Thursday 30 October 2014

WTF Knits

WTF Knits; Weird adventures in wool by Gabrielle Grillo and Lucy Sweet
Published by Transworld Books
23rd October 2014
Hardback Edition
Forget scarves and bobble hats. Here are the results of some nutty knitting that will really blow your mind...

For the last four years, Gabrielle Grillo has been scouring the web for the most bizarre knitted items she can find. In this hysterically funny book, she has collected the very best of her finds. From a knitted Christmas turkey cosy to woolly vomit, from burgers to a sperm fertilizing an egg - they have to be seen to be believed.

This is a photographic book of fun - full of weird, wonderful and extremely messed-up knitting and crochet creations from around the globe. As you flick through, there'll be a smile on your face and one question on your lips: 'WTF were they thinking?'
Seriously this book has to be seen to be believed.  There are some bonkers knits in here, and for most of the time I was left thinking 'but why?!' The need for some of these knits is baffling, but it's a hugely amusing book for those of us who love a bit of wool.  I won't share too many photos, or it will defeat the point of buying the book, but here are some images of what there are to look forward to
Now I have a tortoise, but I have never thought of doing this to him:
Image from F***ed Up Knitting


Do you see what I mean?! And these aren't the craziest ideas either!  Gabrielle has a website dedicated to the world of what she terms F***ed up Knitting, and there is a Facebook page for WTF Knits too! 
But as the book says "But while you're laughing, it's important to remember that although these pictures of boob cushions or crocheted turds are funny, someone, somewhere, worked hard to craft them - whether it was for fun, or to make a work of art.  These pieces might be baffling, but they're original and they're made with love."
There is a more serious side to the book though, and that is that it all began with one image, this one
Image from F***ed up Knitting
Gabrielle saw this via twitter and it started what has become F***ed up Knitting, and ultimately, this book.  However the poster of this first image @filleauxcraies, a girl named Claire, was a sufferer of cystic fibrosis, and has sadly since died, so any royalties from this book will go to a charity to help research the disease. 

So with C*****mas approaching, go grab a copy for the wool addict in your life - you'd be helping a good cause too!

I'll leave you with this image! WTF?!

G x


  1. It looks an unusual book to say the least! Unique projects ;)
    Marianne x

    1. You just wonder why they made them in the first place!

  2. Oh my goodness. I don't really know what to say ;0)

  3. My knitting sometimes ends up like this all by itself....!

    1. Ha ha, you need to send photos to Gabrielle!!!

  4. Oh that is it!!
    D xxx

  5. love it!
    Love it!
    Love it!
    Oh, and I'm so jealous you have a tortoise!

  6. Definitely different that is for sure. xx

  7. I don't do any knitting/crafting, I just follow your blog as a friend, but this book looks brilliant even for a non knitter!! Very funny xx

  8. Lordy.....I'm a little bit speechless.....xx


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