One of the great things about having a blog is that I can give my opinions an airing. Case in point: knitting books! Knitting is "hot" right now ... as evidenced by the plethora of knitting books on the market. Separating the wheat from the proverbial (and ubiquitous) chaff can be tough. I've found some really poorly executed, many over-priced, and others just BLECH! But some of the crop are really well-done and worth adding to a personal knitting library.
When browsing at the public library the other day, I discovered two books that fall into this latter category:
- Knitting New Scarves: 27 Distinctly Modern Designs by Lynne Barr.
- Knitted Toy Tales: Irresistible characters for all ages by Laura Long
Knitted Toy Tales, is a sight to behold and one of the best I've seen. And I know what of I speak: I've designed knitted toys which often get compliments: Elegant Eliza the Ballerina Bunny, Pinocchio, Tully Greyshanks. I've done bunnies and bears and penguins and even a cow or two (with matching binkies, of course!). But Long's book has wonderfully creative toys ... each different than the last (some knitted toys books are just the same design dressed differently 8-< !). Long has bunnies, bird, frogs, Matroyshka dolls, bears, pigs, snakes, mice, elephants, fish, penguins, and even Eward Lear's owl and the pussycat in their very own knitted boat! Very cool stuff that again gets my designer mind working overtime! Long uses unique construction to make the toys look right (adding fabric and other embellishments to really make these heirloom gifts). Highly recommend this one!
Check back periodically for other knitting book reviews ... I'll try to post at least a couple each month ... the good, the bad and the ugly!
Mary C. Gildersleeve
By Hand, With Heart -- hand-knit designs