Ola! It’s snowing here. Wet snow, but still – it’s snow.
A reader has contacted me asking for a Christmas gift book recommendation. (I’m not going to say which reader – she knows who she is! – for fear of inadvertently spoiling any surprises.) Someone she knows wants to start knitting. She asked if I could recommend a good beginner knitting book.
Ooh, good question! I learnt the basics as a child at my mother’s knee, so I’ve never really had to buy one of these books. Off the top of my head, I thought about Stitch’N'Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook. A lot of people love this! But from looking at the restricted and expensive numbers available on Amazon.co.uk, I wonder if this book is no longer available in the UK?
So I thought I’d put the plea out there. Readers, do you have a beginner knitting book that you’d recommend? Or would you direct a person towards a DVD? I’m not sure Youtube and online recommendations are going to work – this is for a gift that someone wants to open on Christmas morning.
Next up, leather!
I’ve had a growing urge to sew with leather. Handmade Jane has kindly offered to donate a leather skirt for me to experiment with. (Is Handmade Jane an angel sent from heaven, or simply the nicest woman in the blogosphere? I just can’t decide…) Anyways, up! I’m very excited. I’m thinking a thigh-length A-line skirt with leather panels. I’m thinking, leather and wool. I’m thinking, Ooh, something new to try.
So, any tips for working with leather? I know I need to buy a leather needle. What else should I be aware of? Cos, believe you me, I ain’t got a clue…
UPDATE I have some beautiful dark navy wool that I bought in Edinburgh almost a year ago. Navy wool and black leather – could I pull this off, or would it just look like bad colour matching? Decisions, decisions…