Tuesday, 4 January 2011

simply re(a)d

I have added four new books to my library this festive season. Two were gifts from friends and two were gifts from me, a trip to Waterstones cafe before Christmas was indeed expensive! I treated myself to this amazing art book 'Radical lace and subversive knitting'. I think you could probably put 'subversive' on most things and increase their appeal to me! It is a really inspirational book- lots of amazing, rather than practical uses of 'knitted' textile.
I was also tempted beyond resistance by this amigurumi book 'Super Cute'. I have never played with cute crochet so it remains to be seen how successful this will be. I think this will be one to take on holiday with a few balls of wool and plenty of time.
My best friend from back home treated me to 'Stitched Toys'. Naturally Jen will need to be the first recipient of a little felt mouse! I think there are lots of basic patterns in here which can be embroidered and embellished to make them little works of textile art more than just toys for little on
es. The same goes for 'Wee Wonderfuls', this was from my Sister-in-law-to-be who I now would appreciate this book herself. All in all a strong feeling of cute, I always find it fascinating how gifts given reflect how people see you, and how some gifts are really given for the giver- (e.g underwear from partners!) So what did your Christmas gifts tell you about how people see you? Were your gifts frivolous, practical, saucy? Do tell!

8 comments:

Daisie said...

Well, am now looking at all my family in a new light and wonder how they really see me.....

We got a family present of a soda stream from my parents and Simon bought us a new camera (but it's MINE) and my In-Law's got me some knitted slippers.

My secret santa at work was very thoughtful though and I got a purple glass heart on a black leather cord. Very me!

Poppy Cottage said...

Hello.

I looked at that book Stitched Toys, then decided that it would have to wait, be interested to know what you think of it.

My Christmas presents - My son gave me a in the kitchen compost, then a half way to the actual compost bin - he IS telling me something, Jose,Kc stitch book, Country Living diary but the two that amazed me were my friend the vet (who I would have said knew hardly anything about me) gave me the most fantastic Crochet Chic book and my mum, who I had set the challenge to get me a gift rather then the usual £20 in a card (easy option) brought me the most amazing knitting bag, so my Christmas told me that people know more about me then I thought they did!!

trash said...

After 12 years of wanting (including eight years of needing), the ridicule and pestering of friends and extended family and the threat of me getting the Health and Saftery people involved I got the go ahead for a new kitchen. Oh Jenny, you have no idea how much I am looking forward to this year.

Wipso said...

Fab books Jen. Look forward to seeing what you make from them :-)
A x

Angelcat said...

That wee wonderfuls book looks adorable.

I got a mix of practical and frivolous pressies, but I'd never really thought about what gifts said about how people see you before, I'm now looking at them in a whole different light, lol!

Griffin said...

I got a bottle of Chambord to go with the vodka I already had from my friend Jane. I bought myself books... again!! I shouldn't even be allowed within ten miles of Waterstones when I have cash on me and then only with a responsible adult!!

Gina said...

Radical Lace and Subversive knitting is one of my favourites.

karen said...

I have ordered myself a new book with my christmas pennies!! I am too excited waiting for it arriving, like a 3 year old actually!!