Saturday 7 February 2015

More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts

More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson
Published by STC Craft
13th September 2011
Hardback Edition
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!

G x


  1. Hi G .Loving the book marks! I've just acquired some pom pom makers and would love to make a rug out of them; love that you can do it whilst sitting watching tv in the evenikng. Are you watching the Sewing Bee? I watched it the next day on the i player when doing my ironing.L.xx

  2. really lovely makes indeed x love your beautiful book marks x

  3. Re comment you left elsewhere. I read all kinds of blogs. No blogger is better or more worthy than another. So, why shouldn't you be chosen for the blog hop crochet book review? Some people are more self promoting and cliquey than others it's true, but it doesn't mean us readers hold them in more esteem or prefer them. Therefore all opinions on a book are equally valid. It looks a nice book, hope you are enjoying it.

  4. I think that both of your books are gorgeous! xx

    1. That should be bookmarks, not books - although I am sure that if you wrote books they would be gorgeous too! xx


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