Last month the boyfriend's sister in New Zealand sent me a link to a blog post by her local library to mark knitting in public day, which reviewed some of the knitting books they had in their collection. (For those who are interested the post is here). I was really impressed with the range of books they had, and was especially taken with Nikol Lohr's Literary Knits.
Given that I collected literary figures who knit, what could be better suited to me than a book of knitting patterns inspired by characters in literature. I was tempted just by the premise but as soon as I saw there was an Anne of Green Gables puffed sleeved tops I was sold. I loved Anne of Green Gables.
As it was my birthday last month, I decided to treat myself to a copy. However, when I went to buy it on Amazon it wasn't enough on its own for free postage - so I decided to treat myself to another book. But which one, there were two on my waiting list?
Jane Austen Knits would fit in nicely with the literary knitter theme, but Coronation Knits had been waiting longer, plus it has a pattern for a jumper with a lion and a unicorn and who doesn't need one of those.
Decision making is not my strong point so I decided to go with both, but, before I could get to the check out I made the fateful error of looking in the 'People who bought this also bought' section and I saw this.
Knitting and history, possible too of my favourite things, and Tudor history as well. The fourteen patterns in the book are inspired by fourteen Tudor ladies from Elizabeth Woodville through to Elizabeth the First. The patterns are amazing, in detail, design and construction.
This dark and seductive temptress is Catherine Howard; a pattern fit for a Queen - if a short lived one. I think this my favourite of the designs in the book, although it was a hard choice. The book itself is beautiful, more like an art book than a knitting book - with gorgeous photographs and the beautifully styled knitwear.
All four books have made there way into my collection, and despite a little bit of buyer remorse when I first clicked on the check out button, I didn't regret it once the parcel arrived. My only problem now is that I can't decide which pattern from which book to knit first.
Just to finish off the post, here is a pic of for me the Anne of Green Gables and her Gilbert.