Thursday, April 10, 2008

i heart felt

I recently had the pleasure of reviewing i heart felt, by Kathleen Taylor, published by The Taunton Press.  I have had it for a while, and really felt as if I needed to set aside an hour or so to read it, in order to give it a fair review.  I have felted one time.  A bag whose measurements when knit were dead on, but when felted could not be achieved.  I sure wish I would have had this book residing with all of my other knitting books.  Kathleen's tips and techniques chapter is so helpful.  There are "how to's" for felting cabled knits, fair isle, and intarsia.  All of the patterns are easy to follow with explicit directions for finishing.
First of all, I of course was drawn to the bags.  Cabled bags!  I thought this one was so great.  
How about this big bag out of Noro Iro.  Can't you just see that holding your  knitting project?
And for those autumn lovers, like me, how about felting these cute little pumpkins, gourds, and squash for your fall decorations.
Check out the fair isle peppermint stick Christmas stocking, measuring 5 inches wide and about 15 inches long.
You can bet if my daughter was a little younger, I would have made her a cute magic wand!
There is even a pattern for a tiara.
These were just some of my favorite patterns.  In the book, there are beautiful patterns for sweaters, mittens, hats, belts, and much much more.

If you are interested in adding this wonderful book to your book collection, please let me know.  Leave me a comment by Sunday, April 13, and I will draw a name.  

85 comments:

Kristyn Knits said...

thanks for a great review Leslie. i've done two felted bags and love one of them, so extra help would be great. the magic wand would be perfect for my niece who's coming to visit for a week this summer.

Erin said...

Cute projects! I cannot pass up a contest, so count me in!

QoE said...

I have been eyeing that book for a while. I was really happy to read your review and then when you said there would be a drawing, well, here is my comment! Pick me! Pick me!

Cathy (blushing in MN)

Marnie said...

i love felting. i feel like i'm creating magic. i'm thinking my kid needs a magic wand, too!

thanks for your excellent reviews!

Stephanie M said...

I actually have this book on my wish list. I have felted a few times, but find sometimes patterns lack appeal. This book seems to have a variety of options!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the review Leslie. Absolutely love the bags that are felted in it. Plus, I never win at contests but what the heck you never know! :)

SandiSue

purlfriend said...

I have only felted a couple of things, without great success...that Christmas stocking is calling my name!! Great review.

Lisa said...

Wow, that looks like a great book. The wand would be a great addition to the crown and tutu currently in our collection. I'm not normally drawn to bags, but that Noro one looks great!

Denise said...

I've knit a Noni bag and it felted well, but that's all I've ever done. I would buy this book for the pumpkins alone (if I don't win it ;-)
I love all the pictures you've shown and might just have to add this to my wishlist on Amazon (if I don't win it) oh, I said that already didn't I?
:-)
I've just been and splurged on yarn at my LYS - DB Cathay and Aran Tweed. Will post later about it:-)

cath said...

ooh, yes - I've been looking for the right felting book. My daughter's at just the right age to get into some felted trouble ...

Kathy said...

It looks great! Count me in for the contest!

embee said...

i love felting and would love to try that noro bag!

great review! now i really want the book :)

Suzanne said...

So glad to see your review, this one is on my wish list. Could take it off if you pick me. Have a great weekend, no matter what!! Suzanne

Andrea Moberly said...

Ooh! Pick me! I currently own only one measly knitting book, and nothing on felting!

Thanks for the drawing!

NStreicher said...

Oh, I'd *heart* to have that book! I especially *heart* that Noro bag...yum!

Kristin said...

Me please!! I think I could find a princess or two that would like and wand and tiara.

Amy said...

Those wands are much too cute for words! Currently zoe uses a hair brush as her wand! Oh but don't feel sorry for her- just think about that vivid imagination she has! Although I suppose Mommy could find the time to make one!

Rachel said...

That green cable tote is awesome! Now I want to make one!

Anonymous said...

I saw this book earlier in someone else's blog and I love the sheep bag. I really enjoy your blog. Very inspiring.

lisaq

SMF.sportychic said...

Wow! What a cool book! That felted cabled bag is right up my alley. Count me in for the contest! And are you ever too old for a magic wand???

Carrie said...

I had no idea she was coming out with another book. I have the first and love it :)

jill said...

The gourds and pumpkins are adorable! And bags? I'm always looking for new ones!

lindseyrose said...

This book looks super fun! Please count me in!

Thimbleanna said...

Wow! That looks like a must have book!

Sonia said...

