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Naughty Needles: Sexy, Saucy Knits for the Bedroom and Beyond (Potter Craft) Paperback – December 19, 2006


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Product Details

  • Series: Potter Craft
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (December 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307337375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307337375
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Ms. Lohr's beautifully illustrated and coyly annotated book, "Naughty Needles," could be a 50's pinup calendar for wool fetishists. The tableaus she presents are provocative in a retro way, mixing Betty Boop va-va-voom with Doris Day innocence." -The New York Times

"This is not mere peekaboo. We're talking full-on seduction mode--fishnets, straitjackets, whips, and plenty of racy lingerie." -The Village Voice

"From start to finish, the book is filled with wickedly sexy pinup color photographs of hip-looking girls and guys in various demonstrations of the naughtily knitted product." - SFGate

Naughty Needles is a hilarious, yet very sexy ode to the bondage/pin-up days of the '50s and 60′s. ...some very cool, well thought out knits that make a girl proud to not be one of those emaciated models of today. -Vickie Howell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Nikol Lohr is the thirty-something creator of DisgruntledHousewife.com and the brand-new ThriftyKnitter.com, as well as the co-queenie of cooking site OutOfTheFryingPan.com and chick site SmileAndActNice.com. She and her websites have rated mention in numerous publications, including Wired, Playboy, The Guardian, Glamour, the New York Times, Cosmopolitan, the Los Angeles Times, the Sydney Herald, the San Francisco Chronicle, Entertainment Weekly, Paper, and Fortune. As a champion of the wifely arts, Lohr can cook, sew, crochet, knit, needlepoint, embroider, decoupage, print, grow things, fix things, and generally craft her ass off. A longtime resident of Austin, Texas, Lohr recently moved to rural Kansas, where she is rehabilitating four old school buildings into a secluded arts retreat.

More About the Author

Nikol Lohr lives and works at The Harveyville Project, a creative workshop and retreat housed in a pair of former school buildings in rural Kansas. The Harveyville Project hosts Yarn School, Felt School, Mitten School, and Cheese School, amongst other intensive workshops.

Before packing up her life and moving to the country, Nikol made her home in Austin, Texas and created the now-retired-but-once-smallishly-famous vanity site Disgruntled Housewife. She lives with her partner, tattoo artist & musician Ron Miller, their young daughter, a couple cats & a dog, plus a flock of laying hens & a mixed (Merino, Shetland & Romney) spinners' flock known collectively as Cupcake Ranch.

Nikol is cupcake on ravelry, QueenieVonSugarpants on flickr, and thriftyknitter on twitter. Besides her own books (Naughty Needles and Literary Knits) and her patterns on The Thrifty Knitter (thriftyknitter.com), her patterns have appeared in CRAFT, knitty, and the books Alt Fiber, Vampire Knits, and Pop Goes Crochet.

Customer Reviews

This book is hilarious!
D. Matlack
They range from the absolute beginner to the intermediate knitter, so that there is something for everyone!
texicanwife
Such a cute, sexy pattern book!
Amoreena Knittel

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
I just received this book in the mail, and I am very excited to try out several of the patterns. As several reviewers have stated, this isn't your mother's knitting, more of a Bettie Page + Raquel Welch debauched craftnanza. Although assuming that the reader knows the basics of knitting, the patterns seem simple enough for an adventurous beginner (and this book is certainly aimed at the adventurous), while remaining fun and interesting enough for a more intermediate level stitcher.

The concern I have is the lack of finished dimensions for any of the projects outside of the painfully vague "Women's S/M/L". If the patterns were for bulky sweaters this could be overlooked, but the body hugging styles require a good fit, and without finished dimensions choosing the appropriate size requires a certain amount of math. This book could have gotten five stars if the pattern writers had saved me the effort of figuring out what "Medium" actually means!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on February 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
The past few years have seen knitting rapidly expand beyond a granny craft. With the explosion of knitting blogs, knitting has come out of the closet with a variety of designers creating racy lingerie and adult garments. Nikol Lohr's recently published book of knitting patterns Naughty Needles: Sexy, Saucy Knits for the Bedroom and Beyond, invites knitters to "knit naughty" and explore their inner sex kitten.

