Have you seen Kat's new book? It's a book full or original projects designed to be ideal as gifts. Or, if you are me, to keep all for yourself!
Back in the spring, Kat managed to end up moving house at shortish notice with her family while in the middle of writing this book with a tight deadline. She appealed to some fellow crocheters that she has met/worked with before to see if we could help her with some of the samples for the book. I made the utterly gorgeous knitterly cowl & the everyone (needs) socks. The patterns were both clear & easy to follow - although there were some issues with the sock sizing chart - which has now been changed! The yarns were lovely - especially the Malabrigo Twist, which I hadn't used before. The cowl nearly didn't get sent - it matched my winter coat so perfectly!
Kat was also the photographer for the book so I got to see some of the images of the cowl early. And then I didn't mind so much as the (male) model was so pretty! Tough day at the office there, Kat!
So when the book came out in September, Kat kindly sent me a copy. This was as a gift - she didn't ask me to do a review. And if I hadn't liked it - I wouldn't have done! Luckily I do like it and have already made the cover hat. As a gift - for me!
The book is divided into sections, starting with the technical stuff with stitch illustrations - and tips on reading crochet patterns. I know from teaching workshops that lots of crocheters struggle with understanding patterns so it's nice to have a good clear explanation.
Chapter 1 is 'For the home'. Now I'm not really bothered about knit or crochet homewares. I like blankets, but don't really do cushions, or shelf decorations or the other things you tend to find in crochet books. Bizarrely the pot holders in this really appeal to me! Although I would be tempted to substitute cross stitch hazard symbols for the pretty folksy images here. You know, things like 'toxic' or 'biohazard'. But that's just me! I also thought the puff stitch chair pads were really pretty .
Chapter 2 is 'For her'. The gorgeous blue shawl is a real showstopper & would (again) be an ideal gift for me. I've already made the slouch & bobble hat - I'll talk about that next time. It's very quick and gives endless opportunities for playing with colour. I would even consider making it as an actual present for somebody else *gasps*. There's also a couple of pretty capelets & a waterfall cardigan, which are pretty and wearable. I'm a sucker for a capelet!
Chapter 3 'For him' is my favourite chapter. But I'm going to talk about the rest of the book in part 2 to stop this being an excessively long post. For now - enjoy the lovely hat & cowl. The model is incidental. Obviously.
Back soon for part 2 xxx