Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Natural Nursery Knits by Erika Knight - giveaway!

The nice people at Quadrille kindly sent me some craft books to review recently, one of which was Erika Knight's Natural Nursery Knits (Quadrille publishing ltd, ISBN: 1844007073).

The book features 20 projects for babies including hats and bootees, soaker pants for real nappy users, blankets, toys and my personal favourite, the knitted papoose (pictured below). The emphasis is very much on simple designs with a definite heirloom feel, showcasing the natural yarns suggested.

The book is beautifully photographed by Kristin Perrers, making much of vintage accessories as a backdrop for the finished items, and is very reminiscent of the muted tones and soft focus of a Toast catalogue.

This is not really a book for complete beginners as it's not going to teach you to knit, but with a few basic stitches under your belt, it is easy to recreate these simple designs. I made the bonnet and bootees set for my imminent arrival in the recommended Rowan fine milk cotton (you can see the project details on my ravelry page and photos of the finished items in my last post). As the book suggested, the yarn is beautifully soft and I loved the simplicity of the garter stitch hat with scalloped cast on edge (very simple to achieve provided you can count - I, apparently, cannot, and it took a couple of attempts ripping back each time before I managed it!). The bootees have a sweet shaped sole knitted with a double thickness of yarn and a pretty detail on the toe.

(As a small footnote I did need more than the single ball of yarn stated in the instructions to make the set, using a few yards of a second ball to complete the bootees, though I must confess to not having checked my gauge before setting to work).

I'm giving away my review copy of Natural Nursery Knits, so if you'd like to be in with a chance of winning, just comment on this post by Sunday 28th March, and I'll draw a winner on the following Monday. Please be aware that blogger doesn't always provide me with email addresses for comments, so you may need to check back to see if you've won.

**the winner is ClareBears if you'd like to get in touch with your address**

24 comments:

  1. What a lovely book! I have a baby to knit for (not mine I rather regretfully add), so it would be lovely to try some of those patterns.

    Pomona x

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  2. What a lovely looking book. I've just discovered I'm going to be a Godmother for the first time, so I'd love to knit some little things for my baby Godson!

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  3. the book looks lovely, i love knitting baby things, so sweet & quick to knit!

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  4. I a not entering the giveaway as I cant knit but it looks a beautiful book. Almost worth having another baby for!

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  5. oooh, what a gorgeous book! I'd love to be in the running (I sound like Tyra Banks!)
    Hope things are going well with you
    x

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  6. I would love to win this book. Thanks for offering!

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  7. That looks like a lovely book - I think that I've knitted one of her patterns before out of an earlier book. I'm not sure that I can count, mind...

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  8. Now, that looks like a gorgeous book...you know I'm busy knitting for my very first grandchild...and my husband will be called 'pappoo' as we live in Greece..

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  9. Oh this book looks lovely! Great giveaway

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  10. looks lovely x that little hat is just adorable xxxx

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  11. Hi Helen,

    The bonnet and booties are really cute and what a great book review. Thanks for the tips. Regarding the counting, I tend to write things down so I don't forget. :)

    Could you add me on the giveaway list?

    Thank you.

    Mary

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  12. Such a beautiful book. I would love to win a copy for my Mum who is a new doting knitting Grandmother to my gorgeous Niece!

    Claire x

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  13. What a beautiful book with stunning patterns, I would love to add this to my collection. I am pleased to have found your site. I too am having a giveaway at my blog so please pop by if you wish.

    Bee x

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  14. How lovely! I am having my 1st baby in July and my mother-in-law and various other "aunties" are already knitting or the baby! I must get a copy of this book!

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  15. Looks like a lovely book. I am always hooked in by fabulous photography.

    I can't count for toffee (where did that saying come from???) and have to write down the number of rows and check them off as I go along

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  16. That looks lovely, I would want it for my knitter friend who is expecting!

    http://leafgreenknits.wordpress.com/

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  17. oooh, might spur me to knit something for this wriggly baby!

    x

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  18. what a beautiful book! and a really interesting review, thank you! x

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  19. A gorgeous book! I love Erika Knights patterns, I have one of her books already and it's beautiful!

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  20. Looks like a very interesting book. Question is, will I have time to knit anything before my baby arrives in May?

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  21. I think I could get some great ideas for gifts for my new niece or nephew who will arrive this October from this book.

    xxx

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  22. this looks a lovely book!
    count me in please!

    gill

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  23. ooohhhh! Pick me! Pick me! I am desperately waiting for my sister to have a baby (she is married - don't worry!) but until that announcement is made I am knitting things and heaping them up in a big box under the bed! x

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  24. What a lovely giveaway. Those bootees look booteefull!

    Nerys x

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