“Everyone has their own reasons for knitting, but the most unexpected is also the most attractive – it takes time. The quietly meditative process of building something with your own hands is a reason on itself to learn, let alone the beautiful things you can create and be truly proud of.”
Sometimes you pick up a craft book, and you don’t warm to it. Perhaps it’s because the author’s style is a real contrast to your own, or perhaps it’s because their philosophy, their reason for creating, is so different from yours. But when I read this description of knitting in Ruth Cross’ The Knitted Home, I pretty much knew I would enjoy this book. The gorgeous styling of the front cover was a pretty good hint too!
Fabulous Mid Century Modern furniture, against a super-simple interior, plus fabulous chunky chair cover? It’s my idea of heaven. Regulars will know that I am not much of a knitter, and I often turn down the opportunity to review knitting books as a result, but I totally couldn’t resist this one.
There is gorgeous styling throughout – the interiors totally compliment Ruth Cross’ stylish designs.
See what I mean? This is pretty much my ideal living space. The stunning styling is very inspirational and had me reaching for my knitting needles…
The blanket pictured above is one of the first patterns in the book, and it would definitely be suitable for a beginner (e.g. me!), and there are quite a few others I would feel fairly confident about having a bash at, as well as some more challenging stuff like this gorgeous geometric throw. I may need a little more practice before I attempt this bit of loveliness, it looks very tricky, but I am sure that the results would be worth the effort involved!
As I flick through the pages of this lovely book, the words that come to mind are are structure, texture and pattern, and you can see why. I long for a cushion just like this one:
The patterns are designed to be adaptable – leaving room for imagination and your own personal taste, Ruth Cross is keen to encourage your creativity, experimentation and exploration of the possibilities of yarn. She clearly believes that there should be no fixed rules as long as you get the results you want…
To be frank I would like to knit perhaps every design in this book….
These cushions look quite doable don’t they? I thought I’d have a practice at a swatch just to see….
So I have a copy of this lovely book to give away..
- Just leave a comment to be entered into the draw. As usual, ‘pick me’ will do, but if you want to write something more exciting, tell me about the last thing you knitted.
- I will do the draw and and announce the winners on Tuesday April 23rd… So get your comments in before lunchtime on Tuesday to be in the draw.
In the mean time, if you can’t wait to win a copy, here’s a little offer for Very Berry readers from Jacqui Small, the publishers:
To order The Knitted Home (ISBN: 9781906417727) for £16.00 including p&p*, telephone 01903 828503 and quote offer code JS193. Or send a cheque made payable to: Littlehampton Book Services Mail Order Department, Littlehampton Book Services, PO Box 4264, Worthing, West Sussex BN13 3TG. Please quote the offer code JS193 and include your name and address details. *UK ONLY – Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.