I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of Nora J. Bellows’ upcoming book Noni Flowers: 40 Exquisite Knitted Flowers. It is due to be published by Potter Craft on April 10.
Remember when Nora Bellows came out with her patterns for Noni bags? Knit felted bags, some embellished with knitted flowers. I was entranced with them and made a couple back in the summer of 2006.
I made the “Skinny Baguette” for my sister-in-law:
And “In the Sculpture Garden” for my mom:
Both bags (and flowers) knit from Cascade 220 and felted. They were such fun to make.
Well, Nora Bellows now has a book with instructions for 40 different knitted and felted flowers!
Apart from the patterns for the flowers, there is a lot of great how-to information — everything you need to know to be able to knit your own garden. I love this spread about the importance of gauge:
Different weights of yarn and different needle sizes do make a difference, don’t they?
One of the things I love about these flowers is how beautifully detailed, realistic, and accurate they are. The instructions are well-written and very well photographed:
Here is one of my favorite flowers:
In addition to the detailed instructions for the 40 different flowers, there are 6 patterns for some items that incorporate flowers. Here’s my favorite, a sweet little bag:
The Knitgirllls did a great review of this book in this week’s video podcast, so if you want to see more, hop on over there.
Potter Craft very handsomely offered to send a free copy of Noni Flowers: 40 Exquisite Knitted Flowers to one of my readers. Who’d like it?
To be entered in the drawing to win a copy, please leave a comment on this blog post telling me what your favorite flower is (doesn’t have to be one in the book)by noon Eastern time Sunday, April 1, 2012. A winner will be chosen at random then.
Thanks, Potter Craft!
Ruffles and Ridges Wrap
My Ruffles and Ridges Wrap is close to done. Here, Lucy checks my workmanship:
Sharon is done with her version of the wrap. She knit hers using 400 yards of a heavy fingering weight yarn. Mine is done with 600 yards of what I think is a true fingering weight yarn (even though in Ravelry Kauni 8/2 is listed as sportweight). When mine is complete I’ll post photos and all the details for both versions.
The pattern for the wrap will be available for sale next week. It will include tips for using different amounts and weights of yarn and changing the shape of the wrap to a triangular shawlette. And a step-by-step illustrated tutorial for short rows in garter stitch.
Lucy is exhausted after her knitting inspection: