While many metro area knitters have already selected and begun holiday gift projects, many are still searching for just the right thing for a special loved one. This month’s additions to the Metropolitan Library System collection include some terrific ideas!
Totally Simple Crochet by Tove Fevang
This is a rather thin volume but these patterns for useful household items and simple garments are attractive. This book is most valuable for the “just learning” crocheter. The first few projects–dish cloths–almost seem very easy, even redundant, but they are exactly the sorts of projects to build confidence and experience for a beginner!
From this solid foundation, the projects incorporate more complexity and increased skill level as the book progresses. Granny squares, baby items, bags, shawls and more round out a stylish but simple collection. This book proves one need not be an expert to make a beautiful item.
Lacy Knits: Something more challenging
Author Alison Crowther-Smith presents beautiful and more challenging patterns in Lacy Knits: 20 Delicate Projects in Soft, Luxurious Mohari-Silk Yarns. These patterns range from “easy” to “intermediate” in difficulty level.
This book calls for specific types of Rowan yarn. One place to find these yarns is Gourmet Yarn Company in northwest Oklahoma City. For those in Norman, L&B Yarn Company is the place to go. Christen, a sales associate at L&B Yarn Company explained,” We stock Rowan Kidsilk Haze all the time, and we have similar yarns in other brands.” She continued,”We will be happy to work with a customer to find an appropriate yarn so that the project turns out just right!”
For dog lovers – knit a dog?
It’s here–Knit Your Own Dog: Easy-to-Follow Patterns for 25 Pedigree Pooches by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne.
For knitters who love dogs, or those who knit for dog lovers, this book is a bonanza!
Organized according to standard breed groupings (hounds, working dogs, sporting dogs, etc.) this book contains patterns for amazingly cute and realistic stuffed versions of man’s best friend. Labradors, collies, whippets, pugs–they’re all there!
Made by Me for youngsters
This little gem was published in 2009, but it is new to MLS. For the crafty young girl, this book is perfect. Kids are introduced to embroidery, sewing, and knitting. This even includes a page on knitting without needles or finger knitting, as it is sometimes called. Knitting dolls (knitting knobbies, spool knitting, knitting Nancy) are included in the how-to-knit section. Book also shows how to make a knitting doll. Head to the library quickly with your young crafter and check this one out!
Two leaflets form Leisure Arts round out the additions to the MLS stacks this past month. More 48-Hour Afghans by the well-known Rita Weiss, and Big Book of Baby Afghans, also from Leisure Arts, provide some great ideas. Beautiful afghans will keep everyone, big and small, cozy and warm during this holiday season.
Big Book of Baby Afghans is currently in stock at Gourmet Yarn Company in northwest Oklahoma City. Knit Your Own Dog is currently in stock (and reportedly flying off the shelves) at Full Circle Bookstore.
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