Sunday, December 23, 2012

Book Review: Fairy Tale Knits and The Twelve Knits of #Christmas by Fiona Goble

Still stumped about what to get your favorite knitter?  Look no more, my friend.  You can either dash out to your local bookstore, or get wireless delivery to your e-reader by Amazon! 

This is fun pair of books to open on Christmas Day! From the young but capable knitter to the family member or friend who knits for children, this is a beautiful pair of books available from Andrews McMeel Publishing.

Each title is available separately for $19.99 retail (and I've seen them at Books A Million.) Together they make a dynamite gift that can be enjoyed all year long!

The Twelve Knits of Christmas has a pattern for each of the whimsical characters found in the happy holiday song. The cool thing about this is that it gives exact yardages needed for each project. For example, the partridge uses only 12 yards of the main color yarn. Since they're small, they're quick projects. You could knit up a partridge and put it into the paper pear tree that is found in the back of the book!

In addition the book is colorful and exciting, so the child in your life will love looking at the pages and read (or sing) along to the words of the song.

For fun that knows no season, try Fairy Tale Knits , also by Fiona Goble, which features 20 characters from six different fairy tales. The designs are incredibly endearing. My personal favorite is the beast from Beauty and the Beast. He's not so very scary, but beastly indeed.

I think it would be fun to knit up each character from one tale and then create shadow box sets for them. These toys would not only be enjoyable to make, but also spark imagination in the lucky child who receives them.

Vital Stats
Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC
ISBN: 978-1-4494-1131-2
Price $19.99 U.S. and $22.99 Canada
Paperback, 8 3/10 by 10 3/5 inches, 64 pages

Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC
ISBN: 978-1-4494-1801-4
Price $19.99 U.S. and $22.99 Canada
Paperback, 8 3/10 by 10 3/5 inches, 80 pages

Disclosure: I received a review copy of each book, and the links are affiliate.