HOW MANY comments?!
Seriously, friends, I am overwhelmed by all your kind wishes for my birthday. Just lovely! Thank you!
Still high on a knitterly wave, I have decided to throw a giveaway party. This is not pure altruism, so don’t you believe it! I have been feeling guilty about the presence of several excellent volumes hidden away in my box of overflow books. The truth is, they are all wonderful, but they are just not “me”.
Could they be YOU?
First up: an absolute classic of organic sculptural knitting design: Norah Gaughan’s Knitting Nature. If you haven’t seen this book, you are in for a treat! Norah takes shapes from the natural world and goes for a spin, creating wearable garments out of pure mathematical inspiration. But don’t be scared of the maths! She has done the sums already – all you have to do is knit! From a spiralling sunflower beret, through chunky “target” mitts, to textured sweaters and blankets. It is as much a glorious picture book as it is a collection of enticing patterns. There’s a great interview with Norah here, if you want to learn a little more about her work and ideas.
Next – a real challenge! This is the Japanese knitting book I mentioned yesterday. It is part of the Let’s Knit Series, but has its title translated in so many different ways it can be hard to locate on the web. It is on Amazon Japan here. I found it on Ravelry here. Lots of beautiful and unusual lace knitting. If you can read a knitting chart and work a gauge swatch you can probably knit a Japanese pattern. So why haven’t I? Because really I am not a lace-knitter! I much prefer cables and colours.
Third? Something for the sewers. You see? I hadn’t forgotten you!
You may find this hard to believe, but I am just not a Colette girl. I am the wrong shape, I can’t get excited by dresses (on myself – I love them on other people!) and as much as I loved this when it arrived, I am just not making any use of it, which is a terrible waste.
It’s the Colette Sewing Handbook. I have cut and folded-to-fit the pattern for the Meringue skirt but everything else about this book is “as new”. I expect many of you already have this book, but if you don’t, I highly recommend it as an inspirational “how to sew” book with 5 Colette patterns thrown in for good measure.
And finally… a Japanese sewing book. Stylish Dress Book Volume 2
26 designs, all of them to be traced from the full-sized pattern sheet, with good clear “how to sew” diagrams. Most of the patterns are for flowing smock-type dresses and tops, all very forgiving of lumps and bumps and avoiding the need to insert zips or work buttonholes. All styles come in sizes extra small, small, medium and large, but be aware that “large” is probably only a UK size 14. However, the shapes are so simple they would be easily graded up – honestly! This would be a great introduction to sewing with a Japanese pattern.
So what do you have to do to win?
Leave a comment on this post, including your email address if you don’t have a blog. Let me know which book you fancy and why. Even if you only plan to look at the pictures, you have nothing to lose – I won’t judge you! You can enter the draw for all four if you wish! I will ship worldwide.
I will close the giveaway on Tuesday 27 November at 5pm GMT.