Lace Collection – Book Review

I had an opportunity to review “Lace Collection for Knitting” from Design Originals.

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As always, I like to feature a finished object from one of the patterns in any book I review.

I started out with the mitts presented on the cover. I’m afraid I wasn’t happy with my results. The pattern is written out with only the lace panel in a chart. It was difficult to follow while going from chart to written instructions (and I much prefer charted directions whenever possible). I also found the decreases at the wrist made for an odd fit. And I’m not fond of the after thought thumb.

I plan to make them again – with some alterations to fit my personal preferences. Because they are lovely and I really want to finish them!

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So I decided to try a different pattern. I settled on the Elwood Hat. Other than making it with a few less repeats for a less slouchy hat, I followed the pattern exactly. Well, that and the fact that I made it with some of my handspun yarn. It’s a blend of Alpaca and Bamboo. Quite nice.

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I love the final outcome. The only thing I will change if I make it again would be to cast on with a smaller size needle for a brim that fits more snugly.

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There are several other patterns I plan to try. I love the Clarissa Cardigan, but I honestly don’t feel like I could pull off the look (wish I could though). It’s very romantic and soft.

Something I really like about this book is the section in the front that guides the reader through the process of finishing a lace project. There are helpful tips on fixing mistakes and blocking (an essential part of any lace project).

All in all this is a good book with a nice variety of patterns.

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I am happy to have it in my collection.

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I’m hoping to have my own book in print soon!

My book is entitled “Mariah” and will be bound in a hard cover for years of enjoyment. It’s the story of a girl that finds a shell on the beach following a big storm. When she takes the shell home and places it into her aquarium, out pops a tiny Mermaid! The story evolves to tell us that Mariah is longing to go home, and of course the little girl, Lisa, must return her to the sea.

What sets my book apart from others is that it includes 2 patterns to create a Mermaid Doll!

Here is my post about the book and the Kickstarter campaign I began to help fund it. Time is running out on my funding project. If you like my blog and would like to see my book in print PLEASE help me with a pledge! I have some nice rewards for my backers. Take a look! Pledges can be a little as $1 or as much as you like! If I don’t meet my goal, you will not be charged, but then sadly, I won’t have the money to print my book… So help me meet my goal!

 

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