Friday, 1 March 2013

30 hours of fun- for £9.99

I’m afraid I’ve taken a rather long time in getting around to writing a review of 30 minute knitsby Carol Medrum. No excuses, just a life packed to the gunnels at the mo. Also this book has been very much in use. I challenge you to find a book on your shelf from which you have made four projects with more which tickle your fancy! I started by making some cute coasters for Toby’s excellent coffee house- someone liked them so much they nicked one in the first week! Next I made a tippet, or a tiny neck scarf and then a collar. Finally I adapted the bird pattern to attempts a flamingo but I won’t share it here as the kids tell me it looks like a flying pig!

You may have seen patterns featured from this book in magazines and on web sites, you may be thinking; what’s the point of buying it, I’ve probably seen all the best bits. Not a bit of it, this book has sixty patterns- yep 60- for just shy of a tenner! There is plenty more to see here. I didn’t time myself making these projects so I can’t tell you if they were genuinely 30 minute projects but they certainly were Quick. I would also say because of their size and the variety of techniques this would be a brilliant book for the beginner knitter, there are some great instructions at the back for all necessary techniques so I reckon you could teach yourself to knit and make a great selection of projects over a holiday. Because the projects are all small the yarn cost involved is tiny. I always rummage through wool bargain bins and then wonder what on earth to do with the fabulous single ball - not any more. The projects are knitted with a variety of yarn weights too, so it’s not all super quick=super chunky. Next for me is the Easter chick, tiny ted and some baby booties, that’s the next hour and a half filled anyway! 

I have been reviewing Search Press titles for a while now so perhaps it's time I mentioned again what the deal is. Basically Search Press send me some books for free now and again and I say what I think of them. There is no editing before these reviews are published here, I am under no compunction to say nice things, I am not paid by Search Press in any other way than getting some rather lovely free books. I also choose what  I'd like to review the books are already self selected to suit me, if you get what I mean. Sometimes I hand books on through the blog if I don't think I'll use them again- and sometimes- like this time I keep them all to my greedy self because the are so lush! Hope that clarifies things. 

Hugs xxxx


Annie said...

That looks like a really great book Jenny. Do tell me how you get to review books like that?
A x

Daisie said...

I think I may just be adding that to my birthday wishlist, it will be great for stash busting :)

Jelly Jam said...

Knitting stuff is lost on me but Dilys and I did admire the coasters on Monday in No. 35!! Lovely looking stuff - the coasters and the collars - you clever thing!