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Warm Knits, Cool Gifts: Celebrate the Love of Knitting and Family with more than 35 Charming Designs Paperback – October 5, 2010
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SALLY MELVILLE is a widely published and highly sought after knitwear designer who teaches a dozen different workshops at over 20 venues across North America every year. Her work has appeared in magazines from Vogue Knitting to Interweave Knits, and she is the author of several books, including the best-selling Knitting Experience series. Visit Sally online at www.sallymelvilleknits.com
CADDY MELVILLE LEDBETTER is Sally Melville's only daughter. She currently designs knitwear and teaches knitting classes.
Both women reside in Ottawa, Canada.
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The book is divided into the following sections: For the Wee Ones; For Family and Friends; Keeping Warm; Feeling Festive. There is also an appendix that includes a glossary, yarn weights, and a list of resources.
When I first opened the book, I fell in love with the Malabrigo Lace yarn baby blanket. It's pieced together with nine squares of luscious pastel colors. The Heirloom Jumper for the littlest of ones, is just that - something you'll want to keep in your family for generations. It is THAT adorable. In the Family and Friends section their is a neat Glasses Case that can also be used to carry change or make-up. it has a Kaffe Fassett flair to it. As an avid reader, i fell in love with the Lace Bookmarks. Anyone who knit me one of these would win my heart. Knit with linen thread, they are really fine, knit with 000 needles. I wonder if my eyes would ever be able to focus again if I knit one for myself. There are several lovely sweaters for men and women included, one nicer than the other. In the Keeping Warm section, the Add-On Afghan caught my eye. As the author describes it, she "wanted an afghan that could be started now, used in progress, and finished whenever". It has a somewhat random stripe pattern and is knit with Galway Highland Heather in beautiful hues of blue, green, yellow and wine. The Skating Coat is lusciously retro and contemporary at the same time. It is knit with Cascade Eco and has the most beautiful sleeves. In the Feeling Festive section, there is a wonderful pattern for Leftover-Sock-Yarn Stockings. It is knit in entrelac patterning and has a 'Noro' look to it. The Tiny Stockings are just too cute. One is more adorable than the next one.
All in all, this is a wonderful book. It is filled with patterns that I can't wait to knit, it is a great resource, and the patterns appear clear and easy to read. The book itself would make a great present for a knitter you love. I like the way that the authors include inspirational messages with many of the patterns. For sure, I know I'll be referring to this knitting book many a time.
The book features a wide range of project types, a feature I always love because I'm still pretty new in developing my skills. I like the knitting rather than the crocheting appeal of finished projects.
Instructions are clear and photos are so appealing you will find you have purchased more yarn for more projects than you can finish reasonably. But I don't mind because I have more to look forward to.
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Pretty boring all in all.