Lela Nargi News: Start simple and sweet in the knitted food department, with a new book called Knitted Cakes by Susan Penny. There are, as the subtitle promises, 20 sweets to make. And, relievingly, there are also 20 accompanying well-written sets of instructions, which appear right alongside the photo of the sweet in question rather than at the end of the book. The latter circumstance I always find slightly uninspiring - prefer to have the finished item in plain site as I am grappling with knitting it. Most alluring of the sweets in the slender volume: a slice of double-layer chocolate cake with a fuzzy cream filling. A little square of pink birthday cake topped with a knitted candle. A fruit tart festooned with cherries and grapes and strawberries. Lemon meringue pie. A poof of a Viennese Whirl. And a Raspberry Heart Cake (note to self: a small, easy project to keep in mind for Valentine's Day). Those of you with sweets-loving children are advised to keep this book under wraps unless you are prepared to knit up the contents of an entire bakery shelf. Machine Knitting Monthly: Susan Penny brings up 20 hand-knitted cakes to make and keep and 20 more to make and give away! You'll have great fun knitting this mouth-watering selection of muffins, fairy cakes, carrot cake and scrumptious gateaux. Using simple, easy-to-follow instructions, no-one will be able to resist knitting at least one of the cakes in this book, if not the entire collection. It's a wonderful project for anyone interested in contemporary knitting design. If you don't feel like picking up a pair of knitting pins, many of the ideas can be transferred to a machine. Cakes & Sugarcraft: If you have some knitting skills and fancy making a low-calorie cake, then you may like to try your hand at one of these contemporary textile creations. A hand-knitted cake would make a fun present for a cake making - or simply a cake loving! - friend. The 20 designs look almost good enough to eat, from fairy cakes and iced doughnuts to a slice of chocolate gateau and a brilliant fruit tart. "It's a dream come true - delicious looking bakes without the calories! The truly scrumptious designs in Twenty Make Knitted Cakes by Susan penny really do look good enough to eat. Whether you prefer a chocolate gateau, Swiss roll or a fruit tart, you'll be sure to find at least one that's totally irresisitble." Crafts Beautiful An incredible novel 'cake' book but the cakes are not to be eaten, though they would make wonderful knitted keepsakes for the happy couple and their guests. With humorous iced doughnuts, crazy cupcakes, carrot cake (complete with a mini carrot), swiss rolls to an individual birthday cake and a gorgeous slice of sparkly wedding cake. There are plenty of small designs here to use up those leftover bits of wool and give someone a lovely surprise.-Cake Craft & Decoration This book presents twenty hand-knitted cakes to make and keep; and twenty more to make and give away!Knitters and textile artists alike will have great fun knitting this mouth-watering selection of muffins, fairy cakes, carrot cake, scrumptious gateaux and more.Using simple, easy-to-follow instructions, no-one will be able to resist knitting at least one of the cakes in this book, if not the entire collection, making a wonderful project for anyone interested in contemporary knitting design.-meterstricken.me.funpic.de Do you have a sweet tooth? If so, you'll have trouble resisting these truly scrumptious knits. A generous slice of chocolate gateau, delicious doughnuts, Viennese whirls, swiss rolls and fruit tarts... they're all on offer and they all look good enough to eat! The patterns are relatively simple to knit and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. Plus, as they're small, they're also quick to knit, so you could work up enough to fill a bakery if you put your mind and needles to it. Lots of the tempting projects are embellished with beads, so beginners will get to learn new skills as they work their way through the book. The mouth-watering projects make great gifts for kids' birthdays or for friends on a diet - better to have a slice of cake with zero calories than none at all, surely? If you know someone who's getting married there's even a slice of wedding cake that will make a wonderful keepsake.-Knit Today At the start of every year resolutions are made and at the top of many lists is the determination to lose a bit of weight. What nicer treat to keep yourself and a friend on track than knit a cake. The book includes 20 hand-knitted cakes to make and keep plus another 20 to give away. You'll have great fun knitting this mouth-watering selection of muffins, fairy cakes, carrot cake and scrumptious gateaux. Using simple easy to follow instructions, no-one will be able to resist knitting at least one of the cakes - if not the entire selection.-Machine Knitting Monthly It's fun, it's pretty, and it's British - just like author Susan Penny. Knitted Cakes is the perfect snack: no calories and lots of fiber, and, with its 6" x 81/2" format, easy to consume in one sitting. At least, in the initial read-through. Then it is time to assemble supplies and get knitting. The twenty projects (get it? 20 to Make?) are visually delicious, requiring just enough yarn to use up those odds and ends one may have stashed, yarn too good to throw away but not quite adequate for large undertakings. The author says "Knitting is a craft that has simmered away on my creative back burner for years, without me ever having the time to turn up the heat - that is, until now."-Spool Part of the Twenty to Make Series from Search Press Publishers, it's a really cute little book with 20 designs by Susan Perry. All quick and relatively easy, but also very effective. I didn't know where to begin, but went for a chocolate donut, stick with what you know. It's a great book for using up your bits bag as you don't need very much wool for each project. At under a fiver you can't go wrong for entertainment even if it's just the awwwww factor!-siponepurlone.co.uk
About the Author
Susan Penny works from her studio in Devon taking inspiration from the sea and the countryside around her. She graduated from Salisbury College of Art, and has turned her love of textiles and crafts into a career. Susan was the creative editor behind the UK's leading stitching magazines, launching and editing Needlecraft, Cross Stitcher and Cross Stitch Collection. Over the next few years she edited several more stitching and craft titles before moving to freelance work. Susan now uses her creative skills to write and edit craft, knitting and stitching books, and recently she has worked for the Embroiderers' Guild as publisher of their two stitching magazines.