Of course I said yes. Jean Moss has been one of my knitting heroes for quite a while so whenever she contacts me I fell like an amateur musician being contacted by, say, Mick Jagger and asked to review his work.
So . . .the book is Great Little Gifts to Knit, and it is available now — good timing for getting a jump on your holiday knitting! There are thirty projects divided into sections for baby, hers, his, and home. And as the title suggests, all the projects are relatively small, so they will not involve a huge investment of time or money. They also use a variety of techniques, so you get a mini-lesson with each project you knit. For the sized items there are a nice variety of sizes, and the patterns are thorough and well-written, just what you would expect from Jean Moss. And there is a great techniques section in the back of the book.
I picked a favorite from each section:
This is the “Cuddle Cocoon” — isn’t it sweet? I love that it comes in five different sizes, so you have some choices depending on the anticipated size of the baby. It is knit from Rowan Big Wool, so it is a fast knit. And there are two versions: an easy one knit ins a straight rib, and a more challenging version in a “swirl rib.”
From the “Hers” section:
The Kitten’s Paw Stole. I love, love, love this! The pattern has directions for two different weights of yarn, so you can make an airy light wrap or something a bit more substantial.
From the “His” section, my favorite is the Hendrix guitar strap and belt:
This is knit from linen yarn so it won’t stretch. Very clever!
And I think this is my favorite piece in the whole book, from the “Home” section:
The Welcome Toran Door Hanging. As the introductory text tells you, a toran is a Hindu or Buddhist door hanging that both welcomes guests to your home and celebrates events like weddings, births, and traditional festivals. This project is knit from cotton and cotton blend yarns (but you could of course use up your own odds and ends) and is a great introduction to stranded colorwork.
Each of the patterns tells you how long it will take to knit, be it a day, a weekend, or a vacation. Everyone is different of course and knits at a different speed, but it is nice to have these estimates. The yarns used are all Rowan yarns, but you could easily sub others.
Jean is offering a free copy of this great book to one of my readers. Who’d like it?
To be entered in the drawing to win this book, leave a comment on this post by noon on Sunday, September 8, 2013. The Random Number Generator will select a winner at that time.
Be sure to visit the project gallery for this book to check out all the patterns. And stop in on all the stops of the blog tour: