My current work in progress:

Tawney Sweater,by Jenni Barrett, knit from MadelineTosh Tosh Sock, using 3.25mm and 3.5mm needles.

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You Had Me at Knitted Corgi

I was recently sent a review copy of Knit Your Own Royal Wedding by Fiona Goble.

One look at it and I was squeeing (is “squeeing” a word? The verb “to squee?”) like a pre-teen over the dreamy pop icons in the latest issue of Tiger Beat. (Is Tiger Beat still around? Am I severely dating myself? Huh?)

This adorable little book was released last week, a month before next month’s Royal Wedding. Inside are patterns for the following:

  • Prince William & Catherine Middleton
  • Prince Harry
  • The Prince of Wales & the Duchess of Cornwall
  • Queen Elizabeth II & the Duke of Edinburgh
  • The Archbishop of Canterbury
  • Footmen
  • Corgis

Each of the figures is dressed in an appropriate outfit. There are patterns for Catherine’s wedding dress (and I want to know if Fiona Goble has inside information about said dress) and the dress she wore when the engagement was announced. For the men there are choices between military uniform, lounge suite, and morning suit, and there are some other assorted dresses in case you want to knit up some wedding guests. The Archbishop of Canterbury is resplendent in cassock, chimere, and mitre. (How can I not knit an Archbishop of Canterbury, for gosh sakes?)

This book is only 64 pages long, but it packs a huge amount of information in those pages. There is a very detailed “How to” section that contains illustrated instructions for everything you need to know how to do to make these figures, including knitting, purling, binding off, joining pieces, and embroidering.

All of the figures are knit from DK weight yarn (with a few bits here and there calling for fingering weight), so you have lots of choices. Each pattern has a detailed list of supplies needed (including any buttons and beads and whatnot you might need).

There is even a cardboard balcony included, folded up in a pocket inside the back cover, so you can pose your Royal Family for a photoshoot after the ceremony.

The photostyling in this book is wonderful. Here is a photo of the bride’s procession:

As you can see, Prince William has turned to watch her approach and he has a big smile on his face.

And check out this photo from the ceremony:

I do believe the Queen is wiping away a tear.

I pretty much just want to take a photo of every page, but instead I’ll encourage you to buy it. Even if you never knit anything from it, it is a great collector’s item. Besides, you could use the patterns to knit people of any sort for any occasion — perhaps a knitted Nativity scene?

In other news, The Island Time Shawl pattern is available for sale in my Ravelry store — at 25% off per my Blogiversary sale.

And here’s a shot of Lucy via the LapCam!