More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson
Published by STC Craft
13th September 2011
This is the follow up book to the highly successful Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson, of The Purl Bee, and in my opinion its so much better than the first book. There are 30 projects in this book, and they are divided into time slots - less than 2 hours, 2-4 hours, 4-6 hours, 6-8 hours, and more than 8 hours. I don't know if having a time indicator is a good thing or not, for how long one takes to knit is obviously individual but I think it helps to give an idea of how long it may take to achieve a finished article.
There are lots of projects I want to make from this book, and some do use dpns so it's a good opportunity to continue trying to learn how to use them successfully this year. I love these lavender filled pyramid bags to keep your drawer smelling gorgeous, and I certainly know someone who wants a pixie hat for themselves!
I thought I'd have a go at learning something new, so I made the linen-stitch bookmark from the under 2 hours section. I'd never tried linen-stitch before so it was good to try something different, and as usual, you tube came to the rescue with a great video to show me what to do. I bought some 4ply wool as stated in the book but I wasn't happy with how it was looking so I changed to a dk variegated wool and the results were much more pleasing. I also used more stitches than stated as I thought it looked a little narrow once I'd cast on. My youngest daughter liked mine so much she asked for one too, so I made a second, this time two stitches narrower than mine, but two stitches wider than stated in the book. I think they look fantastic!