Here is my first book review for New Holland Publishers! And it's a... you guessed it... book about knitting! [:
Simple Stylish Knits
By Hilary Mackin
As I opened the glossy cover, I was greeted with an affectionate but concise intro. This was welcome as, after flicking through once I thought to myself 'These look too impressive to be 'simple!' (as the title suggests)- but I was pleasantly surprised. Each pattern is skillfully explained and photographed well enough to show you a possible outcome. I feel a lot of the patterns could easily be updated by using different colour combinations, as they are designed for showing off chunky wool. The overall styling is very early 2000's, with friendly 'girl next door' models and slightly unoriginal posing, but it is, no doubt, friendly and adaptable. It's suitable for knitters of many levels, as there is a section in the front to teach you all the basics. There is bound to be a few patterns in here to suit any taste- and I'm looking forward to trying out the cover's weekend cable hoodie.
Here's the deal if you'd like to snag a copy of your own from their website... Just enter the discount code: Happy at the checkout to receive 20% discount and free P&P. (Free P&P available to UK residents only!) Offer ends Sep 1st 2011.
I'll be posting more similar reviews in-between our regularly scheduled blogging throughout the week. Books are such a good learning tool for handcrafts. Plus who doesn't like sitting down with a nice cup of hot chocolate (or tea) on a rainy day, under a blanket, learning new techniques? [: