I just love the cover shot of Fiona Goble's new "The Twelve Knits of Christmas." Looks like a family portrait to me! Maybe it's because I have family photos on the brain... Do I try and arm wrestle my group into one for the annual Christmas card? Or should I not attempt it and instead put my energy towards some handmade goodies? If you are smart you've already started your projects. I haven't. But I'm thinking it would be pretty great to set some things aside and curl up with one of these knit books.
I love the idea of my girls playing with characters from Goldilocks and Three Bears knit by their mama. That story is just one of the six Fairy Tales covered in "Fairy Tale Knits: 20 Enchanting Characters to Make."
I am amazed at the creativity that went into these patterns! It's not just a matter of having three pigs and a wolf for example, but the pigs each have adorable sweaters. Each character has a unique outfit with great colors and cute details and embroidery. Look at Hansel and Gretel for instance: I love Hansel's lederhosen and cap, and Gretel's dirndl...
...and the witch has "warts and a weird tooth" and looks positively spooky tucked into her hooded coat.
"The Twelve Knits of Christmas" would be too too cute for one of our family traditions, which is to sing that carol on Advent Sundays.
In her signature style, Fiona has designed a set of adorable characters, birds and, of course, five gold rings. I love the gold rings.
There are so many things to love in this book. I would like a coat like the one this leaping Lord is wearing!
Ready to knit some characters? I've got a copy of The Twelve Knits of Christmas to giveaway!
To enter, leave me a comment and let me know your favorite gift from the traditional carol. Is it the nine ladies dancing, or the french hen, or perhaps the lone partridge? One entry per person please. Giveaway is open until November 16 and then I'll pick a winner. Good luck!