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Fun and Funky Knitting

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Fun and Funky Knitting In our weekly book review, we look at "Fun & Funky Knitting" by Emma King. This book is aimed at the weekend knitter or somebody looking for small and quick projects that are fun to make. Many of the projects would appeal particularly to a younger audience, so if you are a young knitter starting out or you would like to knit something for a young girl or a teenager, you will probably find this book quite inspiring. There are also projects for all ages, including socks, gloves, hats and scarves. Most designs are suitable for a beginner knitter. Given...

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Join us at the Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston for "A Celebration of Wool"

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We will have a stall at the Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston for the annual wool fest "A Celebration of Wool" showcasing pattern designs and yarns.

Sunday, 15th of May 2016 at the Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston, Canberra, ACT.

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Book Review: Knitting Green

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Knitting Green - Projects for the environmentally conscious knitter Ann Budd, author of a range of wonderful knitting books, including "The Knitter's Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters", "Getting Started Knitting Socks" and "Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns" tackled some wider questions about sustainability and environmentalism for knitters in "Knitting Green. Conversations and planet-friendly projects." (2010).  The publication is more than just a treatise on how to be a green knitter. The book also contains patterns for 31 interesting projects, ranging from kimono-style jackets to lace-knit jumpers, shawls, bags, toys and hats. This makes it a treasure trove of ideas worth having for the patterns alone...

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Book review: Knitting Without Tears

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Book review: Knitting Without Tears When I bought this book, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Elisabeth Zimmermann  (1910-1999) was the 'grand dame' of knitting in the US in the 1960s and 1970s, and her publications revolutionised knitting in the US. But I was wondering - would her book still be relevant today? To cut a long story short - Yes, I do believe it is absolutely worth revisiting her work, including "Knitting without tears", which was first published in 1971. The black and white photos and the hand-drawn sketches clearly mark it as a book of it's time - no glossy colour...

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Knitting for Men

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Are you one of the many women who like to knit for the men in your life? Do you have a boyfriend you would like to make a cool jumper for, or a teenage son who has always wanted that totally unique and awesome beanie?

Or you are one of the growing number of men who have discovered knitting and find that there are far more patterns for women than for men?

Knits Men Want - I Wool Knit book reviewOne of my all-time favourite books on that subject is “Knits Men Want” by Bruce Weinstein, a knitwear designer and knitting teacher from Connecticut. In his straight-forward, conversational and often very funny style, Bruce points out the differences between (most) men and women when it comes to clothes in general and knitting patterns in particular and makes helpful suggestions for how to knit clothing that men will actually wear.

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