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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 13 April 2010
First of all I loved this innovative book, I was looking to get completely away from the usual patterns I find which I suspect have not changed since the beginning of the last century, very clever but so completely boring, and this book gave me permission. However, I then found it impossible to follow because the yarns are unknown in U.K. and twice our 4ply could not possibly give a chunky 8ply, and no tension measurements are given for the 8ply, and others mentioned.
I made a complete hash and wasted so much time with my own experiments with local yarn, (however they would certainly made you laugh)and would have liked to work at least one of the cozies that would look good as well as useful on my teapot from the book first. I cannot even find 8-ply yarn on the internet.
I feel this book being sent out to the world should have mentioned suppliers for these unusual yarns. Most craft books I have do give a list of these.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2009
At first glance this book looks great with lots of wonderfuly unusual tea cosies. When I received the book the first section was using double pointed needles the second section was crochet. Since I have never used DPN and cannot crochet I was a little disappointed. However, throughout this book the author shows you patterns that can be either crocheted or knitted with a little imagination and a mixing of the patterns its is possible to knit every tea cosy in this book, without the need to crochet. The other sections show you how to knit on the diagonal, and basic two piece cosies but with knitted embellishments. This is a great book with wonderful patterns and thanks to the pattern on the front cover I taught myself to use double pointed needles. WELL WORTH BUYING
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 December 2009
I must state first of all that I am not a knitter, and I was bought this book as a present. I have used it as an ideas book rather than as a follow-the-pattern-slavishly, and that suits me fine as I am comfortable with improvising and adjusting patterns as I go along.

The ideas in the book are great: it leans a bit too heavily towards the knitted patterns, but if you are comfortable with adjusting knitting patterns to suit your own needs as a crocheter, then you will be fine.

I have had this book for nearly a year now, and have used it to make upwards of 10 tea cosies, but I have not followed the pattern throughout for a single one.

To sum it up - a great source book, heavily biased towards knitting patterns, but great for experienced crocheters who want to get ideas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
They are definitely wild and wacky but easy to follow patterns. If you have one of these tea cosies you will be the talk of the street, but in a very nice way. All conversation pieces, like I say wild and wacky but fun!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book because a friend has it and so many friends of hers have picked one out for her to knit for them; but when I offered my kids to pick one out each, they all declined the offer and thought I finally flipped! Having knitted everything from Christmas sweaters, play cakes and a farm I was amazed my kids were shocked at my new find.
I shall knit the one on the cover for myself and although I'm wild enough to love them all, I do agree with another review that the best one is on the front cover.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2009
Bit dissapointing and random. Many of the designs are bush like and random. the best one is on the cover.
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I LOVE this book!
It is excellent. These tea cosies really appeal to me, and I have made several.
The patterns aren't hard, some beginners might like more information and handholding, but there is enough direction to help you achieve a fantasticly mad tea cosie. Plus I find that a bit of freedom sparks your own creativity and allows you to put some of your own ideas into the project.
I mainly crochet, and only knit small items - so this was perfect for me, plus it gave me a chance to try out those lovely bamboo dpns I wanted.
The author is Australian, and as such uses terminology that us English can crochet to without us having to use a reference book (Americans call double crochet single crochet, and so its all displaced and can be confusing in patterns).
If you like a bit of fun and want to make something that will wow people get this book. (Yes, some people may think you are wierd, but thats because they have no sense of fun!)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 22 December 2009
As a crochet person I was extremely disappointed to find the much lauded knit & crochet designs include only 5 crochet patterns amidst the 18 knitted & one hybrid. There are a few crochet embellishments on many of the knit patterns but that isn't much help if you don't knit. 3 out of 5 crochet patterns are crude blobs, too, demonstrating all that is worst in crochet. Only 1 pattern is really wild. Style aside, an important technical criticism of this book is the absolute absence of ANY information on tension, which is unforgiveably amateur. There are references to teapot size in cups only, which is no help. In all, a bright, nicely designed book with little useable information for me.
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on 8 February 2012
Love the designs in the book - so unusual and imaginative. Makes having a cuppa exciting. I've made two so far for friends - yet to present them as they are for birthdays but hopefully they will bring a smile to their faces.

I have come across a few 'differences' - the amount of wool suggested seemed far in excess of what was required and whilst I am competent with knitting needles and crochet hook I could imagine this is not a book for beginners. Still - just imagine the learning curve that could be achieved!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 March 2014
I love it because I have got a lot of satisfaction from making tea cosies from this book. I have told family and friends about this book
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