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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (29 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596681780
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596681781
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 21.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 363,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Here's a celebration of joyful crafting and gracious giving. It features designs for small but lively gifts from wearable accessories such as hats, scarves, wraps and ear muffs to household fun including a tea cosy, pincushion, needle case and egg cosies. It's for knitters and crocheters with any level of experience and time. Each project is customized with finishing touches including beads, buttons, needle felting, applique and embroidery making it personal and extra special. Gifted will inspire you to invest a little time and love creating something special for someone - even if that someone special is you!-Machine Knitting Monthly Featuring a range of designs for small but lively presents, this book teaches readers how to create everything from hats, scarves and ear muffs, to tea cosies, needle cases and pin cushions. Ideal for beginners and more experienced crafters alike, it encourages customers to experiment with a range of different techniques, including beading, applique and embroidery. Boasting beautiful photography throughout, it is the ultimate reference guide for individuals hoping to add a special something to their Christmas gifts this year.-Craft Business A collection of 34 craft projects. The author, Mags Kandis, combines knitting, crochet and felting techniques in this appealing and accessible collection of things to make. Interestingly, in giving her book the title 'Gifted', Kandis refers not to the talents of the maker, or to the item being given, but to the recipient of the gift. It is an inspiring book by an experienced knitwear designer who really encourages crafters to develop her designs for themselves rather than replicate them exactly. She also includes four recipes for food gifts, including 'ginger syrup' and 'tomato jam'. This book would make a lovely surprise gift for an individual crafter or for a family.-Education Otherwise We're all thinking ahead to Christmas and if you're knitting gifts, treat yourself to this book. For inside are some super patterns for little items that won't take long to do. There are pretty crocheted earmuffs, knitted apre ski socks, a double-pointed needle case, felted egg cosies and lots more. Customise the projects with buttons, beads, applique and embroidery - Mags shows you how. She also dots recipes throughout the book so you can make edible gifts to complement the knitted ones, for example ginger syrup (for hot drinks) to go with the felted tea cosy.-Knit Today This book is filled with exactly what it says on the tin - lovely little things, the sort of items that make good presents or charity sale donations. Also included to make the gifts more special are recipes for both edible and sweetly scented treats to make your handmade presents seem even more generous. When Christmas (or the festival of your choice) is just around the corner a book like this is a one-stop shopping experience. Divided into two halves, you can pick from gifts for the bodyA" and gifts for the soulA". The body includes various wearables such as caps, scarves, jewelry, baby items, bags and more. The soul section contains items that are not wearable, although quite why these are for the soul eludes me in most cases. Choose from egg cozies, crocheted flowers, needlecases, pincushions, and scented sachets to name a few. Intermediate yarncrafters will find plenty to inspire in here, as well as projects that include felting, embroidery, beading and other embellishments. If you don't know how to do these things you won't learn how in here, but this is a book of projects not a primer. There are four recipes and these include ideas as to what to include with them, such as the mulling spice mix, which is a natural partner for the felted crochet circles to adorn a Christmas tree. At the back a few stitches are shown, as well as different casting on methods, some embroidery stitches, a useful glossary of terms and a page of US stockists. This book will have especial appeal for those of you who love to felt, but feel that there are not many books of projects around once the technique has been learned.-Myshelf.com The tempting treats in this book are divided into 'Gifts for the body' and 'Gifts for the soul'. The former are wearable knits, mostly designed for women and babies, while the latter include decorative and practical items for the home. There are also some innovative repurposed gifts, such as an old jumper that gains a new life as a pair of felted arm cosies. On the subject of creativity, the author is a believer in the adage "there are no mistakes - just opportunities", and this playful approach shines through in her imaginative and thoughtful gifts.-The Knitter

