I told you my knitting mojo had finally returned. Recent completed objects include this deliciously soft alpaca beret (the pattern is Rose Red, available here), along with a simple pair of wristwarmers squeezed out of the last part-skein of Woollahra after finishing my Tea Leaves. They're not quite as long as I'd like, but I was running short on yarn.
Can you tell I'm ready for autumn?
I have to say, the arrival of knitting p0rn in the letterbox nudges the mojo along a bit, and these two little beauties did not disappoint.
This book, Knitting at Home, is possibly the most wide ranging knitting book on the planet. I was expecting it to be filled with patterns for rugs, cushions and tea cosies (and it is, oh it is) but it also features slippers, socks, jumpers and cardigans, and rather fabulously, a pair of knitted dolls complete with knitted wardrobes. Oh and my favourite, a knitted, felted and embroidered bird mobile. This knitting book could keep
This book, on the other hand, is the opposite in its scope but no less inspiring. It features only mittens and gloves, from the simplest fingerless mitt (like my red ones up above) to the most elaborate intarsia or intricate cables. In addition to those gorgeous chunky bobbly mittens on the cover, it also contains the coveted Druid Mittens (sometimes also known as Green Autumn, for some reason) by Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed. I've been wanting to knit those for years, although I must say the charts are slightly daunting. There are also flip top gloves, elegant opera gloves and fabulous long lacy wristwarmers. (You can see inside the book here).
Anyway, I promised a giveaway I believe, and this is it. I will send either Knitting at Home, or Mittens and Gloves to one deserving knitter out there. I'll post anywhere, and you don't have to leap through hoops or be beholden to me for seven years to be the winner. And please don't offer me your firstborn; I have plenty of children myself. Just leave a comment telling me which book you'd like and I'll pick a winner. I promise to wipe the drool off the book before I post.
Go to it!
PS. the beret and wristwarmers are Ravelled if you need more details and funny pictures of me squinting into mirrors and pressing a shutter at the same time.