Sherlock Knits – A review

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As a long time fan of Arthur Conan Doyle‘s Sherlock Holmes in its many different iterations, I was excited to hear about Sherlock Knits from Slate Falls Press!

Know who wasn’t? Maggie Chug & Georgie Pug. They mostly sleep through mysteries, book or television. Come to think of it, they like to sleep through my knitting, too. But having them in side-by-side beds is a bit of an accomplishment in their relationship.

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Back to the matter at hand, one of the first times I heard mention of Sherlock Knits was over on the Knitmore Girls podcast (always a good listen and honest reviews to boot!), who also happen to be big fans of Joanna Johnson. And I’ll admit, I, too, own Phoebe’s Sweater. So Joanna is known for good tales & sweet knits. When I saw the call on her Instagram to review a copy, I jumped at the opportunity.

The pattern collection, released just this month, features 10 patterns ranging from accessories to household items all the way to a full cardigan. It retails for $12.95 on Etsy or Amazon for the hard copy.

0024_medium2IMG_20161223_100213.jpgAnd, if like me, you prefer to buy single patterns instead of an entire book, each of the patterns can be purchased separately; including Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Cozy, which could be a good first steeking project for those worried about the technique (raises hand). The oranges keep reminding me of my tree out back, ready to burst; that’s a California winter.
0100_medium2.JPGMy current thought is to convince my sister that next year’s Holiday Hats should be a series of Deer Stalkers. Think she’ll buy in? The familiar, classic styling is knit in a worsted weight yarn for a relatively quick knit in one of the most unforgettable styles. I’m also working on my husband, but he’s not really a hat guy.

In addition to the patterns, there are excerpts from the Original Sherlock tomes as well as illustrations, which I understand are by Laurel Johnson, who I believe is Joanna’s daughter.

While there are no noveau fashions, the patterns all have a timeless, classic feel; something fun to knit and a good little book to hearken to a favorite classic in both literature and cinema.

B0108_medium2TW – Slate Falls is hosting a Knit-a-long for the Scotland Yard Vest featured in the book!  Houndstooth, oh my! (sorry, my review came too late for the pattern to be free. But the prizes look awesome.)

Embroidery

Sorry for the delay in updating! I really do try for a once a week update, but life, and well, a new hobby, have gotten in the way. On top of illness around the house, I’ve taken up embroidery for real!

I used some birthday money to purchase myself a kit from Lilipopo and it’s the cutest thing. I’m loving seeing it coming along. It’s very soothing. Although I’ve now hit the french knots and they are taking more work than I expected. But the backstitch is good. I’m focusing on making my stitch lengths a little more even.

I also have been doing a bit more reading. I’ve been coming across a few more really enticing books to review over at YA YA YA. The “Paper Magician,” pictured above, really captivated me for several days.

Embroidery, Mr. Robot

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Way back in March I reviewed a few books from the library. Specifically, I looked at the Reader’s Digest Complete Book of Embroidery. After thinking about it, checking it out, thinking, needing to reference it, I finally bought it from Amazon.

And usually after I do that the books sit on the shelf untouched. Not this one!

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First I referenced it to add an embellishment to the required class project in my 3 week sewing course. Day one was mostly listening plus starting this bag, identical to everyone else’s. My little trio of flowers should help distinguish my finished project. Plus, so cute!

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Then, because every knitter feels a compulsion in their DNA to clothe babies, I had to make a baby beanie for a blogging acquaintance. After frogging a baby hat knit on the wrong yarn, I knit up a simple grey beanie. And after searching Pinterest for line drawings, referring to my new favorite book, and pulling out the floss – Ta Da! Adorable baby boy gift.

More Reviews

I’m pretty lucky that my library has a good selection of knitting books. And what it doesn’t have it’s able to request from the branches up and down the Central Coast of California.

Unfortunately, this one, while it had a beautiful braid that had me drooling, didn’t come home. It focused a bit more on “how to knit” and the pages just weren’t captivating for me. I’m a bit beyond “how to knit” and with the whole Eastern European style, most books don’t even address different methods. So this one wasn’t a good fit for me.

Who knew the world of stitch dictionaries was full of so much competition.

I did bring home two stitch dictionaries – one for knitting, one for embroidery.

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My husband does not count “Do you want to come to bed and read stitch dictionaries with me?” as an aphrodisiac 😉

But I found myself just paging through the “Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Embroidery Stitches” book. It was captivating. Fascinating. Because I’m a beginner at embroidery, I appreciate the “how to’s” for this. But there’s almost too much info! I skipped a lot of the first several chapters and went straight to looking at stitches. Some of that may be because I’m only really interested in embroidery on my knitting, so different fabrics doesn’t hold a ton of interest. Though it does have me considering more Wabi Sabi embroidery repair on clothes that are wearing out (afterall, I am a lover of darning).

The other book, “400 Knitting Stitches,” is, well. It’s a stitch dictionary. I’m looking more closely at some of the bobble stitches than I did in my previous stitch dictionary. But if I were to add one to my personal shelf, it wouldn’t be this. It’s just a book. And one I can re-check out if I need to.