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Review: Handmade in the UK & Contest

HUK-Cover-600_smallHandmade in the UK:  luscious lace + artisan yarns,  by Emily Wessel of TinCanKnits,  52pp. (Find it here on Ravelry, $16 CAD.  You can preorder the print version at TinCanKnits.)

This lovely collection of lace items offers a little something for everyone: 3 sweaters (1 cami, 1 cardi, 1 pullover);  3 different shawls; 1 pair of socks; 1 pair of mittens; 2 hats; and a baby blanket.

The sweaters are sized generously, from XXS to 4X for all; Windswept & Lush also include baby & child sizes.

(The hats, mittens and socks also come in multiple sizes:  bravo!)

HUK-bonny-tmbBonny is probably my favorite of the sweaters (all are gorgeous).  The neckline detail is so lovely.

Of the shawls, Botany, a half circle/ crescent available in two sizes, shown below, is my favorite.  I love how the stitch patterns are integrated.

The book itself is so pretty — Emily includes sketches and landscape/cityscape photos to round out the book, making it something fun to spend some time looking at, not just working from.

HUK-botany-tmbaEmily took the time to carefully source her yarns from local indie dyers & small yarn companies, and includes a charming map of where they’re located & a photo with all the yarns & their inf0.

She also includes a small techniques section, referring the knitter to her website’s list of tutorials for further help.

Want to win your own PDF copy of the book?  Leave a comment on this post by midnight PST July 9th 2013 with your favorite design(s) from the book.   I’ll contact you for your Ravelry name & Emily will gift you a copy of the PDF.

Note: My review copy was given to me by the author.  All opinions are my own.

14 comments… add one
  • Jeanine July 2, 2013, 2:00 pm

    My favorite is well…all of them, but Vivid is at the top of my queue right now! I’m slowly collecting bits and bobs of super soft neutral colors to make this…for myself of course! Thanks for the chance to win a copy, I want to make all of these!

  • Sarah Al-Amri July 2, 2013, 9:09 pm

    Botany looks like something I would enjoy knitting. Love to do shawls.

  • Lilie July 2, 2013, 9:16 pm

    Botany & Estuary caught my eye. 🙂

  • Rachelle - Warming Crafts July 2, 2013, 9:36 pm

    I love Lush, lovely cardigan

  • Sheila July 2, 2013, 11:47 pm

    I really like Lush.

  • Pam July 3, 2013, 9:50 am

    Ooooh…Botany is beautiful! Even if I don’t win the book, I will have to buy that pattern!!!

  • Iris Mathers July 3, 2013, 12:41 pm

    I am Scots so Thistle is top of my list. Loch mitts & hat are beautiful too.
    I love the way the patterns are clearly laid out and easy to understand.
    They give me confidence to try new knitting methods and more adventurous patterns.

  • Christina July 3, 2013, 12:47 pm

    Your design styles compliment each other nicely. Windswept looks like a fun one for me and thistle for gifts!

  • Gina Marie Lunsford July 3, 2013, 1:31 pm

    How does anyone pick a favorite? They’re all so beautiful. I especially like vivid, but lush is so dainty for a wee one, and loch mittens are ultra fem and lovely. Thank you for the chance to win a book! This would be a wonderful addition to any knitting collection.

  • deborahdw July 3, 2013, 8:23 pm

    If I had to pick just one pattern to knit, it would be Bonny
    I love the delicate lace on the neckline

    What I really love about the patterns is the huge selection of sizes and that they are extensively test knit

    Thanks for the opportunity to get that e-book!

  • Deanna July 4, 2013, 7:38 am

    Love them all! My fave is “Bonny” already bought the yarn to make it. Another great book from Emily and Alexa.

  • E. Ann Hemmerich July 5, 2013, 7:07 pm

    These are delightful lace patterns. It’s hard to choose just one. Winding Way tempts me to try my first pair of socks! Realistically, however, Estuary or Bonny would take priority in my queue.

  • Gayle July 8, 2013, 9:49 am

    Like Jeanine, I also love all of the patterns and already own Vivid – I had to have it the minute I saw it. I am also already working on Estuary. It would be great to win the ebook now so I could start doing some early Christmas knitting. Thanks for the opportunity to check out all of the patterns as a collection!

  • Doreen July 9, 2013, 8:20 am

    Vivid is gorgeous but I’d be more likely to make Lush – always a cardigan in my queue.

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