Welcome to my fave books of the year series of posts. Over the next week I will be showcasing my favourite books of the year, last week I discussed my kids fave books, you have met my favourite foodie and sewing books, and later in the week I show you my fave general craft books too.
Also I have a few books for whipup readers, so keep reading to find out which ones. Entries are open for 48 hours, winners will be chosen at random and will be notified via email. Winners will be contacted via email.
I love the calm that comes over me with yarn in my hands, I grab my crochet (lately its all about crochet for me), a cup of tea and tune the world out while I click away with my hook and yarn. I recently started a stitch+itch group with my kids school – which is lovely to get to know fellow crafty types in my community, and I have a friend or two who I enjoy getting together with to talk craft. Also my mum and nanna are/were keen knitters, crocheters and all things yarny – so there is always inspiration. But in the absence of friends what could be better than a good book for inspiration.
If you are wanting to knit for men there are a few good books to look out for – Men’s Knits by Erika Knight and Knits Men Want by Bruce Weinstein are both full of very stylish and form fitting designs. And if are knitting for yourself then may I recommend Haiku Knits by Tanya Alpert – which has some gloriously unusual but very flattering designs, and a very recent addition to my pile is Modern Top-Down Knitting by Kristina McGowan, a book I love for its practicality, stylish designs and interesting details. [STC craft are kindly offering a copy of Modern top-down knitting to a whipup reader so please leave a comment - letting us know your favourite and best knitting book of all time - you have 48 hours to enter]
As for crochet, I realised I don’t have many crochet books on my shelf that I can say that I love wholeheartedly – I would love some recommendations in the comments. But one book that I do really love is Blueprint Crochet by Robyn Chachula, for Crochet clothing for women that is incredibly beautiful, fitted and with some beautifully detailing. This book might be a couple of years old – but it has really stood the test of time for me. [+ Interweave are offering a copy of Blueprint crochet to a whipup reader - so leave a comment with some crochet book recommendations - you have 48 hours to enter].
Another crochet book with stylish women’s clothing is Crochet Me by Kim Werker. I couldn’t find this book on my shelf so I think I must have lent it to a friend, along with Knitting Mochimochi by Anna Hrachovec, one of my favourite cutest knitting books of all time, it has mysteriously disappeared. [But you dear readers are in luck, as Random house are offering a copy of this book to one lucky whipup reader - leave a comment letting us know your favourite pattern that you have knitted - if there is a link online let us know that too - you have 48 hours to enter]
HatHeads by Trond Anfinnsen, which I reviewed back here, remains one of my top knitting books, its glorious to look at and fun to play with. And Comfort Knitting and Crochet by Norah Gaughan is one I couldn’t miss out, simply because it is all about comfort knitting and crochet – snuggling up with a handmade soft and warm afghan – nothing could be better really.
so don’t forget to that some of these books are going to be given to whipup readers. Entries are open for 48 hours, winners will be chosen at random and will be notified via email.