About the Author

Mags Kandis has spent the last 18 years perfecting her distrinct style, both as creative director of Mission Falls and for ready-to-wear manufaturers. Her designs appear in publications including Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting, Knitter's, and the Interweave Style book series, including as the editor of Folk Style. Mags lives in the heart of Quinte, Ontario.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Knitbags on 9 Aug. 2010
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This book arrived last friday and I was immediately inspired and made a couple of the projects over the weekend. I started with the original, and went on to develop the ideas in my own style. If you love messing about with yarn this book is a lot of fun. Beautifully photographed, with clear diagrams of stitches, it is easy to use. The only critisim I have it that it does not give clear 'felting' directions for those that don't already know how to do it and all of the yarns specified are american. Although it is not essential to use the exact yarn for most of the projects, it would be nice to have the UK equivalent shown.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Wickie on 10 Nov. 2010
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This is a beautiful little book with lots of ideas, and I think I will end up making most of the items. It is an American book, and most of the yarn suggestions are American brands so know the tensions before going to the wool shop so you can get suitable substitutes. A quick google search on the brand will give you the information you need. I have only made one item so far, and the instructions were easy to follow, and it did not take very long to complete. A lovely gift for a deserving Auntie!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By tracey123 on 24 Feb. 2011
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This is a gorgeous books with lots of lovely projects, only downside is that i wanted it for crochet projects rather than knitting, and it has mainly knitting projects. So if you can only crochet probably not the best book for you. It has inspired me to improve my knitting though!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 July 2012
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This is the first item I have ever returned that is not faulty... Why? Because the title of the book is Knit AND CROCHET there is such a small amount of crochet in this book its hardly worth them including it in the title.

I had been so excited waiting for this to be delivered but wow what a let down. Even the hearts on the cover are knitted and then felted. My biggest problem with this is I dont knit and I dont really want to knit. I was happy to pay this for a book that is 50/50 but its just not worth it for maybe 2 crochet projects.

If you are a knitter there are some lovely projects in this book but if not please dont waste your time and money. As for me I will stear well clear of anything with Knit in the title except for the odd pressie for others that do knit!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 2 Dec. 2010
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I bought this book after it was reviewed by a crochet magazine and by a crochet website both saying it was good but if you don't knit then it is next to useless. The photos are lovely but there are only 2 crochet projects in the book and they were pretty unoriginal and nothing I couldn't have come up with myself. It's a lovely looking book and if I did knit I might have been tempted to keep it just to flick through, but as it was I sent it back.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Starfish on 1 Mar. 2011
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This is quite a nice wee book, nice photography, and a pretty selection of things that would make thoughtful gifts. The book is divided into sections, such as gifts for the body and gifts for the soul. There are quite a few small things that would usefully use up oddments of wool, such as egg cosies, knitted hearts, xmas decs. There is a useful technique guide at the back. My only small criticism is that quite a few of the things are felted, having said that it does help to elevate the quality of the knitted item. The other thing to bear in mind is that the author is Canadian and the book uses US terms for wool so the wool descriptions are different (eg Worsted Wool, Sportweight) to UK, although it does give needle sizes in mm as well as US.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dizzymadwife on 24 Mar. 2012
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I love these patterns, and the added extra recipes that make the knitted item a complete gift.
There are crocheted and knitted items, some of which are then felted.
Most items could be quickly knitted for last minute gifts, or can be used to pretty up the packaging of a gift - bows and hearts to place atop the parcel.
Downside for some will be that it is American, however instructions are easy to follow. Some yarns are American and may not be so easy to find but you can always substitute other yarns.
I love this book and am sure I will dip into it for years to come xx
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Platt TOP 100 REVIEWER on 25 Oct. 2010
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These small gifts are quick and easy to make and are a good way to practise your knitting and crochet skills before moving on to bigger projects. Everyone loves a hand made gift. I love the arm warmers - so cool. Leg warmers have been around for years but it took Mags Kandis to bring these arm warmers to light. I don't know about you but my hands, wrists and arms do get cold, so I am thinking of knitting these. Also love the coasters - not seen those elsewhere either. I love the little egg cosies and the needle case is a must. Along with the hearts on the front cover, these are all felted projects. Everything has a simple yet very effective contemporary style. All in all I think I would make most of the things in this book and I think they will appeal as gifts for the mid twenties to thirties or even teenagers. Great styling and photography and clear instructions. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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