A couple of weeks ago I got a message from a Finnish publishing company called Tammi. They asked me if I were interested in their new book, “Ihanat Neulelahjat” (“Knits to Give” in English) by Debbie Bliss. Of course I was and a few days later, I had the book in my hands. The first thing I noticed was of course, the lovely smell of a new book. I remember this smell from childhood and it’s one of my favorites. The book itself is a quality one. Beautiful photos, lovely color theme, well arranged. It is divided into 5 sections – For Her, For Him, For Baby, For Kids and For the Home. You can find the book in Ravelry also.
Her garments include a purse, textured bracelets, a lace shawl, a knitted pillbox hat, fingerless mittens and a cabled belt. I like the ordinary, everyday things the most, so my favorites were, of course, the wrist warmers.
Men’s garments include a scarf, fingerless gloves, socks, an iPad cover, a tie and a coat for men’s best friend – his dog. I don’t know if men would wear a knitted tie, but I still think that for a knitted tie, it looks pretty great.
For the baby, there are a lovely blanket, most adorable bunny slippers (I would love them in adult size, too), an overall, a jacket, a sun hat and a very cute knitted zebra. The slippers were the winner for me.
For the older kids, there are also many cute things as a headband, a ladybug backpack, a bolero, the cutest lion scarf, long stripey socks and a cabled vest. I just love the lion scarf, so adorable.
For the home, there are the quite traditional items like a tea cosy, a hot water bottel cover, table mats, a knitted flower pot (with the flower), a pillow and the ones I liked the most – the pencil holder covers. I believe the covers would also make an easy beginner project for a child who’s just learned to knit.