About Quick & Cozy
The idea for Quick & Cozy Baby Knits came when several of my friends who have kids my daughter’s age got pregnant around the same time. Facing three baby showers in the span of a summer, and knowing that a store-bought gift won’t cut it when the recipient knows you’re a knitwear designer, I knew I had to do something faster than the norm.
Baby knits are often knit with fine yarn and tiny needles, and I just didn’t have time for that. So I pulled out heavier weight yarn, bigger needles and some simple but fun tricks from my arsenal to make some gifts that would stand out in a crowd and not look thrown together.
I knew I wanted to do a baby book because lots of people start to knit or take it up again because there’s a new little one in their lives. The book has all the learn to knit instructions you need if you’re a novice or just haven’t picked up needles in a long time.
There are also 21 patterns for blankets, socks, sweaters, hats and more, using my Quick & Cozy techniques.
You’ll find tips for knitting for babies, ideas for presenting a knit as a gift, and plenty of tips that will help you on the way.
The patterns are largely easy enough for newer knitters, but there are a few things that will offer a bit of a stretch. They’re also great for knitters of any skill level who just need — or want — a project that’s pretty but also really fast, fun knitting.
Felting Your Knitting
My first book was all about felting, which is a means of purposefully shrinking a knit garment to make a firmer, more durable fabric. You may have done it as an accident, but with this book’s help you’ll know how to gain a little control of the process, and you’ll find lots of great projects to felt, from scarves to bags, even a blanket.
You’ll also learn a little bit about felting sheets of wool, needle felting and what to do with that accidentally shrunken sweater.
Picture Yourself Felting Your Knitting is a complete education in felting for knitters of all skill levels. If you’re a new knitter and have never tried felting before, you’ll gain confidence by learning:
- How and why felting works.
- How to felt by hand and why you would want to.
- How to felt by machine.
- How to tell when your felting is done.
- How to keep your felt the shape you want after it’s felted.
- How to care for felts.
- How to make patterns your own through embellishment.
More experienced knitters who’ve felted a thing or two in the past will also find great tips and tricks in this book, such
- Everyday objects to add to your washing machine to make felting easier.
- How to make a felted hat and other objects that needs to stay a particular size.
- How to use wet felting, needle felting and sweater felting to expand your crafting horizons.
- How to design your own knitting projects (Sarah walks you through a design and gives you tons of ideas for your own projects).
- A before-and-after gallery of felted swatches so you’ll know what a yarn looks like when it’s felted before you buy it for your felting projects.
All the techniques used in the book are fully explained so that even new knitters can pick this book up and begin working from it immediately. The projects build on each other, from the simple to the more complex and larger. Once you’ve worked through the book, you’ll not only be comfortable as a felter but you’ll be a much more experienced knitter, too.
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