- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Sterling (8 Jun. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402720653
- ISBN-13: 978-1402720659
- Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 21.7 x 0.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 563,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
New Knits on the Block: A Guide to Knitting What Kids Really Want Paperback – 8 Jun 2006
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About the Author
Vickie Howell is the host of the DIY Channel's Knitty Gritty. She travels around the US extensively to craft shows and workshops. She also has her own vintage clothing buiness, Ruby Goes Retro, in Austin, Texas. In addition, Vickie has been apprached by a Canadian yarn company to do a quarterly young, hip knitting magazine under her name.
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I have two personal favorites which I would wear together were I still of trick-or-treating age, and call myself a sea-horse: designer Tinna Marrin's mermaid costume (which has to rank among the top five renditions of mermaid costumes ever designed by human hands - this one is elegant, convincing, and ever so mermaid-like, with the most life-like tail you can imagine, except that it makes you want to cuddle it) and the felted unicorn hat (not just a spiraling horn, but also two totally horse-like ears, all perfectly sculpted in felt), designed by Christina Benedetti.
Bev Galeskas designed the felted wizard and princess hats, sure to please the Harry Potter fans in your life. If you've ever wanted to try needle-felting, the book offers clear instructions as one method of applying stars to the wizard hat. I'm sure that when J.K. Rowling's seventh book comes out, there will be hundreds of these wizard hats topping the heads of young and not-so-young wizards in bookstore lines.
Vickie thinks out of the box - that's for sure - in this case the card box. She's designed a knitted version (backed in fabric) of the classic memory card game, offering a knitter who's never worked two-color knitting before a chance to try it on these small squares. She also offers a knitted, squishy bowling set which can be played harmlessly (and in theory anyway, silently, early Saturday morning while the parents are still asleep) in the house.
Lori Steinberg designed a pirate bath set which will make your little rascal walk the plank right into the foamy sea of the tub. It includes a friendly sponge-stuffed parrot, a Jolly Rogers washcloth, a fine hat, and best of all, a black eyepatch. You may need to design and knit a large shark to throw into the bath if your pruny little pirate refuses to get out.
Kids revel in fantasy play and nowadays have less and less time for it because of their busy schedules, TV, computers, and the academic demands that are put on them at a younger and younger age. The knitted things in this wonderful book (which I hope is the first of several) can change that for the child in your life. Let them watch the costume or plaything or garment come into being in your hands and on your needles, endowing the completed object with your love and a special enchantment to be carried into fantasy play. Some of the simpler pieces would be good starting points for a child who wants to learn to knit - casting the spell of knitting over them for a lifetime. I think this book lives up to its subtitle: "A guide to knitting what kids really want." Go for it!
Second, I think it's only fair to warn knitters who like to follow patterns exactly or who don't have kids to two (very small) problems with the yarn choices. As much as we all prefer to knit with wool yarns, the yarn choices tend to be relatively expensive and/or not washable. If you have kids, you know you like your stuff to be washable. If you're on a budget, you know you like to have a less-expensive option. It's time-consuming to find and swatch a cheaper yarn, and Ms. Howell could have made her book even cooler by including a "cheap mama" option for some of the pricier yarns (yes, I think $11 per ball for something that I'll need 5 or more balls for is expensive). It would save the cheap among us some time. Since the cheaper yearns tend to have some acrylic in them they are often easier in the washability department as well. Yes, they aren't as nice as the 100% wool yarns, but if you're gonna spend weeks working on something that your kid is just going to dump pasta sauce on, you want to be able to wash it.
So, if you're scared to substitute yarns, find a friend who will help you instead of being scared off. You'll learn a lot and the kids in your life will love you for all the cool stuff you can make them.
The projects are mostly beginner to intermediate. They're rated by how much time needed to complete the project. Here's some of the patterns included:
* Fireman hat
* Mermaid outfit
* Unicorn hat
* King's crown
* Tool set with pouch
* Super kid cape
* Ancient Egyptian outfit
* Knight costume
* Pirate bath set
* Alien tooth fairy pillow
* Robot jammie bag
* Hawaiian oufit
* Viking costume
* Sleeping bag
This book assumes that you can knit. The first chapter shows special techniques like felting (used in a wizard's hat) and how to knit i-cord. You may recognize the author from Knitty Gritty, a knitting show on DIY Network.
Ready to knit something unique for the kids in your life? I think you'll be pleased with this wonderful book.