisa Harding, from her book Knitting Little Luxuries. I used Louisa Harding’s Grace yarn which is a mixture of 50% wool 50% silk. I feel very glam when I wear these! They are great to wear when driving.

Juliet Scarf

13 Nov

This is my latest little offering! It’s a Juliet Scarf, by Louisa Harding, that I have knitted for my mum. It’s made out of Laines Du Nord Cashmere. It’s lovely and soft around the neck. I love Louisa Harding’s patterns they are kind of dreamy and romantic! I’m going to make myself a Juliet Scarf out of angora at some point in the future. Plenty more to be getting on with before that though – I’m making mitts now!

Charlotte Purse

31 Oct

I made a charlotte purse last weekend. The pattern is by Louisa Harding and it uses her Thalia yarn. I loved making this, it was fun and easy. The colors remind me of Christmas – so I need to go somewhere nice to use it! It was the first time I knitted flowers, I haven’t done the best job on them, but I’m glad I know how to knit them now.

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