During the Thanksgiving holiday we will be open the following hours:
Saturday: 11am to 6pm
Sunday: 12pm to 5pm
Friday, October 08, 2010
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Knititng at Home: 60 Classics from Ella Rae Designs, by Leanne Prouse ~ $31.95
This book is a great surprise! It's main theme is projects for the home or farting around the house, and of course it is beautifully art directed, so you'll want to slide right into the relaxed lives of the people in the pictures (Why does time move so slowly in their world and so fast in mine?). The styling extends to the projects, they are all classics that can fit into any home. The familiar cast of characters is here, there are different blankets, pillows, hot water bottle covers, and tea cozies. Some of the patterns explore colour, some play with texture, some are simple and some more involved. There are several somethings for everyone. Some cozy, homey garments are also thrown in, including a couple simple sweaters, socks, a scarf, a bag, and some simple gauntlets. There are some felted patterns, including a bird mobile/hangy thing, a purse, an ottoman, a hat, and slippers (on cover). Now here's where it gets interesting - they've very conveniently included some baby & kid stuff! For kids there are felted boots (adorable), a felted bag, an aran pullover,an aran jacket, and dolls with their own sweaters. For babies there are some cute felted slippers, a felted doll with clothes (I guess so it can be washed frequently?), one crocheted blanket and four really nice baby blankets.
The book is also organized in an interesting way - by room. Each room get's it's own design principle and palette. All of the palettes in the book match and are unified by neutrals, but each room has its own distinct mood, theme, and colour that represents it. I suspect that this book would be good inspiration for decorating you home, in addition to the patterns.
I've been waiting for Cowl Girls to arrive since this summer and I'm elated it's finally here! It's a great collection of Cowls (knitted tubular things that go around your neck and keep you warm). The collection is a bit eclectic, and there's some seriously questionable stuff in there, so just tear out some pictures you like from a magazine and cover them up, because there are lots of pieces that you will want to make for yourself and others. Hint-hint. Cowls are great holiday gifts: small, fast, affordable, and impressive.
Here are some of my faves (by the way, there are really great photos of the projects on Ravelry, follow the links):
Mohair is Better: make it in a solid, click to see.
- ► 2013 (23)
- ► 2012 (105)
- ► 2011 (104)
- ▼ 10/03 - 10/10 (3)
- ► 2009 (70)
- ► 2008 (67)
- ► 2007 (66)
- ► 2006 (247)
- ► 2005 (366)
- ► 2004 (316)