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Review of The Knitting Book

IMG_1307I received this book for Christmas and it has literally changed my life. I would describe it as a knitting bible for both beginners and experienced knitters as it teaches things from different stitches to embellishing your knitting. It even has a section dedicated purely to patterns, some of which are quite easy to do.

I don’t usually post reviews of craft books, as I tend to make up my own rules about crafting (I’m more of a visual learner rather than someone who learns from a book and thus I don’t follow patterns very easily), but even I can follow this book. In fact, I’d go as far as to say it’s up there with the only other craft book I own, Eithne Farry’s Yeah, I made it myself (aka the book that got me really interested in sewing in 2007).

The Knitting Book includes visual examples of knitting techniques

The Knitting Book includes visual examples of knitting techniques

The book, edited by Vikki Haffenden and Frederica Patmore, is divided into sections which range from ‘tools and materials’ to ‘techniques’. The crafter in me loved the visual gallery of different stitches, as this allowed me to decide on a stitch without having to knit it first to see what it looked like.

The book also includes patterns to follow once you have mastered knitting, such as this one above

The book also includes patterns to follow once you have mastered knitting, such as this one above

It includes many pictures to compare with your own knitting and explains the basic and more advanced techniques of knitting in an easy to understand way. I’ve already been recommending it to all my crafty friends and can’t wait to learn some new stitches.

The Knitting Book is available here for £16.00.

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My new fabric

Some fabric I found at a charity shop

The fabric I found at a charity shop

I’ve mentioned the benefits of searching charity shops for fabric many times before and this time was no exception. During the first day of snow last week, I went for a walk to my nearest one and stumbled upon this wonderful fabric.

I’m guessing that it hails from the 70s or thereabouts and it was originally a curtain. Sadly, there wasn’t another curtain to match, so it won’t make anything too elaborate, but I’m planning to sew up a simple a-line skirt or a top out of it.

Ideally, I think I’d like to keep a few small squares of it back too, as one day I’d like to make a quilt, by incorporating all my different, vintage fabrics together. I really love finding an alternative use for something old.

Has anyone else had any luck with remaking any charity shop finds? And if you’ve got any other ideas of what I could make out of it, then let me know.