Thursday, September 20, 2012

Holiday Boutique Knitting

Mary Jean Daigneault's book Holiday Boutique Knitting: Inspired Home Décor and Gifts to Knit is packed with clever little projects to knit for the holidays many of which can be knit in a few hours. The books is beautifully designed and loaded with tips and tricks for some very charming projects. Her instructions are clear and easy to follow. I was particularly impressed by the variety of projects.

This happy little couple are Mr. and Mrs. Snow. Knit from fuzzy fur yarn they each have their own accessories. A hat vest and bow tie for him, a scarf and hat for her -- and don't forget their carrot noses.
Other gifts in his section include a knitted angel, a tree skirt, and a very cute Advent Calendar. I found her Christmas stockings particularly pretty. There are two different styles, the Vine Style and the Ribbed Style and they come with tips on design and balance.
In the Home Décor section she offers pillows, towel buddies and this Rose Candle piece.
 Her section on Wreaths is particularly creative. There are a number of them but my favorite is the Cable Wreath. She also has wreaths made of pom-poms and fuzzy fur yarn.
And, of course, there are some festive accessories for the holidays. Who could resist these?
And a beautiful, snuggly wrap.
All in all this is a charming collection with patterns from the very simple to the fairly complex. Get this book, get out your knitting needles and get to work.

Thanks for reading.

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