I love felting, but never thought you could felt a cabled project. Love the idea of that bag!

Marilyn said...

What a lovely book. I have done one felted bag and am still amazed at how pretty it is. Hope you draw my name.

iknitipurl said...

Looks like a very neat book. I'm not too into felting, maybe after my wool sweater felted after I let it soak. :( But I do like the cabled bag, very cute accessory!

Cindy said...

I really like to felt bags. The cabled bag looks like one I would have to try. Thanks for the great review as always.

peaknits said...

The cable bag is my favorite - something about felting is so amazing to me - I love the transformation. Thank you for a peek inside this book! Maybe you could make a little tiara for yourself for those rare moments you get alone?:)

Sarah said...

That looks like a great book! I am about to try felting for the first time - a bag! Some tips sure would come in handy.

fiberfiend6891 said...

Nice review - if I don't win ;), I'll keep it in mind to buy! :)

Jenn said...

I heart felt too! Directions may be helpful. Yeah I really want this book now.

hyewon said...

wow what a treat! I just started felting when I accidentally shrank a coat/sweater that I've had since HIGH SCHOOL! Gulp. It was too heavy for my toddler but has been made into several flowers and things with gifts. I would love to win this book for more ideas. Thanks!

KeanaLee said...

That X-mas stocking is soooo cute but the NOro bag just flat out ROckS!

Philigry said...

oh, what a fun book! i may have to go and buy a copy, if I don't win! the cabeled bag is to die for!

Jackie said...

Hi, can you please add my name to the list for the book? I would love to make the wands for my niece.

Dana said...

Thanks for the review yet another book to add to my ever growing book list! I'm not much of a bag person, but I'm loving the noro bag.

Knitting Diva said...

Anyone that looks at my blog knows how I love bags and especially felted bags! OMG that cable bag is to die for, I will keep my fingers crossed. Thanks Leslie!

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Oh go on and make her the wand, she'll love it, Leslie!!

Senja said...

Oh I think my daughter would still want a wand! Might have to check out that book, nice review.

Lisa D said...

I have felted a couple of bags but would like to try other things. I have several knitting and sewing projects in the works. What's a couple more, right? Count me in.

Windy Knitty said...

That looks like a great book--count me in! I think the stars on the wands would make cute Christmas ornaments.

I have only felted one thing--a bag that ended up very misshapen. It was knit with some really nice Cherry Tree Hill Yarn, too:(

JL said...

cute felt veggies !

Anonymous said...

how adorable are those wands! i think that i'll definitely be adding this book to my collection! throw my name on in! :) thanks!
julie
jrbgrapes@hotmail.com

ikkinlala said...

That sounds like a great book!

Sunflowerfairy said...

I'm awful at felting. Maybe if I get this book it will help.

I love those wands.

Annie said...

I have this book home from the library and after paging through it I decided it was one to add to my collection.
Thanks for the chance to win it! That's so nice of you.

Chris said...

wow--what gorgeous felted projects. I have a 5 yo grandaughter that would love that magic wand. Once again--I lurk at your blog daily--just love it.

Alisha said...

Sounds like a great book.....count me in!!

You give a good review. You should add a monthy review to your blog! Great stuff!

I love those felted veggies!

And I think I would make the wand for myself! So cute!

Margaret said...

I did one felted project as a display project for my LYS, and was tremendously entertained -- but haven't tried any other felted projects since. The striped bag you show, in particular, looks fantastic! And the magic wand... nevermind that I don't have a daughter to give it to. I might someday. Or I might play with it myself. Oh, cuteness.

HomeMadeOriginals said...

Count me in, please. I make lots of felted items, but love to see oher ideas.

Louise said...

I can't say that felting has ever really interested me but when I saw that cabled bag - ooooh my goodness!! I would absolutely love something that gorgeous. Good review - you made me want to have the book!

Estella said...

I love felting and hadn't heard of that one...thanks for your review. The cabled bag is great!

Mandi said...

Love the new banner! I can't believe I missed that book. I love the green cabled bag. Bella would love those wands and a tiara. To cute! Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

Kaet said...

he leslie! thanks for sharing this great review and some pretty amazing photos! i am drawn to the bags as well, and these ones look pretty cool! i love the cabled one...and the felted veggies!

sherri said...

Thanks for posting such an engaging review on one of my favorite topics. How I wish I had owned that book when I attempted to felt my first bag. It was a disaster. I adore that green bag and would love to make it for my sister.

Kedek said...

I too love felted bags and have made several. After my recent undoing of a sweater half done, I think I may have to just make felted bags.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a wonderful book!

cheryl said...

You are so right-the cabled bag is to die for. Unfortunately, that is just what will happen to me one day as I am felting a project. I have successfully felted a couple of handbags and enjoyed the finished project. But what is it about throwing all your hard-worked stitches into a steaming hot washer to agitate the heck out of them that breaks me into a cold sweat??? I really need to jump back on the horse and give felting another chance. That cabled bag may just be the project to force me again to try it.

Paige said...

I've never done any felting yet, so I'd love to give it a go!

Thanks for the chance!

nova said...

I haven't done any felting (not purposefully, the skein of wool which found its way into the wash doesn't count) your review of this book makes me want to felt something...

LizKnits said...

I'd love to check out those finishing techniques. Looks like a great book.

TLCknits said...

What a great book. .definitely on my list.. Love the wands.. Alas, I know C would just beat her brothers with it!.

author said...

I tried to felt a teacozy and had a disaster...twice! I'd love to have a book with some good tips & patterns.

Andrea

Jennyff said...

I've made felted bags before, great fun especially the bit with the washing machine, I'm never quite sure what will come out. Haven't been disappointed so far, it would be great to have a proper instruction book!

shellyddesigns said...

What about me!!!

BethAnn said...

Yes, thanks for taking the time to do a review and posting the pics! It is so helpful! Ive never felted before but i cant wait to try. Thanks for the contest!

Stacy said...

I have just gotten into knitting and would LOVE to have a book on felting. I looked at some books at my LYS, but was unsure which one to choose. Now I know, and maybe it will be free!!!

Sarah said...

I've actually done quite a bit of felting and though it's not really my thing, there are a couple of girls in this house who'd dig a magic wand and tiara.

Tanya said...

I made a felted bag last year but the bottom of it didn't come out to my liking. It's still fun to use but next time (ha!) I'll leave the board in the bottom longer or read better directions. LOL Now my Mom knits far better than me and made a large felted bag similar to one you pictured on your post. It is gorgeous and the bottom of it is perfect. I wish she'd put a picture of it on her blog http://lachatelainedesigns.blogspot.com/ - check and see if she does soon. I remind her!

Happy Weekend,
Tanya

Becky said...

I have only felted a pair of slippers. I would love to win this book. I want to felt some more:)

sarah said...

The book looks wonderful! I love the gourds and pumpkins!

knitgurl said...

hi leslie,
i've been enjoying your posts and projects. great review; very appealing book! count me in for your drawing, please.

yuvee said...

I've only ever felted once, but now I'm determined to make a big felted camera case!

Elizabeth said...

Reviews are so helpful, especially with so many books out there to choose from. I've been wanting to try a felted project for a while now and this book has some really cute (wands and gourds) and funky (purses) patterns. Count me in for the contest and I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Cyndi said...

Contest? Did you say contest?!? Count me in! I have felted once...a purse that I use as a knitting bag done in our school colors. I carry it with me to ballgames as I watch my boys play! Lots of cheering :) little kntting :( I would love to learn new & improved felting projects/technique. I am a big, bIG, BIG fan of your blog!! I check it faithfully twice daily (OCD maybe?)! Thanks for your great ideas & sharing your family fun! great recipes too!

La Cabeza Grande said...

I'm with you, Leslie. I just love the felted bags. It's the first thing I look at. The veggies are sweet, too.

By the way, I think you already have a magic wand :o)

- K

p.s. I'm not in the contest

Anonymous said...

What a great book...I really want to try the cabled purse...looks like a fun project...now I just have to win...if not, I'll look for it at my local bookstore.

Anonymous said...

Loved your review of the new felt book...hope I win it...I'd love to make the cabled/bobble purse...wish me luck!!!!

Anonymous said...

Looooovvveeee felting. Would love to win a contest. Take care. Margaret L.

Queen of the froggers said...

I lovethe fabric felting produces too. My one felt was a booga bag which my Mum loved so much I had to give it too her! Its about time I made myself one!

Anonymous said...

Yum! I love felt!

Alice said...

Magic wands and a tiara? My daughter would love those! I love felted cables too... I'd definitely love to be entered into the drawing :)

gebler house said...

This book looks wonderful! Count me in, too.

Rachelle

Jacky said...

What a fabulous book...I am so sorry I missed your giveaway, but I will definately keep an eye out for that one. Those bags look fantastic.
My first vist to your blog (via Green Phonix) and I love it! I have already printed off the recipe for the ginger biscuits!