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Monday, May 13, 2013

The Knitted Home by Ruth Cross

Do you like knitting for your home? I keep seeing pretty home decor patterns but I haven't had time to make anything for my home yet. When I received a copy of  The Knitted Home I wanted to change that. This book is gorgeous and contemporary. It's full of great textures and a mixture of classic and fun and quirky pieces.
 I WANT that foot stool. The photography and styling in this book is beautiful too. This book is written/designed by Ruth Cross and whichever texture you like, there is something for you. 

This lace sampler is perfect as a curtain and could also be adapted to be worn as a shawl. In fact, it's given me an idea for an alternative to curtains in my studio. 
Most of the colours used in this book are fairly neutral but I think the designs would look fab in bright colours too.  There are lots of great textures from knit and purl combinations, big cables and lace.
The book is well laid out with clear photos showing design details and well written patterns. In the back there is a how to section and some thoughts on adapting your own designs.
This book has all the basics you'd expect for a home decor book, like cushions and throws but it also has some unusual stuff like fruit bowls and vase covers.
The photography is outstanding. I'd love to keep this on my coffee table to flick through when I need some inspiration or something pretty to look at. 
If you want to find out more about designer Ruth Cross, check out her website.
Although I'd love to cast on immediately for one of the cushions in this book, looking at my deadline list for the coming months, I know that's not going to happen but there is one idea I can implement straight away. I never know what to do with my zillions of swatches. Last year I gave a big bag to a friend who does yarn bombing but what about getting some pretty wooden frames and displaying my swatches? I think this is an idea I'll definitely be trying out. It'd look great in my office/studio. I may even persuade my family to let me display some in the lounge.
If you'd like a copy of this gorgeous book, then I've got a special offer for you - details below. 

To order The Knitted Home (9781906417727) for £16.00 including p&p*, telephone 01903 828503 and quote offer code JS189
Or send a cheque made payable to: Littlehampton Book Services Mail Order Department, Littlehampton Book Services, PO Box 4264, Worthing, West Sussex BN13 3TG. Please quote the offer code JS189 and include your name and address details. *UK ONLY - Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.

So what would you like to knit for your home? 
Tell me in the comments!


Scrimshaw's Fire said...

I love your idea of a knitted curtain for your office. I'd like to have a go at knitting a lace blind for my craft den / study.

Unknown said...

Great book ! Now i will knit for my home !