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A few interesting books for you

I have a pile of books on my desk that I have really wanted to review for ages  but somehow never seemed to have the time. So I thought I would do a quick book round up for you of some interesting offerings that have crossed my desk recently and some favourites from the near past.  I also have some other books to giveaway (pictured at the end of the post). Please comment on this post and you will be entered into a draw.

Adventures in Needlework by Jessica Aldred and Emily Peacock

A brilliant book for explaining the basics of lots of different embroidery techniques, especially to a complete novice like me.  I love Emily Peacock’s sense of style and enjoyed looking at the contemporary projects.  The  tips on silk shading were particularly illuminating.  
Favourite project: The Winged Brooch.
Score: 3.5/5

I am a sucker for a charity knit as many of you will know but this is one of the most stylish collections around with some great designer names and all in the name of women’s heart health.  The book is the brainchild of Laura Zander from Jimmy Beans Wools in the US. As well as all the fantastic patterns from designers like Kim Hargreaves, Norah Gaughan, Nicky Epstein, Debbie Bliss and Kieran Foley there are some really useful health tips.
Favourite project: Ysolda’s Beret
Score: 3.5/5

How Tea Cosies Changed the World by Loani Prior

I met Loani Prior a couple of years ago when she gave a very inspiring talk about her creativity at the Stitch and Craft Show at Olympia.  This is her third tea cosy book following on from Wild Tea Cosies and Really Wild Tea Cosies yet she still has lots of interesting ideas all underpinned by her great sense of humour.
Favourite: Basic tea cosies and the spotted gourd
Score 4/5

Very Easy Guide to Fair Isle by Lynne Watterson

When I first saw this book I did think ‘oh no not another book on Fair Isle’, but I am happy to admit I was wrong.  This is a very easy read and well laid out so that you get quite absorbed in all the different patterns and projects. The lessons from Lynn help to build the knitter’s experience and makes Fair Isle very accessible.  I particularly enjoyed the colour combinations both in the swatches and the projects
Favourite chart: Geometric
Favourite Project: Prject 9 bag
Score 3.5/5
So now to the giveaway.  Here is a picture of some delicious knitting books that you can win.  Just leave me a comment and you will be entered into the draw. Closing date is 30th April 2013 GMT

6 comments on “A few interesting books for you

  1. What great reviews. The Fair Isle Book sounds really interesting. I've wanted to try this technique for ages.

  2. Ooh do i spy a crochet one in the pile too? The knitting for beginners would be fab for my brother who has just decided to learn.

  3. Fab books – …
    Thank you for this. I hope you are doing splendidly xxx

    one can never have too many knitting books. They are always a great reference and inspiration – I would also like to learn to crochet. I must – hugs to you and yours – B

  4. I would love to win them! I love the 20 to make series!!!

    craftink on ravelry

  5. Thanks for this opportunity, there looks to be some good books there.
    Sandrada on Ravelry

  6. Nadine, you are our lucky winner. Please email me your address to

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