A lovely little book full of quick and easy knitting projects which, as the title suggests, shouldn't take you long to whip up. There are lots of projects I can't wait to get into and will be perfect for all the time I spend sitting in the car waiting for the children to come out of school. First on my list is the cute little string of birds, followed closely by the bow hairclips, which will make brilliant little Christmas gifts for the girls.-Makeandcraft.com/Cookingcakesandchildren Had a go at a couple of the projects in the book, they were easy to follow with the instructions clearly set out row by row. The book had loads of fun patterns I'd like to try, some of which will make great gifts. The projects are quick to do and it is easy to put your own spin on them. It also has instructions in the back showing you how to knit which is good for beginners.-Shoreditch Sisters The author of 30-Minute Knits, Carol Meldrum, has already written many popular knitting and crochet books and this fresh new tome is sure to be another hit. Featuring 60 projects, this is the perfect companion for anyone who loves to knit but struggles to fit it into their schedule. All of the mini projects inside are designed to be knitted within half an hour. There are whimsical toys, such as a tiny teddy, gifts such as jewellery and practical items including a cable coat hanger and picture frames. It's worth noting that the 30-minute schedule for each project doesn't include the time needed for making up or adding the finishing touches, but rather the time it takes to actually do the knitting.-Knit Today I'm afraid I've taken a rather long time in getting around to writing a review of '30 minute knits' by Carol Medrum. No excuses, just a life packed to the gunnels at the mo. Also this book has been very much in use. I challenge you to find a book on your shelf from which you have made four projects with more which tickle your fancy! I started by making some cute coasters for Toby's excellent coffee house- someone liked them so much they nicked one in the first week! Next I made a tippet, or a tiny neck scarf and then a collar. Finally I adapted the bird pattern to attempts a flamingo but I won't share it here as the kids tell me it looks like a flying pig! You may have seen patterns featured from this book in magazines and on web sites, you may be thinking; what's the point of buying it, I've probably seen all the best bits. Not a bit of it, this book has sixty patterns- yep 60- for just shy of a tenner! There is plenty more to see here. I didn't time myself making these projects so I can't tell you if they were genuinely 30 minute projects but they certainly were Quick. I would also say because of their size and the variety of techniques this would be a brilliant book for the beginner knitter, there are some great instructions at the back for all necessary techniques so I reckon you could teach yourself to knit and make a great selection of projects over a holiday. Because the projects are all small the yarn cost involved is tiny. I always rummage through wool bargain bins and then wonder what on earth to do with the fabulous single ball - not any more. The projects are knitted with a variety of yarn weights too, so it's not all super quick=super chunky. Next for me is the Easter chick, tiny ted and some baby booties, that's the next hour and a half filled anyway!-Jennyflowerblue.blogspot.com
About the Author
Carol Meldrum graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art with a Bachelor of Design Hons degree in Constructed Textiles, specializing in knitted textiles. Since graduation she has been working in the knitwear industry as a freelance knitwear designer and Design Consultant for Rowan Yarns. Her fresh, exciting designs have been featured in several magazines and in Rowan's Collections and books. Carol loves to bring would-be knitters to the craft, and runs workshops teaching a range of crochet and knitting techniques. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland.