Monday, March 23, 2009

Keeping it in the family

I love my knitting "group" - and I especially enjoy my time with the LG family - can you imagine? An entire family that knits! They are creative and inspiring and always renew my interest in craft :)

I was intrigued when offered this book up for review:

Mother-Daughter Knits - it's written by the mother-daughter team of Sally Melville and Caddy Melville Ledbetter.  The book features 30 patterns for mother and/or daughter - the patterns are fairly classic in design, and many will suit knitters of all ages.  The book starts out with a great chapter on fitting your handknits to best flatter your body-type and includes information on customizing knitting patterns to achieve the best look.   Building on this opening, the patterns do call out opportunities for customization as appropriate.

The patterns included in the book range from basic accessories (hairbands, fingerless gloves, spats/legwarmers, shrugs and scarves/mufflers and a bag) to easy-knit sweaters and tanks to more challenging garments including a coat, shawl collar pullover, a fantastic sheer button down shirt.  There are also some offerings for more experienced knitters, including a really nice shaped textured hoodie and a lacey cardigan.

While I can't say I'm drawn to every single pattern in the book (I rarely am!) There's more than enough to keep me occupied and keen on knitting - I really like the reversible tank, the sophisticated hoodie, classic shirt and dare I admit it? The mini dress!  I've found I rarely knit straight from a pattern, and I found the opening chapter on fit to be a welcome refresher and reference on how best to customize my knits.   Definitely a nice book to have on hand to make your handknits that much more unique!

1 comment:

Oiyi said...

Wow, a whole family that knits is a dream come true. It's like having your own knitting group. :-)