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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Knitting with Louisa Harding

Now that my love of yarn has warmed up again, I thought I'd share a little bit about my favorites. {I was advised at a yarn shop to use this book to develop my knitting skills, and I recommend it to everyone who is interested in learning to knit.} Once I had knitting down {sort of}, I stumbled across this book:

Hats Gloves Scarves by Louisa Harding
It was my first exposure to Louisa Harding, and I didn't even know how fabulous and unique her yarns were until I stumbled upon them a few months later in a yarn shop. From this book I knit my first hat and mittens. They were surprisingly easy, for having never done them before, especially since they were knit flat and then sewn up the side.

And then I discovered Louisa Harding's line of yarns. I picked out the lovely Flotsam in 04 Beach, and knit a scarf from Scarf Style by Pam Allen {I think I was already partially finished with the scarf before I realized the book author and yarn designer were the same}. Since the scarf was a simple pattern and the yarn so detailed and elaborate, it made the perfect combination. I also love that it's so wide and long, it really adds warmth and style to my black coat.

I was pleased with all the projects, and think they compliment each other well. I only wish I could go back and change a couple things. If given the opportunity, I'd have made the hat a little bit longer, and knit gloves instead of mittens {I have a difficult time driving with mittens on!}. But since gloves are more difficult to knit, mittens were probably the better choice, anyway. {Another regret, giving away the lacework scarf from the Hats Gloves Scarves book without taking a picture.}

My current knitting project is from another Louisa Harding book:

Knitting Little Luxuries by Louisa Harding

I've already knit one other project from this book {it's a little bit altered, and hasn't been embellished yet}. Interestingly, I think my favorite thing about this book are the photographs, they're lovely and inspiring. Although the patterns tend to be more difficult than those I've done before, I think I'm ready for the challenge. I'll be sharing some more of my current and previous projects soon, as well as another favorite {you can probably guess who that is!}. Happy knitting.


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