Sunday, 16 January 2011
New Year - new hobbies Nordic Knitting by Martin Storey
Get Your Knitting Needles Ready!
review by Maryom
For the last of my New year - new hobbies slot I want to include one of my Christmas presents - Nordic Knits by Martin Storey.
It comprises 25 projects all with a Scandinavian feel, ranging from simple ones such as coasters to fair isle socks full of patterning and turned heels. It's not a book for the absolute beginner with no knitting experience, but for anyone with a basic knowledge it should give you the confidence to try something a like unusual. There's a simple instruction section on how to work with two colours in fair isle and intarsia, and lots of easier projects to try before attempting something harder such as a waistcoat or fair isle patterned hot-water bottle cover. If you're still not convinced about working with 2 colours, there are also lace and cable patterned items to make.
The emphasis is on small projects -scarves, hats, socks, mittens, cushions or placemats - with a couple of waistcoats and a simple shrug. All of them things to get your fingers itching to knit.
The only slight criticism I would make is that it would have been nice to have seen some of the patterns knitted up in different colourways - it can be difficult to envisage the result of changing background colour from, say, red to green.
I just need to find some free time now and get started with some knitting!
Publisher - Rowan
Genre - Adult's Non-Fiction
Rather oddly I can't find a link for this at Amazon but it can be bought direct from Rowan