Channeling classic 1940's Fredericks of Hollywood, Lohr's patterns can be knit in playful and vampy versions. Those aiming for the "Austin Powers'" Fembot look can knit their nighties in feminine pink while the bad girls can go for racy black. Bikinis come in several dress-up styles ranging from "Gidget" to B-movie cave girls, and the various patterns aim to provide something for all skill levels.

The later half of Naughty Needles contains patterns for adult dress-up and games. As Lohr states, her Baby Blue Ball Gag "is a dandy stash-buster and a wonderful short-row primer." Her knitted straitjacket can be knit in a compos mentis version for those who are no longer a danger to others or themselves.

Note: There is partial nudity and adult activity shown in some of the photos, as well as some "explicit" illustrations. Knitters may wish to keep this stashed safely out of reach of young children.

Visit the official Naughty Needles website for some free patterns and wonderful wallpaper for your computer.

Armchair Interviews says: Hmmmm, you may never again look at knitting needles the same.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By D. Matlack VINE VOICE on January 30, 2007
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This book is hilarious! It's always fun to see what kind of knitting patterns are out there and who is creating what and these are legit knit patterns, albeit very specialized ones (strait-jacket, anyone?) I don't know if I will actually make any of these, but I will treasure this for it's entertainment value and as a unique addition to my knitting library.

I especially got a kick out of the models, it appears that Ms. Lohr relied on extensive use of her knitting circle friends and if I am not mistaken it is Ms. Stafford, the Domiknitrix herself who is wielding the knit-whip on page 102. A nice touch and a nice use of your friends!

A fun book and highly recomended for the unconventional knitter. [...]
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By SuzieWrong on January 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
Nikol is probably the craftiest (in a good way), most creative and most clever person in the cyberuniverse, which, if you have been following her online antics for years as I have, you would know. Naughty Needles does not disappoint.

I am an experienced knitter, so I didn't need another typical knitting book. I have a large knitting library already. I knew that Nikol's book would be fun, well thought-out and clever. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the new and fresh ideas contained in Naughty Needles. Even after having read myriad knitting books, there is a lot to learn here. The projects themselves are cheeky, as the title implies, and Nikol approaches them with her signature mix of self-depricating irreverence. To me, this is refreshing. While Naught Needles might not be everyone's cup of tea, this book is not like the last knitting book you picked up. In a good way. Nikol has an obvious mastery of the subject (both the knitting and apparently the naughty) and a unique perspective, from which even people who have "read all the books" and know well how to knit will learn something and be inspired.

Of course, I would buy anything that Nikol Lohr puts out. Ever.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Beth on April 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a great book if you're looking for something easy and eye-catching to knit.

So far, all I've had a chance to knit is the flogger and one of the lingerie patterns. They both came off without a hitch. The directions are clear, and the pictures are great. (And unlike other knitting books, I haven't come across any mistakes in the patterns.) I'm in the middle of knitting the garter belt and opera gloves in this book, and they're shaping up wonderfully.

Some of the patterns are a little silly (like the mermaid tail and the nurse hat), but most of them are lovely and sexy.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Laurel on February 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am very excited about this book, because I'm tired of knitting books that focus on scarves, hats, and sweaters. Nikol Lohr has really filled a niche for people who like to knit, and who like to make naughty things. She designed very clever, easy-to-follow patterns in her book, including a lace-up garter belt and matching gloves, and a beautiful slip. Her method for making a punisher-whip is straightforward and very crafty - I can't wait to try it out! The condom and lube cozies are quick projects that can use up the extra yarn in your stash, and make great gifts.
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