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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of chic, relatively quick projects, 29 Aug 2010
This review is from: The Knitter's Year (Hardcover)
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So you know this is by Debbie Bliss, and you'll be expecting some very wearable, desirable stuff - and that's just what you'll get. Out of the 52 projects (one for every week of the year) there are quite a number that I definitely want to make, many that I might make one day and only a very few that I definitely won't make. In particular I like the fabric-lined items - shoulder bags, knitting bag, a peg bag, sewing-needle case and a pencil case - as well as the socks, gloves and even the hot-water bottle cover. What's nice too is that although the projects are billed as being makeable in a week, some are very simple and could be made in a weekend, while others, such as the socks, would take a lot longer, so there's plenty of variety here. All the projects use Debbie Bliss yarns, mainly the eco range, rialto and baby cashmerino plus two porjects in como and one in fez. In fact, this is what you'll get:
Spring: a basket (a fabric-lined box-shaped knitted container in eco aran); a white lacy cushion with cable and lace panels in eco aran; flowerpot covers (pretty and fun if not very practical in cotton dk); floral corsage (not for me, this is a rose brooch in cotton dk); a wash cloth (easy and elegant in eco baby); bunny egg cosies (very amusing and simple in rialto dk); a bead necklace (knitted balls in eco baby on a ribbon necklace); bookmarks (could be good for a beginner, in baby cashmerino); bow belt (very 1920s, in eco baby); sewing needle case (simple but stylish, fabric-lined case in eco baby; baby cardigan (very simple but tasteful with tie fastening instead of buttons in eco baby); lace shelf edging (in eco baby); gardener's gloves (with half fingers in eco baby yarn).
Summer: fabric-lined peg bag (eco aran); tie-on cushion for a kitchen chair or similar in rialto aran; string bag in cotton dk; baby sandals (shoes really, in eco baby); fabric-lined pencil case (rialto dk); lacy scarf (great wave pattern, in eco baby); tea-light covers (lacy and white in rialto 4-ply yarn); lavender bags (imagine four triangular panels put together in a humbug shape, in eco baby); striped baby hat in eco aran; striped cushion (with button side in cotton dk); coat hanger (to pad a wooden coat hanger, in eco aran); beach bag (in eco aran with a fabric lining); flags (a union jack, stars and stripes and the Greek flag in 4-ply yarn, each 16 x 10cm).
Autumn: multi-coloured striped knitting bag, fabric lined and made in rialto aran with bamboo-cane handles - I love it; cabled socks in baby cashmerino (one of the longest projects to make but very classy); pan handler (great item which is basically a textured square of knitting lined with cotton in eco aran); pompon hand warmers (fingerless gloves with pompon tassels for adult or child in baby cashmerino); cabled moss-stitch beret in rialto dk; tea cosy (retro with vertical stripes and a pompon on the top in rialto dk); mug cosy in a slip stitch pattern in rialto dk; door draught excluder (a smallish sausage shape with textured pattern which is quite chic for one of these things in rialto dk); striped gloves (classic gloves with a striped hand and plain fingers plus turn-back cuffs in rialto 4-ply); pumpkin pincushion in rialto dk; gadget covers (for one of the slim i-Pods or a Blackberry though you could easily adapt the patterns for your device, in baby cashmerino); slippers, again with pompons, in fez; cabled bag (chunky fabric-lined cable-pattern shoulder bag in como).
Winter: chunky scarf (with a nice cable pattern in como); tartan cushion (combining two-colour fair-isle with Swiss darning for a pattern that looks more complicated than it is, in rialto aran); Christmas napkin rings (not for me - garter-stitch Russian wedding ring affair in red rialto 4-ply); bootee trio (three simple baby booties, two with stripes and one with a lacy top in baby cashmerino - one ball each in red and white makes all three); pompon garland (a bit like the necklace - pompons threaded on yarn - in rialto dk); door stop (like the lavender bags from spring only larger and stuffed with beans in eco aran); noel letters (great set of padded letters spelling `noel' in fair-isle pattern, in rialto 4-ply); hot-water bottle cover (one-colour textured pattern in cashmerino aran, great for hot-water bottle fans like myself); Christmas tree decorations (knitted Christmas trees with bead baubles to hang on your tree in baby cashmerino); Christmas stocking (with a Norwegian star pattern in rialto aran); lace-edged pillow (a pretty lacy edging to attach to an existing pillowcase in one ball of eco baby); collared scarf (with a button fastening at the neck and fold-back collar - I haven't seen anything like this before - in cashmerino aran); Christmas-pudding hat (looking just like a Christmas pudding in rialto aran).
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Initial post: 24 Sep 2010 23:07:59 BDT
thanks for all the detail and commentsy

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Sep 2010 13:14:27 BDT
You are welcome. I like to know as much as possible when I buy a book.
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