Books: small things of yarn

by KateG on 17/11/2011

in Books

November (and a little bit into December) is book month at

Knit Your Own Royal Wedding. Fiona Goble. Ivy Press Limited, 2011

I know that the bells have stopped tolling and the bunting has all been rolled up and packed away after the pomp and ceremony that was the wedding between Prince William and (now) Princess Catherine, but I still love this fantastically fun little book.

Fiona Goble has designed a knitted Royal Family, complete with wedding outfits.  Before the wedding in April 2011, pictures of these knitted dolls went viral on knitting sites, royal wedding sites, and quirky and fun sites across the internet.  Now everyone can access the full range of patterns and stage their own wedding at home, using the designs in Knit Your Own Royal Wedding.

There are patterns included for the dolls and outfits of Prince William, Catherine Middleton, Rowan Willams, Prince Harry, Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Charles, Camilla, the corgis, and a footman.

Knitting the dolls and the outfits will be a pleasure as the instructions for each knitting project and the techniques section are comprehensive and easy to follow.

The book was released just before the wedding, so the outfits were speculative.  Making the dolls after the fact will mean that any dedicated knitter can adapt the patterns to make Kate’s dress more true to her actual frock, and to dress HRH in yellow.  When I make my set I will also include a Pippa Middleton, and a Princess Beatrice with that famously weird hat of hers.  Knit Your Own Royal Wedding provides a cardboard fold out Royal Balcony so that you can display your wedding party dolls, and perhaps even re-enact those kisses.


Amigurumi Toy Box: Cute Crocheted Friends, Ana Paula Rímoli. Martingale & Company, 2011.

Sometimes a small, quick and completely cute yarn project is just the thing!

Small, cute toys and crochet go together like two perfectly matched things, and Ana Paula Rímoli’s newest book Amigurumi Toy Box will keep any lover of yarn, small toys or cute very happy.  Like most amigurumi, these projects are crocheted in the round using a dense and sturdy gauge, are colourful, and are made for picking up and playing with.

This collection of projects features sea creatures (such as jellyfish, cuttlefish, dolphin and narwhal), pets and animals (including foxes, koalas, Boston Terrier, pigs, ducks and a unicorn), and some fun objects (like a tree, strawberry plant, tugboat, hot dog and hot chocolate mug).

Each project is well photographed, and the instructions are very clearly written, and would be perfect for a beginner or a more experienced crocheter to manage.  There is a techniques section in the back of the book that covers the basics of crochet and toy finishing.

About the reviewer: Kate is a busy mother of four with many craft projects on the go, including, but not limited to, crochet, knitting, sewing, dyeing, paper making, spinning, felting and bookbinding. Kate has challenges in the areas of finishing things, saying no and craft supplies storage. She also has a very very patient and tolerant husband.

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