Olympknits: Knit Your Own Team of Medal-Winning Athletes Paperback – 30 Mar 2012
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About the Author
Laura Long has a knitted textiles degree from Central St Martins and works out of her central London studio. She teaches knitting workshops as well as designing, making and selling her knitted creations to boutiques and galleries all over the world. Laura also contributes regularly to knitting magazines including Simply Knitting Magazine and Knit Today. Laura lives in South London.
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The knitting patterns inside the book were clear enough, although there's no explanations included - it's not a book for beginners, so you need to already know the basics. There are lots of pictures of the finished athlete dolls, so you know exactly what you're aiming for, but I did find that a lot of the dolls just were not attractive. They had quite empty, depressing-looking faces and I'm not sure that kids would particularly like them. The women look better than the men in general, due to better hairstyles, but even so they are among the uglier-looking toys around. The horse, however, is quite sweet looking!
Bear in mind that there is a good deal of sewing involved too as all the outfits (ie. everything that turns them from a normal doll into an OlympKnit) are not in fact knitted but are sewed together from scraps of fabric. I found this a bit misleading, although some of the outfits do look OK. By far the best-looking outfit belongs to Edward the Equestrian with his top hat and boots.
This is a nice idea for a book, but in practice I'm not sure how many people will want to sit and knit 18 very similar and not particularly pretty dolls. I wouldn't really recommend the book.
The athletes are basically the same doll just with different outfits. These outfits are not knitted like other character knit books, but to be made of separate material, and they are extremely basic; therefore, the patterns for the knitted dollies and the sewn outfits should be good for the beginner as well as the experienced knitter.
But what happens when the games are over? Well you can always change their clothes and make them into your favourite sports team, soldiers, dancers, TV/movie character, etc, or just general dollies for the children to play with.
The book contains colour pictures for easy pattern dollies (and horse) which help you visualise what your quick to make athletes.
There are then instructions given for outfits to make a runner, boxers, weight lifter, fencer, karate expert and synchronised swimmers plus a showjumper complete with horse among others. The clothes are fabric and the general appearance is quite basic.
I think it would be a great project book for any teenagers just starting to knit.
From a veteran's point of view the knitting plans and templates were perfect, the book is crammed full of them and anyone confident in knitting can get on with it. For a beginner like myself the plans were a little squashed on the page and didn't always make the most of sense to me. Therefore, `Olympknits' is a book aimed more at the enthusiast knitter rather than the absolute novice.
In terms of presentation the book is a triumph. The ideas for different characters are funny and cute. The photographs of these various dolls are also great with Long putting them in situations that suit their sport e.g. in the pool, or on the track. For the joy of just seeing these images, the book is worth getting for any keen knitter with a passion for sports. They will appreciate the book as a piece of art, but will also be able to make something if they so wish.
I like the layout of the book and my daughter thinks it is fun and easy to use, so for that it gets 5 stars!
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