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The Gentle Art of Knitting

June 1, 2011

I was very excited a few weeks ago to receive my copy of Jane Brocket’s latest book, The Gentle Art of Knitting.

It was a little late arriving as Amazon had trouble sourcing the books from the suppliers (as I understand it), but for me, the timing was perfect. After a few days home from hospital and the initial shock to the system of coping with a new baby on our own (sleepless nights, not getting out of the house, endless feeding, crying and nappy changing, weird hormones to adjust to), it was fab to receive something for me — something completely non baby-related — in the post.

Of course, I haven’t had a chance to make anything from it yet, but as with all of Jane’s books, it’s full of lovely eye-candy and inspiration — something to lose myself in with a cup of tea while Baby D is sleeping soundly. That’s not to say that I haven’t been making anything at all over these past few weeks, just that things are taking rather a lot longer at the moment. I’m managing to fit in five minutes of crochet here, five minutes of sewing there — it all adds up!

As well as knitting, The Gentle Art of Knitting also contains crochet, and it was Jane’s blog that first inspired me to pick up a crochet hook — to make the sunburst afghan that I wrote about here. I gave that to my Mum as I thought she would like it (she did) — but I think I should probably make another, to keep for myself. One day!

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