by Nicky Epstein
Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Nicky Epstein Books (November 3, 2009)
Nicky Epstein is back with another wonderful installment for your knitting bookshelf. Knitting a Kiss in Every Stitch: Creating Gifts for the People You Love is a collection of over 35 patterns covering all skill levels. As the old saying goes, "Tis better to give than to receive" and knitters know there is nothing better to give than hand-made gifts from the heart! Nicky helps us do just that by providing the inspiration to create something special for most everyone on our lists.
With clear, well written instructions, easy to follow charts and gorgeous color photography, you'll have no problem picking out several projects to get started on! The patterns in Knitting a Kiss in Every Stitch are sectioned out into four main categories: The Kids, The Girls, The Guys and Special Friends. There is also a four page "Guide to Giving" section which lists organizations, charities and foundations that need your knitting skills.
Some of my personal favorites (read: pages already marked with post-its) include:
~ Li'l Knitting Angel Hat... a whimsical little number for your favorite little girl that doubles as a hand puppet
~ Creatures of the Nightcaps... if you have a teen in your life who's into all the vampire movies, these werewolf and vampire caps are perfect
~ Bride's Purse... if you know someone walking down the aisle soon, this bag combines a contemporary look with old tradition and lets you have fun with cables, beads and flowers
~ Lace Friendship Shawl... the name says it all and it has sleeve cuffs to help with that "hard to keep it on" issue we all have with shawls
~ Easy Opera Wrap... need a quick knit that'll still get you the "oohs" and "ahhs" as your recipient unwraps? This cute little wrap is knit on big needles so you'll have it done in no time.
~ Boyfriend Scarf... if only mine would wear one!
~ Gentry Lap Throw... perfect for the Grandpa who has it all
~ Serious Skull Cap... worked in intarsia using two colors and featuring, what else, a skull icon. I think this one will be on the needles for my nephew soon!
~ Pampering Spa Cloths... sick of knitting the same old cloths? These earthy, organic cloths are sure to be a hit!
Nicky also included a wonderful group project, A Charitable Gift Afghan. Spead the joy and split up knitting the blocks amongst your knitting circle or family and you'll soon have a cherished gift for someone truly special! Our 4-legged friends were included also. For the cats, a Knitty Kitty Play Mat and for the dogs, Barkley's Hat Scarf (you have to see this one to get the full effect). Grab your copy of Knitting a Kiss in Every Stitch now and get cracking on those holiday gifts... after all, you still have about 45 days until Christmas!
About the Author: One of today’s hottest knitwear designers, Nicky Epstein has gained international recognition for her distinctive and innovative work, whimsical sense of style, and informative workshops. She is the author of the best-selling Edgings series (Knitting on the Edge, Knitting Over the Edge, Knitting Beyond the Edge, and Crocheting on the Edge), Nicky Epstein’s Knitted Flowers, Knitting Never Felt Better, Knitting on Top of the World, and more. Her designs appear in major crafting magazines, including Vogue Knitting, and she teaches and lectures frequently about knitting and design.