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on 25 November 2009
I've taken up knitting to make things which can't be bought in shops. There are enough ready-made sweaters and gloves out there that hand-knitted items need to really stand out in terms of uniqueness of texture, design, material, purpose and style.
In my opinion, nine of the patterns included in the book have their ready-made, shop-bought equivalent available, so I really don't see the point in making them. What's more, they'd be cheaper to buy.
Another gripe is the amount of fair-isle designs - it's not a look that appeals to me at all - somewhere between Val Doonican and mad hippy aunt.
With current fashion favouring short-sleeve knitwear, or three-quarter length sleeves, I was looking to make things to keep my hands and arms warm. The cover of this book attracted me in that it shows a long-sleeve arm warmer and I was hoping for more of the same inside. There's only two long options: the fingerless ones on the cover and some long gloves, admittedly pretty, inside.
There's around 10 fingerless/hand warmer/wrist warmer designs, a few of which are pretty and interesting. There are 10 mitten patterns - only one of which I would consider making - and 7 gloves. To me, the two most interesting and 'innovative' patterns here are a fingerless mitten, whereby it covers the back of the hand with a 'tongue' and quite bizarre replica of driving gloves!
This much anticipated book arrived this morning, but having looked through it, I would only consider making 7 or 8 of the designs, even then, they'd be put at the bottom of my list. Having spent an hour or so surfing the net through free knitting patterns I've found 12 really beautiful and practical designs for hand/armwear so this book is superfluous. I was hoping for lots of things that I wouldn't find on the net. You could say I found exactly that. The designs I found on the net are better.
To summarise, this book is just okay. With the option of buying nice gloves from shops and making ones from free patterns, it just doesn't rise to the challenge in my eyes.