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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.

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