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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Inspiring, Colourful and Poetic !
Well I found this book beautiful! They talk and walk you through their abundant garden that they have grown from scratch and give you various small projects to illustrate this.
Yes there are wee knitted mice and dolls with tiny sweaters to knit, a chubby bumblebee... but also embroidered pansy pillows for the garden, colourful crocheted throws
(using all your...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Delightful but disappointing
I put this book on my wish list, being instantly attracted to the colourful primrose throw on the front cover,and was thrilled when I received it as a Christmas present. I couldn't wait to sit down with the book, in the New Year, and choose a starting project. It is imaginatively written and all the projects are beautifully illustrated.
However, it is assumed that...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Inspiring, Colourful and Poetic !, 9 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Arne & Carlos Knit-and-crochet Garden: Bring a Little Outside In with 36 Projects Inspired by Flowers, Butterflies, Birds and Bees (Paperback)
Well I found this book beautiful! They talk and walk you through their abundant garden that they have grown from scratch and give you various small projects to illustrate this.
Yes there are wee knitted mice and dolls with tiny sweaters to knit, a chubby bumblebee... but also embroidered pansy pillows for the garden, colourful crocheted throws
(using all your scraps and very easy to do), crocheted trimmed, knitted runners etc Also using tiny strips of simple knitting to curl up and make innovative placemats and cushions.
I just love it! This is inspiration at its best. Their use of colour is liberating, their use of small wool scraps so creative. And even if you didn't make a thing, their photography and
illustrations are just dreamy and stunning. I'd rather this book any day than a bog standard crochet or knit book with the samey, style less patterns you can get anywhere..
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Delightful but disappointing, 19 Jan 2014
This review is from: Arne & Carlos Knit-and-crochet Garden: Bring a Little Outside In with 36 Projects Inspired by Flowers, Butterflies, Birds and Bees (Paperback)
I put this book on my wish list, being instantly attracted to the colourful primrose throw on the front cover,and was thrilled when I received it as a Christmas present. I couldn't wait to sit down with the book, in the New Year, and choose a starting project. It is imaginatively written and all the projects are beautifully illustrated.
However, it is assumed that the reader is familiar with using 5 double pointed needles and there is no instruction given in using them. Okay, I can read up on the technique elsewhere.
I decided to begin with one of the colourful, hippie dolls and was amazed, on reading the pattern, to discover that there is no instruction for knitting the hair, an essential character attribute for the dolls, the bumble bee, scarecrow etc. Purchased, and sold as a knitting book, the patterns must be complete and this lets the book down. By looking in their book of knitted dolls I see that this includes the hair instructions, but surely I shouldn't have to buy another book to obtain a complete pattern. Something is wrong! Has it been lost in translation?

I greatly admire the very charming work of Arne and Carlos but would now be very reluctant to purchase another of their books. What a shame!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars lovely ideas, 12 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Arne & Carlos Knit-and-crochet Garden: Bring a Little Outside In with 36 Projects Inspired by Flowers, Butterflies, Birds and Bees (Paperback)
Step into Arne and Carlos' magical garden, in which they have found so much inspiration. They have created 36 fun knit and crochet projects. You will find many projects inspired by flowers. However, you have entered the world of Arne and Carlos' imagination, and the projects extend to creatures that live in the garden too. These include Magnus Mouse, Scarecrow, Bumblebee Man and the Hippies, delightful dolls to make. There are also some projects for a garden doll's house such as a crochet blanket. There are knitted and embroidered pot holders, a place mat and kitchen towel (very similar) and both finished with crochet flowers. There are crochet throws, I really like the Primrose one, and also a knit throw. Suddenly the book then switches to cross-stitch cushions and table mats for a few pages, which although garden inspired seem incongruous. I like the garter stitch pin cushions and they show you how to make this into a seat cushion or table mats. The same technique is used to make a butterfly. There are also floral crochet coasters, which again can be made into cushion covers. All in all, this is a beautiful book but I did find it a little disjointed. I would have liked the projects to be presented in themes. Throughout the book, the photos and ideas are wonderful. This is well worth buying.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A disapointment, 4 Nov 2013
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I love Arne and Carlos, I think they are very talented and produce beautiful things. I didn't really think this book was a good buy though. Amongst the lovely crochet rugs there are cross-stitch patterns taking up several pages of this Knit and Crochet book. I also felt a little too much was taken up by dolls patterns and their clothing. It seems instead of producing a book full of new ideas or varied techniques they have honed just a few techniques and done the same thing several different ways.
It is still a lovely looking book but I can't imagine using more than one or two things out of it.
I thought their Christmas book was genius; their Easter book re-hashed the Christmas book. The doll book was great and just as advertised and now knit and crochet garden is a bit of a let-down. By that every second books a winner logic the next one should be fabulous!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough wildlife, 2 Mar 2014
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Expected more wildlife like butterflies etc. alot of granny square stuff and not enough wildlife projects for me which is a pity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lovely book, 9 Jan 2014
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This is a lovely book with beautiful pictures to support the text. The instructions are clear and understandable. I recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arne & Carlos Knit and Crochet Garden, 9 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Arne & Carlos Knit-and-crochet Garden: Bring a Little Outside In with 36 Projects Inspired by Flowers, Butterflies, Birds and Bees (Paperback)
Super book can't wait to get started on projects in it. Many unusual ideas to try out in the new year.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Knitting is one of my passions, 14 April 2014
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Knitting is one of my passions so I thought this would be a good book for have. I found it a bit disappointing
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4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book, 16 Mar 2014
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This book has been translated from Norweign It has lovely ideas based on the garden where the writers live
it has somm nice ideas
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5.0 out of 5 stars A feast for the eyes, 26 Feb 2014
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Even if you never produce any of the items in this book, it is a feast for the eyes when curled up on the sofa on a rainy day. Beautiful colours and photographs - so colourful and summery. And even though my crochet hook found itself flying across the living room a few times, I persevered and got there in the end!
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