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Claire Garland runs her own successful mail order business DotPebbles.com, selling knit-yourself doll kits. Her business has been featured in some prominent magazines, including Woman’s Own and Marie Clare. She is the author of several knitting titles, including Knit & Purl Pets. Garland lives in Penzance, Cornwall.
Hello readers, my name is Claire Garland and I am an author of knitting books and knitting patterns. I have written several bestselling knitting books with publishers including FW Media, Avova Books Group, Octopus Publishing & MQ Publications. I live with my husband and three children in a pretty stone cottage in rural Cornwall where I knit and crochet and sell and showcase my patterns worldwide via my blog, Etsy and Ravelry - I also find time (perhaps too much time!) to be inspired by my favourite site Pinterest, other folks' blogs and the many glorious books available today. - My vice - book buying - my latest as I write this; Sibella Court's Gypsy and What Katie Ate by Katie Quinn Davies.
I am torn about this book. Part of me wants to give it 3 stars, but the other part of me says 4. The author genuinely wants to give us some 'feel good projects to make you smile'. I like that. And she made sure these items wouldn't take forever to finish. I like that too. The items are a bit on the wacky side and that can be good since some books only offer the same old stuff. I mean, what other book has a pattern for a pear doorstop?
There are 4 main sections to the book. They are: Homestyle smile, Wear a hug, Accessorise with glee, and Techniques. Within these sections, you will find:
Cosy coverings (an edging for a quilt and a pillow cover - still trying to figure this one out as it only covers half the pillow?) Lovely lights (2 similar candle - electric type - holders) Fun fruit (Pear doorstop, paperweight, and pincushion) Cool head hat (3 types of similar hats with interesting tops to them) Give a wave mitts (3 sizes of wrist warmers) Toasty toe socks (3 sizes of socks, low, medium, and higher) Twinkle necklace (2 rather odd shaped necklaces and one pom pom scarf, but it's a necklace maybe?) Feng Shui purse (coin purse and a 'big' purse, which is just the small one made bigger) Hug a mug cosy (take away cup cosies in 2 sizes and mug cosy for at home cups) Monster happy (3 sizes of similar monsters)
So, you see, kinda odd, but fun. The book has clear pictures and easy to read patterns. I'm just not sure it's worth the price of $17+, but then again, if you need/want a pattern book with somewhat different items, this might be your cup of tea.
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