The Gentle Art of Knitting
Thursday, June 30th, 2011 at 9:16 am
Posted by Torrill
The Gentle Art of Knitting is a brand new book which does exactly what it says on the cover.
This book promotes knitting for comfort, to clothe and for the pure enjoyment of knitting. The 40 patterns included in the book are simple enough to pick up whenever you can find a spare moment to knit, yet imaginative enough to create something beautiful. The patterns also include text and photographs on the authors inspiration behind each garment; for example the first pattern features red wine and port socks illustrated by a picture of some woolly socked feet relaxing by a candlelit fireside, setting the tone of the book perfectly. The author even suggests some winter evening wines to go with your knitting!
With so many gorgeous garments we thought it would be fitting to pick out some of our favourites:
Natural linen apron – I would never have thought of making a knitted apron but I just love the country farmhouse look of this one. I can almost smell the pie coming out of the oven!
Bunting – I like Jane’s stress-free approach to knitting bunting. She uses a nice simple pattern for each flag and includes whatever colours and yarns she feels like.
Crochet starburst flower square – I love granny squares. These throws will always remind me of my grandmother’s house and of sitting in her living room (she called it the kitchen) and drinking tea while the clock ticked on the mantelpiece and cats walked along the yard wall. This starburst throw is so pretty with its bright homely patterns and light background.
Stripy socks – My sister, knitting queen and all round domestic goddess, knitted me a pair of socks a couple of years ago. They’re the best socks I’ve ever had – soft, warm and hard wearing. And they look great. They’re quite similar to the socks in the picture but mine are blue. As it states in the book, socks are wonderfully portable projects, the needles are short and can be carried around in your handbag. And so practical too. I mean, who doesn’t need socks?