Monday, 18 May 2009

Fun & Funky Knitting by Emma King

Fun and Funky Knitting is a fab book aimed at young beginners who want fun projects which are easy to make. It's also great for those progressing or experienced knitters as there is a great cabled bag with bobbles to make out of big wool (as seen on the front cover). There is a huge variety of funky, beautiful colourful bags for a selection of outfits. There is also a great beaded hat in divine colours which made me swoon! The inclusion of more expensive yarn, such as kidsilk haze, is usually balanced with a different yarn so the cost of the projects is reasonable too. If you are looking for a present to give to an arty fashion conscious young knitter this would be sooo perfect! And it's available to buy at £7.49 by clicking the above link - perfection and simplicity combined :)

Sunday, 3 May 2009

World of Knitted Toys by Kath Dalmeny

I was overjoyed to find this in my library the other day. I have been looking for a good traditional children's toy book but they must have all been out on loan. This is such a brilliant book and I would recommend it so highly if you are looking for basic knitted toys. There is such a sense of humour in the patterns and book as a whole! :)

Kath has divided her book into sections - everything from farmyard animals to forest friends, from safari to australian outback. There is even a blonde female farmer with plaits and an eskimo in a cuddly coat to knit to go with the animals. The animals look great and the patterns are the simplest you'll find....the only trouble I had was deciding which animal to knit first :)
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