Books by Friends

book coverThis week I’m sharing two books written by very good friends of mine. The first is the long awaited “Fun Hats” by Lynne Rowe, which the lovely team at Search Press sent me to review. when Lynne first described her ideas for the design and content of this book I knew she was on to a winner. The photography and styling really show off her designs to perfection. I’m pretty sure  I’ll be knitting lots of her creations for friends next year. The Owl and the Pirate Hat are particular favourites and the Birthday Cupcake is just too cute!  Of course, with Halloween coming up I can’t resist a little mention for my contribution to this book.

Witches Hat designed by Tracey Todhunter

This simple Witch Hat is just the thing for dressing up. It’s knitted from the top down, a bit unusual for a knitted hat, but it was great fun to make – and the spider – well he was just a bit of whimsy I couldn’t resist. If you head over to the Inside Crochet blog, Search Press are offering a discount price on Fun Hats with free postage.

Well done Lynne, clearly written, beautifully styled and packed with original designs – you have done a grand job – thanks for letting me be a small part of it.

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The second book is one that has proved an absolute lifesaver when faced with those difficult “How do you …” questions I’m often asked at knit classes. Complete Knitting Skills is just about the best technical knitting book for “everyday” knitters I’ve come across. What makes this book even better is the inclusion of QR codes, so the tech savvy can scan the codes with their smart phones and watch videos explaining techniques. Written by Debbie Tomkies, a name many of you will recognise from her columns in Knit Now, this book should be on every knitter’s shelf. I’ve already bought copies for several new knitters. It was great to see Debbie credit Betty Barnden in this book, her “300 Knitting Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets” got me out of several knitterly scrapes when I took up knitting again. If you click on this link, you can read more about the book, and take a peek inside  on the Search Press website. The photo tutorials and attention to detail are almost as good as having Debbie sit next to you.

With Christmas coming around far too quickly, these two books would be welcomed by any knitter – even the best of us need a bit of technical help occasionally – and Lynne’s book is sure to bring a smile to any knitter with a sense of fun.

I’ll be back soon with news about new published patterns, some ideas for Christmas, but first I need to go write my birthday wishlist…..

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