The lovely Mary at Search Press recently sent me beautiful bundle of books on knitting and sewing to review. I had noticed the title ’75 Birds, butterflies & beautiful beasties to knit and crochet’ by Lesley Stanfield in a catalogue not long ago, featuring an amazing pattern for a Blue Tit. So when I opened my big padded envelope of goodies and found this amoungst the other gorgeous titles, I nearly wee’d with excitment!
So after pawing through the book again and again, just reading the patterns on the tube and imagining how to create these wonders, and thinking of all the beautiful colour combinations, I decided to attempt my very own tit. It was my first time trying to knit with 4 double ended needles, so I say ‘attempt’ as mine does not look as stunning and cute as the one in the book. Plus I may have over stuffed mine, he is a little chubby.
The book is beautifully and cleanly laid out with very clear instructions and diagrams where necessary. It is definatly a book for experienced knitters and although it has an Abbreviations page, Notes on Knitting/Crochet page I still had to head down to the library to find a book to teach me the basics of 4 needle knitting. Once I had figured out the logistics of it though I found the pattern very easy to follow, and the making up instructions very clear.
Even if you never get the time to make any of the patterns I would suggest it as a summers day read at the very least. The pictures are gorgeous and the effects Lesley has achieved with just wool and needles is mind blowing! It is probably THE most beautiful small projects knitting/crochet book I have ever had the joy of reading.
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