Monday, February 25, 2008
I better get knitting...
I'm already 2 months behind!
I received a review copy of Twelve Months of Knitting: 36 Projects to Knit Your Way Through the Year a while ago - and it's been sitting by my knitting pile waiting for me to tell you all about it. As you may guess by the title, the book itself is broken down by month - and right in the front of the book is a "weekly planner" that may help you plan your knitting - the planner includes the name of a pattern plus the general timelines for completion. Of course, the page for the pattern is also included for easy reference :)
Projects vary with skill level (each month contains a pattern for beginners, intermediates and experienced knitters) and variety - from simple accessories like hats, bags and bookmarks household furnishings like lap blankets, pillow covers and placemats, to apparel including vests, cardigans and sweaters...even a couple of swimsuits - you're bound to find something to knit in this book. In addition to a wide variety in projects, the patterns include several that are targeted for men, others for women, and even some for children. Styling of the various projects also vary, providing opportunity to learn and develop new skills as you knit your way thorough the book.
Each apparel pattern is available in several sizes, and the patterns have easily followed directions. My only lament is the lack of charts for the cabled projects (of which there are quite a few) and some of the lace motifs. While I am able to knit easily from written instructions, my personal preference is to knit with charts when possible.
The photography in the book is beautiful - with nice clear photos of the finished projects. I know I found some inspiration just in paging through this book - I'm looking forward to queuing up some of the projects to cast on once I clear some of my current projects on needles (photos soon, I promise!)